Thursday, December 10, 2015

Liza reviews book 1,2, & 3 of Devika Fernando's Fire Trilogy.


Today, we have the amazingly talented Devika Fernando over with her Fire Trilogy.

Playing with Fire (FIRE Trilogy, Book 1)
Dancing with Fire (FIRE Trilogy, Book 2)
Living with Fire (FIRE Trilogy, Book 3)
The Complete FIRE Trilogy (Books 1, 2 & 3)

Liza: You can tell by her bolding, that Devika wishes me to focus on books 2 & 3. But I read and reviewed all 3 books, so I'm starting at book 1. (Sorry, I'm not managable. Think of me as a cute puppy that means well, but is constantly in trouble.)

So what did I think of book 1, Playing with Fire?
Loved it!

Here's the 1st paragraph of my review. Go to Amazon to read the rest.

I’m a big fan of Devika Fernando’s Sweet Island romances and I knew her Fire and Ice Trilogy had to be different, so I’ve avoided reading it. What a fool I was!  While it has a higher level of action and intensity of emotions, and this is fantasy, the characters ring true and genuine just as her quiet romances do. Rest assured, the exquisite writing and the palpable emotional currents are still there. The only thing new is her fabulous imagination.


Now to book 2:


BLURB 

When a fire witch and an ice wizard flee to Iceland to build a new life, they never expect the one thing that could tear them apart – Kyle, adding his own magic into the mix. Felicia starts questioning everything they have. She is torn between the man who loves her but is her polar opposite, and the man who attracts her but means nothing but trouble.

As if her confusing emotions weren’t enough, Felicia finds her life turned upside down when a terrifying natural disaster threatens the end of the country and the entire world.

Will she be able to control her gift and play the part that is expected of her? Will she give in to temptation or will she save the world?

An Exclusive 
 Excerpt for Liza

Somebody was following her.
Felicia was sure she was not alone on her walk from the city center to the outskirts of Selfoss where they lived. What had started as a prickling feeling at the back of her neck, like the itch after a mosquito bite, had turned into the strange, piercing knowledge that someone was following her. She had turned several times to look over her shoulder, had stood in front of a shop window and searched the reflection, but to no avail. There were a few locals out, mostly mothers with their children in tow, but everyone seemed to mind their own business.
A shiver of fear slithered across her spine like a cold, scaly-skinned snake.
Was it the being Joshua had sensed on his radar? Had it come for her? And more importantly, was it hostile?
Although she felt slightly threatened by the certainty that she was being followed, she couldn’t bring herself to be fully alarmed. Somehow, there was nothing malicious associated with the presence she could feel hovering nearby. And on top of that, her dragon looked more alert and excited than scared.
Felicia straightened her shoulders and back, deliberately inserting some confidence into her posture and gait. She let her heels click loudly on the pavement. She lifted her chin a little, tossing her braided red hair over her shoulder to hang down her back and thump against the dark grey blazer of her uniform.
Let it be known to whoever was watching and waiting that she wasn’t afraid.
She had half a mind to allow a little of her fire magic to shine through so as to make the stalking worth it, but she tsked at her daredevil thoughts and decided against it. Not on a semi-crowded evening street filled with calm, smiling, self-contained people who were intrinsically hospitable and harmless.
Felicia rounded two corners and crossed the ring-road of the city’s heart to turn onto a lane and leave the bustle behind. All around her, lights winked on in the neat, if a little bland, houses closed off against the cold. She liked walking home at this time of the day, when dusk turned into night and she had the street mostly to herself.
Soon enough, she was the only one walking—or so she thought until the hovering presence turned into an actual sign of someone following her. A second set of footsteps thudded through the almost-silence with its reassuringly normal backdrop of far-off car engines.
The steps sounded as surely and boldly as hers, as if her stalker had given up all pretense now, thrown caution to the wind because he wanted her to know he was near.
When had the "it", the nameless, faceless being, become a "he"? But she was sure as could be that it had to be a man. Curiosity became too much after some more minutes of being followed without the footsteps coming closer. She stopped and squatted down, pretending to retie her shoe laces. Cursing softly that she wore her hair in a braid and couldn’t use it as a veil to hide behind, she bent her head and scanned the street behind her from the corner of her eye.
About 100 feet back, someone had stopped, a still figure dressed in a knee-length black coat and faded blue jeans. A man indeed, with shortish brown hair, his face too far away and too dimly lit to be recognizable.
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And what did I think of book 2, Dancing with Fire? 
Here's the first bit from that review: 


Book is riveting and well written, but Felica is torn between her ice man, Joshua, who loves her and wants to protect her and the hot (literally) fire fellow, Kyle, who seems to want to consume and use her. And that sweet dragon inside her that I loved in book one wants Kyle, the fire fellow. So I’m really mad at the fire dragon…may not ever trust it again. 

Is Joshua too protective? Maybe, but frankly, IMO, she needs to be protected…From Kyle, if from nothing else.


And if Felicia knew all that the reader knows, she’d realize he is bad news.

See more of this review on Amazon.


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And book three? 

Here's my entire review for Living With Fire: 


Sometimes you have to go to the very precipice to discover what you want in life.

Even after Joshua saves Felicia and Kyle, her bond keeps strengthening with Kyle and her love for Joshua weakens. She comes to believe, even though she doesn’t fully trust Kyle, that he is more like her and that Joshua is suffocating her, preventing her from reaching her full potential.

Finally, she leaves Joshua. Now without his guidance and protection, she discovers her ethics are different from those (Kyle and the fire queen) who wish to control her and define right from wrong.

But does she have the courage and endurance of pain to resist the true Fire Gods who wish to purge the Earth of humans and start over?

All I will say is: I was very happy with the ending and that real love truly conquers all.


This trilogy is a fabulous story on many different levels. It’s well written and magically conceived. I give each book in this series 5 stars.


 BUY LINKS:

Dancing with Fire
Also available on B&N, Kobo, GooglePlay, Apple iTunes and Smashwords (for all buy links, go to http://www.devikafernando.com/fire-trilogy.html)

Living with Fire
Also available on B&N, Kobo, GooglePlay, Apple iTunes and Smashwords (for all buy links, go to http://www.devikafernando.com/fire-trilogy.html)

AUTHOR BIO:

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds - something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet and sensual, deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust.

What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, Devika is a faithful servant to all the cats and dogs she has adopted. When she's not writing, she's reading or thinking about writing.

EXTRA INFO ABOUT THE BOOKS:

Book 1 can be read as a stand-alone (and downloaded for free from most platforms). Book 2 ends on a cliffhanger and is part of the same story as Book 3.


SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

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3 comments:

  1. I'm so, so, SO happy you read and loved all 3 books! Felicia's fire dragon wants you to know she'd take you for a ride if you're game. :D

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