Monday, June 15, 2015

REVIEW: Wytchfire

The Dragonkin Trilogy 1:
By: Michael Meyerhofer

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 4.30.2014
Pages: 362

Recommended by: Red Adept Publishing, Read 2 Review
Date read: June 2014 + 6.11.2015

I originally read this book about a year ago, but unfortunately life got in the way and I never ended up writing the review.  When I saw that book two was coming out, I decided to sign up for the tour, no matter what setback life had for me this time.  (Note: My cat died on me this morning.  Life, darn you!! *shakes fist in fury*)

This has been one of the hardest reviews for me to write, mainly because everything that I want to say on the novel will be giving something away, and I would be doing the reader a disservice by not letting them experience each and every moment on their own.

I love Meyehofer's writing style.  His storylines are creative.  His words are eloquent.  His characters are ones that pull you into the storyline ... and keep you in it.  The setting is described so well that you almost feel like you're there.  And something always happens that changes the story in a way you were not expecting.

I could not put this book down - during either read - and if you are into epic fantasy novels, especially ones that include dragons, this is definitely a book that you need to pick up AND Michael is an author you need to keep your eye on.

Well done.  WELL DONE!!

About the book:
In a land haunted by the legacy of dead dragons, Rowen Locke has been many things: orphan, gravedigger, mercenary.  All he ever wanted was to become a Knight of Crane and wield a kingsteel sword against the kind of grown horrors his childhood knows all too well.  But the dream crumbled - replaced by a new nightmare.  War is overrunning the realms, an unprecedented duel of desire and revenge, steel and sorcery.  And for one disgraced man who would be a knight, in a world where no one is blameless, the time has come to decide which side he's on.

About the author:
Michael Meyerhofer grew up in Iowa where he learned to cope with the unbridled excitement of the Midwest by reading books and not getting his hopes up.  Probably due to his father's influence, he developed a fondness for Star Trek, weight lifting, and collecting medieval weapons.  He is also addicted to caffeine and the History Channel.
            His fourth poetry book, What To Do If You're Buried Alive, was recently published by Split Lip Press.  He also serves as the Poetry Editor of Atticus Review.  His poetry and prose have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Brevity, Ploughshares, Hayden's Ferry Review, Rattle, and many other journals.  He and his fiance currently live in Fresno, California, in a little house beside a very large cactus.

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