Review: Of Blood and Fire (#1 The Bound and the Broken) by Ryan Cahill

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

30/50 – 2021 Goodreads Challenge

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Cahill does a fantastic job meshing classic fantasy tropes with a current & fresh twist that’s all his own!

An entrant in the SPFBO7 with mages, elves, dwarves, giants, uraks… and a DRAGON!

The world building is amazing, Cahill brings you into the world of Epheria as if you can hear the the rustle of the leaves and feel the warmth of the fire along with the characters. Speaking of characters, it is filled with tons of likable ones, including the antagonists as well! There’s a sense of wonder around every corner as the story goes on leaving you frothing for more in this epic fantasy debut.

Calen and his two friends, Dann and Rist are very likeable characters, and the development each one makes through the book sucks you in. They are more than friends, they are family. They go through The Proving, which is similar to the Agog that the Spartans put their children through before becoming a man.

“that is not how we do things. You are family, maybe not by blood, but water becomes thick as blood if you go through enough shit together.”

The inspirations of classics like LoTR and Eragon are there, of course Ryan has stated in an interview with an author with Fanfiaddict that it’s more influenced by Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon, which I haven’t read. But this is not those stories, this is the story of Calen Bryer and how he became a Draleid, and a sign of hope for the people of Epheria.

“It is not what one dragon can do. It is the symbol it creates. It is what it represents. Hope. Give people hope, and they will fight.”

I’m glad I happened to stumble upon this on Twitter because of FanFiAddict, I was able to get a signed & numbered hardback edition, to which I will continue to do on this series, that has a BEAUTIFUL dust jacket as well as a, just as beautiful naked cover, that I wish more authors would do.

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