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Fire Mage (An Epic Fantasy Adventure Series) (Blacklight Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

John Forrester

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For centuries, mages perfected magic at the Order of the Dawn. Mastery over fire, wind, and storm. They live in the last free city in a world plagued by dark sorcerers. Talis Storm and friend Mara discover a terrible secret. The Jiserian Empire has targeted their city for attack. An army of undead soldiers. Flying necromancers. None have ever survived.

When a surprise aerial invasion hits the Order’s temple, Talis casts fire magic for the first time. But his spell is wild and does more harm than good. Sorcerers try to capture Talis and Mara and they flee into the temple crypts. Awoken from an ancient rest, a fallen champion slays the sorcerers and gives Talis a legendary map. The map leads them on a quest to discover the lost temple of the sun.

To save his city, Talis must discover the power of magic locked away inside the ancient temple. And become a true fire mage.

Theft of Dragons & Lord of Dragons, part of a new fantasy series, is now available.
Blacklight Chronicles series: Fire Mage, Sun Mage, Shadow Mage, Dragon Mage, Star Mage

Biographie de l'auteur

John Forrester is the author of Fire Mage and Sun Mage, of the fantasy series Blacklight Chronicles. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and two boys. When not practicing at the archery range in the mountains, he's furiously at work on the third book in the series.

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  • Editeur : Amber Muse (11 novembre 2011)
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44 internautes sur 54 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Perplexing... 5 mai 2012
Par Me Lungo Ellen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I had to review all my ethics regarding posting reviews with this book. Directly after reading it I posted a scalding review based on my experience but then deleted the review when I thought I should just go with the notion that 'if you have nothing nice to say then keep quiet'... But now I regret that delete.

The book feels rushed and unfinished. There is absolutely no character development and the plot, though containing enough 'epic fantasy' elements to qualify it for the genre, has somehow managed to cross lines I didn't even know existed as far as fantasy is concerned. This work should not have been praised as much as it was by the 4 and 5 star reviews. Those reviews made me buy a book and write off the negative reviews as 'petty' only to find myself feeling cheated, insulted as a reader and double guessing my own opinions.

Somewhere along the line the author has some notion as to what the average epic fantasy story should include and I found myself forgiving page after page of bad writing in the hopes that things will improve as the plot develops. Sadly this did not happen.

I do not expect every epic fantasy book I read to win awards for it to be enjoyable. Give me a good story and give me enough insight into the characters for me to develop some form of emotional rapport with them and I'm happy. When they use magic I want to play along and empathize with the challenges presented by the system used... maybe the author explains why things happen the way they do in a follow up book but I will never know. Maybe they all make sense and become likable later, maybe in the sequel one can get a notion of the world these characters live in... but you know what? By the time I read the last line I didn't care what happened to any of them.

When I pay to read fantasy I expect the author to make up something wonderful I can get lost in for a couple of hours. I was unable to slip into this world as I kept being reminded that I'm reading a book. I kept doing double takes on sentences and paragraphs while going 'huh' as the story happened. (no, the story did not unfold, it happened... this, then this and that and what the heck why not throw in a bit of that too).

I did not enjoy the experience and I doubt any other epic fantasy fan will either. I have read other books who weren't great and I won't recommend as excellent, but at least they gave me a few hours of escapism. This one definitively did not hold up to it's side of the bargain and until such time as the author can convince me that he sees his readers as more than easily fooled formula gobblers, I will avoid his work.
18 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Poorly developed and in need of editing 16 novembre 2012
Par RRPearce - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Even though Fire Mage appears targeted towards teens or pre-teens, the writing still leaves much to be desired. There is very little in the way of character or plot development. The threats are transparent and contrived, and no matter how great the threats appear to be, the hero seems to just happen to have a solution handy. The hero's abilities go from zero to 60 in less than a second, and with absolutely no internal growth. Although this is the first book in a trilogy, readers have the right to expect some form of plot resolution. There is none. The book is simply the first third of a story. It cannot stand alone. Additionally, the book is filled with internal inconsistencies and very poor editing. For instance, the end of a battle scene is described as having the sun shining brightly and one second later they are using magical firelight to search the fallen bodies in the darkness. Sloppy at best.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 So disappointed... 16 juin 2012
Par TheMexicanFox - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
So, after reading the summary and the initial review for the book I thought I was getting a steal for the price of $3.99. Little did I suspect that I'd be horribly disappointed.

The plot of the book drags you through the plot hitting every wall, bump, and tree along the way. Think "Avatar: The Last Airbender" movie, but in novel form. The book reels from event to event like a drunken Marine on leave for the first time in a year. Every character accepts every circumstance, no matter how insane or unrealistic as a given. I realize this is supposed to be Young Adult fiction, but I do expect the smallest dose of realism to accompany novels that I read, and at no point does trusting a group of 12-13 year olds with an ancient artifact that everyone in their city has been searching for for centuries strike me as a reasonable idea. Non-main characters fall into three categories. Plot Points (go do this while I act as Deus Ex Machina to solve your problems!), Antagonists (We don't like you because we're the enemy, or you're a spoiled rich boy, etc.) who are dead in 5 pages, and just dead in 5 pages.

The main characters aren't much better being primarily shallow, poorly conceptualized, and completely flat 1 dimensional idiots. They have magic! Yay! There is no explanation on how magic works, what is expected from a spell being cast, what is unusual, nothing. The main character gets hot/angry, magic boils out at levels that seem beyond any other character's capabilities, and no one says a word. Fireballs get tossed around like candy, while the 4 main protagonists all seem to be the best melee fighters ever, easily outstripping adults who are supposedly trained and ruthless killers.

There is nothing interesting about this story that you can't get from the summary. There is no real new information, the writing is awkward and stilted, it ends poorly, everyone makes idiotic decisions for no reason other than to smash plot obstacles... and it is just disappointing. The concept sounded interesting, and I thought there was a good possibility for this to be a brilliant young adult novel. Instead it is every poor young adult stereotype mixed together with a pretty picture on the cover. This is literally the first series that I will not finish, because it is just that bad.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Did a 10 yr old write this? 28 novembre 2012
Par Inigo Montoya - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Dear potential reader,

Please allow me save you some time and let you know that this story is horrid and has absolutely NO redeeming qualities. Please move onto the next book on your list and spare yourself the agony of trying to read this worthless piece of literature (using the term literature loosely as I have read more intriguing plots on the bathroom walls of truck stops). If you wish to know specifically why this book was so bad, please feel free to continue reading, but stopping now and moving on to something more worth your time is advisable.
You're still here? Okay, let's begin then. First, let me state that despite my headline I know that a grown man wrote this. I had to make sure since it sounds like the ramblings of a 6th grade boy, so I did some research and found out that he is in fact a grown man. That being said, he should be ashamed of himself for putting this out there and actually charging money for it. It's obvious that he has decided to self-publish because he couldn't get any self-respecting agent to represent it, then went off to a review shop and paid for a bunch of positive reviews in order to sucker poor readers into purchasing this trash. Shameful!
I purchased this book on my kindle after reading a lot of really great reviews for this. There were a lot of references saying this was a great book for those that liked Hunger Games or Harry Potter and how it was a good, fun read. Those people are either liars, fools, or were paid massive amounts of money.
After downloading it I was eager to start reading. It started slow with hunting a wild boar in the jungle, which confuses me since we later find out that the city in which they live is in the desert. Then again, the writer seems to think that it's okay to have a city in the desert but have vines growing everywhere. I used to live near a desert and never saw a vine (or a boar for that matter) anywhere near there.
I tried to not let these `little details' interfere with my `suspension of disbelief' and continued on with the story. So we go from a mediocre hunting trip to Mara getting hurt. Mara, as it turns out, is thirteen (just like our hero Talis) and the granddaughter of the king. She is allowed to go hunting boars with another thirteen year old without any guards, or anything. I find this unlikely, but sure, why not. Inevitably she gets injured and nearly killed and when her mother finds out she's furious. She blames Talis and tells him to never come back.
Skip ahead and we're at the town market place where Talis meets another kid that he is supposed to fight for the "Blood Dagger" (a really important championship fight that is the very next day). This "waddling fat kid" he meets is one of the champions of the arena and a master swordsman. They exchange a few words and the fat kid pulls down his pants and blows a "smokey fart" at Talis (which is gross...who writes that sort of thing???). I don't know about anyone else, but if someone did that to me I would have given them a `steel enema' with my sword. Talis, being the helpless wimp that he is, breathes it in, laughs it off and happily goes home where he meets Mara who is now miraculously healed and ready for the tournament tomorrow.
Mara tells him that she has just found out that her parents are going to make her marry some thirty year old, fat, baron next year (you remember she's only thirteen, right?). Talis doesn't seem to care but she drags him with her to pray to the god of losers for help. They make a pinky swear to win the tournament the next day so Mara doesn't have to get hitched to fat thirty year old baron.
Then we come to the Big Event, the fight for the Blood Dagger (ooo, aahhhh, gasp). We need to back up real quick and emphasize how important this apparently is. Holding the Blood Dagger brings a lot of honor to the families that hold it. The competition is held once a year and while there is no magic allowed (too bad since child mages are the ones fighting in it), weapons are allowed and people can be killed (as demonstrated as how it was said three times that in previous matches Rikar cut off some kids head). If Talis/Mara wins then Talis' daddy will finally love him more than his dead older brother and Mara won't have to be the victim of pedophilia at the hands of some old baron.
Their rivals (also thirteen year olds as far as I can tell) are master magicians (neither Mara or Talis can so much as pick their noses with magic) but this is a melee battle so they are on equal ground in this respect. Well, equal except for the fact that the other two kids are apparently master swordsmen in addition to mages(even the fat kid...but let's not point that out).
So, they have this `Epic' battle between children, to the possible death and while all the contenders arrive there are no spectators mentioned. There don't seem to be any fans to watch the fight, no parents to root for their kids, not even the people that organize the matches. The only ones there are the kids, a single healer who only seems to be interested in eating his nachos or something and one referee.
Not only that, but the only ones in this competition are the champions and Talis/Mara. There are no other kids trying to compete for the dagger? I guess the parents of those kids have more sense than to let their children fight to the death over a silly dagger that really doesn't get you anything. I would have at least expected some discussion about spectators. People love to watch a good fight. Even if it's between kids if a fight breaks out people will flock to it like moths to a flame.
Let's forget all logic as it pertains to huge important competitive events (think Superbowl) and focus on what actually happens. The fight spans a couple pages and consists of some awkward attacks made by our heroes that get easily deflected by the bad kids. Mara gets knocked down and injured again but is able to keep fighting and then Talis basically stumbles on Rikar and cuts him on the hip. The wound sounds trivial but Rikar is somehow unable to fight anymore so Talis/Mara win! Yay! Let's also forget the fact that they have one more opponent that is still standing and can fight just fine (the waddling fat kid). Rikar is down and they get the blood dagger. Everyone can go home happy.
Everything in this book up to this point is ludicrous. Scenes change instantly without any transition. You go from outside the city, to inside, then to a temple, and then to some weird restaurant where the waitress hates Mara for no apparent reason. People's actions make no sense whatsoever except as filler and a convenient way to move the story (or lack thereof) along.
I attempted to read this book 5-6 times over the last month, thinking that I could trudge my way through it but by the end of chapter six I gave up. The story is difficult (at best) to follow and is impossible to believe in. The main character Talis is shallow and cowardly. The infrastructure of the civilization, culture, gods and magic make no sense and there isn't enough detail in this story to fill a hat.
I'm done with this author and fully intend to do my best to warn others of his under-handed tactics in trying to market this crap. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against self-published books. There are a LOT of really great ones out there...this just isn't one of them.
However, I expect that a self-published book be put through at least some rigorous editing and test reading before it's thrown out into the public. There is a reason why traditionally published books sell so well and that's because of the stringent level of proof-reading they go through before they see the light of day. This book hasn't benefited from any of that.
I do hope this helps other readers keep from wasting time on this nonsense. If you do decide to read it, I wish you the best of luck.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Well, I managed to read it all the way through. 27 septembre 2012
Par Kevin Hasker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a very predictable story. As other reviewers have said, 2d characters and young person becomes powerful adventure fantasy. Because this is the 21st century there is a female lead as well as a hero, but there is basically no acknowledgement of her being female other than a few snide comments about the hero being her boyfriend but not knowing it. It is not well put together, does not flow, and has frequent "lets stick somthing in to keep the action going." Yes, JRR Tolkien did that in the Hobbit, but he was JRR Tolkien and at least the insertions were fun and enjoyable. Here? About the only thing I can say was that it was well enough written to keep me interested to the end.

Until I found out the last section was the first couple of chapters from the next book. That I couldn't bother with. OK, I glanced them over, but honestly. The best bit is that the first challeng they face in the second book is one that it is clear the hero should be able to overcome without any problem. I probably will remove this book from my Kindle soon and never regret it.

Any strongly positive reviews for this book are either written by friends/family or by people who have not read enough adventure fantasy. This book is not completley predictable, the author does put in some... novel elements, but I have seen more entertaining plot twists on D&D night.
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