Review: Fate of Flames

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^ I’m trying my hand at some book photography! What do you think?

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Years ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle.

When Maia unexpectedly becomes the next Fire Effigy, she resists her new calling. A quiet girl with few friends and almost no family, she was much happier to admire the Effigies from afar. Never did she imagine having to master her ability to control fire, to protect innocent citizens from the Phantoms, or to try bringing together the other three Effigies.

But with the arrival of the mysterious Saul—a man who seems to be able to control the Phantoms using the same cosmic power previously only granted to four girls at a time—Maia and the other Effigies must learn to work together in a world where their celebrity is more important than their heroism.

But the secrets Saul has, and the power he possesses, might be more than even they can handle…

Fate of Flames was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016. Its Sailor Moon-meets-Pacific Rim concept was right up my alley. In the end I wasn’t blown away by Fate of Flames, but I was definitely intrigued and excited to see what would happen next…Fate of Flames drops the reader right into the action without a lot of setup, so the reader ends up getting the same trial-by-fire that Maia Finley gets when she learns that she’s the next fire effigy. I would have liked to know a bit more about Maia before things got underway, but we get to know her throughout the book as well so in the end it worked out. I did find myself wanting to know more about the other girls though: we see Maia’s origin story unfold in Fate of Flames, but the other effigies are already in action when Maia gets chosen. It would be cool to see how they all came into their powers but maybe that’s something we’ll see in future volumes. The book suffered a bit in the pacing: after the action-packed beginning, things slowed down for a bit before speeding up in the middle and sprinting toward the finish line in an epic boss battle. All in all, Fate of Flames is strong conceptually and left behind enough teasing details to keep readers coming back for the effigies’ next adventure.

Report Card:

  1. Cover Art/Book Design: 9/10 = A
  2. Plot/Concept: 9.5/10 = A+
  3. Main Character: 8.5/10 = A-
  4. Secondary/Supporting characters: 8.5/10 = A-
  5. Setting/Worldbuilding: 8.5/10 = A-
  6. Writing: 8.5/10 = A-
  7. Pacing: 8/10 = B+
  8. Romance:8/10 = B+
  9. Ending: 8.5/10 = A-
  10. Overall: 77/90

Final Grade: A-

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Author: Bex

Aspiring writer and life-long bookworm.

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