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F.A.I.R.I.E.S.: Baptism by Fire (The Realm Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M. C. Pearson , M. C. Pearson
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Book Description

Unwittingly chosen to join an army of fairies, who fight for the Light of the One, a teenaged girl learns about spiritual warfare as she attends a military academy with fantastical beings.


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"Imagination runs wild in F.A.I.R.I.E.S. Pearson brings young readers through a looking glass and into a world bursting with adventure, heroism, and fascinating creatures. Readers will be inspired to be true to the One and left with anticipation of more to come."
--Jill Williamson, award-winning author of  By Darkness Hid, and other books

From the Back Cover

Here lies a most precious treasure,
Awaiting one Chosen to deliver.
Seek out the red cousins in the East,
For on this your greed mustn't feast.
The wealth of a species now in your hands,
Do with it as the Light demands.
Give them your gift to unite,
For it is the darkness we all must fight.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2030 KB
  • Print Length: 483 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615530222
  • Publisher: FIRST Wild Card Press (December 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068MYW3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,312 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Imaginative Adventure January 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Have you seen the movie Tooth Fairy or The S.A.N.T.A. Clause? Read the book Hinds Feet in High Places? F.A.I.R.I.E.S. reminded me of parts of these movies and book. I'm thankful to have received a review copy of such an imaginative book. This author combines fantasy with reality like the two movies I mentioned and is an allegory like the book Hinds Feet in High Places. Mellie is the only human in the story. She is surrounded with mystical characters like Lord of the Rings has with fairies, elves, gnomes, gremlins, dragons, dwarfs just to name a few and she's trying to make sense of this new world she has just entered, like Lucy in C.S. Lewis's book Narnia.

M.C. Pearsons is not only the author of this youth fantasy but she is the illustrator as well. Her pictures are scattered throughout the book. They illustrate for the reader her imaginative characters

Mellie is a disgruntled human who wishes to escape the home life she has with her dreadful sisters. "Just once she wanted to do something that would make her sisters see that she wasn't stupid, awkward, ugly, and a little baby." She wanted to live in a family where she was loved and accepted. Maybe she could runaway and find a better place to live.

Suddenly Mellis finds herself deep into the forest unsure of where to go next, then she runs into the strangest sight, a walking stick that talks.

Is this a dream she wonders? Then suddenly the walking stick ushers her into the labyrinth of the F.A.I.R.I.E.S. She doesn't know what to think. Everything was quite magical. Just like in the Santa Clause and Tooth Fairy movies she sees everyone working together as a team for a common goal, she'll learn later.

The walking stick finally introduces himself to her, his name is Regnans.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my type of book, but will please fantasy fans! December 5, 2011
Format:Paperback
F.A.I.R.I.E.S: Baptism by Fire is a very sweet, well suited for young readers of many different ages. If you enjoy fantasy and a tale with countless fantastical beings involved, this book will appeal to you in many ways. I think that is why I wasn't as taken with the novel--while I do enjoy some fantasy, this kind of fantasy isn't one of them. So, while I give the book 3 stars, it's through no fault of the author, just my own personal likes/dislikes.

The lively, imaginative, and fun cast of characters within F.A.I.R.I.E.S: Baptism by Fire will no doubt engage and thrill many readers. I personally had a hard time trying to remember all the different kinds of beings, but that's probably due to the fact that I don't normally read books with oceanides, fairies, dwarves, dragons, and whatnot. I did love the friendship between Millie and her E.L. clan--Lizzy, Spike, Zandra, GroBe.

M.C. Pearson has an amazing imagination, creating a world where fairies, dwarves, and dryads exist, unseen to humans. I loved how the fantastical used bible verses repeatedly, and believed in the One and the light He gives. Lovely illustration for young readers! All the different acronyms--F.A.I.R.I.E.S., I.M.P.S., and E.L., to name a few--got a bit confusing for me, I will admit. But it was kinda neat, at the same time.

F.A.I.R.I.E.S: Baptism by Fire took a little while to really `get going', but was filled with many interesting incidents and adventures with Millie and her friends in the meantime. The drawings that Pearson included frequently within the book--which she herself drew!--was really neat, helping to engage the readers with the visuals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christian Fantasy December 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
My Thoughts

Though this is not a genre I read, I did enjoy Mellie's journey thoughout this book. The author Ms. Pearson has an awesome and unique imagination creating a cast of characters that will feel your heart with love for them as you read this book. And while reading, you will see the wonderful artist the author is as well, with lots and lots of unique graphics and images she has created herself and included within the pages of this book.

Saying this is not a genre I read, doesn't mean this is not a good book, because it is, especially for the younger generation. They love fantasy books, and one such as this one is great for your teen because they will see the Christ of the Bible written in this story. So add this to your child's Christmas and give them something fantastic, unique, and just an all around good book for them to read.

I want to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book to read and review. The opinions in this review are mine only. I was not expected to write a positive review.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but wonderfully creative January 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Geared primarily for children and pre-teens, F.A.I.R.E.S. (Fantastical, Aerial, International, Reasonably Inconspicuous, Emancipation Squads) is the story of Mellie (12 going on 13) and her adventure of being chosen and choosing to serve the One.

While I love fantasy and read a fair amount of children's and young adult fiction, I had a difficult time getting into this book. In order to show the growth of her character Mellie, the author starts with a self-centered, whiny young girl. Maybe Pearson did a bit too thorough a job in showing Mellie's unflattering side, because I just couldn't find anything about Mellie's character to connect with until well into the story. Mellie's character development reminded me a bit of both Edmund and Eustace from C.S. Lewis' Narnia, but when Mellie was introduced there were no other (more noble) characters to help me stay connected to the story.

Still, I'm glad that I kept reading. About a quarter of the way into the book Mellie's character started to take on a more rounded personality and I enjoyed the development of the relationships within her squad of fantastical being friends. Though I must admit that it seemed odd how Mellie went from being a self-centered twelve year old to acting like a mature sixteen or seventeen year old in the span of four months, the changes in Mellie moved the story along in a way that helped me connect to the lessons she was learning.

Despite the fact that it took some time for me to feel involved in the storyline, Mimi's imagination knows no bounds. As I read I became immersed in a world of strange and fascinating creatures exploring the riddles of dragons and the representation of the One.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book. But I can't give it 5 stars because it seems the author will never finish the series. After all these years and book 2 isn't written yet. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lona S. Buggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Best fantasy book I have ever read.
A page turner!
One of the best fantasy books I have ever read. Keeps you wanting for more, with characters you will love. Lots of action and suspense. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Timothy M. Comfort
4.0 out of 5 stars A entertaining fantasy
I must admit I had a hard time taking this story seriously. But it held my interest well, and I really enjoyed it.
Published 6 months ago by David Bergsland
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful read!
I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone with a love for fantasy and imagination. I can't wait for book 2 to come out!
Published 11 months ago by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for all ages
Fantasy is not one of my usual genres to read, but I had trouble putting this book down & was sad when it ended. Can't wait for the next one.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly I loved it
When I read the description of this book I didn't expect much, downloaded it since it was free at that point, and I loved it! Couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Elmarie Stols
4.0 out of 5 stars Bible scripture for everyday living, faith builder
Loved the way scripture was brought into the story without being pushy. Kept my interest. The story line is about love. Looking forward to next book.
Published 15 months ago by Shirley Singer
5.0 out of 5 stars F.A.I.R.I.E.S
This was a great story with a very good plot and some awesome characters. I am very excited that there will be another book in this series; I can't wait to read it.
Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars good underlying message
There is a lot of good potential in this book but it is a bit long-winded perhaps for its intended audience age. Coming of age plus fantasy. A book for younger girls.
Published 18 months ago by Alisan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Interesting read for the price of free why not read it! I read this book on my kindle and flew through it!
Published on January 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

M. C. Pearson graduated from San Jose State University with a B. A. in art, served as a multi-media illustrator in the United States Army, earning the rank of sergeant, and spent four years as a house parent for at-risk youth. Now married over 20 years, she homeschools her two children, volunteers with her church youth group, and runs a book review blog alliance (FIRST Wild Card Tours) while writing and drawing. F.A.I.R.I.E.S.: Baptism by Fire is her first novel. It won the 2012 Bronze Award for Readers Favorite in the Christian Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre.

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