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The Fire Priest (Pawns of the Gods Book 1)

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Seventeen-year-old Jack Kulinski is the best mixed martial arts fighter of his generation. So why does fighting scare him so much? In the ring, the sound of swarming bees mysteriously fills his head, and it takes all of his effort to not flee in panic. But when his best friend disappears, and Jack, alone, discovers that he’s been magicked to a terrible land ruled by a murd ...more
Kindle Edition, 331 pages
Published November 21st 2018
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Teddy
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read a lot of fantasy, so when I tell you that I loved this book….well, it really means something.

Stephen Murdoch writes with a lot of skill. Somehow he manages to create a world that is not only compelling and mesmerizing but that is new and interesting. I found myself reading this and realizing that I’d never read anything like it before in my life. Murdoch not only invents this world, but his narration shows you it with a light touch and just enough detail. I didn’t feel bogged down i
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Lunamoth
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first started The Fire Priest I was not sure what I was getting into, I was promised a fantasy from the cover and the description but it started off in the present in America and I won't lie, I was worried about where the book would go. Thankfully though not too long after we meet Jack (our main hero) and Denny, his handsome friend, we are thrust into the world of fantasy and magic. There was bloodshed, action, emotional scenes and some very nice rounded out characters.

The book switched
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Amber Rose (Rose Reviews)
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
When I first started reading The Fire Priest, I just thought it was "alright." You know, not terrible, but also not something you really WANTED to read. I took breaks often and didn't care about picking it back up. But I am no quitter, especially when it comes to reading, so pick it back up I did, and when I got to the Queen's Vision part of the book, that was actually the turning point for me. Something finally clicked in my brain, and from then on I could not put it down. Probably my favorite ...more
Bookgirl86
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that have a lot of critical praise, a bevy of awards, and thousands of people talking about them on every available platform and then there are those books that you stumble upon accidentally and feel like you've discovered a rare jewel. You know the ones I'm talking about, the ones that wrap you up in their world and make you feel like you've discovered a new secret country in your own backyard? 
This book, 'Fire Priest' is one of those books. I read all the way through this
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Ashley Dawn
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not certain what I expected from this author but I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of his book. There are alternating points of view and multiple story lines going at the same time. I liked seeing everything going on and not simply having a narrow view of it. That being said, there are quite a lot of characters, some evil, some good, some mysterious but all of them have their own agendas.

The author did a good job with setting up the series in this book, there is a lot of story bui
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Helen
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok. Let's be honest. I am not a fantasy book reader (except for the Harry Potter series) and normally, I wouldn't read this book. I'd see the cover, read the summary and think... yeah, teenage boys would love this book, but it is not for me. But since my brother is the author (pretty cool, right?!), I read the book. I figured that if I didn't really like it, I just wouldn't post a review.

But I'm posting a review so we know what that means: I found myself really into the book and finished it in t
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Cheryl M-M
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an ambitious piece of fantasy fiction, which has plenty of potential and room for development. The human world is drawn into a world of demons, sacrifice and a land governed by a ruthless violent god.

When I say the human world it's actually two teenage boys, Jack and Denny, who happen to catch the eye of the fire priest and priestess. They want to use the two unassuming lads for their own nefarious plans. These two worlds collide with the present, with history and the two main characters
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Jessica Bronder
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seventeen year old Jack Kulinski is a top MMA fighter but he has a secret, he is afraid to fight. Then one night his friend Denny disappears. Jack was supposed to be responsible for Denny and goes on the hunt for him. This leads him to Tenochtan, a world with a Fire God as a ruler. It seems the god’s priest and priestess have been watching Jack for a while and have plans for him.

I have to say that I was completely immersed in this dark world that Jack and Denny find themselves in. I liked Jack
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Candy Smith
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I found it a very interesting story with possible heroes and a few villains that would love to hate. The create a complex and dangerous world where an evil God rules. Can Jack face his fears and fight like his life depended on it...because it just might!
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Stephen Murdoch is a writer and investor who lives in England with his wife and three daughters. The Fire Priest is his first novel. Previously, he wrote the non-fiction IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea (Wiley, 2007). He has written for various publications, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, and PRI’s Marketplace. Murdoch is the chairman of two UK companies that provide cutting edge dig ...more