Author: R. S. Ford
Genre: Grimdark Fantasy / High Fantasy
Rating: 5/5 star
I received this book from the Publisher, Titan Books, in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.
A Demon in Silver is Book one of a brand new grimdark fantasy trilogy, War of the Archons by R. S. Ford. The story follows the lives of four completely different characters as their stories become entwined together due to the nature of war and the infamous Duke Gothelm. It’s set in a world that hasn’t seen magic for over 100 years and the shock, chaos and destruction that occurs when it finally returns. Everything about this book is my cup of tea. I love my fantasy dark, dangerous, full of magic and the chaos of war. Is it even fantasy if someone isn’t fighting something?
I absolutely adore Ford’s characters. Silver is fierce and a warrior woman incarnate. I loved her from her very first footstep. Josten is brave and maybe a little bit reckless. Livia is powerful and kind, her devotion to her uncle is touching and makes her an even more formidable woman. And Mullen, dear, dear, daft Mullen. Need I say more? You’ll know what I mean when you meet him. Each of these characters has touched my heart and inspired emotion in me, in ways I never knew could be possible outside of a Tolkien or Pratchett narrative. They’ve made the book more than the sum of its parts and I know thanks to these wonderfully developed characters that War of the Archons will be a favourite series for me.
Before picking up this book I had no idea grimdark was a thing. Despite it apparently being my favourite type of fantasy fiction and a lot of my favourite books being under the subgenre. Why had I never heard of this? I must have been under a metaphorical rock! I was compelled by the sheer wonder of this book to search more about this genre and I shall be consuming all of R. S. Ford’s other books and trilogies, all described also as grimdark fantasy epics. Basically, I think I may have found a new favourite author and you need, I mean genuinely NEED to read this book if you’re a fantasy fan.