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Child of the Flames: Book One of a Sword and Sorcery Saga

(The Seven Signs #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  671 ratings  ·  41 reviews
The Red Swords came with the sunrise, and took everything Shawna Llewan held dear.

She alone escapes the slaughter, spiriting away the secret which brought them down on her family. Revenge is all she has to keep her alive. Dormael Harlun just wants to find a place to sleep off the drink, but he decides to help her--though he wonders why something in her possession makes hi
Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published July 30th 2016 by D.W. Hawkins
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Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read "sword and sorcery" (I am reading through the backlog on my kindle and this was next in the list), but Child Of Flames was character driven enough for me to really enjoy. This was evident in the lack of direction from co-protagonist Dormael, who, at the beginning could have been regarded as a directionless wandering drunken bard until he comes across Shawna with an arrow in her back who provides him with a mystery to solve. Or perhaps, Shawna was his dentiny all along...

Charles Haworth
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book

It started OK, the usual "damsel in distress escapes distress and actually is really good with swords and kills things" tale, following on to the rest of the book. It paces well, the baddies are bad and the world is OK if nothing spectaular

There are some jarring moments, the magic system is just sooooo powerful it makes you think the two wizards wouldn't be quite as annoying as they are and at certain points the troubles that meet them just wouldn't be a problem (a fight at se
Angel Haze
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was AMAZING!! I was first introduced to Hawkins' writing with The Killings at Rockman's Ford, a short in the Defiant Guardians collection which was absolutely phenomenal--to the point where I was literally shaking it was so good-- so I had to get into this series and read more about D'Jenn!!

Child of the Flames is an epic masterpiece! Rich characters and even richer world building. It grips you from the first heart-pounding scene, takes you on a wild adventure, and just when you think it can
Renata Riva
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Child of the Flames is the first book of the Seven signs trilogy.

The story starts quite strongly with a vicious attack to Shawna’s family home with the purpose to steal a jewel. Shawna is the only one able to escape with the jewel, but she is wounded. The object she carries attracts a young mage who will be compelled to help the girl.

From there, the story becomes a journey that the heroes (strong willed Shawna, the shy child Bethany, the picaresque mage Dormael and his cousin D'Jenn) must undert
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found one of the protagonists, Shawana, was too jarring to read. She starts out as the victim, struggling, but is later revealed to be a complete asshole who spends most of the time shouting, glaring, staring, scolding and just being a general condescending prickleboar.

The other two are overpowered wizards and it's completely who put up with her.

There is an ok story with very black and white characters. The villains are evil and the good guys are the shining beacons of virtue in this ugly wor
Franziska Bloodsworth
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pretty awesome

The story has some very interesting in depth characters that one can't help but like and enjoy. The story pulls you in right at the start. I couldn't read fast enough to find out what was gonna happen next. I was at the edge of my seat. The wizards were awesome as well as their bantering. You'll love the main characters growth and fire. I wanna know what will happen with Bethany and the artifact. Who is this Maaz that showed up? This story will pull you and make you want more. The
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great start to a series

I've read a previous edit of this book already, and liked it enough that I was happy to buy this rerelease. It has a great kick ass heroine, with a younger girl waiting in the wings for her chance to shine in later books. The two heroes are also interesting, funny, and intelligent, and the bad guys are properly evil who you'll want to see the end of! I'm really looking forward to the last couple of books, and recommend the whole series to anyone who likes sword and sorcery
David St. Lawrence
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Non-stop excitement!

DW Hawkins has created characters so well fashion that any one of them could support a story on its own. We have three wizards and a noble swords woman fighting the forces of evil. What's not to like!

plus, his descriptions of the magical happenings are so real that you can see them occurring. Do not try reading this book if you are trying to get some sleep. You will find yourself reading well into the early hours of the morning.
Ellen morais
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Good First

This is a good first book for the series. At the beginning you are introduced to the characters and kind of wait for them to catch up with each other. That doesn't mean there is nothing g going on and it's boring! Oh no hot two heroes Dormael and D'Jenn show us about their magic and ways of life. They are some good guys. After a whi!e Shawna is awakened from her coma and the adventures continue.
Rhona Houston
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for a Rothfuss/Martin Fan!

this book has the right amount of intrigue, drama and violence to keep you turning pages. The character development is good and there's no romance thank goodness! It wasn't too political heavy or hard to follow either, the world it's set in isn't so outlandish or unbelievable. Overall I enjoyed the characters journey and excited for the rest of the series.
Sarah Potter
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
So it begins....

The first part in this series, which i chose on a whim. The plot come together quickly and the story was relatively fast paced. This book is an easy read and I found myself sometimes guessing what would happen next
I look forward to seeing the characters develop in the next book , young Bethany and her traveling companions would appear to have a long journey ahead of them xXx💖 xXx
Audra Zimmer
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good start to an interesting fantasy series

I was thoroughly entertained throughout this book! The magic is interesting and the world is intriguing. The characters are believable though I’m hoping for more background and depth on a few. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy story with witty banter, a badass woman with magical blades and strange bearded wizards!
Apr 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Magic ruined this for me. It's as strong or weak as the plot needs it to be at that point, with very little explanation of why. At one point one of the Wizards sinks a ship, from a distance, in what is basicly a bit of a grumpy tantrum. Then, at the climax where sinking a ship would have solved all their immediate problems, the two Wizards don't even seem to consider it an option!
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I’ve recently started reading Dark Fantasy, this is the best example of enough Dark to make you really hate the bad guy, but not make me have to stop reading and watch a fluffy comedy. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t put this book down. Well written with strong leads, I became engrossed in the story and what will happen next for the characters. Highly recommend, and I’ve already started on book 2.
Jessie Mckissick
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Could be a great movie like "Lord of the Rings".

What do you get when you have a vengeful, warrior princess; two strong wizards; a young wizard child; lots of evil men after an extraordinary artifact in the possession of the warrior? A fantastic novel written by a talented author probably heading for a movie contract.
Susan Harrowa
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new favorite fantasy author and series

Excellent start to the series. It was fast paced and kept me intrigued from the first page to the last. I found the characters to he well formed and believable even with the magic many of them harness. Look forward to much more of this series!
Michaela Button
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Child Of The Flame

An interesting yet imaginative read. You could just imagine yourself watching each scene of every chapter of the book unfold before you as though you were a character in the book and that's what a good read is all about. Drawing the reader in, making the reader want to read on more, imagining they're in the story. Brilliant. I enjoyed reading this.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty good.

It took a little while to grab be, but once it did I pretty much read it straight through. Happy to find a new author to read just as the weather turns autumnal! Off to pick up the next in the series now.
Julie Wozniak
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wild magic

This book was very good. I enjoyed the banter, the magic, the fighting, and the girls. They were more than a match for the guys. But, when a child get caught by wild magic, it is only one-sided of the weapon. I can't wait to read what happens next.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
What I like: good dialogue, nice humour, strong characters, interesting world.
What's not so good: can't stand the name of the lead female (Shawna?), magic seems to be a vague powerful force, inconsistent plot (like why can they sink a boat with magic in one part of the story but struggle to defend against another boat later?) and predictably nasty baddies.
It was an enjoyable read from the Amazon prime library but not sure I will fork out money to read the sequel.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read. The wizards are fun characters and the other main female protagonist isn't too much of a stereotypical sword maiden, so yep, I'll read onwards happily enough. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Jacqueline Walker
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really great story

This is the first story I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it, cant wait to start the next one. The characters are well defined without going over the top and the development of the story was really exciting.
crystal smith
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book.

Loved how action packed it was. I sure hope they bring hell on the ones hunting then. I sure hope Shawana has some repressed magic inside her. I want bethany to help be their saviour not destroyer.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome adventure.

Magic, sword fights, Interesting characters, lots of action, all mixed to get her in an other worldly setting. A little blood thirsty, in some ways, but the bad guys are REALLY bad, so they deserve it all.
Jennifer Foster
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kicking butt and taking names!

If you love a really strong heroine with a few weaknesses you'll get sucked into this story really quick with the first sentence.
jeremy horn
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Good start to a new author for me and looking forward to the others. Got a few to get through
Keith Rogers
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read

A very well
Written book. I’m looking forward to where the story goes. It certainly opened up a can of worms at the end
Miss Lisa Williams
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A real page turner

I wasn't sure about this book from its first chapter but once I got to the 3rd I was hooked. It's different from your normal fantasy books in a good way
Bethany Hoeflich
Not what I expected—to much brutal violence and gore. I couldn’t read past the first chapter.

Not for me, but other readers might enjoy it!
John Syddall
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Serious page turner

This is the first of a trilogy that kept my interest from page 1. The characters are well drawn & the story holds your attention from start to finish.
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My name is D.W. Hawkins. I write books, and you should read them.

This is the fourth time I’ve attempted to write this self-description. Anyone who has ever written one of these–or maybe their own dating profile–is smiling right now in sympathy. It’s tough, describing yourself. What you’re probably wondering is who I am, and what sort of books I write.

Let’s get down to it, then.

I love fantasy. I’ve

Other books in the series

The Seven Signs (4 books)
  • The Knife in the Dark: A Sword and Sorcery Saga (The Seven Signs Book 2)
  • The Old Man of the Temple: A Sword and Sorcery Saga (The Seven Signs Book 3)
  • The City Under the Mountain (The Seven Signs Book 4)
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