Master of Iron
– Tricia Levenseller –
Feiwel & Friends
Published 26 July 2022
Master of Iron is the second book in the Bladesmith duology. I adore fantasy duologies. No plodding, place-holding middle book in a trilogy, no drawn out, massive series. I love a duology and I am here for the romance, adventure and authenticity of the Bladesmith series.
In book 1 of Bladesmith we met Ziva, magical blacksmith. Creating a sword capable of world destruction brought her the attention of a dangerous warlord. So, Ziva and her sister, along with a reluctant mercenary and a young scholar, began their epic journey. After a cliffhanger ending to conclude book 1, Master of Iron picks up exactly where Blade of Secrets left off.
Master of Iron brings even more danger, fights and epic, world-changing politics. Ziva just wants to ensure her sister is safe and escape to the quiet life she had planned. Instead she is kidnapped and forced into making deadly magical weapons for a prince intent on world domination. To achieve her dream and the safety of her world, Ziva will have to make a choice and decide if she will make a stand to fight for her family.
Ziva is such a fantastic character and I adore her so much and relate to her anxiety and her desire to stay out of the drama. But, Ziva is also a lot braver and stronger than she gives herself credit for. And once she makes her stand, there isn’t much that can stop her. Her journey is what I loved most about this book. She loves Kellyn but struggles to accept what loving and being with him means. Ziva’s anxiety is so authentic and it’s her character, along with the romance, friendship and action, that makes Master of Iron such an epic book and Bladesmith a must-read, must-have fantasy series.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Young adult fiction
Themes: Sisters, blacksmith, magic, war, romance, relationships,
Reading age guide: Ages 13 and up.
Advisory: Violence, injury, death.
Published: 26 July 2022 by Feiwel & Friends.
Format: Hardcover, ebook, paperback. 400 pages.