Tuesday, November 19, 2019

QUEST OF FIRE: The Gathering Dark by Brett Armstrong

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Quest of Fire: The Gathering Dark

 4.80  ·   Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Jason is an expert at running from his past. When it catches up, he finds himself hiding in a peculiar inn listening to a tale from centuries past.

The story is Anargen's, a teen who is pulled from all he loves to follow his oaths of loyalty to the fabled King of the Realms. Together with his mentor, Cinaed, he rides north on a special quest to mediate peace talks between ancient foes--the men of Ecthelowall and the dwarfs of Ordumair. Nothing goes as planned. Many on both sides of the dispute despise Anargen's Order. Worse, an arcane evil has returned to the North. This "Grey Scourge" seeks to ruin the peace talks and ensure a lost treasure held by the dwarfs is never found by those for whom it is meant.

As Anargen's story unfolds, Jason begins to wonder whether it is truly just a fable. He soon finds himself drawn into the conflict Anargen faced--a battle which has shaped and can destroy his world.


What a wonderful journey this new to me author took me on!! And yep I done it again got in the middle of the series. Now, I'm going to have to back and read the others.
At first I wasn't sure I was going to like it because it started out slow and uninteresting. However as it went along I did start to enjoy it. Knights and shinning armor and fantasy to boot! What's not to love about this book.
Jason is an interesting character to me. I think it's because I can relate to him so much! I had to grow up pretty fast too after I lost both parents and let me tell you it was no fun at first since I missed them. I still do.
I think that most of us can relate to Jason too, is the way we feel about the world sometimes. It can make us feel like we have the weight of it on our shoulders. I know I feel like that especially right about now. They say that God never gives us more that we can handle. I believe it but sometimes it sure doesn't feel like that!! I think that's when we really need to lay our burdens at His feet and believe me, I have a very hard time in doing that. I'm sure Jason does as well.
I like that the author has offered hope, and redemption, forgiveness all those things!
In my opinion, I think it's pretty cool when a male author writes a book! Gives us an interesting point of view other than the female authors. This year alone I've read about 5 or 6 books written from the male's side. Very different!
I liked the style of writing Brett has done. He has made his characters very real and their feelings came through loud and clear to me. I felt like I was in the story with Jason and his crew. The supporting characters were awesome too!!
And the cover!! just wow!! I think the story inside matches with the books cover!
I love being in the middle of a book like this!
I think I finished this book in 2 days it was so very good! A lot of twists and turns along the way as well
I strongly recommend this book! Especially if you like this kind of book! It will leave you sitting on the edge waiting to see what happens next!
My thanks to #JustReads for a complimentary copy of this book. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.


Brett ArmstrongFrom an early age, Brett Armstrong had a love for literature and history. At age nine, he combined the two for his first time in a short story set in the last days of the Aztec Empire. After that, writing’s role in his life waxed and waned periodically, always a dream on the horizon, till he reached college. At West Virginia University, he entered the Computer Engineering program and spent two years pursuing that degree before an opportunity to take a creative writing class, for fun, came along. It was so enjoyable, he took another and in that course he discovered two things. The first was the plot for a short story called Destitutio Quod Remissio, which the others students really seemed to love. The second, he realized he absolutely loved writing. For him, it was like the proverbial light bulb coming on. In the years since, describing that epiphany has been difficult for him, but he found the words of 1924 Olympian Eric Liddell are the most eloquent expression for it: “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” God gave Brett a passion for writing, and so feels His pleasure when writing.

After a few years passed, Brett got his Computer Engineering degree, but also completed a minor in each of his real passions: history and creative writing. In 2013, he began graduate school to earn an MA in Creative Writing. During that time he completed the novelization of Destitutio Quod Remissio and entered the 2013-2014 CrossBooks Writing Contest, which won the contest's grand prize. As of March 2015, Brett completed his MA and is presently employed in the West Virginia Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology as a programmer analyst.

Brett lives in Saint Albans, West Virginia, with his beautiful wife, Shelly. In the summer the pair gardens together, and each day Brett continues writing his next novel.

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