Release Day Review: Fire & Chasm by Chelsea M. Campbell

May 1, 2015 Review 0

Release Day Review: Fire & Chasm by Chelsea M. CampbellFire & Chasm by Chelsea M. Campbell
Published by Skyscape on May 1, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 172
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Non-descriptive sex scenes
Reviewed by: James
3 Stars

Azeril is a ward of the Church, and their most cunning weapon. By day he hides in plain sight as a student, but with his beloved obsidian knife, he also kills wizards. Az has no memory of his life before the Church, until one night, when a wizard recognizes him from his past. The killer in Az never misses his mark, but he can’t destroy the only potential link to his life before this. For the first time, Az has a lead on who he used to be—if only he could escape the watchful eye of the High Priest long enough to investigate.

Azeril discovers that the line between good and evil—the primal forces of the Fire and the Chasm—is as shifting as his own moral compass. And the truth about who he is will put his entire world in danger.

FIRE & CHASM may be the hardest book I’ve had to review yet. It was a book I really enjoyed while reading it, but when I sat down to review it I realized it had a lot of flaws.

My main issue with this book was Azeril. I love a good flawed character, because I’m not perfect and I can easily relate to a flawed character. However, Azeril isn’t just flawed, he’s broken and screwed up inside. I felt sorry for him and I wanted to see him succeed. But since I was never able to connect with him, I really didn’t even like Az by the end of the book.

Campbell did an amazing job creating a detailed and unique world. She put a lot of effort into creating a whole social structure and religion revolving around the two great powers in her world, the Fire and the Chasm. I kind of feel like part of the great world building goes to waste though since it’s just a stand alone novel, so we won't be visiting this world again.

In the end, Campbell did a great job with her world building, and her story telling was superb. FIRE & CHASM was a book that once it got going made me keep turning the pages and wanting to find out what would happen next. For me though, great characters along with a great storyline make a five bat book, and this one just didn’t have the great characters in my opinion.

Notes on Audiobook: I read this as an ebook, but I just wanted to make sure that everyone knew this is available as an audiobook.

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