Blog Tour: Brightsteel – Miles Cameron

Blog Tour: Brightsteel – Miles Cameron

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Series:
Master & Mages #3
Release Date: August 22nd 2019
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 448
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review

Synopsis

Every war come down to the flash of bright steel.

Even when the air is full of magic . . .

Aranthur and his friends have come together across different continents and realms with one purpose: to strike back against the forces which have torn a hole in the heavens and threaten to tear the world beneath them apart as well.

With time running short, and treason at home, there are battles to be fought on the field, in the magical arena, and in the ever-deadly realm of politics, and they cannot fail anywhere or everything will fall. Victory will require enemies to trust one another, old foes to fight together, spies to reveal the truth and steadfast allies to betray long-corrupt rulers.

Is Aranthur, a twenty-year-old student, really the master strategist to bring it all together? And can he and his friends build enough trust to overcome aeons of lies when their plans inevitably fall to pieces?

Do they even know, for sure, who the enemy is . . .

Review

Copy of book cover (48)The Master and Mages trilogy has been one of my favourite series of late, and I’ve absolutely loved each instalment in this fast paced and enjoyable tale. In Bright Steel Miles Cameron takes this epic story to even new heights, and I loved every minute of it. This is a brilliant series from start to end, and definitely should not be missed.

It’s difficult to talk about the plot of the third book in a series without giving away spoilers, but we continue to follow Aaranthur our protagonist from the previous two books. Aaranthur makes for a wonderful hero in this story and it’s really fascinating seeing him develop and grow over the course of the story. He is constantly pushed to the limit, and fighting that line good and bad. I really liked that he’s not your absolutely perfect hero, he makes mistakes, questions his judgement and grows as a person.

One of my favourite aspects of this series is definitely the writing. Cameron really sucks you in and Bright Steel has a really engaging plot that will keep you wanting more. It’s so easy to fall back into the story and the world building is incredibly well done. The story has something for everyone with plenty of action, politics, betrayal and magic.

If you’ve read the previous two instalments, you are definitely not going to be disappointed in the conclusion. If you haven’t had a chance to start this brilliant series yet, now is the perfect time to binge the entire series.

4 stars

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Blog Tour: Dark Forge – Miles Cameron

Blog Tour: Dark Forge – Miles Cameron

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Series:
Masters & Mages #2
Release Date: January 29th 2019
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 448
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review.

Synopsis

Only fools think war is simple.
Or glorious.

Some are warriors, some captains; others tend to the fallen or feed the living.

But on the magic-drenched battlefield, information is the lifeblood of victory, and Aranthur is about to discover that carrying messages, scouting the enemy, keeping his nerve, and passing on orders is more dangerous, and more essential, then an inexperienced soldier could imagine . . . especially when everything starts to go wrong.

Battle has been joined – on the field, in the magical sphere, and in the ever-shifting political arena . . .

Review

book cover (99)Cold Iron was one of my favourite new fantasy books of 2018. I enjoyed the world so much and I really grew attached to Aranthur and friends. Masters and Mages has the feeling of an old time fantasy novel but with a completely fresh perspective. When Dark Forge arrived I was so excited to dive back into this world, and it definitely did not disappoint.

This time around we are on the battle field. Cameron brings to life the sights and sounds of the magic filled battle zone and it is a gripping setting for this next instalment.ย  Aranthur is tasked with carrying messages and he soon finds out this isย  a pretty dangerous situation to be in – especially when things don’t go quite as planned. The plot is quite quick paced as the battle rages on and I found it difficult to put Dark Forge down.

Dark Forge also has quite a bit of political intrigue which I really enjoyed. It helped to expand the world and really immerse myself in the story. Like the previous instalment Aranthur goes through quite a bit of character growth and I enjoyed seeing him continue to gain new skills as a mage.

As Dark Forge continues the story of Aarathur it continues that feeling of old time fantasy but with a modern approach. I really loved this aspect of the book and it definitely feels like a breath of fresh air to the typical fantasy novel. Miles Cameron really does a superb job with world building and it was easy to sink into the world he has created in this exciting series. If you’ve read Cold Iron and planning to pick Dark Forge up, it’s definitely worth the wait!
4 stars
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