Children of Fire

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Drew Karpyshyn has made his mark with imaginative, action-packed work on several acclaimed videogames, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as well as in a succession of New York Times bestselling tie-in novels. Now Karpyshyn introduces a brilliantly innovative epic fantasy of perilous quests, tormented heroes, and darkest sorcery—a thrilling adventure that vaults him into the company of such authors as Terry ...

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Drew Karpyshyn has made his mark with imaginative, action-packed work on several acclaimed videogames, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as well as in a succession of New York Times bestselling tie-in novels. Now Karpyshyn introduces a brilliantly innovative epic fantasy of perilous quests, tormented heroes, and darkest sorcery—a thrilling adventure that vaults him into the company of such authors as Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, and Peter V. Brett.
 
Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy—a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.
 
Now the Legacy is fading. On the other side, the banished Daemron stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself—wizard, warrior, prophet, king.
 
Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the Legacy or bring it crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480525092
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/28/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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Drew Karpyshyn
Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: The Old Republic novels Revan and Annihilation, as well as the Star Wars: Darth Bane trilogy: Path of Destruction, Rule of Two, and Dynasty of Evil. He also wrote the acclaimed Mass Effect series of novels and worked as a writer/designer on numerous award-winning videogames. After spending most of his life in Canada, he finally grew tired of the long, cold winters and headed south in search of a climate more conducive to year-round golf. Drew Karpyshyn now lives in Texas with his wife, Jennifer, and their cat.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    ???

    What's up with people writing these random comments? 5 stars each. Did they even read the book. Go to a chat room, jerks! I've only read the sample so far in this book, but its seems good enoigh to buy. I'll write another review when I'm finished.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Drew has once again done it. He conquered sci-fi with Mass Effec

    Drew has once again done it. He conquered sci-fi with Mass Effect and his work on Star wars. ( You should check those two if you haven'talready). Now he sets his eyes on Fantasy. All I have to say is this is a author who always gives out Grade a 5 star material. Also all he's works even the star wars one's are meant for adults and older teenagers. 

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Good

    The book spends a lot of time setting the stage and then introducing numerous characters. I think it is fair to say it can be a bit slow but I still felt it told a good solid story that deserves recognition. Worth checking out and I am personally looking forward to the next book.

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  • Posted July 24, 2014

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    Strong Potential but Slow Starter
    Long ago the gods

    Strong Potential but Slow Starter

    <blockquote>Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy—a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.
     
    Now the Legacy is fading. On the other side, the banished Daemron stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself—wizard, warrior, prophet, king.
     
    Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the Legacy or bring it crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.</blockquote>



    This book lays the ground works for what could be a truly spectacular fantasy series. However, to set the stage the entire world must be built, and then populated with the characters to people it. And world building can be a tedious process, just as introducing and then setting up all the characters also takes time. In this case there are so many characters that it takes some serious time to get them all introduced and maneuvered into their proper places.

    Yet while the setting of the stage for this series takes longer than I'd prefer, it shows a great deal of potential going forward. I'll admit I struggled with keeping the characters straight in the beginning, and frankly that struggle lasted far longer than I anticipated it would. Between the number of characters and being bounced around between them I was frustrated. Things began to get better in the second half, and continued to improve for me from there. I'm not sure if the story would have been easier to read had it stuck with each character for longer periods, but  then to do that the timeline would probably have bounced forward and back on numerous occasions. So I can't offer a better solution, only my opinion.

    It seems to me that about the entire first half of the book was mostly used to set the scene, while the second half was more action-based. Don't get me wrong, for there is action in the first half as well, just didn't seem as prevalent. The first half was also more about setting up our potential heroes and/or heroines, and leading us to them, though there may have been a few false leads mixed in there. By the end of this book we are left with a strong idea about the wizard, and lesser ideas about the warrior, prophet, and king. Though each seems to have been identified, I wouldn't be too strongly surprised should one or more of the characters marked for those roles changes altogether.

    Though the action scenes are entertaining, I only found a few to be really entrancing, which I don't ascribe to any problems with the writing itself, but rather to my lack of attachment to the characters. Each time one of the main characters began to elicit an emotional response from me something happened to alter the character's personality, and with it my interest in the character's wellbeing. Those characters that did appeal to me either disappeared or underwent very distinct personality alterations. In fact, so far the ones I feel most strongly about are more than likely considered to be secondary characters, or the supporting cast. It is my hope that they'll stick around, developing further right along with the main characters. Hopefully we'll learn substantially more about these supporting characters that elicited my interest.

    Though this review may sound negative, it's not meant to be. Unfortunately for this book, I read it immediately upon finishing an absolutely spectacular book, so almost anything will suffer in comparison, even if the comparing is being done subconsciously. There is certainly enough meat to this book that I fully intend to read the next book in the series, with the strong hope that the sequel will build upon the solid foundation this book has created for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Knuckles

    Heads back home

    0 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Kneacapeon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Zay

    *buys an xbox 720 and a playstation 1*

    0 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Mall/Store

    Shop till you drop!

    0 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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