by Michael Meyerhofer

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Wytchfire 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Wytchfire by Michael Meyerhofer is the first book in The Dragonkin Trilogy. Rowen Locke dreamed of following in his brother's footsteps and becoming a Knight of Crane. That all changed when his brother died and he was kicked out with only a year left until he would have been knighted. Now, he's back to where he started, scrapping and stealing to get by. That all changes when he meets a wealthy merchant in search of a guard to travel with him to Cadavash. As war spreads through the land, Rowen finds himself at the center of it. As secrets are revealed, he must decide which side he's on, and why he's drawn to a mysterious woman with magic. Michael Meyerhofer excels at complicated and layered characters that are a mix of good and bad, flawed and desperate. Each stands apart from the other, giving readers a range of characters to root for as well as despise. At his heart, Rowen is a good person and he tries to do the right thing. He's a strong character with a lot of regrets, someone that's perfectly flawed and strong-willed, and his drive to fight back is what makes him heroic. This world is fairly dark, but Rowen is a little spark of light, a person that on more than one occasion chooses not to kill someone. Wytchfire is a gritty, magical, and epic start to a trilogy...a thrilling adventure with tragedy, humor, and snark. I can't wait to see where Rowen's adventure goes from here! A must-read for all fantasy lovers!
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Michael's writing caught my attention in the prologue. I could see what was happening by the descriptions and cadence of the words. To see Fadarah call forth his secret weapon, The Nightmare. Then to see how the Shel'ai form around it, even the soldiers drawing away from him, it all sets the stage of the war and battles to follow with this powerful force and Fadarah's magic. We get a feel for the world as Rowen travels. The world has it's prejudice and strong feelings between the people. We get a description of the fantasy world that darkens as Rowen travels through it, seeing more and more of what's happening in the world that he doesn't see on the surface. But Michael's details feel bright when Craig voices it, giving the world a visual we could see and hope that there is light in the world worth saving. The story has a few point of views as it's told. The repeating ones are: Rowen, Shade, Fadarah, Lethe, and Hrathbam. There are a few others through the story with the eyes in the moment we need to learn about. But it's easy to follow who's who because you know where they are in the world and what's happening. My only small struggle with this was I was listening to audio and not reading words, so when the narrative switched in a chapter it took me a few moments to realize we were on to another character. (It would be nice to have a small sound or something to let you know there is a change happening.) This book brings together the people that need to be together for the terrible battle that's about to happen, setting the stage for all characters and circumstances. Some of the connections are magical. Like Rowen given the dinged up, rusty sword. But we learn there's more to what he sees. Interesting. Silwren seems like a character who cares, wants to do what's right, she just needs to see that there are those in the world worth saving. Silwren sees this in Rowen in their time together. Do I feel this is as strong of a sense for Silwren? Mmm. Yes and no. I felt like there could be more of a connection between the two characters. They talk, yes. She answers Rowen's questions, yes. Rowen has stood for her life a few times, yes. The actions are all there, but it felt like the emotional connection needed was not as strong. This is a fantasy story and emotions aren't always as strong for me when I read/listen to fantasy. I found my attention didn't stray from the story. I was listening to the story as it went, not letting it fade into the background until something caught my attention and drew me back in. This is a plus! I enjoyed the story told here. There are neat ties between the people that we see in the end. This is a fantasy series I wouldn't mind following along to the end. There is going to be more battles to be fought as people fight for what they feel is right because of treatment. But, it seems that in the end the views of the people that are feared are being changed because of their actions to help, in one city at least.
VJSinNJ More than 1 year ago
A quick enjoyable read. As the other review says, the start is a little slow. But if you stick with it the characters are nicely developed and there are satisfying plot twists. I will be reading the next volume in the series!
JBronder More than 1 year ago
The story starts with Fadarah, a half blood mage-warrior that has control of a creature called a Nightmare that is used to concur cities. We then meet Rowen Locke who has failed at his one goal to be a knight. Rowen is homeless and wanders doing jobs to get enough money for some food and maybe a bed. Then the story really gets going. You have a diverse group of different creatures that are siding up for a great war. This is a great, action packed story. You start with a little world building then you are off on one battle or another. But I found the best part were the different characters. No one is completely good or bad. And even if they were bad you kind of understand why. I also loved the world. It was so easy to get caught up in the story and feel like you were right there with the different characters. I admit that this book does have a little slow beginning and you will not learn the whole story within a couple chapters. But I love learning about what is going on as the character does. It made the book more realistic, even with all the different creatures and magic thrown in. This book is for those that like epic fantasy stories. If you like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings you really need to check this book out. I am definitely hooked and can’t wait to read the second book in this series. I received Wytchfire for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.