So, I’ll try to keep from giving away too much of the book if I can help it. Like a lot of reviewers about this book, I agree that this makes a great read for young adults. It manages to pull off being both an intriguing fantasy that kids can relate to, while also exposing the reader to an informative passage on blacksmithing that might peak a kid’s interest in such an old-world craft without being too obvious. I could just see a new generation of medieval fair re-enactors being created after reading this book. It’s enjoyable that Rothman seems to have done his research on the art of blacksmithing, which makes its inclusion as the unique skill of one of the main characters seem all the more valid.
My favourite character in the book was the gentle, misfit, vegetarian ogre Ohaobbok from the Bloody Fist Clan. He was well worth the read in itself! I’m hoping that the female characters develop a little more presence in the following books (Heirs of Prophecy is the first in the series), especially the smart and independent young woman (non-traditional, it seems, in this book’s society) Sloane, but I would continue on the in the series. I have to find out what happens to the Riverton family, of course! After all, it’s set in a world where “magic is real”, and who doesn’t love that?