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Touch of Fire
     

Touch of Fire

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by Maria Zannini
 

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Between mage and man lies fire.
Leda has been ordered by the House of Ilia to use her fae gifts to find an alchemist's bible, no matter what the cost. In a world where technology has been replaced by Elemental magic, this book is more dangerous than any spell or potion.
A ragged scrap of parchment is Leda's only clue and it leads her to the last man known to

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Touch of Fire 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful but dangerous fire mage, a book that could destroy the world, and a man who is forced into bondage against his will . . . all combine to create an intriguing story that's impossible to put down. Leda needs help, despite the fact that she is a full fire mage and can read auras-warning her of danger and love alike. When Grey is defeated in a bar brawl, she pays the landlord for damages, unbeknownst to the unconscious Grey, making him her bondsman for three months. Grey, of course, is furious at the beautiful fae woman who has magically tethered him to her like a common servant. The quest-to recover a book of potions discovered, then lost, by Grey. But now the trail of those seeking it is lined with death. Leda must trick Grey into revealing its location, by any means possible, before one of the most powerful mage's finds it for himself. The book contains instructions for creating machines and bombs that could destroy the entire world of this futuristic civilization. The fantasy world created by author Maria Zannini is unique as she weaves a fascinating plot. The story pulled me in from the first page as Leda's character burst into life through Zannini's witty and charming writing style. When Grey woke up from his pummeling, I was hooked. The tension between Leda and Grey is simply captivating. Bravo.
MonmouthMike More than 1 year ago
When I was a boy Fantasy heroes were muscle-bound men aka Tarzan or Conan; then in a later, more ambivalent era we had heroes with flaws, interestingly pale heroes with red eyes, dependent on demons and vampiric swords. Weak or strong all of them were men. Women were victims or trophies, treacherous schemers making up to bald sorcerers, occasionally heroic but never quite making it as a man. Male 'Mary Sue's have been replaced by female 'Mary Sue's as Fantasy readerships has changed but real romance demands strong partners. The protagonist, male or female has to meet their match. Good writers understand this instinctively, and Maria Zannini is one of them. Her heroine in 'Touch of Fire is Leda. She is both sardonic and feisty. Her eventual partner, Greyhawk Tams is equally strong minded, chalk to her cheese, and the joy in reading the book is seeing how their relationship develops in a nicely drawn post apocalyptic world. This is important. In Touch of Fire the world building is coherent and real - and ends with a hook that demands a sequel.
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QueentuttsWorld More than 1 year ago
Wow! Leda, a Fire Elemental Mage/Witch is put on a mission by her Reverend Mother to find a plainfolk man by the name Greyhawke Tams and retrieve a book but not just a book, a book that was The Poor Man's Recipe Book - Page after page listed ingredients for all manner of magic and a host of poisons, a book with weaponry models and designs and explosives of all kinds never seen before. This book could give any mage the power to rule the world and have every being submit to his will. Greyhawke Tams (Grey) is just plainfolk but the best scavenger hunter for all treasures. He found an ancient book from some ruins, however, when he shared a meal with a commoner one night, he found himself without the book the next morning when he woke along with his long pony tail hair being cut. Grey didn't think much of it; he was just a sexy man who lived a free life and didn't want the hassle of being tied to a woman but only wanted her pleasures, well until his destiny landed in Leda's control and is forced to hunt for the man who took the ancient book from him. Leda's and Grey's exciting adventure is totally awesome, full of magic, lust, sexual submission and branding by a Fire Lord, jealousy, war, and traitorous back turning. The chemistry sparks between Leda and Grey lead to pretty steamy scenes and their romantic sweet talk will have you falling in love with the characters. I wanted more in the end. Great Read!
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