Book Review: In Thunder Forged
In Thunder Forged – Ari Marmell (Pyr Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013)
Imagine a world of fearsome battles worthy of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, called WARMACHINE. Imagine a story of political intrigue worthy of The Three Musketeers. Imagine a spy adventure worthy of James Bond.
Now imagine all three combined into a new series. Add a dash of steam, and you have Book One of the Iron Kingdom Chronicles, written by Ari Marmell.
In Thunder Forged: The Fall of Llael, Book One tells the story through several viewpoints – army commanders, espionage agents, mechanics dedicated to steam-powered “warjacks,” alchemists, and more – involved in the battle of Cygnar versus Khador. The book is filled with battle strategies, doublecrosses, and a surprising amount of humor, as we get to know the characters and the empires for which they fight. There’s also a refreshingly high number of central female characters – in the Iron Kingdoms, it seems, gender is a nonissue.
In Thunder Forged was the first of a planned trilogy by Marmell, but the second installment has been postponed and may be far off in the future, or continued by a different author. Fortunately, Book One stands on its own as a self-contained story, and the role-playing game goes on with no end in sight to the battles and the intrigue!
More information on In Thunder Forged: http://www.pyrsf.com/InThunderForged.html
More information on the Iron Kingdoms: http://privateerpress.com/iron-kingdoms
More information on author Ari Marmell: http://mouseferatu.com/