Cursed by Fire

Cursed by Fire

by Danielle Annett

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Overview

It has been six years since the Awakening, and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren't as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507538555
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/24/2015
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.

You can learn more about Danielle on her website at http://www.danielle-annett.com or follow on on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDanielleAnnett and on twitter @Danielle_Annett

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Cursed by Fire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic #1) by Danielle Annett    4 ½ of 5 Stars The supernatural community was revealed to humans six years ago at an event known as the Awakening.  Mercenary, Aria Naveed, was hired to find a little boy and uncovers a bigger mystery. Cursed by Fire is a fast-paced action filled novel that kept me on the edge of my seat. Aria is a worthy heroine.  She does not shy away from difficult situations, and she does what she feels is right.  I like that she is effective at playing ignorant to learn things.  She is smart and good at her job. I really like James Shields.  First of all, because I’m partial to wolf shifters.  Second, he is a really good partner and friend to Aria. I appreciate his calm disposition. I was never certain about Inarus.  My feelings for him kept flip flopping, needless to say; he made the story thought-provoking. The mystery in Cursed by Fire is great.  I was never quite sure where things were going to lead, so the plot stayed interesting.  The epilogue definitely has me wanting to read the next book in the series.  It left me a bit stunned.   Danielle Annett did a fantastic job with this first book in the Blood and Magic Series.  I enjoyed her writing style.  The story was attention-grabbing and creative.  I look forward to reading what she comes up with next. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.  
HafwynD More than 1 year ago
This was a great new take on the paranormal world or shifters, vampires, and kinetic abilities. I enjoyed Cursed by Fire's action packed pages and the fact I never really knew what was going to happen next. Nothing is slow about this story and the characters are a hodge podge of personalities that either clash, are drawn together or are neutral. They make a fantastic alternate reality for me to get lost in when reading this book. So many people have their own agenda in Cursed by Fire that it opens up for many more books in this series. The descriptions of the world around Aria and the things going on make the book come alive. Fantastic beginning to the series and I can not wait to find out the next part. The only down side is it ends on a cliff hanger, but I am too excited to have the next book to care. Loved it so far.
Berls More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars **I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.** I've had my eyes on Cursed By Fire since I helped with the cover reveal this past summer. I'm an Urban Fantasy die-hard and this one had my name all over it. And Cursed By Fire did not let me down! It's a great start to what I expect will be a great series. It has several of my favorite elements.. For one a kick ass heroine, but one who's got serious growth potential. It's called Cursed By Fire for a reason! Aria's fire magic is awesome, but since she doesn't have full control or understanding of it, there's definitely a bit of a curse to it. I loved seeing her struggle to control her magic and, I have to admit, I probably loved it even more when she lost control because that was one awesome, kick-ass scene! I whooped aloud! And then there's the paranormal side - vampires and shifters on the brink of war, no to mention those with pysch abilities like Aria's (she's pyrokinetic) and those we haven't seen much of yet like witches and mages (I hope for them on future books). It was all well done and there were some fun fresh twists to the world. I think Danielle Annett's world has taken staples - such as the pack heirarchies, vampirism, magic, and some sort of Lyconthropy Virus - that you see in any UF series and given them their own unique twist and voice. I enjoyed the action and the twists and the hints at future romance - there was a little, but (as I expect from UF) it was understated. I really liked the relationships - from romantaic interests to friendships - and I see a lot of potential for growth along several different lines. My favorite side character was probably the Harpy, a friend and neighbor who's love of causing mischeif led to quite a few laughs. While there were some moments where I felt the characters acted in stupid ways, that they should have known better, just for the sake of the plot, that certainly was overshadowed by how much I enjoyed Cursed by Fire. I'm really looking forward to more!
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Action packed filled with turns that you don't see coming. Well written and great character formatting. Story line is remarkable to keep you interested and turning the pages. Never a dull moment when reading! A great author to get hooked on! Need I say more? *Received for an honest review* *Sorry NO spoilers*
RebeccaFyfe More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this début novel by author Danielle Annett. It is in a genre I normally enjoy and Danielle did not disappoint. I'm struggling with how to write this review without giving anything away from the plot. But I will try. The book's appearance: I think the cover is beautiful. And the interior formatting is well-done and there are some nice accents on the pages as well. This is the kind of cover that, if I saw this book in the book store, would definitely draw my attention. The editing/proofreading: There were a few grammatical mistakes, which, as an editor, I couldn't help but notice, however, there weren't enough of them to pull me, as a reader, out of the story, and thus not enough to affect my rating of the book. The story: I had trouble really sinking into the story in the beginning. That might just be because I have been ill with a really bad head cold though, so it took me longer to focus on what I was reading. Despite my head cold, a little ways into the book, I was fully immersed in the world Danielle created in this novel. I love the interactions between Aria and the different men in the story, and I like the action that started to come much more quickly as the story went along. There were some great twists and unexpected events in the story which helped to keep the story from being too clichéd. There were moments when emotions were pulled from me as I read the story and, by the time I finished the novel, I was sorry to come to the end. I really, really hope that the second in this series won't take too long to write. I wish I could read it right now!
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
As the first book in a new paranormal series the groundwork is laid for what promises to be an action-packed, fast-paced series of books with a world on the verge of war propelled by lots of secrets and a strong-willed heroine. Though the themes are nothing new first-time author Ms. Annett breathes some life into it with her compelling and spunky heroine. By the end of the book, with its big revelation, readers will definitely want more. Six years after paranormal creatures came out in "The Awakening" the uneasy truce between the two most powerful factions headed by a vampire and the other full of shifters looks ever closer to unraveling. With the discovery of a murdered seven year old it's up to Aria and her fellow mercenaries at Sanborn Place to solve the case and keep the peace. It won't be easy though in a story full of secrets, surprising twists and turns, and a growing number of humans fed up living next door to such dangerous creatures. Aria is an intriguing woman with secrets of her own. She's psychokinetic and can make fire which only two people know about. Being an orphan has left her untrusting of others with the knowledge that you can only count on yourself. She's not quick to open her heart either which means there's not much romance in this story. There's a growing connection between her and a shifter she works with, James, but it's only a bit of flirtation barely hinted at. She's a kick butt heroine who tells it like it is though and I thoroughly enjoyed her. Along with a compelling main character is a large cast of secondary characters with not one who really stood out for me. I enjoyed James but more for the possibilities he represents as I want to see how Aria would handle a boyfriend. Ms. Annett did a wonderful job with the world-building, setting a tone of impending doom amongst the factions which are vividly detailed. She nicely blended the action and suspense to keep you fully immersed in the story and threw in intriguing twists to keep you coming back for more. Overall, it's a good series starter that has me excited for what this new author can do in the future.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I have admitted before that I am a sucker for a good cover. Add that to an interesting blurb in one of my favorite genres and I am all over a book.  It wasn't until I started putting together this post that I realized the book was self-published. That's right, totally didn't catch it. The editing was that tight. I was in for a bigger shock when I saw on Amazon that the author was none other than a blogger that I follow for their weekly discussion: Coffee Shop Talk. The story is set in an alternate world. One where shifters, vampires, fae and other creatures of the night decided to come out of hiding.  In the six years since that happened, the world has changed. Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain, and many it seems aren't happy about it. The main character, Aria, is what's called a pysker. Her particular talent is pyrokinesis - think Firestarter, but all grown up. She is a mercenary, working for a small firm when the story opens. She was hired to find a small boy, thought kidnapped from home. When she finds him with his throat slashed, and his small body mauled, Aria wants to hunt down the Rogue that did it to him. When it turns out that the boy was a shifter, fear of war between the Shifters and Vamps becomes a frightening possibility. Even though her father has trained Aria to always hide what and who she is, she finds herself taking a stand and ultimately choosing sides. Though the book didn't end on a cliffhanger, it did end with a note of suspense and set up some hard questions and situations for the next book - which I really want to read. This was a magnificent start to a world that I can't wait to find out more about. Especially for a rookie author on a first time book. I saw quite a bit of parallels and influence from the Kate Daniel's world. It's not a copy cat story just set in another city/state. But with the similarities, it made me feel comfortable right away - like visiting a distant relative and finding familial traits to bond over. Ultimately, for me this was a 4 star read. Thanks to the author and Netgalley for the chance to review the book.
csingh More than 1 year ago
When I started reading, I thought I was reading the second book in a series because of the familiarity of the characters with one another.  However as the story continued, I realized this was the first book in the series.  The concept behind this book is not new, with a human trying to save the races from tearing each other's throats out, but Danielle Annett manages to add a fresh spin to it. This first installment isn't very long, but there's a lot that happens.  There's mystery and action, hints of romance, lots of intrigue, and more.  I really liked Aria.  She's driven and wants to help solve the murder of a child, but that leads her to uncovering secrets that have huge repercussions for her and everyone else in the world. I liked how she approached finding the culprits. I also liked how she handled the intrusion of the new guy in her life. I experienced a number of emotions while reading.  There was sadness of course, but also some moments of levity.  At this point, it's too early to tell how the story will unfold.  Aria has two potential suitors, both of whose intentions at this point are murky.  I'm eagerly looking forward to the next part to see where the story goes from here. 
sunshine2010ND More than 1 year ago
I was in love with this book. Right from the start. It was action packed, heartbreaking, and humorous. I was sucked in to Arie's world from page one. With your adventure in solving a murder of a 7 year old boy, you get to know her family that she has allowed in after 6 years of missing her biological family. There are many twists and turns in this adventure with Shifters and Vampires and other paranormal creatures along with humans. My only wish is that it was a little longer but I am excited for book 2 as soon as she has this done! Great job Ms. Annett a new and forever fan!
Anonymous 6 days ago
it was good ..I just hope the others I the series is just as good..
Mebuffy 26 days ago
When I listen to an audiobook, the first thing I pay attention to is the narrator. Nicole Poole changes her voice between characters decently, but I often found her to be a little flat emotionally and even a little monotone at times. The story was good with a wide variety of supernaturals. The focus in this one is shifters and vampires and so far, I’m team shifter. Aria is smart and tough. I like James a lot, but I will need to see more of Declan to decide on him. The romance aspect had a few different options so there was no closure in that department. The book didn’t end in a cliffhanger, but it was very open ended with no resolution. Aria’s story is FAR from finished. Cursed by Fire was an action packed mystery filled with twists and turns. Don’t miss it!
Erinwolf79 More than 1 year ago
I give Cursed by Fire: An Urban Fantasy Novel (Blood and Magic Book 1) by Danielle Annett 5 stars. Urban fantasy is my favorite genre so I am very picky of books that label themselves as such. This book blew me away. Aria is such a wonderful main character. She lives in a world where all of the so-called creatures have come out of the closet. She isn't exactly human herself. But her human side shows through when she is put on a very difficult case. She wants revenge. Know it looks like she will be able to legally get the justice she seek when the Pacific Northwest Pack hires her to find the killer. But things aren't as simple as they seem. Will she track down the true murderer? And at what cost? The story grabs you from the beginning and does not let go. You will rush out to buy the next book quickly just to continue the wild ride. There is so much action and plenty of mystery. Aria is not perfect, but her flaws make her a wonderful main character. I cannot wait to see more of her and the others in the rest of this series. If you are a lover of strong female characters and urban fantasy, I highly recommend this book.
Heather_KB More than 1 year ago
Danielle Annett's Cursed by Fire is the first book of the Blood & Magic series. This urban fantasy novel is created with creative characters with unique abilities. I previously read another book later in this series, so I do recommend to read them in order so that you follow the events in the story as the author created them and learn as the characters and events occur. Aria's character has numerous struggles and she tries to be solely independent. When things are out of her control, she struggles the most. Her character does grow throughout this story and I love her interaction with other characters and paranormals. The story is elaborate, full of depth and a worth first book to read and a series to follow.
Kez689 More than 1 year ago
Cursed By Fire by Danielle Annett is book one in the Blood and Magic series. It is a gripping tale a shifters, murder and justice. This book will definitely leave you wanting more! When Aria is hired to find a young boy she doesn’t expect to find his body. She also doesn’t expect to then be told not to look for his killers. When another group step in and hire her to track them down she is happy to oblige - justice needs to served to the people who did this. Her hunt takes her on a journey that crosses into the realm of shifters and their packs and other supernatural beings. Will she be able to find the killer? And just how dangerous will her mission become? This is the first book that I have read by this author and it is one I have thoroughly enjoyed. I liked the writing style and felt that I was taken on the same journey as Aria. I became involved in her life and her mission to find the killers. I wanted to know who was responsible and loved trying to guess what had happened. I didn’t want this book to end - I will be delving straight into book two!!
E_A_Walsh More than 1 year ago
Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic #1) by Danielle Annett was an emotional action packed read that has me flipping the pages. The opening to this book hooked me. It was brutal, sad and got me right in the feels. Form then onwards the story picked up and the plot was underway. There was mystery, twists, turns, and the action as I said, was almost non stop. This made for a fun engaging read that was hard to put down. I love books like this, ones that suck you in and don't let you go. What made it all the more complex and layer were the well rounded and solid characters. Our MC was strong, determined and played close to heart. I will say that I loved her off the bat, but as I moved more into the first chapter she do a bit of a character change that I don't know was intentional, or just happened by accident when the author was explaining her past and flaws. This also switch the tone, but it was quickly brought back once that narrative was given. Outside of that, Aria was an wicket kick-butt character. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it's unique take on what would happened if supernaturals/monsters were real and pretty much took over, turning the world as you know it upside down. It had a bit of that lawless wild west feel, which gave the story that something special, separating it from others with a similar premises. I highly recommend you get yours hands on this otherworldly book. It will dig its hooks into you and will not, no matter how hard you struggle, let you go. Happy Reading -E.A. Walsh
LZW More than 1 year ago
Wow, love a good PNR! Great cover, engaged from start to finish! Action packed with humor, witty banter, and suspense! Aria is such a strong sarcastic heroine-love her! Can’t wait to see what’s next in this fantastical world!
kricket85 More than 1 year ago
Cursed By Fire written by Danielle Annett is book 1 in the Blood and Magic Series. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book before reading it. I try not to make judgements but let’s face it sometimes we fail. I enjoyed this story from the beginning. Aria is a intriguing character, she has unique qualities, and she’s a bit stubborn. She’s the main character and main focus of the story and you know there’s something special about her. The story was over pretty quickly for me and it does end with you wanting more so it’s a good thing there are a few books in the series out already. The other characters in the story so far make you wonder what’s going on you sense more going on with Aria and James but their actions show only a strong friendship. The attraction between Inarus and Aria is hot and cold but it’s strained. Aria is a special person and with a war brewing all sides need her but what side will she choose…
Lisah01 More than 1 year ago
Cursed by Fire ( Blood and Magic #1) By Danielle Annett Rated 5 stars This story has some humor and a love triangle. The writing is fast paced and I finished this fairly quickly. It engaged me and I wanted to see what was happening next to Aria and her cohorts. I was mostly through the book and I was wondering..how did I get to the end already? I love a good shifter/vampire book. This one has both with the added interest of Aria who has pyrotechnic abilities. So hang on for the ride. James...James....James..I am unsure what to say about you. I love your protective side. How you can be ferocious one minute and snuggly or brooding the next. Shifters are my favorite. But wolf shifters? They are the top of the heap in my opinion. So James has an unfair advantage on all others, in my book. I think he has feeling for Aria but it’s very hard to know for sure. His little shows of jealousy are so cute! Inarus is Arias new neighbor and a sweet looking guy that seems to like Her. He has an uncanny ability of showing up when she needs him. Stalker much? But there is just something about him that I am unsure of. He does have an one advantage on earning Arias trust. Will he use it is the question? Aria is a strong girl! She is a little sassy and doesn’t take crap from anyone. She easily stands up to vamps and shifters. She is a mercenary. She can wield a blade or use her fists. She also has her fire making abilities if she needs them. I love her take on coffee in reference to the Gilmore Girls!! This is a first time author for me and it won’t be the last. I can not wait to dig into the next book in the series! I wonder what will happen to these characters.
dory7205 More than 1 year ago
Cursed by Fire: An Urban Fantasy Novel (Blood and Magic Book 1) By: Danielle Annett 5 out of 5 stars The story Cursed by Fire: An Urban Fantasy Novel (Blood and Magic Book 1) by Danielle Annett is a wonderful book that I enjoyed reading. It was one that grabbed my attention from the very beginning and I didn’t want to put down until I had read the final page. It is a story that has plenty of action, mystery and danger. I love stories that include shifters and other mythical creatures. The story begins with Aria angry, upset and wanting justice for a young shifter that she had been searching for and found too late. While at first she is told to leave it alone, she then finds herself hired to find the killers. This begins a journey that has her investigating why the shifter was killed and who could be responsible. Along the way there are secrets uncovered and she finds herself in danger. Will Aria survive, find the killers and bring them to justice? Read this book to find out. I loved the character of Aria. She is a woman that is smart, independent, and determined to find out the truth. The list of who she trusts and cares about is a short one. I enjoyed reading about these characters and how they and Aria interact. There are also characters who I wondered if their agenda was to help or to hurt Aria. This is a fast-paced story that had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. This is the first book that I have read by the author and the first book in a series. I can’t wait to read the next story.
Bobbi Wagner More than 1 year ago
Cursed by Fire: An Urban Fantasy Novel (Blood and Magic Book 1) by Danielle Annett is a paranormal fantasy book. This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it until the end. She pulled me right into this fantasy world and made me feel as if I was right there in the story. Her characters are creative and engaging. They took me on an emotional roller coaster ride right along with the twists and turns that left me sitting on the edge of my seat. Ari is a mercenary that was hired to find a missing child. After a couple of weeks of searching, the search didn't end well for the child. She wants nothing more then to go after the person who did this. It is way to dangerous for her, she is told no until the child's father hires her to find the killer. What will happen when her search takes her to the underground? Will she find the justice she is searching for? Who's blood will be spilled at the end? I enjoyed Ari's character. She is strong, fierce and has an attitude of a bad girl. She has a determination and just wants justice for this child and will nothing stop her from getting it. The secondary characters in this book are supportive to the story and help make the story flow into what it is. I highly recommend this book as it is fast reading and will pull you into a world of shifters. Find out if Ari finds her justice and who's blood will be spilled for that justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Topsues More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Danielle Annett. The description given regarding the story intrigued me enough to try it. I am glad I did, I don't like leaving spoilers, so will try to review based on the Authors style. The description given doesn't give this book the justice it deserves. Yes people may think it's just another shifter, vampire mystery but Danielle Annett has managed to transcribe her imagination into the written word with great flair, so much so that she has managed to give a uniqueness to a flooded market of similar books. This book is well defined, so you always know where you are, the plots and surroundings are so normal you can picture yourself almost like a fly on a wall. She has managed to create a world that feels habitual , that shifters, vampires etc are normal everyday occurrences in our current world. The characters revolve around a strong female lead with just enough information about them to enhance her role but not distract. The twists and turns keep you on your toes.The story was told in the first person, which I personally prefer. Aria's personality was easy to grasp and I became engaged in her from the very beginning to the great cliffhanger end. The author managed to make me feel the emotional rollercoaster the characters was on, which in itself is a compliment, as not everyone can do this. The story gave vulnerability, loneliness, betrayal, mystery alongside Strength, quick witticism, belief, intensity, friendship!! amongst many others. I'm sure readers will all find and feel in different ways. Art is suggestive, we all have different opinions and seek different things, I really enjoyed this book., I feel there is so much more to be told and explored, I can feel an underlying darkness in this story and with its characters, that I look forward to reading more from them. I would definitely recommend this book.
Topsues More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Danielle Annett. The description given regarding the story intrigued me enough to try it. I am glad I did, I don't like leaving spoilers, so will try to review based on the Authors style. The description given doesn't give this book the justice it deserves. Yes people may think it's just another shifter, vampire mystery but Danielle Annett has managed to transcribe her imagination into the written word with great flair, so much so that she has managed to give a uniqueness to a flooded market of similar books. This book is well defined, so you always know where you are, the plots and surroundings are so normal you can picture yourself almost like a fly on a wall. She has managed to create a world that feels habitual , that shifters, vampires etc are normal everyday occurrences in our current world. The characters revolve around a strong female lead with just enough information about them to enhance her role but not distract. The twists and turns keep you on your toes.The story was told in the first person, which I personally prefer. Aria's personality was easy to grasp and I became engaged in her from the very beginning to the great cliffhanger end. The author managed to make me feel the emotional rollercoaster the characters was on, which in itself is a compliment, as not everyone can do this. The story gave vulnerability, loneliness, betrayal, mystery alongside Strength, quick witticism, belief, intensity, friendship!! amongst many others. I'm sure readers will all find and feel in different ways. Art is suggestive, we all have different opinions and seek different things, I really enjoyed this book., I feel there is so much more to be told and explored, I can feel an underlying darkness in this story and with its characters, that I look forward to reading more from them. I would definitely recommend this book.
amartinez87 More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable and exciting fantasy full of mystery and danger. I loved the different twists the books took and am eager to discover more. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
sje301172 More than 1 year ago
i personally am a Kate Daniels fan, and i loved this series. Aria has been on her own for years until her boss took her in, she did what she has to do to survive, she also can call up fire. She is friends with James who owns a gym that she frequents when she can not sleep due to the nightmares. Aria was on a job a missing kid, ok the kid eventually was found dead, but Aria still was not giving up finding who did it. Her rattling of stones catches the attention of the shifters, and they hire her to find out what happened with a catch, she has to work with a shifter - James. great start to a series