Saxony Cagney counts herself lucky when she wins a position as an au pair in Venice for the summer. It’s her responsibility to take care of two young boys - speak to them in English, make sure they get to their swimming lessons on time. Piece of cake, right?
She unexpectedly forms a strong bond with the youngest boy–Isaia. She also meets two Italian men… both are smart, successful, sexy. So far things are going her way. Who doesn’t like options?
When she discovers Isaia is actually dying, and his mom is trying to keep it a secret from his dad, things get a violent shove into complicated…
And then contagious––She’ll never be the same again.
Just when she’s got more on her plate than she can handle, she accidentally gets tangled up with the most powerful crime family in Venice.
Will Saxony survive long enough to learn the secrets of her new abilities, or will they kill her?
Born of Fire is the second book in The Elemental Origins Novels, a series of captivating YA urban fantasy novels which can be read in any order.
If you like strong female characters, amazing (slightly out-of-control) supernatural abilities, and a touch of romance, then you’ll love A.L. Knorr’s teen fantasy adventure series.
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Born of Fire by A.L. Knorr is the second book in The Elemental Origins series. Saxony is spending her summer in Venice where she'll be working as an au pair to two little boys. When she arrives, she's surprised to meet the youngest boy, Isaia, who is clearly ill and doesn't speak. The two create an unexpected bond which only grows. As do his symptoms which his mother doesn't seem to find strange. During an outing, Saxony and Isaia stumble upon a break-in and a fire which puts them in the path of danger, creating the perfect circumstances for her to receive an unexpected gift. Her summer takes a turn when she catches the attention of two handsome Italian men and a powerful crime family who have plans for her new found abilities. Saxony's opportunity of a lifetime takes several twists from a bond with a sick boy to catching the attention of a dangerous family. A.L. Knorr continues to explore the origins of the various elements. This time Knorr focuses on the element of fire, featuring a stunning location and a twist with a mafia family. Isaia is the biggest connection Saxony makes, forming a strong bond. Isaia is seen more than his brother who barely has any scenes. The focus is on the bond between Saxony and Isaia which is a catalyst for major events in the story. Their scenes together show her softer side. She's strong willed and feisty generally but as an au pair her protective instincts and kind nature are explored. Knorr never sways from the heart which often has Isaia and their bond at the center. He's a sweet character, completely capturing the innocence of a child. She also befriends Isaia's mother who helps guide her through a surprising change in her life. Knorr weaves in plenty of mystery as Saxony works to figure out the source of her newfound abilities and why a crime family is interested in her. As the mystery unfolds, her love life also comes with a few surprises with some romantic moments and plenty of dangerous ones. The sweeter moments give a lightness and flirty quality to the story while also giving way to another danger she doesn't expect. She becomes a hero she didn't know she could be and it's clear this is just her origin story, with plenty more to come. Born of Fire is another exciting journey in the Elemental Origins series with more secrets revealed, a fiery lead, a stunning setting, and a crime family twist.