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Fire in the Blood (Book) Review

 
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An action packed adventure filled with moral quandaries and knuckle-biting moments.

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Newcomers to the series may feel a bit lost if they start their adventure with Farideh with this book.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Author Erin M. Evans takes us back to the Forgotten Realms and Farideh’s latest adventures in Fire in the Blood. For those unfamiliar with Evans’ previous works, Farideh is quite the unique character. As a tiefling, she’s already got marks against her as far as many people are unconcerned. Add in a warlock pact with […]

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Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Author Erin M. Evans takes us back to the Forgotten Realms and Farideh’s latest adventures in Fire in the Blood.

For those unfamiliar with Evans’ previous works, Farideh is quite the unique character. As a tiefling, she’s already got marks against her as far as many people are unconcerned. Add in a warlock pact with a scheming cambion and it’s enough to make a lot of “normal” folks steer clear – even if those were people she previously called friend. Is it amoral to abandon a friend because of circumstances beyond their control? Is it wrong to stay with someone who is making choices that go against everything you believe in? It’s these kind of moral choices that define much of Fire in the Blood, and it makes for a thought provoking story that keeps you questioning till the very end.

As a chosen of Asmodeus, Farideh has been “blessed” with gifts that those around her find both useful and unsettling in turn. Though she did not ask to be chosen, she must regardless accept the presence of Asmodeus in her life. While her talents have saved her friends, and helped save a kingdom, they also often frighten away those who she wishes to help. With her twin sister Havilar also likely chosen, figuring out a way to manage gifts of infernal magic without succumbing to their darker temptations is a priority. But with so much upheaval in Cormyr, all energies are devoted to staying alive and well while a fight for the crown – and the city – rages around them.

Fire in the Blood is a real progression in Farideh’s story. As she grows into her powers and her confidence, she begins to question the choices that have brought her to this point, as well as the companions that have helped her along the way. While some who were once friend now seem to have more sinister motives, new friends arise in the unlikeliest of places. It’s a story of a battle for Cormyr, but it’s also a story of Farideh’s battle to find herself, and both battles resemble more a drawn out siege than a hasty skirmish. Though newcomers to Evans’ books may feel like they’re missing a few pieces if they start the series with Fire in the Blood, fans of the series will not be disappointed with Farideh’s latest adventure.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)