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Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite
The accursed have been searching for the tree nails that crucified Jesus Christ of Nazareth for more than a millennium. Only through these nails can the accursed free themselves from their curse. Since Gen obtained one of the nails, her protector, Mark Reynolds, Merlin, now known as Myrddin, and herself, have been at war with the accursed. We meet these three at the hospital, where we find Gen blind. But she now possesses a remarkable capacity to see deeper than normal vision. She can now see the past and the essence, or soul, of everything around her. Follow Gen, Mark, and Myrddin in Forging the Sword by Akorede Adekoya and Howard Haugom as they battle evil forces and inner demons that want to subject them to the most dreadful experiences.
Could the authors continue their compelling narration style after a punchy beginning? I was happy to see how well Akorede Adekoya and Howard Haugom performed. How the authors incorporated various timelines and dimensions was one of the aspects that I liked the most. My favorite part was when Myrddin entered Dundurn town from the portal and started casting spells in the air to prepare for danger. I think the authors' ability to vividly describe scenes that the reader would be able to picture in their minds makes such scenes so captivating and realistic. This aspect was very important in the success of this book. I enjoyed the storytelling pace. The plot was well-planned and developed. No page or section—from the prologue to the epilogue—is boring. I like how the authors successfully balanced power, grief, relationships, and family. The book was simple to read and understand, and it flowed smoothly. I was curious how Gen and her team would overcome their next challenge. The authors did an excellent job with Forging the Sword, and I eagerly await the next installment.