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Born in fire. Tempered in blood.

Epheria is a land divided by war and mistrust. The High Lords of the South squabble and fight, only kept in check by the Dragonguard, traitors of a time long past, who serve the empire of the North.

In the remote villages of Southern Epheria, still reeling from the tragic loss of his brother, Calen Bryer prepares for The Proving - a test of courage and skill that not all survive. But when three strangers arrive in the village of Milltown, with a secret they are willing to die for, Calen’s world is ripped from under him and he is thrust headfirst into a war that has been raging for centuries.

There is no prophecy. His coming was not foretold. He bleeds like any man, and bleed he will.

Includes bonus story The Fall.

©2021 Ryan Cahill (P)2021 Podium Audio

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loved it!! a well written classic fantasy

I really enjoyed this book. it has a great story line, likeable characters, magic, and DRAGONS...I was interested from start to finish. Derek Perkins absolutely crushes the narration. the author has maps and a glossary set up on his website since audiobook listeners tend to miss out on those things. if you like classic fantasy, magic and dragons you will love this one. it also comes with a prequel novella at the end.

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Classic.

A solid and classic tale told with a hint of modern prose and style. I enjoyed the audio version here and can't wait for the sequal.

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An Incredible Debut!

This story did not take long to hook me. This has everyone a fantasy listener craves. A solid magic system, excellent world-building, and great character development. Nothing about felt felt rushed, which is something I find frequently these days in a lot of fantasy. I appreciated that a certain creature didn’t grow any quicker than it did.

I loved that the classic tropes were all done really well. Elves, dragons, and dwarves all fit the typical fantasy archetype, yet Cahill made them all feel original. And those big trolloc-like creatures! Properly scary, and utilized with purpose to advance the story. Calen was a relatable character I could root for and sympathize with throughout. I also enjoy well-done villain POVs, which Cahill nailed.

This is the sort of fantasy that keeps fantasy readers reading fantasy! Oh, and the narration was top notch! Derek Perkins is fantastic.

Glad I took a chance on Ryan Cahill.

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Excellent beginning to a new series!

I really enjoyed this book. This book has everything I love in epic fiction. There is an enormous detailed world filled with familiar races such as elves, dwarves, giants, and humans. The main characters all have depth and you can really pull for them. Even the evil characters were fleshed out & felt like they had depth.

The magic system was pretty cool and would be considered a soft system which I like. I’m not into the trend of creating weird magic systems in an attempt at creating a pseudo-science explanation for the magic. Ryan Cahill avoids this and I really like that.

My only real criticism is the use of curse words from the real world. I don’t mind them being used in books that take place in modern day or the future but when they’re used in fantasy it immediately pulls me out.

The narration was very good. I’d definitely like to hear more from Derek Perkins.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that loves classic epic fantasy. Looking forward to the 2nd book in this series.

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A fantastic job meshing classic fantasy with a current and fresh twist

I read this book a few months ago when I ordered the signed hardback edition of Of Blood and Fire. It and the novella, The Fall, are easily my favorite reads of 2021 and in my top 5 all time. When the audio was released I made sure I had it so that I could listen to it.
Man did it deliver! Not only do you get Of Blood and Fire, but you get The Fall at the end!

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND listening to this! The story is great with lots of action, the characters are great and the narrator is great!
This is everything you need in a book!

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  • 11-17-21

A fantastic debut and fantastic performance

I loved this - it is warming and nostalgic, a reminder of all I love in the genre.

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  • 11-11-21

A fantastic fantasy debut with excellent narration

I'll have a full review up on goodreads and my instagram (dublin_book_review).

This is a brilliant debut from a fantastic Irish novelist. I read the fall novella prior to reading this. It's an excellent blend of classic and modern fantasy elements. With intricate and powerful magic, an excellent cast of characters of all fantasy races, and story that while builds slowly. Is captivating and interesting. I'd reccomend this book to anyone, the fall is a ripping roller-coaster 90 minute battle that grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. Can't wait to check out book 2 this November. I'm very interested to see where this story goes

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  • IceLuna
  • 11-08-21

WOW you have another fan

This book gets a hold on you and you will have trouble putting it down. When I started it I was thinking it would be like any other fantasy book, but from the moment the story starts you are in the middle of everything!
Very well written and I am looking forward to all the rest.
I loved the whole book. Please don't stop writing.

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  • Amy
  • 10-13-21

A must listen epic fantasy adventure

The story had me gripped from the first few chapters and transported into the world of Epheria. The adventure Cahill takes you on will have you both laughing and crying as you feel like your on the journey alongside Calen and his friends. Highly recommend for all fantasy lovers. Derek Perkins also does a great job as narrator for the book with his different character voices and tone. Can't wait for the second!

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