Monday, 21 July 2014

Review: Fireborn by Keri Arthur


Title: Fireborn
Author: Keri Arthur
Author Info: Website|Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Souls of Fire #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Publication Date: 1st July 2014

Tell Me About It
From New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur comes a brand-new series featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form and cursed with the ability to foresee death....

Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent it from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plaguelike virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment intended to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now all those infected must be eliminated.

But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames....
My Thoughts
When I first saw Fireborn in the catalogue I knew I had to read it, and while I have never read anything by Keri Arthur before, I did not hesitate in diving into the pages as soon as time allowed.

From the minute I began reading it was clear the Fireborn was more than I expected. With numerous paranormal beings, new hybrid creatures, and a whole big mystery, I was guaranteed to be taken on an epic journey, one that I needed to hold on tight for.

One thing that I really like about Fireborn, is how the protagonist is a phoenix, after scouring my memory I can't think of a book I have read where a phoenix takes centre stage, and I really like how she is portrayed, but also the occasional titbits of information we are given about her to help build up a picture of who and what she is. The is no big information overload, which made it easy to take on every minute detail about her.

Fireborn has a few overlaying back stories that interlink and weave together so seamlessly, that it makes a truly unputdownable read. We have the mystery of the murder of Emberly's boss, the murder of another profession, the ransacking of homes, and also the mysterious new hybrid being. But all of these details work together so well, and connect with little tendrils of information, that make this a gripping read with twists and turns that you can never see coming.

While the whole love triangle....square took a while to get used to, once it was all sorted in my head, and labelled with the relevant labels, I found it easier to understand and continued to devour this book. The ending was tied up nicely, but still left open for a follow up that will help link the books together. Fireborn is a great beginning to a series that I can't wait to see more of.

Purchase Links: Amazon USA|Amazon UK

1 comment:

  1. Sounds great! And you're right, I don't think I've ever heard of a book (besides this one) about Phoenixes. Thanks for the review!

    -Ashley
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