The Fire Eye Refugee Kindle Edition
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"The book with a heart of gold and unparalleled sincerity. Indeed one of the the best I've read this year." - Alex Khlopenko, editor of Three Crows Magazine
"The Fire Eye Refugee was fast paced and entertaining, with just the right amount of political drama, intrigue and character development to keep me invested in the story, without a lot of blood and gore. The entire book was a very entertaining mix of Indiana Jones, meets Sherlock Holmes, and American History X, with a little bit of fire magic thrown in for fun." - Books to Combat the Rain
"My new favorite fantasy book..." - Marina Squerciati
"A stunning plot and characters. I love the level of depth he brings to the world and the people within the story. Great ending." - Amazon Reviewer
"Satisfying and cathartic payoffs..." - Goodreads Reviewer
About the Author
- ASIN : B077KJBBF6
- Publication date : November 16, 2017
- Language: : English
- File size : 1348 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 233 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,491 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Samuel Gately has given us a unique fantasy tale with a lovable cast of characters. Like in all great detective stories, the beat is important and in this case the beat is the city of Celeste during the Fire Eye festival. Gately weaves a wonderful world that feels incredibly real. There are prejudices. There is arrogance. There is a giant eye made of fire! Literally. It sits (hovers?) above the city and provides a mystery all its own. Not only is the worldbuilding excellent, but Gately provides an excellent main character and a loveable cast to support her. Each of the characters feels like they have their own motivations and reasons for doing what they do. They each have personality, and that’s something that is often lacking in side characters—especially in stories that are fast-paced. Have I mentioned that this book doesn’t really stop to catch its breath? It keeps you guessing and turning the pages until the end.
There are a couple small weaknesses that get in the way of an otherwise excellent novel, however. First, the romantic subplot was weak, and contributed nothing to the rest of the plot. For such a tightly plotted story, it felt unnatural to take a (seemingly) sudden detour for some sex before basically getting back to business as usual. It seemed extraneous and could have been expunged without damage to the novel. Second, and this is a more preference-oriented critique, there were painfully few fantasy elements. If the phenomenon of the Fire Eye were removed, there would be very little to set this apart as a fantasy. There are hints that the world includes at least some fire magic, but they remain only hints in this book. This won’t be a weakness for everyone, but I like my fantasy with magic—and lots of it.
These weaknesses weren’t enough to severely impact my enjoyment, though. This is yet another SPFBO 2018 book that I can heartily recommend to others. Don’t hesitate to grab this book and spend a wonderful day wrapped up in a well-executed world with amazing characters and a fast-paced plot. When you finish, you’ll want to pick up the sequel and see what happens to Kay and company next. 4.2/5 stars.
Despite being the first book in the series, the overall feeling is like the finale of a longer tale. Characters and background elements gradually fill in as needed, without any room for exposition. In some ways, I can see how that might throw some off, because in the earlier parts of the story the pacing makes it feel like you should already know more. Those missing facts weave in as the tale progresses and the characters and setting reveal themselves, but there are moments early on where if feels like you've missed something. But then it's quickly on to the next thing, and the next, and by the end all those details have naturally filled themselves in.
There's an evil army somewhere beyond the horizon, but the plot centers around the politics of a walled city surrounded by refugees. It's definitely not high-fantasy, but low-fantasy often implies a sort of sword-and-sandals approach that isn't quite right either. It's a medieval-ish urban setting in a fantasy world, and while there is magic, it seems pretty rare and not well understood. The 'fantastic' elements of fantasy are muted but omnipresent; there are no dragons, but there's a magical seeming phenomena in the sky... there's an evil magician, but his wizardry is not really the focus of the tale, merely a part of it.
It's a short-ish book, at least for fantasy, but it feels very full. I could have enjoyed more ambient details about the city and the cultures there, perhaps clearer depictions of dress or architecture, but overall those felt like absent luxuries rather than overlooked necessities. The nice thing is, if it leaves you looking for more, the sequel is already available, and he's even got another, similar trilogy (which is maybe set in the same world? not sure).
Overall, I thought it was a really fun ride, and I'm looking forward to the next one!
The narrative if progressive and the action intense. I love how the author has incorporated a rich history of his world, replete with unique language and expressions. "The Dynasty weeps". I would very much recommend this title.
The characters, especially the main cast, are vibrant people, and Kay's allies are (mostly) likeable. Meanwhile, Gately masterfully keeps the true threat closely guarded until the very end, bringing the book to a tense climax and satisfying conclusion.
Top reviews from other countries
Kay finds lost children. She's a character with a dangerous past threatening to catch up with her. Gately developed her well, and she's smart, independent. She's got mixed blood and finds herself in the middle of racial tensions between the Gol and the Farrows. In fact, Gately deals with some very dark issues in this book, and racial and social tensions are high in the city of Celest.
I highly enjoyed reading about Celest. It's a great setting, and Gately describes it well. I would have wished for a bit more world building and background to the current conflict.
Gately's prose is accessible and straightforward, and the novel is well edited. It's a fairly short read, fast paced and the plot is entertaining. At its heart it's a mystery, and reminded me a bit of the Sherlock Holmes novels.
Overall, it's a solid book with an exciting premise and everything necessary to make a great fantasy novel. Sadly, I had trouble connecting with any of the events or characters. Somehow, I did not manage to build an emotional rapport, and towards the end I realised, that I didn't actually care all that much whether the protagonist succeeds or fails.
I recommend this one to fantasy fans looking for a quick read that deals with a refugee crisis, and the problems resulting from a clash of different cultures.