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Goldenfire (The Darkhaven Novels, Book 2) by [Smith, A. F. E.]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in The Darkhaven Novels (2 Book Series)
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"GOLDENFIRE takes a decidedly modern view of the genre, but reading it gave me the same thrill I experienced as a youngster encountering adult-marketed fantasy for the first time." In the Forest of Stories
"A great adventure story that kept me turning the pages late into the night, and had me in tears by the end. Definitely recommended." Strange Charm
"Once again Smith delivers a wonderfully varied cast of characters to fall in love with, root for, and distrust." Fangirls Read It First
"A really awesome, smooth flowing, well paced fantasy with interesting, well developed characters which makes for an entertaining, page-turning read." Cover2Cover
"If you like detailed world-building, fantasy creatures, and intriguing assassination plots, you will enjoy this book." Otakus & Geeks
"This ranks among my favorite fantasy recently published series." Mikky's World of Books

About the Author

A.F.E. Smith is an editor of academic texts by day and a fantasy writer by night. She lives with her husband and their two young children in a house that was apparently built to be as creaky as possible. She can be found on Twitter @afesmith

Product Details

  • File Size: 1753 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (January 14, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TO3OI1Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I gave the first book in this series five stars, and was eager for the second. Although I didn't enjoy it quite as much, for reasons I'll explore shortly, it's certainly very good and I don't hesitate to recommend it.

Once again, it was impeccably edited; I didn't notice a single error, which is vanishingly rare. I'm lucky if I find one or two books in a hundred where I don't see any errors at all.

The first book managed to juggle seven point-of-view characters, by my count; gave them all distinct arcs; and pulled it off successfully. It also successfully wound a mystery plot, three different romance plots, and a thriller plot closely together, and paid them all off at the end. This book, I felt, was less successful, in part because the characters and plots were not so tightly wound together.

There's still a mystery/thriller plot, which involves an assassin whose identity (and gender) is withheld from the reader for most of the book, with several candidates presented. I did eventually guess the correct one, but not until late in the story. Paradoxically, this single main plotline (with a couple of minor plots involving characters' relationships and some coming-of-age) feels more diffuse than the multiple plot threads in the first book - partly, perhaps, because one of the participants is physically distant, out of the city that was the setting of everything in the first book, and with not much communication with the other viewpoint characters.

Of the seven viewpoint characters in the first book, two are now dead; one doesn't figure in this book (a pity, because I liked her, but I can see where she wasn't needed for this plot); one is still a significant character, but not a viewpoint character' and the remaining three still have viewpoints.
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The story is told switching around to different things happening is one of my favorite techniques ever since reading Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. All in all I would recommend you read this book series. Read Darkhaven, Read Goldenfire, read them both. It's fantasy with a hint of a long ago, far away time meets page turning mystery. It has a satisfying ending and promise of more conflict on the horizon with the introduction of firearms to a world unaccustomed to the weapon.

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"Goldenfire" the second exciting and imaginative book in A.F.E. Smith's "Darkhaven" fantasy series begins three years into Ayla Nightshade's rule. With Tomas Caraway by her side making changes to the Helm ( the protectors of the Nightshade line) the land of Mirrorvale seems to be at peace, but that's an illusion especially when an organization in Sol Kardis is scheming and has sent an assassin to kill Ayla with the one weapon that can harm the powerful shapeshifter.

Threads of this well-written and intoxicating plot follow not only Tomas Caraway's struggle to uncover the identity of the assassin; Ayla's work with the alchemist Miles Tarantel to find a way to make herself less vulnerable to attack; Neave Sorrow's spy mission in Sol Kardis; but also the inclusion of females in the Helm's training program. The story is fast-paced and action-packed, heating up when an influx of pistols appear in Arkannen and with the news of a Kardisan scheme called "Goldenfire" to kill Ayla and cause chaos in Mirrorvale. As the tension and suspense mount keeping the reader on the edge of their seat, events unfold that move progressively towards an explosive conclusion at the end of a story that resonates with themes of mercy and second chances.

In this novel the romance between Ayla and Tomas becomes topsy- turvy because of her past; being isolated by her controlling father in Darkhaven for eighteen years. Consumed by the fear of having her movements restricted by the over-protectiveness of the man she loves, Ayla rebels against his wishes when she thinks the assassin's been caught, endangering her nephew Malone and his nurse. Similarly, her defiance undermines Tomas's confidence in his ability, and escalates his fear of not being able to save her.
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I’ve been talking about Goldenfire all week to anyone who will listen. It is that good.

Now, then, down to business. That’s precisely what Tomas does when he receives word of the threat to Ayla’s life – he gets down to business trying to protect her. I love the way these two are written; they are so much fun to read. Whether they’re bickering about something or trying to be tender, you can’t help but love them.

I’d have been interested to know a little bit more about Naeve and Elisse’s time in Sol Kardis, but the glimpses that appear in the book suit the pacing of the story. How did Naeve wind up with the job that opens the story? Who taught Elisse to speak Kardise – was it Naeve, or possibly a neighbor? And speaking of neighbors, did they have friends in Sol Kardis, or did they keep to themselves? But then I’m the kind of person who likes to know everything. It’s why finishing my own stories used to be so difficult for me – I just kept following my characters around till they died. :)

Now it’s difficult for other reasons, but that’s another story.

Another thing I loved was the time spent in the fifth ring getting to know the trainees for the Helm. Ree, in particular, was fascinating to get to know, and I hope Penn will be part of the next book because I’d really like to find out what he’s like beneath his many layers of hostility. And Zander! He made me laugh. Or rather, Ree’s reaction to him through most of the book made me smile. I can’t wait to see what those two will get up to next. :)

So, long story short: Read this book. (Read Darkhaven first, though.) Then read it again. It is absolutely fantastic.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go reread both books while I wait for the third one to come out.

*checks watch*

Is it out yet? No? But I want to read it now… :D

*checks watch again*

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