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Alaskan Fire (Guardians of the First Realm #1)

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Blaze MacKenzie is a freakishly-tall heiress who just discovered that her ‘parents’ actually found her abandoned as an infant in some bizarre human sacrifice in the woods. Along with that nasty little bit of information came a six hundred thousand dollar check, a strange golden feather, and the ability to move to the Alaska Bush and begin her dream-life living off the Grid ...more
Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Published January 30th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
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Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
I met Sara King about four (or was it five?) years ago while I was participating on writing.com. I started reading the story she'd posted there entitled "Outer Bounds," or should I say part of a novel because it simply consisted of the first few chapters she'd been working on. I was immediately hooked, so much so that I almost cried when I reached the end of what she'd posted. When I discovered more about her, I was absolutely astonished that she hadn't been picked up by a big-time publisher, ev ...more
So, I Read This Book Today
“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real ... for a moment at least ... that long magic moment before we wake.” – George R. R. Martin

It wasn’t supposed to be, well, “easy,” not exactly. I mean, moving into an isolated, 10,000 square foot fishing lodge in the backwoods of Alaska isn’t for the weak of heart or soul. But when you inherit a good bit of money, just enough to buy your dream, it is hard to think about all the things tha
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DavinciKittie
Read the full review, including Memorable Quotes and Recommended Reads, on GraveTells here:
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Blaze, a 6'4" flame-haired woman with a mysterious past and a passion for reclaiming our food supply from the clutches of big corporations who care more bout how long a food will last in transit than how healthy it is, buys a lodge in the Alaskan bush hoping to start her own business. With very few choices in knowledgeable, skilled natives to hire, Blaze's pretty muc
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Vivian
Apr 25, 2012 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-pn, freebies
3.5 stars

Funny, annoying, heart-wrenching tale about a very unlikely couple. It's a great story; gritty and realistic, sweet and sexy, milk-snorting through the nose funny--AND in desperate need of editing. Simply put, some scenes just go on way too long, like three pages instead of a paragraph or two, and need shortening and tightening to really let them shine.
Wanda Hartzenberg
Aug 24, 2015 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is such a fun read.

Not a short read and some readers might not like the long commitment this one requires but I had fun all the time so for me, it was not too long.
Yes Blaze is not over the fact that she has red hair to rival the sun, she is 6.4f and build like an Amazon warrior, but people, if you have been suffering your entire life due to genetics then at 25 you will not be over it either.
Everything in this story is over done. Bigger than life, as big as Alaska and I totally adored the r
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Kim Bowen
Apr 30, 2012 Kim Bowen rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on, 2012
I don't know why I ended up reading this. Somewhere someone gave it high praise. For the life of me I can't figure out why. It's also long. I tried. I really tried. I read every page until I got about half way through and then I just started skimming so I could get to the end with a general idea of how it ends. I guess it pulled me in enough that I cared to know how it ended.

The author has talent but she needs a better editor to begin with. The story was long and drawn out. I had a problem with
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C.L. Bevill
Aug 03, 2012 C.L. Bevill rated it really liked it
I went into this book thinking it was paranormal romance but well, it isn't exactly that. We've got our heroine who decides to buy a hunting lodge in the middle of nowhere, Alaska. Her name is Blaze and not only is she 6 foot 4 but she's got glow in the dark hair. Then when she gets there, she finds her handyman, Jack, is somewhat freaky. The first third of the book is more about the heroine hopping into a major life change. Then we get some paranormal conflict and an idea that all isn't what it ...more
tereseh
Mar 22, 2012 tereseh rated it really liked it
I stayed up the whole night, because it hooked me that much. Had to go to bed at 6am when I no longer could read the words on the screen... *ahem*

The story arc is interesting, as are the main characters, although I personally think some of the scenes were a bit dragged out, and some things felt a bit like *yeah yeah, you might not know that, but I certainly know something weird is going on, so stop hinting about it already* on the other hand I'm one of those who like to predict how the story go
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Thomas Cardin
Mar 30, 2013 Thomas Cardin rated it really liked it
In the end, I thought it was marvelous. At first the characterizations felt very stiff and not at all 'real'. That changed over time as my suspension of disbelief grew to encompass a far deeper and well thought out world than I had imagined.

I can only characterize the relationship that grows between Jack and Blaze as "HOT".

I am six foot nine. So when Blaze is going on and on about her height issues, I knew where she was coming from. I wanted to tell her "baby, you are just right!". I found myse
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Melissa
Apr 22, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I really wish we could give half stars because I would put this at 4.5 stars.

The first 50% of the book was a five star for me. I loved the inner dialogue going on inside Blaze and Jack. It made me laugh out loud as did their banter back and forth. The story moved at good clip as well.

It was about the 50% mark that the inner dialogue became less and we got caught up in the werewolves/Amber side of the tale. I thought it was dragged out and the story slowed a bit for me. This is where it dropped
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Julia
Jun 07, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
At first it took me a little bit to get into the story, not because of the writing, just because I have read a lot of books lately with super natural beings. So I went and read a couple of funny books and then came back to this one. I have to say I really like Sara's writing, I think she is going to be getting better with each book she writes. I got this book free off of amazon, but just bought 2 more of her books today. The characters really flow through out the book and I like how you are gett ...more
Lesley
Mar 26, 2012 Lesley rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to re-hash the plot here because the book summary on Amazon is both accurate and sufficient.

I did my best to read this book in one night, but it's satisfyingly long and my stamina eventually failed me at about 5am. The tension between Blaze and Jack was beautifully written and there some great plot twists. Every time I thought it couldn't get better, it did. I really, really didn't want to put it down till I found out how the story panned out, and when I did finish, I wished I'd ma
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David Mackey
Apr 14, 2012 David Mackey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was a total riot. I laughed myself to tears, thrilled along for the ride, felt my hackles go up more than ones and a few times even put it down with goose bumps on my arms. I would have to say, while not Sara's single, most stunning piece of work, this one is still a step above the rest. On par with Orson Scott Card in my humble book, but I am just a reader, so far... what would I know.

~D

And yes, I DID finish this book two days before it was published. It is good to know your authors a
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Sallie Griffin
Apr 14, 2012 Sallie Griffin rated it it was amazing
this book was a really tremendous book. I enjoyed the new idea of the story. this book was really funny and I loved all the characters even if some of them were the bad guys. it had lots of twists and turns that keep you up late at night. I recommend this book to readers andhope you enjoy it as I have. now I just bought the second book Alaskan fury and ill be back to tell you how that goes. (stay tuned)
Stephenie
May 05, 2012 Stephenie rated it really liked it
Shelves: para
I was able to obtain this book during a promotional day so it was literally a dollar. After reading it I would have paid more, and did for the Fury. This book is crudely funny with sarcasm, intellectual showdowns, oh...and a few 'critters' running around. I'm from the south and I was able to imagine southern people when the dealings of the main two characters came to head. A riot!
Tiki
Apr 25, 2012 Tiki rated it it was amazing
ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! For SO many reasons - great Characters, great story, great writing & great editing... LOVED IT!! Will do a full review soon - too eager to start book 2 Alaskan Fury!!
Amy
Mar 22, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
Alaskan Fire is a fun book with an original idea! Most Paranormal novels are so predictable, but King put a great twist to it! This is one of those books that I will read many times!
Ashley Mayer
May 16, 2012 Ashley Mayer rated it it was amazing
Alaskan Fire is a completey unique story that I absolutely loved. The tension between Blaze and Jack is entertaining! This is a great story and I can't wait to read more!
Sophie
Feb 14, 2016 Sophie rated it it was ok
DNF @17% I feel bad reviewing a book that I didn't finish but I can't help my self. Neither one of the MC were attractive. I realize this is subjective but when the Hero is described as having back hair so long that you can see it stand up under his shirt and he compares the heroine to a horse and calls her an idiot I just can't bring myself to do anything but hate him. The heroine is described as having bright orange hair she's 6' 4" and wears a size 11 shoe. Again not a woman I find attractive ...more
Kelly
This story had so much promise in the beginning - It was believable, the conflict for the main characters started out exciting ...

(Blaze the heroine is a very tall 6'4 woman, she buys property in BFE upon her parents death. When her hired handyman Jack the hero of the story comes to pick her up when she arrives he senses that she is something other than human. Jack freaks out and turns into a wolverine scaring the whole shit out of Blaze. Come to find out this BFE is inhabited by werewolf's, dra
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Kim B
May 26, 2012 Kim B rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Alaskan Fire… the name alone drew me into purchasing this book. Miss King did not disappoint me with her imagery of the unspoiled wilderness that this spectacular state is known for. The little things that she brought to life, such as Blaze’s reaction to the scenery during her flight in a small plane taking her to a life long dream “The Sleeping Lady Lodge” was similar to my first reaction to seeing Alaska. Most writers forget those tidbits that make the characters journey, your own.
Her heroin
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Marisa
Jul 17, 2013 Marisa rated it really liked it
This was an interesting adult story about were-creatures and other beings not often featured in paranormal tales or urban fantasies. I love that the story is set in a remote area of Alaska, but I especially love that the author is from Alaska, and, therefore, able to write truth about the setting. The characters are fantastic! The story is written in third-person, but you get to hear the plot from different characters' perspectives, which helps develop the tale. The humor (and vulgarity) of the ...more
Yodamom
Wow, I have always wanted to roam up to Alaska. Who wouldn't be drawn to the wildness and the solitude it offers ? Then there are the dangers, many dangers. I love the way the author incorporated both the dangers and the bonuses of Alaskan life in her paranormal twisted tale of adventure and love. From the strange folks that have been known to live there to the weather and survival issues. She has us worried about getting the generators running while watching for the werewolf attack. She tells a ...more
Heather
Nov 05, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
There is so much to say about this book that I do not even know where to start. First of all, the book has two characters that are hard not to like eventually. There was good character development with the two main characters ant it made me fall in love with them because I first I did not like either one at all. Blaze felt like she was needy and weak and Jack felt like, well, an asshole. After they started to come together and learn from each other, the story blossomed from there. I am not going ...more
 Patches Braz
Nov 08, 2012 Patches Braz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
I Love Paranormal. I have never read this Author. I am so glad I did.
The whole premise of this book was so far out there yet the way Ms. King wrote the storyline made it so believable and wonderful.

This storyline draws the reader right in. You will love every minute of it.

I want to go live in the Alaskan Wildernesses, maybe I will find my soul mate I wonder what he will be. But then again there are so many bad Others. I mean this is their home and they will protect it. So many have lived here fa
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Tausha
Aug 05, 2012 Tausha rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon this book by accident & was attracted to it by the title. I was skeptical before starting, mainly because I was judging the book by the cover--I was wrong. What a fun, witty, creative story. Blaze & Jack's characters developed at a great pace and the story never grew old. I found myself falling in love with Runt. I wish I had a little annoying friend like him. I'm looking forward to reading what King has in store for her readers in book #2. I wish her much success on the ...more
Anna
Dec 29, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
So, the beginning of this book said formulaic-shifter-romance, and I would have closed it up if the heroine hadn't been so off-beat and funny. I'm glad I kept reading, though, because King soon turned the corner into something far more interesting --- good urban fantasy wrapped up in an Alaskan homesteading package that actually felt believable.

The characters were the best part, though. The heroine's Achilles' heel is that she's almost freakishly tall for a woman, and she's constantly having to
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Burke Hodgson
Feb 22, 2015 Burke Hodgson rated it liked it
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lisa r. nagy
Feb 14, 2015 lisa r. nagy rated it liked it
Both good and not so good

If I was judging this on the last half of the book, I would have given it a 3.2/5 . And I enjoy long books, it wasn't that at all. The last half I finally learned more about the characters, but no too much that I wouldn't be intrigued to read a second book in the series to learn more. There was action, heroic's and a community coming together to help each other. That's why I didn't give it a 2/5. So much repetition I almost could have screamed! Mostly in the front half o
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Kara-karina
Jul 25, 2013 Kara-karina rated it really liked it
Noisy, roaring, brilliant fun! - another fabulous read from Sara King, peeps, which reminded me of The Taming of The Shrew, the characters were fighting each other and their attraction to each other so hard. The main heroine is big and bulky and very-self-conscious girl and the main hero is a social suicide. Everything that comes out of his mouth is foul, embarrassing and incredibly funny, considering how awkwardly in love and lust he is with his Amazon. Do read it, I beg you!
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After a long, twisted road, Alaskan Fury is my 15th book. The rest (aside from the first five or so ‘practice books’) spent the last 3-6 years languishing on my hard drive as I waited for some really cool editor at a big, traditional publishing house to notice me. It didn’t happen, even with a world-famous agent doing his damnedest to get my books out there.

So, because I’ve got a stubborn streak a
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“Those men who on the off-chance happened to be taller than her often had some genetic species-survival switch tripped in their brain that made them crave women on the opposite end of the height spectrum, to balance out the gene pool. ” 0 likes
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