Blood and Bronze by David J. Guyton is the second installment of the Legend of Reason Series. Like its predecessor Mighty Hammer Down, Blood and Bronze is as much a literary venture into the realm of philosophy and intellectualism as it is a fantasy adventure ripe with epic storytelling. What makes this series unique among a vast sea of fantasy novels is that Guyton's characters are not your run-of-the-mill characters who slavishly serve the plot. Rather, they challenge the reader to not only share their adventures, but to also inquire into some of the deeper mysteries of life.
Blood and Bronze picks up where Mighty Hammer Down left off. The capital city of Brinn has been left in ruins after being destroyed by an invading army. Rommus Tirinius, now reborn as the new god of war, is determined to save his people from the forces conspiring to destroy them. His mortal enemy Uritis, through subterfuge and murder, has now become emperor of Medora and in the guise of the Red Mage plots to transform Medora into his own twisted version of Utopia. Even as Rommus and his allies, the beautiful, but fierce Alana Irith, the mysterious, but Immortal warrior Vohlhemoneer, and his father, the mighty Tannis, seeks to enlist the aid of those who wish to defend Medora, strange beings from another world appear to threaten the land with a dark and terrible army. It is up to Rommus and his friends to stop the enemy, all the while knowing that every action they take may result in bringing about the destruction of the very fabric of time.
As much as I enjoyed reading Mighty Hammer Down, Blood and Bronze is by far the superior tale. Guyton flexes his highly polished writing skills to great effect. The characters are more engrossing than ever and scenes are expertly crafted guiding readers effortlessly through the intense action and unfolding plot. The stakes are much higher this time for our heroes and the tension only grows with every page.
Some readers may take issue with the philosophy presented in these books. But for the open-minded reader who loves to be challenged, The Legend of Reason series offers up a compelling adventure.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a vigorously told fantasy tale that challenges readers to look beyond the pale surface of their own lives, but rather to peer into the depths of the souls of heroes and villains who reflect our own reality.
4 ½ Stars
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)