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Alaskan Fire (Guardians of the First Realm) [Kindle Edition]

Sara King
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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Book Description

PARASITE PUBLICATIONS ~ Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Alaskan Fire:

Blaze MacKenzie is a freakishly-tall heiress who just discovered that her ‘parents’ actually found her abandoned as an infant in some bizarre human sacrifice in the woods. Along with that nasty little bit of information came a six hundred thousand dollar check, a strange golden feather, and the ability to move to the Alaska Bush and begin her dream-life living off the Grid.

Unfortunately for Blaze, life in rural Alaska isn’t as peaceful as she expected. Among her many startling discoveries is that her sexy new handyman, Jack Thornton, has already ‘claimed’ the territory that her new lodge is sitting on …

Further complicating matters, Jack makes it clear to Blaze that there are a good many things that go bump in the Alaskan night, and when a pack of werewolves goes rogue and starts killing or turning everyone along the Yentna River, Blaze and Jack find themselves in a fight for survival in this magic-soaked Land of the Midnight Sun.

About the Author:

While Alaskan science fiction/fantasy/romance author Sara King is not six-foot-four with carrot-soup hair and eyes that'll make a wereverine stare, she does live the same crazy, socially questionable, off-the-grid lifestyle that she writes about in Alaskan Fire. She is fully acquainted with the quirks of outdoor plumbing, grizzly bears, questionable hygiene, private arsenals, and hypothermia, and has a vast and inspiration-rich wilderness right off her front doorstep. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kingfiction or email her at kingnovel@gmail.com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3583 KB
  • Print Length: 581 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073WZ01C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't start this one on a Tuesday February 7, 2012
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With her debut novel, Sara King's engrossing, character-driven style and superlative ability to draw the reader into the world of her creation will keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning, then leave you anxiously awaiting her next book.

In Alaskan Fire, we are introduced to Blaze MacKenzie, a 6'4" beanpole with carrot-orange hair and a lifelong ambition to own a farm in the Alaskan Bush. When her parents are killed in a car accident, her unexpected inheritance finally allows her to pursue her dream. We follow her as she purchases The Sleeping Lady Lodge and heads to the Bush to try and make that dream a reality. What she finds there, in the person of her new handyman, Jack Thornton, is only the first surprise that awaits her and the reader. Intrigue, action, suspense, a magic feather, and an amazing personal discovery await Blaze in her new home in the Bush.

From the first page, the book grabs your attention, deluges you with images of the spectacular unspoiled wilderness of Alaska, and makes you feel the wonder of being on the edge of one of Earth's last frontiers. Once you manage to take a breath, the discovery of a world where magical creatures are real, and the wilderness is much more sinister and dangerous than you imagined, roots you to your chair in anticipation of the next twist and turn. However, this is not just a supernatural/paranormal fantasy book, it's also a romance. But not a tired, hackneyed, formulaic romance where the story only serves as a backdrop to the expected meaningful glances, steamy looks and perhaps a ripping bodice or rock-hard...abdomen, no, far from it. Instead, the element of romance woven through the book gives the adventure a sensual, edgy tension that doesn't disappoint in the end.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alaskan Fire Review May 12, 2012
By Rhubarb
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This novel is far too long, especially the first half, where Blaze agonizes over and over about her physical appearance and shakes in her boots or runs, screaming, into the woods. After the fourth or fifth iteration, I was ready to quit reading.

Time passes in the first half without much at the beginnings of chapters to let the reader know that it is now two months later (or whatever). Author could stand to improve on her transitions.

But then, about halfway through, she has a personality transplant. All of a sudden, she is imaginative, and curious, and not afraid. No real reason, except that the novel would have gone nowhere with another 300 pages of self-centered fear and loathing. Some basis for her transformation would have been good.

On the positive side, there were very few errors of grammar, spelling, or sentence structure. What a pleasure for the reader (me), after slogging through so many Indie books written by English fail students.

The plot was engaging, though unevenly paced (the final event was a zoom-through of just a few pages).

The author has a real "ear" for dialog, and does a superb job of making one character's "voice" distinct from the others. That went a long way toward redeeming the novel from my initial impression.

All in all, average (3-star), with potential in the future for higher ratings. Author, in my opinion, needs to re-read, review, edit. Not everything that is produced by the keyboard needs to end up in the final version.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! January 31, 2012
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A funny, tense, breathtaking book by one of the better authors I've ever read. I really liked the way King mixed humor, myth, adventure, and romance and turned it into something that had me unable to put it down. A good book that lasts, not one of those finish-it-in-one-night books nowadays. It SATISFIES. All the characters were so unique and enjoyable and I had so much fun getting into their heads... If you enjoy Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, or anything Alaska, you'll love this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Full disclosure: I am acquainted with the author. She's my best friend's sister-in-law. Although that is how I was introduced to the book, that's not why I recommend it.

This book is a fantasy which has supernatural creatures such as fairies and werewolves hiding away from modern day society in the few remaining wilderness areas. Such as the Alaskan wilderness. That's where the story is set and, speaking as an Alaskan, I can assure you that if supernatural creatures existed that would be a fantastic place for them to hide out. The author clearly used her own experiences at a lodge in the wilderness to give the story a refreshing authenticity. (Last time I read a book that had events taking place in Alaska, the protagonists drove through Anchorage, making accurately described turns before watching an amazing display of the northern lights in midsummer... which is impossible.)

The story is well thought out, with hints at a great deal of planning and elaborate backstories for some supporting characters. Presumably these backstories will be explained in greater detail in the sequels. They aren't important in this book and don't get in the way of the main storyline, but are interesting enough to have made me want to read the next book.

Although the story is a good read and quite entertaining, there isn't much extra depth to it. The main character is big on heritage farming, free of genetic manipulation and seed patents, but not in a way that gives the book an activist bent. I must say I'm glad about that; it would have detracted from the story. As it is, the main character's passion for old-school farming works into the supernatural creatures theme quite nicely.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a good read I mean a really good read
This was a good read I mean a really good read.....I don't care if other reviews wish to split hairs
over grammer, spelling or whatever..in the long it was a good read. Read more
Published 1 day ago by June Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun read
Blaze and Jack are nothing like your typical paranormal pairing, and that's all to the good. They are down to earth people in a believable relationship, and their interactions are... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I have always avoided paranormal like the plague------but
In Ms King 's novels the paranormal characteristics merely allow the characters to be who (or what)they are! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Anthony D. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the characters and the story!
I read this through Kindle Unlimited and I would reread the book and probably buy it. I will be reading the next in the series. Read more
Published 3 days ago by J Corley
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read
I don't ever write reviews but I devoured this book within hours.
The characters were well developed you have to like them
Alaska as the last refuge for all sorts of... Read more
Published 4 days ago by eve.mccormick
4.0 out of 5 stars Smutty romance, indeed.
Probably like a lot of you, I was lured into buying this because I had run out of her other books. I enjoyed most of this book without reservations, but I did have to spend an... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Michael Todd Spain
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy
Great read a bit over talked in some chapters but overall a great story line.Good solid characters..Love that it takes place in Alaska.
Published 13 days ago by D. Sessions
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sara King, keep writing and I'll keep reading
Published 15 days ago by Tom
3.0 out of 5 stars Will they or will they not???
At first this book is. Compelling then the plot,,changes to a fantasy theme. Befor
4ere oh know it you are thinking of 50 Shades of Gray. Read more
Published 20 days ago by helen cordovano
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice spin on the romance genre
Sara King never fails to write an engrossing novel, and while this might not be one of my favorites, it was a fun read. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Robin Landry
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More About the Author

While Alaskan science fiction/fantasy/romance author Sara King is not six-foot-four with carrot-soup hair and eyes that'll make a wereverine stare, she does live the same crazy, socially questionable, off-the-grid lifestyle that she writes about in Alaskan Fire. She is fully acquainted with the quirks of outdoor plumbing, grizzly bears, questionable hygiene, private arsenals, and hypothermia, and has a vast and inspiration-rich wilderness right off her front doorstep. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kingfiction or email her at kingnovel@gmail.com.

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