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Fallen Embers
     

Fallen Embers

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by Lauri J. Owen
 

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A feisty attorney and her young nephew are transported to an alternate feudal Alaska ruled by a class of decadent mages who have enslaved the shapechanging indigenous peoples. Before she can find her way home Kiera must learn more about the local systems of magic and her own ability to summon fire. On whose side should she fight? Whom can she trust -- Marco, the young

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A feisty attorney and her young nephew are transported to an alternate feudal Alaska ruled by a class of decadent mages who have enslaved the shapechanging indigenous peoples. Before she can find her way home Kiera must learn more about the local systems of magic and her own ability to summon fire. On whose side should she fight? Whom can she trust -- Marco, the young mage she saves, or fierce and handsome Laszlo, the slave captain of ruling Lord Vayu's army? Kiera's path leads her deeper into Alaska, to joy and to heartbreak. Choosing to follow her heart may cost her everything.

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Publishers Weekly
Owen's debut is a flawed but agreeable fish-out-of-water romantic fantasy. After Alaskan lawyer Kiera is tattooed with a secret curse, she and her six-year-old nephew, Alex, are savagely attacked by a wild dog. They wake up in an alternate feudal Alaska. Encountering three children in mortal danger, Kiera unexpectedly calls up magical fire to defend them. After the local army offers her shelter, Kiera is romanced by shape-shifter Captain Laszlo; he's the first of many men who admire Kiera's plus-size body, which she learns is considered the pinnacle of beauty in this new world. Kiera learns how to control and increase her power while trying to avoid becoming a political pawn. Disgusted with the treatment of the enslaved shape-shifters by the privileged magical nobles, Kiera signs up with the approaching slave rebellion even though it may mean Laszlo will be ordered to kill her. Owen's heroine is strong and self-sufficient, but feels too perfect to fail. Though the implausible ending distracts from an otherwise reasonable plot, the overall result is a pleasant summer read. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597190244
Publisher:
Pearlsong Press
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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Fallen Embers 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TheChaoticBuffalo More than 1 year ago
A Parable Gone Awry. I received this book from the author, Lauri J. Owen. While being attacked by a large dog, Kiera and her nephew, Alex, are suddenly and mysteriously transported to an alternate Alaska, populated by mages and shapeshifters. In the process of trying to find her way back to her own Alaska, Kiera learns much about herself. The similarities between this theme and that of The Wizard of Oz struck me several times as I read Lauri J. Owen’s Fallen Embers. It could have been an effective fable or parable if it had been written as such. Instead, it is basically certain elements of a novel, thrown against the framework of a moral treatise on slavery, hoping that some might stick. A tattoo that Kiera gets at the beginning of the book and the presence of Alex’s father in the alternate Alaska seem to be significant to the story line, but each is flung into the plot at some point, and then either glossed over or completely ignored for the remainder of the book. The only character who has any personality is Kiera, and she is so inconsistent that, were she real, it would be hard to spend more than five minutes in a room with her. The rest of the characters are no more than props. The most thoroughly developed feature of the book is the system of magic that Kiera finds herself able to manipulate, but one would need some kind of star chart to follow it. The story leads us to what should be a climactic event, only to snatch it from view when Kiera is wounded and falls unconscious as the event commences. Regaining consciousness a few days later, Kiera is repeatedly stalled for several days – and many, many pages – when she asks about the outcome of the event. I suppose the intent here is to build suspense about the surprise ending to the book, but it is quickly clear to anyone who has read the book to this point what that surprise is. Fallen Embers is Book One of The Embers Series, so it is hoped that at least some of the issues mentioned above will be resolved in Blowing Embers, the second book in the series.
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Nana08 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved your book.. can't wait for the next one...I got so caught up with this one once I finally got to read it I couldn't put it down...
KMichaels More than 1 year ago
In her debut novel, Lauri J. Owen has created an enthralling world of magic and shapeshifters. The remarkable tale, set in Alaska, starts off with introducing us to Kiera, a plus-sized woman with a tenacious personality, and her young orphan nephew, Alex. After an incident with a mysterious curse and a wild dog, Kiera and Alex are transported to a feudal version of Alaska where the noble class of mages has enslaved a population of shapeshifters. Naturally, Kiera is horrified and becomes involved in the slave rebellion. It helps that she has discovered her own magical affinity. She soon finds herself caught in a struggle between Laszlo, the slave captain of the local army, and Marco, a young mage. It quickly becomes apparent that there is no straight good and evil, but everyone is clouded with grey in this world. What I truly enjoyed about this book was the realism to all of the characters. Nobody is perfect and the flaws in the characters are what make them interesting. Also, the detailed and well-thought descriptions of the magic in this feudal world were brilliant. I'm looking forward to where Lauri plans to take us next in this wonderful world.
FatGrrl More than 1 year ago
The undeniable skill, charm, and sass of Owen's writing has a power rarely encountered. To trudge through the dangers of an unknown Alaska at the side of a thoughtful, compassionate, and stubborn heroine like Keira reminds us of the issues we face in our own present and shows us how we can navigate them with wit, loyalty and courage. -FatGrrl.com
L_Murray More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. The heroine finds herself in a dangerous situation and I admired the way that she grew in power as she worked through it. I loved how Keira is a big, beautiful, powerful heroine. Not only that, the man who sparks her love interest is a big, gorgeous bear of a man. So cool! To add even more allure for those of us who look for empowering fiction Lauri Owen also has created an alternate, magical world where size and strength in women are valued! Over the past few years I've become addicted to urban paranormal and paranormal romance novels and I don't know if there is even one other paranormal novel with a BBW protagonist. Tell me if you know of any I've missed, I want to read them! The book reminds me in many ways of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series-only with the extra added appeal for me of positive, plus-sized characters in the magic-driven world Owen has created
pegasus_za More than 1 year ago
Lauri Owen has crafted a magnificent tale of romance and political intrigue, tightly interwoven through the visions of grandeur and depravity that are her alternate Alaska. From the first page one is gripped by the story as one follows Kiera and Alex, living out a pretty ordinary existence in present day Alaska, through their shocking initiation into the realm of magic, where they must survive or be destroyed. The pages of this book turn of their own accord as one devours the images that flow from them, eager to seek out the mysteries that lie hidden within and, of course, to follow the ultimate conclusion of the romance that is the river of hope wending its way through the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book, and I have to say how very much I enjoyed it. More than a romance, more than a social commentary, more than a majestic location filled with legend and magic -- Fallen Embers has it all. I became invested in the characters, which is for me an absolute must in a novel. I look forward to your next book!