It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Forgotten Realms book. But the blurb for Erin Evans’ Fire in the Blood sounded really good. Unfortunately I didn’t realize it was book four in Evans’ Brimstone Angels series, which made the first fifty pages a bit tough to get through. But once you’re past all the back story, Fire in the Blood is a fantastic read!
Fire in the Blood continues the story of twin tiefling (basically half-demon) girls Farideh and Havilar. They were raised by their adopted father, the Dragonborn Mehen. After losing seven years of their lives due to a deal with a devil (that happens in an earlier book), they return to find the world has moved on without them. Havilar’s lover is engaged to the princess of Cormyr. Cormyr is fighting a war, and its crown prince has gone missing. Havilar and her lover go looking for the crown prince even though everyone believes he is dead. Farideh, who was left behind on the prince-hunting expedition, sees agents of the enemy in the princess’s inner circle; she ends up allied with the princess, even knowing her sister won’t be happy about it. And there’s a ghost hanging around the girls, looking for a missing piece of its soul. One of the twins has it. And once she figures out which, she will kill to get it back.
Fire in the Blood deals with kidnappers, political intrigue, war, magic, racism (Cormyr is not a friendly kingdom for tieflings!), love, heartbreak, and so many other interesting things that it was easy to be caught up in the story, even though it’s book four in the series. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for future books by Evans!