By Marie Brennan
(Signed!) Paperback, 100 pages
“The sound of the horn pierces the apeiron, shattering the stillness of that realm. It is a summons, a command. There is will. There is need. And so, in reply, there is a woman.”
I’m sticking with part of the blurb on the back of this book because anything I try to summarize either won’t do the story justice or will give too much away.
I was lucky enough to win a signed copy from Marie Brennan’s blog giveaway and I was thrilled. I love her Lady Trent series but have yet to branch into any of her other work. While the Trent memoirs are fantasy, I feel they’re more of the historical fiction genre (even if Brennan is making up her own history), whereas Cold-Forged Flame gave me a taste of Brennan’s true fantasy writing.
Cheesy as it is, I’m so hungry for more! Seriously, this little book fuckin’ rocks. We’re introduced to a character who is mysterious, deadly and badass, with a razor-sharp tongue and just enough heart to make her feel real. She doesn’t know her own origins, only that she’s bound to a task set to her by those who summoned her. Throughout the novella, readers learn little tidbits about her and the world she inhabits at the same moment she learns them. I really don’t want to say more because the fun is in not knowing what’s going to happen next and the less you know going in, the more impactful the big reveal at the end will be. :]
Brennan wrote an article for Tor regarding this character and how she is based on a character that Brennan used to roleplay as and how she adapted those elements for her novella.
I was only about thirty pages in when I turned to my husband and told him that I already felt the book was too short and that I knew I was going to be desperate for more when it ended. That’s my only complaint – it’s too short. I know it’s a novella, but it flew by and I need to know more about this character and her world right now! The next book, Lightning in the Blood is coming out next April, but that’s not soon enough for me. I’m sad I have to wait, but (clearly) very excited for more.
You can visit Marie’s website, Swan Tower, and connect with her on Twitter. You can also read an interview about CFF that she did on My Life My Books My Escape.
And of course, a few extra pictures. The book is even more special now that it’s signed:
Then…when I was bored…I decided to mess around with a couple Snapchat filters: