Book Review: The Fireborn by Trent McDonald

The FirebornThe Fireborn by Trent McDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great story, taking the Arthurian legend into the modern day. The events are delightfully unbelievable, yet they spin together well and the flow and logic is excellent. That is what such fantasy should be all about, and the author is very inventive.

I loved the various levels of baddies, from fireborn, who are naked, blue, resurrected zombies, to the ‘berserkers’ or ‘goonies’, to the regulars, who are drug-induced, stop-at-nothing, fireborn facsimilies. They are all dangerous, but can be tackled in various ways.

The intuitive consultant, who know more than even he thinks, is the main protagonist, Elliot Everett-Jones. His brother features heavily, although not heavily enough in my opinion, and there is much conflict between the pair.

There are many parallels between the contemporary characters and those of Arthurian legend. This makes for an enjoyable read.

The story is great, and the full-on action is gripping. The conclusion is kept me awake until I had finished reading. As I closed the book, my final thought was, “There is plenty of scope for a sequel.” I look forward to that.

The only problem that I had was that there are still lots of irritable typos throughout the text. They distract me from the flow of the story. I have contacted the author and promised to send him those that I managed to record.

As I say, I look forward to the sequel.

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About Lance Greenfield

Blog: email: I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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8 Responses to Book Review: The Fireborn by Trent McDonald

  1. trentpmcd says:

    Thanks, Lance. Hopefully I can whip it into shape. My current WIP will have professional editing…

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  2. trentpmcd says:

    Reblogged this on Trent's World (the Blog) and commented:
    A review of The Fireborn from Lance Greenfield. Don’t just look at the rating, read the review 😉

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  4. prior.. says:

    enjoyed the review and fantasy is so not my genre – maybe i can evolve and mature into at some point – but not right now for sure…. but now I am so curious and well – if I get to read Trent’s book I will be back here to follow up.


  5. I changed my rating to four stars. This book deserved more than three for the creativity of the story.


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