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Hero Forged

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A fast-paced, very funny, and surprisingly emotional genre mashup that is deftly executed. Recommended even for newbies to urban fantasy.

What impressed me the most about this extremely fun urban fantasy is how it covers so many things so well. In a story about soul-eating demons that make human sacrifices to revive elder gods from a void plane of existence, the author didn’t lose sight of what makes good and compelling protagonists. The characters are likable and their motivations are easily understood. There are shady outlaws with questionable moralities that call to mind Elmore Leonard’s wry crime capers. The action scenes provide ample tension, and there's some solid mysteries that compel you to stay up late cramming in another chapter or two. Even the romantic angle is nailed, with palpable sexual tension between the two leads that only grows over time.


Overall, Erikson’s writing is both creative and sharp, presenting many interesting concepts while keeping the story moving fast and clean. Steady humor offsets the demonic presence and adds plenty of levity before the content got too dark. If I had one complaint, it would be that the finale could have been written a bit tighter, but it did a good job of setting up the board for the many sequels to come.


Urban fantasy isn’t my usual cup of tea so I didn’t know what to expect when I started this, but Hero Forged has won me over to the genre. The overarching plot was secondary to the wonderful relationships Erikson has built, which I am looking forward to exploring further in future volumes. The sequel Fate Lashed is currently out, and I understand that the third novel is currently near its completion, so now is as good a time as any to jump right in. Hero Forged is a fast-paced, very funny, and surprisingly emotional genre mashup that is deftly executed. A very easy book to recommend, even for newbies to urban fantasy.

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Published on June 02, 2018

140000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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