The Fire Prince

The Fire Prince

by Emily Gee

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ISBN-13: 9781781082409
Publisher: Solaris
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Series: Cursed Kingdoms Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 520,431
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Emily grew up in a house full of words and books — her mother worked as a librarian and her father was a novelist. She loves to travel and has lived in Sweden, backpacked in Europe, and traveled overland in the Middle East, China, North Africa, and North America. She enjoys learning new things and has credits in Ancient Greek, Chemistry, and Canine Behaviour, as well as a Bachelor of Science (Geology) and a Post Graduate Diploma (Rehabilitation). Her varied career includes stints as a field assistant in Antarctica, a waitress on the Isle of Skye, and a viticulture assistant in New Zealand. Most recently she has worked in one of New Zealand’s most remote national parks. She enjoys climbing hills, yoga workouts, and watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.
Emily writes fantasy novels as Emily Gee, and historical romance novels as Emily Larkin.

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The Fire Prince 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Stunning Sequel to an Exciting New Fantasy Series I would like to thank NetGalley & Solaris for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Warning: if you haven't read 'The Sentinel Mage' yet stop here, as there are inherent spoilers for that book in this review. Goodreads Blurb: "The long awaited and much anticipated sequel to 2011's 'The Sentinel Mage'. 'The Fire Prince' continues the saga of Prince Harkeld, Innis the shapeshifter and the imperiled Seven Kingdoms. The Seven Kingdoms are in the grip of an ancient and terrible blood curse. Thousands have died. Thousands more will die. Only one man can end the curse. The fugitive Osgaardan prince, Harkeld, is that man—whether he likes it or not. But the bounty on Harkeld’s head is high. He has outrun his father’s soldiers, but he can’t outrun the assassins who seek him—Fithians, trained in the art of killing. Even the Sentinel mages who guide and guard him are no match for Fithian steel. Faced with the ever-present threat of death, Harkeld must learn to use his fire magic. Or die. Meanwhile, dark plots are unfolding in Osgaard’s gold-tiled palace, snaring Princess Brigitta and those she loves. And in the eastern kingdoms, young orphan Jaumé journeys with a band of mysterious and dangerous fighters, heading north for a purpose he does not understand." A stunning sequel to 'The Sentinel Mage', this book is everything one could hope for and more. After a three year wait this book smoothly picks up the thread of the story, answering many of the questions left hanging from the previous book. Once again the characters are complex and have rich inner lives, while the arc of the story smoothly carries you through the intricate landscape created by Gee. The two main story lines continue to unfold smoothly, switching back and forth between the separate struggles of both Prince Harkeld and Princess Brigitta. While more time is spent following Prince Harkeld, Innis, and the other mages that doesn't mean that Princess Brigitta's travails are shortchanged in any way. All of the characters continue to develop and grow along with their stories. With the romance between Harkeld and Innis slowly growing, Harkeld's blindness to the reality of their shared dreams is coming closer and closer to causing a serious rift between the two. Should that happen it will likely put both Innis and Harkeld at risk. Meanwhile Prince Harkeld is struggling to come to terms with the fact the he not only has witch blood, but he is in fact a witch. He is one of the strongest fire mages the older mages have seen. And if he doesn't learn to control his power he is putting not only himself but everyone around him at serious risk. With that knowledge in mind he agrees to undertake training with Cora, now the senior witch leading their group. Innis is struggling as well, for not only is she finding that she is enjoying being Justen, but the dreams she's sharing with the Prince are becoming almost addictive for her. The risk of losing herself increases the longer she holds the shape of Justen, yet she is the strongest shifter in the past century, therefore forcing her to play that role more often than any of the other mages. And when she sleeps next to the Prince as Justen she's able to share dreams with him, which leads to her breaking even more Primary Laws than she'd been instructed to by Dareus. Meanwhile Princess Brigitta is facing her own troubles. With her beloved younger brothers accused of treason and facing imminent execution she must find a way to rescue them without incriminating either her bond servant Yasma, or her devoted armsman, Karel. Just when it looks as though she may pull the whole caper off and survive, Fithian assassins get involved. Will she survive her plan to rescue to boys, and escape with not only her life, but those of her two accomplices? Or will her older brother get away with his plan to use her as the bait to capture Harkeld? Everyone discovers new depths and dimensions of those around them and of themselves. The discoveries happen throughout the book, making everything very realistic and authentic, thus allowing continued suspension of disbelief for the reader. This book is even better than the first in the series, which makes me hope that the third book will improve yet again, if that's even possible. Hopefully the wait for the conclusion of this trilogy won't be nearly as long as it was between the first book and the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the third one to come out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good follow up to the first. First half was a bit slow but some good character development for Harkeld, a nice gradual change that seems realistic. Oh, and enough deaths to make Game of Thrones look twice.