Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Rule of Fire (The Rise of the Fifth Order, #2) by Autumn M. Birt.
About the book: Six friends stand alone against the combined Orders of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth, protecting a girl whose forbidden abilities have condemn her to death. Now they are joined by a man who was once the Curse, the Church’s most powerful weapon and Ria’s greatest threat. Left with no name and no memory, the decision to aid this stranger will cost friendships and more as the group of friends journey north to seek a tribe of people lost to time amid an ancient war. The path home is riddled with dangers as the Church of Four Orders still seeks Ria and the former Water Priestess Nirine. For one High Priest, the desire for vengeance is personal.
Ria must unravel the mysteries of her power to find acceptance in a world where her abilities are considered a taint. Is the strange gift of magic an aberration that should be destroyed or something far more, related to the skills held by the Elementals who rule Myrrah?
The sequel to Born of Water, Rule of Fire is book 2 in the epic fantasy trilogy, the Rise of the Fifth Order. Return to the world of Myrrah ruled by the Church of Four Orders.
My Review: I was a big fan of the first book and I couldn’t wait to read this one. Picking up a short time after the first book, Rule of Fire expands on the world we were previously shown as we get to see more of it through the main character’s eyes, but also through the eyes of a high priest chasing them (Sorry, no spoilers).
As with the first book, the settings are well done and you feel you’re there from moors-like areas to dry and icy mountains. Going hand in hand with that are the characters. It’s fun to characters taken out of their comfort zones by traveling to different places during their quests. Having them deal with their environment makes the story more real for me.
While each of the characters were well developed, one of my favorites is still Ty. I’m a fan of the darker characters, and his mood swings remind me of myself when I was younger. Lol Unfortunately, he’s been usurped by the former Curse (Sorry, no name. That would be a spoiler). His ordeal at finding himself was an excellent side story. Nothing beats a tortured soul when it’s done right.
The story itself is smooth and flowing, but that can be misleading. While it’s a fast read, it’s not one that can be read in a couple of hours. In its own way, that makes it more enjoyable as we get to indulge for a greater length of time.
Overall, I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the third book in the series.