Of Honey and Wildfires (The Songs of Sefate #1) by Sarah Chorn - Book Review

Write on: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 by  in Jordan's Reviews Read 498

Disclaimer: Sarah Chorn is my editor. Thankfully this book was great so it didn't affect my review.   

Of Honey and Wildfires is an emotional wild west fantasy that swings for the fences. I had heard rave reviews about the novel before going in so I had high expectations…and I was not disappointed. This book is a great read for anyone who appreciates prose with a poetic flare and complex family dynamics.

On the subject of complicated families, one of the story’s big strengths is its characters, and in particular the intricate interwoven relationships they possess. The main character, Cassandra, narrates her memories of her father, an outlaw and revolutionary of sorts. Forced to live on the lam, his relationship with her has always been strained by the realities of life on the run. As the story progresses new characters are added to Cassandra’s world, each with its own unique ties to the other characters in the story. The result is a family saga with a rich emotional life.

The worldbuilding is a great. It’s a wild west oil rush feel, only the oil has magical powers. It acts as gunpowder and a powerful healing agent, only it’s highly addictive. There are a number of other uses and interesting aspects of the world that dovetail well with other elements in the novel.

The story flowed very well. It was compelling and well-paced. The prose is ornate and emotional and it has moments of high emotion. I loved this book and I’d highly recommend it. I’m looking forward to the second installment in the duology, Glass Rhapsody, which is out in a week or so.


Jordan Loyal Short is an author of epic fantasy, an inveterate nerd, and a small business owner. He has worked in a variety of industries, as a waiter, bartender, copywriter and more. These days, Jordan lives in Washington state with his wife where he is currently daydreaming about the end of the world. Books by Jordan Loyal Short: The Skald's Black Verse The Weeping Sigil Travels in the Dark

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