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Picked up the box set cheap on bookbub with low expectations which were well and truly beaten. Steel and Fire is an engaging series, with well balanced characters. I particularly enjoyed the change from the usual fantasy approach with a strong female character, without it being too obviously that the author had deliberately set out to write a strong female protagonist. It isn't written like its surprising, or that Dara is bucking all the expectations by doing what she does because she's a woman, she just gets on with it. The plot is good, a few twists and turns to keep you going and waiting for what will come next. Great world building and a good magic concept that's fairly easy to understand and makes sense. I look forward to what else this author has to offer.
Told from the two main characters POV, good world building and character development. Storyline and plot was very poor. I read 13 chapters and couldn't read anymore. The story remained static with no depth throughout the chapters I read. The Prince went to his lessons and Dara trained and trained. Maybe its a slow burn series where the depth, plot and action in the story is further along but 13 chapters is alot to read with nothing happening just the same in every chapter. The series has some good reviews but quite honestly not sure why.
This is an amazing story. The author is following in the steps of writers like Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ann McCaffrey, Brian Pratt and Robert Jordan. She has developed a five book series with strong, growing (sometimes annoying) characters. The impressive thing to me is that she has found a balance between the female/male in each character. All parts of these characters are tested for each to fulfill their potential. I've finished the introduction 3-book combination and can not wait to read the final two books. Excellent read for all ages. WELL DONE JORDAN RIVET, WELL DONE!
This is one of the best fantasy series I've read, and happily there's more to come. The characters are artfully developed, the settings are beautifully described, the storyline and relationships are complex, suspense is woven in throughout, along with laugh out loud snippets of humor that caught me by surprise. And even though the storyline continues, the ending of this trilogy left me wanting more, prompting me to check book four out of the KU library. I can't wait to get started.