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I usually give books sent for me to review a lot more of a chance than books I pick up on my own, having some sense of obligation. And that was the case with Fireblood by Jeff Wheeler. According to my trusty Kindle, I read sixty-seven percent, giving it more than a week of picking it up and putting it down. Generally, if I can't finish a book in two or three days, I know I'm having problems with it. So over a week and barely past halfway through, I decided to let this one go.
The story is set in a world visited regularly by devastating plagues. The first chapter, more of a prologue, shows us the tail end of an unsuccessful expedition into the Scourgelands in an attempt to end the plagues. The leader of the expedition, Tyrus, appears to be the sole survivor. Years later, Tyrus is involved once again in an attempt to stop the plagues, this time involving his nephew Anon, a Druidecht (yes, think "druid"); his niece Hettie, a Romani "Finder" with her own issues; and Paedrin, a warrior monk. Tyrus is clearly manipulating the three and withholding information, and it turns out he's not the only one with hidden agendas and dark secrets. The story is further complicated by the opposition of the Arch-Rike, one of the most powerful rulers in this land, "Dark Druidecht," and other plot points.
Without belaboring the point, my biggest problem was that nothing grabbed me. Fireblood opened up with a big of a bang, with that first expedition, a deadly attack, the unleashing of wild magic, and a personal sacrifice. But then the pace slowed greatly, with the story sort of meandering around from place to place, meeting to meeting, sometimes crisis to crisis. None of it, or at least too little of it, had any sense of urgency or vividness and the plot complications seemed both overly convoluted and overly crafted, smacking too much of an author behind the curtain.
Besides the pallid, episodic nature of the plot, the characters also left a lot to be desired, feeling too much like they were playing their assigned novelistic roles (warrior monk, nature loving magic-user, arch-manipulator, etc.) rather than feeling like wholly formed people who existed prior to these events and will continue to exist beyond the book's plot.
There were other issues as well: writing that was adequate at best and never captivating or startling, a few seeming contradictions in character, the old chestnut of people not having the conversations normal people would, a setting so vague and small in its presentation that I felt they were traipsing a neighborhood rather than an entire land, and some awkward dialogue.
Fireblood isn't a horrible book. But it never rose above mediocre for me in its craft elements and that, combined with what I found to be a dull mixture of plot and character, meant each step further in made it more and more difficult to justify taking the next one. Not recommended.
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Well, loved the Muirwood series, was greatly looking forward to Fireblood and Mr. Wheelers great emotional rides that he puts his characters through, however!!
After the first chapter, which I found to be great in laying out the crux of the story, chapters 2 through about 21 where not very good, I kept reading and thinking "did he write this? was this the same person that wrote Muirwood?". It had no emotional feeling of any kind, I did not care about any of the characters, seemed to be somewhat contradicting to the way they should behave etc.
I mean, here we have Annon, a Druidecht prodigy and (always) he's angry (why the angry?) so what if he had not seen his uncle for ten years or more, he has accomplished a great deal being a Druidect at a very early age! Would Michael Jordan be "angry" at someone that did not invite him to join a baseball team when he was a basketball super star!!! At best his anger should have been mastered by being a Druidecht, I can understand if he was sorry for not knowing his Uncle better (his only relative) or perhaps even ambivalent about it, but angry? I'm angry that the editor/proof readers did not tell Mr. Wheeler that the first half of the book SUCKED!
When our three adventures were in danger by the Fear Liath, Hettie pulls out a Bow, a bow, where did that come from, nothing was every said or described about what she wore, what weapons she had, etc... Ok, she is a Finder/Hunter, ok, we have a bow but when the party meets bandits on the road, did she get out her bow and put a arrow in the bandits neck (or better yet, a arrow in the knee), no, she gets her fireblood going and her and Annon set half the woods on fire! And Annon explains it away as saying that a forest needs a cleansing to renew and some trees need fire to sprout their seeds, WTF! (I know that some seeds need fire, thats not the point)
So many inconsistencies and lack of any solid descriptions and well thought out events that happen and the trips are so quick, walking no less!
Just think of the secret location of the Blade, when our adventures got there, they see the place littered from previous treasury seekers, how is it that Kiranrao did not know of this place and that no one has been able to get at the treasury? You would think that as smart, cunning, all knowing, he could at least deduce that maybe it was there, so why are we told that he does not know its location, I would much more believe that he suspected it's location but had no key/passcode (way) to get access to it!
So may others!
The story telling in chapters 2-21 was very spotty and jerky, there was no "flow" to it, I'm not a professional reviewer so perhaps I'm not describing it properly, but it is what it is.
BUT, but, the rest of the book redeems itself, chapters 22 to the end give us the writing that I was expecting and for that reason, I will buy the next installment.
So, if you are thinking about this book, the story is good, the plot is good, get through the first half as quick as you can and you will be rewarded.
One suggestion, I know there is a love story but don't make Hettie be too cheap with her emotions toward Paedrin, he is not deserved of any "love" pangs thus far (so don't cheapen the story).