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Taming Fire (The Dragonprince's Legacy, #1) [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Pogue
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Daven Carrickson grew up as a beggar in the filthy alleys beneath the shadows of the palace. He's the son of a known thief, disgraced and despised. His only real talent is his ability with a sword, and his only real chance at finding honor or a home is a desperate dream of joining the King's Guard.

Then Daven receives a new future when Master Claighan invites him to study magic at the Academy. The wizard offers to make him into a new kind of soldier: a swordsman equally skilled with forged blades and mystic forces. It only helps that Daven has no home, no family, and nothing left to lose.

But when conspiring forces destroy the wizard's plans, Daven finds himself wanted for treason and murder. Hunted by a great black beast of a dragon, caught between the King's Guard and a rebel force led by a rogue wizard, Daven's only hope of surviving is to become more than he's ever dreamed possible.

Taming Fire is the first book in the Dragonprince Trilogy. Approximately 110,000 words.


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About the Author

Aaron Pogue is a husband and a father of two who lives in Oklahoma City, OK. He started writing at the age of ten, and lays claim to more than a dozen finished novels, as well as a handful of short stories, scripts, and videogame storylines. His first novels were high fantasy set in the rich world of the FirstKing, including the bestselling fantasy novel Taming Fire, but he's explored mainstream thrillers, urban fantasy, and several kinds of science fiction. Gods Tomorrow represents the introduction to a long-running science fiction cop drama series focused on the Ghost Targets task force.

Aaron is the president and CEO of the Consortium, Inc., an Oklahoma City-based non-profit that's striving to establish a new patronage. He's also head publisher with the company's imprint, Consortium Books. Aaron has been a Technical Writer with the Federal Aviation Administration and a writing professor at the university level. He's currently pursuing a Master of Professional Writing degree at the University of Oklahoma.

Aaron maintains a personal website for his friends and fans at AaronPogue.com, he runs a writing advice blog at UnstressedSyllables.com, and he is a founding artist at ConsortiumOKC.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1202 KB
  • Print Length: 1426 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Masked Fox Publishing; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056IVLRM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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128 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome July 9, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a great book. I finished it in less than 2 days (it would have been quicker but work and kids can sometimes get in the way.) I am a huge fantasy fan and have read all the big name authors and recently, a lot of the newer authors with my kindle. This book was one of the best books I've read.
If you're like me, finding a new author is a blessing and a curse. Happy to have found a great world with great characters and phenomal pacing but sad you will now again be forced to wait for the next book. Finding this book to me was like finding George R.R. Martin way back when or stumbling across Brent Weeks first trilogy or Peter V. Brett's books. I know every fierce reader out there has favorites all their own BUT if you are looking for a book everybit as good as anything I have read (that's saying something) give Aaron Pogue a try this book was ridicuously good and at .99 you can't beat it.
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings - 3 1/2 stars August 26, 2011
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After reading this book, I'm not entirely sure where my feelings fall. I felt that this book had a very strong beginning. Aaron Pogue does a good job of drawing you into the plot and keeping the plot moving. However, I must admit I was somewhat frustrated by the frequent and sometimes unnecessary turns of events and seeming changes in the lead's personality. Despite some frustration and irritation with the events in the book, I was still drawn into the plot enough to want to finish the book. Overall I would say most of the things I have a problem with are more personal preference than writing ability, so 3 and 1/2 stars is based on 3 for a personal level and 4 on a professional level.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average magic & dragons light fantasy August 24, 2011
By Julie
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My biggest problem with this book was the fact that it's written in first person narrative, which really limits the scope of the story. There are no subplots, no secondary character development, no culmination of disparate events - just a single point of view from the protagonist, who is your typical poor orphan who shows exceptional promise and through a series of increasingly unlikely events comes into his power and saves the world (for now, anyway). There isn't even much introspection or underlying emotional turmoil in the narrative, which I'd think would be the only point in limiting the story with the first person format.

Narration aside, the plot follows the typical fantasy arc and moves quickly with plenty of action. Characters are standard fantasy archetypes and do what you expect them to do. I didn't really ever emotionally connect with the story or characters, and don't plan to finish the trilogy. An average light fantasy that wasn't really compelling in any way.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Found it hard to finish August 9, 2011
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Could not really warm up to the main character. He flip flopped between strong and weak so much. Bloodthirsty and then noble and self-sacrificing.. The love interest with no build up... I liked some of the ideas behind the magic.. most of the characters were unlikeable with no particular reason except just being bad people...

I had to force myself to finish and I was kind of hoping the hero would die at the end.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Taming Fire"...the Pros and Cons...2 1/2 to 3 Stars November 17, 2011
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"Taming Fire" is the first book in a fantasy trilogy by author Aaron Pogue. This is both a Kindle e-book (503 Kb) and paperback (361 pages) and is priced at $0.99 and $12.81 respectively.

SPOILERS (general theme...no specifics revealed)

Our hero, Daven Carrickson, is a young shepherd with some skills at swordplay. A wizard by the name of Claighan arrives and tells him of a dark scourge that is soon about to invade the land. He further eludes to the fact that Daven has special skills (that he was unaware of) that are essential to thwarting this evil tide...skills that must be developed and honed before they can be used effectively. Intially he refuses to believe this seemingly impossible tale, but after some lenghty discussion with Claighan, he reluctantly and somewhat skeptically agrees to accompany the wizard to see the King and to further his learning. And so the adventure begins.

END SPOILERS

The Pros:
1.) an intriguing story full of some new ideas and promise.

2.) I thought the writing quality of the first halve of the book was above average...it maintained my interest and had me looking forward to continue reading more of this book.

3.) beautiful (if somewhat dark) cover art...very appealing

The Cons:
1.) a hero whose development seemed to progress at a snails pace. It just seemed to take forever for Daven to develop his 'talent'. I can understand that a young character may need extra time and training, but this was so sluggish in moving along, I nearly lost patience with this story.

2.) other than with his school peers (at the beginning of the book), every confrontation Daven had, saw him on his backside, scrambling to survive...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not enjoy this at all June 18, 2012
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There are very few books that fall into the category of unfinished for me. This, unfortunately, is one of them. I managed to get a little over 1/3 of the way through before becoming so frustrated with it that I stopped. The final nail came about two weeks later when I realized that every time I thought about picking it up again, I would try to find something else, anything else, that I could do instead. The characters were shallow and impossible to form a connection to. There are no details of the world in which the story is set that stand out in my mind. The behavior of some of the characters, such as the elite guardsman, the king, and sometimes even the kindly wizard come across as simply irrational. If there is a reasonable explanation for their actions, the author fails to provide it while telling his story. I have managed to discover many self-published gems on the kindle; this, however, is not one of them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to like it
I tried really hard to like this book, but the author is just not very good. The whole thing was just very disjointed. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Aethor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story.
Excellent story line. We'll written. I got it on special for cheap. I will be buying sequels at regular price.
Published 24 days ago by Ben Freasier
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best book, but worth reading for the sequel
Generally, the book was pretty bringing.I like long books, but this one was to long for what it covered.Still, it's definitely worth reading because the sequel is really good.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!!
This is a great series. The book is fast paced and a refreshing new take on a human dragon bond. Great read!
Published 2 months ago by AEclipse
5.0 out of 5 stars good
good it is awesome I totally recommend to anybody and everybody I love you all people thank you for everything
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad
Paper thin characters, inconsistent plot and zero continuity. If you are a fan of books that make sense then avoid this one.
Published 3 months ago by Justin Rhodehouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading
It is a good story that unfolds very fast and unpredictable, it is nice to read and to have fun. I recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Claudio
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
This is not normally the type of book I'd go for, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. The action really captured me and the book was dynamic and ever-changing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise!!
I stumbled across this and fell in love the main character. I loved this series and highly recommend it to anyone!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin's thoughts
I really liked this story. I couldn't put it down. This is the kind of fantasy writing that keeps you on the edge of your set. I was totally pulled into the story. Read more
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More About the Author

Aaron Pogue is a husband and a father of two who lives in Oklahoma City, OK. He started writing at the age of ten, and has written novels, short stories, scripts, and videogame storylines. His first novels were high fantasy set in the rich world of the FirstKing, including the bestselling fantasy novel Taming Fire, but he's explored mainstream thrillers, urban fantasy, and several kinds of science fiction, including a long-running sci-fi cop drama series focused on the Ghost Targets task force.

Aaron has been a Technical Writer with the Federal Aviation Administration and a writing professor at the university level. He holds a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Oklahoma. He also serves as the Director of User Experience for Draft2Digital.com, a digital publishing service.

Aaron maintains a personal website for his friends and fans at AaronPogue.com, and he runs a writing advice blog at UnstressedSyllables.com.

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