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Fire Mage (Blacklight Chronicles #1)

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  998 ratings  ·  77 reviews
August 2014: Significantly expanded and professionally edited

For centuries, mages perfected magic at the Order of the Dawn. Mastery over fire, wind, and storm. They live in the last free city in a world plagued by dark sorcerers. Talis Storm and friend Mara discover a terrible secret. The Jiserian Empire has targeted their city for attack. An army of undead soldiers. Flyi
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published November 11th 2011 by Amber Muse
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Inigo Montoya
Did a 10yr old write this?

Dear potential reader,

Please allow me save you some time and let you know that this story is horrid and has absolutely NO redeeming qualities. Please move onto the next book on your list and spare yourself the agony of trying to read this worthless piece of literature (using the term literature loosely as I have read more intriguing plots in truck stop bathrooms). If you wish to know specifically why this book was so bad, please feel free to continue reading, but stoppi
Fire Mage is a fast paced, action packed light read. I devoured it very quickly and was glued to the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Fire Mage, I only wished it was longer.

The story follows Talis Storm and his best friend Mara. Their parents aren't on the greatest of terms and it has an impact on their friendship. When the pair go hunting together and Mara is seriously hurt, her parents put a ban on them seeing each other.

Mara finally recovers from her injury. One night the city of Naru beco
Thom Watson
I'm a little conflicted about how to rate this book.

If I were to rate it solely on how much I enjoyed the action, the world-building and the character development, I'd probably give it a solid four stars.

But I honestly can't recommend this book -- on its own -- to anyone, without at least warning them that the book is in no way complete. When I got to the end of the final chapter of this book to discover that it was not a full novel but rather just stopped somewhere in the middle of the plot l
This book was very fast-paced. And not really in a good way - it seemed a bit too fast. The plot jumps from one scene to a next with no transitions or connection to the next scene. One second, the characters are hunting a boar, and Mara gets hurt. The next, she's fine, and they're winning a tournament. And for some reason, it's wrong for Mara to try to hunt a boar, but perfectly fine for her to compete in a contest known for regularly killing children. I'm sorry. I'll try not to harp on every in ...more
This was lack-luster. I just couldn't care about any of the characters. The world building was just a bunch of name dropping that had no interesting stories behind it. If they do, they may come later in the series, but I won't be finding out.

It seemed like the plot was only to get to the fighting, which I found a bit boring. Something about it reminded of a role playing game. As if someone wanted to run a game but had no players.

I understand wanting to try to keep the reader's interest with ac
I gave up after the 5th chapter. Too many things just don't make sense. The character development is terrible. For more info on why, see Inigo Montoya's detailed comments which I totally agree with. It feels like it was written by a kid or someone with no writing experience at all.

Donna Huber
Apr 11, 2012 Donna Huber rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donna by: John Forrester
I think is might be the first full on fantasy book I've read. I usually read fantasy that still has a foot in the real world. Action packed. Descriptive. Sophisticated writing. See my full review:
Dennis Fahey
Childish, simplistic

Childish, simplistic

no real redeeming features. I had to skim to finish it...always hoping it would improve...but it didn't. avoid this one.
1 star.
Ridiculous plot even for fantasy genre with weak and unlikeable characters.
I wouldn't recommend even though it is free.
What do you get when you combine Harry Potter Series with Song of Fire & Ice Series... a fresh new fantasy tale called Fire Mage.
Fire Mage is written by John Forrester and is the first book in the Blacklight Chronicles. Fire Mage is about the attack on Naru, the city in which Talis Storm and his best friend Mara Lei; and their journey to find a way to save their city from destruction. When attacked and chased into the tombs of the dead, Talis comes face to face with one of the dead Champions of Naru- who gives him a powerful, sacred map that will show him where to go to help save his beloved city.
Set out on their quest, a
Maegan Morin
Fire Mage written by John Forrester is the first book in the Blacklight Chronicles. When their city is attacked by the Jiserian Empire, Talis and Mara find themselves intrusted with a sacred map leading them to a place where Talis can discover his destiny.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast paced fantasy adventure, great for young readers. It was an easy and entertaining read. I really liked the chemistry between Talis and Mara. They were written together well and even though the book is s

Fire Mage

Talis and Mara were only thirteen years old, yet they were as brave as an army of warriors! They were the best of friends, and they were inseperable, they were always together and fought side by side. While hunting, Mara had a accident, and was badly injured. They weren’t sure whether she would live or not, they prayed to the goddess of healing, while the nurse with healing powers tried to help her. In this story there are many Gods and Goddesses, but not the same Gods and Goddesses t
*Book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.*

One night the city of Naru is under attack. While hiding from the dark sorcerers of the Jiserian Empire and running for their lives, Talis and his best friend Mara uncover a secret map. The Elders of Naru send Talis and a few other guys who Talis doesn't get along with to find out where this maps leads to in order to save the city. Their journey turns out to be quite adventurous and dangerous meeting friend and enemies along the way.
Daniel Brandon
Disclaimer-- This was a free Kindle book.

As a YA-targeted fantasy adventure, it's not too bad. Forrester's created a reasonably complex world with a lot of consistent detail. The plot moves along well, with plenty of action and dialog to fill out a good story, or at least the first part of one-- this is the start of a series and does not really work as a stand-alone story.

On the other hand, the characters and characterization are awfully uneven. The protagonists are 13 years old, and too young t
This is a book that I skipped over several times not sure if I wanted to read it or not. The book description sounded ok, but did not really catch my attention. I read so many books I am always looking for something, but I still kept overlooking this one. I am unable to put my finger on why.

Eventually my wife saw it and decided I would like it and sent it to my kindle. I started to read it thinking I would put it down and look for another book after a few pages. Alas, I was hooked. I am not sure
Kayla Eklund
Fire Mage was a great short novel. The plot was wonderful and kept me on the edge of my seat. I finished the book in a little less than twenty four hours. The setting was very detailed. I thought the concept of The Blood Dagger was interesting and original. The Blood Dagger is where you fight until you're hurt enough that a healer has to be called in. You don't find a lot of things like that in YA books. The characters were well written. Mara was my favorite character. I liked her spunk. She was ...more
Talis Storm is a 13 year old boy who has been wielding a blade since he was 6 years old. His best friend Mara Lei is also 13 and they have been sparring partners for 7 years.
Ever since Talis's brother Xhan was poisoned and killed from fighting with desert marauders he has been trying to win the approval of his Dad.
This story is full of magic, healers, demons, wizards, sorcerers and necromancers. It is action packed and will keep you wanting more.
Talis and Mara go on a quest along with their arch
Unsolved Mystery
Jul 18, 2015 Unsolved Mystery rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Recommended to Unsolved Mystery by: Given by the author for an honest review

- My Description -
Talis and Mara are 13 year old friends.
Trouble follows them everywhere.
It follows them in the form of undead soliders, necromancers and acid filled spiders.
They also have to contend with friends/enemies Riker and Nikulo.

- My Review -
This is the first fantasy book I've ever read. I don't usually read fantasy.

This book wasn't bad at all, especially for a newbie. It was easy to understand and didn't stray off course.

I really liked the adventure in this book.

The cliffhanger
This early-teens epic fantasy novel has no ending. Maybe I'm just old school here, but I still believe each book in a series should have its own arc (beginning, middle, and ending) within the bigger arc that covers the series itself. Not every question must or should be answered in the first book, nor every loose end tied up, but enough should be to give the book a proper conclusion. This one doesn't do that, leaving me without that satisfied feeling after turning the last page. Or as some revie ...more
Meh .... It was entertaining and I enjoyed the story line seems to be a bit forced almost like the reader is getting a feel for the action and then poof it is gone.
I feel like the author does not know his characters completely yet and I get the feeling that he is looking over their shoulders and just recording the events. There are little bits in which the reader sees into the MC mind but I do feel that he needs to kow more about them other than the basic outside picture that he is sh
Fire Mage is about a young boy named Talis who is aspiring to be a mage. Despite his efforts, he is unable to cast magic but, more importantly, unable to please his father. Ever since his brother died, Talis has been struggling to fill his shoes. This changes when Talis and Mara, his best friend, witness an attack on the city and are entrusted with a map that Talis is destined to follow. However, people are hunting them—or Talis, more specifically—and neither of them know why.

Although I enjoyed
I honestly did not care for this book at all. The characters all felt very one dimensional, and when they did show an identifiable personality, it felt forced. Also, anytime a new narration involving Talis began, he always started it with how hungy he is. I just got sick of him saying how hungry he is all the time. This book also feels very juvenile... if the concept was written better, i would give it to my 10 year old to read.
Bill Tillman
Talis Storm must become a Fire Mage or his city will be destroyed by the Jiserian Empire. The action is fast paced and full of twists and turns a true page turner for YA's and above. I enjoyed it so much I finished it in one day.
Michael Conway
Vapid fantasy novel for children.

Picked this up on Amazon when they were giving it away free. I didn't realize it was a YA book.

Short, cliched, unrealistic.
I really liked this book. Its a nice light fantasy with strong characters. I will be reading the next in the series.
Michael Pillarella
Overall I did enjoy this story as well as the characters. Why then did I rate it a three? Some may find fast paced storytelling very appealing in fantasy adventure books but it often left too much assumed or left you with a wanting for the explanation. Diving into a world of complex magic and numerous Gods which deliver visions and advice so often that people are no longer surprised by divine intervention dulls the magical story of Talis's grand, and slightly rushed, adventure. Character develop ...more
loved it cant wait to read the next one when amozon lets me in october and then the 3rd when it is finished
Richard Holden
Either this had no editor or they need to be fired. Simple things like tense or word order were screwed up. The author seemed to vacillate between seeing how many times he can use the same word in a chapter and using a thesaurus for every word, doing a very poor job of it.

The characters are flat and the dialog stilted. When the author tries to give some scope and majesty to the world his descriptions are so much hyperbole that they are unbelievable.

I would have stopped reading altogether but I
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John Forrester is the author of Theft of Dragons and Lord of Dragons, of the Princes of Naverstrom epic fantasy series. He is also the author of Beautiful Revenge, and Fire Mage, Sun Mage, Shadow Mage, and Dragon Mage from the Blacklight Chronicles fantasy series. Today over 80,000 copies of his books have been sold worldwide. A few of his inspirations include the Harry Potter series, Catcher and ...more
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“Spread before them past the gate was the Arena of the Sej Elders, formed of gigantic white granite blocks, rising over everything in the lower part of the city. Stone towers lined the wide avenue leading up to the arena. They had to move faster.” 0 likes
“The Temple dedicated to the pantheon of gods, constructed by the magical Order of the Dawn over a thousand years ago, gleamed in the morning sunlight as Talis sauntered up the cobblestone street. Today he would study with Master Viridian, the leading wizard of the Order, for a chance at breaking his many year long failing streak, his inability at casting magic. Not that Talis was optimistic today. Especially since every time he’d tried in the past the results had proved disastrous.” 0 likes
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