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Hardcover Details
  • 04/2022
  • 979-8-9856228-2-9
  • 440 pages
  • $24.99
Ebook Details
  • 04/2022
  • 979-8-9856228-0-5 B09T62HGFC
  • 432 pages
  • $5.99
Ethan Avery
Author
Sword and Sorcery: Frostfire
Ethan Avery, author

If you could change your life by trusting in a stranger… would you?

Erevan has a problem. He grew up on the unforgiving streets of Bogudos and has the scars to prove it. His friend, however, is stuck in jail because of his mistake. But when a suspicious courier offers him a chance to fix things, should he lift his sword and journey across treacherous lands to aid her cause?

Meanwhile, Aireyal has been accepted into the wealthiest and most prestigious magical school in all the land. There’s just one problem. She can’t do magic. But that’s far from the only secret within the walls of Darr-Kamo. And what she discovers might just change the world.

Swordsman & Sorcerer
Scholar & Spiritualist

All four have enemies. And all four need help to get what they want. But help is never free.
What would you sacrifice to get what you most desire?

Reviews
Avery’s buoyant, character-driven debut centers on 16 year-olds Aireyal, studying magic but not measuring up to her heritage of grandmages, and Erevan, a swordsman determined to achieve the skill and authority of his father, a guard and mercenary. Bringing a fresh class consciousness to high fantasy, and a welcome focus on the effort it takes to build character and acquire expertise, Avery sets his two heroes in arresting counterpoint—one overthinks, one doesn’t think enough—in alternating chapters that build to reliable page-turning cliffhangers as Erevan accompanies a court courier through on a perilous journey and Aireyal, a master of books but not of actual mysticism, matriculates at a competitive magic academy.

Avery proves adept at keeping the dual perspectives engaging as Frostfire, the first in the Sword & Sorcery series, reveals its world. Those chapters also are cleverly engaged with each other, long before the characters meet, as Avery draws compelling thematic links between the protagonists’ challenges and experiences. Amid the bumptious fantasy adventure storytelling—which involves trolls and pirates, rugged taverns and secret libraries, a baby slipshark and a just-hatched beast of wonder—Avery emphasizes his leads’ hearts and the lessons they learn about the harsh truths of their world and what it means to grow up.

That world might seem a touch familiar, at first, though Avery distinguishes it from generic fantasy as the novel surges ahead. The worldbuilding is solid, but it’s character that powers the book, which proves involving throughout but picks up in momentum once the storylines start bending toward each other, and a world-changing secret discovered by Erevan and co. comes to the attention of the powers that be in the academy where Aireyal is struggling to find herself. Real battles and danger follow, but Avery’s storytelling remains warm and inviting throughout, as his characters movingly doubt, grow, and strive to set things right.

Takeaway: This character-rich, split-perspective fantasy series kickoff is involving and surprising.

Great for fans of: Garth Nix, Naomi Novik.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 04/2022
  • 979-8-9856228-2-9
  • 440 pages
  • $24.99
Ebook Details
  • 04/2022
  • 979-8-9856228-0-5 B09T62HGFC
  • 432 pages
  • $5.99

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