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The Seekers of Fire: Book One of The Masters That Be Paperback – April 1, 2012

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Book 1 of 3 in the Masters That Be Series

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About the Author

Lynna Merrill is the author of The Masters That Be fantasy series. The first three books---The Seekers of Fire, The Makers of Light, and The Weavers of Paths---are complete and released. She is currently working on The Shards of Creation, the fourth book in the series. Lynna is also a computer programmer and a digital 3D artist. She has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Ohio State University, and was geeky enough to write the almost 300,000 words of her first three books in the VIM text editor. She lives by lake Ontario with her husband and soulmate, Alex. Her website is http://www.lynnamerrill.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Masters That Be
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466236604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466236608
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,500,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
I myself have no read an epic fantasy book in quite some time, in fact before this most of my epic fantasy reads have all been free literature sites, where people upload chapter by chapter as it is written. This book was a welcome reintroduction to this genre.

I think one of the hardest things to do in epic fantasy books is introduce the reader to the new world that an author has created. Sure it's hard coming up with that world as an author, but introducing it to the reader is really the key, if the reader doesn't understand the principles behind how your world works, it won't matter how good your plot is.

Merrill dives right in with her book in introducing the reader, and quite effectively. The reader is really introduced to the world by one of her main characters, Lindon, and through her thoughts. This is accomplished largely because Lindon is at the age where her place in society is going to be determined. Because of this, as a reader, you are to get an explanation as to how this society works as well as be taken through how Lindon feels about what is going to happen to her.

A plus of the book is that it is a unique idea, which is refreshing especially for the fantasy genre as things can easily get repetitive. The books starts with the explanation that fire has become a direly needed commodity, and is only provided by the Bers (this society's highest people and they have the magical skill). This is unique, at least for me, because when you think of things you need to live, you think water and food. But in this world, they have water, but fire is limited.

Another reason I find epic fantasy books to be so fascinating is that they tend to focus on societies, and how they work and often times the question of those societies.
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Format: Paperback
Set in a post-apocalyptic, medievalist alternative universe, "The Seekers of Fire" (the first book in the "The Masters That Be" series) is a fairytale that rivals the workings of the Grimm Brothers: filled with mystery, excitement, magic, and a touch of romance.

The story revolves around a reluctant youthful heroine, Linden; a commoner with a scientific mindset who has just become aware of her magical powers ... and her unlikely protector and mentor, Rianor, the young High Ruler of Qynnsent. Their chance meeting sparks a volatile friendship, which in turn unexpectedly kindles the danger of igniting a worldwide revolution.

From the first chapter, it is obvious that the author understands her characters and has a secure grasp on the universe of her creation. Drawn into the main characters' world through their thoughts, hopes, dreams and actions ... the reader experiences both Linden's and Rianor's bewilderment of the past, mixed with the uncertainty of the present; and most importantly their aspirations for a better future ... no matter what the cost may be.

Dee Marie
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The potential of this novel is excellent, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The author juxtaposes magic with science, but not in an interesting or positive way. We are told about factories that create canned food and other mass-produced items, but we really get no information on how this is done. We are introduced to things like elevators, but we are not shown any other uses of electricity. What's more, fire seems to be created by magic, and that magic is failing, yet no one has figured out how to use wood and flint to create fire.

I could excuse many of these issues, but the most annoying relates to the obsession of the women with their weight. Linden becomes a lady and suddenly we start hearing conversations about how skinny she is and other women on a diet of just eating cabbage or not eating at all. This is a world where people walk, run, and ride in carriages and other than the nurse no one appears to have any issue with their weight, yet the women compare themselves to other women. This so detracts from the story. I could understand if I were reading a romance novel about nobles for which the women spend their time looking for husbands, but this is supposed to be a science fiction/fantasy novel and I am being bombarded with women obsessing over their weight? A famine is coming, so dieting should not be the priority of the characters.

I started the second book as I had downloaded it prior to reading the first book and put it down. I really don't want to know what happens as the author continues to introduce conflicting items without bothering to better develop the items that have been introduced. In closing, there are much better books out there that combine science with magic. This book, to me is on a highway to nowhere.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The opening book to Merrill's "The Masters That Be" series is a shining example of why independently written fantasy is one of the best. An intricately plotted world, sparking characters, and a cornerstone principle - that is what good fiction is truly made of.

Linden, a young commoner, defies the Bers, who had ruled her world for as long as she had known it, and alongside Lord Rianor, she begins to explore the principles of science as opposed to magic. Early on in the book, Linden had questioned the "correct path." When a friend of hers speaks of a marriage, which is an expected path, Linden reacts sharply and suddenly, which tells a keen reader immediately that Linden is not a character that backs down easily.

Her spark with Rianor, both as intellectual explorers and as individuals is apparent, and Merrill keeps things crackling from the get-go as they both go on the journey of questioning what they know. And truly, that is one of the things that people forget to do: question what they learned. This is what makes this book so relatable; Linden, Rianor, Dominick, and the others looked at what they knew, and questioned what it was. Tapping into that principle of thought makes for a fresh, insightful book as the characters seek their truths.

I look forward to the rest of the series.
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