Review: Fireblade by J.D Sims. Fantasy in the style of Tolkien!

So you say earlier when I posted a spotlight for J.D Sims and Fireblade, if not, you can check that out here.

I have finally been able to find the time to finish Fireblade, and I have to say I’m glad I did. This novel is definitely unlike any other novel I’ve read recently. The picture links to the Smashwords page, so you can check out a sample chapter, and see what e copies are offered! Amazon offers a paperback for those interested as well.

I spotlighted this author and book here, in case you’d like to know more about the author!


“Two hundred years have passed since the great war. Evil magick and violence still ravage the lands of Vercinnor. Human kind wars with elves, the Wyzaerds have all but vanished from Terralea and darkness blackens the horizon. A young elf, Aicanaro, must walk a path between light and darkness where only he can govern his true destiny. As a nomadic assassin, diplomat and General, Aicanaro is tested and tempered in the flames of battle. By blade and fire, Aicanaro mitigates his heart and quiets his rage on the front line against evil. The war selects its champions carefully, reluctant as they may be. Out of the inferno and ash an unlikely legend is born who may be the only hope for all of Terralea.

Fireblade is the first book of the series which chronicles the life of Aicanaro from his humble and tragic beginnings through his struggles with life, death, love and hate.

The war between the elves and humans quickly approaches its climax as, on the fringe, the dark elven race; the Sha’edyri, vie for their piece of Vercinnor. Aicanaro must become a legend to return peace to the land. But will the cost be too high to pay? Will the once clear lines of good and evil blur beyond recognition, or will the war end all of Terralea before there is a chance for peace?”



Grade: A-

This book is good, and one of the highlight points for me is that the author, knowing he set up a book with confusing words, offers the reader a pronunciation guide! 🙂 This is the best thing ever in the fantasy genre, knowing how the author intended the words to be said really helps me connect to the world and the characters!

This novel is well written, and quite the epic. Yes, it’s long, and you that can be intimidating but I promise, this book is worth it. You will lose yourself in the pages and you won’t realize you’ve read as much as you have. This isn’t a big book that drags. This is a well written, well thought out book. Each scene has a reason, and each character has depth. He doesn’t just throw in unnecessary things to create a long novel, J.D Sims has thought this whole book through beginning to end and everything makes sense. I promise, get to the end.

The fight scenes, as other reviewers have pointed out, are great. They are realistically written, and they include a wonderful use of foreshadowing, and show the writer’s talent. These scenes are some of the best parts of the book. Each one has something new about it, we’re not repeating the same fight over and over like some books do.

This book is in the style of Lord of The Rings, and if you know what that means, then this book is for you. The book based in fantasy, about epic adventures and living by the sword. It’s great to have a new author creating such a great fantasy, and not needing to lean on any cliches to acheive it!

Well Done J.D Sims! Looking forward to the next one! 🙂

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