Of Blood and Steel: Not All Prisons Are Forged in Steel

About the book:

After secluding himself from the outside world, a fearsome old man, Balak, is hired by a teenage girl, Arda, to make a perilous journey across Tartarus. With the whole continent at war, he is tasked with guiding her safely to the distant castle of Iron Gates.

They will have to learn to work together if they wish to make it alive, past the hostile wildlife, enemy territory, and giants, a dangerous journey that is further complicated by the inclusion of Arda’s infant sister. Drawing inspiration from the history and mythology of the Caucasus region and the author’s own rich imagination, the book explores the murky line between justice and revenge, and the lengths some people are willing to cross to get what they want.


This book was a bit of a disappointment. There wasn’t much of a plot and very little character development.

Things I enjoyed:
– The introduction to the book was great. It caught your attention and made you want to read more.
– The narration of the book was great. I love the different voices the narrator took on for each character.

Things I didn’t enjoy:
– The lack of a plot. The story began well, and had signs of a plot, but it disappeared as the book went on.
– Character development. There was little to no character development in this book. The characters seem the same as the beginning.
– The story line. I felt the story line was very basic with no real plot to it.

Overall, this book was bearable. It was hard to enjoy with the lack of plot and character development. However, the audiobook was nice to listen to as the narrator was great.

I received the audiobook from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.



Please note that I use Amazon Affiliate links. So, every time you buy a book using the  link below, you help support this website at no extra cost to you. 

I love reading and have been doing it forever.  I created this site so that you can get ideas on what to read. You can also share your thoughts and ideas on any books. I would love to hear from you and see what books you love.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this review