Today is my stop on The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath blog tour. Thank you Lauren Tavella,
Head of Zeus, for inviting me on this tour.
The endless rotstorm rages over the ruins of the Ferron Empire. Floré would never let the slavers of the Empire rise again. As a warrior of the Stormguard Commandos, she wrought horrors in the rotstorm to protect her people. She did her duty and left the bloodshed behind. Floré’s peace is shattered when blazing orbs of light cut through the night sky and descend on her village. Her daughter is abducted and Floré is forced into a chase across a land of twisted monsters and ancient gods. She must pursue the mysterious orbs, whose presence could herald the return of the Empire she spent her entire life fighting. Now, Floré must take up the role she had sworn to put aside and become the weapon the Stormguard trained her to be, to save not only her daughter, but her people…
The Gauntlet and the Fist beneath is a debut fantasy novel and the first one in a trilogy. It follows the story of Floré Artollens, a Sergeant in the Stormguard. Enjoying a peaceful life with her husband and young daughter she is thrown headlong into a series of events after her daughter is abducted and she embarks on a quest to find her. There is everything in here you would expect from a fantasy novel and more. The world is rich and complex, with an interesting magic system and everything, including the creatures, are described in exquisite detail.
A well written and well paced novel, although I’ll admit to losing my way a little bit towards the middle of the book with the introduction of the flashbacks and the Ashbringer narrative. Rather than a chapter being reserved for each point of view, the narratives jumped around within the chapters and required some concentration. I was fully invested in Floré’s point of view and I enjoyed the touches of humour in the storyline. Floré is a brilliant female lead, she’s strong, courageous and fearless, but also a caring wife and mother. Janos was another interesting character and I looked forward to reading his points of view. This epic tale has a huge cast of characters some of whom you will love and end up rooting for. The beautifully illustrated map at the beginning is very useful to help with location.
An exciting action-packed adventure filled with all manner of monsters, gods and mysterious flying orbs. A great read and I look forward to seeing where the sequel takes us.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date (UK): 5 August 2021
Series: The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath Trilogy #1
Page Count: 432
About the Author:
Ian Green is a writer from Northern Scotland with a PhD in epigenetics. His fiction has been widely broadcast and performed, including winning the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines competition and winning the Futurebook Future Fiction prize. His short fiction has been published by Londnr, Almond Press, OpenPen, Meanjin, Transportation Press, The Pigeonhole, No Alibi Press, Minor Lits, and more. @ianthegreen http://www.ianthegreen.com
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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