Of Blood and Fire by Ryan Cahill

Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Interior Illustrator
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Side Character MVP
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Villain
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Setting
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Shadiest Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Book Cover & Cover Artist
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Debut
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Friendship
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Use of Tropes
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Audio Narration

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.

AdultFantasy/Mythic, Retelling, and FolkloreFantasy/Alternate History


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πŸ“– rainanightingale author / book blogger

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Some more thought out than others
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Adequately represents the story

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πŸ“– SheriffJoe

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Adequately represents the story

Amazing debut novel...and it only gets better from here!!

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πŸ“– Jasvinder

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

πŸ“– SKaeth author

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Some more thought out than others
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Adequately represents the story

Fantastic worldbuilding, with a story that’s kind of Wheel of Time meets Eragon.


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