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Embracing the Flames (The Born in Flames Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Rory is working her tail off and it shows. Not only is she training with magic, but reading and learning about the realm and its inhabitants which include several groups, cultures, creatures, and fantastic settings. Despite her success, Rory finds that she has trouble making her ideas and opinions heard by those whom she believes should listen to her most. Rory has proven herself time and time again and it is frustrating for her to be dismissed or reduced to someone who has to obey the judgment of others. Her grandparents' refusal to listen to Rory or to ensure that she understands why their position is the wiser pushes her the point where the Progeny takes matters into her own hands.
Clever and opportunistic, Rory can hold her own in a tense situation. Rory picks things up quickly and when she focuses her attention there is no stopping her. She follows her instincts and unique connections to wrangle any advantage against an opponent who becomes more threatening just as fast. Because Rory is so smart, it was frustrating to have her "ask" questions that I could answer, an oversight that was even more bewildering because the narrative is in first person. Rory's mind is a steel trap and for five months she's been stuffing it with knowledge she then demonstrates in strategic debates; therefore, when she asked me questions like, "Who would have taken her?" I had to put the book down for a while.
The incredible strength of 'Embracing the Flames' lies within the world-building and, by extension, the people who live there. There are cultures and individuals and beings that all have a part to play and a story to tell; all are imaginative and fascinating and REAL. Though the prophecy was the driving force behind much of the action, I would have preferred that it take a back seat to the tensions and balance between the inhabitants of the realms. The prophecy contains clues that could help Rory in her fight but it spends most of its time being a tease. It seemed uninteresting compared to everything the book was already offering and the effect it is supposed to have on the events is impotent next to the events themselves.
The way Rory relates to other people was, hands down, my favorite part. Rory is an exemplary person: she wants to do right by everyone, within reason. She stands by her choices, admits her mistakes, and must do so to a multitude of people and creatures all demanding things of her. Though two realms are at stake, the relationships between the central characters have a singularity-like pull as values come into conflict and secrets are revealed.
The descriptions in the book are captivating and convey settings and concepts like Knoebel is shooting imagines into your brain like blow darts. Every time Rory relayed a new location or a spell I was hooked and giddy with anticipation, exclaiming things like, "That's so awesome!" or, "Coooooooooooooooooool!" I would love to read a spell book in full as the bit Rory read from 'The Many Uses of Elemental Magic' was delightful and gave context to the rest of the book. Rory is the only mage who has ever used fire and the comfort she comes to display with it puts her at the top of the dragon girl charts--and that doesn't even count all the nifty stuff she can do in her dragon form.
A surprising downside to 'Embracing the Flames' had nothing to do with the storytelling but in the writing. There were several typos and missing words and at times I felt like no one had read the book with a careful eye straight through. I found myself derailed by sentences or exchanges that said things other than what they were going for. Though these slip-ups were easy enough to figure out, I was derailed by them and surprised that so many had made it into print.
Experiencing this story alongside someone as strong and good as Rory has been an amazing pleasure so far. 'Embracing the Flames' is an incredible adventure on every (red, mirrored) scale. Filled with humor, sorrow, suspense, love, and wisdom, it burns a path to the final book: 'From the Embers'.
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