Aranthur is a student. He showed a little magical talent, is studying at the local academy, and is nothing particularly special. Others are smarter. Others are more talented. Others are quicker to pick up techniques. But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey home for the holidays in an inn. None of them step in to help when a young woman is thrown off a passing stage coach into the deep snow at the side of the road. And none of them are drawn into a fight to protect her.
One of the others might have realised she was manipulating him all along . . .
A powerful story about beginnings, coming of age, and the way choosing to take one step towards violence can lead to a slippery and dangerous slope, this is an accomplished fantasy series driven by strong characters and fast-paced action.
‘A stirring, gritty and at times quite brutal epic fantasy’ Tor.com
‘This series promises to be the standout epic fantasy for the ages’ Fantasy Book Critic
This is another book that reminded me very much of The Name of the Wind... while it might be slow and character focused, when the action hits, it's brutal and inventive.
FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
Utterly, utterly brilliant. A masterclass in how to write modern fantasy - world building, characters, plot and pacing, all perfectly blended. Miles Cameron is at the top of his game. To say I loved it is an understatement, and I am struggling with the fact I have to wait for book 2. Highly recommended.
JOHN GWYNNE, author of The Faithful and the Fallen Series
Cameron is a brilliant writer!
To conclude, as a pit stop on the way to the end "The Dread Wyrm" serves marvelously well. If anything, it is way too short. It does all that it's supposed to do: it enriches the world, expands upon the overall story and its main characters but more importantly, it entertains.
Cold Iron is a very enjoyable book which manages to feel both familiar and fresh. I was intrigued by the world and the characters, and I'm invested in the plot to the extent that I'll be picking up the sequel as soon as I can get my grubby paws on it.
THE FANTASY INN
Cold Iron is a terrifically good novel that epitomises how good Fantasy novels can be when done right.
The depth and breadth of this book is breath taking, the skill with which its delivered is sure to make this book and this series a huge hit.
Miles Cameron is back with a brand new series and you're going to be hooked from the very beginning. A fresh take on the typical farm boy turned hero fantasy, this is everything you could possibly want in a fantasy series.
THE BIBLIOPHILE CHRONICLES
Cold Iron is a fine, well-crafted book made by a master of historical and fantasy fiction.
Masters & Mages