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- Publication Date: November 30, 2012
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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.
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.
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read only half a book. At least it was free and I will not be reading the next part.
There was 15 year old Davran and her parents, who had brought her up disguised as a boy to save her from the evil ruler,
Saurian. He took any pretty girls aged 18 and used them for sadistic sex before finally killing them. He also kept most of his
"subjects" starving, but too terrified of him and his spies to bad-mouth him, even to friends.
There were 2 "little people", one of whom rode on a small dragon, but we didn't learn who or what they were.
There was Hesperus, a sort of Mage, who watched the stars and tried to unravel a prophecy. It was hinted that Davran had
something to do with that prophecy but nobody was sure. Davran crossed the boundary somehow into Hesperus' world and
was accepted by the family of a former dragon trainer. She fell for the trainer's son.
There was a witch who was helping the evil Saurian but not sure to do what.
Then Hesperus decides that Davran needs to return to her own world on a black dragon. As it was then left on a cliffhanger
I am not sure what she was supposed to do when she got there - or how she was supposed to explain her absence to her
father and his neighbours who had been searching for her. Altogether an unsatisfactory book with no real depth to the
characters. Sorry, not for me, though I see others loved it.
Davran was a beautifully crafted character. From the very start of the book, it was extremely difficult not to feel sorry for her. I loved how the character grew throughout the book, and the innocent way she saw the world only added to this need to protect her. The interactions between her and Ronyn were also really well written, and were a beautiful addition to the new way that Davran was seeing the world. I found that as well as the characters that it was impossible not to love, there were also characters that made me want to jump into the book and deal with them myself!
The characters were very well drawn and believable, which is very important to me. I could believe in the characters which allowed me to care about them. I loved the contrasts between the two worlds; the dark world Davran inhabits, filled with fear, and the light, free world Ronyn comes from.
You'd be forgiven for expecting the descriptions of Davran's world - where young ladies are taken to be concubines for a sadistic ruler - to be unrelentingly dark and disturbing, but I think the author balances it beautifully. Some authors have a tendency to splash shock across every page, desensitising the reader and ruining the effect. That isn't the case in this book. When scenes of severe brutality are revealed they are done skilfully, and are necessary to the plot, often hinting at awfulness without actually showing the reader, allowing the reader's imagination to sketch in the fine detail. This is balanced brilliantly with descriptive scenes that are intense and fantastically well realised. The scene where Hesperus trains the black dragon spring to mind as I ponder this, as does the scene where Davran (pretending to be male to escape the awful fate of girls in her world) gets her first "moon blood".
I often felt that it was about love and life and family enduring through even the worst of circumstances, the changed my mind and decided it was about how hatred always begets more hatred and suffering. I think this is one of those books that I will be able to return to again and again, knowing that I will find a new level to it on each reading.
If a straightforward, well written fantasy with plenty of tension and added dragons is your thing, this is the perfect book for you. If you are looking for something a little deeper, that makes you think and wonder and ask questions of yourself, I think you will enjoy it too.
I'd give this four and a half stars if Amazon would allow it, and recommend it for readers of 15+
The story is interesting and imaginative; it's written using some lovely language and I found it very enjoyable. There was some good descriptive writing - I found the dragon fight absolutely gripping and had to grit my own teeth as the dragon's were damaged! There are some characters here with considerable depths - the despotic ruler's assistant; the Keeper, Hesperus, whose role I don't fully understand; the Miller who was once a Dragon Trainer. If you're a lover of a good, imaginative fantasy tale, you'll enjoy this story. There's at least one sequel and I can see it won't be long before I read that too.
I loved this book so much that on finishing I bought the second immediately after, I wish I could go back in time to read it all over agin for the first time.
Can I just say I know already I don’t want to live in Davran’s world, it’s far too scary. Ronyn and his families world however I would happily live there forever. They have day and night and most importantly rainbows. All foreign concepts to Davran and her world in general.
Let me start at the beginning, Davran is a girl who has lived her whole life telling everyone she is a boy. Her parents started the lie when she was a baby to protect her from the evil master that lies in wait to take all girls into his service as his maids. Sounds ok, well I did say he is evil and he is cruel to the girls. It is not clear beyond pleasure why he takes every girl in this world. Once you are 16 no one is safe and for a family to state they wish to keep their child means their death. So in many ways being a girl is a curse but having a girl is also a curse as you raise them to only give them away to a monster. Neither option is good and I’d imagine being with child is terrifying, day after day praying to not have a daughter to know for such a short time and never see again.
Davran’s parents seem to have thought that teaching her to be a boy will save her, if it will is unknown yet as she is not yet 16 and has yet to be found out. When out training to hunt with her father one day she finds a cave system purely by accident which seems to connect her world to another. This is when you start to find out that Davran has never seen the sun, and has no concept of day and night, just sleeps and a constant hunt for food. She’s been told stories of rainbows and beautiful things that don’t exist in her world which means someone must have seen them before to tell stories of them but it doesn’t appear that anyone in this world believes any of this to be more than a fairy tale.
Davran however finds herself actually reaching for a rainbow by accident and finding the rainbow impossible to reach. How was she to know that all of this is part of a prophecy that involves a black dragon I’ll be honest it was nice seeing Davran learn about a world where you don’t have to fight for every scrap of food, where you don’t have to be scared to be a female and where you can have the sun shine down, creating rainbows after the rain. I haven’t seen a rainbow in a long time and Davran made me want to remember every rainbow I saw as a child and even reach for that pot of gold at the end, after all that is what we tell children, not that they can reach for rainbows but that there is a pot of gold at the end. It’s that innocence and love for such stories to be true that drew me to Davran.
For a 15 year old she is oddly very innocent but I believe that to be her parents influence. Her mother did not want her to learn stuff she did not have to until there was no choice and that makes her trip to the other world so interesting as well. She’s led a fairly sheltered life really and to suddenly be thrown to something you don’t understand with people who are nice to you it has to be confusing, scary and exhilarating.
The first book was all about learning about Davran, the two worlds in question, the family that take her in in the beautiful world and about dragons and their training. The second book I have started this morning seems to be clear, it is about further learning the meaning of the prophecy that is called Fuel to the Fire and what part Davran plays in it. I can tell you this, I’m excited to see how she will grow, how the two worlds may change just by knowing about each other and what is next for our young heroine.
5 stars that I truly hope remains constant throughout the rest of the series.
So, Saurian... what an arse. I so wanted something bad to happen to him, seriously, there are loads awful things i would like to call him *shakes fist*. He's an unbelievable tyrant, in fact I don't think I've ever met such a mean villain before!!! Snake faced miscreants eat your heart out!
I think the disturbing scenes were laid out very well, it didn't overwhelm you with information simply to shock and appall you. It was tastefully done with the right amount of violence to get across the severe brutality of it all.
I have to say, I loved Davran's first impression of the world on the otherside and her innocent point of view. I also loved the moment when she decided to chase the rainbows, beautiful acts of nature through an innocent and unknowing mind. It was also incredibly sweet when she unknowingly gained feelings for Ronyn who is Brant (the dragon trainers) son.
Brant quickly became one of my favourite characters when he quoted a line from my favourite film, Labyrinth. Dont take anything for granted.. how right he is! Extremely fitting for this tale.
There was a real sense of family all the way through the story which was extremely wonderful. You could see the bond Davran had with her father and then also later on with Brant and his family. The story never grew stale and was told from the eyes from various characters, it was wonderful and refreshing. I couldn't put this down till the very end, i just wish it could have been longer. Luckily for me i already have book 2 to read which im very excited about!!
I would recommend this book to fantasy lovers and people who like something a little different. David Staniforth is a wonderful creator of characters and i can never see myself getting tired of what his imagination puts to print. A really well deserved 5 stars from me.
Not only am I thrilled to say that I devoured it within a few days, but I immediately purchased the next in the series.
Staniforth's characters are likeable and credible, his plot is thoroughly engaging and his style and pace carried me on through the pages almost from the word go.
I say almost, because I did feel a little lost to begin with. Then, by chapter three, I actually began to appreciate that this might have been an intentional device, to help us understand the confusion felt by the main character. Intentional or not, it worked for me.
There are one or two errors in the manuscript, if you're looking hard enough (as another reviewer kindly pointed out), but if you want a good story, told well, you're in for a treat.
I would go on a bit more, but I'm eager to get into book 2 ... excuse me!
I enjoyed this book a lot as it has all the right ingredients for a good read: well drawn and believable main characters; not one but two "worlds" brought to life in a credible way; good storyline - and a decent hint of menace running through. I look forward to reading the sequel.