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Fires That Forge
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Fires That Forge paperback cover art.
Novel Information
Series Lords of Order and Chaos
Series # 1
Saga # 4
Author R.J. Hanson
Publisher(s) Blood & Bone Publishing
Cover Illustration Art Painter
ISBN 9798621162634
OG Release Date April 6 2020
Editions 4
Language(s) English
Audio Book Yes
Ebook Yes
Reading Order
Previous Next
Roland's Triumph Bloom of Blood and Bone

Fires That Forge is the first book in the Lords of Order and Chaos series by author R.J. Hanson. It's the fourth story in the Bloodlines Reforged Saga. Pre-orders began on March 16, 2020.[1][2]

Setting[edit | edit source]

Fires That Forge is set in the month Tetobier of the year 1648, in the Age of Restored Great Man Kings. If you're following the author's suggested reading order, it should be read after Roland's Triumph and before Death of a City, Birth of a Curse.[3]

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Official[edit | edit source]

This example blurb was shared in the February 8, 2020 Notable and Quotable.[2]

A serial killer roams the shining streets and dark alleys of Moras. How can you count yourself safe against a murderer that may wield magic as a weapon?

As the body count rises, those in power demand someone pay for the heinous crimes, but what if the one that stands accused is innocent? Is there still such a thing as innocence in Moras?

When he learns that his life-long friend is the sole suspect, the decorated veteran turned King’s Inquisitor takes it upon himself to save his friend and root out the murderer.

Already struggling to keep the doors open to his hospital for the city’s forgotten children, now the young physician must also find a way to prove his innocence and dodge the hangman’s noose.

Can the Inquisitor find the elusive killer before the executioner calls?

If you enjoy murder mysteries, psychological thrillers, and epic swords and sorcery fantasy tales, then this story is for you! Charged with tension and intrigue, this thrilling tale of murder and betrayal will leave you second-guessing your own suspicions… and perhaps your perceptions of right and wrong as well.

If you’re into swords & sorcery fantasy AND/OR a fan of psychological thrillers about serial killers, then Fires That Forge is the story for you! Think John Boorman’s Excalibur meets Lehane’s Shutter Island.

Murder. Betrayal. Magic? One knight takes up his hammer to hunt a killer concealed. When dark arts and faith face off, will sorcery or swordsmanship win out? What chance can a mere mortal have against vampires and demonic forces? Is King’s Inquisitor Dunewell prepared to break the laws he has sworn to serve to discover and defeat a master of shrouded evil? Where is the line between hero and villain, saint and sinner? Kingdom of Lethanor, 1648. Inquisitor Dunewell stands strong in a city scarred by corruption. A true warrior for justice, the newly assigned investigator jumps into the fray when a close physician friend is accused of murder. Vowing to find the real monster, he enters a deadly race against time and the tip of the executioner’s blade. Ordered by superiors to wrap up the case quickly, the honorable man-at-arms digs deeply into clues pointing to demons and forbidden powers. But as more aristocrats are found brutally slain and vampire attacks foment mayhem, Dunewell must hunt down a magical foe before his city falls into violent madness. Fires That Forge is the first book in the gripping Lords of Order and Chaos epic fantasy series, one of four series in the Bloodlines Reforged Saga. If you like thrilling mysteries, hidden enemies, and fast-paced action, then you’ll love R. J. Hanson’s sword and sorcery tale. Buy Fires That Forge and dispel the darkness today!

Fan[edit | edit source]

Noteworthy[edit | edit source]

Artefacts[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Chapters[edit | edit source]

  • Opening Credits Audiobook Icon.png
  • Prologue: Who to trust?
  • Chapter I: Funeral Thoughts
  • Chapter II: Friends and Funerals
  • Chapter III: The Ritual of Investigation
  • Chapter IV: The Limitations of Divination
  • Chapter V: Witnesses, Priests, and Lies
  • Chapter VI: Sanctum Lacra and Forbidden Studies
  • Chapter VII: Rugan's Move and Dunewell's Duty
  • Chapter VIII: A Tale of Two Conversations Part I - The Chair Near the Fire
  • Chapter VIII: A Tale of Two Conversations Part II - The View from the Settee
  • Chapter VIII: A Tale of Two Conversations Part III - Thoughts from the Examination Stool
  • Chapter VIII: A Tale of Two Conversations Part IV - An Examination of the Examination Room
  • Chapter IX: The Family Business
  • Chapter X: Which murder?
  • Chapter XI: The Lady of Moras
  • Chapter XII: Justice Above All?
  • Chapter XIII: Chaos Rising
  • Chapter XIV: The Face of Monsters
  • Chapter XV: 'Justice Above All'
  • Chapter XVI: Who Betrays Who?
  • Chapter XVII: Familiar Blood
  • Chapter XVIII: Brothers
  • Epilogue: Fugitives
  • End Credits Audiobook Icon.png

Alternate Editions and Publisher(s):[edit | edit source]

Paperback[edit | edit source]

  • Release: April 6 2020
  • ISBN: 13: 979-8621162634
  • Publisher: Hanson Publishing
  • Page Count: 277

ebook[edit | edit source]

  • Format: ebook
  • Release: April 6 2020
  • ISBN13: 9798621162634
  • Publisher: Hanson Publishing
  • Page Count: [Research required]

  • Format: Kindle
  • Release: April 6 2020
  • Publisher: Blood & Bone Publishing
  • Page Count: [Research required]
  • File Size: 2,881 KB

Audiobook[edit | edit source]

  • Release: March 22, 2021
  • Publisher: Randy J. Hanson
  • Narrator: Terry F. Self
  • Length: 8 hours, 32 minutes

Awards[edit | edit source]

Amazon Best Sellers Rank[edit | edit source]

Fires That Forge hit #1 in three categories on Amazon in the week of May 11 - 17, 2020.[4]

  1. #1 in Dark Fantasy Horror
  2. #1 Sword & Scorcery Fantasy eBooks
  3. #1 in Epic Fantasy (Kindle Store)

Excerpts[edit | edit source]

  • Notable and Quotable: January 25, 2020 - Epilogue Fugitives.[5]
    • “Or just die?” was changed to “Or will you just die?”
  • Notable and Quotable: February 28, 2020 - Chapter II Friends and Funerals.[2]
  • Notable and Quotable: March 7, 2020 - Chapter Chapter XVIII Brothers.[6]
  • Notable and Quotable: March 13, 2020 - Chapter I Funeral Thoughts.[7]
  • Notable and Quotable: April 4, 2020 - Chapter III The Ritual of Investigation.[8]
    • "Doctor Morosse shuffled past him on bare, almost frostbitten, feet. He tracked moisture" was changed to "Doctor Morosse shuffled past him, tracking moisture" for the newsletter. Removing mention of Silas' almost frostbitten feet.
  • Notable and Quotable: August 2, 2022 - Chapter XIII Chaos Rising.[9]
    • Various wording changes.

Promotions[edit | edit source]

  • Fires That Forge was part of the Clean Fantasy Audio Book Review Group Promo (Series). Readers could request an audiobook code for the purposes of posting a review online from April 8, 2021 to May 7, 2021.[10][11]
  • Fires That Forge alongside Heirs of Vanity (Novel) were part of the "Unlimited Fantasy & Science Fiction", which was a collection of free on KU (Kindle Unlimited) novels available from April ??? to May 14, 2020.[12][13]
  • Fires That Forge alongside Heirs of Vanity were part of the "Kindle Unlimited Fantasy Gallery", which was a collection of free on KU (Kindle Unlimited) novels available from April ?? to May 4, 2020.[14][15][16]
  • Fires That Forge was a part of the "A bit of magic: Fantasy & sci-fi tales" collection is live on StoryOrigin. Readers could download a plethora of other novels as well from October 25 to November 30, 2020.[17][18]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Fires That Forge is the last story to use the name "Bastard Sword" which has since been retired in favor of "Long Sword".[19]

Notes[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

v • d • e
Books and Stories
Heirs of Vanity
Roland's Path • Roland's Vow • Roland's Triumph • Roland's Sorrow • Roland's Search • Roland's Song • Roland's Burden • Roland's Reunion • Roland's Redemption
Heirs of Vanity (Novel) Books 1 - 3
Ashcliff • Eldryn • King Vigorr • Lord Velryk • Lynneare • Maloch • Marshal Jasper • Prince Ralston • Sir Brutis • Sir Roland
Lords of Order and Chaos
Fires That Forge • Bloom of Blood and Bone • Whetstones of the Will • Stalking Shadows • Perils of the Blue Tower • In the Names of Our Grandfathers
Lords of Order & Chaos (Novel) Books 1 - 3
Dunewell • Lady Dru • Lady Evalynne • Lord Slythorne • Lynneare • Maloch • Jonas • Silas
Lord of Chaos • Lord of Order
Short Stories
A Brief History of Stratvs • Death of a City, Birth of a Curse • Depths of Nolcavanor • Morosse, the Spike Thumb

References[edit | edit source]

  • [2] Notable and Quotable: February 28, 2020.
  • [20] Official Website.
  • [21] Suggested reading order.
  • [22] Alternate Editions and Publisher(s) info.
  • [23] Summary.
  • [24] Fires That Forge audiobook info.
  • [25] Kindle file size and paperback page count.
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