The Fireborne Blade (Hardcover)

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Fantasy takes on a greater definition in The Fireborne Blade, something that is mostly unseen today, where the element of magic and mystery take a backseat. However, that is not the case for this glimpse into a riveting world of ancient dragons, gallant knights, cunning mages, and sapphic love. This book includes an unlikely companionship, snippets of the vast and complex lore, and a knight scorned by a manipulative former lover. Before reading this book, I believed I was a fantasy reader, but Charlotte Bond snapped me into the understanding of what a true fantasy book is supposed to encapsulate, and it was a refreshing change of pace from my usual read. For a novella of just one-hundred and sixty-four pages, Bond crafted truly complex and realistic characters, each with their own motivations and background. 

Maddileh is a knight, a rare line of work for women, who has to reclaim her honor and dignity by stealing an ancient blade from a deadly dragon. After a minor offense causes her to be banished and lose her knight’s armor, she is left to pick up the pieces of her life by retrieving the Fireborne Blade, a legendary weapon with a bloody history. The only issue is that death is certain, and peril is around every turn she takes. Maddileh is accompanied by Petros, a squire with a mysterious and rather suspicious background. Together they venture into the White Lady’s lair, where the truth unspools and the past is revealed. However, a web of deceit lies underneath the characters, and the only question to be answered is who the true spider is.

With each turn of the page, you switch back and forth between the past and the present, between one reality and one lost. Dragonslaying is no easy feat, but neither is making allies with mages and squires. Maddileh must not only kill the dragon and earn her redemption, but also fight against the dragon magic and mysterious entities that threaten her entire quest. However, there is more to this tale that meets the eye, and as the puzzle pieces come together, you’ll look back and realize how each little slice contributed to the big picture. 

Maddileh’s story of ambition and living in a world that tries to fit women in a box resonated with me on a deep level. This novella had me flying through the pages, and I can only hope there is more of this story to come. 

— Avis Downs

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“A sapphic fantasy full of lady knights, fiery dragons, and powerful magic. With chapters outlining historical dragon slayings and interlacing past and present chapters, this is a full and lively fantasy world that you won’t want to leave.”
— Kelly Orazi, Mysterious Galaxy Books, San Diego, CA


Kill the dragon. Find the blade. Reclaim her honor.

It’s that, or end up like countless knights before her, as a puddle of gore and molten armor.

Maddileh is a knight. There aren’t many women in her line of work, and it often feels like the sneering and contempt from her peers is harder to stomach than the actual dragon slaying. But she’s a knight, and made of sterner stuff.

A minor infraction forces her to redeem her honor in the most dramatic way possible, she must retrieve the fabled Fireborne Blade from its keeper, legendary dragon the White Lady, or die trying. If history tells us anything, it's that “die trying” is where to wager your coin.

Maddileh’s tale contains a rich history of dragons, ill-fated knights, scheming squires, and sapphic love, with deceptions and double-crosses that will keep you guessing right up to its dramatic conclusion. Ultimately, The Fireborne Blade is about the roles we refuse to accept, and of the place we make for ourselves in the world.

About the Author

Charlotte is an author, freelance editor, and podcaster. Under her own name she has written within the genres of horror and dark fantasy, but she’s also worked as a ghostwriter. She edits books for individuals and publishers, and has also contributed numerous non-fiction articles to various websites. She is a co-host of the award-winning podcast, Breaking the Glass Slipper. Her micro-collection The Watcher in the Woods won the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection in 2021.

Praise For…

“A quick, delicious bite of a dragon-slayer fantasy with clever worldbuilding and twists that’ll catch in your throat… if you’re not careful.” —C.L. Clark

The Fireborne Blade is fresh, well-crafted, and engaging. A knight, squire, and dragon adventure like none you've ever read!” —Juliet Marillier

“A monstrously clever gem, chilling, dark and full of character.” —Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Fireborne Blade is a delightful romp through a vibrant, surprising world of mages, knights, and dragons. I loved following Maddileh through her adventures!” —Kelly Robson

“Bond's debut novella is an exciting new fantasy adventure that brings surprises until the last page.” —Booklist

“Recommended for readers who love to see a familiar tale turned on its head so hard that the entire story becomes different and even more fascinating.” —Library Journal

“This is is an entertaining story, with some vividly inventive dragon-related-worldbuilding, and a compelling dragon-battle showdown….A breath blowing straight in from the D&D-esque sword-and-sorcery of yesteryear. I could definitely stand to read a few more earnest adventures in this vein.” —Locus

The Fireborne Blade by Charlotte Bond is a brilliant novella….One of the best dragon dark fantasies I’ve read in ages.” —Grimdark Magazine

“Like its claustrophobic, dimly lit passageways, Bond’s prose deftly tantalizes in this puzzlebox of a narrative. A quiet gem of a novella with much more lurking beneath the surface.” —Eliza Chan

“Highly inventive and entertaining. Charlotte Bond is an exciting new voice.” —Priya Sharma

“What an enjoyable read! In few words, Charlotte Bond blends fantasy with horror elements to create a complex and memorable world. Maddileh is an understandably prickly character who is easy to root for, and I guarantee you will not see the magnificent twist coming until it hits you in the feels. More please!” —Lucy Holland

“Sharp as a brave knight's sword, bright as a silver dragon. I loved it.” —Anna Smith Spark

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250290311
ISBN-10: 1250290317
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: May 28th, 2024
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: The Fireborne Blade