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.
Having heard lots of great stuff about this book, I knew I had to grab a copy. If I have to tell the full story, it was a bit of a struggle to finally being able to have this book. I pre-ordered the book weeks before publication day. However, publication day came and passed, the bookshop told me that unfortunately they didn’t have enough copies available and they were not able to advise if the publisher would print more copies or not. End of the story, I had to buy from the big enemy, Amazon.
I know this story has nothing to do with the review. In a way, it made me appreciate every single page even more, but I also found it absolutely crazy how it’s getting more and more difficult to purchase specific titles in whatever format in this Covid era.
Going back to Blade of Secrets, I very much enjoyed this story. It’s quite different from Levenseller’s most recent novel The Shadows Between Us, and it’s absolutely worth it. It’s a story of Ziva, a bladesmith who lives and looks after her sister, after both her parents were mysteriously and atrociously killed. She is the most renowned bladesmith of this land divided among the royal princes and princesses. Ziva makes unique blades imbued with magick, so every blade is special and with different powers.
And, I mean, I think having a female bladesmith who makes magic weapons as the main character should be enough to make you grab this story. However, the best feature of this story is Ziva’s personality. She is a massive introvert, she gets very anxious around people, she doesn’t like people and she needs her 15 minutes alone to recharge after talking with someone. As a person who deals with social anxiety even while working from home, this book felt really personal and I never related so much to a character as I did with Ziva.
While I write this review, I am actually bumping this up to 5 stars. The plot was quite fast-paced, a journey filled with hilarious banter, action and the right amount of romance. The ending was an eventful climax to this story, with jaw-dropping revelations and lots of feelings. It set the expectations of what will be next for Ziva. Another thing that I highly appreciated about this book is that the main plot is basically Ziva travelling with her sister and two extra companions, Kellyn and Petrik. The writer put a lot of details into this life on the road, like running out of supplies, how to get them or what to eat. Sometimes you read stories where you just know the characters have to travel long distances but you never know how they get food, practicalities are never discussed.
This was a great and exciting story and Ziva is one of a kind character. It doesn’t go much into the history and politics of this world, which I got so curious about just looking at the map at the beginning. I hope this will be covered in the next book. If I didn’t give you enough reasons to bump this book up to the top of your TBR, you should also know that this story has a lovely sisters-bond trope, and you will probably meet your next fictional boyfriend – Kellyn.
To finish, Blade of Secrets is absolutely a must-read and I can’t wait to know what happens next.