Review: Fireborn: Embers of Atlantis by Tracy Hickman

Fireborn: Embers of AtlantisDetails: Fireborn: Embers of Atlantis by Tracy Hickman

  • Pub. Date: October 2011
  • Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
  • Format: Other Format , 304pp

Fireborn: Embers of Atlantis Synopsis:

Powerful scions walk the streets of modern London, oblivious to their true nature. Unknowingly, they carry within them the spirits of reincarnated dragons from an age of high fantasy. As magic begins to emerge once more in the 21st century, long-dormant memories begin to flood the minds of these scions, reminding them of their mystical heritage. Welcome to the world of Fireborn!
Ethan Gallows knows things about his world. He knows there is magic, and he knows he wants nothing to do with it. Yet, when he is sent on the seemingly menial job of filming a museum curator’s antique art collection in London, Ethan discovers that he has much more to learn. After witnessing a violent display of sorcery, ancient memories come rushing back to Ethan – memories seen through the eyes of a dragon! With minions of the Taint now seeking him for their own twisted purposes, Ethan must put his trust in Sojourner – a woman claiming to be a draconic scion. Could he really be a dragon of old, or is this some sort of fanatic conspiracy?
Embers of Atlantis is the first novel based on the acclaimed Fireborn roleplaying game setting. Written by New York Times bestselling author Tracy Hickman (Dragonlance), Embers of Atlantis introduces readers to a modern world faced with the sudden emergence of magic.

David’s Thoughts:

Fireborn: Embers of Atlantis by Tracy Hickman is a novel written in the Fireborn RPG (Role Playing Game) world.  Magic disappeared from the world with the fall of Atlantis, but has returned in modern times.  The dead have risen in Europe and are re-fighting WWII, monsters from fairy tales attack airplanes, American Indians have claimed the plains with shamans using magic to fight the army, and a handful of people have memories of a life as a dragon.  Ethan Gallows is one such person.  Initially unaware of these memories, events lead him to realize he has the magically essence of a dragon last seen on earth as Atlantis was destroyed.  But this revelation only comes about as Ethan is plunged into a war between good and evil.  Each side believes they are in the right, with the side of good using clean, pure magic, and the side of evil using tainted magic.

I’ve been a fan of Hickman’s books for 15 years of more, and was eager to read this one.  I had never heard of the Fireborn RPG before, but have read hundreds of other books written in role playing settings.  No knowledge of the game setting is required to read this book, it works well as a standalone novel.  I thought this book was an interesting read.  I liked the setting and the characters.  I’ve always found Hickman’s books to be easy to read with a smooth, flowing storyline with characters that the reader comes to love (or hate).  I read through this book quickly, wanting to know what happens next.  The biggest disappoint I had was that the book ended.  At about 300 pages, it’s not a short book, but I wanted it to keep going.  Now I’m stuck waiting impatiently for the next book.

David’s Rating:
*An Ecopy of this book was provided by for review.  This in no way affected the rating or opinions on the book.

Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles)

Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Format: Hardcover , 480pp
  • Sales Rank: 38,704
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Series: Steampunk Chronicles Series


In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the “thing” inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on—even if it seems no one believes her.

My Thoughts

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross is full of unique characters, settings, and inventions that just blew my mind.  This was an outstanding story, it forced me to think about normal items in different ways and challenged my normal reading habits.  Kady Cross has Steampunk down as well as creative character building.  I love the super strong Finley and the challenges that in split person brings to the story.  The underlying romance in this story is what made it work so well for me.  Every last character was extremely well defined and held their own part in the story.  I really enjoyed this and could see possibilities for more to come from many of them.  Tension between them was honest and brought a different dimension into the story. 

Somewhat frustrating for me was that this book took me significantly longer to read than anything I have read in months.  Part of this was due to the genre, Steampunk just takes me a very long to time for me to get my head around and keep moving forward in it.  The second part of that is that there was just a lot of explaining and history provided.  For me, at times, it was just too much and I would have to put the book down and come back to it.  I know for many readers this is something that they look for, I am just saying that this did not work for me.   Now that being said, there were so many interesting machines and such in this book.  It demonstrated a great imagination from the author.

The cover on this book is amazing.  Kudos to everyone for putting together such a wonderful cover.  This is what initially drew me to the book.  

My Rating:

This was a good story one that I would recommend there were just a few frustrating things that move it down for me 

*Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book.  All opinions are my own.  No compensation was provided.


April is NetGalley Month!

NetGalley is a place that lets publisher share ebook copies of books to bloggers, reviewers, librarians. I have found some great books here!
Emily over at Red House Books decided to make April
 NetGalley Month
with a challenge to read and review as many NetGalley books as you can.
I seem to have a NetGalley problem really I seem to always be finding book after book that I am just dying to read!
Here are the books I plan to read:
Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller
Blackberry Summer by ReaAnne Thayne
The Godess Test by Amiee Carter
Tender Loving Care by Jennifer Greene
Bite Me, Try Me, Fang Me by Parker Blue
Born of Shadows by Sherriyn Kenyon
Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

I have so many more that I could add to this, but I don’t want to get too carried away!  I hope I can get through these!
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