The Iron Prince
Warformed: Stormweaver Book 1
By Bryce O’Connor and Luke Chmilenko
Reidon Ward will become a god.
He doesn’t know it yet, of course. Reidon was born weak, sickly and small. Afflicted with a painful disease and abandoned by his parents because of it, he has had to fight tooth and nail for every minor advantage life has allowed him.
His perseverance has not gone unnoticed, however, and when the most powerful artificial intelligence in human history takes an interest in him, things began to change quickly. Granted a CAD—a Combat Assistance Device—with awful specs but an infinite potential for growth, Reidon finds himself at the bottom of his class at the Galens Institute, one of the top military academies in the Collective. Along with his best friend, Viviana Arada, Reidon will have to start his long climb through the school rankings, and on to the combat tournament circuits that have become humanity’s greatest source of excitement and entertainment.
So begins the rise of a god. So begins the ascent of the Stormweaver.
This is a science fiction tale that lines a little with the litRPG genre, where characters are in a computer game world or the like and ‘level up’ as they fight monsters and go on quests. No there are no quests or monsters in The Iron Prince, but there is ‘leveling up’.
Humanity has spread to the stars and discovered life in Alpha Centauri. This ‘life’ is a hostile AI type with advanced technology that we (humans) have been stealing and reverse engineering to create special weapons and suits or armor for our warriors to fight the AI machines with – these future warriors are paired with a weapon/armour piece and then trained to fight. As they learn, so does their weapon and as it learns it evolves (levels up).
As suggested in the blurb this is the first in a series, and it was fantastic. I couldn’t put it down and I am slightly desperate for the next book.
O’Connor and Chmilenko have crafted a magnificent tale that I believe harkens to the best coming of ages tales in epic fantasy. If the premise intrigues you at all then check it out: The Iron Prince.