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Taming Fire (Dragonprince Trilogy #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  3,756 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
"From all directions, in the darkness, a great terror approaches this world. I mean to fight the terror, Daven, and I would make a weapon of you." Daven Carrickson grew up as a beggar in the filthy alleys beneath the shadows of the palace. He's the son of a known thief, disgraced and despised. His only real talent is his ability with a sword, and his only real chance at fi ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Consortium Books (first published June 8th 2011)
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Sep 30, 2011 Geoff rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The author takes a whole different spin on magic and how dragons are intertwined with magic. Almost as if the dragons are the anti-thesis of magic. I find myself very skeptical when authors bring new and innovative spins on magic or mages because most of their "systems" have so many flaws. This book sets the rules for magic. Sets the rules for Dragons. Then takes one man on a ride that merges the two. It was an extremely fun read and I would recommend it to anyone who ...more
Kaylynn Bradley
Sep 13, 2011 Kaylynn Bradley rated it did not like it
Okay, so I love fantasy, right? This book was not well written. First, nothing much happens until you're 90% through the novel. When you hit the 90% mark though, this babe shows up and she and the narrator have a very cliche relationship. By cliche, I mean I don't think they say anything to each other that hasn't been written about 1,000,000 times before (and better) by other authors. Finally, a large part of this novel is supposed to be the politics in the world. The author never really explain ...more
Aug 02, 2011 Lance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a 99 cent Kindle book, this was an AWESOME read! I really like the character Daven - Pogue sets him up well with his fierce tenacity to always survive; it makes the character a bit dark and gritty but that is completely fitting given the arc he goes through here in the first book. As well, I enjoy how we immediately see (from the opening paragraph) that Daven can handle a sword and has practiced at it for years - we don't have to wonder why he is "suddenly" talented at wielding it when it be ...more
Rebecca Patterson
May 10, 2012 Rebecca Patterson rated it did not like it
'Taming Fire' was a disappointing read with all the sophistication of a cup of ramen noodles. Pogue's first person perspective is better suited to the prose of an eighth-grader, and the repetitive use of certain words and phrases (i.e. the gross abuse of the word growl - "I growled/he growled/I held back a growl/my voice came out a growl..." - are your characters cave men or do they just have chronic laryngitis?) makes 'Taming Fire' clunky and distracts from what precious little plot there is. T ...more
Carlos Velez
May 23, 2011 Carlos Velez rated it it was amazing
So good! Aaron Pogue has proved his ability to write in multiple genres.

The thing I liked best about Taming Fire is the main character, Daven. A talented swordsman, Daven is found early in the book by a wizard who wishes to train him up to be a wizard as well...a unique and powerful weapon against a coming threat. It's cool and "fantastic" but throughout the book the author manages to ground this fantastic tale into realistic and believable behavior. Daven, the hero, isn't more powerful than hi
Jeremy McLeod
Oct 11, 2011 Jeremy McLeod rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Stilted dialog, lazy magic system, unbelievable flat characters, unfocused plot, melodramatic protagonist, clichés everywhere... I have no idea how this book is as popular as it seems to be. I started highlighting badly written passages and dialog after 3 chapters so I could give specific examples, but I soon realized I was highlighting the majority of the book.

I'll update this review with more specific examples soon, but for now, here's my conclusion: This is seriously one of the worst fantasy
Jeffrey Michael
Dec 08, 2011 Jeffrey Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding heroic fantasy. Well written with excellent character and plot development. I enjoyed the entire ride through this well thought out fantasy. I was hanging on the edge of my seat and couldn't put the book down. I have to admit that I was disappointed when I got to the last page because I wanted more!

I eagerly await the sequel that's scheduled for release this month. At least that was what the author had indicated at the end of the book. I'll have to check to see if that's still the ca
Sandi Faulconbridge
Sep 17, 2016 Sandi Faulconbridge rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook, 2016
Reading this has reminded me of why I Love fantasy!
It is filled with action, adventure, angst, good & evil ... but really what is good or evil??? Oh yeah and it's got wizards and dragons!!!!

I particularly liked the character development of Daven, our young shepherd turned apprentice wizard.
I also liked how many of the other characters showed both their strengths and weaknesses - after all we are not all consistently 'good' in the face of adversity.

A really good fantasy read for Teens and A
Jacinta Hoare
Jan 19, 2012 Jacinta Hoare rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, fantasy, 2012
Well for some reason this book got me hooked - I read until 3am (on a school night) and then rushed home the next day to finish. I really don't know why I was compelled to read so avidly as I do think the writing is not as good as it could be and there are a number of subplots that could have been teased out to make the story more complex and alive but have been ignored by the author.

The book really should have a three star rating but I have awarded an extra star for being so mysteriously compel
Dec 15, 2014 Mnoraznan rated it it was amazing
Just my kind of fantasy.

Swordfights, magic and dragons. Those alone would be enough for any lover of the genre. But, Taming Fire is more than that, it wrought a fine tale of a boy who tried to escape his less than savory past. He face hardships, and death, emerging triumphant. A purveyor of a new kind of magic, he is mankind's best hope of facing the dragonswarm.

A definite page-turner, i enjoyed the story and recommend everybody gave this one a read as well.
Helen May
Jun 25, 2014 Helen May rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! So much excitement and adventures. Dragons and wizards! Even a girl to save! :)
Lewis Dix
Jul 08, 2012 Lewis Dix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Lewis by: Amazon
WOW! This book is a steal at $0.99! I bought and downloaded it right after receiving my Kindle Fire but never got around to reading it. I finally decided to take a peak on Monday and ended up zipping through the book in about four days....not bad when you consider I spend 10 hours of those days at work, come home to a wife and kids, and play Mass Effect 3 after everyone has gone to bed. Especially when the book is of a decent length (over 100K words and almost 4oo pages).

Now onto the Review!

I w
Jan 20, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
"Taming Fire" is a good debut epic fantasy story by a new author that was entertaining and enjoyable to read. The main character is caught up in forces beyond his understanding and is swept along from one location to another seemingly with no real purpose. But just as he is caught trying to understand the "whys" of what is happening to him, so too are we. As the story evolves so too does our character as he discovers more good qualities about himself that others see in him. We get to meet many ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Normalene rated it it was amazing
This first in the series was published in 2012 so I should be able to find the rest quickly which is critical because I have to know what happens. Daven is a poor orphaned shepherd who happens to be able to do magic. He gets recruited to magic school although his master has many enemies there and he has trouble fitting in. Sounds pretty standard, but this is the point where it goes original. I loved where Pogue took the magic and the story and to watch Daven grow and learn about himself and the ...more
Feb 15, 2012 Hollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, and yet I'm not sure why. It's written in a sort of tone that I usually don't care for as much, but it this case really works, and I found myself with a just-one-more-page complex on more than one occasion during the course of reading it. I also really like the fact that while the protagonist is destined for greatness, it is more because of the experiences he has and how he chooses to respond to them rather than some prophetic fate that leads him by the nose. The Dragon ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Marti rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was a nice little surprise. I was afraid it might be a Harry Potter ripoff but it wasn't at all. The main character, Daven, is young and does spend some time in a wizard's academy. But for the most part, the similarities between this book and the first of the Harry Potter series ends. Daven is the kind of character that is easy to care about. He's fiercely loyal to his few friends and very brave. That's not to say he's perfect. He has some anger issues that get him into trouble from ti ...more
Denae Christine
This was a very fun read and an unpredictable, unique fantasy. The MC was a bit sulky now and then, but he was a hard worker and never gave up. I liked how he received his magical training, but I thought the one wizard gave him too much importance. Why would Claighan search for years for someone so specific? Why would he risk his life and kingdom for this boy he barely knows? These questions may be answered in the next book.

The dragons were well done. Not too tame. Not too overly powerful. Not t
Tamzin Dunn
Jun 23, 2014 Tamzin Dunn rated it it was amazing
Spotted this book on Amazon for free and I would have not been disappointed if I had paid full price for it. Great fantasy story with dragons that are dangerous, dark and blood thirsty. The hero is interesting and develops as the story progresses. The story has a similar feel to Robin Hobb's books in the way the hero interacts with the other characters but without the intensity that Hobb uses.

The book is the first of a long series but this one doesn't end on a cliff hanger which was good. I woul
Apr 29, 2015 Wesley rated it really liked it
A fun read. There is enough character development to make the book engaging, enough action to keep one turning pages, and enough tangents from what one would expect to keep the reader guessing along the way. If I were to criticize at all, it would be about the ending of the book. I felt that the author was hurried and sort of let it all go in the last few pages. Those pages got very slushy all of a sudden. Too much the fairy tale ending in what is a harsh world. Never the less, the author does a ...more
P.A. Wilson
Jun 17, 2015 P.A. Wilson rated it it was amazing
The author has taken an old trope and made it interesting. Poor farm/beggar/otherwise outcast boy, turns out to be a hero.

In this story, the first of three, we find Daven in a small village teaching his friends to sword fight. When a king's guard shows up to take Daven to the King, things start to go pear-shaped. Magic, dragons, and wizards populate this tale of power, politics, and war.

Daven's path to saving the world is barred by lies and misunderstandings that seem to flow naturally from th
Aug 29, 2011 Calvin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic
Taming Fire is an excellent book. Aaron Pogue creates an amazing back story with only a few chapters. The characters all have good reasons to do what they are doing. The villain also has a pretty good plan to do what he wants and good understandable motives as well. He also takes a look on magic that is very unique, one that I have never read about before. He is good at giving visuals so good in fact that at some points during the book i felt as though I was watching a movie. I recommend this bo ...more
Aug 26, 2011 Talizmyn rated it really liked it
.99 cents for a book always works for me. I don't expect much from the story, and I am usually pleasantly surprised. This e-book was no exception, though it certainly had its own share of flaws.

One of the main issues for me was the lack of characters. We follow Daven through his Quest (versus The World) and... it's just Daven. He meets some people, and leaves them behind. He's an interesting character, though, and never came across as dull but.. it's just him. While it does work, there is a feel
Aug 16, 2013 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves fantasies and dragons, magic, and unlikely heros.
Loved this book! I don't read to many fantasies because few catch my interest but this book was great. I will defiantly read the rest in the trilogy which is something I don't normally do. I would have giving it five stars but the story lagged a bit in some places and the beginning started off a little slow but it you can hung on a little and stick with it, it get much better and the ending makes you want to read the rest. So like I said Loved This Book!
Sep 23, 2011 Daley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Without delving into the story, I can say that there were no big surprises in this book. I wouldn't call it predictable. It might have simply lacked a type of shock value that I enjoy. However, I enjoyed it anyway. I made it all the way through without effort. Magic and sword-play do it for me. This book takes an interesting turn on those two things. Even though the ending didn't satisfy me, I am eager to move on to the next in the series...if I can find it anywhere!
Jul 25, 2012 MarsianMan rated it really liked it
Daven son of thief Carrick has spent his life under the shadow of his dead father's reputation, until a wizard gives him a chance to make something better of himself. A chance to make himself into a new experimental warrior that can fight with swords and magic. Unfortunately, he is soon wanted for murder and treason before he even begins his lessons.

Pretty good and I am interested to see where it goes.
Aug 29, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
First, whatever you do, don't judge this book by it's cover or title (especially the Kindle cover...).
It's so much better than these things let on. I really enjoyed the book. So much so, that I actually finished the book in a little over a day. My only problem with the book was that I found the writing to sometimes be a little convoluted. Otherwise, excellent, and I'll probably read the sequel someday.
Brian Huff
Apr 16, 2012 Brian Huff rated it really liked it
I was not prepared to enjoy this book and the characters so much... which is to say this book, series really, totally surprised me. The lead character Daven, is believable, and flawed, which I love. The supporting characters are not over-powering with their presence and do a good job of adding to the story line. I'm very much looking forward to the rest of the series.
Muhammad Gibran
May 28, 2012 Muhammad Gibran rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A story about a boy name daven that good at sword and can do a little magic. A sscolar magician wants to make him a paladin, someone who can use sword and magic. But the plan went a stray. the story goes and he become a dragonrider.....
Too many enemy, a little romance, a great deal of magic without the hack and slash action.
Sep 12, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
Great read!! For a Kindle read, this was surprisingly well done. I was impressed with the fact that a single character was able to hold my attention throughout the entire book...seeing as secondary characters were introduced and dismissed at a whim it seems. I am definitely looking forward to the second installment.
mark Conklin
May 10, 2015 mark Conklin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful world with great characters

A Pogue has built a wonderful world of swords and sorcery that is equal to those of Ann McCarthy and David Eddings. His story is full of richly built characters and places. It fully deserves the attention of all who enjoy this style of writing.
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Aaron Pogue is a husband and a father of two who lives in Oklahoma City, OK. Aaron started writing at the age of ten. His first novels were high fantasy set in the rich world of the FirstKing, but he's explored mainstream thrillers, urban fantasy, and several kinds of science fiction. Author of the Dragonprince's Legacy, the Godlanders War, and the Ghost Targets series, Aaron Pogue has sold a quar ...more
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