What made me want to read this book was the similarities between this novel and the popular game Dungeons and Dragons. Once I began reading Thunder Forged I quickly discovered the similarities between the book and the above mentioned game were very few. It was difficult for me to read this entire book as I quickly discovered I am not a big fan of epic fantasy books. Despite this, I found the book to be unlike any fantasy novel I have previously read. The author is a talented writer and I encourage fans of epic fantasy novels to pick up this book.
The first novel based upon the award-winning WARMACHINE® steam-powered fantasy wargame and the world of the Iron Kingdoms™ Role Playing Game is an action-packed steam-tech fantasy that combines elements of epic wartime adventure with thrilling cloak-and-dagger espionage. The Iron Kingdoms are at war-a war fought with machine guns and magic, knights of valor, and earth shaking titans of steam and steel. And now that war may hinge entirely on nothing more than a sheaf of papers. An alchemical formula, stolen by an ally they thought they could trust, could cost the brave soldiers of Cygnar everything. Their only hope: a cunning spy, a knight out of her element, and a frighteningly small unit of the best that Cygnar has to offer. Arrayed against them is not only a single, devious enemy, but the combined intelligence apparatus-and possibly the full military might-of the most brutal martial power Cygnar has ever known. (Iron Kingdoms, WARMACHINE(R), Privateer Press, and all related content (c)  and/or (TM) Privateer Press, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used under license.)