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Fates Aflame (Volume 1) Paperback – September 19, 2017
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Rarely in any other genre do you get such epic tales of personal triumph—all the while sparking your imagination.
While I did have to wait awhile for the magic to appear, when it did it was awe-inspiring—just as it should be. One thing that impressed and surprised me was that the romance in this tale budded naturally, and it wasn’t over the top like I see in a lot of YA fantasy.
Also, I love to see special swords and sacred weapons at play in fantasy, so I was immediately interested when the Azure Phoenix was mentioned, and I was committed to see its involvement in the story. There were plenty of thrills and adventure here, and the world was vibrant and well-constructed.
Not only are there classic mythological creatures, but plenty of new creatures that are well thought out and described in detail. The author has created a wonderful, original world. This book had it all; hidden lands, lost cities, elemental powers, magical swords, sci-fi weapons, and spacecraft. The action scenes were really well done, and brought to life with a great reading by the author. Overall, an enjoyable story, that was well written. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next one in the series.
Being such a huge fan of horror and dark things, it's really nice to have some books on the nightstand that break that up a little bit. This was one of those books for me. Fates Aflame is a fantasy story with a lovable protagonist, magic swords, giant spiders, dragons and a slow burning romance! Who wouldn't love that??
Our narrator and protagonist is, Valhara Hawksford. She's the same age as my daughter, 18 and I really enjoyed being in her head-the author does a great job of writing in a first person narrative, I remember that from her first book I read, Dark Diary.
The beginning of this book started off smoothly but after about 50 pages or so, I got a tiny bit restless with the "set up". All the activity going on seemed liked every day stuff and I was eager for something to happen, for the actual story to start.
Before that actually transpired for me, we were given a different sort of tension arising in the form of a pretty sweet, slow burning romance. It had been awhile for me since I've read a young, budding romance and I found myself sinking into it quite comfortably.
The character's name (the love interest) is Mattheia and I was pleasantly surprised when we switched narratives midway through the story after a major event and got in his head for awhile.
I'm sensing a love triangle forming as there is another main man in Valhara's life, Jacksiun whom Valhara left back at home but she still considers her best friend.
Right around page 250-260ish we finally arrive at the story that is advertised on the back of the book--the action stuff. Which I felt was a long time to get there. I had read the back of the book synopsis so as I was reading and getting further and further into the story, I kept asking myself when all of that was going to transpire. It seemed like a lot of story to squeeze into the last third of the book but when I got there, the pacing seemed natural to the story and I enjoyed the climax and the ending--which set itself up perfectly for the next book, which I am sure will be coming soon. The author did a great job building character (her strong suit) and relationships. I love that there is a map at the beginning of this book--really helped to look at it and find your bearings, although the author does a very nice job with establishing setting-especially in the details.
Overall, this book did feel pretty young for me but I enjoyed it and I will totally read the next books. I'm going to pass this book on to my 13 year old niece too as I'm sure she would really, really enjoy this story very much. I highly recommend it for that age group! (13-16)
An adorable romance ensues between two of the main characters in the book. It was very sweet and endearing.
The main character Valhara makes for a pretty bad-ass female! She's a pretty tough chic. Strong and determined. She goes through a lot of turmoil and sticky situations in the story and only comes out of each one stronger.
I had a lot of fun reading this story. It kept me entertained the whole way through and was never dull or boring. A lot of story was packed nicely into this one book and I am excited to see where it goes from here. I can't really compare this story to any others but I would say that if you enjoy the Percy Jackson series, dragons, or anything fantasy with magic and mystical creatures then you will surely enjoy reading this book. This is definitely a book that will allow you to escape reality and take you away from the troubles of the world. It is story you can get lost in and submerge yourself into a different world and leave troubles behind for a while. With all the devastation going on in the world right now at this present time this book will allow you a moment to escape it all and take your mind off things for a bit. An escape read, if you will.
I received a copy of this book for free. In no way did this effect my review. Opinions are my own.
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