Fallen Flame (Fallen Flame #1) Kindle Edition
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Plus, J.M. Miller's writing style. She's a chameleon author, switching genres with ease.
That being said, let me tell you my thoughts about this book.
Like with any PNR/fantasy book and world, it takes a little for the reader to get into the world described by the author; with the characters and elements. The book starts with the main character, Vala - the entire story is told from her POV - as she slowly reveals to us that she is different than the others. I won't say more than that, so as not to spoil it.
Vala is the prince's guard, they grew up together and she's one of the best. People fear her because she is different, so while that makes for a pretty lonely existence, Vala takes it as an advantage against the enemy.
Gardin is a small kingdom and about to be taken over by a much larger one. Either by force or through marrying Prince Caulden to Princess Anja. Was I fan of these two? No. As a matter of fact, I pretty much was pissed off because of how they treated Vala and I wish she stood up more for herself.
But! It all works out when a mysterious male character pops up out of nowhere. Yes, I was intrigued by him. Yes, I fell for him. Read the book and you'll see why.
I'll only say this, there will be more. Some questions aren't answered, some characters still need an a** kicking. As a whole, I really enjoyed the book, especially the last 30% or so. I'm eager for more!
I voluntarily agreed to review an early copy of this book, which I'm rating 4 - 4.5 stars.
This book is about a woman named Vala. Vala was born with skin that is thick and cracked like charred from burns, her touch burns others. She's the head guard of the prince, Caulden, of their small island. She's the only person like her ever seen in recent memory.
The premise was very interesting, and I enjoyed the book Durant the few parts like the very beginning and last 10%. The plot and storyline, at least the important bits could have and should've been condensed into half of a book. Nothing happens in the in between the first few chapters and the last few chapters. For so much filler, the characters are not fleshed out and fall flat. I didn't notice any character development. What's said about a few characters in the beginning, suddenly no longer is true. There's not hints the Queen, the mother of the Caulden (not the high queen who's brought her daughter from the mainland to try to arrange a marriage), there's no hint or foreshadowing how her character and personality change on a dime. Same can be said for Caulden. A lot of the characters actions feel forced instead of a natural flow. The only characters I like are Vala's sort of sister Haidee because she's the most well rounded and the mysterious man mentioned in the blurb, that's just because he's entertaining. He's not of much depth either.
What was also the most frustrating, aside from most of the book being superfluous, was that we barely get any answers and the only answer we do get (what Vala is) is still pretty much a mystery because we have no clue what it means, or any really relevant info about it.
The end felt rushed while almost everything before felt so slow and empty.
I also didn't like how stupid the MC and other, especially the other guards are most of the time. Especially the other guards. It's a miracle they haven't messed up and gotten the whole family slaughtered. This goes past the point of the normal and exciting/frustrating feeling having knowledge the characters don't and all the way into absolute absurdity and ineptitude. It's honestly insulting to readers that anyone could think we would be too dumb for this to ruin the suspension from disbelief. It's too forced and too unrealistic, even for fantasy.
I'm giving it 2 1/2 because I do like the premise and it has lots of potential for a series, so I will be back for book 2. Hopefully the author learns from mistakes in this book to make the next better.
The hint of romance in this book was just enough for me. Because of the unique storyline I don't think the author could give us much more without it seeming forced. Besides Vala needs to focus on self discovery before exploring any one else ;) I'm sure we will see more exploring in the next book and I can't wait to read all about it.
There are lots of questions that I am left with at the end of this one but I'm happy it's not a cliffhanger. And since it's only book one, I'm ok with that. I'm sure my answer will comen time. So excited for the next installment.
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