- Series: Sarah Jane Beauhall (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (June 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765324695
- ISBN-13: 978-0765324696
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,038,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forged in Fire (Sarah Jane Beauhall) Hardcover – June 19, 2012
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“Fans of the first novel will find this one equally enjoyable, as Pitts mixes familiar urban fantasy tropes with some new twists.” ―Publishers Weekly on Honeyed Words
“Dark urban fantasy with come clever touches that should appeal to urban fantasy fans.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A hip, urban take on dragons and dwarves packed with great one-liners. Add to that, a sexy blacksmith in Doc Martens. It's about time we had a fantasy heroine like Sarah Beauhall!” ―Kay Kenyon, author of Bright of the Sky, on Black Blade Blues
“Endlessly entertaining. A colliding mix of action and ancient myth--yet sexy with a dash of tongue-in-cheek humor. Not to be missed!” ―Barb and J.C. Hendee, authors of the Noble Dead Saga on Black Blade Blues
About the Author
J. A. PITTS is a graduate of the Oregon Coast Writers Workshops and holds degrees in English and Library Science. Forged in Fire is the third title in Pitt's urban fantasy series.
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Anyway, this book is really a huge improvement from the previous books. It lacks most of the whining and self-pitying that occupied a lot (most) of the first two books. Instead this one concentrates on the actual story and advances it throughout most of the book. The book starts straight off with some action which in turn have some interesting bearing on the rest of the story.
Sarah herself is much more confident and have stopped trying to hide or run away from Gram but rather brings it out on quite a few occasions. Sarah’s behaviour as well as the fact that the actual fantasy part of the story moves on at a decent pace in this book is, as I said before, a huge improvement. If the author would have produced another book like the two first ones which were slow mowing and filled with Sarah’s whining and childish behaviour then I would have dropped this series for good. Now I will probably read another book if one comes out.
The story is good as well. It revolves a lot around our two, now rather well known, dragons of course but the real bad guy in this book is a necromancer, one of Jean-Paul’s old cronies. The one thing I thought was a bit si-so with the story is that Sarah is taking quite some time, some of it not really justifiable in my mind, before she decides to actually do something about the fact that Qindra is trapped and fighting for her life, and quite a few others as well, in Anezka’s old place.
Apart from that it is a good book, plenty of magic, action and other interesting parts involving dragons and other creatures. Probably will not go on my top of the top list but it was an enjoyable read indeed. At the end of the book the author have created a quite nice fantasy stage on which to build more books.
There were many times that Pitts created angst but because of lack of space could not discuss it later.
This book sets up fir a fourth but I am not sure if one exists... The first book I think was the best and could probably stand alone as a really good book. The third drags the series from the lagging second to straddling the fence of worth finishing.
J. A. Pitts
Tor, Jun 19 2012, $26.99
In the Seattle area Sarah Beauhall muses about her difficulty previous months since the blacksmith and budget movies props guru working on Elvis versus the Goblins forged a sword that turned out to be the Nordic legendary Gram (see Black Blade Blues). Since then, all sorts of supernatural creatures accost her and her significant other Katie over ownership of the blade that allegedly Sigurd used to slay Fafnir the dragon Jean Paul. She now believes it as she and her friends defeated a dragon twice (see Honeyed Words).
However, Sarah has no time for R&R with Katie because a necromancer serial killer deploys deadly magic in Washington State. She knows all of the dead and Sarah concludes this evil adversary who has no compunction about killing the innocent is stalking her and must be stopped by her before more die. However Sarah remains ignorant of another insidious threat to the well-being of herself, her beloved Katie and their allies and friends.
The third Sarah Beauhall urban fantasy is an exciting action-packed thriller that works because of Sarah and her cohorts still struggling to rationally accept an altered "physics". The storyline is fast-paced while the prime villain is a powerful diabolical threat to the heroine. Although the climax is abrupt, fans will enjoy Sarah's daring feats Forged in Fire.