“Blade of Secrets” (Bladesmith #1) (2021) – Tricia Levenseller

Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller Spoiler Free Review

Finished reading 17 March – 5 April 2022


Less than 5-word critique: exciting, witty, gripping, fun, and dazzling.

This is my first Tricia Levenseller book and it did NOT disappoint! “Blade of Secrets” is an originally awesome fantasy tale full of action and adventure. With a unique and bada** female protagonist to lead the way.

We follow Ziva, the eldest of two sisters (in one of the best and fun sisterhoods in YA fiction history), who is magically gifted when it comes to making weapons. She simply prefers metal over people. When a famous warlord asks her to make a powerful sword, Ziva is shocked to discover its abilities; one of them hearing someone’s secrets. She hears one that reveals the warlord’s true intentions about the weapon which leads to Ziva and her sister Temra leaving everything they know and love behind, and attempting to rid the weapon once and for all. Unfortunately for Ziva, it involves people. The kind that could be the key to aiding them in their quest.

Levenseller’s writing is vividly brilliant, full of adventure and banter.
The characters are vibrant, entertaining, and shine as their own beings.
The settings are described magnificently and make one feel they are in Arthurian times.

I’m excited for the sequel; “Master of Iron” coming this July.

Recommended to those who enjoy:

*Mental health representation (social anxiety)
*Magical weapons
*”Forged In Fire” fans
*Slow burn romance
*Intriguing, fun, relatable and strong-willed characters
*Relatable and strong heroine
*Sisterhoods (polar-opposites)
*Action and adventure packed scenes
*Life-changing journeys