Review: Lunar Fire by Tamara Rendell

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lunar Fire (available on Kindle Unlimited) is the first book I’ve read by Tamara Rendell. And it certainly won’t be my last.

I had signed up for this ARC based on only one selling point. Druids. Druidry is, actually, something quite near and dear to my heart (honestly, all pre-Christian religions and cultures are special to me). I’ve been studying mythology and pagan faiths for a little over a decade and have a particular interest in Celtic mythology. But, perhaps, that is a subject better left for another time. Needless to say, I quite like seeing books that nod to/pay homage to pagan culture, so, with that in mind, I dove head first into this book.

For starters, I want to say that there are some trigger warnings that should be noted before reading Lunar Fire. These include: sexually explicit content (if we’re going by a salsa gauge, I’d say a spicy mild), domestic abuse (physical, sexual), sexual assault, mentions of suicide/depictions of suicide attempts, and general violence. 

As always, if this subject matter is too heavy for you, and is not conducive to your emotional ecosystem, feel free to skip this review!

Lunar Fire follows our heroine, Lahana, through her life’s journey. It reads like an epic saga, starting from the moment she finds herself on the path of her destiny to the very end. Lahana was married off to a cruel warlord who sought power for power’s sake. We follow her through her escape and journey into a new life where she seeks to fulfill her greatest purpose and her destiny. 

I have to begin by saying that I am not at all surprised that Rendell has a background in poetry. Her writing is stunning — her grasp of imagery is positively exquisite. I found myself in a state of writerly envy quite often.

Rendell created a vivid portrait of a magical world with unique mythology that was so exquisite it took my breath away. I was, from the beginning — and to the very end — enamored by this story. 

My only criticism (which is entirely personal in nature) is its length. Now, hear me out! I know that preferred length is a matter of preference, but with the way that Lunar Fire was written, I felt like it could have been broken apart into (at least) four separate, smaller books. I would have happily devoured this as a series. It did feel like it ambled at certain points. Plotlines would conclude, and then we’d leisurely stroll our way into another one. I feel like this story might have been more impactful if each major plot point was given its own “moment.” It was written in a way that reminded me of poetic epics — which, for transparency’s sake, is not a style of storytelling that I am the most fondest of. All that to say, that is my personal preference and how I prefer to consume my content!

I am keen to find more of Rendell’s work, and sink my greedy little claws in! I do hope you do, too!

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