The Fire Seer, (Coalition Of Mages 1), Amy Raby

The Fire Seer (Coalition of Mages Book 1)

 

The Fire Seer, (Coalition Of Mages 1), Amy Raby
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi, fantasy.
I wasn’t sure I’d like this but I did, I really enjoyed it. Its written in a way like a good YA read in that its very easy to follow, not overly complicated but with plots that twist and turn and take the reader on a real journey.
I liked Taya, she’s worked hard to get where she is despite being bullied during her years of training, and looked down on by her peers from the higher Castes. Bullying is always difficult, and the format it took over her education in magic became very hard for her to deal with, almost killing her with the final “prank” So when she takes up her first assignment and finds the main culprit Mandir, is her bodyguard she’s very angry. She can’t do anything about it though, so she decides to keep as separate from him as is possible. She’s surprised though at how he seems to have changed, but feels underneath that he’s just waiting for the opportunity to trick her again, that he’s setting up something with his attempts at kindness and being helpful.
Then we see things from Mandir’s POV, where he had a horrific childhood as the bastard son of the royal heir. No-one wanted him really, and he’d been taken from his mother at an early age – so bullying was really all he knew, and he was being self protective in a way by trying to deflect attention. He’d learned its bully or be bullied, and having seen two of his brothers beaten to death he’d taken the hard line. Taya though brings out emotions in him he doesn’t know how to deal with, and thus he seeks her attention in the only way he knows, with trickery and violence. I had a real change of heart about him over the book, and loved the way he explained what he’d learned in his year of penance for almost killing Taya.
The storyline is a fun one, full of magic and red tape – seems even in fantasy land red tape prevails and constrains what people want and can do. They see things they feel are unfair, and yet are helpless to deal with it without cost to themselves, possibly a death sentence. Unapproved use of magic is treated very seriously, and punishment is strict. The search for the Jackal turns up all sorts of lines of enquiry, and is peppered with false trails and secrets. The farmers don’t like them and won’t cooperate, and Taya and Mandir feel they’re withholding info, but they can’t prove it or force them to tell what they know. Its a tough job and gets dangerous as they get closer to the culprit. The Jackal totally came as a surprise to me, as did the way everything worked out, but it was a perfect ending and I’d love to read more as Taya and Mandir continue their work.

Stars: Four and a half, an excellent read
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

One response to “The Fire Seer, (Coalition Of Mages 1), Amy Raby”

  1. hyperaboutbooks says :

    OOohh this sounds good! Great review 🙂

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