The world is not always what we were taught to see. There are things beyond our understanding, beliefs differing, ways of life unfamiliar to us. The ability to see this and accept it for what it is, still maintaining compassion and purpose, is a challenge. Faith and Fury, the first in Tiger Hebert’s Riftborn Demon Hunters series, is an exploration of such challenges set in the backdrop of a fantasy novel.
1. Thoughts on the plot
Generally speaking, the plot of this novel is somewhat familiar. You have two hunters of demons, looking to stop the demons from gaining a foothold in this world and thereby causing trouble. They face challenges. Etc. However, this book takes that pleasantly familiar plot and expands on it in a unique way. This is done through the exploration of the Riftborn, what it means to have that power. There are also fantasy creatures which are always entertaining to read about: frost giants and dragons. The challenges are also just as much about humanity than they are about magic and demons. I think those things make this plot just a bit more than what you would expect.
2. Thoughts on the main character
Our main character is Vacinne LeDroux, a Lightborn Warden tasked with protecting the world from demons. When we first meet her, she is young and inexperienced, out on her first mission to destroy a demon. She ends up meeting a sell sword and hires him to help her. He also ends up teaching her about the reality of the complexities of the world beyond what she’s been taught. I think the development for Vacinne is fairly steady throughout the novel. She still maintains much of her stubborn streak through to the end, but it is tempered by a bit of experience and wisdom. I enjoyed reading about Vacinne and her growth a fair bit.
3. Favourite part
The whole segment with the villain of this particular piece (not the demons) I thought was very good. There was motivation behind this villain’s movements and actions, and the more we understood them, the more interesting things became. I can say no more because, well, spoilers.
I will say that this book felt a little short on some of the detail. I know it wasn’t meant to be a particularly long epic fantasy piece, but I would have liked just a little more detail in some of the encounters with the dragon and the frost giants, for example. And a little more background on the Wardens and their whole order would have been nice. However, for that last point, I have a feeling those questions will be answered in book two.
Overall, I would say that Faith and Fury was a book that took a familiar plot and expanded it, creating a unique and interesting read. The book wasn’t terribly complex, but it was light enough (yes, I know it’s a dark fantasy) to be just what I needed right now. I would say that this book was solidly good.