Firebird (Apocalypto 3) [NOOK Book]

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Nominated for Best Romantic Science Fiction / Futuristic (2011) by The Romance Reviews

Book 3 of the dystopian epic fantasy.

Equivalent to 494 pages in print.
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Overview

Nominated for Best Romantic Science Fiction / Futuristic (2011) by The Romance Reviews

Book 3 of the dystopian epic fantasy.

Equivalent to 494 pages in print.
Dystopian Fantasy Romance
Some steamy sexual content

In a world where natural-born offspring are essential to the ruling dynasties, Mallory of Settlement 20 is blessed with fertility by the goddess Asherah.

From poverty and hunger, Mal goes to Red City to be a pampered and protected chalice. She trains to detach from the world so she can serve it, but when her firebird totem lands her in a power struggle between Allel and Garrick, her feelings for one king threaten everything she's worked for.

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One king wants to love her
One king wants to kill her
And shapeshifters stole her baby's soul!

Equivalent to approximately 494 pages in print.
Dystopian Fantasy Romance
Some steamy sexual content
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Editorial Reviews

Stacey Goodreads
I enjoyed the hell out of it. The writing is excellent, and the lack of clichéd expressions in a romance novel, refreshing. Storyline loose-ends from the previous novellas were definitely addressed, deftly woven into the story. Definitely recommended.

Marlene Book Lover & Procrastinator
Ms. Rigel creates a unique and vivid world filled with political intrigue, fantasy, and action, coupled with a great love story.
Stacey Goodreads
I enjoyed the hell out of it. The writing is excellent, and the lack of clichéd expressions in a romance novel, refreshing. Storyline loose-ends from the previous novellas were definitely addressed, deftly woven into the story. Definitely recommended.<br /><br />
Stacey Goodreads
I enjoyed the hell out of it. The writing is excellent, and the lack of clichéd expressions in a romance novel, refreshing. Storyline loose-ends from the previous novellas were definitely addressed, deftly woven into the story. Definitely recommended.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/156961553
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012190369
  • Publisher: Beastie Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2012
  • Series: Apocalypto , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 494
  • Sales rank: 35,833
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

LK Rigel lives in California with her television-watching cat, Coleridge. (His favorite show is Castle, but he was enthralled by Game of Thrones.) Rigel wrote songs for the 90's band The Elements, scored the independent science fantasy karate movie Lucid Dreams, and was a reporter for the Sacramento Rock 'N Roll News. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway.

Rigel writes the postapocapunk "Apocalypto" series about the end of the world and the new reality in which the gods return to save humanity from itself - and end up fighting with each other.

Her short story "Slurp" about an author with muse problems on Halloween is included in DEADLY TREATS, Anne Frasier's Halloween anthology published by Nodin Press.

Her latest book, GIVE ME, is an adult fairy tale about possession.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Creative, Imaginative, clever and well written! Well worth a read - be sure to check it out!!!

    My thoughts:
    What to say about this story...it's like nothing I have ever read before. Mallory starts her life as an orphan and becomes a bleeder, then a chalice. This is a whole new spin to surrogate mother. The chalices are trained in many things from history and religion to self defense and kama sutra. They are trained to control their emotions as well as their bodies, so in tune that they can change their body temperature to control fertilization as well as gender! I can't imagine it.

    The characters are extraordinary. Their personalities are well planned and the descriptions are vivid and colorful. I found myself cringing when Durga or Jordana came around and smiling every time Edmund came on the scene. The tattoos that people all had - for various reasons - were a great addition. I found that I truly connected with the idea behind the meanings and their placement (laughed out loud at the talon tat that Mal got!).

    The story is so well written that it was easy to get lost in the lives of the characters. The variations in the classes is interesting and well done. The are so many kinds of people in so many forms of service. The author is truly both creative and a talented writer.

    The world building is fantastic. The author appears to have matched each place with the people who live there. Garrick - unkind, corrupt, and power hungry as a person. Garrick the country is polluted, unclean, and inhabited by people who never have enough (not even enough food). Allel is green and clean, accepting of all who live there regardless of social station and ruled by Edmund who is kind, generous, selfless, and dedicated. The Red City is home to the chalices, bleeders, and sisters. It has the best of everything, but expects everything in return and is power hungry in its own way.

    The hinted at battle between the goddess Asherah and the god Samael was an intriguing element to the story, as was the whole Princess Mallory legend. There is betrayal and loyalty, evil and love, as well as mystery and romance. This story has a little bit of everything.

    My favorite thing is that there is so much human nature in the story. You watch as the characters determine who to trust and what is right, as opposed to what is expected by law or duty.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

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    Excellent book with exciting storyline and intriguing characters

    Bleeder is a very intriguing book with a group of exciting and well developed characters. It definitely held my attention and I loved how LK Rigel paid so much attention to the details. The character of Mal was by far my favorite for being such a strong female character. The futuristic setting of the story was smartly done and very believable. I'm extremely happy to have had a chance to read this particular book and hope to have the chance to read many more books by LK Rigel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    Wow

    Wow!

    First I'm gonna say this . . I am very much a "judge a book by it cover" person. I know it's wrong, I know I should change it . . but I can't. When I see a beautiful cover it makes me think what the story behind will tell.

    The cover to this book is just beautiful! In fact I am loving the "firebird" and thinking that would be an awesome next tattoo.

    This story picks up a little later down the line from where Space Junque and Spiderwork left off. The pages turn to reveal new twists and turns. Leaving the reader sometimes wondering what the heck just happened. Never fear, everything seems to have a reason/purpose . . even if you don't see it right away. Mallory shows you in great detail her life events right up to the end. Step into her shoes and get to know her friends and family, and the story that tells their tale.

    This series was a wonderful surprise for me, and one I'm so glad I picked up to read. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy for yourself, you won't be disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Not the same as the rest of the series. I would have liked more

    Not the same as the rest of the series. I would have liked more action. This book is more of a love story. An interesting love story with a twist, but a love story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    A wonderful post-apocalyptic fantasy!

    Yes! After having my interest piqued with Space Junque and Spiderwork, this book finally delivers on the promises those two novellas make. I was almost immediately sucked into this book, and where I found the two prequel novellas enjoyable but lacking a bit of depth, this book was just right. Rigel made me care about what happened to Mallory and Edmund, and I found myself biting my nails and rushing through to the end to find out what would happen to them. Up until the very end I was worried about how it would all play out. The questions raised in this book aren't new, but Rigel handled them in a way that was interesting.


    This book was both frustrating and wonderful. Frustrating in that certain topics central to the story are somewhat uncomfortable to think about, such as fertility as a commodity to be bought and sold. Mallory is a chalice, a fertile female who will essentially be "rented" to different countries to produce heirs. She doesn't really have a choice in the matter - if a girl turns out to be fertile, she is sent to the Red City to be prepared for the life of a chalice just as Mallory was. It was wonderful though because the world felt so real and was peopled with such interesting characters. I can't remember the last time I was so absorbed in something I was reading because I just didn't know what would happen next; this book constantly had me wondering what twist or turn was around the corner.


    One small thing - at the beginning, I kept confusing Celia and Claire because their names look so similar and both are associated with Allel, so I had to go back and re-read sections to make sense of what was going on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

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    Finally, a SEXY fantasy!

    BLEEDER is the story of Mallory, a young girl who finds herself blessed by her goddess with the gift of fertility. In the world she lives in, fertility is paramount to saving civilization. Fertile girls, or chalices as they are called, find themselves whisked away from their homes to be taught the meaning of being a blessed chalice.

    Mallory finds herself shunned by her fellow chalices for being settlement trash and it only makes her more determined to be perfect in everything she does. The girls go through rigorous training both physical and in the art of making love and pleasing their contracting partner. This is where this story holds you spellbound. It's very strange how sex can be so hot and elegant at the same time. Major kudos to the author on the ceremony scene.

    The author does an excellent job filling the story with sex, political intrigue and war. The story pulls you in and I just kept reading because I wanted to find out what happened to Mallory. Would she find love with Edmund or would she be forever bound to King Garrick? A smart and surprising ending awaits the reader. Highly Recommended.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Poorly plotted, confusingly written.  I wish I hadn't read all t

    Poorly plotted, confusingly written.  I wish I hadn't read all three books in this trilogy- or paid money for any of them.  I'm usually good with some trashy romance, and I definitely don't have a problem with sci-fi, but these books are terrible. Yuck. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

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    Great book. Kept my interest from page one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Okay

    Was a bit confusing at times.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    A Work I Loved to Hate

    I have to say, I’m so glad Ms. Rigel decided to make this into a full length novel. Whereas the first two novellas left me wanting more information, this one was full of depth. Wonderful world building! Before I go deeper into the review, one thing you must know about me is I’m the type of person who LOVES to HATE. Many aspects of this book riled me, but in a way which was satisfying because of the realism. Think Darth Vadar: an absolutely wicked character but in such a way where you can’t help but say he’s a kick-ass villain. So with that in mind, I went through Bleeder hating characters, attitudes, and situations, but absolutely loving the book because of it. For me, this work delved a bit into women’s fiction with its clash of opposing ideas. On one hand, it celebrated womanhood by making fertile women the most valuable resource on the planet. On the other hand, they were just that… resources–either breed for the planet or face the consequences. Then there was the idea of motherhood. In Spiderwork, the women seemed to want to be mothers, but responsibilities forced on them by society denied them that opportunity. They were breeders, nothing more. This time around, the breeds mocked and criticized any birth mother for holding any emotional attachment to a child. The Chosen were brainwashed into believing that motherhood was something to be scorned. It was a rather disheartening future to think something so natural would be frowned upon. All in all, it was like two giant leaps backward for women. Bleeder had such a deep message which dealt with human rights and politics. In many ways the society lost its spirit. Lack of choices made them complacent with the way things were. Even those in charge of making the rules were complacent. Each new ordinate chipped away freewill leaving an entire society of slaves with varying privileges. I could see our society becoming like that. Overall, I truly enjoyed this book. Bleeder came pretty close to a 5 star read. Like I said, it was full of issues I LOVED to HATE. I recommend this work to readers who enjoy exploring human rights. By the way, romance lovers… this does have a happily ever after. A few of my favorite lines: *“I kept the sun out of her eyes.” *Pleasure sure did look hilarious on other people. *She had that completion tat in addition to the traditional roses, but it was impossible to imagine any man brave enough to enter this woman. Last minute comments The question which continued to be on my mind throughout the novel was, “What are ghosts?” Great news all! Ms. Rigel has added a Lexicon to her website which answers that question and many more. This story was well beyond the time of Char’s story, Space Junque (see review here). Though we get an idea of what happened to her sister Sky Meadowlark, we never get the entire story. I do hope to see Sky’s story in the future. If you didn’t catch my review of Spiderwork, you can read it here.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    It's been a long time since I've read a book I literally couldn'

    It's been a long time since I've read a book I literally couldn't put down. I read the first two Apocalypto stories by L.K. Rigel, and thought they were very inventive. I appreciated that I was finally reading something different, and good. The stories were short, and I remember thinking that there were places that could use some expansion, and maybe just a little more development.

    Then Bleeder came along. 800+ e-pages of pure, fantastical enjoyment. I was pulled into Mallory's story from the first pages of the book, and just couldn't let go until I read the very last sentence. The characters were intriguing and had depth. Rigel built on the history of the world she introduced in her first two books. The plot was enjoyable, and the subject matter riveting. I was very sad to see the end of the story.

    I'm hoping that she is going to write another book in to continue the series. She hints at things for the future world in Bleeder that I can't wait to read about!

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    L.K. Rigel has done it again! Bleeder, third in the Apocalypto s

    L.K. Rigel has done it again! Bleeder, third in the Apocalypto series, is the best to date. So much action, sex, politics and intrigue to this one, with large helpings of rebellion. I loved this and could barely manage to put it down. While I struggled with Mal enjoying her position as a chalice so much, she did prove that she truly is only human after all. I thought the ending was well done, even if it leaves me wanting L.K. to turn out even more books in this series. I&rsquo;m so glad that I picked up the first book in the series, Space Junque, on a whim because it was free for the Kindle. I would never have discovered this series and the writing of L.K. Rigel otherwise! Well done, L.K.!

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Masterful world building, hot guys, and women to be proud of...

    My previously published review on Part 1- Blue Amber (4/5) can be found on my blog 100 Stars Or Less.


    My thoughts on Part 2 - Chalice and Part 3 - Dragon & Phoenix

    I've been looking forward to Bleeder ever since I picked up my copy of Space Junque some time last fall. That being said, I had a lot of expectations going into this. L.K. Rigel has succeeded for the most part in fulfilling those expectations.

    Once again, the world building is magnificent. Every time I pick up a new one of these books a whole new slice of the world is expanded upon and I just become more and more fascinated by it. It's like looking at the world through a straw in Space Junque, through a key hole in Spiderwork, a window in Blue Amber, and now a door. I'm always amazed at just how complex and interesting the people and places can get.

    The characters are fantastic. Mallory's growth and development and the way L.K. Rigel has made me feel about her is so wonderful. It's very refreshing to have a character not just where I feel sorry for her or want to get what she wants, but one that to the very end I just feel pride in. Garrick and Edward are both real hotties and loved having that evil vs good thing going on here. Although Garrick is maybe a little bit too evil and I was hoping just a little that this Garrick wouldn't be. But he did keep the story really interesting. And I couldn't quite figure out if Edward's plans for his city were good or bad but that kept the story really interesting as well.

    As for the Gods Asherah and Samael, and the empanii, I'm just not sure. I kind of didn't like Asherah in this one. She just seemed jealous and needy. Especially when she went on her rants about Samael. I didn't like how she refused to tell Mallory what was going on with her either. I liked Father Jesse, Samael's priest probably the most out of all the authority figures in the story, probably because there is so much mystery surrounding who he is, but that was a little confusing since I was so on Asherah's side up until Bleeder! The empanii story was really interesting. I just kept thinking "what are they up to?" the entire time which made me want to keep reading even more.

    My biggest problem of all though was I found so much of the timeline just so confusing! I'm not sure why I had such a big problem with this but I did. My concern probably lay with the quarantine. This just isn't really explained very well. I couldn't tell when the women were pregnant and which man they were with in some parts of the story. Then the addition of the empanii interacting with the characters just made this even more confusing than it was. If it wasn't for this part, Bleeder would be getting a much higher rating from me.

    Overall, this was such a wonderful, empowering story to read. I felt like the women really were in control of their own destinies, the characters were charming and fascinating to watch, and the story itself was filled to the brim with so much to ponder - something I always look forward to when choosing a book.

    Rating: 3/5

    Overall rating for all three parts: 3.75/5

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Wonderful story!

    Bleeder is the 3rd book in the Apocalypto series. It's a deep, complex story about a girl named Mallory (Mal) who is a chalice. In this world, there are very few fertile women. If you are lucky enough to have your period, then you are considered a Bleeder and must live in Red City. Here, the girls are well cared for - these are the women that will keep the world population from dying out. Once they reach a certain age, the become a chalice and they are basically sold to the highest bidder to have sex with until they become pregnant. The men who bid on the chalices are princes who are wanting to produce heirs.

    It is an honor to these women to become a chalice. It is their duty to keep the human race going. To them, having sex with a prince is just a business transaction. They are trained to not have emotions. They are not supposed to fall in love with a prince. Of course, a person can't fully turned off their feelings, no matter how hard they try.

    I had to keep reminding myself that the world is completely different at this point in time. Their way of life is just bizarre to me. For example, these chalices don't have any contact with the children they have - and they don't want to. They are raised to believe it is wrong to have a relationship with the children they produce. They are like machines - they do the deed, produce a child, and move on to the next bidder.

    I thought that the first 1/3 or so of the book was a bit slow. It starts off with Mal at age 13, the age where she starts getting her period. She lives on a settlement, and is very filthy and poor. Her whole world changes when she is taken to Red City. There, it is like living in luxury. A romance doesn't blossom until much later in the book. As I've said before, I'm a romance addict. When Mal meets Prince Edmund for the first time, she automatically feels a connection. Later, when she has sex with him, it lacks passion. Besides trying to conceive a baby, they rarely spend any time together. It really was a nice love story in this book, I just wanted more from them.

    I found myself confused a lot during this book. There was just a lot of confusing phrases, rules, etc... I also thought there were too many characters to keep straight. The writing was wonderful though, and the author was very imaginative at building this world that is so unlike our own.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Loved it!

    Mal, who lives in a rather primitive and dangerous settlement of Garrick, knows long hours of work and endless hunger. When an emissary from Red City arrives and Mal is determined to be a Bleeder, Mal's life changes, for she is to be taken to Red City and trained to become a Chalice, a woman who will carry children for royalty. On the way to Red City, the emissary and her contingent stop at Allel, to determine if another girl is, also, a Breeder. While there, Mal meets Prince Emund of Allel and Prince Garrick of Garrick, both handsome and destined to play a role in her life.



    Ms. Rigel creates a unique and vivid world filled with political intrigue,fantasy, and action, coupled with a great love story. Mal, who trades a life of poverty for one of luxury, is trapped in a gilded cage, although she doesn't realize it at first. Forced to bare children for the highest bidder, her life is one of ceremonies and duty, but she, slowly, discovers a need for something more than the duty to which she was brainwashed. Edmund is a truly great hero, for he is strong, sympathetic, protective, and loving. I became totally caught up in Edmund and Mal's plight and found myself on the edge of my seat awaiting the outcome.

    All in all, Bleeder is a wonderful read, and I highly recommend it, for its imaginative world-building and superb love story.

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