Children of the King: Burned, by Gloria Clover
Burned is a short companion piece to the novel, The Fire Starter. Discover what happens to Keril and Electra while Celosia blazes with fire weapons and new passions.
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This is the first book by Gloria Clover I've read, and let me start out by saying, this is a very talented writer. The story and the characters engulfed me. I sat on the edge of my seat waiting to see if Electra would die, if Keril would win her heart, if Michael would be likely to pop up, if Amaryllis would come save them... The book also caught me off guard, probably because I was so mentally into it. I was completely unprepared for it taking a Christian turn, and when the heroine went off to talk to God, in person, I was so confused I had to read that one portion several times to sort out what really happened. To be fair, this is a cultural thing: I'm not used to meeting religion in this fashion.
If you are into Christian literature, this is an amazing scifi-fantasy. It is well written, the characters are blazing with life, and the story line is intriguing. People who enjoy the Christian aspect will be blown away.
I love fantasy and have read a lot of it. I will keep my eyes open for books by Clover that are just a tad more secular. If I find them, they will be right up there on the top shelf next to Terry Brooks, Tolkien, and Piers Anthony.