The Fire Seer
Taya has risen from humble roots to become a fire seer in the Coalition of Mages. Eager to prove herself, she arrives in the town of Hrappa to locate a “jackal” - a mage operating outside the Coalition’s authority - who has murdered three people.
But in Hrappa, she discovers that the man assigned to be her bodyguard is Mandir, her nemesis from years ago. When she and Mandir...more
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My feelings hardly changed throughout the portion that I did read (I did not finish). Some phrasing was awkward, as in the instance of "five fingers," which seemed a bit repetitive, since "fingers" implies all of them, does it not? Usually numbered fingers equal fewer than five. "Indignance" is not a word. [pause for double-check] Okay, apparent ...more
Taya is from a low, farmer caste, only her capability as a fire seer has al ...more
I don't know how this book doesn't have more reviews. It's quite a hidden gem! Fantasy inspired by Egyptian culture, it was definitely different than most other fantasy novels out there, and showcases a cast of POC characters.
The Fire Seer was a double win for me because I love murder-mysteries, and I also love fantasy. This book has both. Taya is a fire seer appointed to investigate a series of murders, discover the jackal behind it, and put the perpetrator to justice.
Not only d ...more
Taya was an interesting heroine, she obviously had a lot of struggles to get ove ...more
The Fire Seer is about Taya, a girl who grew up poor in a farmer caste. But she was singled out by a fire goddess and blessed with magical ability. ...more
Well I didn't hate this and I didn't love it either. I did really enjoy certain parts of it, mostly the setting. It's a historical fantasy type setting, loosely based on an ancient middle eastern city. There is the ruling class, the merchants class and then the farming class. The main character Taya comes from the farming class, a date plantation in particular. And the current story centers around a banana plantation. In this story, Taya is a recent graduate of the Coalition which is the entity ...more
The Coalition has complete control over magic and Taya came to their temple for training when she developed p ...more
They meet again five years later on their first job and have to ...more
This book is a romance, a fantasy, and a mystery. At least I think that's all. The romance was wonderful. The two had went to a magical school to train with their powers. Back then, Mandir was absolutely horrible to Taya. His tricks and pranks almost got her killed. You can say she's NOT happy to see him as her accomplish on her mission. Mandir hasn't had the easiest childhood and he didn't know how to express ...more
I can't wait to read more about this world, as there were some elements that I wished had been expanded upon, to the detriment o ...more
Thoughts on the heroine:
Marlene: I like Taya. I understand her concerns and worries about performing well on her first assignment, and can sympathize with her desire to finally spread her wings and do well. Her memories of Mandir’s behavior when they were at school together chilled me to the bone. I enjoyed that she was from a different background, and wasn’t the traditional noble. Her farmer upbringing and her everywoman’s perspectiv ...more
This book was nice and easy. I've had some difficulty with the strange magic language and the names but otherwise it was an enjoyable read.
We have a strong female protagonist, an interesting and fascinating mythology, a murder mystery and a love/hate romance. What more could you ask for?
The murder "case" Taya and Mandir had to solve was pretty well done and I was happy to realize at some point that I only had 30% more to read and I still didn't know who the murderer was!
For me it real ...more
So personally, I'd have liked it to focus more on romance development, but obviously this wasn't that kind of a story.
The Cotalition is a magical organization that operates in this world that Amy Raby has built. Magical abilities show in children once they hit adolescence and once it is found they must be reported. If for whatever reason they do not report themselves and work magic on their own they are executed no and if or but about it.
Taya is a young woman who was from the farm chaste there are three castes and usually ...more
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi, fantasy.
I wasn’t sure I’d like this but I did, I really enjoyed it. Its written in a way like a good YA read in that its very easy to follow, not overly complicated but with plots that twist and turn and take the reader on a real journey.
I liked Taya, she’s worked hard to get where she is despite being bullied during her years of training, and looked down on by her peers from the higher ...more
- Good character development. They didn't feel cookie-cutter. And I have to disagree with other reviewers about Mandir, I felt like his change was realistic and believable. And I liked him.
- Two leads didn't spend every second ogling each other and imagining sexin ...more
By Amy Rabe
"Magical Henchmen or Empowered Saviors?"
Two magically empowered leading characters enter a mission to find a "jackal" (outlaw) in what seems to be a caste system society. The setting of this book lends the reader their own interpretation of time and place of the story. Imagine a far past time of ruling classes and serving classes or a future society that has embraced a similar caste system.
The book combines mystery, intrigue and moral issues with a smattering of romance thr ...more
The Fire Seer did not give me the pleasure that Amy Raby's Hearts and Thrones series did. As a fantasy it was interesting, the writing was smooth and evocative. The mystery component was a bit unsurprising, as I think we all knew the bad guy early on in the story. I was most conflicted about the hero and heroine's....romance? They had a long history at school together. It was very very unpleasant. The flashbacks reveal some truly despicable behavior. I found the fact that Taya moved bey ...more
It also has an engaging plot, a mystery whose resolution I did not guess too early, a female protagonist that is every bit as awesome as you can wish for, and a complicated male protagonist that I loved. I can see why others thought the romance was ...more