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Alaskan Fire (Guardians of the First Realm Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sara King
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 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.


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  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 58 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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61 of 68 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 28 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 11 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun and well written Fantasy Worth the money
This along with Alaskan Fury by Sara King were very entertaining. She introduces you to some really complex characters from the fantasy realm.. I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Annette Acuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Sara
I was pleasantly surprised by this story. Great new characters with a twist on the "weres".
Published 12 days ago by MaggieH
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read, entertaining, and the characters were great !
Great book to read !
Published 15 days ago by Linda Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read the next one!!!
Finally a story that is truly unique in the fantasy genre. The blending of werewolves and other were' animals with magic, suspense, romance and everyday things like paying the... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Entertaining, but not the best book ever written.
Published 19 days ago by Avid Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars It was enjoyable but I found the same type of ...
It was enjoyable but I found the same type of theme repeating which got a little old for me in parts.
Published 21 days ago by A. Ivkovic
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Ms. King possesses a writing ability that flows smoothly and keeps you glued to the page. Easy to follow story line but keeps your interest. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Michael Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought we'd found all the supernatural creatures...
I liked the story. One of the more unbelievable pairings I've read. The Alaskan setting was necessary, but didn't feature in the story as much as I expected. Read more
Published 25 days ago by D. Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good beginning to a series.
Published 25 days ago by B. Rightmier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not my typical read but really enjoyed it
Published 26 days ago by traveling gal
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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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