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Red Fire (Gods of Midnight #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  911 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
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A thrilling new series featuring seven immortal Spartan warriors protecting mankind— and confronting passion along the way...

Eternity has become a prison for Ajax Petrakos. Centuries after he and his Spartan brothers made their bargain for immortality, Ajax struggles to maintain his warrior's discipline. His only source of s
Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published (first published October 7th 2008)
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After the movie "300" it was really only a matter of time till the Spartans would appear in a paranormal romance book.... lol!
Ajax and seven of his fellow warriors (including King Leonidas) originate from Sparta, an ancient Greek town and were fighting on the Thermopylae to defend their homeland against the Persians. After they were all killed Ares the god of war made them an offer either to go to Elysium or go back to the world as immortal warriors to protect mankind from every form of evil. Th
Julie (jjmachshev)
If you like paranormal romance and mooned over the movie "300" about King Leonidas and his Spartans, then you should really enjoy "Red Fire". Deidre Knight introduces readers to a world where King Leonidas and six of his fiercest warriors were given a choice by the god Ares to continue to Elysium or be transformed in various ways into warriors for humanity. A big DUH as to which one they chose. For over 2500 years, they have fought the demons to keep mankind safe while slowly realizing that thei ...more
Shapeshifting Spartan Warriors Become the Latest 'Immortal Brotherhood' to Hit the Shelves this Year

Okay, so I never saw the movie `300' but I've heard enough about the courageous Spartan warriors that I found author Knight's concept for Red Fire intriguing. Spartan Captain Ajax, Ajax's slave River, King Leonidas and four other of their fellow fallen Spartan warriors were intercepted on their way to the Elysian Fields by the war god Ares, who offered a them eternal life in exchange for their vo
Jul 16, 2010 Lili rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh ugh ugh!!!... This was one hard book to finish.
The whole idea for a series is very good!, Spartans who became immortals to fight demon kind… I like it, I really do.
Jax is a great character, I kinda like him too, even if he’s bipolar and not very reliable on the protecting thing.

And that’s it, that’s all the good stuff about this book… nothing more!

Shay is the stupidest, useless heroine ever!, the whole ‘pal!’ and ‘dude’ thing just were laaaame. I think it was a family thing ‘cause she and he
Oct 27, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal romance
New series by Deidre Knight. Honestly, this is my first book by her that I've read and I must admit, this is a great story!

It's original, a great mix between hero and heroine. Too many of these paranormal romances feel the same. Deidre has managed to weave a great story around two unique individuals and let's face it, the hero's alter-shape...HOT! It was original and fast paced without losing the characterization.

Can't wait for the next one!
Jul 21, 2011 Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Spartans! How cool is that?!? A bit of a twist on the usual idea and a lot of fun. I really like these guys Though Deidre isn't in my top tier of authors (that reserved for Ward, Kenyon, Frost, Cole and a few others), she is definitely in my second tier of fovorites (authors I follow closely, strongly recommend and would read before most others-except those very top notch 10 or so).
Jess the Romanceaholic
I wanted to like this book much more than I actually did. The premise is wonderful to me -- it's got ancient warriors, shape-shifting, psychic juju going on, fated mates (which are really my thing if you didn't know), but it really fell short.

I think it was the whole guy-transforms-into-a-hawk-and-has-sex-with-his-human-girlfriend thing. Don't get me wrong -- I adore shape-shifters, and I think it was hella cool that Ajax went from big imposing human dude to wet-your-pants-if-you-saw-him glowing
Apr 05, 2009 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Fantasy Romance; My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Ajax Petrakos is one of seven Spartan warriors that have been made immortal by Ares. Two thousand years have passed and Ajax is struggling to fight boredom and find any satisfaction in his continued immortality. His only relief and hope is found in the prophesy that someday he will find his true mate, Shay Angel. Ajax is sent by his King and the Oracle to Savanna, Georgia to face a demon threat and respond to the latest prophesy. He arrives to disco
Jamie Kline
Nov 02, 2010 Jamie Kline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ajax Petrakos is a Spartan. When the Spartans lost their epic battle, Jax and six other of his brethren were given the choice by Ares to become immortal and continue to serve their country and be protectors. They accepted and now it is a couple of thousand years later. Ajax struggles with his immortal life, not sure that he wants to continue with this existence. The Oracle has foretold a battle, a mission; one that Jax must complete alone. She has also foretold of his one great love, Shayanna An ...more
Aug 31, 2009 Susi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ajax is not happy with his immortal existence. Very understandable in my opinion. 2000 years of battling the bad and saving mankind but no real meaning of life for himself. He loves his Spartan brothers and he adores his “mission” but he misses something, or better said someone. The oracle prophecied him a soulmate but that was for over 2000 years and really: no-one can wait so long without getting a little impatient.

Shay just lost her mother and now has to face the problems left concerning fami
Lynda Warnock
Deidre Knight’s new series Gods of Midnight is about 7 immortal warriors from Ancient Sparta. Given the option of protecting humankind for eternity or crossing over to Heaven, these seven brave men choose to protect and serve. Red Fire is the first book in this series and is filled with demons, hunters, immortals, gods and oracles. There isn’t one slow sentence in this book and I couldn’t put it down until I finished.

Ajax is burnt out. He’s fought the good fight for over 2,500 years and he’s exh
This is the first book in the "Gods of Midnight" series which features 7 Spartan Warriors who accepted a gift of immortality from Ares, the god of war, to protect mankind.

Ajax Petrakos has been waiting for over a thousand years for the Oracle's prophecy to come true, that he will be united with his love, Shay Angel. When he does meet her, it's when he rescues her from Elblas (aka Sable), Ajax's sworn enemy from the days of the Persian War. The sparks fly between Ajax and Shay. They make a great
Oct 04, 2010 Kerste rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of hawk men
Okay, I'm only halfway through this book and if I weren't trying to check "R" off on my A-Z Reading Challenge, I would stop now. This has to be one of the most asinine (to me) plots EVER. I don't know why I roll my eyes so much. I'm all about vampires and werehunters, but having sex with a man with wings and feathers on his tummy, that's just a little too much for me. And the dialogue, all the emotions behind the words, it's just silly.

Alright, so here's the problem, despite the fact that I am n
jackie frye
Jan 03, 2012 jackie frye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ajax Petrakos is an immortal 2500 year old Spartan warrior whose job it is to protect mankind. Shay Angel is a mortal modern woman, whose family just happen to be demon hunters. They meet in beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery when Shay is being turned into a stature by a demon. These are the principal character in this action filled novel of good guys vs. evil guys. Ajax and Shay are charged with locating an ancient mirror with mystical properties, but so is Ajax’s worst enemy. “Red Fire” is the fir ...more
Sep 02, 2015 Erika marked it as not-for-me-not-gonna-read  ·  review of another edition
Can't find anyone who read this recently, but from reviews, the hero "waited" for the mate he hoped for. While "waiting" it sounds like he had endless women for sex. Hmm.....scratching my head. Not sure this hero and I have the same definition of waiting for someone.

Can't be sure this is accurate, but I really don't want to take a chance with this book.
This was horrible. I don't even know how but I got 3/4 of the way through and then just asked myself, "why am I wasting my time??" and so I stopped reading it. I KNOW!!! I am one to ALWAYS push through any book. I think there has been 1 book, in my entire life, that I haven't finished, and now I can add this one. Just not worth the pain. It was written poorly, the two protagonists were BOORRRING, and honestly totally crap. The hawk thing was kinda creepy to me, and they were both whine-y and un- ...more
Andrea Murray
I love Greek/Roman mythology, which is what drew me to this book. The idea of a band of eternal Spartan warriors is fantastic and novel, and Ajax seemed completely yummy. However, I got very frustrated with Shay. I guess I just wanted a tough girl, and she kind of vacillated between tough and uncertain. I was much more interested in Leonidas's story.
Jan 21, 2009 Ac rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bought in my TBR mountain
Jun 30, 2015 Kumiko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually read this book (along with the rest of the series) when it first came out and decided to pull it from my archives and have another go at it. I love the storyline being based on Leonidas and his fearless Spartan warriors that we all know from the history of the "300". What woman wouldn't live a Spartan warrior of her own? The warriors in this book have been given immortality by Ares, God of War, after vowing to protect humanity for eternity. I absolutely LOVED the Hero in this book!!! ...more
Texas Reader- Stacy
I picked up this book because I love Greek Mythology, and it has a different spin for a paranormal romance. Shay is a great, spunky, spitfire of a character. And Ajax is the characteristically brooding male, who, if he wasn't such a great Spartan warrior, would just seem like a pouting immortal. But the two of them are a funny pair. Their story takes an unusual path, and Ajax has some baggage to work through before he lets Shay in. The story started off kind of confusing, the world building took ...more
Feb 08, 2009 Cam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jill Dunlop
Jun 10, 2010 Jill Dunlop rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rt-2009
Red Fire is the first book in Deidre Knight's Gods of Midnight series. Seven Spartan warriors were given the option to live eternal life as protectors of mankind. They will be destined to fight any and all evil in its various forms for the rest of eternity. Ajax Petrakos is one of these warriors. But immortality has taken its tole on him and the only thing keeping him sane is a prophecy that foretold of his destined mate. For many years he has been searching for that one woman and he finds her i ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
Eh...I'm going to have to stop reading this. But not because I can point to anything HORRIBLE about the writing style or plot. I think I'm just not in the mood for this sort of paranormal romance right now.

One thing that drives me nuts about paranormals is that the paranormal elements often direct the plot. Rather than be character driven, the plot is circumstance driven and that is really beginning to bug me about these paranormals.

For instance, instead of developing a believable relationship b
Jan 16, 2014 Penny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I officially have whiplash. The dialogue, the scene changes, the scene descriptions... I couldn't keep track. The protagonists would go from being totally in and committed, to... I can't do this, I can't go on, in the space of ONE paragraph. How does that happen? The humor seemed really forced, and the men came off as emotional to the extreme which read as trying to hard to show the soft center in the midst of all that brawn. I couldn't even finish the book, which bummed me out, because that har ...more
Mar 15, 2009 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ajax Petrakos was one of seven Spartan warriors given immortality at the River Styx by Ares after falling at Thermopylae. After returning to Sparta, Ajax found that a demon named Sable destroyed Ajax's chance at happiness with his family and Ajax exacted retribution. Sable now wants to ruin Ajax's chances at finding his soulmate in Shay Angel. Shay is part of a demon-hunting family in Savannah and though her brothers are trying to keep her out of the family business, she cannot stop her visions. ...more
This book just didn't do much for me. The main concept is interesting -- Spartan soldiers turned into immortal demon-fighters. Very strong similarities to the Dark-Hunter series, but that's nothing new these days. So if the Dark-Hunters are your cup of tea, you may want to give this book a try. For me, though, the story didn't come together. The main characters were only so-so in my opinion, and only one of the supporters stood out as interesting future reading material. Most of all, I think it ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Misti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise was really promising. I liked the world building with Ares, the Oracle, and the Spartans. Then it got kind of blah and predictable.
Felicia (Ferishia)
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Red Fire started off quite well, I will give it that. But sadly it dragged and I wasn't fawned of Shay's character. Near the ending it felt as if it dragged even more until the end. Finding out the truth about who she was, didn't help it at all.

I had to speed/skip read near the ending, just so I could end my suffering of being stuck on this book. I'll start the next book/series another time. Hopefully the other warriors's books will not drag as much. Especially, I hope their mates are ten times
D. E.
Oct 02, 2010 D. E. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some really intriguing concepts, but I was a bit disappointed that the portrayal of Spartans was so glossy and movie inspired. The Spartans were such a unique society, even among the ancient Greeks. The research was there but missed the essence of the culture.

Much of the book was derivative of other PNR romances. It was clean, but lacked any spark for me. I didn't finish the book in spite of going back a couple times. If I try again, i'll re-evaluate my score.

Three stars is a good, average boo
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Deidre Knight is a literary agent, mom, wife, novelist and southern woman, and proud to answer to all of these titles. Before she founded The Knight Agency in 1996, Deidre worked behind the camera in movies and television. During the thirteen years since she launched her literary agency, she has grown The Knight Agency to national prominence, shepherding authors on to every major bestseller list. ...more
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