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The Fire Mages by [Pauline M. Ross]
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'I could not put this book down. The pacing was perfect and kept me engaged from beginning to end.' 'I think anyone looking for a fantasy story with a character driven plot and strong female lead character will love this story.' - - J R Boles, author of Bringer of Light

'If you enjoy high fantasy in a unique setting with cool magic and well-conceived, multi-dimensional characters, with high personal stakes and a well-done romance, I highly recommend The Fire Mages.' - - Kyra Halland, author of the Daughter of the Wildings series.

'I enjoyed this one a lot. Although the pacing is slow in parts, there's plenty going on, from Kyra's initial steps into scholarship, through her introduction to courtly intrigue, to her gradual and growing understanding of the nature of love and friendship and family. And there are enough twists and turns to keep things interesting along the way.' - - Rachel Cotterill, Strange Charm.
'I loved Kyra's world. It was full of women being real people, not just serving wenches and prostitutes. There were female stablehands, translators, wagoners, inn managers and guards--just about any job you could imagine had women working alongside the men.' - - Marina Finlayson, author of Twiceborn.

'Interesting mythology.' 'I can't wait to read other works by this author.  I highly recommend this book for any fantasy lover.' - - Mindy Wall of Books, Books and More Books blog

From the Author

Most of the books in the Brightmoon Annals are complete stories, and may be read independently of one another. However, the later books contain fun references to events, characters and objects from the earlier books. In addition, The Fire Mages, The Fire Mages Daughter and The Second God form a trilogy. For best enjoyment, the recommended reading order is:
  1. The Plains of Kallanash
  2. The Fire Mages (Fire Mages Trilogy Book 1)
  3. The Mages of Bennamore
  4. The Magic Mines of Asharim
  5. The Fire Mages' Daughter (Fire Mages Trilogy Book 2)
  6. The Dragon's Egg
  7. The Second God (Fire Mages Trilogy Book 3) (coming later in 2016)
  8. Findo Gask's Apprentice (coming in 2017)
  9. The Dragon Caller (coming in 2017)
  10. The Return of the Mages (coming in 2017/8)

Product Details

  • File Size: 2299 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sutors Publishing (January 9, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QXSSEHE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I could not put this book down. The pacing was perfect and kept me engaged from beginning to end. The writing style was just as phenomenal as I’ve come to expect from Pauline M. Ross. The main characters were more authentic than I think you usually get in fantasy stories, but just like Robin Hobb, Ross is a master at crafting authentic characters. This story had everything I look for in a fantasy novel with action that kept the pages turning and a main character that I was rooting for from page one.

The main character in this story is strong and independent while also being horribly naïve by expecting others to think in the same pragmatic way that she does. As a lawyer, I whole-heartedly approved of Kyra’s dream of becoming a law scribe. Her natural inclination toward study as well as her continued kindness toward those she left behind in her village (if only on her practice pages) showed a depth of character that kept me wanting to know what would happen next. And her relationships were just fascinating. Her youth and the way in which her relationship with the mage Cal develops were also very well written. I kept waiting for her to figure out what her own reactions meant in terms her feelings, but this is a character bent on her career not her love life. And frankly, I loved that about Kyra.

The descriptions in this book are lovely. I cannot express my love of the writing style strongly enough. The way that the magic system is described is unusual which was a pleasant surprise. I wanted to spend days exploring the library that Ross describes. It sounds like an incredible place to get lost for a while. It also made me want a whole separate book on the Imperial City. There is a wonderful story lurking within those magical walls, and I am almost desperate to read it.

I think anyone looking for a fantasy story with a character driven plot and strong female lead character will love this story. Just writing the review makes me want to read it again.
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You know how people are always complaining that fantasy worlds shouldn’t be so patriarchal just because most of them are modelled on the Middle Ages, and that someone should write a fantasy where the women have true equality in society?

Well, someone has. Her name is Pauline M Ross, and the book is The Fire Mages. It’s a great read, full of magic and adventure, and tells the story of Kyra, a very level-headed young girl who has big ambitions to be a law scribe and wield magic through written spells. It’s a big dream for a village girl, but Kyra is prepared to work hard, and refuses to be turned aside from her plans.

As the novel opens, the local lord’s steward throws the first roadblock in her way by bringing her an offer to become the lord’s drusse, a kind of legal mistress. Kyra’s mother sees the advantages of this position, but Kyra refuses to be swayed. Through sheer determination she makes it to the city and begins her training, rising through the ranks with her hard work. She even manages to find herself a powerful mage as patron, and everything seems to be going well, until the steward comes calling again, this time for her sister. Her sister agrees to become the lord’s drusse, but begs the half-trained Kyra for a simple favour. Of course it turns out to be anything but simple, and everything goes so wrong that Kyra’s dreams are shattered.

In her quest to find out what went wrong, Kyra discovers power she had never dreamed of, and uncovers the mysteries of the deadly Imperial City of the ancient mages. She faces many dangers along the way, and does so with a refreshing pragmatism. There are no hysterics for this capable young woman.

I loved Kyra’s world. It was full of women being real people, not just serving wenches and prostitutes.
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To be honest, after reading the other reviews, which were all 5 star, I was expecting this book to be great. Unfortunately, although an interesting premise to begin with, a female with mage potential intent on becoming what amounts to a magical lawyer, after the first quarter of the book this idea is totally abandon in favor of a much weaker (and cliche) story line. Additionally, I found the main character to be weakly characterized, she begins the book in her early teens, and although she ends it in her 20's she still retains the mindset and naivete of a 13 year old child. She also begins the book as a determined young girl who will do anything to be a law scribe and ends it as a wishy-washy non-confrontational character who would rather stay back and fret than take any actual action against the antagonist. The main character puts up with a lot of abuse from the male characters, but overlooks the abuse over and over again because they had been "friends" or slept together. Lastly, there were a lot of discrepancies in the story, one minute something would be true, but then later it would be totally ignored. For instance natural mages are supposed to be immune to all spells, however the big idea to capture the antagonist was to put a sleep spell on him. Another example is that the antagonist as a natural mage is able to see other natural mages auras, however at the end the main character regains her magic but supposedly the antagonist never notices.

Overall an okay book, but not one I would pay more than $0.99 for. I ended up giving this book a 3 out of 5 because i didn't hate it, but never truly enjoyed or loved it either. For a much better read, try anything by Mercedes Lackey, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, or K.E. Mills.
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