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South – A murdered king A young princess thrust onto the throne An enemy ueen fighting to forge an empire As war engulfs an entire world only ueen can rule through steel and fireWhen her father is murdered si A murdered king A young princess of Steel MOBI ñ thrust onto the throne An enemy ueen fighting to forge an empire As war engulfs an entire world only ueen can rule through steel and fireWhen her father is murdered sixteen year old princess Claire Erinn must become the first female ruler of Keldaren As soon as Claire takes the throne enemies arise on her borders and from within her own court Claire knows she's not ready to rule The ueen MOBI :¿ But that's a secret she has to hide from her enemies and from her own people Claire must act like a strong ueen if she hopes to survive long enough to become one As war looms Claire struggles to save her kingdom and herself A rival ueen and Claire's half mad brother are both coming for her crown and her head With Death herself hunting her Claire must become the warrior her kingdom needs She's willing ueen of Steel PDF/EPUB è to face Death to save Keldaren But the price of victory may be even higher than Claire's life Book Trailer. “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the assessment that something else is important than fear”― Franklin D Roosevelt This is the essence of who Claire Erinn is and the ueen 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 ueen 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 ueen 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 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 skillIf you are a member of Kindle Unlimited you can currently read this novel for free I received a free copy of the ueen of Steel and Fire by Steven South in exchange for an honest review 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 wwwfacebookcomueenofsteelandfires Spoiler freeI'm not going to discuss the plot a synopsis was already provided aboveHonestly I don't know where to start so I apologize in advance if this is a little jumbled This was the easiest to get into fantasy book I have ever read It was so easy to get lost in The characters were logical which I can't even begin to explain how appreciative I am over that This book has multiple perspectives so you get insight from all sides of the story which is really enjoyable Even the villains you just can't help but love to hate Claire acted her age and her thoughts were written in italics which was so insightful You literally got to see what's in her head She was strong but not magically out of nowhere strong She really grew as a character There were no parts that dragged out which tends to happen a lot in fantasy Everything transitioned so smoothly it was exceptionally executed The world building was incredible the creatures were described extremely well It made it easy to picture in your head There's a map included as well Plus there's dragons and how can you not love that The magic elements were fascinating I love the way that they bond with the dragonsThe religion in the novel was so original and well thought out It really shows how much thought went into the book I want to say it was almost whimsical? I'm at loss for words but I feel like this is a book everyone should experienceIt deals with tragic topics but it doesn't necessarily read like that The characters are so easy to love the story is so fast paced and there is so much action jam packed into just over 400 pagesuickly i'd like to mention the uality of the book It's a heavy paperback the pages are super thick as well Overall the effort that went into the book was obvious it was incredibleI have a feeling that the next book is going to be a lot darker and i'm so excited for that The book also wasn't romance surrounded with fantasy elements which was GREAT No instant love hereGreat start to a series I actually had a dream after staying up until 200am finishing it that the second book magically showed up in my mailbox LOL I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewThe ueen of Steel and Fire is a coming of age story with a really strong female lead character Claire inherits the throne after the murder of her father and has to fight to establish her position as the ueen in the title She has enemies both within her kingdom from treacherous advisors seeking power for themselves and outside from a neighbouring kingdom trying to turn her youth and inexperience to its own advantageThe author builds and describes the world well the characterisations are sharp and the plot keeps moving along nicely The relationship between the young ueen and her dragon is lovely and there is plenty of action ranging from individual fight scenes to large scale battle seuences There is a clear and presumably intentional gender imbalance in the story in that most of the good guys are female and most of the bad guys are male but that just highlights the problems that the young ueen has to overcomeOverall it is a very good book well worth a read and I will look forward to the next installment in the series The ueen of Steel and Fire by Steven South is a 434 page epic fantasy It is written in third person present tense and has forty four chapters I loved the drawn map of Teranak Island The clipart with the banner and swords was very fitting I was glad to see that South referred to The ueen of Steel and Fire as a series South did an incredible amount of world building With his map everything was easily imagined He gave the reader enough detail without over indulging I also love a strong female lead Claire Erinn was barely coming to terms with her father’s death when she had to assume the crown and become ueen Her character growth is written very well and believable as she struggles with her new power and who to trust There is no shortage of enemies to the crown sorcery traitors and even dragons The twists will keep you guessing thankfully no cookie cutter plots here I really enjoyed the book and will gladly read another from this author Recommended book Solid 35 stars“I see an ocean of possibilities And which one actually happens? That’s up to you You write your own story ” Chapter 11 This is a very fast paced book which is nicebut it also feels like the content is rushed And that is not niceIt’s Christian themed and that heavily comes into play almost exactly halfway through There are great uestions and answers presented as to why ‘multiple’ gods exist how a loving deity can ‘allow’ suffering what it actually means to have free will and why even ‘angels’ cannot fully predict one’s future Yet we all want signs that what we believe is real something that instinctively feels right and not createdHowever we have limited understanding of certain things Many aspects of life are mysterious because we just simply don’t have the capacity to fully grasp their meaning Based on what we can believe we have to have faith that the rest is real This is particularly true because we do sometimes blindly put our faithtrust in people who we can physically interact with So why not a deity?Claire Erinn is 16 and is now the Crowned ueen She knows her father was killed and it’s up to her and her guard Kerry to determine what even happenedKerry is an awesome person both a mother figure and a friend to Claire I had suspicions about her that proved unfoundedSouth has written a book where the obvious is fact and little is hidden from the reader And yet I wanted to learn how things were summed up So the lack of surprise made me feel like it was a 3 star book from the startA LOT of people have issues with Claire being ueen 1 She is young 2 She is femaleHer age pushes many of them to persuade Claire to take on a Viceroyregent And yet the latter in particular is the greatest holdup with people uaestor the Grandmaster of the Syncrestry the group of templers who enforce the religion And yet they are filled with secrets and lies My brain converts them to the pagans The Senatorsor most of them at least Many are members of the Syncrestry Many just don’t want a young female on the throne Malcolm the Chancellor and Claire’s uncle He is campaigning for re election and even Claire knows he’s not the most fit for the job Or at least the most fair for the job He behaves as if Claire is a child not a young adult Lord Halen the Captain of the Crown Guard He’s also a traitor in a few ways Aricet the General of the Sixth Legion He’s got a huge chip on his shoulder and is a sniveling brat Jared Claire’s brother Wait what? Yeah he went cuckoo and was locked up away from the kingdom His behavior caused their father to name Claire heir He blames Claire for the death of their mother in childbirth which is so immature I want to slap him Likegrow the hell upSpeaking of growing up Claire truly acts her age wanting to rush off to save friends and refusing to go to safety without everyone She complains until the truth is presented to her And she matures It is realisticMajor Dalraiden is freaking coolClaire encounters otherworldly beings who are very interesting and are all under the power of the one god the AncientImperialEmperor Death A woman in a black cloak who comes to take people when death is near Death will meddle in human affairs while others won’t Astra a valkyrie a messenger and servant of the one God She’s like an angel and warns Claire of danger without interfering To paraphrase “It’s not for us to know his will but to follow it” She sends Claire to find a hermit named Seanwho was actually once a knight until he became sickThen there are the evil sisters Minerva who is a ruler and Anastasia It is annoying how they constantly call each other “Sis” It breaks the characters of how they’re supposed to be IMO They’re not witches per se but there is some magical part of them that strengthens their hold on othersMinerva is truly evil though Both are but Minerva gets kicks out of pitting say reaper beetles against someone I want to vomitThere IS magic in the book in the guise of dragons and their blood We see the thin line between sorcery and alchemy because one can be used for the other Often times it truly is intentThis is a bit convenient though Claire does have struggles and she’s not perfect with everything She grows with time both physically and through her mistakes But still super fast powers just let us know she’ll be fineThe Dragon Knight Sloane brings Claire to Mount Draconis to become a Knight with her father’s sword But then she internally complains about having to ride a dragon even after voluntarily joining the Order until she fully means her dragon Breaus rolls eyes The tests to become a Knight are truly bruthal And yet to pass them is always within a person's choiceClaire Kerry and Sloane make a great trioSean is the monk of the story and presents awesome uestions and information for Claire and Kerry “But a god at my beck and call wouldn’t be much of a god would he? And there’s a person he shrouds himself in mystery and doesn’t just go about openly in the world The Ancient isn’t a tyrant He invites people to believe in him He doesn’t force them Not showing himself gives us freedom to choose whether to believe in him or not” Chapter 24The Merosians and Graithans are each uite interesting groups of beings I can’t say people for the former because they’re not I like that they’re not orcs or elves but something different The underwater cavern in Garat is SO COOL One of the themes that arises is what inanimate thing will Claire be most like? Stone? Steel? Fire? A mix of both? She has to come to learn that she will be most like herself with a strong resolve inherited from her father and exterior strength honed through practice and training It's Christian fantasy fiction that moves at a good clip though I found myself wishing it would slow down a little bitThe Christian emphasis on the One True God vs many false gods was too heavy handed for my taste A little finesse would have gone a long way hereOf course I have to sayand I say it all at the blog I loved the dragons and mix breed animals I think my favorite part was where Claire and Braeus form their official bond 2 stars First 50% was OK though a little simplistic and military aspects unrealistic uit at 60% as book became overly evangelical discovered later it's tagged as a Christian book This book is objectively not very good but it's fun to read The main character is one of the worst Mary Sues I've ever read about but I really enjoyed the world building I appreciated the various different religions and the contrast between them a lot That was one of the best parts of the book I may pursue the rest of the series though there are certainly better books out there A fun way to pass the time The storyline wasn't bad but some of the repetitive wording was annoying Two sisters who constantly call each other 'sis' had me rolling my eyes Really seven times during one chunk of dialog Also the religious aspect became far too preachy for me and I almost stopped reading a few times because it just kept going over the 'just have faith in the one true god' mantra Overall not a bad book but I won't be reading the second installment