First Fire is the first book in The Guardians series by S. Lawrence. It is a fantasy with some mythological aspects to the tale. The author does a great job of adding uniqueness and individuality to the entire story. This novella is the first book that I have read by S. Lawrence, and I am happy to say that it won’t be the last. The story is engrossing, well written and fun. It is a very quick and easy read, but never felt rushed or cut short in any way, like some other novellas seem to. The characters are interesting and fully realised, with wonderful backstories and unique personalities. The story is emotive, with just enough drama and action to be engaging, and to keep me turning the pages to find out what was happening.
We meet Ylva, who is the daughter of a goddess and a berserker- and Asger, who is a berserker warrior, whom the gods have selected to become the first ‘Guardian’. We follow the story and the characters as they hurdle training, ritual, obligations, and love- while learning to control new found powers.
There’s a lot going on in this short story and I enjoyed reading it all. I look forward to more from S. Lawrence in the future.
Thank you, S. Lawrence!
Reviewed by @angelahayes