Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller (Bladesmith #1)
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: I’ve had a shit week. I’ve met my quota for hours two days early. I am… exhausted. But our man Parker is also having a shit week so we decided to finish our work together (virtually) and then we watched Encanto and drank all the booze. I had 4 Trulys and the rest of a bottle of champs (about 1/4 bottle)
Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.
Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing its victims’ secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.
Joined by a distractingly handsome mercenary and a young scholar with extensive knowledge of the world’s known magics, Ziva and her sister set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely.
A teenage blacksmith with social anxiety accepts a commission from the wrong person and is forced to go on the run to protect the world from the most powerful magical sword she’s ever made.
Drunk Overview: ok so… it’s been a while, but i love this author so I think i can do it. So there are sisters, Ziva has *magic* and can basically give metal powers to whatever she blacksmiths…. So her weapons have power. SO, she got this commission from a chick to make a super sword and ends up making a sword that tells everyone’s secrets. While delivering the sword she figures out warlord chick wants to take over the world so she takes the weapon and runs with her sister, aka her business partner. They recruit a mercenary to keep them safe on their way out of town and this nerdy guy follows them but he’s harmless and things go from there.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I will literally read anything this woman writes. I LOVED this.
Characters: ok so…. Ziva is like the best. She’s so introvted it hurts but she’s my nerd who just wants to live her life in peace and how dare anyone get in her way. The mercenary is bae and oh my it’s been a while since I’ve shipped a couple so hard. It’s very much she’s oblivious and he’s in to her but says he’s flirting as a joke outwardly while knowing its not. Like seriously they’re the best. I also love that we get a lot of his motivations here… in a story that would probably not have passed the reverse Kenzie scale, it definitely did. Normally in stories like this, the man is there either to save the woman or to be the object of humiliation. Yes yes, that’s true of the opposite as well, but its rare you get. Balance of both and in this one you do. Plus there’s this sister who is SO SMART and the nerdy scholar who just adds that extra umph to the party that we didn’t know we needed. He’s awesome.
Plot: This is very much a “we’re running forever” story, but never in a way where you beg th author to slow down. I was super impressed by the pacing of this. The plot was interwoven so well with the character development I was stunned. We got just enough time with each plot point that I never felt jarred ever. UGH I wish i could show you the gif i want to describe… oh, i can… here it is.
This is how. I feel about them
Writing Style: again, i will read whatever he hell this author writes, between this and The Shadows BetweenUs I am 100% in. For the long haul.
World Building: what a cool magic system that I need to know more about as soon as humanly possible k thanks.
What to pair it with: this is like a cocktail that shocks you how good it is while also how much it fucks you up. It’s like…. A frozen daiquiri with twice the alcohol you would normally put. It’s amazing and hits you right in the face.
Rating: 4/5 shots
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,