- File Size: 502 KB
- Print Length: 422 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Regal Crest Enterprises (May 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CP4PCB2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,147 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Raven, Fire and Ice: Book One in the Touch of Truth series Kindle Edition
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This book is about three main characters. Lucinda, a Tower Witch (meaning her powers are amplified by an actual magical tower structure), Ascara a warrior who is as deadly as she is charming, and Magda an airship captain. Magda and Ascara work for a secret organization that deals with monsters and things not quite human. They need Lucinda’s help to discover what has happened to the missing people of Wash Town. The three women most work together to overcome the evil that awaits them.
While this is steampunk it also had a post-apocalyptic feel. With places that had names like Ama’Rican and Angels, it felt like it took place here after something has happened to the earth to put us back into almost Victorian times. Maybe I’m reading too much into everything but that is the impression that I got. The world building is wonderful as is the whole imagination of the story. I was very impressed. Round does a good job of not info dumping in this story. Because of that it does take a little while to understand all the magical aspects, in the beginning, but everything comes together nicely and I was immersed in this new world. This is the kind of book that is well described enough to play like a movie in your mind.
I loved the three strong women main characters. You had the powerful but a bit naive Lucinda (naive because she had not left her tower since the age of 16). The strict by the book captain, with a big heart, Magda. And last but not least the killing machine, warrior who cares Ascara. I just loved Ascara. She is the perfect fantasy character for my personal tastes. There is no romance in this book, but there are definitely feelings between these three women. I enjoyed reading about it and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in the next book.
This book had a great mix of imagination, world building, characters, some mystery, and monsters. This first book was a great step in the beginning of an epic fantasy adventure. I absolutely recommend this to fantasy and or steampunk fans. I will be reading book 2 as soon as it releases.
An ARC was given to me for a honest review.
The characterization is equally phenomenal. The three protagonists embody each component of the title:
Wise Birds Whisper…Lucinda Ravensburgh, a powerful tower witch and psychometrist (someone able to read objects), represents the Raven. Embodying the raven’s symbolic traits of intellect, inventiveness and intimidation (ooh alliteration!), she is a strong-willed, powerful and proper Victorian woman! The raven is symbolically known to solve puzzles, and Lucinda is tasked with seeking the truth and solving the mystery plaguing the people of Wash Town.
Rage of Fire…Ascara, a loyal and fierce Amazon, represents Fire. Her rage fuels Lucinda’s power. She embodies fierce, difficult to control passion and her fiery rage is a destructive weapon harnessed and focused by Lucinda.
Strength of Ice…Magda Stoner is an Oceanic, people who live their entire lives aboard-ship. She is Captain of the impressive airship Verity, an apt name for the conveyance of seekers of the truth. She represents Ice and is a symbol of chilling rigidity.
Rather than pondering a la Robert Frost whether Fire or Ice will bring upon the end of the world, it will be the power of both, harnessed by the Raven that will be needed to save it from destruction at the hands of Sh’Na queen of the desert. The pace of the story flowed very naturally keeping me fully rapt from start to finish. This was a very hard book to put down! I completely enjoyed the fruits of the author’s imagination and found this to be a very refreshing and original read. This is the first book in Round’s Touch of Truth series and I very much look forward to the rest!