Rise of the Fire Tamer

Rise of the Fire Tamer

by Kailin Gow
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Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow

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After winning a contest for a popular game called Wordwick Games, five teens - Gemma, Sparks, Rio, Kat, and Jack, are invited to stay at Wordwick Games inventor Henry Word's mysterious castle and play the newest level of Workwick Games. Little do they know, the castle is the doorway to a wondrous world call Anachronia where words can be used as weapons, power, and commodity.

There is unrest in Anachronia, and if the five teens can follow the rules of Wordwick Games and prove to be the best player, one of them will be crowned Ruler of Anachronia.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940013455375
Publisher: Sparklesoup.com
Publication date: 12/04/2011
Series: Wordwick Games , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 578 KB

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Kailin Gow is an award-winning international bestselling author of over 220 book titles in over 50 series. She is also a film/television producer and global speaker, who spoke at BEA, Colleges, Girl Scouts, Women’s Organization and more. Having traveled to over 25 countries, lived in the American South, in California, Las Vegas, and briefly in England; Kailin Gow feels blessed to be able to use her experiences and inspirations to bring characters and stories from the places she visit, to life.

From visiting Romania, she was asked to write stories about vampires; visiting the Black Forest in Germany and seeing the castles of Europe inspired her to write fantasy; visiting Asia's mystical mountains inspired her to write action adventure and mythological dystopians. From her experience in college as a peer counselor and her volunteer work with women's shelters, she was inspired to write contemporary romance with social issues for women, new adults, young adults, and teens. Having faced adversity, including battling stereotypes and bullying, Kailin Gow has become a well-known speaker and figure in media. Her adventurous bold spirit has taken her around the world, where she has ridden on top of elephants through jungles, hand-fed sting rays, studied kung fu from a Shaolin Temple monk, and learned cooking from a celebrity chef.

She is also the star of the fictional dramedy TV Series Author A Parody, premiering in the Fall of 2015, and host of the TV show, Kailin Gow's Go Girl, premiering in 2016.

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Rise of the Fire Tamer (Wordwick Games #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful worlds to escape read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this series with my SAT summer boost class. I would read it just for fun, it is so good!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A gift from my cousin who aced the SATs. I LOVE this series!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mix of magic, mystery, action, romance, and out of this world fantasy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So happy to see this series optioned as a tv series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feels like I am escaping into this world. Kailin Gow's books are a remedy to my chronic pain. You get caught up in it and lose all sense of time and place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the BEST WAY to learn SAT words!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every high school student studying for the SATs should have this book. Parents and teachers should encourage them to read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Words rock!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Addicted to Kailin Gow's books. You never know which direction she'll head with each series. Always something different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Ms. Gow for making learning SAT words fun and entertaining. I swear I aced the SAT Verbal because of several words I learned through The Wordwick Games Series. Thank you again!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My book club did a marathon Kailin Gow read this month. She killed it with this book. Not only is she prolific but her books are so good, they win awards. Results speaks and she has them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to read something EPIC this summer and work on your SATs or vocabulary building, read this series. I have recommended Kailin Gow's awesome series to my friends and they are getting an edge in their studying while having fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
words are commodity
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Winner! Not only does this book have a great original story, but it has fresh characters that you will grow to love. I was rooting for certain ones to win, especially Gem. Fun book that also has a great way of helping people pick up vocabulary. I'd recommend this book to any high school class and reader of fantasy and romance.
PushPull More than 1 year ago
Kept me up all night!
StayingUp2Read More than 1 year ago
Gamers and fantasy lovers will love this fun entertaining series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vocabulary building at its Best! Love the epic fantasy but this book stands out as a vocabulary builder. All teens should get a copy! I'm a high school teacher and I want my school to pick this book up for curriculum.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter can't stand so many of the teen books featuring a Bella Swan kind of air head and helpless girl. She has been a fan of this author's books for a while because Kailin Gow's books always have a main girl character who is independent. She has read most of this author's young adult books and tells me she can trust this author to provide a strong girl character she can relate to.
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Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Promising but didn't deliver. Did I enjoy this book: This book was okay. The premise was good and sounded so promising. Unfortunately, Rise of the Fire Tamer did not meet my expectations. It just seemed underdeveloped and very predictable. For a game that, in order to win, the player must use "magic words," the words were not used or talked about all that often. I was expecting a lot more usage of these words. Shouldn't the players have used these special words more than they did? It just didn't make much sense to me. Words, and their definitions, should have been the focus of this book.  Also, there really weren't any characters that were all that sympathetic or worthy of rooting for. The characters were forgettable. In fact, writing this review, I cannot remember these characters all that well. I could not get behind any of them. A few times, I wanted to like Kat but she failed to deliver. Gemma seemed too pretentious. I wish we would have learned more about these characters...their backgrounds, feelings, hopes, etc. What did their parents think about all of this? Where were the parents? Who the winner was going to be was obvious from the beginning of the game. Furthermore, there were way too many typos and punctuation mistakes for me. A simple spell-check would have caught quite a few of the mistakes. It was distracting and took away from some of the pleasure of reading this book. Would I recommend it: I don't think that I would recommend this book. Will I read it again: I will not.  (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Wordwick Games is a popular game. Five of the biggest fans and players have now been invited to the home of the inventor of the game, Henry Word, to play the newest level of the game. It's an immersive experience, one which takes them into the world of Anachronia. Anachronia is a magical place full of ogres, dragons, and warring kingdoms. Words have power there, real power. If one of the players can prove to be the best, they will be crowned ruler. If they can survive what seems like a very real place. I loved the originality of this book. The concept is fairly unique. It's about a game, but it's also a learning experience. In Anachronia, words have very literal power. They enable you to do things. The purpose of this is to help readers learn new vocabulary. How cool is that? It's such an awesome way to learn things. It can really help people to remember the words in the context of how they were used and what abilities they allowed the players to have. There is also a glossary in the back with the words and definitions listed. I also enjoyed the fantasy aspect of the book. The story is full of adventure. This book is mostly told from the player Gem's point of view, although you do get bits of the other people's points of view at the end of each chapter. This was a fun way to get to know the kids. Some of the kids seemed like they were going to be stereotypes of typical teens, but I think the author managed to keep this from going too far. The end of the book managed to give closure to this chapter of the tale but also leave you hanging and wanting more. I think this is a fabulous way to get kids (and adults even) exposed to more words and help them remember the meanings. This book is proof that learning can be fun. Book provided for review.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
The first book of The Wordwick Games is full of high adventure and SAT worthy words. Kailin Gow's probably most complex story takes readers to a world that goes from modern to fantastically medieval. Beware the dragons and ogres and evil wizards! Henry Word's famous Wordwick Game has a secretive Level 10 and only Gem, Sparks, Jack, Kat and Rio will be privy to the dangers and learning experiences that Anachronia poses. While only one can become the helpful ruler of Anachronia, the group will have to work together to bring peace to two warring tribes and see the game through to the end. Rise of the Fire Tamer brings forth all that one would expect in one of Kailin's fantasy novels. The challenges, the magic, and the unique base for the story's plot. What makes this story different and more complex is the fact that the story's main plot tells Gem's story, but follows multiple characters. Gem isn't even the first character readers will meet. Fortunately, Kailin keeps it all straight and makes introducing this big group of characters fun and entertaining. Though Kat was actually my favorite character, the underestimated, weird and outspoken rebel that she was really stuck out for me, I did appreciate how steady Gem was. I wasn't too crazy that all the guys in the story were just infatuated with her because of her beauty while thinking that she was just a dumb cheerleader, but her ability to think in stressful situations was awesome. The Wordwick Games seems like it will fall in the same category as Kailin's Alchemists Academy series. The dramatic endings will prove that whatever is next in the series will be tremendously surprising and unexpected. It's with these stories that Kailin really draws focus to the character's unknown pasts and great futures. Even with Rise of the Fire Tamer's revealing ending, I couldn't possibly say that I have any inkling of where this series is headed. Virtual gaming is a first for me, but Kailin's work surely isn't! I have every bit of faith that the next book, The Ascension, will hit all of Kailin's previous marks and go even further. *Ebook provided in exchange for an honest review* Also posted on Lovey Dovey Books