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Dawn of the Flame Sea (Flame Seas #1)

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The first in a new fantasy series from the national bestselling author of the Sons of Destiny novels.

They call themselves the Fae Rii, or Fair Traders. Elfin-like beings capable of wielding sophisticated forms of magic, they travel between universes exploring new worlds and establishing settlements for their people to live peacefully among the locals.

The humans of the Whit
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Published April 19th 2016 by InterMix
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Angela
So I made it to about 26%. My problems are varied in this book. It's not bad, really. It's just .... there's nothing happening.

The fae arrive on this planet, in this place, that they thought would be empty. Except it's not. There's a tribe, refugees fleeing from agressors. The fae begin to use their magic to change their environment. And that's it. That's all that's happened.

There's a lot of world-building going on, a lot of details about the magic that the fae, and the tribes, use. There's som
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Darcy
This book really had a slow start. A lot of that is due to the book being the first in the series, there was a lot of world building going on. That did get bogged down a bit with the explanation of magic and how it worked. Once the two peoples started to blend their cultures things started to pick up. It was great to see the Fae and the White Sands tribe started to admire each other and even how they became friends. Things seemed to blend a bit more than Jintaya expected, which is quickly ...more
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Aug 28, 2016 Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) rated it really liked it
4 stars

Not sure why I liked this one so much. It's slow paced, but when the action unfolds - oh my! I loved Ban and want to read more about him.
Kim
Apr 14, 2016 Kim rated it it was ok
Thank you NetGalley and Berkley/InterMix for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: 4/19/2016

Although Dawn of the Flame Sea is a relatively short book, it took me the better part of a week to plow through it. I think part of the problem is that the author focuses most of her attention on world-building and almost nothing on character development. The other problem is that there's nothing new here that sets this story apart from the legions of other high fantasy books o
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Marlene
Apr 25, 2016 Marlene rated it liked it
This joint review was originally published at The Book Pushers

Marlene: I picked this up because I usually love Jean Johnson’s writing, whether it is military SF or science fiction romance or fantasy romance. I even hunted up her fanfiction, and loved that too. But this, this just doesn’t read like her usual. And by usual I mean that it was not instantly absorbing. Nor was there a whole lot going on. Instead, this book is a whole lot of worldbuilding. And while I like and expect worldbuilding in
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Rita C
Oct 05, 2016 Rita C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world building is amazing, as always with this author. Interesting new characters and premise. Still not entirely sure where this is going, but I want to find out more. :)
Krissys
Jul 06, 2016 Krissys rated it really liked it
Shelves: featured-books, star
They call themselves the Fae Rii, or Fair Traders. Elfin-like beings capable of wielding sophisticated forms of magic, they travel between universes exploring new worlds and establishing settlements for their people to live peacefully among the locals.

The humans of the White Sands tribe, refugees fleeing from powerful enemies, see the Fae as potential invaders stealing their newfound natural resources. Jintaya, the leader of the Fae travelers, manages to forge an alliance, promising to trade ski
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Barb Lie
Apr 20, 2016 Barb Lie rated it really liked it
Dawn of the Flame Sea by Jean Johnson is the 1st book in her new fantasy series, Flame Seas. This is my first book by Jean Johnson, and I wasn’t sure what to expect in this different type of fantasy novel. I will say that when I finished this book, I was hooked into this new world building of Johnson’s creation.

Dawn of the Flame Sea begins as a group of Fae’s known as Fae Rii, who are Fair Traders that explore the different worlds that they can find and make them habitual for other Fae’s to even
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Eva Millien
Apr 18, 2016 Eva Millien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dawn of the Flame Sea (Flame Seas #1) by Jean Johnson The Fae Rii are peaceful fair traders capable of wielding sophisticated forms of magic. The White Sands tribe see the Fae as invaders stealing their newfound natural resources. The Circle Fire Tribe has no desire to share with anyone in this enthralling new fantasy.

Jintaya, leader of the Fae promises to trade skills and knowledge to build a lasting community if the White Sands people will forge an alliance and the readers can’t help but get c
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Eva Millien
Apr 18, 2016 Eva Millien rated it really liked it
The Fae Rii are peaceful fair traders capable of wielding sophisticated forms of magic. The White Sands tribe see the Fae as invaders stealing their newfound natural resources. The Circle Fire Tribe has no desire to share with anyone in this enthralling new fantasy.

Jintaya, leader of the Fae promises to trade skills and knowledge to build a lasting community if the White Sands people will forge an alliance and the readers can’t help but get caught up in this fascinating tale as they work togethe
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Theresa
Aug 23, 2016 Theresa rated it really liked it
This is about a different kind of fae that we’re used to. Normally fae are mean, or tricky, or
dangerous. These are kind and benevolent, though they are very promiscuous.

This is about a group of dimension traveling fae that use a portal to go from world to world setting up trade towns. First the sent in a scout to locate a remote and defensible location, then they observe the natives for a while to determine how best to approach them without disturbing their culture.

But this time things get mess
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Jessica Bronder
Apr 18, 2016 Jessica Bronder rated it liked it
The Fae Rii, Fair Traders, travel between the universes to explore and start settlements. But not everyone they come across is as friendly as them. When they come upon the White Sands tribe, a group of humans on the run from their enemy, the humans feel the Fae are a threat. As Jintaya, the leaders of the Fae works for an alliance, not everyone wants to work with the Fae.

This is the first book in a series so I understand how there is a lot of world building. Sadly I think this affected the char
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Anya
Apr 17, 2016 Anya marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley
This book clearly has some cool world and magic in store, but the writing is pretty bland and the characters too cliche high fantasy to intrigue me. Doesn't work for me right now, but if you like Fae and the idea of traveling between worlds, give it a try.
Stacey
Did not finish.

I found this one boring, with slow plot development and no characters I felt connected to. My full, original review will be posted on The Book Adventures on May 25, 2016.
Nibrock
Aug 01, 2016 Nibrock rated it liked it
Shelves: own
An interesting world hopping fae story. One man who cannot die, a group of fae looking to trade with the natives but end up getting everyone pregnant, other natives who are trying to enslave the clan the fae have allied with. Interesting world building.
Lyndi
Jul 01, 2016 Lyndi marked it as not-going-there
I was quite looking forward to this, but after reading some reviews I don't think this is for me. I honestly think that Jean Johnson can't really top her "Theirs Not to Reason Why" series.
Larissa Campos
May 25, 2016 Larissa Campos rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
This book was extremely slow going, which I'm not keen on at all, but pleases in world building if not so much character development. In all, a good read.
Karen
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Jul 26, 2016
Mary J. Ball
Mary J. Ball rated it it was amazing
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Maria Itliong
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Scott
Scott rated it it was amazing
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Shaineinok
Aug 09, 2016 Shaineinok rated it it was ok
Eh..... doesn't really go anywhere.
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Berkley/Jove Authors Bio

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.
(1)romance author, science fiction author

Jean Johnson currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, has played in the SCA for 25 years, sings a lot, and argues with her cat about territorial rights to her office chair. She loves hearing from her readers, and has a distinct sense of humor. Rig
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