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Children of Fire (The Chaos Born) Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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“This intricately layered adventure breathes realism and overshadowing menace into ancient mythic archetypes, exposing the pain and wonder inherent in magic and the mingled hope and cynicism of modern fantasy.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A rousing quest fantasy . . . a fast-paced action-packed good and evil thriller.”—SF Revu
“From the first page of Children of Fire, Karpyshyn captures the reader’s attention with his excellent, intricate storyline.”—RT Book Reviews
“Children of Fire stands on its own as a thoroughly entertaining tale. The book strikes a perfect balance between character driven storytelling and rich world building.”—Roqoo Depot
“[Karpyshyn] is truly a master of world building. . . . I would recommend this title to any fan of the genre.”—Among the Wreckage
“Compulsively readable, wildly entertaining.”—A Girl, A Boy and A Blog
“Children of Fire is engrossing, and full of characters that are modern. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed Children of Fire and look forward for the next two books.”—FANgirl Blog
“Drew Karpyshyn weaves a rich, contrasting tapestry of epic story and doom. Gripping and compelling from first page to last, Children of Fire is a dark-chocolate fantasy; delightfully biting and delectable at once. Four ill-fated children born under a sign of chaos and flame carried me on a journey into an intriguing world of shadowy wonder. It is a spellbinding epic told with masterful craft. Well done, Drew!”—Tracy Hickman, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Dragonlance and Death Gate series
About the Author
Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The Old Republic novels: Revan and Annihilation, as well as the Star Wars: Darth Bane trilogy: Path of Destruction, Rule of Two, and Dynasty of Evil. He also wrote the acclaimed Mass Effect series of novels and worked as a writer/designer on numerous award-winning videogames. After spending most of his life in Canada, he finally grew tired of the long, cold winters and headed south in search of a climate more conducive to year-round golf. Drew Karpyshyn now lives in Texas with his wife, Jennifer, and their cat.
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Once the mains were established in their young adult life, I really started to enjoy it.
He has given me plenty of great advice as a writer and quite honestly he has created the best characters in the history of video games. Characters that hold a deep place in my heart.
So no prizes for guessing I'm a big fan of his and trust me when I say, I really wanted to love this book. I love Fantasy, especially dark fantasy. Not to mention I really like the guy himself, but the fact of the matter is, this book proved to be nothing more than a average experience, with room for potential.
When originally, it was Drew writing fantasy, I thought there was no way possible I wouldn't like it to some degree.
I really don't want to get into the plot, and break down my problems with it. Because, I think people need to read it for themselves to get the full effect.
But I can reflect on some things that missed the mark for me.
Lore is uninteresting and boring, compared to similar fantasy universes.
A novel doesn't have to be completely original to work, you can use familiar concepts and tell a great story and create characters strong enough for the readers to relate with.
The story itself, is all too familiar in other fantasy concepts and honestly it reads like a poor man's Conan novel, mixed in with elements of Dragon Age Origins. So the lore is largely uninteresting compared to other fantasy and artistic mediums it reflects.
So it short, it's not a problem the lore isn't original and reinvents the genre itself. It's a problem that it is largely uninteresting and is pale impressions of other fantasy novels.
The Characters aren't strong enough to make up for a largely lacking world.
Drew's strength as a writer, has always been his characters, in books and video games. He is very much the master of creating characters largely than life, with amazing dialog. You forget they are even fictional characters they are so compelling.
So I was completely disappointed by his characters, in Children of Fire. I don't want to put any spoilers in the review, I want people to get the full effect, as I said.
So I will just say, they are as uninteresting as the lore itself. One even suffers from Dark Obi-wan syndrome. They aren't interesting enough to honestly care about and feel like his weakest characters to date.
It's supposed to be "action fantasy", fast paced but it isn't.
He says, he wanted to avoid, writing slow.
That books where characters eating a large feast before a quest, or stop to look at the beautiful stream. He wanted to avoid that. He has claimed he usually skips those parts.
That he loves fantasy, but his problem with it, it's too fat and moves too slowly.
So, I was very excited to read his book. After the first few pages I discovered it read like any other bogged down fantasy novel, and suffered from too many descriptions that lead to losing focus on the story. It didn't echo his fast paced action fantasy, he wanted.
It's almost like, his editor crafted it to reflect every fantasy novel he didn't want it to be.
This is a book you can judge by it's cover.
A friend of mine said, "I will buy this book because it's Drew's, and I love his other stuff. However if I didn't know who he was? I would pass on it, because the cover comes off as unoriginal and uninspired. Compared to other fantasy books I like. It's poor art design. Cheesy. It's pretty much saying "Look at me I am a dark wizard fantasy novel and I need to remind you of that on the cover, even though it's in the fantasy category already". What's wrong with a symbol? A portrait of a character, that is realistic looking? Why the dragon age color?"
At the time, I didn't think much about what she said. After reading the novel itself, the cover does reflect the same problems she seen with the art design. It does it's best to remind you, very bluntly this is a fantasy novel. It does so to the point, that it fails to capitalize on making it's world or characters interesting enough to separate themselves from familiar elements.
I am honored to have bought this novel, to help Drew's career as a author and respect all the work he did on it.
It greatly pains me to write this; but I cannot recommend this Fantasy novel, over other books out there, especially based on the price.
Even if it was 1.99, I would have a hard time suggesting this over other novels in the price range.
It's not that the story is bad, the characters are bad and writing is bad.
It isn't. It's just a largely forgettable reading experience and the novel takes too long to get to the point.
All is not lost, and I hope the next book, Drew really tries to take more risk, with the lore and it's characters. I also hope he fires his editor on this project, who I believe has largely taken away his strengths as a story teller and made his novel read like any other of the genre. Inflated, slow, too long.
I'd like to see him get away from the vanilla idea process and play it less safe.
There is a foundation in place, to make this a top notch fantasy series, even with the struggles of this book.
If there is one writer out there, that can right this trilogy's ship, it's Drew.
2.5 stars would be my score, if it was a option.
This book is great. It gets four out of five stars because, even though the storytelling is top-notch, you can still see a fantasy RPG team.
Drew, don't be like other fantasy writers and leave us hanging for decades before coming out with your sequel.
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