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Review of A Circle of Iron by Greg Benage

Review of A Circle of Iron by Greg BenageA Circle of Iron by Greg Benage
Series: Eldernost #1
on May 31st, 2012
Genres: Fantasy


In all the lands of the Old Empire, no one knows more about killing wights than Caleb Thorn. The bounty-hunter has taken blood-drinkers in the timber camps, where loggers and alchemists harvest magic from the ancient trees. He’s hunted them in the villages that lie in the shadow of the Greenwell, and pursued them in the deep wood. Only Eldernost is off-limits, the fallen city where wights haunt the dark places like ghosts in the ruins.

But Eldernost is rich in magic, and the local lord’s wealth and power depend on his ability to protect the scavengers who plunder the city’s treasures in his service. Given a choice between the hangman's noose and the ruins, Thorn is forced to venture into the city to confront the notorious wight raider known as Redmourn. Amidst the crumbling remnants of a lost age, Thorn must face the demons of his own troubled past if he is to find the strength to protect those he cares about most.

A CIRCLE OF IRON is a 24,000-word, DRM-free fantasy novella licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Okay, so this was just fun. Tons of action, lots of blood, good set of characters, very little history, and no info dumps!

This isn’t going to be a moving book that makes you think for days. This will, however, be a fun book for a bit of fighting and bloodshed. The world was rather simple but thorough enough to feel planned. If you’re huge into complex worlds, this might not be for you—unless you’re just looking for an adventure book.

The characters were all interesting, different from one another in subtle ways, and entertaining. I found Thorn and Mara to be fun characters to follow and enjoyed their interactions, as well as all in the group. This isn’t a character driven book, but, again, more of an adventure.

For me, I love all sorts of reads and it’s been a while since I’ve read a book that moved so fast. The fight scenes were done well, in my opinion, and were full of blood and guts. I’ll definitely be picking up the second one when I’m ready for a fast paced, no fuss, book. The writing itself was smooth and I slipped into my reading trance right away.

So overall, a great book for those looking for an adventure book. It’s short and, for me, just damn fun.

About Greg Benage

Greg Benage lives with his wife, Maria, in Atlanta, Georgia. When he’s not creating stories, Benage creates spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations as a product manager for one of the largest commercial banks in the U.S.

Writing as Cameron Haley, he is the author of The Underworld Cycle, an urban fantasy series from Luna Books. MOB RULES, SKELETON CREW and the novella “Retribution” in the HARVEST MOON anthology are available in print and digital at fine bookstores everywhere.

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