An Aurora YA Review: Fire (Dreams of Fire and Gods #2) by James Erich

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A thousand years ago, two rival factions of gods, the Stronni and Taaweh, nearly destroyed the Kingdom of Dasak in their war for power. Then the Taaweh vanished and the Stronni declared victory.

Fire- Dreams of Fire and Gods coverNow, tensions between the human emperor and his regent are at an all-time high. The regent’s son, apprentice mage Sael dönz Menaük, has fled the capital with his master and united with a vagabond named Koreh, but assassins dog their footsteps. The future is more uncertain than ever.

Since the Taaweh city of Gyishya reappeared, the mages of Harleh have weakened, cut off from the source of their power. Sael and his father struggle to keep their respective cities from crumbling under the strain or being destroyed by the gods. Then Koreh learns of a dangerous Taaweh plan to rescue their queen from the Stronni—a plan only Koreh and Sael can execute.

But they may not get a chance. In Harleh Valley, a young man named Donegh pieces together what happened. Intent, he makes his way through an increasingly alien landscape to carry out his mission: assassinate the Dekan of Harleh, Sael dönz Menaük.

Now that I’ve read this whole series, the only thing I really want to do is read all the books over again! The characterization in these books was just so wonderful and made me really interested not only in the incredibly well thought-out plot, but also in what was happening to the characters and how things were going to go for them. I’ve said this before, but the epic scale in a lot of books similar to this series often ends up taking away from in-depth characterization and that is not a problem that these books have.

On top of that, the writing is just absolutely beautiful and the descriptions of what is happening in the books create a wonderful picture in the reader’s mind. Focusing so much on the characters and the writing isn’t to say that the plot isn’t also incredible. I tend to look more at the characters than the plot when I read simply because I have to care about them to enjoy the plot at all. I do care about the characters in this series, and it lets me see that every single facet of the plot seems very well thought out and carefully considered so that it all comes together in a masterful way.

I absolutely would recommend it, although starting with the first book and working through them is, of course, the best way to read them. In my opinion, these books aren’t really meant to be read out of order or only one of them to be read.

Cover art by Paul Richmond. All of the covers for all of the books in these series have been wonderful, and they are really just incredibly pleasing to the eye. I love the way they represent the different gods and the overall ideas in the book but are still so simplistic and easy to look over.

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Book Details:

ebook
Published March 1st 2013 by Harmony Ink Press
Harmony Ink is  YA Press(first published February 1st 2013)
ISBN 1623804485 (ISBN13: 9781623804480)
edition languageEnglish
seriesDreams of Fire and Gods #2

Books in the Dreams of Fire and Gods Series:

  • Dreams (Dreams of Fire and Gods, #1)
  • Fire (Dreams of Fire and Gods, #2)
  • Gods (Dreams of Fire and Gods, #3)

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An Aurora YA Review: Dreams (Dreams of Fire and Gods #1) by James Erich

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Dreams Dreams of Fire and GodsA thousand years ago, two factions of gods, the Stronni and the Taaweh, nearly destroyed the Kingdom of Dasak by warring for the land and the frightened humans who lived there. Then suddenly the Taaweh vanished and the Stronni declared victory.

Now, as tensions escalate between the emperor and his regent, Vek Worlen, the vek’s son, apprentice mage Sael dönz Menaük, finds himself allied with a homeless vagabond named Koreh. Together they flee the capital city and make their way across a hostile wilderness to the vek’s keep, mere steps ahead of the emperor’s assassins.

But Koreh has dreams—dreams of the ancient Taaweh—and he knows the looming war between the emperor and the vek will be nothing compared to the war that is about to begin. The Taaweh are returning, and the war between the gods may destroy the kingdom once and for all.

Admittedly, in this book, there were a few times when I got a little bit lost. This is a problem, rather than with the book, more with how I’m used to reading things. In fact, I loved the challenge of going back and rereading at times and knowing as I read that I should store things away and remember them to enrich the experience. It isn’t, admittedly, something that I’m used to doing, but it certainly didn’t take anything away from the book. In fact, I really enjoyed it.

As with the third book in the series that I’ve already read, the characters and problems were able to be real and easy to relate to while still managing to keep the epic scale of the book and not taking away from the enormity of the characters and plot. I really enjoyed this book, again, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy novels and even those who don’t to at least give it a chance.

It’s just a really fun book to read, and very exciting. It kept me hooked the whole time I was reading it and I never wanted to stop reading a chapter when I had to take a break from reading it.

Cover art by Paul Richmond.  The cover art for this series is really beautiful. It’s simplistic and yet it draws the eye and I would absolutely pick this book up off of a shelf. Because this cover doesn’t have a lot of places or people on it, the photo editing works even better than a drawn cover would have and it’s very nicely done.

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Book Details:

ebook, 252 pages
Published December 15th 2012 by Harmony Ink Press
Harmony Ink is a YA Press
ISBN 1623801060 (ISBN13: 9781623801069)
edition languageEnglish
seriesDreams of Fire and Gods #1

Dreams of Fire and Gods series: