Fire in the Dawn is the first book in Justin Fike’s fantasy trilogy, The Twin Skies. As the story begins, Kyren is a prince in disguise, pretending to be a peasant to protect himself after the downfall of his entire family. Then, something terrible happens that forces Kyren out of hiding and into action. Kyren must rediscover who he is and unite his people to save them all from a most tragic demise.
Perhaps the biggest downfall (if you could even call it a downfall) of Fire in the Dawn is its complexity. Even with the helpful glossary of terms in the beginning of the book, it can be difficult to follow along with this fantasy world and its rich lore. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as fantasy novels should be this intricate and detailed, readers should be warned that this isn’t exactly an easy read. It requires a lot of attention and care to detail, much like what was obviously needed to write a great story like this in the first place.
What sets Fire in the Dawn apart from other fantasy novels, though, is Justin Fike’s excellent writing. Fike has managed to create a world and characters that are exotic and fascinating, while still maintaining a level of believability that most fantasy authors can only hope of achieving. Fire in the Dawn is an exciting, creative, fascinating beginning to a fantasy series that is likely to be reminiscent of literary greats like A Song of Ice and Fire and The Lord of the Rings. From Fire in the Dawn alone, it’s overwhelmingly clear that there’s an abundance of promise and potential for The Twin Skies trilogy – promise and potential that Justin Fike certainly has as a fantasy writer.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.