Fate of Flames
by Sarah Raughley
Available November 22, 2016
About Fate of Flames
Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.
When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.
But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.
Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.
Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.
Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?
My Review of Fate of Flames
I think my favorite thing about this book was the way the characters surprised me. As each one was introduced, I had a sense of whether I’d like or dislike them and the way the story unfolded often proved me wrong. I didn’t think I’d like Chae Rin, but as she entered the scene, she totally won me over. And Rhys kind of got on my nerves at first, but by the end, I was totally rooting for him and biting my nails over all the things I won’t spoil.
The story world was a little tougher for me. Sometimes I felt like I had been dropped into the middle of a series or something. I didn’t always feel like I understood the rules of the world or how they impacted the characters and their decisions. I was also surprised by the strong profanity. The story felt like it would be perfect for a younger audience, but then had the language that’s more often present in upper young adult literature. I found myself a little surprised by that.
On the whole, I thought Fate of Flames developed well and kept me turning pages. I felt like there was a good balance of having a complete story but also setting up for a series. This would be a great pick for someone looking to read about strong female superheroes. The boys in the story hold their own, but the girls are the real backbone of the tale.
Recommended for Ages 16 up.
Chae Rin is Asian, Belle is French. Other characters have Eastern European backgrounds. Maia has one parent from New York and the other from Jamaica.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Extreme profanity used pretty frequently throughout the story.
A boy kisses Maia without her consent. She feels attracted to another boy.
Monsters of bone and mist called Phantoms bring death and destruction to cities and people. It appears someone has manufactured a way to control them.
Four girls bear powerful abilities. When one dies, her power passes to another girl who already lives.
Battle scenes. Maia remembers a girl’s murder.
Some of the girls drink alcohol, and one is rumored to have been an alcoholic. Maia does not drink.
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About Sarah Raughley
Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to SF/F TV to Japanese Role Playing Games, but she will swear up and down that she was inspired by ~Jane Austin~ at book signings. On top of being a YA Writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because the sight of blood makes her queasy (which crossed Medical School off the list).
She is represented by The Bradford Literary Agency.
So far, you can also find her on Twitter, where work ethic goes to die.
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