EBOOK READ [The Fire Mages Brightmoon #2]
This book was provided by the publisher via NetGallery for an xhange for my honest review Warning some spoilers in the review This book is not my cup of tea I will tell you why 1 Kyra She is horny frigid if that makes any sense I disliked that she slept with 3 guys almost 4 without any feelings I felt that she is totally mpty cold and have no motions whatsoever She is just incapable of love or she just never met right person because Campfire every single guy in this book treated her so badly that she doesn t know what it is to love and to care She just stays with guys because she needs something from them I felt bad for her at first but then so many bad things were happening and she was the cause of it just stop sleeping withvery handsome guy on your way 2 Cal The author made us me and Kyra at least to hate Cal for his stupid behaviour And I did not feel for him at all There was no spark and no love between them Just sex because she was lonely and he saved her few times If you love someone then you don t sign friendship contract do you I still don t understand why Kyra changed her mind about him and suddenly decided that she loved him which makes no sense to me 3 Drei I know very story needs a villain but Drei was just a victim I really liked him at the start because he treated Kyra nicely and he was smart and gentle What happened I was deeply in shock when he started to do all those nasty things because he was mistreated in his childhood I really hoped that Kyra will help him to overcome this and to show him love and she will care for him Love can cure it right But it didn t happened because she was too horny and too busy to sleep with Cal who treated her far worst Cal is so plain compare to Drei who was much interesting as a character and love interest and had potential 4 The plot It was interesting to read about natural mages but whole adultery open relationships and polygamy theme just not for me I think this book is good illustration why polygamy and open relationships are bad ideas However If that is what you are looking for this book just for you But for me is was a terrible mess With The Fire Mages Pauline Ross continues the road that began with with The Plains of Kallanash and it s a welcome journey Not that Mages is a seuel blessedly it s a stand alone in a world of fantasy trilogies but not only does it take place in the same world but it contains many of the same delights and manages to come up with a few treats of its own Ross has a way with prose and one never has to re read a sentence or paragraph to figure out what she s talking about the writing is so smooth that it never gets between the reader and the story That s not always asy to do particularly when a story contains as much as Mages Which brings me to my next point Ross comes up with an interesting magic system that is a nod to Daniel Abraham s Long Price series without seeming derivative I think that magic in Fantasy Is Either A Metaphor is Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars either a metaphor science by other means in Mages it s the latter but Ross weaves it in neatly with the rest of the world That s also notasy to do and her method provides some neat little twists that had me saying Neat As always Ross lets the story move at its own pace the characters do what comes naturally to them and there s never a hint of the author s hand pressing things along She also keeps things close the characters themselves are the focus of the story and Ross never lets the camera drift away My main complaint with this tale is that there are major Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life events that happen towards thend of the story that seem to come out of nowhere I understand that those things are supposed to surprise the characters but I think that one can surprise the characters while letting the reader in on what s going on behind the scenes In fact that s a great storytelling method in George RR Martin s A Storm of Swords Martin s The Fire Mages is another novel set in Pauline Ross s Brightmoon World the world of her first novel The Plains of Kallanash I Crazy Love enjoyed Plains very much and Fire Magesven Though set in a different country and culture with different characters The Fire Mages has another original social structure for Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society example a man s pregnant mistresses are guests of honor at his wedding as proof of his fertility and women can also have legally contracted lovers and interesting magic system Injoyed the magic which is worked with symbols inked on magical paper xcept in the case of very talented and rare mages who don t need any such accessoriesBut it isn t all just fascinating and original worldbuilding Ms Ross tells a gripping story too with high stakes on both the personal level and for the ntire countryKyra wants than anything to become a magical scribe Until things start to go wrong and then she realizes she has the potential to be something completely different The character of Kyra is well done sometimes she s kind of hard to like because she s so intently focused on her career goal and doesn t seem to have a lot of room for softer feelings but I also mpathized with her longing to be a scribe and her shattered motions when it all goes wrong She Makes Principled Decisions Even Though They Aren T What makes principled decisions Black Heart, Red Ruby even though they aren t whatasy or most logical at the time and sticks to her principles though she is open to change when she realizes there might be a higher good than what she originally based her decision on view spoilerparticularly in the case of her baby which she originally didn t want hide spoiler I really njoyed verything about this book from. A determined girl A cranky mage An unwanted heir A mysterious magical cityKyra’s always been drawn to the magic of spellpages She’s determined to leave her small village far behind and become a scribe wielding the power of magic through her pen But a simple favour for her sis.
read The Fire Mages Brightmoon #2The well constructed world to the determination and stoicism of young Kyra to her shifting relationships with her two drusse holders A very New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood enjoyable read Full review 5 magic filled starsIxpected to like this book what I didn t Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey expect was to fall absolutely in love with itThis is one of the bestpic fantasy books I ve read in a long time and I don t say that lightly As as new to me author this was ntirely unexpected but I can honestly say I njoyed this just as much as anything I ve read from Brandon Sanderson or Trudi Canavan my two all time favourite ЯED epic fantasy authors This book actually reminded me a lot of Elantris in the fact that it has a magic city thatveryone was afraid of The story itself is completely different but I njoyed the similarity The first half of this book introduces you to the world and Kyra s character and while njoyable the last 40% of so was simply The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs excellent It was full of magic and actionverything I love in an Moreno epic fantasy bookThe Fire Mages is full of complex well developed characters political intrigue uniue world building and of course magic The magical abilities are many and I d love to read a seuel showcasing of Kyra s magical talents An ARC of this book was sent to me inxchange for an honest review I could not put this book down The pacing was perfect and kept me Monsieur Pain engaged from beginning tond The writing style was just as phenomenal as I ve come to A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author expect from Pauline M Ross The main characters were authentic than I think you usually get in fantasy stories but just like Robin Hobb Ross is a master at crafting authentic characters This story hadverything I look for in a fantasy novel with action that kept the pages turning and a main character that I was rooting for from page oneThe main character in this story is strong and independent while also being horribly na ve by What If expecting others to think in the same pragmatic way that she does As a lawyer I whole heartedly approved of Kyra s dream of becoming a law scribe Her natural inclination toward study as well as her continued kindness toward those she left behind in her village if only on her practice pages showed a depth of character that kept me wanting to know what would happen next And her relationships were just fascinating Her youth and the way in which her relationship with the mage Cal develops were also very well written I kept waiting for her to figure out what her own reactions meant in terms her feelings but this is a character bent on her career not her love life And frankly I loved that about KyraThe descriptions in this book are lovely I cannotxpress my love of the writing style strongly The Exhaustion Breakthrough enough The way that the magic system is described is unusual which was a pleasant surprise I wanted to spend daysxploring the library that Ross describes It sounds like an incredible place to get lost for a while It also made me want a whole separate book on the Imperial City There is a wonderful story lurking within those magical walls and I am almost desperate to read itI think anyone looking for a fantasy story with a character driven plot and strong female lead character will love this story Just writing the review makes me want to read it againI received an ARC copy of this book in The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good exchange for an honest review but I bought it today so that I can share it with friends This book started very uickly We zoom through about six years in the first 10% or so At that point I was wishing the story would slow down because I didn t feel I was getting a feel for Kyra the main character and because none of the secondary characters were particularly well developed I was disappointed we didn t learn about Kyra s initial training as a scribe and we heard very little about the friends she made during thisarly periodHowever the story dragged me onwards and the uick pace together with the fantastic world building particularly the magic system made it a real page turner The deeper I got into the book the the intricacies of Kyra the people she came into contact with and the world itself in particular the structure of the society were developed I could hardly put it downThe characters we meet later Cal Kyra s patrontutor and Drei her friendmaster become increasingly developed and the relationships and intricate The premise of a society built on the ruins of a far advanced one is nothing new in terms of fantasy but the magic system and it s detail came over as very original I found the use of spellpages particularly UNIUE A WAY OF CREATING MAGIC BY WRITING OUT a way of creating magic by writing out spell and then burning itWhen combined together the discoveries about the nature of magic mixed in with Kyra s Supplemental Book exploration of her magical powers and the political disarray in which she becomesmbroiled make for a compelling readKyra as a character came over as selfish and unemotional a fair part of the time nevertheless I still found myself rooting for her I wanted her to find fulfillment in her amibitions both career and magical and had "A Lot Of Sympathy For "lot of sympathy for situations in which she found herself nsnared often through no fault of her ownThis is the first book I ve read in this series although the second written and I will definitely check out at some point This is a curious story told in the first person by a strangely detached main character of a series of vents that put me in mind of a nineteenth century penny dreadful or a silent Perils of Pauline type film Yet it had me gripped right to the nd I admit I downloaded it with a half dozen others because it was one of 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Ter goes disastrously awry destroying Kyra's dreams in an instantWhat went wrong Devastated she accepts an offer to find out from a stranger who sees growing power within Kyra potentially stronger than spellpages or any living mage While she struggles to understand her magic she?. E books close to my own in the rankings it sounded interesting and I wanted to see what was popular Pauline Ross s book was the only one of the lot I read all the way through The others I dumped after the first few pagesI read some of the reviews and although I agree with some of the criticisms I don t necessarily see them as negative points The heroine Kyra wants to be a law scribe Pretty dull ambition I hear you say but Kyra finds some of the nitty gritty of legal stuff fascinating Takes all sorts you say But what she really wants to get to grips with is the magic of spell casting that law scribes are allowed to perform She wants to study with mages and learn how to write out a spell and make it work The story of The Fire Mages is how Kyra discovers her rare talent and how she is thwarted at very turn in her ambition to use it I could hear the frantic Keystone Cops background music playing as she scapes from captivity yet again or as the bonk on the villain s head wears off and the chase begins to tie her up again Yes I agree Kyra does have rather laid back attitudes to abuse violence and the dangers of associating intimately with psychopaths True her male opposites are not prepossessing said psychopath a wimpy bully who turns into a wimpy lover a totally camp scort boy and a middle aged sovereign who tries to Bidadari yang Mengembara enroll her as a concubine when she s thirteen years old True Kyra has zero understanding of human nature falls into the same traps time after time fails to see the most blatant dastardly coup before it slaps her between theyes makes Red River Girl excuses for or forgives rape kidnap denunciation poisoning murder infanticide you name it she ll just shrug it off with a what the hell Having said all that though I thoroughlynjoyed this book I don t agree that Kyra is dull She isn t kick ass if that s what the critics mean and that s no bad thing in my book She has a strange fascination with her otherworldly detachment her moral code that seems right up the creek her willingness to have sex with men as a sort of therapy because she feels sorry for them because they give her lessons in local history or simply because she s feeling ultra randy and she grabs whatever s within arm s reach There s a deadpan humour to Pauline Ross s writing that saves the rather wacky story from being totally ridiculous Kyra herself has a dry wit that made me laugh on several occasions The characters are rounded memorable and credible for all their weird behaviour In fact I think the psychopath s brigandgangster family is based on East European neighbours we used to have The Fire Mages is a story that doesn t take itself seriously It s a romp not acute psychological drama I would actually like to meet Kyra and I shall probably read of Pauline Ross in the future to catch up on how Kyra s doing It was not a bad book just not one I could La strada delle croci enjoy The sex and the various always changing relationships were far too prominent Injoy a nice story about hidden talents and long lost knowledge These aspects xist in this book so I give it two stars instead of one Without the sex and romance it could have been four You know how people are always complaining that fantasy worlds shouldn t be so patriarchal just because most of them are modelled on the Middle Ages and that someone should write a fantasy where the women have true uality in societyWell someone has Her Name Is Pauline M Ross And The Book Is The is Pauline M Ross and the book is The Mages It s a great read full of magic and adventure and tells the story of Kyra a very level headed young girl who has big ambitions to be a law scribe and wield magic through written spells It s a big dream for a village girl but Kyra is prepared to work hard and refuses to be turned aside from her plansAs the novel opens the
lord s steward throws the first roadblock in her way by bringing her an offer to become the lord s a kind of legal mistress Kyra s mother sees the advantages of this position but Kyra refuses to be swayed Through sheer determination she makes it to the city and begins her training rising through the ranks with her hard work She The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth even manages to find herself a powerful mage as patron andverything seems to be going well until the steward comes calling again this time for her sister Her sister agrees to become the lord s drusse but begs the half trained Kyra for a simple favour Of course it turns out to be anything but simple and verything goes so wrong that Kyra s dreams are shatteredIn her uest to find out what went wrong Kyra discovers power she had never dreamed of and uncovers the mysteries of the deadly Imperial City of the ancient mages She faces many dangers along the way and does so with a refreshing pragmatism There are no hysterics for this capable young womanI loved Kyra s world It was full of women being real people not just serving wenches and prostitutes There were female stablehands translators wagoners inn managers and guards just about any job you could imagine had women working alongside the men In a nice touch there were ven male companions to be bought for a night s pleasure at the inns as well as female ones How s that for Pretty Reckless (All Saints High, euality It certainly made a nice change from the usual male dominated fantasy worlds Throw in an interesting new magic system and you have a very well developed world Ross has obviously put a lot of thought into her society its politics and its history It s a fascinating place so I m glad she has other books set in this world toxplore This one was certainly a compelling stor. ??s surrounded by the greed and ambition of the court uncertain who to trust The answers may lie within the glowing walls of the Imperial City but its magic is strong and the unwary vanish without trace on its streets Kyra will have to learn fast to surviveAlternate cover dition. ,local lord s steward throws the first roadblock in her way by bringing her an offer to become the lord s