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Children of Fire

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Drew Karpyshyn has made his mark with imaginative, action-packed work on several acclaimed videogames, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as well as in a succession of New York Times bestselling tie-in novels. Now Karpyshyn introduces a brilliantly innovative epic fantasy of perilous quests, tormented heroes, and darkest sorcery—a thrilling adventure that vaults him into the company of such authors as Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, and Peter V. Brett.
 
Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy—a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.
 
Now the Legacy is fading. On the other side, the banished Daemron stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself—wizard, warrior, prophet, king.
 
Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the Legacy or bring it crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Drew Karpyshyn's The Scorched Earth.

Praise for Children of Fire
 
“This intricately layered adventure breathes realism and overshadowing menace into ancient mythic archetypes, exposing the pain and wonder inherent in magic and the mingled hope and cynicism of modern fantasy.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“A rousing quest fantasy . . . a fast-paced action-packed good and evil thriller.”SF Revu

“From the first page of Children of Fire, Karpyshyn captures the reader’s attention with his excellent, intricate storyline.”RT Book Reviews
 
Children of Fire stands on its own as a thoroughly entertaining tale. The book strikes a perfect balance between character driven storytelling and rich world building.”Roqoo Depot
 
“[Karpyshyn] is truly a master of world building. . . . I would recommend this title to any fan of the genre.”Among the Wreckage
 
“Compulsively readable, wildly entertaining.”A Girl, A Boy and A Blog
 
Children of Fire is engrossing, and full of characters that are modern. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed Children of Fire and look forward for the next two books.”FANgirl Blog

“Drew Karpyshyn weaves a rich, contrasting tapestry of epic story and doom. Gripping and compelling from first page to last, Children of Fire is a dark-chocolate fantasy; delightfully biting and delectable at once. Four ill-fated children born under a sign of chaos and flame carried me on a journey into an intriguing world of shadowy wonder. It is a spellbinding epic told with masterful craft. Well done, Drew!”—Tracy Hickman, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Dragonlance and Death Gate series

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 15, 2013 – This energetic epic revitalizes the traditional fantasy quest with tragic heroes, evocative imagery, and sweeping conflict. Decades after the tyrannical Order of the Crown suppresses magic with the violent Purging, the Legacy, a barrier protecting the mortal realm from ancient Gods, is weakened. Lucifer-like Daemron transports four pieces of enchanted stone into the mortal world through the birth of four children. Each child is destined to wreak destruction with chaotic powers, thrust into a cruel and desperate war among gods, mages, and kings where the prize is reality itself. Keegan, one of the four children, burns with chaos and struggles between rage and mercy without realizing he is a pawn between old magic and the church. Karpyshyn (author of numerous novels in the Star Wars and Mass Effect universes) injects mature moral dilemmas and powerful characterization into frenzied moments of battle, betrayal, and terror. This intricately layered adventure breathes realism and overshadowing menace into ancient mythic archetypes, exposing the pain and wonder inherent in magic and the mingled hope and cynicism of modern fantasy.

Customer Reviews

Great book

It's great book, can't wait for the sequel

Strong Potential but Slow Starter

<blockquote>Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy—a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.

Now the Legacy is fading. On the other side, the banished Daemron stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself—wizard, warrior, prophet, king.

Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the Legacy or bring it crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.</blockquote>

This book lays the ground works for what could be a truly spectacular fantasy series. However, to set the stage the entire world must be built, and then populated with the characters to people it. And world building can be a tedious process, just as introducing and then setting up all the characters also takes time. In this case there are so many characters that it takes some serious time to get them all introduced and maneuvered into their proper places.

Yet while the setting of the stage for this series takes longer than I'd prefer, it shows a great deal of potential going forward. I'll admit I struggled with keeping the characters straight in the beginning, and frankly that struggle lasted far longer than I anticipated it would. Between the number of characters and being bounced around between them I was frustrated. Things began to get better in the second half, and continued to improve for me from there. I'm not sure if the story would have been easier to read had it stuck with each character for longer periods, but then to do that the timeline would probably have bounced forward and back on numerous occasions. So I can't offer a better solution, only my opinion.

It seems to me that about the entire first half of the book was mostly used to set the scene, while the second half was more action-based. Don't get me wrong, for there is action in the first half as well, just didn't seem as prevalent. The first half was also more about setting up our potential heroes and/or heroines, and leading us to them, though there may have been a few false leads mixed in there. By the end of this book we are left with a strong idea about the wizard, and lesser ideas about the warrior, prophet, and king. Though each seems to have been identified, I wouldn't be too strongly surprised should one or more of the characters marked for those roles changes altogether.

Though the action scenes are entertaining, I only found a few to be really entrancing, which I don't ascribe to any problems with the writing itself, but rather to my lack of attachment to the characters. Each time one of the main characters began to elicit an emotional response from me something happened to alter the character's personality, and with it my interest in the character's wellbeing. Those characters that did appeal to me either disappeared or underwent very distinct personality alterations. In fact, so far the ones I feel most strongly about are more than likely considered to be secondary characters, or the supporting cast. It is my hope that they'll stick around, developing further right along with the main characters. Hopefully we'll learn substantially more about these supporting characters that elicited my interest.

Though this review may sound negative, it's not meant to be. Unfortunately for this book, I read it immediately upon finishing an absolutely spectacular book, so almost anything will suffer in comparison, even if the comparing is being done subconsciously. There is certainly enough meat to this book that I fully intend to read the next book in the series, with the strong hope that the sequel will build upon the solid foundation this book has created for it.

Children of Fire
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  • Category: Epic
  • Published: Aug 27, 2013
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 512 Pages
  • Language: English
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