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Seven Forges

(Seven Forges #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,749 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half-forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home, bringing an entourage of strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For ...more
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Published September 24th 2013 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2013)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
First off let me just go ahead and put my big ole spoiler banner up!


Now let me get this out of the way; I freaking love Drask Silver Hand and he does have a metal hand that feels like a regular hand. He's one of my new book boyfriends and he's bad to the bone!

He can soothe my itch any day - okay so you get the point!

Captain Merros Dulver (loved this character too) is sent on a mission to try to find what is beyond the Seven Forges. Turns out he finds more than he was thinking he would. Most
Robin (Bridge Four)
Sale Alert 14Mar18 the entire series is on sale for $2.99 per book. amazon

As an AVID fantasy reader, seriously it doesn’t matter epic, urban, grimdark I love it all this falls into a sorta category for me. It is sorta epic, it is sorta grimdark, it is sorta urban (<--Just kidding on that last one) so I’m going to call it epigrim lite.

I’m a details girl. I like to know enough about the world to feel like I’m in it. While this did a semi-decent job of that there was still so much more I
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
A message from Sarah from the Future (SftF): lots of digressions to be expected here. Must be the alcohol. You're welcome.

You know it, I know it: my Fantasy non-reviews suck. Glad we cleared that up.

Okay, so Epic/High/Whatever Fantasy is for the Brainy People, which I clearly am not, since I only have two grey cells (or one and a half, depending on the weather). So if you are looking for serious, in-depth, super clever Fantasy reviews, you've come to the wrong place. The right place being
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was one of those fantasy stories that was entertaining enough without ever being anything special or memorable. It was grimdark epic fantasy.

Mercenary Captain Merros Dulver is leading an expedition into the hostile Seven Forges mountain range when his group encounters the Sa'ba Taalor, a long forgotten race who dwell there. One of the Sa'ba Taalor, Drask Silverhand, tells Merros that the Gods have sent his people to meet with him. Merros is taken before a Sa'ba Taalor king before being
Dan Schwent
Charged with mapping the land beyond the Blasted Lands, a frozen wasteland devastated by a cataclysm centuries past, Major Merros Dulver encounter the Sa'ba Taalor, the denizens of the Seven Forges. The Sa'ba Taalor are a society of warriors living in a fertile valley amid the Seven Forges, seven volcanic mountains. A small group accompany Merros back to the empire. Can they co-exist with the Empire in peace or will war destroy them all?

I got this ARC from Angry Robot. All hail our ill-tempered
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-priority
"All gods offer blessings. All gods demand sacrifices. All gods demand a price."

Seven Forges is James A. Moore’s first book in the fantasy series by the same name Seven Forges. I felt this was a good foundation book to get the reader acquainted with the characters and this world. The story is told from several different POV’s and Moore did a good job giving each character his/her page time to be well represented. The world building could use some work, but this is Moore’s first fantasy
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the Fantasy Fanatics at BB&B! Because there will be blood!!!

OK, so the first book in the series "Seven Forges" is not perfect. In fact, it is a bit thin in plot lines and a bit sketchy as far as magical system goes, but by the end of the second chapter, I didn't really care. Because despite the smaller scope of this work comparatively, this hits that spot in my reading schedule where I can get a fun, creepy, bloody, and mostly imaginative story in a more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-on-shelf
And finally I have enough time to work on a better review!

I really enjoyed this book. Let's start from the beginning.
When I looked into the books I had available, I was drawn to the Seven Forges again and again. So I looked into some reviews and I read some comments stating that the book was good but was lacking a plot. Yet, I wanted to read it and I started.
I was a happy camper for three days - and I think I will continue with the following books in the series. Yes, the book might require
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well I experienced a complete turnabout this book. I enjoyed the first 20% then really struggled until about 40%. Was literally about to call this as a dnf and thought I'd read one more chapter....and then devoured the rest of the book pretty quickly!
This was slow to get going and to my mind, the writer gained confidence and found his voice and the story about halfway through. I enjoyed the world building but think I struggled with the sketchy character building.
I enjoyed this in the end. It
Luke Taylor
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So what is Seven Forges?


With easy to digest prose and a fantastic cover, James A. Moore's Seven Forges enters the sovereign literary territory of the epic fantasy with the blunt crash of a silver metal fist, ingeniously upgrading snack-food fantasy to cinema worthy exploits. Drusk, Tusk, Swech and every single Sa'ba Taalor in the book dominate scenes with a pragmatic martial enigma displayed in mastery of combat and the code of its permanent conduct and a deeply religious lore backed by the
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I really, really liked Seven Forges. Still, I'll admit the book had me rolling with the punches for most of it. It left me cold for a long time, waiting for something awesome to happen, something to make me perk up and say, "Hey, now we're onto something."

A lot of this has to do with the book's pacing, which is probably slower than I'd have preferred. I noticed while reading, for example, that even at more than halfway in, I
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

My rating is 3.5 stars.

Seven Forges is a tantalizing fantasy. The tale begins with one, Captain Merros Dulver, leading a small group of adventurers toward a range of unexplored mountains called the Seven Forges. The country the group must transverse is a frozen wasteland, wind blasted, and devoid of life; facts that have made it an impenetrable barrier for anyone from the Empire of Fellein – which controls the majority of the known world – to have ever reached
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 Stars!
A fairly solid start of a series with potential is how I would describe Seven Forges.

Whilst there are some promising character development and nice world building, there are a few holes in the plot and the magic being used really has not been explained yet. I expect that to change in future books though, so it is not worrying me at the moment.
As mentioned above, the characters are showing promise. The lead men Merros and Worris have a great rapport and the introduction of the Sa'ba
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016, fantasy
It's a good thing I read some reviews about this book before I started reading it or I think it would have hit the DNF pile or at least taken me a lot longer to finish. Even still, since I have an ebook copy, this book ended up one I picked up here and there when I found myself stuck somewhere with nothing to do but my phone. I am glad I kept with it though, as this book definitely picks up steam, although it continues to have some weak points throughout.

The weakest part of the book continued to
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-grimdark
I was originally attracted to Seven Forges by the novelty or the uniqueness of its setting. It seems like the fantasy genre has taken a swing from forests to deserts over the past few years, but rarely does it do frozen wastes. Cover art to to the contrary, however, this really isn't an icebound tale. Despite that, I'm going to stick with the theme and declare that I never quite warmed up to this one. Being that it's an Angry Robot title, and they've rarely disappointed, I kept going back to it, ...more
Lady Luna. ✨
Dec 01, 2016 marked it as to-read
Hate the audio so much, nothing against the narrator I just have the attention span of a goldfish and can't listen to audiobooks. Gonna finish when I have ebook :)
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Merros Dulver has embarked on an expedition that promises riches beyond his imagination should he return. He has led a group to the Seven Forges, a land believed to be uninhabitable, only to find a man there. This man wasn't simply lost near the forges, he was looking for Merros specifically. Merros meets with the man's people and heads for home with an escort of people from this desolate land. Merros isn't sure what to think of his escort except that they're incredibly dangerous individuals.

Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This Review was originally posted on Avid Reviews:

Seven Forges is the first book in a new epic fantasy series. The entire novel is written in the tone of a prequel, and instead of a plotline filled with conflict, the reader is given a story that very gradually builds a sense of tension. I found this an interesting and unique approach for a first book in a series, though unfortunately this method of writing made for a story that took a long time to get
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
SEVEN FORGES is the first novel in James A. Moore's epic fantasy series. One thing that continues to impress me about this author's writing talent is his ability to confidentially move across genres while still maintaining his unique "voice" throughout. in general, I would say that it takes me several chapters to get a good grasp on any "new world" presented in a fantasy novel.

In the case of SEVEN FORGES, I was mentally invested in the welfare of certain characters, and had a basic understanding
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
Seven Forges is a roaring adventure, full of larger than life characters and cultures, in a world full of exotic peoples, magicks, and gods. And it's a violent world, too, full of political intrigues, deadly diplomacy, and treacherous allies. Moore's the story adeptly raises the stakes and dangers from every direction. If you're looking for an adventurous escape from your desk, Moore's Seven Forges will whisk you away to a world where swords and sorcery are as alive as ever.

To think that I
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adulthood
This one only has so-so reviews and I can't figure out why. I liked it so much. The world is compelling, the characters are multi-demensional, the magic is interesting and the political intrigue is building.

I think the author has a wonderful sense of humor and a talent for giving the reader insight into relationships between people. Particularly interesting and fun for me were the exchanges between Desh and the emperor. You got the feeling that these were two men that knew each other very well
Caleb Hill
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
“A miracle these hands, yes, but many were the people who had said that to look upon the blessings of the gods was to know their flaws and their pettiness.”

Many times, expectations are the worst deceivers. With this book, we have an author who’s been nominated for many prestigious awards, published by an amazing company that always manages to spring up great debuts, Angry Robot. Slap on a hooded man with ice in the background, and you have the makings to a highly anticipated book.

Thing is, none
Fantasy Review Barn

Hmm. Promising for sure. Some potential and may prove to be an entertaining series. One large Empire that holds power over most of the known world meets unknown peoples from a land suspected to be inhabitable due to an unknown cataclysm in years past. Even more surprising is the new people claim their gods told them where to meet the party that was trying to explore their homeland. From there the book acts as a set up book for the series to come; the two groups visit each
Jason M Waltz
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
bad bad bad. atrocious writing with even worse editing, beyond grammatical, the repetition, the simpleton thoughts, and the obvious piecemealed sections (even as small as back to back paragraphs) are worse than shoving unsharpened pencils up ones nose and into ones brain.

only redeeming quality of the whole book is the mysterious and cool semi-human race of folks who may or not be all we see and read of them.

The most cohesive writing comes in the final half of the book, with the best of all at
Mike Everest Evans
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
IMPORTANT - 1 August 2019: The author, James A Moore, is being treated for cancer. His publisher Angry Robot Books has announced that 100% of profits for James’s ebooks in August 2019 will go to helping pay for his treatment.

Please consider joining me in purchasing, reading and reviewing James’ books to support him.

Additionally, a GoFundMe has been setup to help pay for James' treatment and associated costs.


Seven Forges has all the hallmarks of a fantasy epic, but what makes it
Ryan Lawler
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seven Forges is probably 4.5 stars, but on the positive side of 4.5, hence the 5 stars overall.

This is a first contact story, kind of like first contact between the humans and the klingons in Star Trek, but in an epic fantasy setting. An empire of politic driven humans have finally had one of their expeditions reach the Seven Forges, a land that was decimated by the Gods and has been unexplored for more than a thousand years. What the expedition finds is a race of warriors, the Sa'ba Taalor,
Matthew Baker
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What does a writer do once he has conquered the horror genre? Why, he turns to fantasy, of course. While that might not sound like an easy transition to make, author James A. Moore seems to pull it off with ease. His upcoming release, SEVEN FORGES, is a far cry from the terror-filled worlds he has created prior, but it is no less entertaining. Filled with memorable characters, gritty action, and an interesting plot, this book delivers on all levels.

The first thing you should note about this book
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unique, fast-paced, and filled to the brim with glorious intrigue and action. I loved this book, and will definitely be picking up the rest of the series.

Highly recommended!
Ben Babcock
Digging once more into my impressive Angry Robot subscription backlog, I come upon this frustrating gem of a fantasy novel. Seven Forges has many of the hallmarks I like about epic fantasy: political conniving, a cool setting, and varied characters who speak honestly and make mistakes. James A. Moore’s writing is, for the most part, clever and even fun. However, I have some reservations about the portrayal of women and the male gaze—read on to find out.

The title of this book comes from a series
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Before I started Graduate school way back in the late ‘aughts I read a little book called Writ in Blood by James A. Moore. Set in the small town of Serenity Falls, Writ in Blood was a fantastic little book that marked the beginning of a trilogy detailing the horrific past and present of a small town long past its heyday. Sadly by the time I was done with graduate school the Serenity Falls series was out of print. Moore recently entered the fantasy scene with Seven Forges published by the fine ...more
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James A. Moore is the award winning author of over forty novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) and his most recent novels, seven Forges, The Blasted Lands, City of Wonders , The Silent Army and the forthcoming The Gates of The ...more

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