Title: At the Fields of Fire and Blood
Genre(s): Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Psychological
Tags: High Fantasy, Magic, Portal Fantasy, Isekai, Post Apocalyptic
Audience: – (contains Gore, Profanity)
Main Lead: Male, Female
AVB Assessment Score (?): PDE 2 CDD 2 SWB 3 || TQ 3 SV 2 || Overall: 12
Number of Chapters: 49
Chapter Length: Medium
Reading Level: Medium
Date of First Release: October 1, 2021
Date of Last Update: October 21, 2021
AVB Reviewed? No
Available on Platform(s): Royal Road
Number of Views: 2,226
Number of Reviews: 2
Humanity set out to dethrone God and failed.
Their attempt left a ruined world behind, one touched by magic for the first time, but blighted by Heaven and Hell seeping into it. The ones who were left behind hide in great walled cities, caught in the throes of a timeless undeath, and almost completely decimated by the monsters set loose from the deepest abyss of their collective unconscious.
In the wake of this apocalypse, seven companions walked into Hell to contract with its Archons. Six crawled back up from their graves, their lives restored and the powers they sought granted to them. One did not.
The Scions are now kept locked and isolated, their sole purpose being to protect the city of Lothurst and its inhabitants. And, one day, to undertake the Pilgrimage, the mythical heroic journey through Heaven and Hell that will finally open the doors to Eden and grant humanity what it once sought and couldn’t grasp: eternal peace.
But, in their hearts and minds, rebellion is brewing. Kayla, Joshua, Sarah, Matthew, Vivien and Darren tire of their captivity and plot to gain back their freedom and find answers to the mysteries of their dying world, the one bleeding into it and the truth about the loss of their friend.
Shizuka4: Overall a superb read that transports you into a world of magic, intrigue and suffering. /whispers Josh best boi/ It’s one hell of a ride and I’m all strapped in to go. (I’m hopping over from WN because of awful user experience. )
Crisyah does a fantastic job at both the world development and character development. The descriptions of the world and their inhabitants are one of my favourite things about this novel. It really brings the world to life and conveys the sense of unease – and at times disgust – well to the reader. *chef’s kiss*
The writing style is great for drawing you in and keeping you immersed in this strange world we’re getting to know chapter by chapter. It definitely feels like a good full-fledged fantasy book for adults (not in an 18+ racy way).
The characters all have distinct personalities and mannerisms so it’s easily recognisable whose POV we’re following. (Josh best boi.) I love them all equally (but some are more equal than others). They all have different monsters to fight and their struggles are described in a manner that I can feel. There is no clear answer; they need to make choices and deal with the consequences. Who’s to say who is right and who is wrong? That grey area is something I enjoy in books. It makes you think about other viewpoints and the impact thereof.
I’m so excited to see more of the characters as they delve into the mysteries surrounding them and to get to know the characters better. Especially with this revamp! I’m always up for more nightmarish creatures as well. Can’t wait!
I’m definitely sold.
Story Post Last Updated: October 22, 2021