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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616611006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616611002
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,157,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
I got a copy of this book from Fantasy Flight Games in exchange for an honest review. I have previously read a number of books by Tracy Hickman The Death Gate Cycle, The Darksword Trilogy, Rose of the Prophet Trilogy, and some Dragonlance) and enjoyed them. So I was eager to read his latest work. The book was okay; it presents a very interesting world...but the characters are lackluster and some of the storyline a bit contrived.

Ethan Gallows is a cameraman in a world gone mad. Things are falling apart and magic is real. When he goes along with a reporter to London to film an art show he runs into a powerful woman named Sojourner who wants Ethan to come with her. Ethan wants nothing to do with magic, but when he finds he may actually be one of three scions left in the world who is hosting a dragon he may not have a choice. If the world is to be saved, Karma increased, and the Taint reduced, then Ethan will have to live up to his potential.

There were some things I really like about this story. I enjoyed the scenes in the past of how Atlantis fell; these were interesting and engaging. I enjoyed the crazy, nearly post-apocalyptic type world that Ethan live in. You never knew what to expect in this world; there was crazy magic, zombies, monsters...it was just completely unpredictable.

The action scenes were also well done. I loved the idea of Taint and Karma fighting to make the world evil or good and enjoyed how the balance could be shifted.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George A. Ramos on August 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book, it's a quick read with an urban fantasy feel to it. A rift in our modern world has caused magic and all kinds of creatures to enter it. A CNN reporter and her cameraman travel to London where magical chaos reigns supreme. There, they become embroiled in an ancient war that caused the fall of Atlantis in ancient times and is now being waged again in the 21st century. Dragons, zombies, changelings, and even Nazis all make an appearance in a book where anything goes. Tracy Hickman does a grand job of building a modern world trying to cope with ancient magic run amok, and while the book is too short for any real character development or a nuanced plot, it's certainly worth reading.
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Fireborn: Embers of Atlantis by Tracy Hickman is a novel written in the Fireborn RPG (Role Playing Game) world. Magic disappeared from the world with the fall of Atlantis, but has returned in modern times. The dead have risen in Europe and are re-fighting WWII, monsters from fairy tales attack airplanes, American Indians have claimed the plains with shamans using magic to fight the army, and a handful of people have memories of a life as a dragon. Ethan Gallows is one such person. Initially unaware of these memories, events lead him to realize he has the magically essence of a dragon last seen on earth as Atlantis was destroyed. But this revelation only comes about as Ethan is plunged into a war between good and evil. Each side believes they are in the right, with the side of good using clean, pure magic, and the side of evil using tainted magic.

I've been a fan of Hickman's books for 15 years of more, and was eager to read this one. I had never heard of the Fireborn RPG before, but have read hundreds of other books written in role playing settings. No knowledge of the game setting is required to read this book, it works well as a standalone novel. I thought this book was an interesting read. I liked the setting and the characters. I've always found Hickman's books to be easy to read with a smooth, flowing storyline with characters that the reader comes to love (or hate). I read through this book quickly, wanting to know what happens next. The biggest disappoint I had was that the book ended. At about 300 pages, it's not a short book, but I wanted it to keep going. Now I'm stuck waiting impatiently for the next book.
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By Alan M Rogers on February 7, 2013
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Tracy Hickman's skills were put to good use with this book, taking a tabletop RPG setting and bringing it to life with a fast-paced, well-written book. Good characters, fast-paced action and some fun twists and turns make what could have been a boring book into a great novel.

The flashbacks were well done, and the writing was smooth and easy - the mark of a practiced craftsman. If you're a fan of urban fantasy, this book is definitely worth reading.
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By ElyEzer Lima da Costa on October 12, 2014
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I have the RPG books, and always wanted to see more of the game. Fantasy Flight did an amazing work giving us this book writen by an amazing writer.
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More About the Author

`Dragonlance' originators Tracy and Laura Hickman have been publishing game designs and stories together for over thirty-two years - nearly as long as their marriage - and thus started them both on a life of adventure and imagination.

Tracy is a NYT Best-Selling co-author (with Margaret Weis) of many Dragonlance novels including the original `Dragonlance Chronicles', `Dragonlance Legends', `Rose of the Prophet" and "Darksword" trilogies as well as the seven-book "Deathgate Cycle".

Tracy and Laura are remembered together for their role-playing game designs in `Dragonlance' and the `Oasis of the White Palm' series but are perhaps best known for their classic adventure, the original `Ravenloft.'

Life now has provided them the opportunity to fulfill a dream: to write novels together. Tracy and Laura work from adjoining offices in their home and answer questions on their work through their website at www.trhickman.com.

Visit www.dragonhearthproductions.com for information on our monthly podcasts.

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