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Firebird (Apocalypto Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

L.K. Rigel
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Space Junque
Blue Amber


Nominated for Best Romantic Science Fiction / Futuristic (2011) by The Romance Reviews

Best suited for mature readers due to sexual content and some violence.

Mallory of Settlement 20, born to poverty and hunger, finishes her training and becomes a chalice, one of the select cartel of fertile women who provide natural-born heirs to the ruling dynasties.

In Red City, the chalices live in luxury and pleasure, sheltered from the outer world ~ but not immune to the world's politics. When Mal is caught up in a power struggle Garrick and Allel, her forbidden feelings for Edmund threaten to destroy everything she's worked for, and she's forced to confront her true destiny.

Editorial Reviews


Book Lover & Procrastinator
Ms. Rigel creates a unique and vivid world filled with political intrigue, fantasy, and action, coupled with a great love story. 

Suddenly Books
I'm in this for the long haul. I love, love, love the world that has been created here ... The world building in this series is absolutely fantastic. --

The Wormhole
Creative, Imaginative, clever and well written! Well worth a read - be sure to check it out!!!

Stacey at Goodreads
I enjoyed the hell out of it. The writing is excellent, and the lack of clichéd expressions ... refreshing ... Definitely recommended. 

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1345 KB
  • Print Length: 494 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Beastie Press (January 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S81TJQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L.K. Rigel has done it again! April 25, 2012
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Bleeder, third in the Apocalypto series, is the best to date. So much action, sex, politics and intrigue to this one, with large helpings of rebellion. I loved this and could barely manage to put it down. While I struggled with Mal enjoying her position as a chalice so much, she did prove that she truly is only human after all. I thought the ending was well done, even if it leaves me wanting L.K. to turn out even more books in this series. I'm so glad that I picked up the first book in the series, Space Junque, on a whim because it was free for the Kindle. I would never have discovered this series and the writing of L.K. Rigel otherwise! Well done, L.K.!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful post-apocalyptic fantasy! May 17, 2011
By L. H.
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Yes! After having my interest piqued with Space Junque, a Romantic Science Fiction Fantasy (Apocalypto 1) and Spiderwork, a Science Fiction Fantasy (Apocalypto 2), this book finally delivers on the promises those two novellas make. I was almost immediately sucked into this book, and where I found the two prequel novellas enjoyable but lacking a bit of depth, this book was just right. Rigel made me care about what happened to Mallory and Edmund, and I found myself biting my nails and rushing through to the end to find out what would happen to them. Up until the very end I was worried about how it would all play out. The questions raised in this book aren't new, but Rigel handled them in a way that was interesting.

This book was both frustrating and wonderful. Frustrating in that certain topics central to the story are somewhat uncomfortable to think about, such as fertility as a commodity to be bought and sold. Mallory is a chalice, a fertile female who will essentially be "rented" to different countries to produce heirs. She doesn't really have a choice in the matter - if a girl turns out to be fertile, she is sent to the Red City to be prepared for the life of a chalice just as Mallory was. It was wonderful though because the world felt so real and was peopled with such interesting characters. I can't remember the last time I was so absorbed in something I was reading because I just didn't know what would happen next; this book constantly had me wondering what twist or turn was around the corner.

One small thing - at the beginning, I kept confusing Celia and Claire because their names look so similar and both are associated with Allel, so I had to go back and re-read sections to make sense of what was going on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's patchy March 29, 2014
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This trilogy rolls along like a three wheeled car. Looks good but somethings missing. It reads like a feminist cliff notes version of S.M. Sterling's "The Change" series. Some intresting ideas and some bad science but not enough story and too many characters.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A too long review of a very good book... July 23, 2011
By Emme
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This is the review I posted on Goodreads and my Bitchfactor 10 blog:

My word! I loved this book. I had no idea what I was getting into when I "borrowed" Space Junque and Spiderwork. I certainly wasn't prepared for Bleeder, the third installment in tLK Rigel's Postapocapunk (love that name!) series.

Ok, if you follow my reviews, you know I don't spend any time retelling the story, but try to get right to my likes and dislikes about a work.

Let me start with what I didn't like...

I didn't like that Bleeder did not immediately follow the action of Spiderwork (Postapocapunk #2). But that's not saying much, because I was disappointed when Spiderwork didn't immediately follow the action of Space Junque. This is a petty quibble, I know. See, I'm very invested in apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic storytelling. In my dreams (and nightmares), I frequently find myself having to deal with The End-- and I feel stories of this sort are somehow preparing me to face those challenges when the times comes, by throwing every imaginable scenario at me so I can learn what to do (and not do). Yeah, I should probably lay off the burritos just before bedtime!

Ok, so my first dislike is rather petty. Are there other issues? Only other petty ones. There were many times in this story where I was a bit lost-- my olden brain can't always keep with so many characters and factions in such a (mostly) fast-moving tale. I can say, though, that by the end, I was able to keep up-- but a family tree and a glossary of terms in the end would have been most helpful.

Oh, there's just one more small thing. Ok, maybe it's really a big thing. For the longest time in this story, I was not pro-Mal(lory)! I couldn't be! I just couldn't.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh May 10, 2013
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This was one of those fantasy novels where the author had designs of becoming the next Tolken. They created their own people, their own world, their own rules, and when you, (the reader) are not explained these rules by the first couple of chapters, you are just lost.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it April 6, 2013
By Raven
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The story is actually quite interesting and I love the world that has been built in this book, but it was just so poorly executed and had so many times jumps it was hard to keep up. Not to mention unneeded sex every few pages. Wrap it up with a horrid anticlimactic ended, and you have Firebird.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I stuck with it. May 7, 2011
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Though I'm not great at these reviews I'm going to give it a try any how.

After reading `Spiderwork' I was actually really reluctant to continue with this series. However, where `Spiderwork' was lacking, "Bleeder" did not disappoint. It had better characters, better development, it was a good story, and didn't make me want to just skim the book instead of getting into it. It was nice to see old characters but they were just mentioned, Durga annoyed me but I really liked Mal and her transformation through the story and realizing who she was and coming to terms with it and the world around her. I am very happy that I decided to stick with these series it was well worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Great end to an enjoyable trilogy
I have to say that the last few pages of Space Junque--the first book in this trilogy--as well as the next two books went in a totally unexpected direction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robin Mayhall
5.0 out of 5 stars Huzzah!!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.....hope to see more from this author.
Published 4 months ago by Jeri Pajor
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this series!
Loved this series. Set in the future after earth has nearly destroyed itself - meaning after we have nearly destroyed ourselves. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars loved every page!!!
God this was a wonderful book! Absolutely LOVED reading it ! Now I have to read the first one !
Published 6 months ago by Jenifer davis
Published 6 months ago by Gloria Bodfish
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book.
Very good reading. I enjoyed it a lot. Characters were well developed and believable. Need to have a continuation book.
Published 7 months ago by Frances Cecilio
2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't recommend this
I thought the story idea was interesting and somehow forced my way through the first two books in the series to get to this one, and man was it not worth it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Erica Dean L
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs work
I haven't read the other books in the series...could be part of the problem. In general, there are missing gaps in the story that would help the reader if they were filled. Read more
Published 7 months ago by pentemeyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good but...
in the book Firebird I got to like almost all the characters. however there were a few things that I dint like about the story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Fallencherubim
5.0 out of 5 stars The Apocalypto Series is fabulous
Firebird! What a great book! The girls who become 'chalices' end up leading lives that from the outside appear to be everything one could dream of. Read more
Published 13 months ago by cjisanaleut
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L.K. has been a newspaper reporter, a singing waitress, a public school teacher, and a court reporter. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. SLURP, a creepy short story about an author with muse problems is included in DEADLY TREATS, Anne Frasier's Halloween anthology published by Nodin Press, and her dystopian novella SPACE JUNQUE has been optioned for an independent feature film.

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