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The storyline is captivating, one unpredicted twist after another, it keeps you wondering what’s next. In a book with so main characters out of the box, a bold female lead outstands. Nora is a strong fearless girl (in an Arya stark way of awesomeness) while Owen is a boy who’s not that much into weapons as he is into books.
When I started reading ‘Touch of Iron’ I couldn’t predict the turn the storyline would take. I didn’t expect the characters to evolve and change so dramatically after finding themselves bogged down in an ominous and menacing situation. What started as a Young Adult fantasy story ended as a dark, epic and edgy story, with unexpected twists and unpredictable premise, written masterfully, flawlessly.
Very impressive for a first-time author and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
I can't wait to see what comes next for Noraya Smith
The structure and character arcs remind me of Abercrombie's The First Law and, maybe moreso, The Shattered Sea trilogies, as does the head-on description of violence, gore and gritty life with a sword. It also feels a little like Anthony Ryan's Blood Song. This is no Lord Grimdark or Ryan ripoff, though, but a unique work all it's own.
The variety and authenticity of characters is what fascinates me most, I think. And Telen Diaz. Damn. A warrior monk of sorts, a half-wight with a dark and secret past, he's got to be one of the most memorable characters in fantasy for me now. Kind of Sigrud from Robert J. Bennett's City of Stairs (The Divine Cities series) crossed with Dimitri Belikov from Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy (yes I read those shut up).
There aren't enough women writing grimdark fantasy, but I'm really glad Whitecastle is among them. Look out you Anna Smiths ;)
Shockingly brutal and beautiful, wonderful grimdark fantasy. Read this. Yes.
This story follows Nora and her twin brother Owen, who are orphans who were found and taken in by a village blacksmith when they were young. Twins are highly mistrusted in this world, and Nora especially has been having a tough time at home of late, so they’ve run away from their home village and within the day are ambushed by Bashan, a famously exiled prince, and his company of not-so-merry men, including the mysterious half-wight pilgrim Telen Diaz. The prince is on a quest to find the legendary ‘Living Blade’ so that he can take the throne from his half-sister the Empress, per prophecy. Nora and Owen get more or less sucked into going along on this quest.
I love Nora. So. Much. She’s everything I love in a strong female lead. She’s snarky, she swears a lot, she’s brave when she needs to be but not coldly. Not unemotionally so. There was more than one instance in this book where Nora did something not just badass, but unexpectedly badass, leaving me with an ‘oh snap!’ on my lips. Note to self: husband does not like random ‘oh snap!’s in the middle of the night that wake him up. Pssshh, as if it’s my fault. He should be a heavier sleeper, being married to a woman that exclaims things in the middle of the night and all.
Telen Diaz is also a great character, who does what he thinks is right. He (mostly) follows the code of the pilgrims (which is “Punish the wicked. Protect the innocent. Guide the lost.”). He is there to help Nora though a very difficult situation, but he doesn’t jump in like a dashing rescuer saving the damsel in distress, because Nora isn’t exactly a damsel in distress. He saves her life, only because her life was in danger in such a fashion that saving herself wasn’t an option. Then he teaches her how to fight. The relationship between Diaz and Nora and how it changes throughout the story was really well done. We got to see a bit of this through Diaz’ eyes too, which was cool. I’d love to know what exactly a wight is though, in relation to humans. They are referred to as ‘Lords and Ladies’ a couple of times so I assumed elvish?
Bashan, while not exactly an antagonist, was a good counter to Nora. He’s portrayed exactly in a way that I would expect a prince to act towards a common born woman who has problems with authority figures (however he took this to another level in one or two instances). Nora acts towards him exactly as I would expect a snarky woman who has problems with authority figures to act towards someone who treats her like dirt. The *actual* antagonist is loathable on a level that I can’t actually explain in words. Seriously though. Part 3 of this book was a rollercoaster of feels. One with loops.
In the end, this was one of those books that I loved so much that I got angry when real life interfered with my reading of it. I would have read this thing through in one sitting if I could have.