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Hidden Fire (The Five Kingdoms Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Toby Neighbors
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What does it take to face a dragon? When a young wizard named Zollin begins to awaken the magical world, he also sets events in motion that will change the Five Kingdoms forever. In the north a dragon ravages villages and towns. The King's armies are powerless to stop the beast. Refugees begin fleeing to the larger cities in hope of finding safety. In the south, the Council of Kings plot an invasion. Under the influence of the Torr, a group of wizards who have held the Five Kingdoms in their power for three centuries, they turn their attention to bringing Zollin into their fold. They will stop at nothing to control his power, even if it means the assassination of the Crown Prince. As Zollin and his friends strive to bring peace to the Kingdom of Yelsia, they are faced with harrowing dangers and heart wrenching decisions that threaten to tear them apart.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1046 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mythic Adventure Publishing (August 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00931GZ24
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment September 1, 2012
By Reader
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I very much enjoyed the first and second books in this series. I hate to say it, but I found this third installment disappointing and annoying. The problem? The characters act like a bunch of children, not adults. It felt like the author was reaching to create uninteresting and childish conflict to fill the pages. It simply was not fun to read. Now, if I were 11 or 12, I might feel very differently about it... but I'm not. Toby Neighbors can do, and has done, much better than this.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confounding... September 18, 2012
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I am in the same boat with many of the other reviewers -- I LOVED the first two, but this third book is... well, confounding. Although there are lots of new plot threads and twists, very little in the way of resolution, world-building, or character development actually happens in this book. As another reviewer points out, this book seems more like a bridge between books 2 and 4 than a book in its own right. I hope book 4 weaves the threads together.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really wanted to like it. September 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I love fantasy, and I enjoyed the first two books in this series(they weren't perfect, but I gave them bonus points for originality). This is very much a bridge book, and i'm not sure if the construction is quite done on the bridge. A lot of stuff happened in the book... it was all just more subplot than anything however. I enjoyed the story, but as with other readers I am getting tired of reading about how exhausted Zollin is after doing several spells(after the marathon of magic he did in the end of the second).

**spoilers ahead**

The growth of the secondary characters seemed forced to me as well. I had a conversation with someone on here about Mansel after book two was released, and I wanted to give that character the benefit of the doubt, but it seems that they were right about how terrible he is. I understand that he's an addict, and he's not going to fix himself until he hits rock bottom, but once he's pretty much at rock bottom a random farm lady saves him and he falls in love and everything is changed(which you determine later is mainly just a character device to help him in the next book).

Zollin and Brianna's relationship is... just hard to read a lot of the time. This guy rips through a city after traveling across the country to come and save you and she's worrying that he's affecting her through the ring which prevents magic from being cast on the wearer(which has been shown several times and Zollin brings this point up, but it's immediately dismissed... except for that one time in the first book where he saves her with magic even though she's wearing it).

Overall... I still enjoy the series, but i'm not sure I want to shell out another three dollars for the next one if there's not a lot of development, in characters and story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What? Not another "to be continued" novel....... October 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really like Toby Neighbors' writing but I absolutely abhor the fact that you need to BUY another novel, coming who knows when, to draw some conclusion. From what I remember of basic 101 English is that a novel has a completion cycle even if it doesn't appear obvious, but not so with Neighbors' work and so many others who write in this genre - which I have loved but am now having to give up for this "dangling of the carrot" in each new work to go and purchase another.

If your work is truly good enough, which I think it is, then you shouldn't need to do this to have your fans go out and purchase another of your novels, or is there a better word than novel? - They would want to simply buy and read it because they like your writing, story telling, etc and read and voila! another sold book.

think about it. If I buy the next one to come out and this one too leaves the reader in the lurch without any closure, then I will never, ever buy another one of your books. Just me. and I'm sure there are others out there who feel the same.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many plotlines September 7, 2012
By drapvi
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I loved the first two books but this one continues a problem that has been building throughout the series. There are just too many plotlines. The book started strong with just two plots Zollin's magic, and the wizards hunting him. That did amazing in the first book and ended specatcularly with introducing two new cliffhangers: Brannock and Whytelthane being hunted, and the 'girls'.
However in book two the wizards weren't hunted, and the 'girls' were only briefly mentioned. However the main group split into three parties: Kelvich, Quinn, and Mansel & Zollin. Also, a dragon appears and mentions a 'golden crown' which can control him. However at the end of book two the dragon has not been delt with. Branock was defeated, and at the end seeks revenge. Enter book three.
Mansel and Quinn go off to save Prince Wilam and Kelvich, Brianna, and Zollin go to fight the dragon. Wilam is under threat of the Mezzlyn, who never did attack Branock and Whytelthane. Meanwhile Kelvich finds papers that may tell how to beat the dragon (The Golden Crown), but by the end he is as yet unsuccesful. Zollin and Brianna attackt the dragon's lair and chess off the beast (But don't kill it, typical). At the end of book three Mansel, Wilam, and Quinn are mesmorized by someone (Presumably one of the 'girls' from book one).
The problem is that you have Zollin and Brianna hunting the dragon, Kelvich trying to find how to beat the dragon, Mansel, Quinn, and Wilam mesmerized by two characters who have been in shadow the entire series, Brannock yearning for revenge, being unmention aside from his possible 'come to me' to the dragon, and Offendorl planning a war on Yelsia. By the third book, these are too many plotlines to leaved undeveloped in the story. I mean no offense to Mr. Neighbors, but in the fourth book there must be some wrapping up of the plotlines, so it can come down to an essential event for the finale.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow it just keeps getting better ........And the story continues
I've already read through book 5, I just couldn't stop and write my review.
I HAD to keep going. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Margaret Munro
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book was GREAT
The story just keeps getting better and better. The romance between our two lovers is growing slowly but is so enduring.
Published 1 month ago by Jal
3.0 out of 5 stars The story is good..
The story is good...the writing not so much. Lots of repetitive fighting...not enough fleshing out of the story. But... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Fire (The Five Kingdoms Book 3)
What does it take to face a dragon? When a young wizard named Zollin begins to awaken the magical world, he also sets events in motion that will change the Five Kingdoms forever. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
a great book to keep up the great twist to keep you hanging. like the series will continue with it

Published 5 months ago by allan r. scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series! Once you can't stop!!
Books 1-7 of The Five Kingdom Series:
Wizard Rising, Magic Awakening, Hidden Fire, Crying Havoc, Fierce Loyalty, Evil Tide, Wizard Falling

This is a series you have... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jules
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
It was a nice read the one before this was better but I can see that the next one is going to be great. Just from where this book left off I can't wait to read the next.
Published 8 months ago by Scott Pantall
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This series
Love this series and stayed up way too late at night reading but well worth the read. Great writer who keeps you interested for sure and makes it easy to remember who is who as the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by sueatx
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
That whole series was great! Read it through in about 1 week - just couldn't put it down!
Published 8 months ago by Susan Forster
5.0 out of 5 stars Again Wonderful
All of this series you will NOT be able to put down. I could not wait to get home to read more and have lent all these books to my sister who is "devouring" them.
Published 9 months ago by Ellyn J. Gerberding
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More About the Author

To my readers and fans I want to say thank you for venturing into the worlds my imagination creates. Here is a little bit about me: I'm a full time novelist and the founder of Mythic Adventure Publishing. I believe stories capture us and transport us to worlds that echo the reality of our lives and show us who we want to be. I think John Eldredge said it best, "Facts speak to the mind but when you tell a story, you speak to the heart." After a decade in education and non-profit work, I decided to pursue my passion for writing exclusively. I'm a big advocate for the ebook revolution, and publish all my novels in digital format. After some reader's requests I have begun print publication of my best selling Five Kingdoms series.

Family is important to me and I love working at home where I get to be with my three boys, our newly adopted daughter Bella Story, and my beautiful wife Camille every day. They are the highlight of my life and make everything worth while. I have plans to produce great books on a frequent basis and I hope you'll come along for the ride.

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