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Cleanse Fire (The Kinir Elite Chronicles #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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Published October 8th 2011 by Drachen Geist Publishing
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Charlene Wilson
Burying himself in duty, Captain Derac Vidor tries to forget the death of his beloved wife. Every time his elite team of warrior elves rescues someone and burns the captures' building, however, he relives the gruesome memory. The only thing that can drive it away is diving into his next mission and the love for his country.

He soon finds he doesn't know who to trust as evidence points to a conspiracy aimed at the Kinir Elite with his commander at the head. But, it only starts there. Revenge is i...more
I have to admit, I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book. I don't read a lot of high fantasy. Not because I have any particular problem with it, I'm just not drawn to it the way some people are. But I have been hearing a lot about this book, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Turns out, that was a good call!

For me, a good book is one that I can connect to emotionally. The book opens with a highly emotional scene where Derac, the Captain of an Elvin military unit called the Kinir Elite, loses his...more
Danielle Ravencraft
Cleanse Fire tells the story of Captain Derac Vidor, an elite elf warrior haunted by the past death of his wife and team mate. Derac soon learns that not even revenge can mend his broken heart. He trudges through life, playing the part of his country’s hero and captain of the Kinir Elite, but on the inside Derac is lonely.

It’s not until a traitor in the Kinir Elite endangers the whole team that Derac is able to push through his past and save the people who are still in his life.

I don’t normally...more
This book follows Captain Derac Vidor and his team of the kinir elite. We follow them on there missions and find out there is a traitor tryin to kill them.I wasn't sure at first if I was going to like this book but I actually really liked it. Looking forward to reading the next book.
David Brown
You can’t beat the presence of elves in a fantasy world, can you? The pointy eared race has been prevalent throughout fantasy and myths and with Cleanse Fire: The Kinir Elite Chronicles we have the privilege of their company once more. The first instalment in a series of books, Cleanse Fire is full of action, romance, intrigue, honour and betrayal.

The novel opens with Captain Derac Vidor watching his wife, Maleena, die amidst the flames that engulf the headquarters of the Kinir Elite – a presti...more
Renee Rearden
Cleanse Fire: The Kinir Elite Chronicles, #1
By Anastasia Pergakis
Ecopy provided by author

Captain Derac Vidor takes pride in leading his team of Elite Kinir warrior elves. Serving his country by protecting the weak and rescuing those in need fill his life—until an act of betrayal threatens not only himself but every member of his team. He will stop at nothing to discover who is trying to kill them and why.

Let me start by saying I enjoyed Cleanse Fire. As a debut author, Ms Pergakis is off to a g...more
Rheanna Atkinson
What were the main relationships explored in this book? The relationships between Captain Vidor and his team. Captain Vidor is a strong leader and is respected but whether he will be successfully lead his team out of their current troubles remains to be seen until the end. He has many personal issues that seem to be clouding his judgment.

3 things I liked about the book … Unlike some fantasy books, it wasn't a heavy read and it's a book that parent and child can enjoy together. There's a tinge o...more
James Noel
Which did you find more appealing, the introduction or the conclusion? The introduction because it offered a good foundation to the story and the characters. I found the conclusion lacking because it did not answer many of the questions that readers had and if they are going to be answered in the second book, well and good but for a first book in the series, this book seemed to lack a better part of the story / character background.

Why would you recommend or not recommend this book? If you are...more
S.M. Blooding
Fantasy like this is hard to write and hard to find. The characters come off the page really well. You can tell that the author spends a lot of time with her characters, understanding who they are, what drives them, how they came to be, because she's able to grasp all these little nuances that just make it easy to sync with them.

The characters themselves are pretty tough! I wasn't too excited over the "they're elves" aspect. LOL! Before vampires, I thought that elves were a little over done. I...more
Tracey McGee
What were the main themes of the book? The elves have to stand up for themselves in some very strong ways so the main theme of the novel is good versus evil. The elves are in constant battle against dwarves and humans. The reason for this is not entirely clear and if it was, I missed it.

Were you able to connect with the main character and why? In most sections, his emotions are similar to what we all feel when we are dealing with the loss of someone we love. In this sense, it was easy to connec...more
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Cleanse Fire is written from the POV of captain Derac Vidor, a man tormented by a haunting past who is now in charge of one team of the Kinir Elite soldiers and charged with the task to rescue faeries from a dwarven mine. Derac himself is an elf, which I thought was pretty cool. A lot of times we read about elves in fantasy, but hardly ever does an evil play the main role. Derac has a troubled past, and it shows, as the events th...more
Cleanse Fire is the debut novel of Anastasia V. Pergakis. As can be expected from a first time author there are a few things that I thought could have been done better, but there is an almost unlimited amount of potential for this series and author.

The issues that I found with the book mostly revolve around the characters. There wasn't anything wrong with them, but each member of the Kinir Elite is important and shares the spotlight which leads to a little bit of a lack with all of them. The tr...more
Did the plot pull you in or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book? The book club members had conflicting thoughts about this. Most chapters were easy to read and pulled the reader in. But some chapters seemed to drag more than others and it didn't seem like there was any point.

How realistic was the characterization? The fight scenes were realistic but other actions seemed over the top and not how people would react in similar circumstances. For instance, the female team member...more
Gentiva Grant
Did the book end the way you expected? The ending was predictable to many of the book club members. As much as the book showcased loss, loyalty and betrayal, the writing tone of the author allows you to believe that there is no such thing as an unresolved or unhappy ending for the main characters.

Favourite scene …. When Kie asks for a "simple, black dress" because she is in mourning. The reader senses her frustration, but they are also able to recognise Aeli's best efforts to make her look good...more
Diana Jacobsen
Cleanse Fire by Anastasia V. Pergakis is a well written high fantasy story with a Tolkienesque feel. The main character, Captain Derac Vidor has lost his wife but duty calls and he must continue in his quest. The battle scenes were reminiscent of a well -planned war. The characters are likeable and exceed an almost human personality, with a three dimensional element. They are not your run of the mill characters, they have been well thought out. A must read for any person who likes dragons, fairi...more
Linda Andrews
After the death of his wife, Captain Derac Vidor has devoted himself to the Kinir Elite. He's managed to lead the military strike team while holding himself apart, but that has changed with the arrival of Kie. The attraction puts them at risk as betrayal ripples through Kinir.

Cleanse Fire is full of action. Derac, Kie and the other Elite members rush off from mission to mission until it becomes clear that someone is trying to kill them and they must go on the offensive. The story has what every...more
Joood Hooligan
I absolutely loved this story. I wouldn't call this a simple story, but it was a quick read - for me at least. I couldn't put it down!

From the beginning I found myself drawn to Derac, and wanting to know more about him. Then, as each additional character was added, I found myself wishing to read more about them as well. There's a depth to her characters, including the minor ones, that I don't see very often. She could easily write a spin off on each member of the Kinir Elite and I'd read them al...more
Howard Zang
Mar 14, 2013 Howard Zang rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who lives fantasy.
Recommended to Howard by: The author Anastasia Pergakis
Shelves: fantasy
I'm about 3/4 of the way through this, but I've already asked when the nexzt one is coming out. Since this is book 1, I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. I think this has the potential to become a long running series!!

3/1/2013 - Finished the book and loved the ending!!! Now to wait for the next one!!!! Hurry up Anastasia, PLEASE!!! LOL!!
I loved the story line, not to mention elves and warriors. Warrior elves just made my day. I loved the weird spunky Kie and the cute ending. Cool book, cool characters, cool author :)
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Derac Vidor is captain of the Kinir Elite. He has been tasked with helping keep everyone safe from bad forces. But something is happening within his colony and he and his team have been betrayed. However, they don't know by whom or why. He has to figure out who is doing this and how to stop them without losing any of this team members or his sanity.

I really liked this story. I liked Derac and his team. He's smart, he's cunning an...more
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Anastasia knew she always wanted to write. She began at a young age, writing those little stories about the apple tree in the yard. Though her love of stories stayed with her through her poetry stage in high school, she didn’t begin writing novels until she was almost an adult. That’s where she found her true passion.

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