The Sentient Fire [NOOK Book]

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In one short night, Dormael Harlun's life was changed forever. His decision to aid Shawna Llewan, a beautiful woman wounded and near death, will pit him against the will of a tyrant, the designs of a traitor, and the attention of powers beyond his imagining. Dormael must find the key to a secret lost to antiquity, and keep all his wits about him while he plays a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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The Sentient Fire

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Overview

In one short night, Dormael Harlun's life was changed forever. His decision to aid Shawna Llewan, a beautiful woman wounded and near death, will pit him against the will of a tyrant, the designs of a traitor, and the attention of powers beyond his imagining. Dormael must find the key to a secret lost to antiquity, and keep all his wits about him while he plays a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032880165
  • Publisher: D.W. Hawkins
  • Publication date: 11/19/2011
  • Series: Seven Signs, #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

I'm an Independent author. I'm a three time combat veteran and a biker at heart. I'm the author of The Seven Signs trilogy. Book one, The Sentient Fire, is available now. The Awakening Storm, book two, is coming soon. You can also check out my two free short stories, A Tool Most Dangerous (Seven Signs) and Underneath. Stay tuned for my upcoming Urban Fantasy series, The Ballad of the Outrider. Thanks for your time and attention.
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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    So I'm only about a quarter of the way through this massive firs

    So I'm only about a quarter of the way through this massive first book, and already I love it. First thing to know, you certainly get your money's worth with this book. It's long enough that the word epic truly applies, and so far it's good enough that Fantastic easily describes it. The author's characters are individual, believable, and interesting. The character interactions are great, and the plot keeps you moving forward. Every time I have to put it down it's a struggle. I am constantly wanting to find just another 5 minutes to read. Just one more page. What happens next? At times I find myself on the edge of my seat hoping that this happen, or that doesn't happen. I give it five stars, and two thumbs up.

    If you're a fan of classic fantasy, this is what you want to read next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

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    Richly imagined with meticulously developed theories of magic, h

    Richly imagined with meticulously developed theories of magic, history, myth, geography, politics and more, D.W. Hawkins’ The Sentient Fire is the first in a series of epic fantasy novels. But it stands alone as a well-drawn, well-finished novel in its own right. The level of detail can be overwhelming at times, but well-plotted history and geography are nicely fed into discussions between strangers (fast becoming friends) on a long and dangerous journey. The scenery switches between frozen waste, oceans, farms, small towns and citadel. Social structures are discussed and explained by politics, history and myth. Meanwhile magic remains a powerful constant, beautifully drawn, with the reader quickly pulled into the experience of using and being used by powers beyond our own.
    The social commentary is intriguingly real with all its attendant assumptions and follies. The language is a nice mix of careful description and dialog and displays a pleasing humor, especially when little Bethany repeats the rather course songs of her, as yet unexplained, youth. The characters form a truly intriguing ensemble, with different skills and aims all gathered together in what eventually becomes a single cause. But the plot’s the primary reason for the tale, satisfying, fascinating and pleasingly unpredictable, sufficiently so to keep the reader turning pages even when long explanations seem to have veered into what might seem irrelevant.
    I enjoyed the novel and couldn’t put it down, even though I found myself skipping some bits of the world-building. If I only had more time to read I’d be desperately waiting for book 2. If epic fantasy is your genre, and if complex world-building grabs your attention, this series will quickly hook and you and definitely offer something new and satisfying.

    Disclosure: I won a free ecopy of this novel during a blog tour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    enjoyed good plot

    would recomend this authers oyhers books

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

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    Let me start by saying, this book is nearly 800 pages, so be war

    Let me start by saying, this book is nearly 800 pages, so be warned, it is not a quick read, but believe me, it is worth it. The characters are engaging and human. They are not depicted as perfect, which makes it easier to connect with them and find them believable. One of my biggest pet peeves with reading any novel is when an author creates a character that is so far out of the realm of reality that there is no way a normal, average person like me can connect with them, as they have no flaws, nothing that makes them seem real and human.

    I have come to realize that writing a really great fantasy novel is an art form, and it really is not as easy as creating characters that exist in another world, like fairies, witches, vampires and goblins. You cannot just throw magic into a bland story and expect it to be a fantastic epic fantasy novel. It is an art form that I can honestly and truthfully say that D.W. Hawkins has mastered in spades.

    That is not the case in this novel, though. I was instantly able to connect with Dormael in this story. I could feel his feelings and hear what he heard, as the author makes great use of description to make the reader able to become a part of the story. While the book is long, the degree of detail given makes that necessary.

    D.W. Hawkins makes great use of back story, without cramming it down your throat right at the beginning. It is spread out throughout the story, and you learn about the characters and get to really feel like you know them by the end of this novel.

    I was able to feel the fury of the cousins when they found the little girl in the tower room, and the emotions were almost palpable as I read along in rapt horror at what you perceive has happened to the poor little Bethany.

    Then, I felt as though I was travelling with the unlikely group of friends as they traveled throughout the world created in the story.

    Okay, that's it. I am not telling you any more about the storyline itself, and you will have to read for yourself. From here forward, I will give you my thoughts about the writing in general, and hopefully I can convey to you how great this story was, enough so that you will want to read it and find out what is in store!

    Overall, this was a novel that I could not put down. Every time I tried to walk away from it, I could feel the story and the characters calling to me, telling me that I had no idea what was coming next and I would just HAVE to keep reading to find out.

    There were a few points where I was not sure where it was going or what exactly was happening, but somehow it always pulled together and made sense, even if it took a little while to get there. In my opinion, this is a must read, and I will reread this book many times and share it with my son, who is 8 years old and becoming a huge fan of fantasy.

    For my rating scale, I am giving this a 5 star rating, well worth the money! I hope you will all enjoy the story as much as I did and do, and will continue too for many years to come! I cannot wait to see what is going to happen next, and anxiously await the next installment in this series, which I am told to expect some time in November of this year.

    **DISCLAIMER** I was provided a copy of this story in E-Book format from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated in any way for this posting, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    This review is going to be hard to write, without giving away an

    This review is going to be hard to write, without giving away any spoilers. I just don't want to give it all away for you guys!

    Let's start by saying this book is long. I am used to reading books that are roughly 350 odd pages. This was double that. Yet I never felt it dragging on! Instead of cramming information in, or leaving it out, D.W. Hawkins has just simply made the book long, and it works.

    The character's were wonderfully written and you are able to relate to them. The heroes aren't perfect and good, they have their flaws. The villain's aren't just "bad". Overall, the author shows that they are all just people like you and me.

    The plot is riveting, the setting I found fresh and exciting. I have my fingers crossed that this novel gets turned into a movie, because I would love to see this come to life - apart from in my own imagination that is!

    For lovers of fantasy, I urge to pick this novel up! For everyone else, I also urge you do the same. I would hate for you all to miss out on reading this novel!

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