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Sword of Fire

(Through the Ashes #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Defenseless. Alone. Betrayed.

Bells is a poor fae who works on a farm outside the protections of the dragon city. When her family is attacked by trolls, she goes to the one person she knows can help her. But will he?

Peace. Death. Enough.

The dragons brought peace to the city and the surrounding area when they rose. Jaekob believes there is no reason for further dragon invol
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published June 21st 2018 by Dragon Realm Press
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In a world of elves, dragons, trolls, and fae, Bells is a poor fae farmer who met a young dragon early in life. She remembers his promise to help her when and goes to him when her family is in need. They end up on a quest, and learn how different and no so different each magical species are.

This was a great ya fantasy that has fae as the low man on the fantasy totem pole, which was refreshing. After reading this book, I realized this is a sequel series, but I had no problems following along and
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
When I read the summary for Sword of Fire and saw that it had dragons and Fae in it as well as a virus that is unleashed upon the city I had to give it a try as I have been turning more and toward dragons and Fae lately. Sword of Fire was everything I expected and more. On my journey of getting to know the dragons a little more I will have to say that at the moment Sword of Fire is the best book about dragons or Fae I have ever read.

Bells the daughter of a poor Fae farmer wakes one morning look
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First in a quadrilogy, SWORD OF FIRE is delightfully topsy-turvy in the usual world of Epic Fantasy. There are Dragons, which always excites me, and although these Dragons are assumed to be notoriously fickle, violent, and devouring--they aren't. In fact, they can be quite intelligent, and rather kind. In this series, humans aren't the Bad Guys--well, not the only Bad Guys. Often in epic fantasy, the Sidhe or Fae are aloof, "alien" in nature to humans, and either don't care at all about humans o ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding read. This is one not to miss. The story is slow to start but that is merely laying the groundwork/ background. Bear with it and you’ll be in for the ride of a lifetime. Dragoon’s elves fae magic. What more could you ask for.
I’ll not give the story away but the tension mounts till the very end.
Can’t wait for the next book, but I’ll have to.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story takes place ten years after the prequel book, Spark of War, in the Through the Ashes series, even though the prequel is classed as book four. I found it very helpful to read the prequel as it led to me already knowing some of the characters and what the background to the story was and how things had started.

The story starts by focusing on a poor fae called Bells, who works on a farm with her family, for their elven overlord. Fae have affinity with the earth and all plants so are best
Mary Brannian
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bells is a fae, a farming fae to be exact. Hardly better than a slave, Bells spends from sunup to past sundown working the land, helping her family as she can, and hiding from danger. Her shadow walking skills are all that stand between her and death... or worse. But one day, even that skill can't protect her from the dragons that swoop down from the sky, terrifying Bells.

But the dragons are not what Bells expected; erudite, polite, and almost aloof, the dragons converse for a short while wit
Jessica Belmont
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book as part of a blog tour. All opinions are my own.*

I devoured this book in one day, because I couldn’t get enough. The premise, the characters, the action…everything left me wanting more. When I reached the end, I was sad, and can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Our main character is Bells, a fae farmer. The fae are treated very poorly by the elves, and are slaves that are practically starved to death working to make life easy for the elves. Bells is very timid, which ga
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed -
Fun - fast paced and entertaining
Bells is a bit naive and definitely a touch slow to process things
But her pure heart makes her an amazing lead character
Jaekob - I want to know what made him so jaded - Throughout the story it is obvious that he is battling with himself over turning his back on the Pures versus coming to their aid. There is more to what we see here.
So many wonderful characters that we get glimpses of and others that we are lefting wanting to know more about
This e
The Mysterious Reader
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a very strange person because I have several people who are truly beloved even though I’ve never met them. It’s the love of a junkie for her drug pusher only in this case it’s the addiction is for great fiction with the pushers being the authors who create it. J.A. Culican is a prime example of that. As such I thanked heaven when this particular “pusher” appeased my addiction by coming out with new “product”, namely (hallelujah) a whole new series, Through the Ashes, the first book of which ...more
The Mysterious Reader
I am a very strange person because I have several people who are truly beloved even though I’ve never met them. It’s the love of a junkie for her drug pusher only in this case it’s the addiction is for great fiction with the pushers being the authors who create it. J.A. Culican is a prime example of that. As such I thanked heaven when this particular “pusher” appeased my addiction by coming out with new “product”, namely (hallelujah) a whole new series, Through the Ashes, the first book of which ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Culican does it again in splended Technicolor. What this author can do with words a little imagination and the talent to weave a world around us so fascinating and real, until everything else ceases to exist except this world shes created spectacularly. The characters and scenes were realistic, intriguing, complex with an undercurrent you could feel run through you. Following the characters along witnessing their personalities grow stronger in this pa
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, 2019-reads
Honestly, I liked it very much.

The story is about a fae that travels to Filadelfia to save her family and meet a dragon she met ten years ago in hopes to get him to help her kind. Of course, things happens and they are forced to work together to save the world from a letal fungus that is spreading through the city at a really fast pace.

This is the first book of the series and I feel that it had great pace, it didn't grow boring and I didn't feel like there was nothing happening at any point of
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This author is an amazing fantasy author. There's always plenty of action and mayhem and tons of great characters. Bring on the magic and fae, and dragons, and shifters, and trolls and more. I love how she blends in a variety of characters always a little out of the ordinary with an awesome story to boot. You can't get too comfy because you might miss something. In this case we get to meet a farm fae who gets in her mind that the dragon can help her. There's a whole lot more going on but this is ...more
Beverly Laude
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
J.A. Culican continues to be one of my favorite Fantasy authors. She has a knack for creating worlds and characters that really draw in the reader and keep you entertained.

Bells is a Fae, basically a slave to the evil Elves. When a Troll threatens her family, she ventures to the city of Philadelphia to get metal that will (hopefully) be their salvation. While she is there, she decides to try to get help from the dragon that she met 10 years earlier.

Little does Bells know that reconnecting with
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very delightful read. Excellent story for middle age groups. Full of magic, elves, dragons, fae, werewolves, and more. An unlikely pair, a dragon and a fae, find themselves working together to help their city of Philadelphia from falling prey to a mysterious disease. They were convinced that they needed to retrieve a magical sword hidden long ago which only they could find and wield. So off they go following their magical senses. During their travels they learn to trust one another ev ...more
T.L. Callahan
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fresh take on the fae and with a whole host of other creatures. Against all the rules Bells goes into the city and tracks down the dragon heir to help save her family. Her motivation is slightly in question considering she only met the dragon heir one time, but hey it was memorable so why not. They are attacked and a strange sickness starts to spread across the city. When they hear of a magical sword that could save them all they start on an adventure that leads to some interesting results. Th ...more
Caroline Doig
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow I know this author writes great fantasy’s but this book was amazing. Bells is a Fae a farmer Fae and they are treated no better than slaves, she spends all of her time in the fields helping her family. Bells and her family are threatened to be eaten by a troll if they don’t supply the troll with enough mace. Bells met a dragon 10 years ago and now she goes in search of him for his help. This is an amazing story and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, there’s magic, dragons, Fa ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great start to a new series full of elves, fae, trolls, dragons and a few humans that have survived the Veil being torn down. It is basically the story of poor Bells and how she gets involved with crazy events in the remains of a human city taken by the Dragons. I loved the imagery and the story-line. It was well written and I felt like I was there. The characters were wild eyes innocents, cynics, or just trying to survive the new world. Loved the randomness and the threatening war. Bells was ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Is she a slave who hides or a hero who encourages?

This book is an interesting start to a series. This book has fae, elves, weres, trolls and dragons.

In a time when very few humans exist, since the elves tried to kill them all, the Pure races now live in our world. But what happens when one fae girl, being of the lowest Pure race, be befriends the dragon prince, the highest Pure race.

Said prince says the races deserve what they get and he will not help them. This fae girl is determined to save he
Christina Luberts
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story has the mystical characters, along with who is on the top to who is on the bottom. Good read for teens. Bells is a farming Fae and the Fae is second to bottom, with humans on the bottom. Jaekob is a dragon and of course is the top. They keep meeting and don't know why? They want to protect each other but why? Jaekob makes it know that he can careless, while Bells cares to much. What will happen when the world starts to fall apart? Will they come together? Will they accept each others ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sword of Fire is the first book in the Ashes series by J. A. Culican and is an excellently written tale in a fabulous world of dragons, fae, trolls, and elves. It is filled with action and adventure, twists and turns, and is so beautifully put together you are drawn into the story and must keep turning pages to the end needing to know what is going to happen. l I highly recommend it and know you will not be disappointed.
Joanne Hampton
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Starts slow and winds up a winner! The disparity between the have and the have not needs to be broken down. A Prince, Jaekob and a fae, Bells got together to help other fae that was being mistreated but what they got into was more then the Prince bargained for. To get a sword and try to stop some bad growth from killing everyone. Good book. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
A fun action-packed adventure that’s not to miss! It reminded me of Lord of the Rings. I enjoyed the characters and this new fantasy world that the author created. This is the first book I’ve read by the author but it definitely won’t be the last!
Tera Comer
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I really enjoyed this new series starter!! There were so many things that kept my attention in this action packed fantasy, and I could not put it down. I can not wait to see what is in store for Bells and Jaekob! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
JA Culican is one outstanding author. When you read the story, you absolutely get lost in it. There’s imagination, dragons, and Fae. Bella has the star roll. She’s just a farm Fae actually but you fall in love with her. Couldn’t get enough of the story.
Lisa Eiff
i really enjoyed reading this book. This is a fae story that involves magic, fantasy and dragons. Prepare to meet Jaekob the dragon, and continue the story to find out what happens next!
Jessika Beaty
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read!
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Good so story. Read it though, don’t listen to the audiobook. Horrendous narration.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written,
Couldn't put it down
Highly recommend reading!
Lisa Eiff
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. This is a fae story that involves magic, fantasy and dragons. Prepare to meet Jaekob the dragon, and continue the story to find out what happens next!
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J.A. Culican is a USA Today Bestselling author of the middle grade fantasy series Keeper of Dragons. Her first novel in the fictional series catapulted a trajectory of titles and awards, including top selling author on the USA Today bestsellers list and Amazon, and a rightfully earned spot as an international best seller. Additional accolades include Best Fantasy Book of 2016, Runner-up in Reality ...more

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