October 14, 2016 by Betty
Title: Rise of the Flame
Author: K.N. Lee
Publication Date: January 5th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 4 Stars
Six races. Four realms. One human girl who can bring them together in peace… or war.
Lilae has been hunted since the night of her birth, for she is heir to a god’s throne. But everything that her surrogate family has done to protect her may have been for nothing. After Lilae is stripped of her powers and enslaved by the emperor of the Mithrani, she finds herself desperate to survive in a strange new world.
On the other side of the world, Liam leads his army across the realm to protect the Tryans and the fairies from those who would do them harm. But when their odds of survival become next to impossible, he must set out on a journey to find a dragon, a child, and the blessing of a fallen god to aid him in the inevitable realm war.
The path forward for both Liam and Lilae seems clear, until their dreamscapes collide. But while they draw strength from their connection, Lilae may be falling for the emperor who should be her greatest enemy.
Rise of the flames is the first book in the Eura Chronicles. It really sets the premise for the rest of the series. The main heroine of the story is Lilae. I enjoyed reading from her point of view, as she is an in depth character, although she is a little sensitive in what pertains to her family. At times she did come off a little childish and immature, but it’s slightly understandable seeing as how she is only 17. Also, she has been sheltered and kept in the dark about her powers/purpose and why they are constantly on the run.
The story building and background is quite complex and interesting. It was interesting learning about the six different races that are part of this universe such as the Shadow Elves, Tyrans, Humans, Mithrani and several others. There are also different lands/continents that are home to these different races. If I’m completely honest, I’m still a little confused about how the world is divided and where each race lives.
When it comes to the other characters in this book, such as Liam (our male protaganist) and Kavien (our secondary antagonist) and Rowe and Sona, I really didn’t connect with any of them. They are all sort of nebulous and not in depth.You really don’t have a clear view of what their personalities are like. I didn’t like Sona from the start, let me just say that. Something felt off about her, and the author deliberately makes her personality come off as arrogant and rude and with a superiority complex. As for Liam, his character seems to lack depth. He comes off as very superficial without any real reason or motivation behind his actions and decisions.
Still worth the read. It really sets the premise for the rest of the series. It wasn’t my favorite read and there were a few parts that felt….almost novice-like?…in the writing. Certain parts simply came off as a little forced and cliche. However, that’s just me.
I didn’t like Sona from the start, let me just say that. Something felt off about her, and the author deliberately makes her personality come off as arrogant and rude and with a superiority complex. As for Liam, his character seems to lack depth. He comes off as very superficial without any real reason or motivation behind his actions and decisions.
I will also be reading the next book, so I’ll let you know what I think of the second book.