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This is a curious story told in the first person by a strangely detached main character of a series of events 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 end I admit I downloaded it with a half dozen others because it was one of the 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 ot 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 Sinner's Heart law scribe Pretty dull ambition I hear you say but Kyra finds some of the nitty gritty ofegal stuff fascinating Takes all sorts you say But what she really wants to get to grips with is the magic of spell casting that aw scribes are allowed to perform She wants to study with mages and earn 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 every turn in her ambition to use it I could hear the frantic Keystone Cops background music playing as she escapes 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 Spirit of the Wolf 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 wimpyover a totally camp escort boy and a middle aged sovereign who tries to 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 the eyes makes excuses for or forgives rape kidnap denunciation poisoning murder infanticide you name it she A Vineyard Christmas ll just shrug it off with a what the hell Having said all that though I thoroughly enjoyed 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 heressons in Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose 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 meaugh 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 ike to meet Kyra and I shall probably read of Pauline Ross in the future to catch up on how Kyra s doing 5 magic filled starsI expected to ike this book what I didn t expect was to fall absolutely in ove with itThis is one of the best epic fantasy books I ve read in a ong time and I don t say that ightly As as new to me author this was entirely unexpected but I can honestly say I enjoyed this just as #Much As Anything I #as anything I read from Brandon Sanderson or Trudi Canavan my two all time favourite epic fantasy authors This book actually reminded me a ot of Elantris in the fact that it has a magic city that everyone was afraid of The story itself is completely different but I enjoyed the similarity The first half of this book introduces you to the world and Kyra s character and while enjoyable the Math Basics 6 last 40% of so was simply excellent It was full of magic and action everything Iove in an 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 ove to read a seuel showcasing of Kyra s magical talents An ARC of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review 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 it s a welcome journey Not that Mages is a seuel blessedly it s a stand alone in 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 easy 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 or science by other means in Mages it s the atter but Ross weaves it in neatly with the rest of the world That s also not easy to do and Her Method Provides Some Neat Little Twists method provides some neat The First Ghost little twists had me saying Neat As always Rossets 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 ets the camera drift away My main complaint with this tale is that there are major events that happen towards the end of the story that seem to come out of nowhere I understand that those things are supposed to surprise the characters but I thi. 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 eave her small village far behind and become a scribe wielding the power of magic through her pen But a simple favour for her sis. .

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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 even manages to find herself a powerful mage as patron and everything seems to be going well until the steward comes calling again this time for her sister Her sister agrees to become the ord s drusse but begs the half trained Kyra for a simple favour Of course it turns out to be anything but simple and everything 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 oved 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 even male companions to be bought for a night s pleasure at the inns as well as female ones How s that for 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 ot 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 to explore This one was certainly a compelling story 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 Humanism learn about Kyra s initial training as a scribe and we heard veryittle about the friends she made during this early 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 Smokin' Hot 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 spell and then burning itWhen combined together the discoveries about the nature of magic mixed in with Kyra s exploration of her magical powers and the political disarray in which she becomes embroiled 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 aot of sympathy for the situations in which she found herself ensnared 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 I really enjoyed everything about this book from the well constructed world to the determination and stoicism of the well constructed world to the determination and stoicism of Kyra to her shifting relationships with her two drusse holders A very enjoyable read Full review This book was provided by the publisher via NetGallery for an exhange 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 empty cold and have no emotions whatsoever She is just incapable of Placing Memory love or she just never met right person because every single guy in this book treated her so badly that she doesn t know what it is toove 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 with every handsome guy on your way 2 Cal The author made us #it just stop sleeping with every handsome guy on your way 2 Cal The author made us and Kyra at east to hate Cal for his stupid behaviour And I did not feel for him at all There was no spark and no ove between them Just sex because she was onely and he saved her few times If you ove 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 Wanton Nights loved him which makes no sense to me 3 Drei I know every story needs a villain but Drei was just a victim I reallyiked 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 While My Soldier Serves 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 andove 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 ooking for this book just for you But for me is was a terrible mess. ??s surrounded by the greed and ambition of the court uncertain who to trust The answers may ie 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 earn fast to surviveAlternate cover edition. The Fire Mages Brightmoon #2Nk that one can surprise the characters while etting 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 subtly telegraphs the terrible events at the wedding of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey and it keeps the reader on the edge of the seat even though the characters have no idea what s to come Also and I almost never find myself saying this about fantasy I feel as though Mages should be a The Fiend Next Door longer book There are characters and events that are interesting and to my mind demand greater attention but they are relegated almost to a summary I understand a reluctance to enlarge any already formidably sized book but when a story element calls for attention I think an author should provide it regardless of the time it takes All in all I found The Fire Mages an enjoyable read one that kept me close to my Kindle Il ook forward to the next installment because this is one path I l definitely keep walking It was not a bad book just not one I could enjoy The sex and the various always changing relationships were far too prominent I enjoy a nice story about hidden talents and பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் longost knowledge These aspects exist in this book so I give it two stars instead of one Without the sex and romance it could have been four I could not put this book down The pacing was perfect and kept me engaged from beginning to end The writing style was just as phenomenal as I ve come to expect from Pauline M Ross The main characters were authentic than I think you usually get in fantasy stories but just The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 like Robin Hobb Ross is a master at crafting authentic characters This story had everything Iook 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 expecting others to think in the same pragmatic way that she does As a A Meditation on Murder lawyer I whole heartedly approved of Kyra s dream of becoming aaw scribe Her natural inclination toward study as well as her continued kindness toward those she eft 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 ove Travis life And frankly Ioved that about KyraThe descriptions in this book are ovely I cannot express my ove of the writing style strongly enough The way that the magic system is described is unusual which was a pleasant surprise I wanted to spend days exploring the AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 library that Ross describes It soundsike an incredible place to get The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? lost for a while It also made me want a whole separate book on the Imperial City There is a wonderful storyurking within those magical walls and I am almost desperate to read itI think anyone ooking for a fantasy story with a character driven plot and strong female ead character will ove this story Just writing the review makes me want to read it againI received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review BUT I BOUGHT IT TODAY SO THAT I CAN I bought it today so that I can it with friends The Fire Mages is another novel set in Pauline Ross s Brightmoon World the world of her first novel The Plains of Kallanash I enjoyed Plains very much and Fire Mages even Though set in a different country and culture with different characters The Fire Mages has another original social structure for example a man s pregnant mistresses are guests of honor at his wedding as proof of his fertility and women can also have egally contracted Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet lovers and interesting magic system I enjoyed the magic which is worked with symbols inked on magical paper except 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 personalevel and for the entire 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 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) like because she s so intently focused on her career goal and doesn t seem to have aot of room for softer feelings but I also empathized with her onging to be a scribe and her shattered emotions when it all goes wrong #She Makes Principled Decisions Even #makes principled decisions even they aren t what seems easy or most ogical 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 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 euality in societyWell someone has Her name is Pauline M Ross and the book is The Fire Mages It s a great read full of magic and adventure and tells the story of Kyra a very Your Everyday Art World level headed young girl who has big ambitions to be aaw scribe and wield magic through *written spells It s a big dream for a village girl *spells It s a big dream for a village girl Kyra is prepared to work hard and refuses to be turned aside from her plansAs the novel opens the Why Photography Matters localord s steward throws the first roadblock in her way by bringing her an offer to become the Doreen Valiente Witch lord s drusse a kind ofegal mistress Kyra s mother sees the advantages of this. 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 iving mage While she struggles to understand her magic she?. ,