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Top Customer Reviews
Beyond the well-crafted story line, the characters are diverse and distinctive and a pleasure to get to know as the story progresses.
This is an excellent first novel of a new author who I hope will be writing more.
As if by fate, Aurora connects with an odd couple who seem to revel mostly in their differences, who just happen to be sojourning in Aurora's former neighborhood. Soon, they are prepared to bring her to their home, far away, and help her establish a new life.
Establish she does! When she settles into her new home, she connects with some interesting people, the most significant of whom is Djerr, someone who will join her in the Citizen's Army, which has been locked in battle with the Wizard's Army. The Wizard's Army is not, at this stage, composed of Wizards, but rather by people who await the arrival of the new wizard, with the intention of serving that wizard, whose destiny is to bring peace and order to a beleaguered, war-torn land. Little do the faithful realize that the wizard they seek is in their midst!
Billings writes a crafty tale that will surprise readers with many twists and turns. Aurora is a strong enough character to withstand some rather dark aspects of her personality that make her more real, more human, than most protagonists.
The Girl Born of Smoke should be on your bookshelf today! Thanks for an entertaining read Jessica!
Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars
"Thin tendrils of smoke rose up from the blackened ruins, twisting and coiling in the still air." The first sentence of Ms. Billings' book immediately brought to mind a picture of a burned out building shell. I am a, "why did this happen?" kind of person, so I was immediately hooked. I wanted to know why there was a fire. Why did the townspeople just stand by as her home burned to ruins? Why was no one helping her?
The answers to these questions came gradually through the book as the author allowed Aurora's story to unfold. Bits and pieces of her old life came to light as she interacted with the people in her new life after the fire.
I liked the lore behind the "Why were there no more wizards in the land". Aurora's travels with both armies for the upcoming battle allow her to grow and understand the futilities facing both sides. She struggled against admitting she was the gifted wizard everyone in the land was waiting for, while seeing that a change in the way the world operated was needed.
I don't want to say much more because I feel it would be along the lines of a spoiler, but I will say that I enjoyed the climactic "battle" between Aurora and the "Bad Guy" that decided the fate of the world as she knew it.
Characters: 5 Stars
I'm a mom of three teenagers, and a massive worry-wart. From the very beginning of the story, I worried about Aurora. A young girl alone in the world, no one to care for her, my heart went out to her. As the story progressed and Aurora faced the challenges of her life, I grew proud of her just like I would of my own children. When she faced her past, I wanted to hold her in my arms to comfort her as she cried.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The storyline wasn't necessarily unique, but it was definitely a creative spin on a semi-common fantasy story. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anna Zollinger
I've Read This Book At Least 10 Times And It Gets Better Every Time!! This Book Is Legendary To Me And I Have A Mountain Of Books To Vouch For It.Published on July 2, 2013 by Tori brown
Great book with an interesting set of characters that are well developed and lovable. Interesting plot that keeps you guessing.Published on February 3, 2013 by Sasha Jade
I found myself reading this only to get through it. The writing itself is very childish and sometimes there seemed to be paradoxes in the storyline. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Rockstarscheld
Not a huge fan of the writing. Perhaps it would better suit a pre-teen audience. Interesting story-line, it keeps you intrigued and turning pages.Published on August 13, 2012 by medium skin toned canuck
I tried very hard to finish this book, but after many attempts I finally give up. I don't find the main character pleasant, fun, or likable. Read morePublished on July 27, 2012 by J. A. Trboyevich
This was a relaxing fantasy for me. Most fantasy books I find have extreme amounts of time spent on battles. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Peaches
I don't write many reviews, especially about the books I've read. I decided to write a review this time as a precursor to those wishing to read this title. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Christopher Weathers