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Violetta will never forget that day. Guilt shadows her every step as she prepares to take her father’s throne. Sadly, he has other ideas. Violetta must marry or forfeit her royal birthright, but all she wants is to be free, to no longer relive the tragic events of her past. If only she can learn to love again, to put the past ...more
The Flame Queen by Dax Munro is one of my most disappointing reads of 2019.
I wanted to like The Flame Queen. The book is basically everything that I would enjoy from a book: royalty, elemental magic, assassins, struggle with destiny, etc. But unfortunately, bookwyrms, that didn't happen. 😔
This book is an absolute, fucking mess.
I'm writing this ...more
Writing Style Rating: ★★☆☆☆
This story contains a lot of promising elements. However, most of the background is never developed and that makes the characters feel somewhat shallow. Also, the fantasy universe is intriguing, but again, lacks depth. A map would be a huge asset to this story!
What primarily made this book hard for me to get into was that none of the characters are particularly easy to identify with (most likely because we don't really get to know them). Ryore is, by ...more
Violetta’s journey is a complicated one. She must contend with a difficult and mysterious death in ...more
When I first saw the cover I thought it would be a powerful book filled with fantasy, wars, conspiracy.
I was wrong.
First of all, this book is extremely confusing. I'm a really fast reader but the first 5 chapters took me around 4 hours because I had to turn the pages again and again to just understand what the hell was going on. I'm honestly never harsh with my books but this one had me really pulling my hair apart.
I didn't ...more
There is a good cast of characters, an intriguing world of four seasonal realms and a plot that twists things around.
I would have liked Violetta to have more 'fire', but she did highlight the restraints of royalty...as did the majority of characters, where duty comes before heart.
There were some wonderful descriptions and a good sense of place, although there were parts that were confusing...jumps in time, for example. Th ...more
This is the first time that I have read any books by this author and I'm sure it will not be the last. I don't read many books in this genre as it's not my preferred genre, but my opinion is fast changing. Excellent! Recommended.
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
The Flame Queen is the first installment in author Dax Munro's The Legends of Peradon series. Welcome to Peradon. A collection of 4 separate Realms (Spring, Autumn, Summer, and Winter) representing the 4 elementals (Earth, Air, Flame, Frost). The story revolves around two key players: Prince Ryore, and Princess Violetta. The story actually beings in the Frost Realm of Emperor Jugan.
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Okay, I have two major problems with this book. The first is the utter and complete lack of world-building. We learn that there are four magical realms, but that's it. No specific information about the creatures that live in each of them, no talk about what abilities, laws, style of life they have. Nothing.
The second is the fact that the main characters (Violetta and Ryore) are stu ...more
Phoenix is a fantasy book and book #1 of the Peradon series. It opens with immediate intrigue as a seer tells Emperor Jugan of a future marriage between his eldest son and their enemy. To avoid this fate, the Emperor decides to have Violetta assassinated. This sets in motion events that drive the story and greatly affects Violette'a life.
There are lots of good ideas in this book but several seem rushed and I longed for them to ...more
So, this is a good example of how sometimes it takes me a long time to finish a book but that doesn’t mean the book is bad. Yeah, I did take awhile but it’s still a very good book. The problem is that if I gotta do something that requires me to put my book down for all of 5 minutes, 4 hours later I find myself doing dumb shit (example: researching controversies regarding outdoor advertising for horror (real example, surprisingly ...more
Writing: The writing style starts out choppy and awkward, but smooths out a quarter of the way through. However, there are still some peculiar word choices, (i.e. at one point an individual soldier is called "a troop" which is not a usage I've ever seen before). 2 Stars.
Plot: The plot idea is solid, the execution is...lacking. In many way it reads like an outline to a story, never quite delvin ...more
Phoenix, book one of The Peradon Fantasy Series, does not disappoint. It holds everything an avid reader of fantasy craves for. The scenes are luring, filled with intrigue and mystery. Your every emotion is drawn out of you as you move along the well plotted storyline ...more
Violetta herself is an ever-evolving character and I personally find it natural for any woman to go through a range of feelings and experiences in order to find the strength to tackle the problem and grow into her ...more
"…,your Grace. Your eldest son is destined to marry the enemy. If that happens, there is no doubt that he will have secured your throne.”
She is even sure of the girl whom he’ll be marrying — the daughter of King Eagan, Princess Violetta Flame. One may wonder, at this point in time, why wo ...more
The young Emperor of the Frost Realm believes Violetta to be his love. Without knowing her that well. Is that cause for celebration and a wedding? Or caution?
Young Prince of Frost will do anything to keep his late father proud. Although he has no choice. Why? Read and find out.
What a t ...more
‘It always felt as though the light would burn her. Some days she wished it would or that her powers would simply envelop her in flame. She revelled in the idea of being allowed to simply melt away, therefore escaping this miserable life.’
Princess Violetta of the Flame Realm has come of age, and men of status have begun to notice her. There’s Xyhoni, the family friend, and there’s the c ...more
This setting gives promising scope, especially as the ...more
One of the great things about fantasy novels is they often introduce us to new and exciting worlds, that the reader can enjoy. Phoenix is no exception to this and we are introduced to the world of Peradon, a land split into four kingdoms, based on the elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Ice, although the story principally takes place in two of the kingdo ...more
The plot itself intrigued me as the blurb promised a strong female character who has to fight for her ri ...more
But now I got around to it!
I have to admit it was little hard story for me to rate.
For while I really liked the idea around the story and the world - I've actually written something like it in Norwegian Aerith - I found th ...more
Torn between her sudden feelings and inescapable duty to the throne, Violetta seeks to strike a balance. Will she surrender her will forever, or strive for freedom by doing the unthinkable?
A fantastic fantasy novel that is filled with suspense. A true page turner that I didn't want to put down. This b ...more
I enjoyed the writing, the imagination and the characters in the story. As this is a series, the author has the opportunity to put a little more background into both characters and realms, of which there were four. I'm sure I will find out more as the series develops and will look forward to th ...more
*I received a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours but this did not influence my completely honest opinion on the book*
Where do I begin... when I first read the synopsis for this book I thought it would be a pretty decent read but once I started the first chapter it quickly went downhill. Also a quick note is that this book probably should have had a trigger warning in the beginning because it deals with topics such as domestic abuse and rape. Since the majority of this...more
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Dax Munro is an eccentric young author from the East of England with a passion for social psychology. Her debut novel, The Flame Queen explores the depths of a young princess’ mind as she pushes through a traumatic childhood event, to eventually find her own sense of self-worth.
While Dax does pl ...more