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02 September 2018

Blog Tour: Cold Iron by Miles Cameron

Cold Iron by Miles Cameron is perfect for fantasy fans. It spins well-done tropes in new way, in a richly written Medieval-ish world that is packed with political intrigue.

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Aranthur is a student. He showed a little magical talent, is studying at the local academy, and is nothing particularly special. Others are smarter. Others are more talented. Others are quicker to pick up techniques. But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey home for the holidays in an inn. None of them step in to help when a young woman is thrown off a passing stage coach into the deep snow at the side of the road. And none of them are drawn into a fight to protect her.

One of the others might have realised she was manipulating him all along...

A powerful story about beginnings, coming of age, and the way choosing to take one step towards violence can lead to a slippery and dangerous slope, this is an accomplished fantasy series driven by strong characters and fast-paced action.

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5 Words: Fantasy, control, politics, survival, adventure.

Cold Iron takes some pretty typical fantasy tropes and spins them fantastically. What I did like about this was that it completely disregarded the usual Chosen One trope and Aranthur just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and had to deal with it. Despite being pretty full of tropes (and they're that for a reason) Cold Iron didn't feel like something I'd read before. The take on them was rather dynamic and different.

I loved how political this story was. I love books that delve into the intrigue of politics, especially in a fantasy setting, and Cold Iron did this excellently.

The world is rich and vivid. I could smell the smoke, hear the breeze, see the country before me. The world-building was fantastic, and added in with the politics affecting every aspect it made it all the more real and engaging. There was class system just like in the real world, and I loved the parallels.

I did struggle a little pacing myself while reading this - but that's because I tend to read in 5-chapter bursts and this book doesn't have chapters. It was actually pretty fast paced, with a lot of action.

This ended really well. There were enough issues left open to need more of the story, but all loose ends were tied up enough that there's no immediate need for the next book.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like an exciting book packed with action and adventure! It’s nice to be able to escape into a completely different world, especially one so vivid. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Cora! <3 xx

    Bexa |


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