- The Anvil of Souls
- Joshua C. Cook
- January 27, 2021
- Eric Bryan Moore
- The Forgemaster Cycle, Book 2
I’ve previously reviewed the first book in this series and enjoyed it quite a lot. I knew it was part of a series, but I didn’t know where it was going to go from there. For the most part, everything wrapped up nicely with a few hints at the sequel(s).
Book 2 picks up right where book 1 finishes and wastes no time at all getting straight to business. It’s one of those sequels that feels like more of part 2 than a separate book. It introduces new characters, races, locations, lore, etc. Everything you’d want with as fantasy, including a little romance.
I bring up the romance because of how well done it was. It didn’t feel cringey or forced. Most of the romance I read in stories is either smut where the people are only together for the genre. Other times it seems there are characters who are into each other just to have a romance in the novel. This is one of those rare stories where the characters have genuine chemistry.
One final thing I want to talk about is the ending. This review will be spoiler-free, I just want to say that it really left an impact. This book has one of those endings that had me picking my jaw up off the floor and has me extremely excited for book 3. The whole story is a really solid, well-written adventure that leads up to an incredibly satisfying ending.
I have nothing but good things to say about the narrator as well. He did a fantastic job with this story.
NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.