The synopsis for Children of Fire reads
“An entire race no one has seen in hundreds of years. Born to a people reduced to legend and superstition, Ankenar was ready to live out his life as the overlooked middle child, but when his family and race are threatened he must reach out to a world that has forgotten him.”
Children of Fire, by Mary Fonvielle, is a fairly short fantasy story. It has around 17,000 words.
We meet several characters, we’re given a light, glossy sheen of a set of backgrounds for some, and meet a few evil monsters who are powered by some internal flame. Literally.
The first third of this book seemed a bit random, but the story picked up a flow that one could wrap their mind around.
Just as the story starts building momentum, it ends abruptly, “To be continued.”
Just as it was getting good and things were going to look like it was going to happen.
Normally, when I buy a book, I expect a story to be wholly contained within that book. If it is otherwise, I expect to see something in the marketing or on the cover about this being a short story, or intro to some series the author has planned.
For that, I’m a little disappointed in Fonvielle.
Because there was no closure in the stories that were presented/started in Children of Fire, I was disappointed. Though the potential for a good read was there. Even if the sentences ran on a bit long for me.
I don’t think many would not be disappointed in the final product going in knowing it’s the kick off for an upcoming series. That’s all I tripped over, getting let down as the momentum started to kick in.
On Amazon: Children of Fire