Succession ~ Review with Giveaway

Quest of Fire Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for 
Quest of Fire: Succession & The Gathering Dark by Brett Armstrong, 

Quest of Fire #0.5
By Brett Armstrong

Meredoch has had a dream, a vision that the peace the Ecthelowall and the Ordumair are negotiating will fail and that his father will fall. Though his dream played out differently it was a warning of what was coming. When the Ordumair's Thane falls, Meredoch's father, Sir Augustine MacCowell, Defender of the Realm is blamed. 

In a matter of days, Meredoch's life is forever altered - his friendship with Duncoin is ended and his family is exiled from their home among the Ordumair. Lack of basic necessities becomes the norm as they struggle to survive. But Meredoch is determined to follow the Great High King, even during these trials, and become a Knight of Light. But he has a task he must complete before he can succeed his father as Defender of the Realm. He must make peace with his past and the Ords. But forgiveness is not easily given when past offenses have been allowed to fester in the heart. 

Succession is a prequel to The Gathering Dark, for the majority of this novella, this story is set 40 years beforehand. Though this is a prequel I would recommend reading it after The Gathering Dark so as to not reveal information that if revealed too soon will be a bit of a spoiler. This book will take you to the beginning of The Gathering Dark

At 120 pages this is an easy read and one that fleshes out the backstory of one of the characters of The Gathering Dark. Altogether an enjoyable story that fans of Speculative fiction will enjoy reading.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion all thoughts expressed are my own.


Title: Succession 
Series: Quest of Fire #0.5 
Author: Brett Armstrong 
Publisher: Expanse Books 
Release Date: November 10, 2020 
Genre: Christian Epic Fantasy 

Son of the Northern Realm’s Defender, raised among the dwarfs of Ordumair, Meredoch was anticipated to succeed his father. Some whispered he would bring the longed-for peace between Ordumair and their ancient foe, Ecthelowall. All of that changes when Ordumair’s Thane is killed and Meredoch and his family are exiled. From prestige to poverty, the young boy must chart a new course. 

As the years pass and the idol that was his father’s legacy tarnishes, his past threatens to resurface. An artifact of immeasurable worth to Ordumair is found and if recovered by the cruel Elder Ulster it means disaster for those Meredoch cares about. Battling creatures he believed only myths and racing Ulster’s minions to the prize, Meredoch must face the truth of his place in the world and claim his right of succession. 



Brett Armstrong

Brett Armstrong has been exploring other worlds as a writer since age nine. Years later, he still writes, but now invites others along on his excursions. He’s shown readers haunting, deep historical fiction (Destitutio Quod Remissio), scary-real dystopian sci-fi (Day Moon and Veiled Sun), and dark, sweeping epic fantasy (Quest of Fire). Every story is a journey of discovery and an attempt to be a brush in the Master Artist’s hand. Through dark, despair, light, joy, and everything in between, the end is always meant to leave his fellow literary explorers with wonder and hope. Always busy with a new story, he also enjoys drawing, gardening, and spending time with his wife and son.

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(1) winner will receive a story inspired prize package including: • One copy of The Gathering Dark and Succession (Winner’s choice print or e-book) Custom signed bookplates for each if print chosen • One copy of Wardrobes, Wizards, and Halflings: A Faith in Fiction Devotional (Winner’s choice print or e-book) • Two pieces of book swag (winner’s choice from bookswag pics) • Flash Drive with Digital print of previously unreleased The Gathering Dark artwork, MP4 of Quest of Fire’s theme music “Lament for Father” and Digital poster “The Making of Wirgerd” describing the visual and story development of Succession’s monstrous villain!

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