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Forged in Fire (Sarah Beauhall #3)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  415 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Sarah Jane Beauhall, the blacksmith turned dragon slayer, has it all figured out—little things like dealing with the political intrigue of dragons who secretly run our world, and learning to wield the magic that she has been given by none other than Odin, who has been fighting the dragons for millennia. And then there is the matter of coming to terms with who she is…and ho ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Tor Books (first published June 19th 2012)
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J.A. Pitts
Dec 26, 2011 J.A. Pitts rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, to be fair, I wrote it. But I think it's pretty excellent.
Well, this was so much better than the previous installments! The plot is dynamic, the characters engaging, and the writing has gotten better with every book! I just got totally hooked on the series and was looking for the next book, when to my enormous disappointment I read on the author's site that although he has written the next 2 books, the publisher has cancelled their publication due to sales... :-( I am quite surprised, since as far as UF books go, this was shaping-up to be quite interes ...more
Smoother than the last one. I still thing Sarah is terrific and Pitts seems to be working out some of the kinks with his writing style. I hope there are more books in this series. I'll try to write a longer review soon.
Jan 14, 2015 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forged in Fire is absolutely the best so far of the Sarah Beauhall series. (Hopefully not the last) Throughout the series you see major character development on all sides for our lovely leading lady.
The Sarah Beauhall series has almost literally everything a norse mythology fan could want: Hot Heroine, Epic Sword, DRAGONS! Dwarves, Elves, Magic, Ghosts, Necromancers, Trolls, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on and just keeps getting better!
Though all of those are things that should get any sane per
Mar 20, 2014 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: non standard urban fantasy, lesbian heroines
So I finally got around to reading this book. Third in the series it evokes the same thoughts and feelings as previous instalments. I'm interested, the book reads at a very fast pace and there is a decent amount of plot movement (much improved from book two in this respect) and I don't find the characters or world building annoying. All positives when it comes to urban fantasy. However I feel a distinct lack of excitement when reading this series. I'm not sure what's missing but I find that I ne ...more
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Once upon a time, while stalking another author, I stumbled across their blog post concerning an amazing illustrator. He did the covers for her books and I fell in love with his amazing talent. So much so, that I went in search of his website to see what else there was. What I found more amazing art work. Imagine my surprise when I recognized some of them as covers of other books that I had read. It dawned on me, that some of the really cool art work I was admiring were covers to books I had not ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Rich rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy the second book as much as I enjoyed the first, and I didn't enjoy this third book as much as I enjoyed the second.

- Someone shows up from Sarah's past, causes a minor ruckus for a chapter, and then disappears for the remainder of the book. Not as mysterious as it was annoying.
- Mysterious person attached to mysterious group introduced near beginning, then forgotten (except for a throwaway mention at the very end) for the rest of the book. Not mysterious enough, but plenty annoyi
Sarah Beauhall: blacksmith, dragon slayer. Makes a nice calling card for a character I've developed a liking for over the three books of this series. The writing in Forged in Fire has tightened up, allowing the author to display growth in his craft, and Sarah to display growth in her own skin/sense of self.

I first learned of this series through Mary Robinette Kowal, and was forewarned that this was really the best of the three books out there in the series. I loved the raw energy of the first b
Nov 15, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best of the series so far. The story lines are all tied together with just enough hooks left exposed to lead into the next book of the series (I can barely wait :). It's a nice balance between Black Blade Blues and Honeyed Words. I'm always looking for "speculative" fiction titles with strong female leads (especially lesbian as it's close to my heart ;). This one is written well and keeps the focus on the story line without losing the characters. The only comment I would make is that some of the ...more
Per Gunnar
I was really about to give up on this book series and it was only because I am a stubborn bastard that really really do not want to give up on what I have started that I read this book in the series. One could of course also be kind and say that I was just curious to find out where the story went and that would probably not be too far from the truth as well but I think the main reason is still that I am indeed and stubborn bastard.

Anyway, this book is really a huge improvement from the previous
Nov 07, 2015 Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book three in the Sarah Beauhall series, this one is as worthy a read as it's companions. Pitts does an excellent job of bringing the reader into the world of the characters, and finding out whether they will react to situations the way you suspect, or surprise you is a special sort of fun.
Aug 05, 2015 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
I think, at this point, I can officially classify myself as a Sarah Beauhall fangirl. When I saw the series as Powell’s for the first time, I decided I’d read it on a whim, not expecting anything more than brief entertainment or maybe something to write a scathing review on later. Lo and behold! I have to take back those thoughts of an unbeliever! Forged in Fire is J.A. Pitts’s third Sarah Beauhall installation, and I had more fun than ever. Pitts created a cast of full characters and a massive ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Leilani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
With this 3rd book, the Sarah Beauhall books are really starting to shine. I enjoyed the first two a lot, but by this time Sarah has grown into a stronger, more confident character, and the supporting characters and background plots are in full motion. Her girlfriend Katie is never just a damsel in distress, she's a complicated person with her own music-mage strengths who fights by Sarah's side when needed, and just like any other couple, they figure out how to balance work (fighting dragons &am ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Gille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i liked it, but there were so many cliffhangers and i don't know if the series got canceled or not..since the last one was published in 2012..i just twittered the author..wonder if he will reply
Andre Walker
Jun 22, 2015 Andre Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to more in this series

Each book in the series gets progressively better. I'm also very pleased with the way Sarah is maturing thus far.
Shay Williams
Feb 28, 2015 Shay Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, urban-fantasy
I am really sorry this series is over. We need more strong female heroines.
Oct 14, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
My least favorite in the series so far but still really good and had a lot of hooks/foreshadowing of things to come. Can't wait for the next book to come out.
Apr 23, 2015 Natale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best one yet... this author is growing with each book.
Book 3 of an urban fantasy set in Washington state that I read for the Endeavour Award. Not bad but kind of lost a little of its oomph of the previous books. Still a quick read and the action was fine but I'd like to see the story itself move along a little faster and I'd rather know the characters in quite a bit more depth then I think we are ever going to see them. 3.5 out of 5. Dragons, Odin, a bard singing and music-playing in combat, troll babies.
A good second sequel to what's turning into a really fun series! I'm definitely looking forward to the next. My only complaint is the inclusion of the writing cliche that apparently every lesbian couple wants/needs a baby. Found it ringing false with Sarah and Katie at this point and felt that whole aspect was forced. Oh well, still looking forward to #4 in the series.
Sep 10, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel expands our knowledge of the world as well as tying up some loose ends from the earlier books. It does a good job of walking the line between focus on the current story and filling in the background arc. Also, these are set in my backyard, essentially, so it's fun for me to read for the local references.
May 23, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best of the three (though I'm leaning more to 3.5 rather than 4 stars). The author finally fully finds his voice and tells a pretty good tale. Not bad and I'm curious about the next one which is always a good sign.

Norse Mythology, modern day setting and a good lead character equals good stuff.
Sep 19, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series. Was sorry to see it end. Looking forward to any future books.
Charles Wyatt
Nov 01, 2014 Charles Wyatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
o my dear lord I love my Sarah beahall she is awesomeness and sarcasm with a pinch of real heroic drive. this book was huge and left me needing not wanting the next book so hurry put Pitt
Sep 10, 2015 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-shelves
Why did the series have to end? Too many questions left unanswered and I want more Sarah Beauhall. A really good trilogy which needs more books.
May 15, 2013 Tyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an urban fantasy book about dragons and Norse gods running around the Pacific Northwest.

Yep. That is exactly what this is.
Bryan Schmidt
Aug 29, 2015 Bryan Schmidt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second best entry in the series, very the first, with tons of action, tension and character development.
Aug 22, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of kinship, friendship and hardship. A story of Dragons, battles and perseverance.
May 30, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-fun
The series gets steadily better. I look forward to the resolution(s) in the next book.
Sarah S
The first half felt a little slow, lots of set up for what comes next.
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(from author's website) I learned to love science fiction at the knee of my grandmother, listening to her read authors like Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard during my childhood in rural Kentucky. My life has always been heavily influenced by strong women. My mother first among them: raising three boys after the death of my father, with grace and wit. There were always women coming and goi ...more
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