Author: Andrea Robertson
Narrator: Amy Spiels
Audiobook Length: 11 hours 29 minutes
Ara has always known about the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of every generation to protect the kingdom. It was her fate to inherit the title–though she never truly believed it would come to pass since the monarchy’s downfall years before.
But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a mission to retake the throne–and take her place as the Loresmith–her whole world turns upside down. Their journey will take Ara on a dangerous adventure to discover new truths about her family’s legacy, and even to face the gods themselves. And with a mysterious thief as an unexpected companion, Ara must use all her skills to figure out just who she can trust, and forge the right path forward–for herself, her kingdom, and her heart.
Forged in Fire and Stars is the first novel in the Loresmith series. I believe this one will be a trilogy, but I have not seen an announcement for a third novel. I have seen the covers for this series around online and in my library, so I was intrigued to try them. The synopsis is compared to Game of Thrones and Ember in the Ashes, so I was not sure what to expect for how the writing will pull this off. The Loresmith is an individual taked with protecting the people and creating a magical weapon, where they must not wield a weapon themselves unless in defense. When the last Loresmith sacrifices himself, it is not up to his daughter to reclaim her heritage.
The story follows the new Loresmith, Ara, as she tries to come to terms with her new destiny. Since her father passed away from he could teach her the skills, she now is starting to learn everything as it comes along. She joins Prince Eamon and Princess Nimhea, who are trying to reclaim their throne. The last member to join their party is Teth, a thief, and his fox companion. Together the four of them have two missions with helping Ara become the Loresmith and help Eamon and Nimhea reclaim their kingdom. As this story is a series, it was expected that there would not be a lot of resolution in this novel. It still was a tad slow though as there were times there were many pages, but not a lot of content to help move the story along.
The pacing of this novel is unique. In the beginning, the main character is kidnapped and begins her adventure. It is during this eventual quest where the reader begins to learn about the characters and world. While I enjoyed action being present early on, but at the same time, the reader is rushed to connect with the main character. While I enjoy that the style was unique, for me, it was difficult to connect to the main character when it took almost the entire novel to know more about her personality. By the end of this novel, I had a sense of who Ara is and why I should care about her as a character, but I wish there was a little more at the beginning so I could have connected a little earlier. On the other hand, the world building and exploration into the lore was extensive.
Overall, I am not sure if Ara’s age will play a larger role in the future novels, as I wished she was a little older than 15. For me, it was a little young to go on this type of quest and unless it has meaning for the plot, I would have preferred an older main character. The story itself has a lot of potential and I can see how this series could amazing when all the novels are put together. The lore and mythology stands out to me and kept me interested to continue until the end. There were a few plot twists and the ending was a nice cliffhanger to set itself up for the sequel. All in all, the series is worth a try and I will continue to the next novel.