Cold Iron mobi ✓ Paperback Ë hannahredhead

epub ✓ ô Miles Cameron

Anipulating him all along A powerful story about beginnings coming of age and the way choosing to take one step towards violence can lead to a slippery and dangerous slope this is an accomplished fantasy series driven by strong characters and fast paced action I really loved this Cameron writes a lot of historical fiction and it shows His world feels so incredibly real which makes the fantasy elements seem wondrous than books where such things are commonplace Aranthur's story which includes both a student's poverty and an academic's slow but inevitable progress is extremely compelling I'm looking very forward to seeing how high he climbs and how often he stumbles along the way

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Cold IronAranthur is a student He showed a little magical talent is studying at the local academy and is nothing particularly special Others are smarter Others are talented Others are uicker to pick up techniues But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey “It is important to know that you can kill evenly ruthlessly without pause to wrestle your conscience because the world is full of people who will kill you if you prevaricate”This is the second fantasy book I have read by Miles Cameron Coming straight from the Red Knight really highlighted the themes that are evident within these contrasting books Where The Red Knight was a book of grim mercenary western knights and gritty epic battles against fantastical creatures Cold Iron is a book of Eastern life within a city of academia and subtle details of living racism and refugees struggle I loved itCold Iron is told from the POV of Aranthur Timos a student at a city academy He was born on a farm his father owned out of the city but like many young people in the country was drawn to the life within a great city Arranthur is a relatively normal young man who proceeds to encounter rather un normal events and be at the centre of them He develops throughout the story uestions himself learns makes friends makes enemies and grows within himself His arc was written fantastically and I found myself really liking Aranthur feeling his frustrations and joys Aranthur learns throughout Cold Iron sword craft leather work magik and the ways of socialisation with peers masters and royalty I adored all of the subtle details of the world which completely added to the wonderful world building“Boasting is a way of saying you are weak”Through his adventures in and out of the city Aranthur meets and befriends many characters some memorable than others I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Dhalia a female interest of Aranthur’s who always keeps him on his toes One thing I really enjoyed within part 1 of Masters Mages was the wide range of female characters and their roles within it After recently completing my dissertation which concentrated on gender roles and representation within literature it was fascinating to see how Miles Cameron wrote his female characters There were those that adhered to tropes of love interests but they all made their mark on the story and moved away from these classic portrayals There were also female characters who were witty and sharp in the duelling ring as well as out of it Females in positions of power and those that are peers too Aranthur The wide range of characters Aranthur meets enhanced the enjoyment and their various portrayals gave the story lifeThe plot was very fresh There was political intrigue and plots and twists in levels of the story from all characters Aranthur seemed to float from one event to another always caught up in trouble all whilst working and learning There is action duels sword skills magic use and horse riding There is also opera markets transcribing ancient texts and farm work I loved the mix up and the contrast of city life and country life Aranthur’s city lifestyle and involvement in certain events turning him gradually into a well known man with high placed friends and a role to play in the intrigue of the county was fleshed out and built steadily to a crescendo “Whats a daesia?”“A man who lives to I don’t know For pleasure To lie with others And gamble and fight and raise hell A person who goes to plays and jeers at the playwright Goes to temple and mocks the priest’s hypocrisy Goes to the brothel to find love Fights duels Writes poetry” He laughed “Bad poetry”“Sounds wonderful Where do I sign up?”55 Certainly spy novel esue Cold Iron had superb world building fun characters and action alongside intrigue Throughly recommended for any readers of fantasy and anything else really you won’t regret it

Miles Cameron ô Cold Iron book

Cold Iron mobi ✓ Paperback Ë hannahredhead Å Aranthur is a student He showed a little magical talent is studying at the local academy and is nothing particularly special Others are smarter Others are talented Others are uicker to pick up techniues But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey home for the holidaHome for the holidays in an inn None of them step in to help when a young woman is thrown off a passing stage coach into the deep snow at the side of the road And none of them are drawn into a fight to protect herOne of the others might have realised she was m Cold Iron is set in a faux Byzantine City naming people old aristocratic families jockeying for power milieu with magic that has been freed by hero Tirases a millennium ago to be used by almost anyone in small but essential ways heating water and houses controlling fertility etc which led to a better life for many; there are a lot of familiar elements the magic academy the farmer student of middling talent to start with etc combined with a lot of the historical fiction touches from the author's medieval series like Chivalry and Tom Swan medieval inn life manuscripts horses clothing and weapon details of the age which is a sort of 1400's with dragons and magic as firearms are slowly appearing but swords and crossbows are still the main weapons However a curtain of war is coming towards the City from the east rumors are of conspiracies of the rich and powerful and especially of a cliue of a powerful Master and his Disciples who want to conuer the world in order to restrict the use of magic to themselves while claiming that its continual use by everyone is slowly but surely depleting it from the universe and our hero Aranthur of Arnaut background and who has many similarities with William Gold the hero of the Chivalry series though here the story is in third person gets somehow to be at the center of events the Arnauts are former mercenaries of the Empire now mostly settled as farmers in the mountainous hinterland and still looked upon as uncouth and violent barbarians by the Byzas aristocracy of the city while in return the Arnaut farmers have their own mythology of past greatness and of being empire saviours and have only contempt and disgust for the degenerate life of the City or for the many foreigner refugees from the wars in the East which slowly becomes another problem for Aranthur as he is caught and between his deepening involvement in City and Byzas aristocracy affairs and what he starts perceiving as the boorishness of his former neighbors and childhood friends And there is a friendly sentient dragon too a giftenvoy from the Empire of Zhou in the far east to the City and the Emperor though he is a figurehead to a large extent with the academy and the aristocratic families being the real powers whose species is now rare and on the blacklist of the Master as the dragons can eat magicThere is a lot of action and some of the storylines are at least partially solved while the ending is at a good tbc pointVery compelling set in a very rich world with many cultures and a well realized civilization with great characters Aranthur but many others too one will encounter through the story and highly recommended with volume 2 set for 2019 on my read on release list