In the Books featuring Spark of Defiance: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure (Games of Fire) (Volume 1) by Autumn M. Birt

Good morning and welcome to a special edition of In the Books, featuring Spark of Defiance: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure (Games of Fire) (Volume 1) by Autumn M. Birt.

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Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

About the book: Six months after a tragic war, the world of Myrrah has found peace. But many of the heroes have not. Wandering to avoid memories of lost friends and past actions, Zhao reluctantly returns home to fulfill a promise to his sister. And to proclaim to the elders of his people that their treatment of Air Elementals is wrong. His homecoming is met with hostility but not for the reason he expects. It is far worse. To protect his gifted niece from a life of hardship and subjugation like the one he endured, Zhao must rescue his sister. Even if she doesn’t wish it. Quickly caught once again in events greater than he can handle alone, Zhao struggles to prevent a personal conflict from erupting into a larger battle. But friends are distant, and more than a few are wrestling with new problems of their own. Welcome BACK to the world of Myrrah full of elemental magic and epic fantasy adventure! A new trilogy begins in Games of Fire with book 1, Spark of Defiance.

My Review: As a fan of the first trilogy, I came into this wondering what was in store for the characters following their previous adventures. I do think it’s fair to point out I haven’t read book 3 of the first trilogy yet, so this had some spoilers, but nothing in depth that will ruin the story for me. I’m a fan of the journey more than the end results, so that doesn’t bother me. If anything, this helped grow my anticipation for the previous and upcoming stories.

The characters were fun and well rounded, though I missed having Ty and Khodan having major roles. It’s understandable as this was mainly based on Zhao and Lavinia to a lesser extent. Still, their inclusion helped move the story forward in a smooth and exciting way. Personally, I loved Zhao and Laireag’s interactions and how they relied so heavily on each other. It has a friendly and familiar feel to it.

One thing I really thought was interesting and enjoyed was the Saturday serial feel to the story. Each of the good guys nearly always managed to walk into a serious situation born from their lackadaisical attitude following their victory. It was fun watching them trying to get out of one predicament after another.

One point I thought the author did a great job of touching on was the PTSD that varied from one character to another. For two characters, it linked to a single event, but I’m not going to say and spoil it. I have to admit I was a little disappointed that at least one wasn’t overly aggressive following their experience, but that’s just me and probably due to me not being fully up to speed with the rest of the series yet.

Over all, I really enjoyed this and look forward to the rest of the series and how the characters deal with their changing world.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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2 Responses to In the Books featuring Spark of Defiance: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure (Games of Fire) (Volume 1) by Autumn M. Birt

  1. weifarer says:

    Thanks so much for the feature, Ed! 😀

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