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Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi, fantasy.
I wasn’t sure I’d like this but I did, I really enjoyed it. Its written in a way like a good YA read in that its very easy to follow, not overly complicated but with plots that twist and turn and take the reader on a real journey.
I liked Taya, she’s worked hard to get where she is despite being bullied during her years of training, and looked down on by her peers from the higher Castes. Bullying is always difficult, and the format it took over her education in magic became very hard for her to deal with, almost killing her with the final “prank” So when she takes up her first assignment and finds the main culprit Mandir, is her bodyguard she’s very angry. She can’t do anything about it though, so she decides to keep as separate from him as is possible. She’s surprised though at how he seems to have changed, but feels underneath that he’s just waiting for the opportunity to trick her again, that he’s setting up something with his attempts at kindness and being helpful.
Then we see things from Mandir’s POV, where he had a horrific childhood as the bastard son of the royal heir. No-one wanted him really, and he’d been taken from his mother at an early age – so bullying was really all he knew, and he was being self protective in a way by trying to deflect attention. He’d learned its bully or be bullied, and having seen two of his brothers beaten to death he’d taken the hard line. Taya though brings out emotions in him he doesn’t know how to deal with, and thus he seeks her attention in the only way he knows, with trickery and violence. I had a real change of heart about him over the book, and loved the way he explained what he’d learned in his year of penance for almost killing Taya.
The storyline is a fun one, full of magic and red tape – seems even in fantasy land red tape prevails and constrains what people want and can do. They see things they feel are unfair, and yet are helpless to deal with it without cost to themselves, possibly a death sentence. Unapproved use of magic is treated very seriously, and punishment is strict. The search for the Jackal turns up all sorts of lines of enquiry, and is peppered with false trails and secrets. The farmers don’t like them and won’t cooperate, and Taya and Mandir feel they’re withholding info, but they can’t prove it or force them to tell what they know. Its a tough job and gets dangerous as they get closer to the culprit. The Jackal totally came as a surprise to me, as did the way everything worked out, but it was a perfect ending and I’d love to read more as Taya and Mandir continue their work.
Stars: Four and a half, an excellent read
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I think this story has a lot of potential in that the world, the magic and the crime are all interesting, but every time there's a scene between Mandir and Taya I find myself rolling my eyes and slightly nauseated. I'm only half way through and I can't even bring myself to finish.
I do not recommend this book.
The Fire Seer is about Taya, a girl who grew up poor in a farmer caste. But she was singled out by a fire goddess and blessed with magical ability. Through several vignettes, Raby shows Taya's introduction to the Coalition of Mages, which is the organization with a monopoly on magic. Anyone practicing magic outside Coalition oversight is considered a jackal and is hunted down and put to death. It sounds creepy, right? But growing up in this world, Taya has great respect for the Coalition. She considers is a great honor to be taught by them and, eventually, to work for them.
The Fire Seer opens with Taya arriving at the location of a recent murder by a suspected jackal. It is her first assignment as a mage for the Coalition. She must discover the jackal and bring him or her to justice. She is not alone in this task. She has a quadrum, a body guard and co-investigator to help her. Enter Mandir.
Mandir and Taya have a fiery history. As students together at the Coalition's school, they interacted quite a bit...not in a good way. Mandir bullied Taya quite severely. Yeah. He's not your typical hero. But then, Raby's new series isn't fantasy romance, like her Hearts and Thrones series. Taya and Mandir have a romance, to be sure, but the series will follow them as a couple and focus on their solving of mysteries as Coalition Mages rather than feature a new couple in every book.
Though The Fire Seer isn't strictly romance, there was plenty of romantic tension and content to please this romance reader. I admit it. I need a heavy dose of romance to get really into a story. The Fire Seer delivers.
Mandir gets his say in certain scenes, and the reader gets a glimpse into his head. An adult now, he is not the same boy Taya knew from school. He doesn't exactly have good reasons for his former treatment of her, but having come from a troubled home, his behavior is at least understandable. In the years they were apart, Mandir faces consequences of his behavior. He experienced a transformation. But when they meet again, Taya only remembers his misdeeds. She pretty much hates him and wishes her quadrum was anyone but Mandir.
The tension between these two is extremely well done and kept me reading long after I should have gone to bed! I give The Fire Seer my highest ranking: You Gotta Read. I'm excited to see what Raby has in store as this series progresses!
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The setting and characters were built up enough to keep my interest and it had a satisfying ending.Read more