Blades of Magic by Terah Edun is a rich epic fantasy perfect for fans of The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Mistborn.
It is not a peaceful time in the Algardis Empire. War is raging between the mages and seventeen-year-old Sara Fairchild will be right in the middle of it. She just doesn't know it yet.
Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family's shame but when challenged about her family's honor, her opponent inevitably loses. On the night she finds out her father's true last actions, she takes the Mercenary Guilds' vows to serve in the emperor's army. Using her quick wits and fierce fighting skills, she earns a spot in the first division. There she discovers secrets the mages on both sides would prefer stay hidden. Dark enemies hunt her and soon it's not just Sara questioning the motivation behind this war.
While fighting mages, blackmailing merchants and discovering new friends, Sara comes across something she's never had before - passion. The question is - can she fight for her empress against a mage who might unwittingly claim her heart?
This is year one of the Initiate Wars. Sara is hoping it doesn't become the year she dies. On the night she finds out her father's true last actions, she takes the Mercenary Guilds' vows to serve in the emperor's army. Using her quick wits and fierce fighting skills, she earns a spot in the first division. There she discovers secrets the mages on both sides would prefer stay hidden. Dark enemies hunt her and soon it's not just Sara questioning the motivation behind this war.
I completely enjoyed this story. Sara is absolutely sure of herself, and doesn't understand just how important she is. Her combat skills and control are amazing. While she lives with the knowledge of her father's, she is still devoted to him. As her life twists out of her control, she comes more into herself than she's ever been before. From what she discovers, she questions motives and has to find her answers.
Honestly, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book when I heard the first few sentences. Still, it picked up quickly and I really enjoyed it. Sara was by far my favorite character. It was great to watch her grow and change. I loved how devoted she was to her father, no matter what. Ezekiel was probably my second favorite. Their friendship blossoming was great to watch. There is always something going on to pull you along through the story at a wonderful pace. The narrator does a great job giving the characters a voice!
This is a 4/5 all the way. I look forward to the next in this series.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.