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Forged in Fire and Stars

(Loresmith #1)

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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  497 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Games of Thrones meets An Ember in the Ashes in this action-packed fantasy from the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series.

Ara has always known about the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of every generation to protect the kingdom. It was her fate to inherit the title–though she never truly believed it wo
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Hardcover, 371 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Philomel Books
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rachel ☾
Jan 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
the goodreads one-star means 'did not like it' and i did not like it


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Bethany
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

If you like classic epic fantasy and are looking for a YA take, this one is worth checking out! It has great world-building and cool mythology, but the pacing drags in parts, some plot twists are pretty predictable, and the characters were fine, but could have used more nuance. Forged in Fire and Stars has been compared to An Ember in the Ashes and Game of Thrones. And....I'm not sure those are great comparisons, other than the epic scope and political elements to be foun
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Eve
Dec 05, 2019 marked it as anticipated-releases
ngl... anything that likens itself to an ember and the ashes AND six of crows has some big shoes to fill.
Abbie | nerdyabbie
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
An uplifting fantasy adventure about destiny, fate, and the Gods that weave it.

"Ara has always known about the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of every generation to protect the kingdom. It was her fate to inherit the title–though she never truly believed it would come to pass since the monarchy’s downfall years before.

But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a mission to retake the throne–and take her
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♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Nov 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss
I'm gonna make a scrapbook photo album of all the stunning covers for 2020 releases and praise the artistic beauty of these gorgeous masterpieces til my dying day ...more
Jay G
May 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

Ara is the daughter of the last Loresmith. Her father was supposed to teach her the ways of the Loresmith, but unfortunately, he passed away before he was able to do so. When a princess and a scholar arrive at her village, she joins them on a journey to take back the Kingdom. Along the way, she meets a
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Joanna Bennett
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had seen this cover floating around and I was immediately drawn to it. I put it on hold at the library and waited for it to come in. I almost returned a couple of days after getting it because it wasn’t on my tbr and I had other things to read but I still felt drawn to it so I dived in! I’m glad I gave this shot because there were so many aspects of this book that I enjoyed.

I am always drawn to a story that has it’s own lore/gods system. I find them fascinating and if the author actually adds
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Mac (bookshelfpalace)
Thank you Penguin Teen for providing me with an e-arc of the book!

Right away the synopsis of Forged in Fire and Stars caught my attention because I thought following a blacksmith was super unique and different from the fantasy books I usually read. This book did involve a lot of travelling, which can sometimes be a bit boring, but the characters definitely kept the long journey interesting. The very end of the book was where the story really grabbed me and made me not want to put the book down.
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Celia McMahon
May 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-arc.

At first glance, the story and the cover alone would suck in any old reader. But unfortunately, the story did not live up to my expectations.

Firstly, Ara appears to us as someone important, but we haven't gotten to know her enough to care. We're thrown into her life as she gets kidnapped and the catalyst is thrown into our face by page five. Personally, I find this jarring. There was no time to get to know Ara and the more I read, the less
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Erica Deb
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I like the story and the concept. The characters were good and I loved Fox. But the pace was slow and as I got more than halfway through, it became very obvious that this was a set up for a series. That always kind of bums me out. I would rather have a nice, complete story than a lot of laying of the groundwork. Hopefully the next one will further the story a little more.
Jess Ostrander
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: penguin-teen
3.5 stars!

Thank you to PenguinTeen and Netgalley for the review copy!

Ara is the daughter of the Loresmith, the legendary blacksmith blessed by the gods to protect the kingdom. It's Ara's fate to inherit the title, but her father died before he was able to teach her the skills. Now she's living a quiet life in her small village. But everything changes when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara away to help on their mission to reclaim the throne. Along the way, they meet a thief and
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Minca Huiberts (My Winged Books)
I received and e-arc from the publisher Penguin Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

In the first chapters Ara’s situation becomes clear as she is the left behind daughter of the last Loresmith. She lives with her grandmother and doesn’t have a lot of faith ever being the one who forges magical armor and weapons. But she’s happy with how her life is right now. Until she meets the Prince and Princess. From that moment the story really starts. At least, that’s what you’d expect. The i
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Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Forged in Fire and Stars was an intriguing series starter that I think many readers will enjoy. I thought that Robertson did a decent job setting up the world and introducing an interesting cast of characters. However, I never quite felt the chemistry between the main characters, which made it difficult to connect with the story. The plot itself was relatively simple and straight-forward. It very much followed a traveling quest structure. I just kept wanting the story to reach a little bit furth ...more
Jessica H
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Under-rated YA fantasy. I think this may have been the book I needed in this genre. Lately, some of the books I've read have disappointed me. This one had a sweet romance with innocent longing. An exciting journey with a satisfying challenge near the end. There was an ending to this story but a lead up to more instead of no ending at all (I'm looking at you Black Sun). A satisfying read and a series I plan to continue with (unlike All the Stars and Teeth). ...more
Mandy
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5

Skewed a little young, but still a super fun and interesting start to a new series. I particularly enjoy the fact that the MC is a blacksmith—heck yes, strong ladies!

Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.
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Gretal
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this. I picked it up for the blacksmith element, but I really enjoyed all the characters and the worldbuilding. I didn't really care for the plot, but I'm excited for the sequel and am hopeful that plot will be more to my liking. ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Knives (and Axes and Bows) Out
BFF Charm: Heck Yes
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Fantas(y)tic
Bonus Factors: Quests, Blacksmithing
Factors: Chosen One, Series Starter
Anti-Bonus Factor: Betrayal
Relationship Status: Along for the Journey

Read the full book report here.
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Kittin
Jun 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF 25% lost interest
Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
Thanks to PenguinTeen for sending me a free digital early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Um... Well, what I thought would be amazingly awesome (especially with a comp title like An Ember in the Ashes) fell completely flat and absolutely did not work for me. I had it in my mind I would DNF this book early on, but I felt like I wasn't giving it enough of a chance. Man, do I regret that decision. When I receive early copies from publishers, I feel a bit obligated to give push through the boo
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Alyssa
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The bestselling author of the Nightshade series is back. Forged in Fire and Stars, her first book in a new fantasy series, is about a young woman, Ara, who is fated to become a legendary blacksmith. As the next Loresmith, she would have the gods-given power to forge magical weapons to save her conquered kingdom of Saetlund from an evil regime; but the people (and even the gods) have lost faith in the Loresmith. To prove she’s worthy of her destiny, Ara joins forces with the lost Princess Nimhea ...more
Monica
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title Forged in Fire and Stars

Author Andrea Robertson

Release Date May 5, 2020

Description from Amazon

Ara has always known the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of Saetlund, forging legendary weapons to arm warriors and protect the kingdom. She’s been told it’s her fate to inherit the title and become the next Loresmith. But since the monarchy’s downfall in a vic
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Jan farnworth
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a 3 star for me which for me means i enjoyed the story but it lack some things. The pacing is slow but if you keep in mind a few things it makes sense. This is a quest book series. Which means our main character Ara has no knowledge of her abilities nor does she have anyone to give that information or education. She grown up with no knowledge of what a lore smith does beyond some stories she heard. From what i can figure with the information we have been given a Loresmith can never take ...more
Ashly
May 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
UUGGGHHH. Where do I begin? I bought this on a whim because of the cover so this is actually my own fault but I really didn't think I could dislike it this much.

There is no reason an imprint of Penguin Books shouldn't have had a proof reader. If this did, in fact, have a proof reader, that person should never proofread again. I can handle typos. Every book has some. Some. This book had typos on nearly every. single. page. That is not an exaggeration. Missing punctuation, missing words, doubled
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Celia (BuriedBeneathMyTBR)
Ara has always known the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of Saetlund, forging legendary weapons to arm warriors and protect the kingdom. She's been told it's her fate to inherit the title and become the next Loresmith. But since the monarchy's downfall in a vicious conquest years before, Ara has never truly believed she would be able to take up her duty.

But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a missi
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Lauren (thebookscript)
This book has a really awesome concept and premise. A woman destined to be a mythological blacksmith who encounters a thief to take her on a magical journey to her destiny. I really enjoyed the folklore and the world building, although at times the many mentions of the “rebellion” had me going back to Star Wars and feeling confused haha.

I had a really hard time connecting to the characters. If there was any I enjoyed, it would have had to be Teth. He’s definitely got the best written dialogue a
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Sarah
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
As soon as I heard Andrea was writing another series, I couldn’t wait to dive in. I was obsessed with the Nightshade series, so I had really high hopes for the start of a new series from her. Thankfully, this book not disappoint!
From the very beginning, it starts with plenty of action. Lore and myth become reality as Ara, a fifteen year old blacksmith, is set on a quest to fulfill her destiny and prove her worth to the gods. She gains a few companions along the way, and I love how diverse their
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Hira Chaudhary
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to start this review by saying I've gotten really annoyed with the way these books are always promoted as "this BIG things meets that BIG thing" and then you read the story and it's literally nothing like any of those books. I get that they're trying to draw people in, but it's honestly a little annoying when they just pick two big things without really thinking through what the story is actually like? There are actual stories that are similar that could be used rather than throwing Ga ...more
Bethany Turner
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting new series in the works! Yes, only 3 stars, BUT, I am very excited for the sequel.

Character building was not the best I have read, and the first half of the book suffered because of it. I felt lost about what the characters' intentions were until the last 100 pages. I also didn't understand the gods and their lore, as it was not expanded on (until the last 100 pages). The entire story felt very slow, then VERY rushed... at the last 100 pages...

BUT

Those last 100 pages...were damn
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Ms. McFaul
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
It would have been five if not for the ending. And the fact that the second book isn't coming until next July (if we're lucky). I like the world, and I love the main heroine. I don't want the love story, I want the action and fighting and the gods and the beasts. I will be interested to know where this will be going, and I am super worried that there will be WAY more than two books. ...more
Michelle Huber
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much to PenguinTeen, ya'll are the real mvps!
I found myself rooting for Ara unconditionally! some of the aspects of the world building are a bit difficult to navigate, but thank goodness for notes!
Ara is a total badass and I can't wait for the next book!
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