Steel, Blood & Fire: Immortal Treachery, Book One

Steel, Blood & Fire: Immortal Treachery, Book One

by Mr. Allan Batchelder

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Overview

OVERVIEW

On the march, around the campfire, and in the taverns, they tell incredible stories about Tarmun Vykers, the Reaper - how he's never been cut in battle, how he once defeated hundreds of men by himself, how he exterminated an entire people over an insult. These stories make Vykers seem like a god, but he is a man, an arrogant, ruthless and bloodthirsty man. For all that, he may be the only thing standing between the human race and utter annihilation at the hands of the mad wizard who calls himself the End-of-All-Things. Against this backdrop, smaller, lesser folks struggle to fulfill their own destinies, folks like Aoife, burdened with a secret so dark she is driven to do the unimaginable and seek an alliance with fey powers no mortal has ever encountered.

TARMUN VYKERS

His awestruck opponents call him The Reaper, an iron-willed man with no memory of his past, a ruthless champion who has risen to the level of death incarnate.

But The Reaper has collected a legion of enemies as he cut a bloody swath through the greatest of heroes and villains. And these dogs have finally had their day, exacting a revenge both cruel and creative.

Wandering lost, horribly disfigured and unable to fight, Vykers stumbles across the bones of a half-buried skeleton that can transform his ruined body in an inconceivable way. But first he must make a devil’s pact with…

ARUNE

A secretive, ghostly sorceress with ambitions of her own. If Vykers wants to wield a sword again, he must surrender to Arune that which he holds most dear. But can he trust this ethereal enchantress to hold up her end of their dangerous bargain?

Vykers has few good choices, and he must make them quickly, for an impossibly talented and savage wizard has arisen to threaten all of humanity…

THE END OF ALL THINGS

Once an autistic boy hardly able to speak, The End has evolved into a supernatural terror bent on extinguishing all life. A fearsome and unequaled tactician, The End is the only person who doesn’t fear “The Reaper.”

To have any hope of defeating this bloodthirsty mage, Vykers must gather the strangest, most dangerous cohort of killers ever assembled. Then he must seek out the only weapon that can defeat this terrible adversary…

THE EPIC BATTLE

Behold the greatest clash of men, monsters, and Fey that the kingdom has ever known. Vykers, at the head of his outnumbered contingent, launches a desperate attack against The End, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

But The End is a creature worthy of his name. He has forged a secret weapon, a wicked and terrible instrument that will break through Vykers’ defenses and exact a devastating toll.

Only one thing is certain, this extraordinary battle will end in a way that no one could have predicted!

Are you a fan of: Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series, Steven Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Glen Cook’s Chronicles of the Black Company, or Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle? If so, grab your copy of Steel, Blood & Fire now!

AUTHOR Q&A

Is this book appropriate for children?

No, only 17+ please.

What types of creatures are in the book?

Several original creations, plus a few you know. There are ghosts and wizards, but not the typical ones found in most ghost novels and mage books, and the Fey here are more dangerous than in your average fairy books. If you enjoy edgier fantasy novels, then this is for you!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491091753
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/02/2013
Pages: 550
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.11(d)

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Steel, Blood & Fire: Immortal Treachery, Book One 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SwordsmanTW More than 1 year ago
This book has everything you'd want or expect in a work of epic fantasy, but it's also full of surprises. For instance, it's quite funny at unexpected times. At other times, it grabs you with emotional scenes that are really hard to get out of your head. Plus, there are some truly unique characters to be found in this book. I will definitely get my hands on the second book as soon as I can!
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
Dark, gritty, and altogether brutal, Steel, Blood and Fire is an archetypal dark fantasy novel. In the first chapter, one of the main character's hands and feet are amputated, and the story continues in similar fashion from there onward. The setting is fantasy grounded in muddy reality, although there is a vein of consequential magic that adds a little sorcery to this otherwise swords-based world. If you're familiar with Game of Thrones then you're familiar with Allen Betchelder's style; multiple character perspectives, inter-weaved story lines, and a healthy dose of murder. It's a fantastic modern-style medieval fantasy, and a definite read for any fan of the genre. When I began Steel, Blood and Fire, my first thought was, “Wow, this is a lot like Game of Thrones.” Then I began to think, “Or is it more of a Witcher book?” As I continued through the novel, I began to decide it was a blend of both. By the end, I thought that perhaps it was its own thing.  The book isn't afraid to touch on the brutal. In fact, it seems to revel in it. Blood flows freely; rape is the buzzword of the day. It's a mature novel for sure although it doesn't quite cross the line, but regularly toes it. A lesser author would have toppled their novel over into prurient pulp. The writing is well-executed, with the author's own voice clearly shining through. There is one trap that Allen Betchelder tends to fall into, and that's the 'fear of said'. Every other sentence seems to find a new synonym – characters question, murmur, mutter, bellow, but words are never just 'said'. It's awkward to read, and tends to draw you out of conversations that should flow naturally. In any perspective-hopping plot, characters are one of the most important factors. Fortunately, Steel, Blood and Fire features a strong and memorable, if slightly generic, cast. They come off as slightly one-dimensional, particularly towards the start of the novel, and the inclusion of a comedy group of village bumpkins – who of course meet with terrible fates – struck me as being an attempt at generating some frisson with the grim background. Other than those minor niggles, the diversity and depth of the cast begins to truly shine through around the midway point; from here onward they become much more than the sum of their parts. Despite my above criticisms, I really did enjoy the story, and it quickly became engaging only a few pages in. If you're a fan of the genre, particularly Game of Thrones-esque fantasy, you'll certainly enjoy Betchelder's offering. 
LeoG2 More than 1 year ago
brilliantly imagined and written, “Steel, Blood & Fire” by author Allan Batchelder is the first in a thrilling new fantasy series that I will definitely be following through (Immortal Treachery). This world is wholly conceived, and I was pleased with the level of character development. The plots are complex and intelligent, yet quirky enough to keep you guessing. This one just flows so smoothly and fast and keeps picking up steam as it goes along. There are several big reveals that continue to shift the dynamic of the storyline in unexpected ways, something that even a jaded fantasy reader like myself can fully appreciate and still be shocked by. This is great because nothing I hate more than predictable clichés. Really interesting characters, from Long, Aoife, Arun, The End of All Things, and of course Vykers. I would also like to commend the level of solid editing, even if the formatting needs a little work. Recommend for fans of the fantasy genre, as well as action or adventure. Ready to read more from Allan Batchelder soon and will be recommending to my friends.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Seeing as how I’d never read anything form this author before (or even heard of him for that matter) I admit that I didn’t have the highest expectations going in. But I love fantasy (especially dark fantasy) and like trying out new authors. However, I was in no way prepared for how totally addicting this novel would be, and the sheer magnitude of the world, the characters, the multi plots, the magic and lore… I was really impressed. The way Batchelder writes is captivating from the beginning and you just want to keep reading and reading and not stop. It is both descriptive and has great world building (important for a fantasy-sci/fi) but also is fast moving so that you aren’t bored. I was reading as fast as I could, and even though it’s a really long book, I was disappointed when it was over… I wanted more and was disappointed that the next one wasn’t published yet. But the ending is amazing as is the rest of the book –and am really curious to see what else lies in store for us with the rest of the Immortal Treachery books. Recommend for fans of high fantasy/action-adventure.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
fast-paced, well-crafted and impressively-creative, “Steel, Blood & Fire” (Immortal Treachery Book 1) from Allan Batchelder is an absolute must-read for fans of Epic Fantasy “Steel…” holds its own among the best with the top-notch writing and plot structure, and an exciting, varied cast of colorful characters and plenty of danger and thrills to go around. There are some familiar tropes here (as with most fantasy), however, I feel Mr. Batchelder did a great job of bringing in a unique voice and making the story totally his own, and giving it a fresh feel. I didn’t feel like I’ve read this million times before which is a miracle in this genre. A few things, I thought at times there was way too much “telling” instead of showing. Not too bad, but I did think the beginning was a bit to convoluted and slow, and some parts dragged toward the middle. But overall an engrossing story with near perfect editing, and I’m ready for the next one!
MegKing More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars this book by Allan Batchelder was great… nicely written, lots of fun to read, high stakes, and very creative. Describing it is a hard task! All sorts of interesting characters, creatures, humans, and non-humans, and a terrific mix of fantasy, adventure, and danger and magic. Although I did think the beginning started off kind of slow until I got more of a feel about this new world and the characters and their backgrounds, once things got moving along I really got hooked. I liked that it was so descriptive that we can really put ourselves inside Vykers’ and the various character’s perspectives. (we see many POV’s to give it a ‘big’ feel). Fabulous narrative prose and the language was very authentic. Recommend for fantasy fans who want a fun, action-packed, creative fantasy read. Looking forward to the next one of the Immortal Treachery books!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed “Steel, Blood & Fire” by author Allan Batchelder, even though “epic” fantasy isn’t usually one of my more preferred genres (don’t dislike it, just don’t generally gravitate). But I like watching “Game of Thrones” (and Lord of the Rings) and do enjoy good fantasy when done right, so I gave it a shot. I was really surprised by not only how quickly I was sucked into the intense and intricate world Batchelder created, but how quickly I grew to care for the characters – who, by the way, are hands down the most unique, creative, and original I’ve come across anywhere ever! I really liked the dialogue and pacing and thought that Mr. Batchelder did such a wonderful job with the descriptions of the world and the different characters. Liked Arune and Vykers but thought The End was just the coolest. Solid supporting cast as well, there are SO many of them it’s hard to keep track at times(there is a useful guide at the end), but I liked that they weren’t just the standard cardboard cutouts we see so often in fantasy, but original and with fully fleshed identities (some admittedly more than others). Great action, tension and pacing throughout, and I liked that I was shocked at some things that happened and it wasn’t predictable. Some language, and violence, but other than that it feels pretty suitable for (very) mature teens on up. If I had a gripe it would be with the formatting – the editing was great but the formatting needs fixing as there are whole chunks of text with white blocks behind it (like paper) and it’s a bit annoying. And the spacing is odd (too much space between lines and paragraphs. But I had a great time reading this and I’m looking forward to the next!
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of fantasy and sci fi books, so this is a genre I’m very familiar with. Having read the description and glowing reviews for “Steel, Blood, & Fire” (Immortal Treachery Book #1) by Allan Batchelder, I was curious if the book would live up to the hype, and I will say wholeheartedly that I was not in the least bit disappointed! Batchelder is unarguably a very talented writer, but more than that he genuinely impressed me with his thorough world-building and sheer creativeness on many levels---it is rare and impressive feat to create new characters and fresh tropes in fantasy as it all seems to have been done before in some way, but he managed to do it. And all too often I read works that feel are clearly derivative of other books, and although I appreciate literary influences (as is felt some here as well), when something this original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace! Some of the writing was downright lyrical in the simple elegance of the prose, and other times I was nearly breathless from the intensity and violent passion. For such a long book I finished it in less than a week, and went through so many highs and lows, it felt like a rollercoaster. Vykers is awesome and we see decent character development throughout. I was hoping for a different ending, but it was bittersweet (and more powerful this way) nonetheless. It does wrap up well but there are clearly more stories in the works. Note: there is a helpful reference at the end for the characters. Use it ;-) A must read for fans of high fantasy.
HouseValkerie More than 1 year ago
Man, great book. Lots of action, twists, funny stuff. Just when I think one character's my favorite, another character goes through something amazing. I've actually read this book twice now.