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J. D. Sims is a multimedia artist husband, father of 2, living in Colorado. He has written several pieces from short stories to poetry. In 1993 J. D, began writing the storyline that follows. It was with the support of close friends and family that he pushed himself forward to take the step of bringing Fireblade to the world.
J. D. Sims is currently working on Pacts of Ardens, Book 2 of The Fireblade Chronicles.
on Feb. 04, 2014 :
Lately, my diet for reading has consisted of Balducci, Lee Childs and Vince Flynn, so the switch to a book of fantasy fiction was a nice breath of fresh air. But I think the most pleasing surprise, overall, is that this is not Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian meets J.R.R. Tolkein with a dash of teenage immortal love.
With Fireblade, Simms has created a world and setting of its own along with characters that work in the genre without being defined by the genre.
In the beginning, there are quite a number of different names, places and races that take a little mental sorting out. But, as they're mostly supplied as history to the background of when, where and why the story takes place, the story is honed quickly to the major players and events and settles into a nice rhythm allowing the reader to easily focus.
The story is defined through the actions and life of Fireblade, an elf with quite a daunting life really, which makes for a smoother read rather than a lot of narrative passages.
Most will find a favorite character as there are an array to choose from (besides Fireblade himself) and I find myself the most fond of Versati. However, when there is action to be taken, you will find yourself rooting for Fireblade if nothing more than to see how he will destroy the opponent. Which brings me to the action in the book.
In this first book, there are spells, daggers and arrows, but the most action comes from the sword. One aspect I noticed is that Simms appears to have an easy time coming up with new ways of one to die by means of the sword! The author really took his time to 'paint the picture' and ensure that his fight compositions were each unique in some way and it keeps the reader interested and brings more excitement to the battles.
The 'bad guys' … the evil beings/entities throughout the book, also bring a wallop of interest. There is magic, to be sure, but as the book progresses, magic seems to morph into mystical and then into something else the reader just needs to define for themselves!
Nuggets of foreshadowing and questions of what something really meant or will mean are dropped through-out the book which serve as a tool to just 'read one more chapter.' Often, I found myself thinking, "aaaahh, that must mean…wait maybe it really means…" which only served to keep me reading.
Any fan of fantasy fiction will surely find the tale and setting to their liking; I certainly did and am anxious to read the next book in the series.
(reviewed long after purchase)