“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”― Franklin D. Roosevelt. This is the essence of who Claire Erinn is and the Queen she is becoming. At 16 years of age Claire Erinn must deal with the suspicious death of her father and take her place as the first female ruler of Keldaren. Immediately following her father’s death there are already factions, in and out of the kingdom, vying to usurp her power. Said factions assume that her youth means she’s naive of the political power plays that exist in the court of royalty. The day of her coronation the Dragon Knights appear with her father’s sword and an offer to train her as a Dragon Knight. This is a pivotal point in now Queen Claire’s development as the new ruler of Keldaren. The training she receives from the Knight’s as well as the dragon she partners with are instrumental in the evolution of her leadership abilities. Surprising both herself and her enemies she proves she is a force to be reckoned with.
At 434 pages The Queen of Steel and Fire is an epic fantasy worthy of the genre. This story has layers and as each layer is slowly, and carefully removed more of South’s world and machina behind are revealed. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres to read, I love being swept into a world full of a magic, dragons, and strong characters. I absolutely adored both the novel as well as South’s writing. He is already adept at building a believable and full, richly detailed world. South includes a map which makes it easy to see the world. He is well on his way to becoming an excellent writer and I look forward to seeing his storycraft continue to develop.
A ginormous thank you to South for achieving an ending that is not a cliffhanger while still making me want to immediately pick up book two of the series. I deeply appreciate this skill.
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About the Author: I’m originally from Minnesota, but I now live in Wisconsin with my wife Stephanie, and our two very spoiled guinea pigs. I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management. I love to read, and I also really enjoy traveling and exploring different countries.