The Crimson Maiden

The Swordmasters' Legacy

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
322 Pages
Reviewed on 09/22/2023
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Author Biography

M. V Grimm is an author with a love and passion for mystery and fantasy stories. He currently works doing odd jobs while concentrating most of his attention to a flourishing writing career.

The Immortals Chronicle - Thomas Blackwing and the Crystal Heart is M.V Grimm’s first fantasy series of a pair of fourteen-year-old orphans who compete with others for a throne left vacant after the murder of a royal dynasty.

The Swordmasters' Legacy - The Crimson Maiden is M.V Grimm's second fantasy series of a sixteen-year-old girl blessed with a remarkable destiny went on a mission to locate her missing father while demonstrates her value amidst her time at the Academy of Swordcraft, Heincraft.

His hopes for the future are to carry on writing fantasy novels full-time and to bring them to as wide an audience as possible and when he has some time to himself he enjoys fishing, which helps to clear his mind of troubles and all thoughts for a few hours, before dreaming up new stories and adventures.

You can contact M. V Grimm on his blog at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cloie Belle Daffon for Readers' Favorite

Arianna's admission to Heincraft, the Academy of Swordcraft, marks the beginning of The Crimson Maiden, Book One of The Swordmasters’ Legacy by M.V. Grimm. When Arianna was young, her father, who had once worked there as a teacher, inexplicably vanished. Now that she was sixteen, she wanted to learn the truth about her father's disappearance. This was the main reason she wanted to be accepted there. Arianna excelled in class and she met wonderful friends along the way. One of these friends was a flying mythical beast named Red. She met him while practicing alone in a forest clearing. During her stay at the academy, she learned bits and pieces about her father's disappearance and discovered a mysterious legacy. Driven by a newfound purpose, she then set out to unravel the strange ancient prophecy and the mysteries entwined in the Swordmasters' Legacy. Embark on this dangerous expedition with Arianna and her comrades as they try to locate her father while battling the forces of evil.

M.V. Grimm’s The Crimson Maiden is an engaging tale with a steady pace, filled with valuable insights and important lessons like the value of modesty and curiosity. I appreciated Arianna's humble demeanor and unwavering determination in the face of difficulty. Because of her patience and good attitude, she gained a remarkable reputation and earned some loyal friends. I was on the edge of my seat as I followed her story while she tried to unravel the mystery and the connection between the new legacy and her father’s disappearance. As I read, I came across another character I admired: Seraphus. Despite his initial stiffness, he grew into one of the most mature and developed characters in the story. It was fulfilling to witness the characters’ growth the deeper I got into it. The plot was the perfect combination of romance, fantasy, and action. The conclusion of the first book has heightened my anticipation for the upcoming sequel, leaving me eager for more. I look forward to more adventures and challenges in this fantastic series. Amazing work!

K.C. Finn

The Crimson Maiden is a work of fiction in the fantasy, action, and adventure subgenres, and forms the opening novel of a trilogy titled The Swordmasters' Legacy. Penned by author M.V. Grimm, it is intended for the young adult reading audience. This mesmerizing journey takes its audience into a fantastical realm brimming with magic, mystery, and adventure. In a story set in the Kingdom of Ariandor, we meet our protagonist, Arianna, a spirited young girl determined to uncover the truth behind her father's disappearance. As Arianna and her mischievous companion, Red, embark on their quest, we're taken on an exhilarating journey. The book effortlessly combines elements of magic, swordplay, romance, and humor, creating a truly immersive experience.

Author M.V. Grimm has crafted a rich narrative filled with vibrant characters and breathtaking landscapes. From the enchanting floating islands of Aegis to the perilous Stonevent Cavern and the supernatural depths of the Mystical Forest, every location is vividly depicted, immersing readers in this captivating world with a multisensory sense of place. There is also a unique ability to balance intricate world-building with heartfelt character development, making you truly feel that these characters grew up amongst the unique cultures and attitudes of the places they encounter. Arianna's unwavering determination and the secrets of the Swordmaster's Legacy propel the plot forward, keeping readers engaged through unexpected and satisfying twists. Overall, The Crimson Maiden is a delightful escape into a realm of wonder and adventure and a must-read for fantasy enthusiasts who crave a blend of romance, magic, action, and humor. M.V. Grimm has crafted a world that beckons readers to get lost in its enchanting pages, and Arianna's journey promises to leave a lasting impression.

Jamie Michele

The Crimson Maiden: The Swordmasters' Legacy by M.V. Grimm begins with teen protagonist Arianna's journey to the Heincraft Academy of Swordcraft, where she meets headmaster Holden Gruelcraft and quickly bonds with some of her fellow students. Seeking answers about her father's disappearance, she uncovers her family's legacy as Swordmasters protecting Ariandor from the Dark Kingdom, which leads her to a mysterious cave, Feuer Verlies. Alongside Lina and Seraphus, Arianna comes up against demanding challenges and mythical creatures, aided by the unique being Red, who has invisibility and telepathic abilities. Their trials strengthen them individually and as a group, and they set out to explore the Fire Dungeon for clues about Arianna's father. Getting there is laden with obstacles but throughout their journey, Arianna learns valuable skills. She also learns what the word "feuerprobe” means, trial by fire, and that her quest is just beginning.

M.V. Grimm delivers all these fantastical elements and more in this first book of The Swordmasters' Legacy trilogy, The Crimson Maiden. I was drawn to the book because Arianna, nicknamed the Fiery Valkyrie, is a teenager who will, naturally, become stronger as the series continues, and as a mother, I am always looking for stories with capable, smart, and strong young women in their own right. This is important to me and I feel Grimm gave us a perfectly imperfect protagonist in Arianna. The settings are visually stunning and Grimm is excellent in depicting them and the way magic works, the Elementals being the standout. Arianna faces battles and Grimm delivers glorious beasts, from a colossal Dinoleafus to elemental companions like Breezy. Even with so much going on, Arianna attends formal balls and has relatable teen experiences. Overall, this is a solid start to what will likely be a wonderful trilogy and I look forward to seeing where it goes next.