Out of nothingness they summon her: a woman with no name and no memory, and the power to bring them what they need. Across an island that changes beneath her feet -- into a cavern that holds a terrible trap -- to the brink of her soul's annihilation -- her journey will transform her forever.
About the Author
Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She most recently misapplied her professors' hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a stand-alone sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. The first book of that series, A Natural History of Dragons, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and won the Prix Imaginales for Best Translated Novel; the final volume, Within the Sanctuary of Wings, won RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Fantasy Novel. She is also the author of the Doppelganger duology of Warrior and Witch, the urban fantasies Lies and Prophecy and Chains and Memory, the Onyx Court historical fantasy series, the Varekai novellas, and nearly sixty short stories, as well as the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides. For more information, visit www.swantower.com, @swan_tower, or her Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/swan_tower.
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Cold-Forged Flame based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I've enjoyed Brennan's Memoirs of Lady Trent series so I jumped at the chance to read Cold-Forged Flame. This one's only a novella so it was interesting to see how the author condensed a world into such a short span as I'm used to the longer-winded stories of her other series. It felt like the set-up for something bigger. The protagonist awakens with no memory of her identity or purpose, just a gut instinct. I liked that that's where the focus stayed, instead of straying off into the world more, because it kept the pace quick and made it all the more intriguing. This novella is nothing like Brennan's Lady Trent books so if you weren't a fan of those, I think you'll still enjoy this shorter work. I wasn't a huge fan of using amnesia to start the story off but I think it was done well (at least in a way that was enjoyable), and the protagonist doesn't remain oblivious the whole time. The story itself is contained to this novella instead of feeling like you're only getting part instead of the whole. But there's a lot of room to grow in a sequel novella or full-length novel. This is one of those stories where I was done reading before my brain caught up. The way it's written makes it all too easy to fall down Brennan's rabbit hole as you try to figure out what is going on alongside the main character. It was a fun read and I'm interested to see how the world is expanded on in the future.