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Rising Fire

(Stone Circles #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  36 reviews
What if the standing stones and stone circles across the old Celtic world had a secret origin and use? What if some opened into another world? What if the goddess of fire was trapped beneath one?

Lovely and innocent, Brienne of Yester has always been able to manipulate fire, but when her powers suddenly surge, the simple life she once knew explodes.

Handsome, fearless, and
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Signet
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Ren Puspita
3 stars

First book I manage to finish for 2016. Yay, me! :D

Also first review for 2016 :P

Rising Fire is the first book from Stone Circles series and also my first try into Terri Brisbin's works. I try to read this one because Celtic mythology and deities is one of my favorites. Also the premise kinda remind me of Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts that I loved (wait, just realize both have same series name!!). What I liked again is, the deities is Irish deities, not Gaelic one, also this one set in hi
Lynn Spencer
I've enjoyed historicals by Terri Brisbin in the past. So, what to say about Rising Fire? Sadly, I spent most of the book feeling about as bored as the hero on the cover looks. The idea at the heart of this series caught my attention, but in this opening volume of the series, the story just doesn't come to life.

We learn as the book opens that a powerful, evil goddess is trapped beneath the ancient standing stones. The action then shifts to 13th century Scotland where a man named Marcus is startl
Carol Storm
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This was one of those books where there was nothing I didn't like, but nothing really grabbed me either. A nice village girl discovers she has magical fire powers, and an evil noble tries to make her use her powers for evil. Then a nice young knight falls in love with her and rescues her. It was a good Medieval, but the fantasy elements just felt tacked on for no real reason. ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Stunning debut for Terri Brisbin's new series Stone Circles! 6 stars
RISING FIRE was mind-blowing, spine-tingling and breathtaking! As soon as, I read the descriptive of the legend surrounding the Stone Circles and the prologue, I got pulled, so fast, into this captivating story, that I couldn't stop reading! The legend of Chaela, the supreme goddess, fascinated me. What a fantastic journey to follow! Lovers of dark magic, mystery and passion, will fall in love with the characters, even the villa
Apr 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I could not finish this book. The heroine kept disobeying everybody who was trying to keep her alive. It felt like she was too stupid to live.

Example: Some strange knights are seen in the village. Her dad tells her to stay in the house and on the main paths because if they see her and take her, he won't be able to help her. What does she do? Immediately go down to the forest and make out with one of the guys.

Another example: Her father sees her manipulating fire. He tells her not to do it again
Talk Supe
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Good start and the villain is great. Lacked some oomph though and the transition between scenes felt choppy. Like everyone is sleeping and after a sentence battle ensued without much preamble. It's easy to miss the transition. ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Gods, warriors, romance and fantasy.

Opening Sentence: The earth buckled beneath her feet, its roar fearsome and deafening, and the sky tore itself open to hurl torrents of rain and lightning at her.

The Review:

Okay, first off let me say I like fantasy and if it’s done right I love it. I just didn’t dig this book a bunch. I did read the whole thing and I am sure it will appeal to people. Just wasn’t up there enough to be a great read for me. So I
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW! WOW! WOW! If allowed I would give this book a bazillion stars as it was fast paced story and superbly written just a spectacular read! It has every element you could want in a great read so hold on to your seat as you are about to go on one winding and curving amazing ride! This is book one in Stone Circle series Rising Fire which is different from Terri's Highlander series yet just as brilliant if not more so. I was hooked immediately and if you are a fan of mythology like myself you will ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: daniele

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Contains mild spoilers

Rising Fire is the first book in the Stone Circles series and takes place in 1286 A.D. Scotland, a time when Christianity has firmly taken hold and the ancient gods and goddesses have been cast aside by all but the most secret of followers. Years before, Chaela, the goddess of fire and chaos, was entombed by her fellow deities, the gods and goddesses of war, healing, earth, water, and beasts. She
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy/Romance fans
"Shhhhhh," she urged, placing her finger over his lips. "Kiss me. Kiss me now." And, like a storm, he did.

I bought this book because I was gifted book two in this series in exchange for an honest review and I wanted to read these in order. I am so glad I enjoyed it! Hopefully, I will like the second one just as much, if not better. I have an obsession when it comes to anything Celtic or having to do with Scotland and Ireland, which makes this book a good choice for me.

This first book takes
Feb 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF I tried I really did. But writing was too simple, it just dragged. Characters never came alive. Author made heroine borderline simple, where’s her agency her spunk?! Just fell back on innocent virgin trope. Too much telling and not enough showing. Could have been something.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good start to a new fantasy series. Magic, gods, EVIL, faith and a love story make a good story. I have the next two and will continue immediately.
I saw this one and was thinking 'oh, I haven't read fantasy for a while and this looks good'. And yes indeedy it was just that for the most part, but the thing was more historical paranormal than anything though it has a fantasy flavor too. I wasn't disappointed because Scotland in the time of King Alexander is always a hit. Give me some serious intrigue, powerful elemental magic, promise of battle and medieval romance and you've definitely got my attention.

This book is the beginning of
Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
A fantasy romance that will enrapture you from the first page. Set in Scotland in the late 1200s, we are introduced to a world like most. But the difference is that there’s something otherworldly happening that has been set in motion centuries ago. A happening that will bring people together set for a purpose higher than themselves. It will also bring together a man and a woman who would, in a normal world, never meet.

Brienne is the daughter of the blacksmith. She spends her days running chores
Debbie Lester
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Terri Brisbin starts readers off with the first book in the Stone Circles series, Rising Fire. And it starts with a bang! Readers looking for a unique storyline that follows the stories of and legends of the Old Celtic gods will love the background and setting. Brisbin creates an interesting world that will draw readers in and hold on tight. Our hero is between a rock and a hard place when he falls for the woman he is supposed to be exterminating. A great new book in what might prove to be a gre ...more
In a world of standing stones and circles, a world where old gods/goddesses are forgotten, there are a core group who believe in the old ways and worship them. But there are few who want to usher in a new world order, to release a goddess so powerful, so destructive, it will take a prophecy to bring the descendants of the gods together and to stop the evil that is circling around them

Brienne of Yester has a secret power. She has been able to manipulate fire and when her power surges, well Brien
Paranormal Romance
The heroine, an innocent and naïve young girl with the power to summon and control fire, has always longed for the understanding of her powers. As the bastard daughter of the lord of their county, she's always known that he would one day come for her. Before that day came, she meets the hero on the road. He's been charged by his father the king to spy on the lord of the county as he's accused of witchcraft and being in league with the devil. Though the hero doesn't believe any of the tales, he a ...more
Tanya Davis
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
The setting for Rising Fire is in a historical world where the magic is not really a known possibility by most people. The story kicks off with a trigger to an event not a lot of people are aware of. The synopsis confused me because I didn't see the situation between William and Brienne as it was described. It made me think that characters were aware of the actual events, but when I read the story, it was like it was a basic treason investigation. William and his crew discovering the whole story ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: featured-books, star
Rising Fire  
What if the standing stones and stone circles across the old Celtic world had a secret origin and use? What if some opened into another world? What if the goddess of fire was trapped beneath one? Lovely and innocent, Brienne of Yester has always been able to manipulate fire, but when her powers suddenly surge, the simple life she once knew explodes. Handsome, fearless, and commanding, William de Brus has been summoned by the king to investigate a nobleman rumored to have powers link
Britney (BookDrunkSloth)
The only thought that keeps going through my mind about this book is that I was hoping for so much more. The fantasy romance genre is very small, so I was so pumped to read this book. Perhaps I got myself too excited.

The female lead, Brienne, annoyed me to no end. She just made dumb and weird choices. The male lead, William, didn't annoy me so much as bored me. His thoughts were never that interesting or "dreamy" when thinking of Brienne. I never felt a love connection between the two. It just a
Theresa Scarangella
I won this book from the Goodreads contest and was so happy to read it and I wanted to write this review for everyone since I enjoyed it so much.

Chala, the goddess of fire and chaos, was imprisoned by six people. Her son’s blood sealing her in a black void, until she could find a way out, and she would find a way out.
Many years later, Brienne of Yester is able to manipulate fire. Her power is starting to get stronger.
William De Brus the bastard son of the king, was asked by the king to find out
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
So, I read this book several months ago and I was so excited to finally find it at the library. I may be the only reviewer who actually has read lots of Terri Brisbin books! I read it because, heck, it is her new book! I knew that it was a fantasy, stone circles theme....thinking Outlander....I was eager to read it! Ugh! So disappointed, glad I only rented it from the library, almost couldn't finish it! So, if you are a huge fan of Terri's regular historical romances, you may be disappointed. I ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
RISING FIRE by Terri Brisbin is a fascinating Fantasy/Paranormal Romance. #1 in her new "Stone Circles" series. WOW! What a amazing beginning! The world building is wonderful and intriguing. The characters are challenging, engaging and endearing. A delightful and riveting new series.
Well written, with rich details, and an old Celtic world. Simply put WOW!
I loved the intrigue and the promise of more to come. With danger, mystic powers, fantasy, romance, the power of fire, secrets, and a great bat
Molly Smith
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Initial thoughts: Intriguing premise. It felt a little slow at first, but there was some necessary world-building. Though clunky at the start, it does finally smooth out and I found myself sucked in. I loved the journey of William and Brienne. The romance between them was sweet and passionate. I loved William's honorable and loyal nature. Though there are several points of view, they worked as we moved from scene to scene. I think this was a good start to what could be a truly fascinating series ...more
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book and the second in a goodreads giveaway. I absolutely loved it. I started reading it last week and unfortunately got really busy but finally got the time to finish it today. I couldn't put it down once I picked it up again! I loved the characters and I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favorite series I've read this year. The only thing I didn't really like that I don't care much for in any book was the insta-love thing between Will and Brienne. That would be my only co ...more
I liked the world and most of the plotting. I found the heroine's lack of agency (until the final chapters) very frustrating. Stuff happened to her and around her and she, for the most part with very little resistance, let it, despite her logical reservations. There were a few teasers about why she might have been so accepting, but I think these ideas (desire for acceptance and a deep seated curiosity about her ability) needed to be further developed rather than casually mentioned. ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I received this as a Goodreads giveaway.

I'm not a huge romance fan but this weighed more heavily in the fantasy genre. Enjoyable story with interesting characters. Could be an intriguing series. I will likely read a sequel and then decide.
Linda McAlpine
Mar 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't buy this book.

Well written. Oppressing. Very depressing. Got so bogged down in the middle I almost did not finish it. Finally skipped over to the last 20 pages just to see how it ended.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Good book. Interesting story, but I had the feeling it was like so many others..not creatively new.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
First Reads, Goodreads Giveaway

I enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series. I really liked Brienne's and William's characters.
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Terri Brisbin is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of more than 45 historical, paranormal and fantasy romances and her books have been released in more than 20 languages and 25 countries around the world since 1998. She's been published by Berkley/Jove, Harlequin, Kensington Books, NAL/Signet and SMP Swerve. Terri has also self-published her works and will be working with Dragonblade Publishing on ...more

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