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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Forging the Blade by D.G. Lamb is the second installment in the Driven to the Hilt series, preceded by The Deepest Cut. This book carries on with Joshua Vernon on his own - with the memory of his deceased parents always at the forefront - trying to survive with his integrity intact despite a string of setbacks. When he is offered a $200 deal that, in desperate need of supplies while he remains on the run and in hiding, cannot be reasonable refused, Joshua accepts Hobo's bid. Upon completion, he becomes unknowingly swept up in a world of watchful torment in a challenge that is as psychologically challenging as it is physical.
Forging the Blade by D.G. Lamb is an exceptionally well written second installment of this series, without any of the meandering middle bits that sometimes overwhelm in between. Lamb has also employed the use of what he has named Dynamic Formatting, with font shifts and spacing that bring a reader closer to his vision of Joshua's world. It's a risky move and not everyone will be open to such change, but if you are able to hang in there for the first few pages, it becomes almost second nature to the overall story. Frankly, I loved it. Joshua is a darn good kid who is thrust into so many horrible situations, but Lamb keeps him human and easy to root for. I'd recommend this series to lovers of the science fiction genre who are on the hunt for something a little deeper, a little more intra-personal, and a lot more fun.