About the Book
Author: Brett Armstrong
Genre: Christian Epic Fantasy
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Son of the Northern Realm’s Defender, raised among dwarfs of Ordumair, Meredoch was anticipated to succeed his father. Some whispered he would bring the longed-for peace between Ordumair and their ancient foe, Ecthelowall. All of that changes when Ordumair’s Thane is killed and Meredoch and his family are exiled. From prestige to poverty, the young boy must chart a new course.
As the years pass and the idol that was his father’s legacy tarnishes, Meredoch’s past resurfaces. An artifact of immeasurable worth to Ordumair is found. If recovered by the wrong hands, disaster would befall those Meredoch serves and cares about. Battling creatures believed only myths and racing against evil toward the prize, Meredoch must face the truth of his place in the world and claim his right of succession.
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The Lowlands are on the edge of dramatic changes. In every era, warriors for the High King must rise to keep the light burning and hold back the beasts of the darkness that most believe only myth. But those creatures of lore wait for the nightfall that will allow them to roam free and relish that complacency.
None of the protagonists in the Quest of Fire saga—Anargen, Jason, and, in Succession, Meredoch—realize how great a change is coming. Anargen is from a quiet, little town that has stood unchanged and insular for centuries. Jason has been running from a darkness in his past so long he only looks to his next step, never what’s coming ahead. Meredoch grew up with high hopes for his future, proud of his family’s legacy. In the course of the saga, each faces a moment when what they’d clung to and trusted in fails them. For Anargen it’s his quaint life, Jason self-absorption, and Meredoch his family pride. In losing those things, however, each gains something. The chance to join the ancient Quest of Fire on behalf of the High King of All Realms. There’s a passage in The Gathering Dark that sums it up nicely. “Life is filled with losses full of greater gains.”
What excites me to write and share the Quest of Fire saga is showing through sweeping epic fantasy the way these characters stand firm. Though not the only spiritual theme woven into the stories, both The Gathering Dark and Succession invite readers to journey with these characters to the brink, risking their lives, and find there the greatest gain.
But I consider my life of no value to myself; my purpose is to finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace. —Acts 20:24
Although this is a quick read it has a lot of intrigue and adventure. I remember reading the first in this series thinking I actually like the writing style of this author. Now I don’t much care for fantasy books but after reading several authors lately I have embraced it with a new fondness. In this book you have this overall feel of a time where Kings ruled and ruthlessness abounded.
Meredoch is the main focus of this story and I enjoyed following him as he was determined to keep his family safe. Although he is young he has a heart of a noble knight. His mission was set and the author cleverly takes us on a journey that finds our character not only growing in faith but also as a young man. I especially liked the scene where father and son come together after a battle. Can Meredoch save his father ? The ring must be returned and Meredoch has set out to take it back. I could feel the excitement build as I wondered what would happen next.
The story takes on a serious tone as we see our main character fighting his feelings of forgiveness. He so wants to complete his mission but things in his past must be dealt with. It’s a fast story that I think middle school and up will enjoy. Yes I did like the story and am fascinated by the creative imagination this author has.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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