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There is always something about the world of fantasy that has always intrigued me, how each author chooses to use myths, legends and mythology from across the globe to influence the world they’ve created set un worlds entirely unlike our own. This is why I’m excited to share my review of The Gaunlet and the Fist Beneath by Ian Green, a debut fantasy novel that introduces a fantasy world of danger, adventure and family at its core.
You may have noticed that I’ve taken a hiatus from my blog for the past few months, with my last post being what I read in May. The reason for this has been due to many things, taking a freelance client to full-time hours, experiencing content creation burnout, struggling with poor mental health and a reading slump to boot.
The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath by Ian Green Review
When I received my copy of The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath, I was utterly engrossed by the back cover filled with the words: Protect Your People. Fight for Your Family. Destroy Your Enemies, and I instantly knew this book was for me.
Set in the world of the Ferron Empire, a world left in ruins and continues to be ravaged by the endless rotstorm that rages over the lands. The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath is not a novel set in a fairytale fantasy but one that is rough and forces the reader to consider the impact and the ravages of war.
Following Floré, a Stormguard veteran, now retired to a quiet village with her partner Janos and daughter Marta, she continues to train future Stormguard members and defending the land against the occasional ambushes from the Stormrot.
That is until one night when Floré is taken away from the village on a mission, and her world shatters as blazing orbs of light cut through the night sky descending on the quiet village she calls home. Not only is Floré faced with saving her daughter from the rotstorm, but everyone else too, Floré once again must become the warrior she was trained to be.
Floré has easily become one of the most impressionable female fantasy protagonists that I’ve ever encountered and she will surely be a favourite of mine for a long time to come.
Whenever you come into a new fantasy, world-building can be difficult to master as within fantasy; you’re introduced to the characters and their story and an entire world previously unknown to the reader. But in The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath, Ian Green deals with this well, and overall the world-building was good.
I did find that some slight pacing issues made the narrative slow down during the second and third quarters of the novel, but this was redeemed by Green’s choice to interweave the narrative with Floré’s past being explored alongside her present. Moreover, the effect of the interwoven narrative was something I found really compelling and urged me to continue reading.
Finally, the magic system was intricately done, and although it took me a while to truly wrap my head around it, I found it fascinating once I had.
Overall, The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath by Ian Green is an excellent fantasy debut, and I look forward to seeing where the series leads.
Will you be picking up The Gaunlet and the Fist Beneath?