Here is the summary of the book:
Azeril is a ward of the Church, and their most cunning weapon. By day he hides in plain sight as a student, but with his beloved obsidian knife, he also kills wizards. Az has no memory of his life before the Church, until one night, when a wizard recognizes him from his past. The killer in Az never misses his mark, but he can’t destroy the only potential link to his life before this. For the first time, Az has a lead on who he used to be—if only he could escape the watchful eye of the High Priest long enough to investigate.
Azeril discovers that the line between good and evil—the primal forces of the Fire and the Chasm—is as shifting as his own moral compass. And the truth about who he is will put his entire world in danger.
I don't normally go towards fiction that adhere to religious themes. The concept of heaven & hell. Of God & Devil. But really loved what I read here, religious themes included. Fire & Chasm aside from sporting an explosively gorgeous cover follows the story of a young acolyte of the church, Azeril who while suffering from what looks like a permanent memory loss, is an integral part of the war between Good& Evil. The Good-The Fire. The Evil-The Chasm.
With his obsidian knife in hand, is known as the Wizard Killer. The good & evil war is not really new but Chelsea M. Campbell has presented something new here, that almost makes this concept her own. Fire represents the good and grants each acolyte of the church with special powers. The Chasm represents the deep reaches of hell, an embodiment of evil. At first Azeril's character and what he is can be off-putting but as you go forth into the story you see more sides and begin to root for him.
There is darkness in his past and Azeril fights with it everyday desperate to attain that light. His mysterious beginnings also make him a hot commodity for both sides, so it is even more of an excitement to see Az figure out what the truth is, making it one of his defining quality. The world building was definitely the best part of the book. The tale is fairly dark and Campbell expertly maintains that atmosphere till the end.
The pace is also very well maintained. It is a tension-filled, attention-grabber that keeps you invested till the end. May take a bit of time to get into the flow but when you do it it takes you along and doesn't leave till the end. Action packed and keeping the plot moving, this is a consumate standalone ...... but I would totally not mind if the author decided to continue.
"Dark, fast paced and unputdownable tale in the battle between good & Evil"