Born in Flames (Born in Flames Trilogy #1)
Published September 6th 2012 by 48fourteen
Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon.
Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.
In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must be made. What would you choose?”
About the Author
Candace Knoebel had dreamed of being a dancer ever since she could remember. With a love of all things art, she saw herself moving to New York and pursuing her passion as an artist. But all that changed on October 10th, 2002 when she met the love of her life. Her dreams diverged and after marrying her high school sweetheart and having two beautiful children, she realized she missed her creative side.
Growing up alongside the Harry Potter series, Candace found herself missing the epicosity of a story that pulls you in and won’t let you go. In 2009, she began dreaming up characters that would mold her first novel. Through lunch breaks and late nights, after putting her kids to bed, she built a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. She found her calling in life and knew this was more than dancing could’ve ever meant to her.
Once complete in 2010, she began the grueling process of finding a publisher. With relentless determination, she was finally able to realize her dream in December of 2011 when 48fourteen offered her a publishing contract. With a HUGE yes and a happy dance, she now continues her Trilogy.
DRAGONS! Need I say more? I mean.. c’mon.. dragons!
Dragons, being one of my favorite mythical creatures, are just something you don’t see written about much. Imagine my excitement when I saw the blurb for this. I was eager to get my greedy little hands on it! And it was so much fun!
Right from the start, we are thrown into a mysterious, imaginary world full of magic, mages and say it with me… dragons. Add some seers and The Fates and we are working with a recipe for success. With beautiful prose and world building, you can’t help but be enraptured by magic and lore that makes this one stand out in originality. The action scenes had me on edge. It’s fast paced, keeping you engaged throughout, wanting to know more. Always more. And since we honestly don’t know exactly who is bad and who is good, you are constantly second guessing everyone’s intentions.
Aurora and Fenn embark on a journey to unravel the truths behind their lost memories and their past. Discovering Aurora’s tie to a prophecy foretold years prior and the secret world that she is from, is just the start of their journey. With new strangers approaching every which way, they must decide who to trust and what path to take.
I really adored these two. They compliment each other well and you can’t help but to root for…more to happen between them. Aurora’s feisty and funny. She’s tough and once everything started to unfold, she stood tall and was ultimately a force to be reckoned with. You couldn’t help but feel for her; the confusion and frustrations she has while trying to discover who and what she is. I don’t blame her uncertainty in regards to all these people randomly showing up to “help”. Then, she faces the decision whether to return to her home or stay in the world she knows. Which can’t be easy. As for Fenn; his loyalty and dedication to Aurora is what stands out the most. He’s strong, sweet and just someone you really want on your side when shit hits the fan. And it’s gonna hit the fan.
Aside from the main two, we also have other secondary characters worth mentioning. Mr. Creepy, the seer who told Aurora and Fenn the prophecy. (honestly, the jury’s still out on him) The sinister, eeeevil guy Zordon. Seriously. This guy is bad. Eve and Lexi. Along with others who were just barely brushed on. Again, I’m still wondering who is actually GOOD and who isn’t.
My only, slight, issue was the ending. It’s not BAD. It’s just… I wanted to know MORE. About their world. Aurora’s powers and her destiny. MORE about the prophecy and how everyone, mainly Zordon and Aurora, tie together. You did your job well, Knoebel, now I’m anxiously awaiting the release of book 2, Embracing the Flames.
Overall- I really liked it! Well written, captivating story with interesting lore, mystery and likable characters. I recommend it!
**** 4 Stars
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