Book Review – Seven Forges by James A. Moore (2013)

Seven Forges
by James A. Moore
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Angry Robot Books


What does a writer do once he has conquered the horror genre? Why, he turns to fantasy, of course. While that might not sound like an easy transition to make, author James A. Moore seems to pull it off with ease. His upcoming release, SEVEN FORGES, is a far cry from the terror-filled worlds he has created prior, but it is no less entertaining. Filled with memorable characters, gritty action, and an interesting plot, this book delivers on all levels.

If you are not familiar with SEVEN FORGES, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Angry Robot Books:

Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half-forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home, bringing an entourage of strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.

The people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who had once lived there… and oft-rumored riches.

The first thing you should note about this book is the cover art. I love it. You can feel the intensity of the story just from looking at the cover. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one is worth ten thousand. It’s simply epic.

But with SEVEN FORGES, the story is just as epic as the cover art. I am not going to go into specifics because I don’t want to give any aspects of the storyline away, but let’s just say this is fantasy on the scale of Terry Brooks or Brandon Sanderson. It is that good.

The writing flows smoothly and is not bogged down with excessive description, although I will admit that a bit more would not have hurt any. The story progresses at a nice clip, and I never once felt like the plot was stuck. The book starts off with a bang, pretty much from page one, and continues on through the climax.

If you’re a fan of fantasy, you’ll definitely want to check out SEVEN FORGES. It is a solid, well-written addition to the genre, and I’m looking forward to see what Moore does next. This book hits store shelves in a few weeks, so make a note to check it out.


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