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(7 Forbidden Arts #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  136 reviews
When you play with fire, you get burned.

At the same time as mysterious fires commence to rage through Clelia d’Ambois’ home village in Brittany, France, she starts sleepwalking. Daughter of a Japanese orphan, Clelia’s heritage is riddled with dark secrets that threaten anyone she loves. In a recurring nightmare she sees Josselin, the haunted man who abandoned their village
Paperback, 311 pages
Published March 19th 2015 by Mélange Books
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Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Plot: ★★★★
Writing: ★★★★
Romance: ★★★★
Hero: ★★★★
Heroine: ★★★★
Steam: ★★★★★
Angst: ★★★

Pyromancist is the first book in the 7 Forbidden Arts series by Charmaine Pauls. I love Charmaine storytelling—her dark romances are one of my favorite books, but this is the first time I'm diving into her paranormal writing, and let me tell you this book is on fire!

Let's talk a little bit about the story.

At the same time that mysterious fires start breaking out around town, Cleia, who lives as an outcast, finds her
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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My Review

This was great I really enjoyed myself.
This authors writing always hits home with me and this had a whole different vibe to what I’m used to when it comes to there style, That’s all meant in a good way.
I do like paranormal but if you don’t that shouldn’t be an issue as this was mostly romantic suspense with some slight paranormal elements included and It definitely felt more contemporary than paranormal.

The story takes place in France with a small detour to South Africa.
It involves childhood acq
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this one. It’s been a while since I read a good paranormal romance.

Clelia lives in Brittany with her grandfather. She’s happy and content with her life. That is until mysterious fires start breaking out. As the fires start so do the nightmares. It’s the same one every night. Featuring her old school crush Joss.

Joss left nine years ago and lives in New York.
But now he’s back.

Joss is dark and troubled. The asshole gene is strong at times. But I loved him anyway. This author
Mindy Lou's Book Review
If you are looking for something a little different from the norm, this is it. I think that added to the overall mysteriousness to the story. I never really knew what side of good or evil most characters were on. The hero is more of an anti-hero who becomes obsessed with the heroine. I was also never sure how far he would go to make things happen. The heroine is sweet and innocent with hints of a darkness of her own. Everyone believed she teetered on the edge. The vibe of the story has you think ...more
Talia (Red Hot Ink)
ARC kindly offered by the author in exchange for an honest review

Another great book of a series I'm quickly becoming addicted to.

I believe the true star of this book to be Josselin. His character is complex, endearing and impulsive. He's a tortured soul who doesn't think he's worthy of Clelia's love. Clelia herself is a nice character, but in the end I got a little tired of her. I was expecting a bit more growth on her part, for her to show her claws so to speak. Anyway, those two have real chem
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I am thrilled by the relaunch of this highly entertaining paranormal romance series! The 7 Forbidden Arts refer to rare inherited elemental magic that is banned from practice. Charmaine Pauls delivers characters with moral and experiential depth, draws them to life with the most evocative and poetic prose, and places them into amazing locales. First up is Larmor-Baden, a small village commune on the tip of Brittany in northwestern France. What a gorgeous, ancient, and spiritual place! A plague o ...more
Izzie d
It's okay.
There is an intimate scene of the Hero with another woman, it's not sex but it is interrupted as it was leading that way. It was years ago.
As an adult he isn't a man-whore.
The heroine of course is a virgin.

There are 9 books in the series. Each book reads as a standalone, but there is also a series arc, so at the end of this book there will be unanswered questions.

I imagine each couple will appear in the following books in the series.

Cécile Smits
Charmaine is doing a reboot of the Forbidden Arts series,and i was the lucky girl to get the ARC of the first book,Pyromancist.
It’s been years since i first heard of the series,and i couldn’t wait to find out what she’d done with it.
I have to say,after reading Pyromancist,i like it. I like it,a lot!
Fair warning,it isn’t filled to the brim with hot shenanigans,not like you might be used to with Charmaine.....but there’s enough exploring to keep you happy until the real stuff happens,lol.
No,this s
Donna Sweeney
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 "Baby light my fire stars" from me !

Gah, I am LOVING this series.....this is Clelia and Josselin's book. They grew up in the same town, Josselin being 4 years older had his eye's (and other anatomy parts) on other females in the area, but Clelia always crushed on him.

Fast forward 9 years and some weird stuff is happening in the town they live. Josselin has many years prior left and joined a specialist task force charged with investigating and managing paranormal events....we good so far ?.

Andrea Huntke
Clelia and Joss is a highly enflamable mix!

The explosive set starts in france travels over South Africa and get back to its roots. Let's start at the beginning of theire journey. Clelia is an outsider in her small village due to her upbringing and her own forced introvert behavior. She tries to protect herself and other from potential harm she is capable of. Or she thinks she is capable of doing.
She did use her powers twice as Kid, but harming others isn't in her blood, it's not her, simply said
Izzie d
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
It's okay.
There is an intimate scene of the Hero with another woman, it's not sex but it is interrupted as it was leading that way. It was years ago.
As an adult he isn't a man-whore.
The heroine of course is a virgin.

There are 9 books in the series. Each book reads as a standalone, but there is also a series arc, so at the end of this book there will be unanswered questions.

I imagine each couple will appear in the following books in the series.

So, I Read This Book Today
Want to blame a bad translation for the staccato delivery,

I want to blame a bad translation . . . ? Pyromancist by Charmaine Pauls is one of those odd-birds that I find it very difficult to review. While there are many 5-star reviews out there for the book, I find it difficult to agree. Ms. Pauls is an interesting woman, without a doubt, who has enjoyed wide-ranging travels and homes, from her birthplace in Bloemfontein, South Africa to university in Potchestroom, then life in France. Today, sh
Five sizzling stars for this slow burn that threatens to ignite into a total firestorm with every turn of the page.

This is a unique paranormal read with a bit of first love, second chance, and enemies to lovers tropes all wrapped up in one. Clelia was an ideal sweet and innocent heroine while Joss was the bad boy she has crushed on all of her life. And then things changed.

Zombie fires: Underground fires spark wildfires in Arctic Circle

Everything about this story has an edge of uncertainty about it. Is Clelia more than she appears? Are Joss’ co-workers to be
Johanna Bixby
3.5 Stars. This was a great story with a lot of background for the rest of the series. I enjoyed getting to know Joss, Clelia and the team a lot! And while this book is a slow burn it looks like the rest of the series will move at much quicker pace. Definitely a good mixture of paranormal, adventure and romance! I was kindly given an ARC of this book for an honest review.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

ARC kindly provided by the author

4,5 "hot as fire" stars from me

What a great story, i really enjoyed this book! That's the second book i read from the
author and i must say The seven forbidden arts series are a very interesting and unique
paranormal-romance world. Pyromancist is the first one of the series (Loving the enemy is the prequel)
Clelia d’Ambois is an orphan with Japanese heritage she lives in a village in Brittany, France,
she starts sleepwalking when the same time fires commer

Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book i have read by Charmaine Paul and I have to say this was another enjoyable read. She has a unique style which is addictive.

This is a paranormal romance book with an original idea. Clelia is from a village in France and already knows there is something mysterious surrounding her and her family. She finds herself sleepwalking and with the mystery fires starting around the area she begins to think is it her starting them or not. She is haunted by Josselin who has returned t
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
I'm not a pnr reader and this was written so well, but just not my Genre.
Love Charmaine and trust her writing completely
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Smokes!
I loved this book.
I thought it was unique and original.
I loved the characters.
And the plot is gripping.
Clelia is a shy reserved young lady.
With a big heart.
She lives with her grandfather and her dogs.
The island they live on is quite most of the year.
Except during the summer months,when the tourists arrive.
Suddenly her quite quaint island starts experiencing unexplained fires.
When her childhood crush comes back demanding answers.
Her world is about to implode!
Joss left the island he gr
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
I've been a fan of Charmaine Pauls ever since I read her Diamonds Are Forever series and the Loan Shark duet. There is something very magical about her writing and it somehow always manages to tug at my heartstrings. Pyromancist was no different. This is the new and updated version with additional scenes. I've actually never read the original but this one is a bit darker. I really enjoyed this book. It's a very interesting take on paranormal romance. Clelia and Joss are both unique character ...more
I was given an eArc by Charmaine Pauls in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to get my hands on this one early, Charmaine!

This book follows Clelia d'Ambois who lives as an outcast on the outskirts of the Island of Berder with her grandfather, Erwan. Fires have begun to break out around town just as Clelia begins waking up in random locations both inside and outside of her home. Clelia is also having the same recurrent dream of our leading man, Joss, who she has been in lov
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5* Flaming Stars

I am a huge fan of Charmaine Pauls storytelling and this was my first time reading her paranormal writing.

It did not disappoint and was highly addictive. This is book one of the Seven Forbidden Arts Series and is Clelia’s story. Clelia lost her mother during childbirth and has grown up with her adopted Grandfather in a small village in France. When numerous and strange fires start occurring in their small village all eyes are pointed in Clelia’s direction as she is known as th
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pyromancist is a paranormal treat! Set in France a young woman fears that she could be at the heart of what’s causing the fires in her small little fishing village. The village holds so much mystery and somehow Cle is related to these unexplained/ unsolved fires.

Cle wants to turn herself in to the authorities as a helpful “witness” with hopes of getting to the bottom of these fires. However, her adoptive grandfather warns her against it fearing she will be the scapegoat of these unsolved ar
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Seven Forbidden Arts Series but is read as a standalone. This dark romance is full of suspense, arson and danger. Well-written and unique as only Charmaine Paul's can do. Beware, once you start reading you'll find this book hard to put down. This is part of the Forbidden Arts Series but is read as a standalone. This book features Clelia and Joss. She is an outcast who lives with her grandfather in a small fishing village. She has special powers and tends to sleepwal ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Independent Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.

OH MY WORD! A slow burn, in every sense of the word!!

Clelia was bought up by her grandfather in a little village in France. Someone, or something, is burning that village, house by house. Clelia has dreams, nightmares and one of those dreams steps off a helicopter and drugs her. Josselin returns to his home village to chase his own ghosts, and those of Clelia's.

Together they must stop a monster.

Taking a while to get going, this b
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must start off by saying that I love all of Charmaine Pauls books. She is my go to for a spectacular read, filled with memorable and scrumptious characters. The Pyromancist story, while it is not my preferred theme to read, was a good book. The story was well written and great characters, but it just was not my trope.
oritty: books and i (tilayov)
sometimes the world around you is dark and the people just wont give you a chance. that is when you have to trust in yourself to choose the right allies' to do the right thing and to prove them wrong. it is a story about good being stronger than the bad

this is is the first book in the 7 Forbidden Arts series. a paranormal story about a young women with abilities that make her suspicious and a target
who sets the fires in the village?

why has her long lost secret love returned, what does he wan
Eleni Achilleopoulou
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is the first book of the series and I have to say it's an addictive story! It has love, alpha male, magic, drama, angst and leaves you with a warm feeling after the last page of the book.
Clelia lived all her life in a small village and was raised by her grandfather. When fires star to burn the village, she starts seeing dreams with flames and...Josselin. Joss left the village nine years ago but she never forgot the crash she had on him. Now, he came back and he is hunting her. There is a my
Rebel N.
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been looking for a good paranormal romance and this one held up pretty good. Joss and Clelia are well written characters with good history. The story was more than just a romance, which I liked...two people searching for something to fix the past. There is some good action involved and a very interesting paranormal storyline. And of course, do they happen to find their future with each other? It isn't necessarily a slow burn but it takes quite a while for trust to build between them. This ...more
Katrina Hartman
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Pyromancist is the first book in the 7 Forbidden Arts series, and it follows Cleclia as she begins to learn that the fires that suddenly plaque her small village may not be random, but started by her while she sleepwalks. Cleclia is having dreams of Joss, the boy she fell in love with as a child, who she knows is coming for her. Joss is returning to the small village he grew up in, and subsequently ran from, to solve the mystery of the fires. But there’s something more sinister at work, and time
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-arcs
Emotional, suspenseful paranormal romance…

This is the first book in the Seven Forbidden Arts series which can be read as a stand-alone.

In this unique world the author has created there are people who can control the elements living among normal humans, their origins going back to a time when there was magic in the world. They practice arts that are forbidden and those that use them for evil purposes must be eliminated. A paranormal task force was created to seek out such individuals.

Having fled
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Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communication, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write fu

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