Saturday, July 5, 2014

Wytchfire by Michael Meyerhofer: Book Review



Book One: The Dragonkin Trilogy

Michael Meyerhofer

In a land haunted by the legacy of dead dragons, Rowen Locke has been many things: orphan, gravedigger, mercenary. All he ever wanted was to become a Knight of Crane and wield a kingsteel sword against the kind of grown horrors his childhood knows all too well.

But that dream crumbled—replaced by a new nightmare.

 War is overrunning the realms, an unprecedented duel of desire and revenge, steel and sorcery. And for one disgraced man who would be a knight, in a world where no one is blameless, the time has come to decide which side he’s on.



This is a fantastic start to an epic fantasy series.  I loved the vividly described  characters of different species banding together to fight a common foe theme. The bad guys are complex and truly terrifying.  I really appreciated that the book ended without a major cliff-hanger yet still has me chomping at the bit to find out what happens next.   I also loved that there were a couple of female characters who were strong and forceful; able to hold their own – unique.  I especially connected with Silwren and really hope she can find a way to control her power as the saga continues.

I thought the author did a great job keeping my interest while doling out pertinent information without overusing the dreaded  “info dump” .  I love lots of action and adventure and this book did not disappoint in the least. Rowen is a magnetic hero who inspires his cohorts with his honesty and compassion!

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J


Michael Meyerhofer

Michael Meyerhofer grew up in Iowa where he learned to cope with the unbridled excitement of the Midwest by reading books and not getting his hopes up, Probably due to his father’s influence, he developed a fondness for Star Trek, weight lifting, and collecting medieval weapons. He is also addicted to caffeine and the History Channel.

Michael Meyerhofer’s third poetry book, Damnatio Memoriae, won the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest.  His previous books of poetry are Blue Collar Eulogies (Steel Toe Books, finalist for the Grub Street Book Prize) and Leaving Iowa (winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award).

He has also published five chapbooks: Pure Elysium (winner of the Palettes and Quills Chapbook Contest), The Clay-Shaper’s Husband (winner of the Codhill Press Chapbook Award), Real Courage (winner of the Terminus Magazine and Jeanne Duval Editions Poetry Chapbook Prize), The Right Madness of Beggars (winner of the Uccelli Press 3rd Annual Chapbook Competition), and Cardboard Urn (winner of the Copperdome Chapbook Contest).

Individual poems won the Marjorie J. Wilson Best Poem Contest, the Laureate Prize for Poetry, the James Wright Poetry Award, and the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry.  He is the Poetry Editor of Atticus Review.  His work has appeared in a number of journals including Ploughshares, Hayden’s Ferry Review, North American Review, River Styx, and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. 
Visit Michael’s Blog: Trouble with Hammers


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Michael Meyerhofer said...

Hi, Laurie. Thanks very much for taking the time to read the book! I really appreciate it. I'm glad you enjoyed the characters, as well. No spoilers, of course, but Silwren will be a VERY pivotal character in the next book. Thanks again! :)

Georgeanne Vyverberg said...

Hi Michael! I am not a fan of SiFi but may read this book as I am a high fan of your poetry. My sister went to a workshop sponsored by Writers and Books in Rochester NY a couple of years ago and gave me a couple of your books. Would you say that this latest is geared to young adults? I am a librarian and would be interested to get it for the collection

Michael Meyerhofer said...

Hi, Georgeanne. Thanks for the kind words! I had a great time in Rochester and I'm looking forward to going back sometime. Anyway, to answer your question, "Wytchfire" has some dark elements (mostly alluded to, not too graphic) but I'd say it's fine for a 14+ audience. Especially if you're trying to gauge what age group would be appropriate, I'd suggest reading the prologue (which is given as a free sample on Amazon) to see what you think, since that's pretty representative of the style throughout. Oh, and feel free to contact me afterwards, since I'm always anxious to hear an expert opinion. :) Easiest if you contact me through Facebook:

Take care and happy reading!