The Blue Fairy and the Pyromancer

Fiction - Fantasy - General
452 Pages
Reviewed on 07/04/2023
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    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Blue Fairy and the Pyromancer is a work of fiction in the fantasy, magical adventure, and action subgenres. It is best suited to mature teen and adult readers owing to scenes of moderate fantasy violence and the use of explicit language. Penned by author Zeiss Schreiber, the work follows the unlikely trio of Breeze, Kieran, and Faith, who each have their own quests in this highly atmospheric fantasy world where fairies live in fear of humankind and all magic is forbidden. For sorcerer Kieran, this means a life of secrets and lies and being hunted down by the likes of Faith. But meeting with fairy Breeze on her journey to save her people turns both of the humans' lives upside down.

Author Zeiss Schreiber offers a fantastic fantasy drama that delivers in all the right places, from its cinematically luscious worldbuilding and magical settings to its intense plot with speedy twists and turns. For me, though, the biggest triumph of the novel is in its character development and dynamics, conveying three distinctly realistic personalities with all their glorious compatibilities and clashes. I really enjoyed Faith’s story as I found her inner conflict the most intriguing, and her secrets really catapulted the plot into a high-stakes adventure when everything started to be revealed. The dialogue was also super-sharp and enjoyable to follow, conveying deeper emotions and unpicking Kieran’s psyche as his hardened, hidden sorcerer finally faces up to who he is. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend The Blue Fairy and the Pyromancer to fantasy fans everywhere, and I can’t wait to see more from this talented author.

Ronél Steyn

Zeiss Schreiber creates a fantasy of hope and survival in The Blue Fairy and the Pyromancer. Faith Dow is an inquisitor in Holiburg. When tasked to capture the sorcerer Kieran Fowler, she has no idea that hidden secrets will be revealed that could turn her beliefs upside down. Then there is Breeze, the blue-haired fairy that was taught never to trust humans. However, when she meets a human for the first time, she is pleasantly surprised to find that not all are the same. After liking him, she asks Kieran’s help to find Nana, who raised her and her siblings in Dreamland. When the three paths connect, there can only be a disaster. Or will they somehow find a way to work together?

Allow Zeiss Schreiber to take you by the hand and lead you on a fantastical journey that surpasses the beliefs of faith and magic. The author has a unique way of bringing to life a new world filled with rules that make sense. Our two human protagonists are very relatable. The character of Breeze brings us a sweet innocence, which helps to balance against the darkness of sorcery. I would gladly recommend The Blue Fairy and the Pyromancer to all readers of fantasy fiction. Even though some violence and profanity are included, young adult readers can read this book as well as more mature fantasy enthusiasts. With a hint of more to follow, I look forward to reading the next part of this adventure.

Delene Vrey

The Blue Fairy and the Pyromancer by Zeiss Schreiber is a fantasy that revolves around three central characters. Breeze is a young fairy who wants to discover the truth about her people and their place in the world. Kieran Fowler is a mage who has been running from the Inquisitors of the Church. Faith Dow is a newly appointed Inquisitor charged with finding and arresting Kieran, who is on his way to find the Inquisitor responsible for his mother’s execution 20 years before. When Breeze meets Kieran, she asks him to help her find Nana, the fairy who “woke up” Breeze and her brothers and sisters. Reluctantly Kieran agrees as he has an idea of where to search for her. Kieran and Faith do not realize that the little blue fairy will force their paths to cross and irrevocably change both of their lives. Will the fairies of Dreamland be safe and will Kieran go through with his mission to kill the Inquisitor responsible for his mother’s death?

The Blue Fairy and the Pyromancer by Zeiss Schreiber is a fast-paced, suspenseful fantasy filled with action and magic. At its core, the author looks at religion, indoctrination, and ignorance critically. Other themes that are touched on are friendship and loyalty as well as bias and narrow-mindedness. As a series starter, the story has all it needs to set the scene for the next installment. This book introduces all the relevant characters and sketches the political background that will affect them in the coming books. This is a good story and will please any fantasy fan. What is more, it is a pure account, with some violence and profanity but no sexual content at all.

Tracy Traynor

The Blue Fairy and the Pyromancer by Zeiss Schreiber is a captivating fairytale for adults. Nana awakened the fairies thirteen years ago but then left them on their own. In her innocence, Breeze ventured out of the forest boundary to pick strawberries. When a huge human picked her berries, she was both cross and curious. Although she’s been told not to, she couldn’t help herself and went out to meet him. Believing this man might help her in a world she knew nothing about, she asked Kieran if he would help her find Nana. He’s not sure why, but there’s something about this blue-haired fairy that stirs something in him. He agreed. Changing his plans, which were to find and kill the Inquisitor who executed his mother, Kieran embarked on a quest with the little blue fairy. What Breeze doesn’t know yet is that Kieran is a mage being hunted by Inquisitor Faith Dow.

This is such a wonderful fantasy and I loved it. Kingdom building on a medieval platform, Zeiss Schreiber creates a world of mystery and magic. I found The Blue Fairy and the Pyromancer to be exciting and hard to put down. Every chapter revealed something new and kept me turning pages. There is a myriad of likable characters, and even the ones supposed to be the antagonists are wrapped in a blanket of doubt, so that as a reader the black-and-white lines of good and evil blur, depending on the character’s perspective. I loved the innocence of Breeze and how she affects the people she meets. I can’t wait for the sequel in what is going to be an expertly woven series set in a riveting, spellbinding world. I highly recommend it.

Stephanie Chapman

The Blue Fairy And The Pyromancer by Zeiss Schreiber is a fantasy story featuring a sorcerer, an inquisitor, and a fairy. Her brother, Bubble, catches Breeze tending a patch of strawberries bordering the forest edge. The following day, when the two fairies go to move the strawberry plants, Breeze discovers a footprint. Despite Bubble's warnings, Breeze flies into the neighboring meadow. Breeze finds Kieran doing archery. While watching him, a squirrel sneaks up on Breeze. Breeze yells at the squirrel, only to realize the human also heard her. She attempts to hide under a dandelion, but Kieran still sees her wings. Bubble flies toward Kieran with fireballs to protect his sister, to which Kieran responds by aiming an arrow back. Breeze intervenes, and the two fairies spend the afternoon with Kieran. They learn about the Inquisition, which wants to end magic. The fairies return home; however, thoughts of what is beyond the forest fill Breeze’s thoughts. The following day, Breeze leaves her home and catches up with Kieran. Despite knowing the danger, Kieran allows her to travel with him. Meanwhile, Inquisitor Faith Dow is on a mission to capture Kieran, the feared Pyromancer.

A theme of acceptance despite differences is clear in Zeiss Schreiber's writing. Faith’s thoughts were realistic and easy to connect with. The steadfast dedication of her knight was amazing to watch. Likewise, I understood Kieran's animosity towards the Church. Breeze's naivety about the world outside the forest was entertaining. The dialogue between Kieran and Breeze was like a parent teaching a young child. Breeze's desire to help was overwhelming. It reflected her innocence in her approach to different situations. The magical abilities of both sides were vivid. Easy-to-follow transitions were seamless, with alternating points of view from each person. The end left a clear opening for a sequel that I am eager to read. The Blue Fairy and The Pyromancer offer readers an enthralling fantasy story with characters that grow and develop.

Rabia Tanveer

The Blue Fairy and the Pyromancer by Zeiss Schreiber is the first novel in a series. The story follows three very different people with different goals, but somehow, fate ties their futures together. Kieran was a sorcerer, which alone put a target on his back. An Inquisitor was dogging his every step, and Kieran was looking for any way out to avoid getting caught. Breeze was a fairy and was told to stay in the forest and away from humans. But what if what she was taught was all lies? What if she could save her people from the danger within their community? Faith was a newly minted Inquisitor, and her first mission was to find Kieran and bring him back to face charges. However, no one knew Faith had a secret she was terrified of revealing. What will happen when the paths of Faith, Kieran, and Breeze collide?

I love it when novels begin with action and keep the same pace until the end. The story opened with a crucial scene with Amber, Kieran, and Inquisitor Karolina Dow and set the tone of the story. I loved Kieran. He was observant and ready to do whatever it took to save his life. His development was fantastic, and Kieran quickly became my favorite character as I connected with him immediately. I also loved Faith. She was spunky, had a fire inside her, and a thirst to prove herself. However, she was very aware of right and wrong. Faith asked questions, she made sure her conscience was okay with her actions and then went on to make her own decisions. Breeze surprised me. Instead of the soft, sweet child I thought she would be, she was feisty and a go-getter. She was the glue Kieran and Faith needed and made sure the three of them got the job done. The dialogue drove the story forward, the character development was phenomenal, and the overall feel of the story was great. I loved the pace and the suspense author Zeiss Schreiber added to the story at every turn. I would highly recommend The Blue Fairy and the Pyromancer and cannot wait to see what happens next.