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- Print Length: 247 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499587570
- Publication Date: November 30, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AGJR4VI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Fuel to the Fire is the intriguing story of a 15-year-old girl named Davran, who has slipped into a world parallel to her own. Davran’s home world is basically one of evil, where she is forced to pose as a boy in order to avoid a miserable life of servitude. On the other hand, her new world represents all that is good, and the young woman hiding under the disguise of a boy is finally allowed to blossom. Unfortunately, there are signs that the boundary between the two worlds is weakening and there are prophecies that indicate this will not bode well for the world of good. The prophecies also appear to say that Davran must return to her old world and the evil that threatens her there in order for the good world to survive. To make matters worse, the only possible way for Davran to return is by riding a potentially deadly black dragon.
Mr. Staniforth’s trademark prose is succinct, yet exceptionally lush, essentially turning the settings of this novel into beautiful Technicolor imagery. This is a strong point of his writing. He also has outstanding talent for developing strong, colorful characters, which are hard to forget. My favorites in this book are Davran, her father Samaq, her rescuer Brant and the Keeper of Knowledge, Hesperus. I was also amused by little person Khalil and the burrowing “bunyips”.
The plot is a bit darker than his later works and is very suspenseful in places. In addition, there are thrilling moments along the way. I loved the inkling of a potential little romance that may be coming down the road in the next installment of the trilogy. It was also a delight seeing Davran discover pleasures like food, abundant water, frilly dresses and the feeling of femininity offered by the good world.
The only real demerit I can give Fuel to the Fire is that the beginning was just a little slow for me, probably relating to the fact that my favorite genre is thrillers. I know this isn’t fair to Mr. Staniforth, but I also missed not having a Bainberry-type character in this book. Bainberry is a most lovable giant of a man who plays a prominent role in the subsequent Alloria series. For these two reasons, I am rating Fuel a notch lower than the 5-star Alloria books. Since the Alloria novels were written several years later, I actually consider the lower rating for Fuel a positive, as it is reflective of Mr. Staniforth’s growth as an author over the ensuing years.
I recommend Fuel to the Fire not only to all fantasy fans, but also to readers who generally avoid fantasy like me who are open to trying a new genre. Wonderful job, Mr. Staniforth! You actually got me to enjoy your fantasy books. Because you are able to do that, I will definitely read anything and everything you write. For now, I am glad to have the remaining two books of the Fuel to the Fire trilogy to look forward to. Readers, give this author a try. I bet you will be glad you did.
What an incredible story Author, David Staniforth has created. I was immensely greatful to find the next book in the series is available. With a cliffhanger ending, I didn't want to wait to read more.
This is a common plot of good versus evil that has a new take with fresh ideas. The worlds that Staniforth has created are well described and easy to picture in your mind. The story has a balance of adventure, thrills, drama, mystery and even a little romance. It all comes together as the story progresses.
The characters become more and more detailed as the story moves forward. You will find yourself feeling sorry for the heroine and her existence and rejoice as she tries to better her lot in life. There are heroes that each have a part in the plot line and while each is different, they all have the same strength of character. I found myself emotionally rooting for the heroes while cussing the villians who are simply awful. You will be impatient for the next book "Ruler's Desire".
I can easily recommend this book to readers of all ages. I can't wait to find out if Davran.....you will just have to read the book....KUDOS Mr. Staniforth on a tale well told.
In this journey she is going to be challenged by . . . Until the time comes with . . .
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