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Prophecy of the Flame (Prophecy of the Flame #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  221 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
In a blinding flash of light, five strangers are yanked from this world and thrust into a land of sorcery as they are granted the looks and abilities of the people they were playing. This band of wannabe heroes soon discovers that having the powers they have always dreamed of, does not make life a dream come true. The Crusaders of the Light struggle to form a cohesive band ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 373 pages
Published November 20th 2011 by Resilient Publishing (first published March 5th 2008)
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May 03, 2010 GloFree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to give a review of this book because it was so unusual for me to find something I liked this well outside my normal comfort zone. When a family member recommended this book, I wasn't sure it was a good fit: I don't read a lot of this type of thing. But I do enjoy science fiction movies so I thought I'd give it a try.

The first part of chapter one made me think that perhaps I had made the wrong decision. It was fast moving and slightly confusing, kind of like the start of a lot of science f
Amy Freese
Apr 10, 2014 Amy Freese rated it it was amazing
Whew! Where should I start? How about: why did I select this book to read? I like my fantasy reads. I read the blurb and it seemed to have good promise for a nice epic fantasy. This my first book by Author Lynn Hardy. I had no idea what to expect. For me, that tends to add a little something to a book though. Let me say I am very happy with my decision to read this one!

Prophecy of the Flame, is the starting book to a series. The book opens by introducing us to people about to participate in a Ro
Apr 16, 2008 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: David
Recommended to Arlene by: author, Rosemary, Keith Bailey
Shelves: fantasy, autographed
I freely admit that I am a sucker for fish out of water tales. Even with that caveat, this is a really good example. Lynn Hardy takes a classic, almost cliche, idea of a group of people taken from our world and dropped into a fantasy setting.

Five people are playing a Live Action Roleplaying Game when they are summoned to another realm, one in danger. To make their task, of saving the kingdom of Cuthburan easier, they are transformed into their characters.

Although physically they are transforme
Lynn Hardy
Feb 05, 2013 Lynn Hardy added it  ·  (Review from the author)

I hope you enjoy this light-hearted fairytale for adults.

Here are a few a my favorite fan reviews:

“This is a fun read, very reminiscent of both Connecticut Yankee by Mark Twain and Guardians of the Flame by Joel Rosenberg. Seeing how the story continues to unfold will be a treat for readers who love epic fantasy that does not take itself terribly seriously" -Amanda Killgore

“I was up till 2 am, I couldn't put it down....” -Yivi M., Toronto Canada

“Prophecy of the Flame brings you back to the wond
Mar 13, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
My Opinion:
Very enjoyable role playing adventure. I enjoyed the characters of the book and liked how I was emerged in the role playing atmosphere. I myself play an MMO online and was able to keep up with the story. Lynn starts off with the action right away. From the hotel that starts a group of strangers playing a game to them getting thrown into this epic journey. We meet Archmage Reba and her team that gets disoriented and is thrown into a world of danger and they learn that they were chosen
Yum-Yum the Warrior
Nov 14, 2010 Yum-Yum the Warrior rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing! Lynn did such a good job for a first-time author. I loved the characters and the way she told their story. The actual ideas - the roleplaying coming to life - was interesting and I have to say I've never seen another story quite like this. I love the way she's come up with the new world and ideas of magic. I also like how she describes the demons and the type of magic she wields. I actually received this book from Lynn as a Pass it On book, and I am very anxious ...more
May 05, 2010 Roxy rated it it was amazing
This book drags you into the story so much that you feel a part of it like you jumped into a new world.
Aug 09, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
During a game of swordplay, magic, costumes, and all the other stuff that the popular kids make fun of, five strangers are sucked into an alternate universe. It doesn’t take them long to realize that they have been turned into the characters that they were role-playing as; Archmage Reba, Jerik the Dwarf, Allinon the Elven druid, Jamison the healer, and Charles the Paladin (aka self-proclaimed Prince Charming).

At first I thought the premise sounded cheesy, but then I remembered my life’s desire:
Bj Gaskill
Mar 11, 2012 Bj Gaskill rated it it was amazing

Talk about one heck of an adventure! I mean really? First you're put into a role playing group of strangers then wham... bam... poof....You're not in Kansas anymore...LOL
I don't know where to start.

I'm sitting here pondering what exactly to write....I enjoyed reading this book entirely, to the point I'd even audition to play Crystal, Reba's Chambermaid...LOL
This book takes Role Playing to a WHOLE new level.....I will never ever look at another role player the same again.

Oct 16, 2014 Avry15 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

I didn’t read this book right away because judging from the first sentences, it depicts gaming ( online games only physically), which means I have to deal with sci-fi and much worst gaming. But to my regret, after a month when I continued reading, I find this as exciting as a roller coater ride.:)

Prophecy of the Flame by Lynn Hardy is about:

In a blinding flash of light, five nondescript strangers are yanked from this world and thrust into a land of sor
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"In a blinding flash of light, five nondescript strangers are yanked from this world and thrust into a land of sorcery as they are granted the looks and abilities of the people they were playing. This band of wannabe heroes soon discovers that having the powers they have always dreamed of, does not make life a dream come true. The Crusaders of the Light struggle to form a cohesive band as they blend twentieth century technology with the supernatural powers of this new world, fighting to liberate ...more
Gloria Antypowich
Sep 12, 2012 Gloria Antypowich rated it it was amazing

I confess—sci-fi is not usually my read; I’m usually into contemporary romance or adventure and murder mysteries. But every once in a while I step out of character and go on the “wildside”-- and that is what this book was for me—it was full of fast moving adventure, characters with strengths and flaws, grotesque and terrifying enemies, determined warriors, romantic tension and MAGIC!

Rebecca and her fellow gamers slide from a fun filled day in the twenty first century into an old world dimension;
Apr 28, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 stars

Kyle is married to Rebecca and he’s given her an interesting gift for their anniversary. It’s not something I would ever think of but it shows how thoughtful he is. He comes up with something that his wife would like to do. From there, Lynn has her characters going to an alternate universe.

I’m a reader of all things romance but I don’t feel that is a major part of this story. The fantasy and science fiction are more prevalent. But I actually think that this is a good thing. I’m a
Mar 08, 2012 Nikki rated it really liked it
Prophecy of the flame starts out with a Live Action Role Playing Game in which the characters are competing to win a free weekend at the hotel. Reba, a powerful Mage in the gaming community, is celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband at the event. He pretty much ditches her for the buffet, and she heads off to meet the rest of her team. This is important to future events in the story.

After kicking some butt in the first round, the team suddenly loses consciousness and finds themselv
Jul 13, 2012 Theresa rated it it was amazing
This book is full of magic and fantasy which is one of my favorite genres. Hardy does a wonderful job with the character development. Reba, the protagonist, is strong willed, fair-minded and thinks fast on her feet. She makes a commanding focus for the story and really keeps the book moving along.

Her comrades are all nuanced and intriguing. They work together well and balance each other out. As with any good story, their combination of talents make them a powerful force for good.

The land they fi
Rae Ryans
Feb 11, 2012 Rae Ryans rated it it was amazing
Prophecy of the Flame is an action filled story that starts with the innocence of role-playing. However, Archmage Reba and her team find themselves whisked through space, and into a place unknown to the world they once knew. Forced to leave her husband behind, Reba finds she quickly becomes the talk of the town. Whispers of prophecy follow her every move as she now possess the powers her role-playing normal human counterpart once dreamed up. The same also goes for her new-found team that journey ...more
Wendy Hines
Jul 07, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
What a unique plot! What started as a band of friends gathering together role-playing takes a big jump and transports those characters into another world, with super powers! Reba is the main heroine and soon finds out she has a destiny and is one of the most powerful people on the planet. She also has a struggle with the heart, loving her husband at home but also desiring the prince on this planet. It makes for an interesting love triangle. The characters are interesting and complex, yet a bit d ...more
Feb 16, 2011 Francine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I am once again a lucky lady to have won a wonderful e-book written by Lynn Hardy called Prophecy of the Flame Book One. I LOVED this book! I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did and quite frankly I read it within a couple of days because couldn’t put it down. It’s like reading Harry Potter and thinking, “What if I die before the next book comes out and I won’t know what happened!?” (No, I’m not crazy; this is a reasonable worry for me.)
The story centers on a group of people who role-
Dawn valentine
Jun 07, 2011 Dawn valentine rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Wow, this was a fun read one that I would definitely recommend for anyone interested in the genre. The story focuses on a group taking part in a roll playing activity and are transported to another dimension. A wizard in that dimension called for them to help his kingdom that is being attacked by demons. The plot is intriguing and it was written well, as it didn’t feel too rushed nor did it drag out too long. Lynn Hardy has done an excellent job making the characters seem almost real, by having ...more
Oct 25, 2011 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, magice
PROPHECY OF THE FLAME by Lynn Hardy is a sci-fi fantasy. #1 “Love Dawning”. It has a world of magic,many hurdles to overcome, a bit of romance, magic, and a lot of sci-fi,fantasy. It is the story of Rebecca(Reba), a firery heroine, an ordinary housewife,who enters a game,a wife,game player,and the Archmage.Alexandros,the Crown Prince of this magical world and his younger brother Szames. Alexandros, feels he must bed or wed Reba to gain “The Prophecy of the Flame”. If you enjoy a Dungeons and Dra ...more
Jacque Stengel
Jan 17, 2012 Jacque Stengel rated it really liked it
It's a worry of every gamer's partner in the real world. That some day, their partner will just up and disappear into the game! (wait...that's my I assume that's everyone who's SO plays constantly) It is another new take on the fantasy/sci fi genre. It took me awhile to get into the book, but it kept my interest throughout the story. There were some really neat characters complete with flaws. This is a great book for those who always want to live in the game and see how things are real ...more
Lady Raven RAVE!
Feb 06, 2011 Lady Raven RAVE! rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
I had an original review here and i guess i must have did something by accident sorry about that Lynn.

I had truly enjoyed this book, i really really enjoy modern romance novels and it takes alot for me to enjoy mystical/sci-fi ones and this did it for me this had a little of everything. I remember how the author had written Reba in the book, it gave you that sense that you the reader felt like you were Reba. I enjoyed the other characters in the book, the plot, the ending and i see the author ha
Nov 09, 2010 Christine rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book more than I did... The story idea of this book really grabbed me. I thought the characters were shallow and not really fleshed out so it was difficult to relate to them. You don't really get an idea of what motivates their thoughts and actions until close to the end of the book. I found the dialog didn't really flow and the attempt at addressing ethical and political ideas was weak. However, the story line was good enough to keep me reading to the end and it's g ...more
Sep 17, 2012 L. rated it really liked it
Archmage Reba will stay in your thoughts for a few days after you read this well-written fantasy about a gaming convention that turns into the Twilight Zone. The characters are great and the book is action-packed as the gamers become characters who are transported into a world they had not quite bargained for. Reba and her magic aid her team as they find out they must fulfill a prophecy. The writer has done a superb job of storytelling and character development - a very exciting read!
Tracey Alley
Nov 08, 2010 Tracey Alley rated it liked it
Prophecy of the Flame is probably every role-players dream - where the RPG slips into reality. I certainly enjoyed the book and found it quite entertaining if sometimes a little predictable. The characters were quite well fleshed out and Ms. Hardy has a talent for showing the action rather than telling. If you're an RPG fan then I highly recommend this, if not you may find it a little disappointing in parts but it is overall a fun, light-hearted read.
Celia Vogel
Aug 10, 2012 Celia Vogel rated it it was amazing

If you are a fan of fantasy books, you should definitely pick up this book. I was hooked right from the start. Rebecca/Reba, a full-time housewife and occasional secretary, becomes a super hero when she and her fellow role playing teammates are transported to another world. What a great escape from the mundane world of cooking, cleaning and husbanda who care more about their stomachs.
Phaedra Seabolt
Feb 12, 2012 Phaedra Seabolt rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book about LARPing in a dungeons and dragons setting. If you role play, you will enjoy reading about what happens if you were actually transported into your game. It has great descriptions without being overwhelming and enough of a love story to keep you wanting more. Looking forward to the next book!
Jen R aka CraftyMom Jen
Mar 31, 2012 Jen R aka CraftyMom Jen rated it it was amazing
Although the book is long it moves quickly and I love the premise of reality and fantasy meshed together. If you like Tolkien you'll love this book. Lynn weaves a fantastic tale about modern people thrown into a fantastical land!

Better's being made into a movie!
Mar 07, 2012 Lana rated it really liked it
Picked up a copy at the VA Renaissance Fair and couldn't put it down. Really enjoyed the read and am looking forward to seeing more from the author.
Inspired Kathy
Mar 05, 2012 Inspired Kathy marked it as to-read
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Led by a series of dreams and encouraged by friends, Lynn Hardy began the journey to become an author. She stored her work in a computer file labeled “second job.” Writing began as a passion she could not contain and has become much more than she ever expected.

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