• Of Blood and Fire

  • The Bound and the Broken, Book 1
  • By: Ryan Cahill
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Born in fire. Tempered in blood.

Epheria is a land divided by war and mistrust. The High Lords of the South squabble and fight, only kept in check by the Dragonguard, traitors of a time long past, who serve the empire of the North.

In the remote villages of Southern Epheria, still reeling from the tragic loss of his brother, Calen Bryer prepares for The Proving - a test of courage and skill that not all survive. But when three strangers arrive in the village of Milltown, with a secret they are willing to die for, Calen’s world is ripped from under him and he is thrust headfirst into a war that has been raging for centuries.

There is no prophecy. His coming was not foretold. He bleeds like any man, and bleed he will.

Includes bonus story The Fall.

©2021 Ryan Cahill (P)2021 Podium Audio

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A fantastic job meshing classic fantasy with a current and fresh twist

I read this book a few months ago when I ordered the signed hardback edition of Of Blood and Fire. It and the novella, The Fall, are easily my favorite reads of 2021 and in my top 5 all time. When the audio was released I made sure I had it so that I could listen to it.
Man did it deliver! Not only do you get Of Blood and Fire, but you get The Fall at the end!

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND listening to this! The story is great with lots of action, the characters are great and the narrator is great!
This is everything you need in a book!

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loved it!! a well written classic fantasy

I really enjoyed this book. it has a great story line, likeable characters, magic, and DRAGONS...I was interested from start to finish. Derek Perkins absolutely crushes the narration. the author has maps and a glossary set up on his website since audiobook listeners tend to miss out on those things. if you like classic fantasy, magic and dragons you will love this one. it also comes with a prequel novella at the end.

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An Incredible Debut!

This has everything a fantasy listener craves. A solid magic system, excellent world-building, and great character development. Nothing about it felt rushed, which is a common critique I have of a lot of otherwise good fantasy. I appreciated, for instance, that a certain creature didn’t grow any quicker than it did just for the sake of allowing the Calen to escape escape danger more easily.

The classic tropes were all done really well. Elves, dragons, and dwarves all fit the typical fantasy archetype, yet Cahill made them all feel original. And those big trolloc-like creatures! Properly scary, and utilized with purpose to advance the story. Calen was a relatable character I could root for and sympathize with throughout. I also enjoy villain POVs, which Cahill nailed.

This is the sort of fantasy that keeps fantasy readers reading fantasy! Oh, and the narration was top notch! Derek Perkins is fantastic.

Glad I took a chance on Ryan Cahill.

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Classic.

A solid and classic tale told with a hint of modern prose and style. I enjoyed the audio version here and can't wait for the sequal.

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Fantastic storytelling

Woah, I can honestly say I was blown away by the first book in this series and can’t wait for the next. I purchased this on a recommendation and didn’t know what it would be about, and it grabbed me immediately. I loved the world building and the bonus prequel at the end was so f*€!ng awesome I gave an audible whoop whoop when it started!

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Fantastic fantasy debut!

What a great debut novel! It not only tosses the "chosen one" trope on its head, but it also has great action & great characters.

This book is about Calen, a young man who is still dealing with the grief of losing his beloved older brother. Make no mistake: there aren't any prophecies or omens that foretold what happens to Calen, his friends & family. He was just in the right place at the right time (or perhaps, it'd be better to say: wrong place, wrong time!).

This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen that possibly caused some sleep deprivation.
Also... I'd want my supervisor to know that reports which claim that listening to it in the car today made me late to work are **greatly** exaggerated. Do not believe those scurrilous lies!

Highly recommended!

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Excellent beginning to a new series!

I really enjoyed this book. This book has everything I love in epic fiction. There is an enormous detailed world filled with familiar races such as elves, dwarves, giants, and humans. The main characters all have depth and you can really pull for them. Even the evil characters were fleshed out & felt like they had depth.

The magic system was pretty cool and would be considered a soft system which I like. I’m not into the trend of creating weird magic systems in an attempt at creating a pseudo-science explanation for the magic. Ryan Cahill avoids this and I really like that.

My only real criticism is the use of curse words from the real world. I don’t mind them being used in books that take place in modern day or the future but when they’re used in fantasy it immediately pulls me out.

The narration was very good. I’d definitely like to hear more from Derek Perkins.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that loves classic epic fantasy. Looking forward to the 2nd book in this series.

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Excited for next book!!

I've already pre-ordered the next book. Am looking forward to continuing the adventure soon

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Glad I stumbled on this book.

This is a good fantasy story. Nothing particular new or genre changing, but written well and able to keep my interest. I would definitely recommend this to any fantasy reader. looking forward to the next book.

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simplistic tired tropes

From the reviews I thought this would be more creative. I did make it through the first half but the insipid tired tropes made it painful to continue. The characters were predictable they needed more complexity to draw me in.

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  • 11-17-21

A fantastic debut and fantastic performance

I loved this - it is warming and nostalgic, a reminder of all I love in the genre.

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  • Amy
  • 10-13-21

A must listen epic fantasy adventure

The story had me gripped from the first few chapters and transported into the world of Epheria. The adventure Cahill takes you on will have you both laughing and crying as you feel like your on the journey alongside Calen and his friends. Highly recommend for all fantasy lovers. Derek Perkins also does a great job as narrator for the book with his different character voices and tone. Can't wait for the second!

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  • Ross Murphy
  • 11-11-21

A fantastic fantasy debut with excellent narration

I'll have a full review up on goodreads and my instagram (dublin_book_review).

This is a brilliant debut from a fantastic Irish novelist. I read the fall novella prior to reading this. It's an excellent blend of classic and modern fantasy elements. With intricate and powerful magic, an excellent cast of characters of all fantasy races, and story that while builds slowly. Is captivating and interesting. I'd reccomend this book to anyone, the fall is a ripping roller-coaster 90 minute battle that grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. Can't wait to check out book 2 this November. I'm very interested to see where this story goes

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  • IceLuna
  • 11-08-21

WOW you have another fan

This book gets a hold on you and you will have trouble putting it down. When I started it I was thinking it would be like any other fantasy book, but from the moment the story starts you are in the middle of everything!
Very well written and I am looking forward to all the rest.
I loved the whole book. Please don't stop writing.

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  • SAQ
  • 04-29-22

Enjoyable while it lasted

Enjoyable enough Fantasy but nothing really original, felt I had read it all before. But don’t feel like I wasted a credit.

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  • emma
  • 02-22-22

Loved it

Transported for days every character will remain with me until the next book is narrated.

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  • vicki guy
  • 02-16-22

I used this while reading the book too

great book with interesting characters and flowing storyline. little action heavy but played out well. is a fresh take on a well used storyline. I really enjoyed it.

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  • interested
  • 01-16-22

Of Blood and Fire is an excellent listen

The reading of Derek Perkins, compliments the epic adventure of Ryan Cahill. The characters come to life with the quality of both. The prologue starts the story strongly if somewhat mysteriously. It ends at a natural, if tense pause. Then you get plunged into The Fall, a novella that comes before the events in book one of the Bound and the Broken. Edge of the seat stuff, can't wait for the next instalment. Enjoy!

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  • Mr Colin Murray
  • 01-09-22

Really enjoyable book. Brilliantly narrated.

My first audio book from the Fantasy genre. Loved it! It was recommended to me by a friend. Can't believe that it is the author's debut novel, it is so polished and engaging. His descriptions have you 'in the scene' with the characters - a real testimony to his writing talents. Am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • eden searl
  • 05-29-22

really good fantasy listen

I really enjoyed the first book in the series. Good mix of characters with good depth to them and a great introduction to a complex fantasy world. I highly recommend