- File Size: 934 KB
- Print Length: 91 pages
- Publisher: Mary Fonvielle (April 2, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 2, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007R5TMB4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Children of Fire Kindle Edition
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Synopsis (from the author): Introduction to the Children of Fire Series
The Ra'Din are a people reduced to legend and superstition, and Arryn, the overlooked middle child of the royal family, was prepared to live his life without duty or recognition. On the day of the king's burial, events are set in motion that threaten his family and his people. Arryn is forced to reach out to a world that neither trusts nor wants him, and that is only the first of many challenges.
What I liked: The story starts quickly and doesn’t let up. Yes, it is short (only 91 pages), but fully action packed and exciting. The tale begins with the death of the beloved King of the Ra’Din and an attack by a mysterious woman and her Charrs (burning creatures that incinerate what they touch). Arryn is following the instructions of the king when the attack comes and he flees the carnage and begins a life as a thief. I liked the way his character developed and the way the story flowed. In fact, I liked it enough that immediately bought the second book as soon as I finished the first!
What I didn’t like: The story did develop quickly, but I think it developed so quickly that some of the depth was lost. The plot was good and there was intrigue enough to keep me interested, but the settings and the interactions between characters could have been fleshed out more. Other than those small points, it was a very good book!
Overall impression: A great, though short, read. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy. Nicely done, Mary Fonvielle!
My rating: 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5)
I like Ms. Fonvielle's characters--Ankenar especially, and the no-nonsense Rhen. Sure, Ankenar might not be the bravest or the noblest character in fantasy, but he's wonderfully likeable, and as the story progresses you truly want him to succeed.
Only criticisms I'd offer involve the first few chapters--had some trouble, until the big attack, identifying main characters and viewpoint. But I'm definitely a fan, have bought both books and will happily buy Eye of the Void. Hope there are many more to come!
This started out very slow-- I had to push myself to keep reading. The characters, although appealing, didn't grab me. It did get more interesting as it progressed...but then it progressed to a non-ending, "to be continued" page.
I might have given this book closer to a 3 Star rating if I hadn't felt deceived, because the World seemed interesting. I seriously doubt that I'll continue.
Mary Fonvielle is a great story teller. If you like the epic kind of fantasy this is your story. But this was too long in getting into the story, for me. And it doesn't meet my latest criteria of strong fem lead. I think if you are of the Lord of the Rings kind of person this might be the beginnings of a wonderful world for you.
I started it because I am trying to reach my goal of 220 books read this year and I am closing in. This appeared to be a short book, which it was, but only because it is just the first part of a series.
The premise is good, the characters seem really interesting, and the world seems fascinating, but it's incomplete. Many books finish on cliffhangers, but this time there wasn't really enough book for it to be a cliffhanger. The whole book is (according to Amazon) 91 pages long.
Fortunately, the writing was really enjoyable and the story had already grabbed my attention, and it cost me less than a dollar, so I'll go and get the other two books in the series so that I can finish the story. I've had a quick look on Amazon and the next book is at least twice as long, (186 pages) and then the third is 100 pages.