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Games of Thrones meets An Ember in the Ashes in this action-packed fantasy from the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series. Ara has always known about the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of every generation to protect the kingdom. It was her fate to inherit the title–though she never truly believed it wo Games of Thrones meets An Ember in the Ashes in this action-packed fantasy from the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series. Ara has always known about the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of every generation to protect the kingdom. It was her fate to inherit the title–though she never truly believed it would come to pass since the monarchy’s downfall years before. But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a mission to retake the throne–and take her place as the Loresmith–her whole world turns upside down. Their journey will take Ara on a dangerous adventure to discover new truths about her family’s legacy, and even to face the gods themselves. And with a mysterious thief as an unexpected companion, Ara must use all her skills to figure out just who she can trust, and forge the right path forward–for herself, her kingdom, and her heart. From internationally bestselling author Andrea Cremer comes a gorgeously written new fantasy series perfect for readers of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse or Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series.


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Games of Thrones meets An Ember in the Ashes in this action-packed fantasy from the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series. Ara has always known about the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of every generation to protect the kingdom. It was her fate to inherit the title–though she never truly believed it wo Games of Thrones meets An Ember in the Ashes in this action-packed fantasy from the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series. Ara has always known about the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of every generation to protect the kingdom. It was her fate to inherit the title–though she never truly believed it would come to pass since the monarchy’s downfall years before. But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a mission to retake the throne–and take her place as the Loresmith–her whole world turns upside down. Their journey will take Ara on a dangerous adventure to discover new truths about her family’s legacy, and even to face the gods themselves. And with a mysterious thief as an unexpected companion, Ara must use all her skills to figure out just who she can trust, and forge the right path forward–for herself, her kingdom, and her heart. From internationally bestselling author Andrea Cremer comes a gorgeously written new fantasy series perfect for readers of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse or Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series.

30 review for Forged in Fire and Stars

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzi

    B L A C K S M I T H S

  2. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    the goodreads one-star means 'did not like it' and i did not like it ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository the goodreads one-star means 'did not like it' and i did not like it ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish // stan shea couleé

    Andrea Cremer changing her name to Roberson is the second most confusing thing to happen to me this year

  4. 5 out of 5

    Abbie | epochnovels

    An uplifting fantasy adventure about destiny, fate, and the Gods that weave it. "Ara has always known about the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of every generation to protect the kingdom. It was her fate to inherit the title–though she never truly believed it would come to pass since the monarchy’s downfall years before. But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a mission to retake the throne–and take her An uplifting fantasy adventure about destiny, fate, and the Gods that weave it. "Ara has always known about the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of every generation to protect the kingdom. It was her fate to inherit the title–though she never truly believed it would come to pass since the monarchy’s downfall years before. But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a mission to retake the throne–and take her place as the Loresmith–her whole world turns upside down." This fantasy was a lot of fun! I loved the traveling aspect of the story, and how we got to discover each new part of this magical land with every chapter. The mythology and lore of this world was so enticing, as well. I loved meeting the Gods, and only wanted to know more about them. By the time Ara's fate came for her she'd stopped believing in it. I mean...If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for a good first line. That quote gripped me! I loved how we dove right into the action. Oftentimes with other stories, it can be tedious waiting for the inciting incident, but this one starts off with a bang. Also, I really liked Teth. His witty banter was fantastic comic relief, especially in regards to Nimhea, who takes herself entirely too seriously...Lol. Overall, I enjoyed this. If you're looking for an adventuring YA fantasy with complex mythology, this is the book for you! Forged in Fire and Stars is out now! To buy your copy, click here: http://www.penguinteen.com/book/31338... To check out my Forged in Fire and Stars Bookstagram post, click here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBLUESCA2-L/ A big thank you to Penguin Teen for sending me an advanced copy!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 3.5 stars If you like classic epic fantasy and are looking for a YA take, this one is worth checking out! It has great world-building and cool mythology, but the pacing drags in parts, some plot twists are pretty predictable, and the characters were fine, but could have used more nuance. Forged in Fire and Stars has been compared to An Ember in the Ashes and Game of Thrones. And....I'm not sure those are great comparisons, other than the epic scope and political elements to be foun Actual Rating: 3.5 stars If you like classic epic fantasy and are looking for a YA take, this one is worth checking out! It has great world-building and cool mythology, but the pacing drags in parts, some plot twists are pretty predictable, and the characters were fine, but could have used more nuance. Forged in Fire and Stars has been compared to An Ember in the Ashes and Game of Thrones. And....I'm not sure those are great comparisons, other than the epic scope and political elements to be found here. The Loresmith is tasked by the gods with protecting the people and creating magical weapons, but must never lift a weapon themself except in defense. When an evil empire overruns the kingdom, the Loresmith sacrifices himself to save his secret daughter and heir. Many years later, fate finds Ara and she begins a journey to reclaim her heritage and defeat the evil empire. The premise is a great one and for me, the best part of this book was the mythology and world-building. Every time we learned more about the mythology of the world or had appearances from the gods I was riveted. That part read like classic high fantasy and was well developed. The characters were fine, but a little bland. Our heroine can do no wrong and I didn't see strong arcs of character development. I appreciated the diversity here though. We get racial and cultural diversity in our little gang that get together along the way, and there is also the possibility of a sapphic relationship developing between the side characters. One character is from a people group that is clearly a stand-in for the Romany, including the way that people have created racist names for them and oppress them. There are plot twists that I definitely saw coming a long way off, and the pacing of was a bit slower than usual for a YA fantasy. Which I probably wouldn't have minded if the book was longer and did more character development. That said, I think many readers will still quite enjoy this. It feels like a throwback in some ways and I mostly enjoyed my time with it. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. CW include racism, murder, killing of children, blood magic, depictions of gore, loss of a loved one and more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    ngl... anything that likens itself to an ember and the ashes AND six of crows has some big shoes to fill.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Ara is the daughter of the last Loresmith. Her father was supposed to teach her the ways of the Loresmith, but unfortunately, he passed away before he was able to do so. When a princess and a scholar arrive at her village, she joins them on a journey to take back the Kingdom. Along the way, she meets a Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Ara is the daughter of the last Loresmith. Her father was supposed to teach her the ways of the Loresmith, but unfortunately, he passed away before he was able to do so. When a princess and a scholar arrive at her village, she joins them on a journey to take back the Kingdom. Along the way, she meets a thief and his fox, and together they all set out to discover the ways of the Loresmith. I don't know why this is advertised as action-packed, because absolutely nothing happened this entire book. This book is SLOW. The concept was intriguing, but I was just bored throughout most of this. Ara is an interesting character, but I didn't really care what happened to her or the twins. The only character I was truly invested in was Teth and his fox companion. It was very obvious that this was setting up for a series, which was a bit annoying.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Bennett

    I had seen this cover floating around and I was immediately drawn to it. I put it on hold at the library and waited for it to come in. I almost returned a couple of days after getting it because it wasn’t on my tbr and I had other things to read but I still felt drawn to it so I dived in! I’m glad I gave this shot because there were so many aspects of this book that I enjoyed. I am always drawn to a story that has it’s own lore/gods system. I find them fascinating and if the author actually adds I had seen this cover floating around and I was immediately drawn to it. I put it on hold at the library and waited for it to come in. I almost returned a couple of days after getting it because it wasn’t on my tbr and I had other things to read but I still felt drawn to it so I dived in! I’m glad I gave this shot because there were so many aspects of this book that I enjoyed. I am always drawn to a story that has it’s own lore/gods system. I find them fascinating and if the author actually adds in stories about those gods, perfection! This had the perfect mix of both and I couldn’t help but enjoy learning more about this ravaged kingdom and the gods that disappeared. Another really cool aspect (which also has to do with lore) was the loresmith. The book starts off with a strong prologue that really grips you into the story. There are many moving parts in the plot that involved the loresmith aka Ara (our main character!) and it was just so unique! Ara has a lot to grasp when it comes to her destiny and she definitely struggles to understand it and what it means for her life. She can be optimistic at times and other times she questions herself about it. I think we can all be that way at times, even if we aren’t out here trying to save a kingdom, heh. The good thing about her journey is that she isn’t alone. Nimhea and Eamon are there with her every step of the way trying to reclaim the throne they lost. I enjoyed getting to know every member of their party especially Teth who comes into their party later and is seriously so hilarious! I loved all his parts. There are a few chapters that split to a different point-of-view coming from the princes of the bad guys. I thought this was interesting and even though it wasn’t a lot, you still got to see parts from their side. I can understand why some may not like this book as much as me because there are parts that felt a bit slow. This usually bothers me but since it was towards the middle and a bit at the end, I was already invested in the plot and characters so I didn’t mind. Relationships are formed somewhat hastily but it’s another thing that I could overlook for the most part. The relationship didn’t play a huge role in the plot or anything and nothing really happened until the end so not insta-love. The ending ended with a cliffhanger (obviously) and it sets it up for another book. I’m not sure when that will come out but I definitely need it sooner than later! Overall, I enjoyed this book and the world this author created. There are so many unique aspects and I just loved them all.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erica Deb

    I like the story and the concept. The characters were good and I loved Fox. But the pace was slow and as I got more than halfway through, it became very obvious that this was a set up for a series. That always kind of bums me out. I would rather have a nice, complete story than a lot of laying of the groundwork. Hopefully the next one will further the story a little more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI ♠

    I'm gonna make a scrapbook photo album of all the stunning covers for 2020 releases and praise the artistic beauty of these gorgeous masterpieces til my dying day

  11. 5 out of 5

    Minca Huiberts

    I received and e-arc from the publisher Penguin Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. In the first chapters Ara’s situation becomes clear as she is the left behind daughter of the last Loresmith. She lives with her grandmother and doesn’t have a lot of faith ever being the one who forges magical armor and weapons. But she’s happy with how her life is right now. Until she meets the Prince and Princess. From that moment the story really starts. At least, that’s what you’d expect. The i I received and e-arc from the publisher Penguin Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. In the first chapters Ara’s situation becomes clear as she is the left behind daughter of the last Loresmith. She lives with her grandmother and doesn’t have a lot of faith ever being the one who forges magical armor and weapons. But she’s happy with how her life is right now. Until she meets the Prince and Princess. From that moment the story really starts. At least, that’s what you’d expect. The introduction of the two new characters, their story and history takes up a lot of tekst and time. The events of the past are deeply discussed and in those moments nothing else really happens. That’s why it takes some time before their journey really begins. When that happens, more informational parts come by between the dialogs and not quite interesting happenings. The first chapters are pretty long and wordy. It requires some perseverance to get through them, but after that the story becomes more interesting. The writingstyle remains to be a little slow and extensive, but you’ll probably get used tot his at some point. As for the characters, Ara is pretty interesting. Even though she thinks and doubts a lot about the situations she finds herself in which causes some delay, she doesn’t become impulsive. The Prince and Princess are slightly different than you’d expect too. Through Ara’s point of view you’ll notice that even though Nimhea is a Princess, she doesn’t always behave like that and doesn’t expect others to treat her like that. They didn’t grew up like other princes or princesses might have, but it was nice to read about a Princess who isn’t arrogant or anything. Eamon doens’t seem to be a big part of the story at first, but since he got to spend a lot of time reading and learning stuff, he becomes the one who leads them on their way. And then there’s this mysterious stranger. He becomes a bigger influencer to the story than expected. While the story continues Ara gets to know him better and he becomes quite charming. That doesn’t make him the only mysterious person in their midst. Because even though the author did a great job trying to hide it, the surprise later in the story didn’t come entirely unexpected for me. This revelation created some extra tension and excitement in the story. The way the plot develops starts of quite slow and the tempo stays a little low, which makes it easier to set the book aside. But Robertson did add some interesting events to their quest to keep it interesting. After a few chapters it was quite obvious this book was going to get a sequel, because their quest moved forward too slowly to have answers to everything at the end and to have solved everything aswell. But the ending does make you curious about the sequel and that’s pretty important. An adventurous but sometimes predictable story about four elected young adults who have to make a quest to change and reclaim the future of their kingdom.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    3.5/5 Skewed a little young, but still a super fun and interesting start to a new series. I particularly enjoy the fact that the MC is a blacksmith—heck yes, strong ladies! Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult. 3.5/5 Skewed a little young, but still a super fun and interesting start to a new series. I particularly enjoy the fact that the MC is a blacksmith—heck yes, strong ladies! Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Knives (and Axes and Bows) Out BFF Charm: Heck Yes Swoonworthy Scale: 6 Talky Talk: Fantas(y)tic Bonus Factors: Quests, Blacksmithing Factors: Chosen One, Series Starter Anti-Bonus Factor: Betrayal Relationship Status: Along for the Journey Read the full book report here. Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Knives (and Axes and Bows) Out BFF Charm: Heck Yes Swoonworthy Scale: 6 Talky Talk: Fantas(y)tic Bonus Factors: Quests, Blacksmithing Factors: Chosen One, Series Starter Anti-Bonus Factor: Betrayal Relationship Status: Along for the Journey Read the full book report here.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-arc. At first glance, the story and the cover alone would suck in any old reader. But unfortunately, the story did not live up to my expectations. Firstly, Ara appears to us as someone important, but we haven't gotten to know her enough to care. We're thrown into her life as she gets kidnapped and the catalyst is thrown into our face by page five. Personally, I find this jarring. There was no time to get to know Ara and the more I read, the less Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-arc. At first glance, the story and the cover alone would suck in any old reader. But unfortunately, the story did not live up to my expectations. Firstly, Ara appears to us as someone important, but we haven't gotten to know her enough to care. We're thrown into her life as she gets kidnapped and the catalyst is thrown into our face by page five. Personally, I find this jarring. There was no time to get to know Ara and the more I read, the less info about who she was as a person became foggier and foggier. I love getting thrown into the action, don't get me wrong, but usually, there's a beat where we sit down and get to know the protagonist who is supposed to be the most important character in the story. There was next to no character arc for Ara. Things happened very slowly after that first point and the story weaved together at a snail's pace. There is a lot of setup with no result, which makes me think it'll mostly get explained in book two, but by that time, you've lost me. I probably won't continue the series. This was a story of very slow pacing, cool ideas, but poor execution. The comparison titles like Game of Thrones and Ember in the Ashes could not have been further from the truth. I'm sad that I did not like this book, but alas.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kittin

    DNF 25% lost interest

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    Thanks to PenguinTeen for sending me a free digital early copy in exchange for an honest review. Um... Well, what I thought would be amazingly awesome (especially with a comp title like An Ember in the Ashes) fell completely flat and absolutely did not work for me. I had it in my mind I would DNF this book early on, but I felt like I wasn't giving it enough of a chance. Man, do I regret that decision. When I receive early copies from publishers, I feel a bit obligated to give push through the boo Thanks to PenguinTeen for sending me a free digital early copy in exchange for an honest review. Um... Well, what I thought would be amazingly awesome (especially with a comp title like An Ember in the Ashes) fell completely flat and absolutely did not work for me. I had it in my mind I would DNF this book early on, but I felt like I wasn't giving it enough of a chance. Man, do I regret that decision. When I receive early copies from publishers, I feel a bit obligated to give push through the book in order to give it a proper review. In this case, I should have just stopped but every time I picked the book up, I was getting further and further along and eventually found myself at the end... With a great amount of reluctance and very little skimming. Don't get me wrong though. The premise sounds absolutely wonderful and love the idea. But executive was so poor. I liked the world-building, the legends, myths, and stories of the gods. But I absolutely couldn't care less about any of the characters. Ara really had nothing going for her outside of being the Loresmith, while Nimhea and Eamon seemed utterly underdeveloped. You just throw these characters together, yet I felt like no true friendship or bond was formed between them, outside of Nimhea and Eamon as brother and sister. And even at times, that appeared strained. I felt like I was d r a g g i n g, sloshing through this hot mess just to get to the end and say that I read it. Not to mention that the characters are traveling 99% of the time in this book and it was boring. This book starts right in the action but the thing is, I didn't want all the action up front. Maybe that's where my lack of connection to the characters started. I feel like I didn't know them enough to care about them or their journey. The developing romance between the main character, Ara, and a character she meets on her journey... Again, I couldn't care less. So dull. It was very much a chore to pick up this book. I forced myself not to skim it, in case I didn't miss something important. Wrong on me. I should have just went directly to the end. And the utter betrayal from one of the characters? Excuse me, where in the WORLD did that even come into play and why? It makes absolutely no sense. We do get a few chapters where that don't follow Ara but I struggled to see how they fit into the story besides it being from the eyes of the enemy. I didn't feel like there was a connection between those chapters and what was happening with Ara. I'm sure my dislike of the book is causing me to miss any sort of thread to connect these stories but with everything being a struggle in this book, I don't really care. Incredible cover. Lovely comp titles. But an absolute miss with me. It makes me wonder if I should go back and read this author's previous works.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    The bestselling author of the Nightshade series is back. Forged in Fire and Stars, her first book in a new fantasy series, is about a young woman, Ara, who is fated to become a legendary blacksmith. As the next Loresmith, she would have the gods-given power to forge magical weapons to save her conquered kingdom of Saetlund from an evil regime; but the people (and even the gods) have lost faith in the Loresmith. To prove she’s worthy of her destiny, Ara joins forces with the lost Princess Nimhea The bestselling author of the Nightshade series is back. Forged in Fire and Stars, her first book in a new fantasy series, is about a young woman, Ara, who is fated to become a legendary blacksmith. As the next Loresmith, she would have the gods-given power to forge magical weapons to save her conquered kingdom of Saetlund from an evil regime; but the people (and even the gods) have lost faith in the Loresmith. To prove she’s worthy of her destiny, Ara joins forces with the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon, who escaped when Saetlund's king was overthrown fifteen years ago, as well as with a mysterious (and handsome) thief. Their thrilling and dangerous quest to retake the throne and reclaim a lost legendary power to save their world from dark forces will appeal to fans of Sabaa Tahir and Leigh Bardugo, among other popular YA fantasy authors. (Indie Next)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Monica (books_over_everything)

    **Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.** Title Forged in Fire and Stars Author Andrea Robertson Release Date May 5, 2020 Description from Amazon Ara has always known the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of Saetlund, forging legendary weapons to arm warriors and protect the kingdom. She’s been told it’s her fate to inherit the title and become the next Loresmith. But since the monarchy’s downfall in a vic **Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.** Title Forged in Fire and Stars Author Andrea Robertson Release Date May 5, 2020 Description from Amazon Ara has always known the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of Saetlund, forging legendary weapons to arm warriors and protect the kingdom. She’s been told it’s her fate to inherit the title and become the next Loresmith. But since the monarchy’s downfall in a vicious conquest years before, Ara has never truly believed she would be able to take up her duty. But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a mission to retake the throne and return Ara to her place as the Loresmith–Ara’s whole world turns upside down. Suddenly, Ara must leave her small mountain village and embark on a dangerous adventure where she will uncover new truths about her family’s legacy, and even face the gods themselves. With a mysterious thief as an unexpected companion, and dark forces following their every move, Ara must use all her skills to forge the right path forward–for herself, her kingdom, and her heart. Initial Thoughts I was super excited when Penguin Teen offered me the chance to review this book early. It has been on my TBR for a while now and the premise sounded really interesting. Some Things I Liked Lore and mythology. This book felt like it was inspired by Norse mythology and I loved the way lore and gods were woven into the history of the world. Unexpected turns. I’ve read a ton of YA books and I sometimes find that the plots can be a bit formulaic or predictable. I can honestly say this book kept me guessing. Not in a bad way, mind you. I felt like the plot twists were well executed and there were subtle hints to them earlier on. That ending. Wow. That’s all I’ll say on the matter. One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About The age of the main character was my one issue with this book. Ara was 15 which just felt a little young for the responsibility and expectations the adult characters had for her. I know this is YA but typically YA is characterized with adults who are not present or totally evil. Ara had her grandmother and I found it odd that she was so quick to let her leave for her quest with basically some random kids she met. It’s a small critique, but I’d have preferred if Ara was a smidge older. It would have made the story feel more realistic. Series Value I would definitely keep reading this series. I have many unanswered questions and I’m eager to know more about these characters. Furthermore, I think that this series has high re-read value. There are so many details in this book and I’d definitely want them fresh in my mind as I read the next installment. Final Thoughts I enjoyed this book. It has really good bones for the start of a series and I’d gladly keep reading. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommendations for Further Reading Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa – if you liked the concept of “found family” in Forged in Fire and Stars, check out this finished series by Julie Kagawa. Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynn E. Maetani – again, if you liked the idea of a “found family” or where the main character has to gather warriors to fight with her, try this standalone based on Japanese mythology.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    This was a 3 star for me which for me means i enjoyed the story but it lack some things. The pacing is slow but if you keep in mind a few things it makes sense. This is a quest book series. Which means our main character Ara has no knowledge of her abilities nor does she have anyone to give that information or education. She grown up with no knowledge of what a lore smith does beyond some stories she heard. From what i can figure with the information we have been given a Loresmith can never take This was a 3 star for me which for me means i enjoyed the story but it lack some things. The pacing is slow but if you keep in mind a few things it makes sense. This is a quest book series. Which means our main character Ara has no knowledge of her abilities nor does she have anyone to give that information or education. She grown up with no knowledge of what a lore smith does beyond some stories she heard. From what i can figure with the information we have been given a Loresmith can never take action in violence for if they do they loose the ability or right to be come one. Though she is destined to become a loresmith she has to prove her self worthy to be chosen by the Gods for this honor. So this whole first book is her traveling on this quest to learn how to become the lore smith once she been chosen by the Gods. Another thing to keep in mine is the author could of totally ruined this story by doing what i seen done before taking the first half of this book and rushing our character through her discovery and education and jumping right into the action of the story. We loose all the groundwork and typically get bored cause it feels like an info dump. I like the way the author actually is taking on this quest and we are learning right along side Ara, uncovering the clues with her companions and we also get the great opportunity to love those characters and not just the main one. Trust me when you pick this one be ready to settle in and learn what it is to be a lore smith, what her farther missed passing on to her and what she will become at the end of this long tale. You will enjoy this story so much more if you keep these things in mind. The 3 rating is purely cause the slow journey irked me at times but we get lots of great clues and action at the end

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashly

    UUGGGHHH. Where do I begin? I bought this on a whim because of the cover so this is actually my own fault but I really didn't think I could dislike it this much. There is no reason an imprint of Penguin Books shouldn't have had a proof reader. If this did, in fact, have a proof reader, that person should never proofread again. I can handle typos. Every book has some. Some. This book had typos on nearly every. single. page. That is not an exaggeration. Missing punctuation, missing words, doubled UUGGGHHH. Where do I begin? I bought this on a whim because of the cover so this is actually my own fault but I really didn't think I could dislike it this much. There is no reason an imprint of Penguin Books shouldn't have had a proof reader. If this did, in fact, have a proof reader, that person should never proofread again. I can handle typos. Every book has some. Some. This book had typos on nearly every. single. page. That is not an exaggeration. Missing punctuation, missing words, doubled words, words in the wrong order, spelling errors, words used incorrectly. It was so irritating and it pulled me out of the story every time. The actual story was only meh for me. The main character, Ara, who is supposed to be this legendary Loresmith, was the most boring character ever, holy crap. And because I didn't care about her at all, I didn't care about her romance with another character that I could actually stand - Teth. This is very much a travel story and a setup for a series. The pacing was sort of all over the place with the end feeling overly rushed after such a slow beginning. If I hadn't impulsively bought the hardcover and then had my book club choose it as a bonus book for the month of May, I would not have been able to finish this. Am I going to read the sequel? Maybe, because I hate myself. And while the story was truly a solid meh, I want to know what happens to Teth and Princess Nimhea. Also, I don't like not finishing a series. I appreciated the map in this and the okay world-building.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Celia (BuriedBeneathMyTBR)

    Ara has always known the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of Saetlund, forging legendary weapons to arm warriors and protect the kingdom. She's been told it's her fate to inherit the title and become the next Loresmith. But since the monarchy's downfall in a vicious conquest years before, Ara has never truly believed she would be able to take up her duty. But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a missi Ara has always known the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of Saetlund, forging legendary weapons to arm warriors and protect the kingdom. She's been told it's her fate to inherit the title and become the next Loresmith. But since the monarchy's downfall in a vicious conquest years before, Ara has never truly believed she would be able to take up her duty. But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a mission to retake the throne and return Ara to her place as the Loresmith--Ara's whole world turns upside down. This book captured my attention by drawing comparisons to Game of thrones. I’m sad to say it didn’t deliver to that extent. I believe it’s definitely a good foundation for a promising series, but with such strong comparisons to other fantasy novels, I had such high expectations that weren’t met. The pacing of the novel was also a little slow for me and we don’t really see much of the magic system. Besides that, it was a very vivid novel with a cast of characters that you come to root for on their quest. I LOVE the fact that our main character is a FEMALE BLACKSMITH! Will I continue the series? Yes. I feel like it will develop more in depth in the second novel, with a lot of new information we received towards the end of the novel and we will learn more about the magic system.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    As soon as I heard Andrea was writing another series, I couldn’t wait to dive in. I was obsessed with the Nightshade series, so I had really high hopes for the start of a new series from her. Thankfully, this book not disappoint! From the very beginning, it starts with plenty of action. Lore and myth become reality as Ara, a fifteen year old blacksmith, is set on a quest to fulfill her destiny and prove her worth to the gods. She gains a few companions along the way, and I love how diverse their As soon as I heard Andrea was writing another series, I couldn’t wait to dive in. I was obsessed with the Nightshade series, so I had really high hopes for the start of a new series from her. Thankfully, this book not disappoint! From the very beginning, it starts with plenty of action. Lore and myth become reality as Ara, a fifteen year old blacksmith, is set on a quest to fulfill her destiny and prove her worth to the gods. She gains a few companions along the way, and I love how diverse their personalities are. I do wish there had been a bit more character development, but I’m sure that’s something we will see in upcoming books. There is also so much going on throughout the book. You rarely have a slow moment. When one does come along, they can seem to drag a bit, but I can understand it because it is mostly information for world building to help with the flow of the series. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I’m excited to see where to story goes. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hira Chaudhary

    I'm going to start this review by saying I've gotten really annoyed with the way these books are always promoted as "this BIG things meets that BIG thing" and then you read the story and it's literally nothing like any of those books. I get that they're trying to draw people in, but it's honestly a little annoying when they just pick two big things without really thinking through what the story is actually like? There are actual stories that are similar that could be used rather than throwing Ga I'm going to start this review by saying I've gotten really annoyed with the way these books are always promoted as "this BIG things meets that BIG thing" and then you read the story and it's literally nothing like any of those books. I get that they're trying to draw people in, but it's honestly a little annoying when they just pick two big things without really thinking through what the story is actually like? There are actual stories that are similar that could be used rather than throwing Games of Thrones and Ember and Grishaverse at literally EVERYTHING. Anyways. On to the actual book. This one was readable and entertaining, though it wasn't all that extraordinary? Ara and her Loresmith abilities were interesting and I liked how she was on a journey to earn the right to take on the title and stand by the rightful ruler of their people. I liked Nimhea and Eamon and their bond and how Nimhea was on her way to reclaiming her throne. Teth was grand and I loved him and Fox and how he joined their quest and the way he and Ara became close. I loved the two of them. Overall, the story was a little slow, though it was setting things up for the rest of the series, so that was okay, and the characters were a little...bland? They were interesting, but we didn't get to know them all that well? We really only got surface level descriptions of what they were like. But it was an entertaining book and it'll be interesting to see where things go from here, especially with (view spoiler)[Eamon's betrayal (hide spoiler)] at the end.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin Arkin

    3.5 stars...full review to come.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Colby

    I want to start out by saying that I lost the notepaper with all of my notes on it, so we're winging this review! (which, let's be honest, my winged review are interesting, to say the least!) Thank you to Penguin Teen for inviting me to read this eARC on Net Galley! I love following stories about bards and knight and blacksmiths, because we really don't have enough of these stories nowadays1 I think the knight tale and anything relating to it was overdone years ago, but I'm excited to see a revamp I want to start out by saying that I lost the notepaper with all of my notes on it, so we're winging this review! (which, let's be honest, my winged review are interesting, to say the least!) Thank you to Penguin Teen for inviting me to read this eARC on Net Galley! I love following stories about bards and knight and blacksmiths, because we really don't have enough of these stories nowadays1 I think the knight tale and anything relating to it was overdone years ago, but I'm excited to see a revamping of them! Alright, so, Ara is the daughter of the Loresmith, but because the "position" is god-given, she must either learn the trade from the previous Loresmith (which is impossible because her father is dead) or she must prove her worthiness by the gods. Ara is living a normal life in a small village when twins Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon, the long-lost children of the late king, find her and entreat her to journey with her and earn her rightful position. On the way, she catches a fox stealing from her travel companions, and follows the fox to a set of ruins and instead meets Teth, a young thief. Together, the four of them basically venture off on a quest to get Ara her Loresmith title and unseat the tyrant and place Nimhea in his stead, as is her birthright. It's a super cool premise, and I loved the beginning of the book, but it slowed down real quick, and I honestly got rather bored. I was really disappointed, because this book is obviously setting up for the rest of the series. The world itself isn't very magical (which I actually preferred) rather the people themselves, and I loved the idea and the characters, and the writing was quite good, which is why I'm rating it 4 stars. I really hope book 2 is faster paced! I wonder if it'll be a good audiobook, because I know it often helps me with slower paced novels.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megan (inkand.imagination)

    Disclaimer - I read this book as an ARC that was gifted to me. Overall I really enjoyed this book! The characters were intriguing, and the worldbuilding was absolutely beautiful. I loved the concept of the Loresmith as well. It falls into the “chosen one” trope, but the concept is different enough that it doesn’t feel like a repetition of the same fantasy themes that are so often seen in YA books. The major drawback for me with this book was the writing style. It’s very passive, which made it ha Disclaimer - I read this book as an ARC that was gifted to me. Overall I really enjoyed this book! The characters were intriguing, and the worldbuilding was absolutely beautiful. I loved the concept of the Loresmith as well. It falls into the “chosen one” trope, but the concept is different enough that it doesn’t feel like a repetition of the same fantasy themes that are so often seen in YA books. The major drawback for me with this book was the writing style. It’s very passive, which made it hard for me to connect with the characters. Rather than feeling immersed in the story, I felt like someone was telling the story to me. However, that doesn’t change the fact that I did throughly enjoy this book! It’s definitely one I’ll be looking out for when the finished copy releases in May.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yafict... FORGED IN FIRE AND STARS is an engaging YA fantasy/adventure. The book begins in the past, when Saetlund was under siege by Vokkans. The Loresmith gives his life to save the royal twins and his own child who has not yet been born. We then travel to the future to meet Ara, his then unborn daughter. She is now a teenager, who has known that her legacy is that of the Loresmith. However, this legacy is typically passed down through tea See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yafict... FORGED IN FIRE AND STARS is an engaging YA fantasy/adventure. The book begins in the past, when Saetlund was under siege by Vokkans. The Loresmith gives his life to save the royal twins and his own child who has not yet been born. We then travel to the future to meet Ara, his then unborn daughter. She is now a teenager, who has known that her legacy is that of the Loresmith. However, this legacy is typically passed down through teachings. As her father was unable to teach her, she does not possess the full powers of the Loresmith. When she is captured by the royal twins who escaped, Nimhea and Eamon, she learns that she must petition the gods for their favor to become what she is destined to be. Together, they embark on a quest to find the gods and allow Ara to fulfill her destiny as the Loresmith, with the ultimate goal of taking back the kingdom. What I loved: The world-building here is incredible. We get backstory on the legends, mythology, and the world as it is in the past and now. There are also some interesting discussions about religion, power/ethics, and governments that arise throughout. The characters are fully realized, and the core group that travels together are all incredibly three-dimensional and people that I really began to love during the novel. This story is beautifully woven throughout the book. This first novel is really about the quest, and through it, the world around is completed. Their journey is not only action/adventure, but a lot of character-building and ethical discussions that make this a really engaging read. Also, I would highly recommend going back to the start of the book once you get to the end, because it gives new meaning to some of those (I'm being vague to avoid spoilers). This was a book I wanted to go through again immediately after reading. What left me wanting more: Although I really loved the book overall, as a small point, there are some places where the plot gets a little slow, and I would have liked a faster pace. These may be ironed out more in the final version of the book. Final verdict: Enthralling, atmospheric, and beautifully woven, FORGED IN FIRE AND STARS is a YA fantasy that asks interesting questions and introduces great characters in a new series. Highly recommend for fans of Adrienne Young, Sabaa Tahir, and Claire Legrand. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    KJ Donvie

    I'll start with a bit of a warning: this post will not be long (relatively speaking). I really wasn't feeling this one, guys. It wasn't horrendous (hence the 2-star and not 1), but damn... it was slow. I started reading it yesterday, but around 25% I put it down for the rest of the evening - which I never do. Nothing about the story really hooked me. I like the prologue. The high-stakes setup was perfect, and I got really excited that it would be my next great read. By the time Ara's fate came for I'll start with a bit of a warning: this post will not be long (relatively speaking). I really wasn't feeling this one, guys. It wasn't horrendous (hence the 2-star and not 1), but damn... it was slow. I started reading it yesterday, but around 25% I put it down for the rest of the evening - which I never do. Nothing about the story really hooked me. I like the prologue. The high-stakes setup was perfect, and I got really excited that it would be my next great read. By the time Ara's fate came for her she'd stop believing in it. Excerpt From: Andrea Robertson. "Forged in Fire and Stars." Apple Books. Above is the first line of chapter one, which I quite enjoyed. I thought it was a great hook. Although when I it over again I find I read with a comma after "her", but alas, there was no comma in the quote. I found a few grammatical errors, etc. through the novel. A few more than normal, that is, which just seems sloppy. I've never read previous materials by her, but I do know she had a bestselling series before writing this one. To me it just seems like they rushed to get more of her materials out and neglected to properly edit. This book was marketed as "Game of Thrones meets An Ember in the Ashes", which was yet another letdown. Honestly, I should stop freakin' reading the Goodreads blurbs because so far I'm 0/2 on them. This book revolved around the concept of the Loresmith, a legendary Blacksmith passed down a family line through generations. Ara is the main character, and her father was the last Loresmith before (in an absolute fantasy classic) the throne was usurped by evil. The story's development started incredibly slow, and honestly... FINISH THE REVIEW ON MY BLOG: https://www.kjdonvie.com/post/forged-...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Myron Brown

    When Ara is kidnapped while working her forge, she discovers the tales her grandmother told about her greater destiny are true. To claim her destiny she must go on a dangerous journey. Ara's kidnappers turn out to be the exiled princess and prince of Saetlund who are looking to reclaim the throne from the Vokkans who have conquered it fifteen years ago. They start a quest to claim the power of the Loresmith for Ara, which may be one of the keys to help them claim the throne. Along the way they a When Ara is kidnapped while working her forge, she discovers the tales her grandmother told about her greater destiny are true. To claim her destiny she must go on a dangerous journey. Ara's kidnappers turn out to be the exiled princess and prince of Saetlund who are looking to reclaim the throne from the Vokkans who have conquered it fifteen years ago. They start a quest to claim the power of the Loresmith for Ara, which may be one of the keys to help them claim the throne. Along the way they are joined by a third, Teth, and his fox companion. The journey these characters undertake is described in picturesque detail. Robertson takes her time with the scenarios she puts her characters through. The story is told in third person from Ara's perspective which may be confusing to some readers who are used to either a first person or an omniscient perspective. Personally I found that narrative decision distanced me from the narrative. It doesn't help that the characters are basically defined by one or two characteristics. The relative slow pacing compounds this since typically a quicker pace often makes up for a lack of character depth. The system of magic is interesting but there's a sense there's more to it but it's likely won't be seen until the next book. There are a few interludes from the Vokkans' perspective that while provide some understanding about them, also potentially spoil a major twist. Readers of An Ember in the Ashes series would enjoy this book. Thanks Edelweiss+ for providing an ARC for this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Caty

    The story is about Ara, the daughter of the Loresmith, that grew up with her grandmother far away from the Kingdom. Her father was killed to protect his magic and the heirs to the throne. So she lives a normal life until one day the long-lost heirs to the throne, Prince Eamon and Princess Nimhea, come to her small village and ask her to take her father place by their side. The problem is that being a Loresmith has to be earn. So together they start a journey to prove her worth to the gods. Durin The story is about Ara, the daughter of the Loresmith, that grew up with her grandmother far away from the Kingdom. Her father was killed to protect his magic and the heirs to the throne. So she lives a normal life until one day the long-lost heirs to the throne, Prince Eamon and Princess Nimhea, come to her small village and ask her to take her father place by their side. The problem is that being a Loresmith has to be earn. So together they start a journey to prove her worth to the gods. During her journey she meets Teth, a mysterious thief that joins her and the rest of the group on their quest. This is quite a captivating story. From the start we are introduced to a new world and in the first chapters we discover, step by step, what happened and what needs to happen in order to put Princess Nimhea on the throne. It takes a while, but as soon as the journey starts we are brought into an interesting adventure with some exciting plot twist. The book is slow, but that allows the reader to fully understand what’s going on and predict where the story is going. The worldbuilding is really well done and the story is easy to follow. It’s a good first book in a series, but I hope the style will be a little bit more fast-paced in the sequel and with even major plot twists. Anyway, I recommend it to fan of Sabaa Tahir and Tomi Adeyemi. If you are looking for a new interesting fantasy world this is the book for you.

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