The Queen of Steel and Fire (Queen of Steel and Fire, #1)



A Murdered King A Young Princess Thrust Onto The Throne An Enemy Queen, Fighting To Forge An Empire As War Engulfs An Entire World, Only Queen Can Rule Through Steel And FireWhen Her Father Is Murdered, Sixteen Year Old Princess Claire Erinn Must Become The First Female Ruler Of Keldaren As Soon As Claire Takes The Throne, Enemies Arise On Her Borders And From Within Her Own Court Claire Knows She S Not Ready To Rule But That S A Secret She Has To Hide From Her Enemies, And From Her Own People Claire Must Act Like A Strong Queen If She Hopes To Survive Long Enough To Become One As War Looms, Claire Struggles To Save Her Kingdom, And Herself A Rival Queen And Claire S Half Mad Brother Are Both Coming For Her Crown And Her Head With Death Herself Hunting Her, Claire Must Become The Warrior Her Kingdom Needs She S Willing To Face Death To Save Keldaren But The Price Of Victory May Be Even Higher Than Claire S Life Book TrailerThe Queen of Steel and Fire (Queen of Steel and Fire, #1)

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  • 349 pages
  • The Queen of Steel and Fire (Queen of Steel and Fire, #1)
  • Steven B. South
  • English
  • 10 February 2019

10 thoughts on “The Queen of Steel and Fire (Queen of Steel and Fire, #1)

  1. says:

    Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else isimportant than fear Franklin D Roosevelt This is the essence of who Claire Erinn is and the Queen she is becoming At 16 years of age Claire Erinn must deal with the suspicious death of her father and take her place as the first female ruler of Keldaren Immediately following her father s death there are already factions, in and out of the kingdom, vying to usurp her power Said factions assume that h Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else isimportant than fear Franklin D Roosevelt This is the essence of who Claire Erinn is and the Queen she is becoming At 16 years of age Claire Erinn must deal with the suspicious death of her father and take her place as the first female ruler of Keldaren Immediately following her father s death there are already factions, in and out of the kingdom, vying to usurp her power Said factions assume that her youth means she s naive of the political power plays that exist in the court of royalty The day of her coronation the Dragon Knights appear with her father s sword and an offer to train her as a Dragon Knight This is a pivotal point in now Queen Claire s development as the new ruler of Keldaren The training she receives from the Knight s as well as the dragon she partners with are instrumental in the evolution of her leadership abilities Surprising both herself and her enemies she proves she is a force to be reckoned with At 434 pages The Queen of Steel and Fire is an epic fantasy worthy of the genre This story has layers and as each layer is slowly, and carefully removedof South s world and machina behind are revealed Fantasy is one of my favorite genres to read, I love being swept into a world full of a magic, dragons, and strong characters I absolutely adored both the novel as well as South s writing He is already adept at building a believable and full, richly detailed world South includes a map which makes it easy to see the world He is well on his way to becoming an excellent writer and I look forward to seeing his storycraft continue to develop A ginormous thank you to South for achieving an ending that is not a cliffhanger while still making me want to immediately pick up book two of the series I deeply appreciate this skill.If you are a member of Kindle Unlimited you can currently read this novel for free I received a free copy of the Queen of Steel and Fire by Steven South in exchange for an honest review About the Author I m originally from Minnesota, but I now live in Wisconsin with my wife Stephanie, and our two very spoiled guinea pigs I have a bachelor s degree in Human Resources Management I love to read, and I also really enjoy traveling and exploring different countries www.facebook.com queenofsteelandfires

  2. says:

    Spoiler free I m not going to discuss the plot, a synopsis was already provided above.Honestly I don t know where to start so I apologize in advance if this is a little jumbled This was the easiest to get into fantasy book I have ever read It was so easy to get lost in The characters were logical which I can t even begin to explain how appreciative I am over that This book has multiple perspectives, so you get insight from all sides of the story which is really enjoyable Even the villain Spoiler free I m not going to discuss the plot, a synopsis was already provided above.Honestly I don t know where to start so I apologize in advance if this is a little jumbled This was the easiest to get into fantasy book I have ever read It was so easy to get lost in The characters were logical which I can t even begin to explain how appreciative I am over that This book has multiple perspectives, so you get insight from all sides of the story which is really enjoyable Even the villains you just can t help but love to hate Claire acted her age, and her thoughts were written in italics which was so insightful You literally got to see what s in her head She was strong, but not magically out of nowhere strong She really grew as a character There were no parts that dragged out, which tends to happen a lot in fantasy Everything transitioned so smoothly, it was exceptionally executed The world building was incredible, the creatures were described extremely well It made it easy to picture in your head There s a map included as well Plus there s dragons and how can you not love that The magic elements were fascinating I love the way that they bond with the dragons.The religion in the novel was so original, and well thought out It really shows how much thought went into the book I want to say it was almost. whimsical I m at loss for words but I feel like this is a book everyone should experience.It deals with tragic topics, but it doesn t necessarily read like that The characters are so easy to love, the story is so fast paced and there is so much action jam packed into just over 400 pages.Quickly i d like to mention the quality of the book It s a heavy paperback, the pages are super thick as well Overall the effort that went into the book was obvious, it was incredible.I have a feeling that the next book is going to be a lot darker and i m so excited for that The book also wasn t romance surrounded with fantasy elements, which was GREAT No instant love here.Great start to a series I actually had a dream after staying up until 2 00am finishing it that the second book magically showed up in my mailbox LOL

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    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The Queen of Steel and Fire is a coming of age story with a really strong female lead character Claire inherits the throne after the murder of her father and has to fight to establish her position as the queen in the title She has enemies both within her kingdom from treacherous advisors seeking power for themselves and outside from a neighbouring kingdom trying to turn her youth and inexperience to its own advantage.The auth I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The Queen of Steel and Fire is a coming of age story with a really strong female lead character Claire inherits the throne after the murder of her father and has to fight to establish her position as the queen in the title She has enemies both within her kingdom from treacherous advisors seeking power for themselves and outside from a neighbouring kingdom trying to turn her youth and inexperience to its own advantage.The author builds and describes the world well, the characterisations are sharp and the plot keeps moving along nicely The relationship between the young queen and her dragon is lovely and there is plenty of action, ranging from individual fight scenes to large scale battle sequences There is a clear and presumably intentional gender imbalance in the story in that most of the good guys are female and most of the bad guys are male but that just highlights the problems that the young queen has to overcome.Overall it is a very good book, well worth a read and I will look forward to the next installment in the series

  4. says:

    The Queen of Steel and Fire by Steven South is a 434 page epic fantasy It is written in third person, present tense and has forty four chapters I loved the drawn map of Teranak Island The clipart with the banner and swords was very fitting I was glad to see that South referred to The Queen of Steel and Fire as a series South did an incredible amount of world building With his map, everything was easily imagined He gave the reader enough detail without over indulging I also love a strong The Queen of Steel and Fire by Steven South is a 434 page epic fantasy It is written in third person, present tense and has forty four chapters I loved the drawn map of Teranak Island The clipart with the banner and swords was very fitting I was glad to see that South referred to The Queen of Steel and Fire as a series South did an incredible amount of world building With his map, everything was easily imagined He gave the reader enough detail without over indulging I also love a strong female lead Claire Erinn was barely coming to terms with her father s death, when she had to assume the crown and become queen Her character growth is written very well and believable, as she struggles with her new power and who to trust There is no shortage of enemies to the crown, sorcery, traitors and even dragons The twists will keep you guessing, thankfully no cookie cutter plots here I really enjoyed the book and will gladly read another from this author Recommended book

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    Solid 3.5 stars I see an ocean of possibilitiesAnd which one actually happens That s up to you You write your own storyChapter 11 This is a very fast paced book, which is nicebut it also feels like the content is rushed And that is not nice.It s Christian themed, and that heavily comes into play almost exactly halfway through There are great questions and answers presented as to why multiple gods exist, how a loving deity can allow suffering, what it actually mea Solid 3.5 stars I see an ocean of possibilitiesAnd which one actually happens That s up to you You write your own storyChapter 11 This is a very fast paced book, which is nicebut it also feels like the content is rushed And that is not nice.It s Christian themed, and that heavily comes into play almost exactly halfway through There are great questions and answers presented as to why multiple gods exist, how a loving deity can allow suffering, what it actually means to have free will, and why even angels cannot fully predict one s future Yet we all want signs that what we believe is real, something that instinctively feels right and not created.However, we have limited understanding of certain things Many aspects of life are mysterious because we just simply don t have the capacity to fully grasp their meaning Based on what we can believe, we have to have faith that the rest is real This is particularly true because we do sometimes blindly put our faith trust in people, who we can physically interact with So why not a deity Claire Erinn is 16 and is now the Crowned Queen She knows her father was killed, and it s up to her and her guard, Kerry, to determine what even happened.Kerry is an awesome person, both a mother figure and a friend to Claire I had suspicions about her that proved unfounded.South has written a book where the obvious is fact and little is hidden from the reader And yet, I wanted to learn how things were summed up So, the lack of surprise made me feel like it was a 3 star book from the start.A LOT of people have issues with Claire being queen 1 She is young 2 She is female.Her age pushes many of them to persuade Claire to take on a Viceroy regent And yet, the latter in particular, is the greatest holdup with people Quaestor, the Grandmaster of the Syncrestry the group of templers who enforce the religion And yet, they are filled with secrets and lies My brain converts them to the pagans The Senatorsor most of them, at least Many are members of the Syncrestry Many just don t want a young female on the throne Malcolm, the Chancellor and Claire s uncle He is campaigning for re election, and even Claire knows he s not the most fit for the job Or, at least, the most fair for the job He behaves as if Claire is a child, not a young adult Lord Halen, the Captain of the Crown Guard He s also a traitor, in a few ways Aricet, the General of the Sixth Legion He s got a huge chip on his shoulder and is a sniveling brat Jared, Claire s brother Wait, what Yeah, he went cuckoo and was locked up, away from the kingdom His behavior caused their father to name Claire heir He blames Claire for the death of their mother in childbirth which is so immature I want to slap him Likegrow the hell up.Speaking of growing up, Claire truly acts her age, wanting to rush off to save friends and refusing to go to safety without everyone She complains until the truth is presented to her And she matures It is realistic.Major Dalraiden is freaking cool.Claire encounters otherworldly beings, who are very interesting and are all under the power of the one god the Ancient Imperial Emperor Death A woman in a black cloak who comes to take people when death is near Death will meddle in human affairs while others won t Astra, a valkyrie a messenger and servant of the one God She s like an angel, and warns Claire of danger, without interfering To paraphrase It s not for us to know his will, but to follow it She sends Claire to find a hermit named Seanwho was actually once a knight until he became sick.Then there are the evil sisters, Minerva who is a ruler and Anastasia It is annoying how they constantly call each other Sis It breaks the characters of how they re supposed to be, IMO They re not witches, per se, but there is some magical part of them that strengthens their hold on others.Minerva is truly evil though Both are, but Minerva gets kicks out of pitting, say, reaper beetles against someone I want to vomit.There IS magic in the book, in the guise of dragons and their blood We see the thin line between sorcery and alchemy because one can be used for the other Often times, it truly is intent.This is a bit convenient though Claire does have struggles and she s not perfect with everything She grows with time, both physically and through her mistakes But still, super fast powers just let us know she ll be fine.The Dragon Knight, Sloane, brings Claire to Mount Draconis to become a Knight with her father s sword But then she internally complains about having to ride a dragon, even after voluntarily joining the Order until she fully means her dragon, Breaus rolls eyes The tests to become a Knight are truly bruthal And yet, to pass them is always within a person s choice.Claire, Kerry, and Sloane make a great trio.Sean is the monk of the story, and presents awesome questions and information for Claire and Kerry But a god at my beck and call wouldn t be much of a god, would he And there s a person he shrouds himself in mystery, and doesn t just go about openly in the world The Ancient isn t a tyrant He invites people to believe in him He doesn t force them Not showing himself gives us freedom to choose whether to believe in him or not Chapter 24The Merosians and Graithans are each quite interesting groups of beings I can t say people for the former, because they re not I like that they re not orcs or elves, but something different The underwater cavern in Garat is SO COOL One of the themes that arises is what inanimate thing will Claire be most like Stone Steel Fire A mix of both She has to come to learn that she will be most like herself, with a strong resolve inherited from her father, and exterior strength honed through practice and training

  6. says:

    It s Christian fantasy fiction that moves at a good clip, though I found myself wishing it would slow down a little bit.The Christian emphasis on the One True God vs many false gods was too heavy handed for my taste A little finesse would have gone a long way here.Of course I haveto sayand I say it all at the blog It s Christian fantasy fiction that moves at a good clip, though I found myself wishing it would slow down a little bit.The Christian emphasis on the One True God vs many false gods was too heavy handed for my taste A little finesse would have gone a long way here.Of course I haveto sayand I say it all at the blog

  7. says:

    I loved the dragons and mix breed animals I think my favorite part was where Claire and Braeus form their official bond

  8. says:

    2 stars First 50% was OK, though a little simplistic and military aspects unrealistic Quit at 60% as book became overly evangelical discovered later it s tagged as a Christian book

  9. says:

    This book is objectively not very good but it s fun to read The main character is one of the worst Mary Sues I ve ever read about, but I really enjoyed the world building I appreciated the various different religions and the contrast between them a lot That was one of the best parts of the book I may pursue the rest of the series, though there are certainly better books out there A fun way to pass the time.

  10. says:

    The storyline wasn t bad but some of the repetitive wording was annoying Two sisters who constantly call each other sis had me rolling my eyes Really, seven times during one chunk of dialog Also, the religious aspect became far too preachy for me and I almost stopped reading a few times because it just kept going over the just have faith in the one true god mantra Overall, not a bad book but I won t be reading the second installment.

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