Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review of Fyre by Katherine Bogle

Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley
Synopsis: "Join Haven and her siblings on four unique adventures in a time when war ravaged the six kingdoms…

HAVEN has always hated royal gatherings, and jumps at the chance to sneak away for a race through town on horseback. But when the young princess is injured, her ancestry is brought into question.

Much is expected of the heir to the Rythern throne, but when LUCIAN is forced to leave the warfront by his father, his reluctant agreement comes at a price.

The battle for Helms Keep has disastrous consequences for MARCEL. Soon he finds himself fighting both enemy forces and his own memories.

ASTRID is sent to the family summer home in the Cinder Mountains for her own safety. Only she doesn’t expect the knee-high snow and frigid temperatures. With only her guards to protect her, Astrid must dig deeper than she ever thought herself capable of in order to survive."

My Review:  I have been on a big fantasy kick lately so wanted to give this one a shot. This is a prequel novella with 4 short stories that take place before the first book. I am one of those people who prefers to read everything in chronological order so this was where I started. From this short book it strikes me as being along the lines of those generational long family sagas but with a fantasy twist. Each of the 4 stories takes you along with one of the 4 royal siblings in the months leading up to the first book, the land is at war already and a lot is happening before the series really even gets started. Reading this does allow for you to get to know each of the characters and the events that lead to the current status before the story begins, in this case I believe it would be very helpful as it seems there is quite a lot of backstory in this novella that may be needed to make sense of the first full length novel. I think Astrid's storyline might be the most intriguing, but other than that I was a little bored for most of this book, there was plenty of action but I don't know if it was enough to capture my attention enough to dedicate to a full series.
My Rating: There is a lot of information and backstory packed into this little novella, but I think it might end up being very essential to understanding the first full length novel.  I don't know if I will continue this series because it does sound like something that will take a lot of dedication, but others might find it very interesting.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
You can find out more about Katherine Bogle and this series on her Goodreads Page or Website.
You can also purchase your own copy of Fyre in digital format from Barnes & Noble or Amazon 

1 comment:

  1. I always like to read things in chronological order too but sometimes, I find, these series better read in the order the author writes them. They may think they're not writing anything in a prequel that won't be understood but unless you've read that first book it won't make sense.