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The Steel Road

(The Ardent Halo #1)

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The world is divided, but mankind defied the sanctions, conjuring a passage from the Old World through the equatorial ring of flames and inhabiting the elven hemisphere. As this invasive species disseminates, conflict ensues, centuries pass, and an industrial revolution begins. Now, reparations must be made.

A human-elf hybrid is murdered to spark a cleansing fire but
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Kindle Edition, 445 pages
Published December 23rd 2016
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May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Steel Road by Edie James is the first of two books in The Ardent Halo series, with its second, The Vatic Confluence, already released for a complete epic fantasy. This is an elven-human saga based on a premise of war between dual worlds, culminating centuries later with the murder of a prophesied hybrid name Dreyah, a crossling, half elf and half human.

But it is not yet her time...

“You were never gone, Daughter…simply reborn in that room.” Dreyah knew Oran referenced the stronghold, not the
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K.J. Simmill
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The elves didn't believe in an afterlife, you were either dead, or alive. So when Dreyah, the prophesied human/elf crossbreed whose death would spark war, was found murdered by some magical ritual, the thought of her returning had not been imagined. But death did not want her, yet. It was not her time, and thus, it rejected her, sending her back to the living. Thoughts of the two bloods within her giving her two lives surfaced to explain away the strange phenomenon, but she had not been ...more
Pegboard
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Edie James slowly brings two worlds together as foretold prophecy comes to pass. The Steel Road presents two women whose birth is woven with secrets. Steward Kennason was gifted as a bride, but it becomes apparent that someone wanted her hidden away, but by whom is the answer she continues to seek. After watching two husbands die and ruling a harsh land, Kennason comes back as a bold woman refusing to be intimidated by a king, queen, or wizard.

Then we have Dreyah, a crossling between human and
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Katherine Hebert
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid start

The Steel Road takes us to a world that is rebuilding itself while trouble is still looming. Being the first book, there was a lot of ground work to cover (there is a supplemental piece for this) so the story feels a little complicated at times. Honestly it reminded me of Game of Thrones meets Hunger Games. Once you really get into the book, it moves quickly and is a good read. I would be interested in checking out the next novel in the series.
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Award-winning author, Edie James has deftly entered the epic fantasy genre. She is an avid dirt bike rider, runner, and whitewater guide. In addition to being a lover of great adventures, Edie is a CPA, engineer, and wrangler of two teenage boys. While she and her family have settled down in a spirited little town in Southern Oregon, as a military spouse, Edie has experienced many regions of the ...more

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The Ardent Halo (2 books)
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