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The Firebrand Legacy

(The Manakor Chronicles #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A magical language. An enchanted flame. A word to save everything.

Fourteen-year-old Carine has hated dragons and the magic they bring ever since the ash dragon Kavariel murdered her sister.

Every year, Carine endures the Ten Dragon Festival celebrating the dragon's delivery of an enchanted flame. The enchanted flame kills, but also provides magic that keeps the Heartless On
Paperback, 266 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Saint Pancratius Press
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Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
T.K. Kiser takes us into a rich world of dragons, merpeople, and magic in the Firebrand Legacy. By far, the most impressive part of this book is the magical world-building. From the scenery to the rules of magic, the world feels real. The characters are rich and well developed. Like all the best characters, they have the capacity to surprise the reader - and they do - but they also always feel true to themselves. The plot moves well and does not drag. There are twists and turns, surprises, compl ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
The Firebrand Legacy is an excellent young adult debut! Kiser builds an intriguing and complex world, tying together familiar mythical creatures, but creates her own rules for magic, weaving them into the fabric of the story, rather than taking a chunk of text to explain. This can be a bit confusing at times, but overall lends itself well to her writing style and the storyline.
I also loved Carine! Carine is a strong, well-rounded and complex protagonist. She's independent and in full control ov
Kristine Hall
Spectacular new middle grade fantasy! This book has terrific main characters and is full of action, adventure, magic, and even dragons. . . I read it straight through to the excellent ending that gave interesting food for thought. Full review on Hall Ways blog ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story is captivating! Kiser's characters came alive from the very start. Carine has strong beliefs that were challenged throughout the book. She was willing to continually evaluate her situation and herself in light off those beliefs, opening the world of possibilities. I am looking forward to book 2 of The Manakor Chronicles. ...more
Serena W. Sorrell
Did not finish at 50%.

I was so excited when I read the synopsis for this one, but it just never got interesting, or even good.

The characters were flat to the point that I can barely remember anything about anyone including their names.

The most interesting aspect was the idea of the Heartless magic users and the dragon flames. That was interesting.

Spending 20% of the beginning on a boat, pass.

We're told the MC has no schooling, but she randomly knows all these school-like things. She hates t
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book, which makes the fact that I didn't enjoy it even more frustrating. I felt like the writing was confusing. The author jumped from place to place without any kind of transitions, so half the time I wondered why they were suddenly on horses, or why one of the characters suddenly had a bow in his hand that had not been mentioned at all beforehand. Other than the main characters, everyone was extremely flat (which also makes the climax/ending make no sense whatsoever), ...more
Sharon Pegram
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Classic fantasy adventure with some fresh twists and satisfyingly deep world-building. Descriptions put me right in the scenes, and the pace moved along without glossing over character development.
Evan Farrell
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was poorly written. I would not recommend it to read.
Jasmine Desdune
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
T.K. Kiser’s debut novel is a page-turner filled with adventure and driven by a plot that keeps you guessing while transporting you into a world of wonder and magic. I felt like I was joining Carine on her adventures from dense forests to ocean shores, meeting mystical creatures and interesting characters along the way. Carine’s character is smart and fearless, a refreshing character to the genre and one who was easily relatable and who I wanted to learn more about as the story unfolded. By usin ...more
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T.K. Kiser (@AuthorTKKiser) writes young adult fantasy adventure fiction in Greenville, South Carolina.

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