Thursday, February 2, 2017

BONE WAR by Steven Harper

The Books of Blood and Iron Book 3
August 2nd, 2016
Fantasy, Action-Adventure
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Self-Purchase
4 Hearts

For the three fates, watching over the world in their sacred garden, they control all life and maintain balance in the world. But that balance is shattered when an evil Fae queen kidnaps one of the fates, placing every being in jeopardy. They ask Danr, the half human/half troll to help rescue their sister and defeat the fae queen before the tree tips fully and the world as they now it, even their lives are gone in a blink.

In order to rescue the missing fate, Danr must find the Bone Sword. But as he and Aisa travel to find the sword, their other companions are forced to stay behind and figure out who is making familiar unknown creatures. With their future on the line, Danr, Aisa and their friends are racing against the clock because if the tree tips, they and their world will cease to exist…forever.

BONE WAR is the final book in the Books of Blood and Iron series and is totally one I couldn’t put down. I am so glad I took a chance on this series and this new to me author. I fell in love with his world building and the characters were so unique and different. This author definitely turns on its head the usual suspects-fae, goblins, trolls, etc- and makes them fresh and unique. I loved how the author portrays Danr as just wanting to be normal yet his destiny isn’t going to be denied. The scenes between Danr, Aisa and their friends are at times light and playful and other times, serious and in depth. The author does an amazing job in capturing the characters vulnerabilities and hidden depths. He does an amazing job in creating characters that grow with each book, showing the reader more of their personality even as they face against adversity. You just can not help but fall in love with them. Add in a few familiar faces we met in the past two books that show up to move the story along well you get a sense that this time the journey is about to get rougher for this merry band of friends.

This is the final book in the trilogy and it definitely amps up the adventure these characters take. We met the fates in the past two books and there is a lot going on in BONE WAR that if you didn’t read book one, The Iron Axe, or book two, Blood Storm, you might be a tad confused over some mentions from the past adventures these characters took. I highly recommend reading the trilogy in order so you can get the full back story on all the characters and their adventures before this final book. I loved how the author takes something old and tired and makes it fresh and new for readers to enjoy. If you enjoy a new take on fae, trolls, goblins and other fantasy creatures, then you will enjoy this highly entertaining trilogy about a half troll/half human boy that finds that the simple life he wants isn’t what is in store for him or his friends. I look forward to seeing where this author goes next after this thrilling conclusion to the Books of Blood and Iron.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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