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Reviewed by Sarah Lowry for Readers' Favorite
Children of Fire by Mary Fonvielle follows the story of Arryn, also known as Ankenar. Arryn is of the race of the Fire Children, a race that has been unheard of by the rest of the world for hundreds of years. Arryn’s brother was set to be the next king, until the day the charrs came to destroy the Ra’Din kingdom. Arryn survives with the precious Firestone of his people, but he was never trained for leadership and devastation causes him to go into hiding for years. However, his skills do not go unnoticed, and an underground group seeks him out to join them. Unfortunately, the charrs come back, still led by an evil woman who will stop at nothing to get her hands on the Firestone.
I enjoyed Children of Fire. Mary Fonvielle has the start to an exciting series with this book. It does, however, end on a cliffhanger, but I can’t wait to read the next book. I loved the fire magic in the story, and the charrs were devastating fire creatures that I found fascinating. My only real complaint with this book is that there wasn’t enough time spent on the characters. The plot moved forward very quickly, but I wasn’t able to get to know any of the characters well enough to identify with them. I’d like to see more about Arryn and Naerwyn in the next book. On the plus side, the plot moved quickly, and I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what happened next. This book grabbed my attention and held it, and I will definitely purchase the next one.