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Children of Fire (The Chaos Born #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  756 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods th ...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Del Rey
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Mike (the Paladin)
This book goes down some well trodden fantasy paths. As I've noted over and over this is not necessarily a bad thing but it "needs" to be done right.

Prophecies of a coming hero to save the world, multiple points of view to tell the story, young person/people called to "destiny" (every time I see that someone has or is called to a "destiny" I think of George Mcfly [Marty's dad in Back to the Future] saying to his future wife, "I'm your density").... Anyway, children of destiny.

The magic system he
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I'd looked forward to this novel for a long time, ever since last year when Drew Karpyshyn announced he was leaving BioWare to focus on his own original book project. Having very much enjoyed his work in video games in the past, including the novels that spawned out of the Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic universes, I was disappointed to see him go but was also very curious as to what he was working on.

Turned out, it was Children of Fire, the first book of his idea for a new epic fan
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Children of Fire is, in every way, pure popcorn fantasy. In other words, I think anyone coming into this expecting the kind of high concept epic featuring complex, iconic characters, groundbreaking uses of magic, or uniquely compelling world building is setting themselves up for disappointment, because to be honest, Drew Karpyshyn’s first foray into original material is mostly a retread of familiar ground. But that said, I do think this is still a book that has plenty of merit as a compulsively ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Four unique children are born under a portent omen, each touched by Chaos in some way. Initially, the story moves through the lives of all four, leaping through time as they grow and deal with varied situations that shape them towards their destiny. Their paths cross in various ways until they reach adulthood and then dark forces are unleashed...

I've played the Bioware games Karpyshyn has been heavily involved in as a writer and I have read one of his Star Wars books, as well as his Mass Effect
Mike (the Paladin)
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
This book goes down some well trodden fantasy paths. As I've noted over and over this is not necessarily a bad thing but it "needs" to be done right.

Prophecies of a coming hero to save the world, multiple points of view to tell the story, young person/people called to "destiny" (every time I see that someone has or is called to a "destiny" I think of George Mcfly [Marty's dad in Back to the Future] saying to his future wife, "I'm your density").... Anyway, children of destiny.

The magic system he
Brenda Ayala
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is so much better than all the other fantasy crap that's out there right now. I delayed reading this for so long because I had a crap ton of fantasy books to get through and I could tell I was getting steadily more bored with them as I went. I was worried the same would happen here, so I held off.

I really had nothing to worry about.

It's slow building as with most fantasy novels, but it manages to stay interesting and keep a steady pace the whole way through. It relies heavily on characteriz
In full disclosure I won an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

The first third of this book details the birth and early life of the “Children of Fire”, they are born under different circumstances, one is a prince, another the daughter of a minor noble, a third is the son of a farmer the forth is born in a brothel. They live their separate lives, but there are certain similarities and overlap.

One of the few criticisms I have for this part of the story is we are often told
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great work of fantasy fiction by Drew Karpyshyn. Other reviewers have drafted good summaries of the book. I can add that this book was fun to read, and that is not something that I can say about some fantasy books. Sometimes it seems like an author is trying to wrap up and show off the contents of every Dungeons & Dragons module and Terry Pratchett book they read into one novel. World-building often seems to be the focus, too frequently at the expense of a coherent plot and well-developed ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I have been trying to read this book since it first came out and now that I have I am blown away. Truly epic. Grand in scale and very ambitious in design. This story delivers. Ancient evil returning, destinies being created, characters faced with repercussions to their actions, fast paced and engaging. A story worth reading!
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really dug this book. The prose is simple to follow (william gibson is my favorite author, so i usually prefer something a little more abstract, with confusing bits to chew over). The story is simple to follow (i've read all of George RR Martin's song of ice and fire books so far, and those books often feel like they're drowning you in details in order to hide mysteries).I can't think any part of this book where I could debate what happened, or what someone was trying to do.
There were several
Timothy Pecoraro
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Children of Fire begins in the grand tradition of many of the oldest of the Fantasy Epics. In fact, in the acknowledgements at the end of the book; the author refers to many such epics as his inspirations for writing this book. The problem with this is that most of those epics were conceived and even published back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Many people forget that even if they have fond memories of such works from their childhoods. They don’t necessarily stand up to the modern works we have tod ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of epic fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: Elspeth
Book Info: Genre: Epic Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of epic fantasy
Trigger Warnings: zealotry, people being tortured, burned at the stake, killed; children being taken from their parents, violence, fighting, murder

My Thoughts: This is an extremely complex book, as is common for epic fantasy, with lots of characters to keep track of and lots of things going on. It is also very obviously the first book in a series, as many things are left unfinished.

While there is a great deal
Steve Caldwell
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent Fantasy story. Really original magic system, with deep world building and multiple plot lines that all run parallel and merge at the end of the book. The characters are complex, and the story has a deep back story that drives and impacts the plot. I would recommend this story to any fan of Steven Erickson or Gail Z. Martin.
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Como todo lo que he leido (y jugado) de Drew Karpyshyn, esta es otra obra maestra, ciencia ficción-fantasía pura, personajes excelentes, una historia genial, aunque el primer tercio del libro no es tan inmersivo como lo demás, verdaderamente una obra maestra
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ok I really like Drew Karpyshyn and I think he's doing a great job moving on from star wars. It started slow but finished strong will be getting the next one soon and can't wait for the third to come out.
Charles Boyd
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
not bad. I will read the next installment.
Mary Fan
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In a world born from Chaos, the Gods chose a hero to protect the mortal world from the demonic
Chaos spawn - monsters and creatures who would destroy all life if given the chance. He was Daemron, a great king, warrior, prophet, and wizard, and he was gifted with three Talismans of power: the Crown, the Ring, and the Sword. But, corrupted by the power he wielded, Daemron rallied the Chaos spawn and betrayed the Gods, waging a great war. The Gods sacrificed themselves to defeat him, trapping him an
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Dolan Tree find! This falls into my fantasy/mystical/apocalyptic heroes wheelhouse, which I don't read too often depending on the balance of subgenres within the story. Since the names & there are time jumps, it was harder to keep straight who the 4 kids were in the beginning. Once you find out who they are all you want them to do is meet. By the end of the book SPOILER ALERT!!

you get 3/4 all in one place. Couldn't make this update for a while but I've started the 2nd book & thin
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Children of Fire is Drew Karpyshyn’s take on an original fantasy setting filled with taboo magic, deep characters and an engrossing plot. There are no orcs, dwarves or pointy eared elves in this fantasy world. Instead it focuses on magic and how the world views it as both acceptable and heretical. From the viewpoints of four children, the story unfolds through various threats, adventures and mysteries. Drawing upon the sea of fire, a well of unfathomable magic, they must battle the forces of cha ...more
Sandra Marquardt
Ich mag das Cover, das im Speedpainting-Stil gestaltet worden ist und ich denke es ist vor allem ein Buch für Fans von Heldengruppen, die Abenteuer bestehen müssen und nach Artefakten suchen um die Welt zu retten. Mir hat es sehr gut gefallen. Drew Karpyshyn hat einen angenehmen Schreibstil, hat einem auf den ersten 200 Seiten die Geburt und das Aufwachsen der vier Kinder miterleben lassen und sie zumindest mir dadurch beim Lesen noch näher gebracht. Er hat die Handlung anfangs recht linear erzä ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nachdem der mächtige Daemron seine Saat in die Welt der sterblichen geschickt hat, scheint sein Plan aufzugehen. Vier Kinder wie sie unterschiedlicher nicht sein könnten werden geboren und in dem einen oder anderen von ihnen beginnt sich bereits die Macht des Chaos zu regen.
Der Order, allen vorran Nazir ist bemüht die magisch begabten Kinder des Landes in seine Fänge zu bekommen um sie unter ihrem Schutz zu stellen. Zusammen mit dem Pontiff will er sich die magischen Kräfte der Begabten zu nutze
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
In the beginning, there were a lot of different story lines and characters coming at me that it was hard to keep them all straight. So to be honest, I did not put forth as much effort in the beginning to remembering all of the characters or the book as a whole. I sort of skimmed over the book to get to the section where the action started. Which when I say action I mean the pacing of the story and when it picked up speed for me. This was not until about chapter ten. There was some action with th ...more
Cathy Smith
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I ejoyed reading this book so much! But the closer I got to the end, it made me realize that I was not going to find out what happens to Keegan and his troop. Oh, what a disappointment! Excellently written, with great characters. I want to find out what happens to Cassandra, Norr and Scythe, Jerrod and Vaaler. The monsters and demons are very believeable, and the story is simply great! Will the Queen join with the demons? Will Keegan le ...more
Miriah Isel
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Children of Fire is a fantasy novel portraying the plight of four children and accounting for their lives as they grow and mature-- all in different walks of life.

I haven't read a decent fantasy in a good while for the simple fact that I primarily read Science Fiction Novels so for me this was a good break from my norm and I enjoyed every page of the book. There were times where I was conflicted if I wanted to put the book down from the weight of the character's situation or did I want to contin
Daniel Bice
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
this book reminds me of the video game dragon age which is great since I happen to enjoy that game. Now the author works for bio-ware as a writer of some short but im not sure if he was work on it. This is his first original fantasy novel and he did a great job. Its not what some people would call epic fantasy but its with sword and magic. he does all the main character really well keegan and cassandra are my favorite. This is the type of fantasy that has a lot of great action. If you like the t ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quick, readable, standard fantasy.

I'm always on the hunt for a nice fantasy series, and this fit the bill.
There's nothing really outstanding or novel about the plot or magic system, but the author did do a great job of building his world and writing interesting, if standard, characters to populate it.

I did like the characters, and look forward to following them, and if the author comes up with any surprises along the way.
Aaron Gutierrez
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, confusing at first but worth wading through the seperate stories to see the beginnings of the characters. I personally like how the flow of the story went because next book we will see more action and we have characters with flaws. Nothing speaks so well as broken people finding the way. Lets be honest if they were perfect this would of sucked but they arent. They all are broken and its beautiful.
Zach Cole
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, dragons, gods
Children of fire is one of the best original stories I've read yet.

I've always been a fan of Drew's work, and I'm so glad he started his own series. The blind monks with the supernatural vision remind me of blind Force users from Star Wars, which I find entertaining.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new series to start, or any fan of fantasy books.
Frank Mccann jr.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had won this book on here and got an advanced unproofed edition.i started reading the book about a week before i posted it on here.This book was really good, for me it was slow reading in the beginning with having 4 different main characters but once the characters started coming together it got very exciting and i cant wait to read the second book when it comes out
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome
A great fantasy book can't wait for book two. Thank you I won this book on Goodreads.
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Drew Karpyshyn is a Canadian author and game designer. After working at a credit union for some time, he eventually became a game developer. He joined BioWare towards the end of the Baldur's Gate series, and wrote the tie-in novel for Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. He stayed with BioWare, where he worked on Neverwinter Nights, and became the Senior Writer on the critically acclaimed Star Wars: ...more
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