The strongest steel is forged in the hottest flames. From master storyteller Gerald N. Lund comes a new blockbuster series chronicling the lives of two families who will face some of the most turbulent times in history as they are tried to their very cores. Will they be tempered and strengthened by the hammering blows, will they bend to the point of breaking, or will they completely shatter?
As volume one begins, life could not be more promising for the Eckhardts. They finally have a son, Hans, the male heir they have longed for and a child of such brilliance and promise that his success seems certain. But as youthful Hans’s ambition takes him away from his family and their small Bavarian village, the winds of unrest in Europe are about to erupt into the greatest war the world has ever known.
Kicking off a story that will cross generations—and continents—the Eckhardts must brace themselves to weather the storms and turmoil that lie ahead. Only through sheer determination and fortitude will they be able to pass through the refiner’s fire and come out stronger and more united than ever before.
I enjoy reading about history, but the beginning of the book when it describes how the German Empire came about, moved a bit slow for me. However, once the actual story started, I was almost immediately drawn in. As he does in his other books, Lund brings all of the characters to life so you feel like you know them.
Hans Sr. came across as cold and distant to his wife and daughters. It will be interesting to see how his character develops in the next book. Actually, I am looking forward to see how all of the characters continue to develop, especially Hans Jr. considering his experiences in the war.
Along with the story, which I found enthralling, I also enjoyed reading the history blurbs at the end of each chapter, especially the ones pertaining to WWI. I can't wait until the next book in this series comes out.
Author: Gerald N. Lund
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Published: November 28, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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