REVIEW: Flames of Mira by Clay Harmon

Last Updated on February 23, 2024

Flames of Mira is an exciting epic fantasy novel with a unique setting and interesting characters written by Clay Harmon. Set in a subterranean volcanic world beneath a frozen wasteland, we follow Ig, a powerful elemental enslaved by a ruthless ruler.

Flames for MiraFlames of Mira is dark, tense, and full of action. It is perfect for readers who like their fantasy full of morally grey characters battling with moral dilemmas in a unique world that just seems to bring pain to both the powerful and the weak. Ig had undergone a life threatening trial binding chemical elements to his body and now works in secret as an enforcer for corrupt Magnate Sorrelo Adriann.

He is cursed with a flesh binding magic that will kill him if he disobeys the cruel ruler. When Sorrelo is overthrown in a coup, Ig is forced to make difficult choices and attempt to escape his flesh binding as a battle for the throne begins. It is a fascinating story in a unique world that at first took me a bit of time to understand. Once I was comfortable with the subterranean world and incredibly awesome magic system in the book, everything clicked into place and I was hooked. I loved following Ig and dealing with the themes of slavery, corruption, and the questions of how far desperate people would go to be free. Harmon writes each character so well and the story flies by at a fast pace with only rare moments available to catch your breath.

The writing of Flames of Mira is solid and thought provoking. Harmon writes from the minds of his characters well and readers will be sucked into the lives and backstories of the colourful cast and feel the same pain that characters like Ig feel when tasked with difficult and terrifying things. Harmon delivers a few kicks to the gut throughout the story and is able to convey the horrors of war and slavery as Ig and his companions make their way through the unique land following the coup. There are aspects of the world that I would have liked to have learnt more about but with this being just the first book in a series, I am looking forward to discovering more in the future.

Flames of Mira is a fast-paced fantasy series that leans into the dark side of epic. With a cool magic system, interesting world, and morally grey characters plagued by tough decisions, it is a story that fans of grimdark will devour. An excellent start to a new series and I can’t wait for more!

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Aaron Jones

Aaron S. Jones is the author of Memories of Blood and Shadow, and The Broken Gods trilogy. He is Head of School at a school in Kent, UK and when he is not tearing his hair out at students struggling with their, they're and there, he is tearing his hair out as he dies for the thousandth time on Elden Ring. You can find him on Twitter @HereticASjones where he is most likely procrastinating for hours at a time instead of focusing on his Orc murder mystery.