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Duel of Fire

(Steel and Fire #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,715 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Throne of Glass meets A Knight's Tale in this swashbuckling fantasy adventure full of magic, swordplay, and romance.

Dara Ruminor is a serious young duelist in the mountaintop kingdom of Vertigon, a land of dramatic cliffs and misty peaks where mysterious Fire magic runs through the stones like blood. The secluded kingdom has been peaceful for a hundred years. Swords are us
Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published March 30th 2016 by Jordan Rivet (first published March 29th 2016)
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
I'm returning for more. I really enjoyed this. It wasn't exactly super unique, but it was fun all the same. If you're looking for a light read with all your typical fantastical elements such as magic, princes, swords fighting, etc... check this one out.

Dara, the MC, is a refreshingly strong and likable heroine. She has a good head on her shoulders and spends her days practicing dueling. Her dream is to compete professionally, and for that she'll need a sponsorship. But things get a little topsy
Merphy Napier
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, five-stars, fantasy
Fast paced, action packed, unique, freaking amazing. This story was moving so fast that I felt like I couldn't BREATHE! I didn't trust anyone, I didn't guess anything, and suddenly, I want to learn swardplay so badly. I love this book so much. Also, the magic system is so amazing!
Marina Finlayson
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Don't start reading this late at night thinking you can just read a few chapters and put it down! I stayed up way too late, devouring the story of Dara, a young woman trying to establish herself as a professional duelist. Set in the mountaintop kingdom of Vertigon, the world of the duelists is fascinating, and will have you itching to take up fencing.

But Dara's life is not just about swordfighting. This is a refreshingly different coming of age tale, as Dara struggles to avoid the life her paren
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dara is tasked with dueling against the prince for practice so obviously a relationship starts. From a low born wanting to be the champion needing to be the champion dueler to falling for the prince one blade at a time.

I wanted more action and less sitting around drinking ale.
This book felt really simplistic and straightforward and predictable and yet. . . I still kinda liked it? I DID like it -- it wasn't awesome or anything, but totally good enough to keep going.
Joanna (joreadsalot)
I was expecting a lot more from this book after Merphy on Booktube hyped the hell out of this book on her channel.
I wish this book was mind blowing but it was just an average read for me.

The MCs were very bland. They did not stand out to me and I don’t feel any kind of true attraction between them. The political scene is a bit convoluted and there seems to be a bit of mystery thrown in the book to add some suspense but it just makes me scratch my head. There were some really good fight scenes
Megan Olguin
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent Kindle Unlimited book. It was a little frustrating how she never put the pieces together about what was happening around her... but it was still an interesting story with likeable characters and interesting plot.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The description sounded intriguing if not terribly novel, but I ended up just getting sucked in by the characters in this book! I even stayed up until 2am one night to finish (so be warned before you get started).

Dara, our heroine, is the daughter of Fireworkers, skilled magical artisans of fire. However, unlike her magic wielding parents, Dara has no spark of magic and is instead captivated by the world of dueling. She is det
Jennifer Ellision
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yeah, I think I just became a big Jordan Rivet fan
Not bad, not bad. Will read on.
nat. (semi-hiatus)
this was a nice surprise.

a little slow and a bit boring at the beginning but it definitely gets better by the end.

Dara is a strong female with clear principles and Siv it's just a bundle of flirtatious joy. the end was pretty sad, though. poor Siv :(

there isn't much on the enemies motives or reasons. I mean a few things get mentioned but it isn't overly developed (in my opinion anyway) but hopefully we see more of that.
Kate McMurry
G-rated young-adult sword-and-sorcery fantasy. Not, personally, my cup of tea.
 Simply Sam ツ
I can't believe it. Yet another exceptional cast of female characters. Love it. And there's just something so classic and pure to her style of writing. It's clean and crisp and meaningful. I'm definitely going to binge the rest of this series.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Hmm, what to say. It's a quick read, very light. I was forewarned about the urban language used in an old time setting (ex. I didn't win as I choked) so I tried not to be bothered by this. If it's something that would be jarring for you I recommend not reading this book. The heroine Dara doesn't have much depth, she is focussed on becoming a career duelist and that's it, we don't learn much more about her. Prince Siv isn't much better, the usual "oh it's so boring learning to run a kingdom, I ju ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
My thoughts on this book?


Honestly, I am very very very pleasantly surprised at how this book turned out.

I picked it up because it sounded interesting enough, but I haven't been blown away by any YA books recently and therefore haven't felt compelled to write any reviews for them.

But then this book came along like:


First and foremost, Siv. Dear God. This prince absolutely stole my heart. In the beginning, he is painted as very rambunctious and charming. He just wants to have fun until he become
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a quick fun read. Sword fighting, magic, and a funny prince? I knew I'd like it before reading--and I totally did.

Set in a fantasy world, Duel of Fire is filled with new concepts and strong characters. Dara Ruminor is an eighteen-year old duelist who is serious about her work. And Prince Sivarrion (Siv) is ... well... less serious about his. But due to fate--and the storyline--the two must work together to defeat a secret threat before it defeats them.

Too bad they don't really get
3.5 stars

Dara is a duelist (think fencing). Her whole life she has trained to be the very best (that no one ever was)

to make up for not having the ability to wield fire like her prestigious father and late sister. As one of her the best, her coach orders her to train with the lazy and extremely cocky crown prince. While they have their differences, they learn to work together in the face of conspiracy, death and turmoil all very close to home.

I was really excited about starting this book and i
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Ooooh I'm intrigued, I'll probably be reading on soon!

I'm giving this one 3 1/2 stars because I didn't like the first half that much. I thought the writing was very telling and not enough showing, and there was a lot of info dumping on how systems work and descriptions of the castle structure. I didn't find these things important! Also, I understand that this was about dueling, and I loved Dara's fierceness, I just didn't love how 90% of this book is dueling - and somehow the plot seemed to dra
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I have a hard time trying to finish Duel of Fire.
I'm not sure what it is that make this book so boring. Other than some of Siv and Dara dual practice everything is just so bland be it the tone or the narration.....I lost interest in the middle of the book.

Part II
My daughter insisted so I gritted my teeth and have a go with Duel of Fire.
Surprisingly the last 20% of the book was pretty fun and not so boring like the first half that I had read. IMOP the story is fun but the writing is .... I don't
Essie (Midknight.traveller)

I am pleasantly surprised. A strong kick-ass heroine? Check. A charming prince? Check. Disapproving parents? Check. An air of impending doom? No. Just kidding, YES! Dara is a young duelist in pursuit of a patron that could provide for her future training but for that she needs to win the big tournament. She is skilled, smart and fast on her feet but in the middle of her training her coach asks her (or rather demands) that she start training with Prince Siv. He is undisciplined and lazy, the t
Kelly Winters
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This book was so much fun and a great beginning to a series. This is the first book I have read that focuses on sword fighting and duels as the main character's passion and hopeful career path. I found that part of the book fascinating. The reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 was because the first half was a bit slow moving. But once I reached the middle I couldn't put it down. The action was so fast paced and the ending was amazing!
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Good swashbuckling fun, if quite predictable.
T.L. Branson
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a lot. I've never read a book centered around fencing before. Very unique. And fire magic? I'm sold. Love it. Can't wait to start on the next book.
Kensi Tenhouse
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very different from the books i normally read. I was reallyentertained the whole time and really enjoyed this book. I was entertained throughout it and would definetly recommend!!
I loved this. This was a great start to a new series. This isn't really like Thrones of Glass - it's infinitely more interesting. If anything I would say Dara's dedication to duelling and the action, adventure and romance is more on a par with Tamora Pierce's Tortall world. It's definitely not as good but then I think Tamora Pierce is the greatest author in the entire world and everything she has written is epic brilliance but Steel and Fire definitely reminds me of this and I very much enjoyed ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr
This book was so much fun. I've been craving a book that will suck me in so far that I don't want to do anything but read it. This was it!

One thing this book does so well is taking the typical tropes you see a lot in fantasy and turn them on their heads in a really unique, interesting way. My favorite by far was the egotistical prince/lovable asshole. I definitely love Zuko-esque characters: they're mean, egotistical, lazy, haughty, but you can't help but love them. Siv definitely starts out as
Anya Monroe
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Duel of Fire swept me away. The world was so dynamic and alive that I really could imagine the place Dara worked and lived and dueled. Dara was such an easy to root for character. She has this inner struggle of wishing she were like her father (and sister) and coming to terms with the fact she isn't (although-- TWISTS!). I feel all gushy right now with this review, but Dara was actually one of my favorite book heroines in a long time. She was torn between the girl she wanted to be and the girl s ...more
Laura Besley
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having read Jordan Rivet's previous book series, I was very excited to start a new one. This one is completely different, but still is as exciting as the previous one. I loved the main characters Dara and the Prince. The plot was pacy and kept me reading page after page. I was shocked by the ending and can't wait for the next one!
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a nice surprise. It was one of those books I just wanted to keep reading. It was nice to see a father/son relationship that was actually amiable. It was also nice to not constantly roll your eyes at the leading lady. She isn't perfect, but her flaws helped build the character, instead of just making her annoying. I'm jumping right into book 2.
Happy Reading Watching
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Oh my goodness that end made this book a 5 star book! When you think you know what's happening then just kidding!!!
Oh my goodness I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to the rest of the series ! This book is clean and only has some language but nothing strong. Its Fantasy but very light nothing complicated.
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Jordan Rivet is an American author of young adult fantasy and post-apocalyptic adventures. She lives in Hong Kong.

Jordan's books include the swashbuckling Steel & Fire fantasy series and The Seabound Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic adventure set on a cruise ship. Her latest series, Empire of Talents, is a YA fantasy adventure about a girl who can change her appearance at will--and who uses her

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Steel and Fire (5 books)
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