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Sword of Fire and Sea (The Chaos Knight) Paperback – June 21, 2011
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"A swashbuckling fantasy adventure reminiscent of the golden age of high fantasy dominated by the likes of Terry Brooks and Tad Williams. For those of you pining for return of high fantasy adventure, this is it."
"This series debut by video game designer Hoffman features well-drawn characters, both human and mythical… Introducing a world of elemental magic, intelligent gryphons, and warring forces, this fantasy adventure is suitable for both YA and adult readers."
"Both a modern and old-school high fantasy novel that only scratches the surface of a diverse and interesting world.... [With] Fire priestesses, gryphons, mind magic using mages, Goddesses, magic weapons, Air knights.... I was entertained and thoroughly amazed by the imagination that Hoffman brings to her writing…. Hoffman is a talent, there is no denying it. I would definitely like to see much more of the world of Andovar."
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As for a quick plot summary: Captain Vidarian Rulorat is the last surviving member of a family afflicted with the Blood plague, a genetic disease that torments families who cross elemental boundaries. Vidarian's great-grandfather married a fire priestess and had to pay for it. He condemned his family to bear the Blood plague, and was also forced to enter into an alliance with the the fire priestesses: the Breakwater Agreement. Now the time has come for Vidarian to fulfill his family's obligation. He is tasked with escorting a fire priestess, Ariadel Windhammer, to a water temple for safe keeping. Just to make things interesting, she's being pursued by a group of ruthless telepaths who are bent on silencing her after she witnessed their forbidden rites.
That's a good start. Now, the reasons you should read this book.
First, like I mentioned above, it's a page turner! The book never gets bogged down in the lengthy descriptions that so many authors seem to favor, and despite the short page length there's ample character development and plot advancement. Speaking of which, the plot is solid. Engaging and unpredictable, every time you guess something correctly you'll probably get blindsided twice. As for character development, I was pleasantly surprised.Read more ›
"Three generations ago Captain Vidarian Rulorat's great-grandfather gave up an imperial commission to commit social catastrophe by marrying a fire priestess. For love, he unwittingly doomed his family to generations of a rare genetic disease that follows families who cross elemental boundaries. Now Vidarian, the last surviving member of the Rulorat family, struggles to uphold his family legacy, and finds himself chained to a task as a result of the bride price his great-grandfather paid: the Breakwater Agreement, a seventy-year-old alliance between his family and the High Temple of Kara'zul, domain of the fire priestesses.
The priestess Endera has called upon Vidarian to fulfill his family's obligation by transporting a young fire priestess named Ariadel to a water temple far to the south, through dangerous pirate-controlled territory. A journey perilous in the best of conditions is made more so by their pursuers: rogue telepathic magic-users called the Vkortha who will stop at nothing to recover Ariadel, who has witnessed their forbidden rites."
Sword of Fire and Sea flows very well despite that it changes its balance and focus at least twice; the transitions are done so well, you really do not notice until you think a little and say "but the book was supposed (and started) to be about *** and look now it's actually ***"
The novel is packed with stuff; in its short under 300 pages length, it has more goings on than quite a few recent books double its size or more.Read more ›
I'm not much of a fantasy reader, but the story and characters really held this book together for me. I can't recommend it enough.
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This is classic high fantasy. Hoffman is very good at creating the worlds that his stories take place in. This book is no exception.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the setting and the protagonist at the start, but the book sort of lost me. I wasn't entirely convinced the protagonist was really on the right side, and the book sort of... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Edward K. Lincoln
Really enjoyable book with a widely varied array of characters that makes it even more interesting. I like the use of Griffins and the culture that is developed for them. Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Book Woman
After an interesting beginning, SoFaS gets very confusing. The head priestess sends another priestess with a ship captain to take her to a far away temple. Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by Artemis9307
A good book can transport you to a new world; a great book makes you care about that new world. In Sword of Fire and Sea, the debut fantasy novel by the talented Erin Hoffman, does... Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I have a sneaking suspicion that Sword of Fire and Sea is going to be one of the more polarizing novels of 2011 as a perfect example of form over substance. Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by Justin Landon
Erin Hoffman's debut novel is a traditional high fantasy romp formed from the ashes of a collaborative project. Read morePublished on August 24, 2011 by S. Duke
Erin Hoffman's debut shows a remarkable deftness in storytelling and beautiful language. Some of her descriptions are so good they actually made me stop and read them again just to... Read morePublished on August 17, 2011 by Jon Sprunk
I am an avid fantasy reader and i dont expect every book i read to be another ASOS. I don't usually write reviews (good or bad), but i wanted to let people contemplating to buy... Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Vasant Srinivasan