By Henry Neff
Book Three, The Fiend and the Forge, is an unforgettable dystopian adventure across a landscape overrun with goblins and trolls. The world has changed almost beyond recognition, for with the Book of Origins firmly in his possession, the villainous Astaroth now has the power to reshape history at will. Plucking pivotal discoveries from mankind’s past, he has reduced the world to a preindustrial nightmare. But while most humans toil as slaves within four demonic kingdoms, Astaroth allows those at Rowan to thrive in peaceful isolation. Theirs is a land where magic and nature flourish . . . so long as none dare oppose the new order. That proves too steep a price for Max McDaniels. Unsure of his place at Rowan, Max sets out to explore the shifting landscape of the world beyond. In the course of his travels, he will become many things: Prisoner. Gladiator. Assassin. But can he become the hero that mankind so desperately needs?
I thought I would die waiting for this book to come out, and I wasn't disappointed in my wait. What a story and boy has it evolved into a creature I could never have predicted! There are so many different things that happen in this book that completely threw me for a loop. It's not often I'm suprised at plots, but I was shocked time and time again. It was so wonderful! I'll just say this: I think I'm going to be afraid of wells for a while. I don't know why more people haven't read this delightful series; Mr. Neff is super talented and I quite enjoy his art as well as his words. Can't wait for the next book to make its debut!