- File Size: 846 KB
- Print Length: 348 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520703635
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Laconic Press, LLC (July 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 30, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JESTOJQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Child of the Flames (The Seven Signs Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Sigh. It went down hill from there and didn’t stop. Shawna ends up wounded and spends half of the book recovery. Meanwhile her cousin and the two wizards are trying their best to figure out what’s going on. This part was slow and boring. When Shawna awakes she a complete haughty stuck up snotty brat. I almost wished she’d just die. She was so rude to the people who saved her life and is trying to help her I didn’t get it. And her careless ungrateful behavior continues through out the book. For ex. When she questions Dormael’s feelings for the women he lost. I’m happy that D’jenn didn’t spoil or pander to her rudeness. Yes I get her need to avenge her families death but it’s it just plain stupid to alienate your allies. Especially when your injured and unable to care for yourself.
One thing I didn’t get was how fast the commander was figuring out their moves so fast. It just seems like he was always one step behind them. And we still don’t know what the weapon really is or what it does. However at this point I don’t really care. I didn’t like this book and won’t read the second one.
The story is basically about 2 wizards meeting a woman who owns a magical object, the woman's journey in dealing with watching her family killed by those who want to steal this object from her, and the group's quest to escape those would-be thieves and take the object to where it can be examined kept safe by magical scholars. They also meet a young girl, who they rescue from a life of abuse by the army colonel whose higher-ups have commanded him to find the object, and it is interesting to see how the girl becomes an unexpected but interesting addition to their group. I won't say any more, but her character development is compelling.
Thankfully it is aimed at a more mature audience, where the magic is interesting but so are the plot and characters - rather than a book featuring magic for the sake of magic where the writer tries to impress with the amount of different spells they can write about rather than the story itself.
The heroine is a well-rounded character (like the rest). I have noticed a depressing number of writers, even if they have good plots, have very 2-dimensional women characters used as props to further men's stories, and frankly that's boring. But Shawna is given a history, motivations, fears, emotions, talents and failings (as is Bethany, despite being a child), perhaps even moreso than the 2 male leads, who we learn less about, especially D'Jenn. Because they are made into interesting characters, I am interested to read more to find out what happens to them.
I primarily downloaded this because I wanted to try more fantasy novels as I had enjoyed a few recetly, but I was fairly new to the genre, and didn't really know what authors to try out, and this happened to be on offer. Absolute bargain and I am excited to read the rest of the series now.