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Kyrus Hinterdale has never dreamed. Neither has Brannis Solaran. What they once thought were dreams were really windows into another world. Linked by fate, and a mystical connection that they do not fully understand, each of them watches the events of the other’s life when they close their eyes to sleep. Kyrus’ world is ruled by reason and bustling trade, while Brannis livKyrus Hinterdale has never dreamed. Neither has Brannis Solaran. What they once thought were dreams were really windows into another world. Linked by fate, and a mystical connection that they do not fully understand, each of them watches the events of the other’s life when they close their eyes to sleep. Kyrus’ world is ruled by reason and bustling trade, while Brannis lives in a world of magic and fabulous creatures. When they cross paths with another pair with knowledge from both worlds, it becomes a battle of wits – each must try to outmaneuver the other, with the fate of kingdoms, and their own lives, at stake....

Title : Firehurler
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ISBN : 9781939233011
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Number of Pages : 542 Pages
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Firehurler Reviews

  • Doc Kalb
    2019-01-25 00:59

    An excellent novel with a unique plot. Very well written with accomplished character development and a cohesive story line that melded well from start to finish. It held my interest throughout and left me looking forward to future novels in the series.

  • Richard
    2019-01-22 00:45

    Kyrus lives in peaceful world, trade and business are important, they have a sophisticated view of the world, they do not execute criminals, magic is viewed by most as something that doesn’t exist, education and intelligence are highly valued. Kyrus himself is a scribe, somewhat lacking in confidence and likes a peaceful life. Every night he dreams he is another man in a vastly different world, that man is Brannis.Brannis lives in a war torn empire, with enemies on every border, strength and power are important, it is a harsh and brutal world, where threats and traitors are dealt with in extreme ways, magic is common but controlled by the ruling classes, strength in magic and strength in arms are the most valuable traits a person can have. Brannis is the commander of an army, he is sure of himself and his abilities and does what he needs to do to survive in this world. Every night he dreams he is another man, in another world, that man is Kyrus…In full disclosure I received a free signed edition of this book from the author.I absolutely love this book! The concept was amazing and original. There two main characters each one has dreams that he is the other one. One truly impressive thing was how the author created two different worlds. Whenever I was reading, even without being told which characters were there, I could always tell which world I was in. Most authors struggle to come up with depth in their worlds; this author manages to do it twice in a single book.The characters were excellent. They had strong personalities and were enjoyable to read about. Their thoughts and feelings come across well and they are both believable and extraordinary.The characters are well developed during the story and progress in an exciting and believable way.Most of the characters are not purely good or evil. The good characters have some negative traits and the evil ones have redeeming ones, this makes for them realistic and deep. Also some of the characters you are never certain if they are good or evil overall, this makes it even more interesting. The story is fantastic. The two main plots are wonderful in themselves and just one of them would have been an enjoyable read. But having the two stories together, that are then entwined together make this book extra special. It is not just limited to two main plots; there are many subplots and parallel storylines as well.The magic system is well done, allowing the mages to do a lot of things, but limiting them so they are never too powerful, in fact a mage can seriously harm or even kill themselves if they try to do to much magic. I also enjoyed how the system is explained to the reader.The pacing was excellent. Typically one character would be having exciting action while the other character would be having slower paced scenes. This is perfect as the slower scenes are great for character development and fleshing out the story and prevents the story becoming boring with constant action. Due to the fact the POV only changes when a character goes to sleep, it did mean occasionally we followed a character for longer that would happen typically or seemed natural. Although as this “problem” is because of the original and wonderful concept of “dreaming” of the other world, it is easily forgiven.The balance of detail is perfect. You are given clear details on what is happening and what everything looks, sounds, smells and feels like to build a very vivid view of the worlds, as well as what the characters thoughts and feelings are. But the descriptions are never too long or boring.This is a BIG book, 485 pages in the edition I read, and the small print means it is probably closer to twice that if it had a normal sized print. It had the depth of story, detail of description, scope and other things you would expect of a large fantasy novel, but it never dragged or made me wish it was shorter (in fact I would have been happy if it was longer.)I only have a couple of criticisms of this book. The first is actually for the synopsis that appears on the back of the book and on Goodreads. I felt it gave too much of the story away, (view spoiler)[ specifically being told that the characters will battle against others who also cross the worlds. I think I would have been surprised when that was revealed in the book, but unfortunately the synopsis spoilt this for me.(hide spoiler)]While I did enjoy how the author crossed over the two stories and used knowledge learned from one world to use in the other. I was slightly bothered how Kyrus took a lot of information from Brannis and was helped out by him a lot, but Brannis himself didn’t take very much from Kyrus (apart from a couple of things at the end.) Again this was really only a minor problem.I am really looking forward to the next book in the series and learning more of the worlds, seeing where story goes, what happens to the characters and what exactly this connection is. Overall this is a masterful piece of work, the descriptions, story, characters, magic system and writing style make this a highly rated book, with the bonus of a truly original idea this is easily a five star book.A big thank you to the author and his wife/publisher for sending me this wonderful book and giving me the chance to read this book that I really wanted to read. And thank you for signing it as well.

  • M.L. Chesley
    2019-01-08 04:05

    I have to say that this book really caught me off guard in a good way. This is some serious, classic fantasy. This is sword and sorcery, high fantasy, epic, hard fantasy, you name it. Don't let the size of the book put you off, it is long, yes. However, this is a world that needs some time to be built in the reader's eye and with good reason and fabulous end results.Kyrus is just an ordinary man making a living at something he's good at. He never suspects that his dreams might actually be real somewhere else.Brannis is your literal Knight in shining armor kind of guy and even though he's surrounded by magic on a daily basis and should be able to practice it, he simply thinks his dreams are showing him what life could have been like.There is so much detail I could get into, but I did love this book. Fantasy will always be my first love. But I do have to say this: the book had a bit of a slow start, but it's worth it. It wasn't mind numbingly boring, it just built the details you needed to know through the characters and dialogue. Once things got rolling, very hard to put it down. I know lots of people out there who will look at the cover of a book and might be tempted to bypass this one because of the simplicity, but don't! The intricate tale told within will have you ignoring that in no time.

  • Lillith
    2018-12-27 05:49

    This story weaves together warlocks and knights with scriveners and pirates. Some settings are magical and some are mundane, and all of it works. Firehurler is just the right length with just the right cast of characters, and the writing is excellent. This is going in my beloved books list. I cannot wait to read more.

  • Amber
    2018-12-28 03:37

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.Wow. This book. Everything was fantastic. I so completely believed that this book would most likely be terrible, but god was i proved wrong.If you have the chance to read it, do so.

  • Nikki
    2018-12-31 03:54

    I loved the unique storyline of this novel. It was such a refreshing concept, unlike the similarities seen among many fantasy novels. The idea of the duel storyline, with corresponding characters in two different worlds was unique and fascinating. The novel doesn’t answer all the questions about exactly how these duel lives work, but I found that to be part of the charm. “Firehurler” is not a short novel by any means, though it isn’t all that exceptional in length for fantasy novels in general. The plot requires multiple parallel storylines and subplots, each rich with their own characters and environment. I personally prefer longer novels to shorter ones, so I found the length to be a definite benefit.My only real complaints are twofold. First, the novel is written rather simplistically. Compared with the epic high fantasy novels like those by Steven Erikson, I found “Firehurler” reminiscent of a young adult novel in style and complexity. It doesn’t necessarily detract from the overall experience, however I missed the added dimension more complex writing often conveys. The characters at times seemed rather two dimensional because of this. They were, however, likeable and interesting. Second, I had really hoped for more unique enemies and races. With only highlights on the humans, goblins, ogres, and dragons the races encompassing both storylines seemed remarkably lacking in originality, especially in comparison with his distinctive plot. There is a small mention of the “Stone People,” although their importance in the novel is minute. I would have loved to see some unique races of people to J.S. Morin’s new take on fantasy.Overall “Firehurler” was a great new take on my favorite genre. I would definitely recommend this book, especially to those who prefer an easier read. I will absolutely be looking forward to the second installment.**I receieved this book through Goodreads First Reads, this in no way influenced my review.**

  • C J
    2018-12-27 05:04

    Love, love, love this book! A refreshing new concept that immersed me in the story. Well developed characters with flaws and virtues, it's easy to get caught up in the lives of not only the major characters but many of the lesser characters. Reading it again because I was in such a hurry to find out what happens I may have missed what might be important details for subsequent books. Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this genre! Anxious for Book 2!

  • Jen
    2019-01-24 02:44

    Lots of depth in this world and a host of fantastic characters! Sorcerers and goblins and knights...oh my!

  • John Willson
    2019-01-05 23:45

    Didn't finish it. I picked this up because I've enjoyed his later work - and it was free - but this book is from a less seasoned author. The early chapters are just not engaging. Two character tales proceed - and will doubtless merge later - without first giving us a reason to care about those characters, and in one case, without any conflict. I'll stick to his Black Ocean series and later works.

  • Hydra M. Star
    2018-12-27 02:57

    Having dual story lines rich with characters and action taking place in two different worlds, neither of which is our own, this story takes its time setting up for the book’s main event, an epic battle between humans and goblins with a dragon and a demon thrown into the mix for good measure. However, if you aren’t afraid of a book with 600+ page count and like high fantasy, you can’t go wrong here.With that considerable length in mind and all the characters and action, I won’t attempt to summarize the book in this review, rather I will focus on the points regarding its story line that I liked or found troubling.We’ll get the troubling aspects of it right out of the way. I get the impression from reading this novel that the writer does not like to leave much left unanswered for the reader. That’s not to say he gives away the ending or plot twists ahead of time, but rather he spends a considerable amount of time detailing events and aspects of life in the two world that he probably could have glossed over or left unaddressed all together. There were also a few areas where he repeated ideas and retold events that had already been spoken about at length only a few pages before. This is not done often enough to become truly annoying, but it might mildly annoy some readers.With that said, one of the things I loved about this book is the detail the author goes into explaining the use of magic. It was a nice change from most other fantasy books that reply upon the reader assuming that magic is something to do with power and focus and leave it at that. I also liked how often magic got away from or got the better of those who were attempting it. It is a learning process, even for those who have already been schooled in its use.I also like that the demon in the story is not a traditional demon. The author has taken quite a bit of liberty with applying the term to his character, but in a way that makes sense. I think most readers who are not coming at this story from an ‘all demons are bad all the time’ mentality will also enjoyed the flawed and noble nature of this demon.Finally, the worlds in which the story take place are as flawed as the demon. This is not to say that they are evil places, just ‘realistic’. There is very little black and white or good and bad in this story. The heroes have issues and the villains are not completely evil. If there was ever such a thing as down to earth high fantasy this book is it.I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Scot
    2019-01-21 02:07

    This is the first installment in a three volume fantasy trilogy. Be forewarned: if you read it, you’ll become pulled into the evolving storylines enough that you’ll want to keep going into the later books to find out what happens, and that will be a time commitment of some length, as this volume alone runs to 542 pages. However, if you appreciate the measured literary construction of well flushed out fantasy worlds, with varying racial, cultural, and even sentient species groups, I do think you’ll find this suitable.The distinguishing conceit of this work is that we are really given two separate fantasy worlds, joined by the dream experiences of their two representative protagonists. That is, when Kyrus, a bright but inexperienced and shy young scribe, who lives in a cozy sort of trading port coastal city and spends his days scrivening, goes to sleep at night, he experiences the life of Brannis, a noble and gifted young warrior and member of a powerful sorcery clan in another world (who, unfortunately, has somehow missed the inner ability needed to advance very far in working magic)—and Brannis in turn, when he drifts off to slumber, experiences the daily life of Kyrus.Things get interesting when Kyrus discovers he does have that knack for working magic he recalls from the dreams of Brannis’s world: he finds himself a firehurler in a world based on rationality. Both heroes not only have to deal with challenges and adventures aplenty in their own worlds, but as they become increasingly cognizant of each other’s existence, problems, and accessible knowledge, they begin to help each other in their separate quests and in pursuing their own individual goals, which become shared goals. Kyrus falls in with a pirate crew while Brannis is pulled into a war between a wyvern worshipped by her minions and a demon sorcerer. The use of magic spreads from one world into the other while technological advances flow the other way; both are thoughtfully constructed fantasy worlds you will enjoy getting to know as you read along.

  • Alayna
    2019-01-07 23:44

    This is one of those books that as soon as you think you know what's going to happen...you don't. The worlds are rich and lifelike, and full of characters that you can't help caring about. I was glued to my tablet, reading every chance I got, because I just couldn't wait to find out what was going to develop next! If you like a good adventure with a plot so twisty it should qualify as a pretzel, this is definitely a book for you.

  • Frith
    2018-12-30 02:54

    I read this book because I started reading the author's second trilogy a while ago, and wanted more background. I rather regret my decision -- the story's ok but the writing is poor, and the dialogue especially is *terrible*. Luckily, the author has improved by the time he gets to the steampunk series, so I think I'll go back to that eventually rather than trying to read the rest of this one.

  • Karen
    2018-12-28 03:00

    I am not a huge fantasy fan and for that one reason, I had a hard time BUT I will also say that I loved the plot, the characters and the language. Good one for those of us who aren't fans of fantasy!

  • Ashley Hackney
    2018-12-27 00:00

    Loved the story and development of characters but it was so slow it was hard for me to stay interested.

  • ServiusHeiner
    2019-01-10 03:00

    I'm enjoying the story if not the writing. If I had to sum up the book in a single concise sentence:It's a book of, could have beens. It could have been great. The characters, could have been great. The dialog, could have been great. It simply isn't. I'm only halfway through the first book. It has been a rocky start. I keep seeing reviews for how well it's written and I can only scratch my head. Despite its wooden, total lack of finesse, writing mechanics, the story itself is engaging and enjoyable. It's a great story. But the writing is terrible. The characters would be great... if they had texture and personality. The dialog is nearly unbearable and almost story breaking. I say nearly, here, because I am still reading... The characters don't talk to one another. It's like they are reading off talking points form note cards instead of having a naturally flowing conversation with one another. Not to mention the flagrant overuse of cliches. I've little to no idea what the characters look like outside of one having a scraggly not beard and one being broad of shoulder. Oh and the token love interest is tall and rail thin. Ok, enough of chewing off chunks of glutes. To the good aspects... it's an interesting premise. And a great set up. It truly does have a literal buttload of potential. I just wish it was written by someone with talent to match their imagination.

  • Ondrej
    2019-01-17 05:00

    Velmi kvalitní fantasy. Idea světa (nebo spíš světů) je hodně originální. Postavy jsou dost zajímavé, nějaká šablonovitost tam je, ale jsou dost dobře vykresleny, a občas dost rozporuplné; u jedné hlavní si pořád nejsem jistý, co je vlastně zač. Příběh je velmi dobře napsaný, některé momenty mě fakt překvapily, a přitom uvěřitelný. Není to nějak přehnaně negativní knížka, ale v některých věcech je autor na hrdiny docela drsný.Je to první díl, takže nevím, jestli si to udrží úroveň; jdu to zjistit. Za mě zatím určitě 4/5.

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-25 04:39

    2 starThe constantly shifting narration and overall feeling of sloppiness eliminate most of the pleasure that could have been derived from reading. Only reading it in fragments with copious better stuff between got me through it. 2 star. Potential from story idea not matched in implementation

  • Karen Handeland
    2019-01-23 06:57

    Excellent writing - but.. I listened to it on audible and the performer of the book was.. ehm not to my liking shall we say? So 3 stars because of that, would have been 4-5 if I read it in the paper version, so maybe I'll read the second book in paper..

  • J.R.
    2018-12-29 04:04

    Right from the get go you realise that J.S. Morin draws from some classic fantasy influences to craft this epic tale. While there's no orphan farm boys in sight, we have an excellent cast of characters to work with.Brannis Solaran has already been introduced to us by the prequel novella War-Bringer. He's a tough son of a gun who stems from a magical family without having any inherent magic of his own. He's your classic military tactician who has earned his stripes through numerous battles for the empire.His childhood friend and partner in crime, Iridan is a sorcerer very much on the up with a tremendous offensive arsenal that is quite quickly displayed.Both their lives are irrevocably altered when they run into a mysterious hermit, the sort of character that I'm an absolute sucker for.Kyrus is a scribe and is about as vanilla as can be until he starts discovering things about himself he didn't previously realise. The start of his particular character arch reads very much like a coming-of-age tale, but is quickly altered.Denrik Zayne is a classic pirate of the high seas, taking no prisoners and making no apologies for his chequered past. What's refreshing is that while his actions indicate someone that could very well become the antagonist for the series as a whole, he's not some cackling mad-man stereotype.The entire premise of the book hinges upon a spoiler, one that is detailed in the book description but also one that I quite thankfully forgot prior to reading. Authors like Sanderson are constantly praised for their unique world-building, and Morin proves to be of a similar calibre with this particular plot device.While there is a degree of moral ambiguity about the characters involved, it's very apparent who the 'good' guys are in the tale. There's also no swearing that I saw and no bloody massacre of leads for shock value. This is in line with the story's traditional fantasy influences, and is a breath of fresh air in an age where everything must be gritty.While there are female characters they are largely peripheral until the final third of the book. Some might consider this sexist, I consider it a sensible choice given the world that J.S. Morin has constructed.The book is self-published, and there are a handful of typos to highlight that, as well as the authorial style starting a little rough around the edges at the beginning. This is easily forgiven though thanks to a plot that is deftly woven over the first few hundred pages.The one pitfall that Firehurler did not escape is that it is very much the first part of a trilogy, and the ending did seem to linger excessively in an attempt to set up the second book in the series.With a more modern audience than the of the 80's and 90's, I can understand how a book like this could be seen as a little vanilla compared to the controversial and often violent peers of modern day fantasy. Morin writes in a style that isn't exactly in vogue of late, but he does so with such a degree of capability that had this been released thirty or forty years ago it would have stood toe to toe with the likes of Brooks and Feist and Eddings.If you're looking for a quality epic high fantasy in the vein of the masters from yesteryear, Firehurler is an exciting prospect well worth your time. I've already purchased the rest of the trilogy and the other books from the author's catalogue, and eagerly await further material. I paid for this initial volume as well but it has since been released for free, at that price point it'd be absolute madness not to give it a go!

  • Natalie
    2019-01-01 02:06

    **I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads**This book was a long read for me, but well worth the time I invested in it. J. S. Morin not only created a new world, but he created TWO new worlds for his readers to enjoy. Every character that we were introduced to, with a few exceptions when it came to very minor characters, was well created. We had an in depth look at them all, and could see how and why they made the decisions that they did. I even found myself finding positive attributes for those who were considered the “enemy,” and at times felt bad for them when something dreadful came their way. However, I always wanted Kyrus, Brannis, and Abbiley to win. I am still not sure how I feel towards Rashan; while he has done many horrible things in the past, as well as when he returned, he helped Iridan to get better, and he also seems willing to help his country. But has he turned from the horrid bloodletting man of his youth into a man willing to put others before conquests? Or is he still the same man, only this time in demon form?There were times at the beginning when I wondered to myself why Morin was telling me about certain events or characters. Take Captain Zayne for instance. Why did I need to know about this pirate and his imprisonment? At first it seemed like just a side story. However, the deeper you delve into the novel, the connection becomes clear and all of the characters are in some way connected to one another. Captain Zayne rescued Kyrus, linking him to that part of the story. Then he had a twin as well in Koriah, which connected him to the other world that Kyrus had found. It all comes together if you just hang in there and wait for it. I would have to say that my favorite part of this book was the two maps at the beginning: one showing Acardia and its surrounding areas and the other showing Koriah. It was wonderful to be able to flip to the map whenever a new city or region was mentioned in the story and be able to find it on the map (although, when Kyrus and Captain Zayne sailed away from Acardia, there were places not physically visible on the map that they sailed towards and landed at). I found myself doing this as often as possible, sometimes cutting off my reading in the middle of a sentence in the eager hopes of visually seeing where the characters were currently located during that part of the story. I hope to see Kyrus reunited with Abbiley, and their love to grow. I am always interested in learning if Abbiley and Celia are twins like Kyrus and Brannis. It will also be wonderful to learn more about what Rashan wants now that he is returned. And what will become of the emperor situation? These are just a few of the many questions I have for the continuance of this series! I am definitely looking forward to the second and third books in this trilogy!

  • Dave Ashton
    2019-01-14 04:50

    Firehurler was just a book I picked up on an off chance - there's a bloke in armour casually summoning some magic in his hand, and it does has a snappy title. It's been some time since I've stumbled on an author whose text was like unto a siren's call to me, and even before I was finished with the book I was all over his twitter, blog, and checking out what other books he had out. I realise that the internet been around for a while, but it only recently occurred to me that I can seek out authors I like and can listen to them talk in other formats. I snagged his freebie intro short stories for his other series which also showed promise. Back to Firehurler - It took me a real long time to realise that the main characters were so obviously interlinked, but I can be pretty dense. The point of view shifts were well done, and happily it wasn't always a cliffhanger (something I've seen in other multi-POV books which eventually becomes wearying). I read ebooks on my phone using the Kindle app, think from now on when there's a map I'll pull it up on the computer instead. It was all a bit squinty on my screen to bother with, but that's hardly the fault of the author. I do think that's one of the reasons that the shoes took longer than usual to drop for me, especially after I saw the maps on his website.The tension and pacing is excellent, the magic is well thought out, goblins aren't just green, stupid and fast breeding. One real standout thing to my mind was the choice of names: there's many different cultures (and worlds), yet the names for characters, nation states and cities all meshed well and had a hint of otherness from each other. In the scheme of things, this is surely a minor point, but sometimes its the presentation of the little things that marks a work as truly well developed.In a promising turn of events that bodes well for the other books in the series when I'm allowed another shopping spree, the next two fantasy novels I tried - not by J. S. Morin I hasten to add - were ash in my mouth. They were missing that certain something his book had. I rarely put down a book that that I start, yet I summarily dismissed them both before chapter three, and had to swap to a couple of palate cleansers (a self-help and a romance novel of all things) before I could stomach fantasy by another writer again.

  • Rudy Dyck
    2018-12-31 03:55

    This indie fantasy was a great book (no spoilers ahead). I like reading fantasy although the books in this genre I have read lately have largely steered away from classic fantasy and are darker, grittier and minimize magic as well as different races. Not so with this book which is definitely set in a more traditional environment.Before I go any further I need to stress that the core of this book is in the characters. The book focuses on four main characters and two in particular. There are other characters that take on significance as well and sections of the book are devoted from their perspective as well. The characters are different, well written, believable and show great development throughout and their development drives the story. It was also refreshing to read a book without a single curse word or glorified violence and sex. The author writes a book that succeeds without the need to shock and awe the readers through graphic scenes. It takes more skill to entertain and keep the reader’s interest instead of resorting to cheap tricks. Make no mistake, the book features battles and there are beddings along the way but the gruesome and erotic details are kept to a minimum as they are unnecessary to tell the story.The world created by J.S. Morin is a world of magic, humans, goblins and dragons. Or should I say worlds. The central characters have different roles in an interesting tale but the unique part of this book is that some characters are “twins”. They are twins through dreams that actually connect different worlds together. It’s a cool twist that leads to some interesting scenarios.The bottom line on this fantasy book is that I wanted to keep reading. Once it sucks you in you won’t want to stop. I will definitely be moving on to the second book in this trilogy. The pacing was very good with a good mix of character development and action. One minor complaint - I wish the covers on the books were better lol. The illustrations look fairly cheap and don’t do the book justice so don’t judge the books by them. I wish I could use 1/2 stars but I'll round up to 5.4.5/5

  • Tim
    2019-01-11 01:48

    "Firehurler" is the first book in a trilogy. I picked it up for my Kindle on a whim, and I wasn't disappointed. Brannis Solaran is a knight born of a family of sorcerers. He is not a typical knight as he has developed a real feel for tactics in battle. His best friend is Iridan, a sorcerer he met in the Academy and one he treats like a brother. Together, they have been sent to investigate an incursion into their kingdom by Goblins.Kyrus Hinterdale is a scribe - a newly minted expert scrivener. He has also discovered that he has magical abilities which aren't supposed to exist in his world.Somehow, Brannis and Kyrus are linked.The characters in the book are well written. It was easy to identify with either Brannis or Kyrus, or even with both on different levels. The side characters are also well fleshed out and add to the story. The plot is creative with plenty of action and intrigue.The one thing I didn't like was the LONG chapters. My Kindle tells me how long the chapters should take me and a lot of them were 30-40 minute chapters. I'm not a slow reader, but that was a bit much. There were some breaks in the chapters, but I don't like to stop in the middle (personal flaw, I know).Definitely a fantasy novel worth reading. I will try and find the other books in the trilogy.

  • Steven Guscott
    2019-01-04 04:04

    Firehurler is a brilliant fantasy story with a simple and wonderfully creative plot device; essentially it gives the reader two stories in one, but is really one story (if that makes sense). Morin’s plot device consists of two worlds linked and running side by side which makes this story very interesting. It allows for some fun character interaction across the link and uniquely affects how the characters behave in each world. I really enjoyed the plot devices impact on the story and it is used well.The traditional fantasy aspect of this story is also crafted well and ticks all the boxes for fantasy lovers. The world is believable and vivid, the themes are embedded well but also clear, the characters interesting and developed, and there’s plenty of action too. The one downside for me personally is that a couple of times it felt long, but this is subjective as I’m more familiar with shorter and faster paced books. As its traditional fantasy such length and detail is to be expected.I have given Firehurler five stars as all aspects of the story are so well put together and Morin has created a very enjoyable story. I look forward to reading what happens to Brannis, Kyrus, Captain Zayne, Jinzan, Celia, Abbiley Juliana, Iridan, Rashan and others in the next book.

  • Preston DuBose
    2018-12-28 22:58

    Firehurler is a well written book, both in terms of plot and writing technique. I subtracted a star only because the book would have benefitted from an editor forcing the author to trim the word count. There were times when the book's pacing suffered due to runaway setting descriptions. It read like valuable worldbuilding that really served no purpose in the final draft. We don't need a page of description about a particular shortcut home where the cutpurses like to prey, if in fact (spoiler alert) no cutpurses attack said person walking home at that moment or at any point in the book. Several times throughout the book I encountered this type of well written, unnecessary detail reading like the proverbial Chekhov's Gun, and it always caused me to skim paragraphs ahead to where the plot picked up again. Rarely did I miss anything affecting the story such that I had to back up.In the great scheme of things, my complaints are minor though. I'm still giving the book 4 stars and look forward to reading the next one in the trilogy.

  • Bob Clarkson
    2019-01-07 07:06

    I gave this book 5 stars In Spite Of all the little errors. When a book sucks me in and I can't hear my wife ask me questions, it is a very good book indeed, IMO.This is the continuation from War-Bringer.I'm not going to give any Spoilers, so if this review sounds somewhat vague, it has done what I hoped.How would you react if you had dreams that became more and more vivid, had the same theme night after night until you realized the main character in your dream was you in some sort of different..... incarnation? ..... universe? That what you knew in a more scientific ere could help your alter self in a place where magic flourished, and where your alter self could work magic?I really, really like this tale and recommend it to any fan of the Swords and Sorcery sub-genre. This is a well thought out universe and I will be getting the next book in this series.

  • Larry B Gray
    2019-01-24 03:05

    Firehurler, Book 1 of the Twinborn Trilogy, by J.S. Morin is a book that will light a fire in all true fantasy lovers’ heart. This book is hard to put down once you start reading it.The storyline is well developed and easy to follow. It was full of fast paced action and adventure. I really enjoyed the various storylines and watching them begin to come together. The author rarely gave you chance to catch your breath before the action came at you again.I really liked the way J.S. Morin developed his characters. They were very realistic and believable. It was easy to identify with the lead characters and follow along with them.I really enjoyed Firehurler by J.S. Morin and I highly recommend it to all readers.[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]

  • Maria Mitchell
    2019-01-17 01:59

    I received Firehurler by author J.S. Morin for free from Goodreads First Reads Giveaways to review.First off I have to say that this is not a book to read when you're tired. I work overnights and do alot of my reading then and it took me a very long time to get through this book for that reason. It's a long sweeping epic fantasy and was really good but the print was small and the book was long. Hence the 3 star rating. However, I did still like this book quite a bit. Magic, evil, good, battles, and wonderful fantasy. The two story-lines were surprising and different and I never decided which one I enjoyed more. But if you love fantasy at it's best then read this book by J.S. Morin; it doesn't disappoint.

  • Bernard Campbell
    2019-01-03 01:39

    A solid 3 star read. The story revolves around four characters who exist in two different worlds. A knight who although coming from a family of strong sorcerers find himself without any magic. He is linked (via his dreams) to a simple scribe who lives in a world without open magic. And he Kryus, seems to inherit all of Brannis's magical ability. A pirate king (from Kyrus's world) is linked to a powerful age from Brannis's - and soon the four are linked against each other in a war. Simple writing (often making me ask why the author keeps telling me instead of showing me) however, it is a compelling read and one I enjoyed. Looking forward to hearing (reading) more about these characters and worlds. I read the kindle version which is reasonably priced.