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Bursts of Fire

(Addicted to Heaven #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  59 reviews
To survive. To fight. To restore balance.

The Falkyn sisters bear a burden and a legacy. Their mother, the imperial magiel of the kingdom of Orumon, protects her people from the horrors of the afterlife by calling upon the Gods with a precious Prayer Stone. But war among the kingdoms has brought fire and destruction to their sheltered world. When a mad king's desire to dest
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Published August 6th 2019 by Laksa Media Groups Inc.
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Susan Forest Book 2 takes place 8 years after Book 1, to explore how dealing with a difficult situation (both the rebel cause and Janat's addictions) can have long…moreBook 2 takes place 8 years after Book 1, to explore how dealing with a difficult situation (both the rebel cause and Janat's addictions) can have longer-term effects on individuals. Meg is still as fiery about the rebels, but she is now torn about what she sees as her need to care for Janat. (less)

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K.S. Marsden
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
It's a terrible thing, to see no future; but a powerful magiel has to protect her daughters.
The three Falkyn magiel sisters, have to embrace their fate, to survive a mad king.

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

After their mother is disturbed that no magiel has seen a future beyond the year, a sign that their peaceful existence will be destroyed: she sets about planning the escape of her three daughters. They will become powerful magiels, and allies to kings an
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Where do I begin? This was a very good fantasy book. But besides fantasy - there was more. It was also about mental health and other problems. The characters were good, very believable. I always love stories about great sister power! Also some characters put a lot of faith in religion, and I always find that fascinating.

The book started off slow for me - it's an epic fantasy where a lot of the world the story takes place in needs to be established. I was never thinking about DNF, but it wasn't
Their legacy was stolen from them, and now they must steal it back, but first they must learn to control the magic given to them in order to protect the Prayer Stone from destruction.

BURSTS OF FIRE by Susan Forest begins a journey into the world of epic fantasy and brutal wars waged in the name of convictions, beliefs and power. Everyone has a role to play as the battle lines are drawn, can the three sisters restore balance to the world they live in? What will it take to bring peace when ideolog
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book started slow for me but it's an epic fantasy where a lot of the world they story takes place needs to be established. I think the magic system could have been explained better but it didn't suck from the start. There was more, it had mental health and the characters were good, very believable. I always love stories with great sister power! I enjoyed the story and hope there's a sequel.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC to read!
Lauren Stoolfire
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
DNF @ 20%

The concept of this YA fantasy sounded so promising. Unfortunately, it just wasn't for me. I was honestly bored out of my mind. A big part is that I couldn't get interested in any of the characters and the slow pace.
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61 points, 3 ¼ stars.
Warning: depictions of self-harm, suicide attempts

"But a wealthy country put greed above worship. An educated country questioned the divine right to rule. A country where men changed their stations became unstable."

Bursts of Fire showed a lot of promise from a rather new author. I read the description for the book and it stayed with me for days before I finally gave in
Marta Cox
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
This turned out to be an amazing story in spite of hot mess at the beginning. Yes that's right I thought that initially the writing was terribly fractured as it jumped about giving multiple points of view which meant I had to read sentences again to work out which character the author or her editor had jumped to. Thankfully I persevered and got well and truly sucked into this amazing world although it didn't quite end the way I'd thought.
Essentially we have a society that worship several Gods an
Calvin Park
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Bursts of Fire is an intriguing YA Fantasy read. In her debut novel Susan Forest tackles a number of important issues: addiction, self-harm, fear of change, abandonment, religious oppression. Each of these is dealt with in the larger context of war and who to trust. It’s a coming-of-age story that doesn’t pull any punches.

One of the things I really appreciated about Forest’s novel is the way it deals with some hard issues. This is not literary fantasy by any means, but it is guided by certain t
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-net-galley
Bursts of Fire is the first book in a new trilogy, Addicted to Heaven and it would seem to have many elements I love in fantasy, in particular a strong bond between three sisters facing steep odds. However it also suffered from poor pacing, and what felt like an oddly developed plot. The Falkyn sisters, Meg, Janat, and Rennika are daughters of the imperial mage, or magiel, of Orumon, Talanda, and yet though their mother is a seer who sees a dark future or lack thereof ahead, she seems to do noth ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book started out slowly, causing me to rethink reading it several times. Thank goodness I continued. and gave it a real chance!

The storyline is complex, which may be what made it slow going in the beginning. It was necessary to pay very close attention at all times to keep track of all the characters, all the timelines and all the various magics used. Not to mention the gods. However, once those thing fell into place the story became very engaging.

Watching these 3 girls, Meg, Janat and Renn
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Laksa Media Groups in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

When receiving this book I did not know what to expect. They always say never judge a book by its cover and now I am starting to see why. I absolutely love this book for one reason, I share a name with one of the main heroines so that ALWAYS makes my reading better. I also loved this book because it reminded me of The Covenant but instead
Angie Gaule
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a good book. I wanted to start off by saying that, because I don't know if I will finish the series. The story is great, but there are very few positive moments in it to break up the negatives. After the characters got over their attitude of looking for someone to take care of them, they became much more interesting and likable. There was an amazing amount of character development and the story is intricate and interes ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
So good!

I will say this, for me it had a bit of a slow start. But it did end up picking up for me and I got to the point where I just didn't want to put it down. I love the three sisters. I found them to be so relatable and realistic. From the beginning of the book to the end of the book there is a lot of growth and I am here for it!

A great read for sure.

This is a Netgalley ARC review.
Crystal King
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Despite the slow slog at the beginning, I think that Bursts of Fire is a fantastic start to what I think will be a riveting series. Forest has developed a truly unique world with an interesting system of magic and gods. The squabbling, spoiled sisters start out as somewhat unlikeable characters but develop into their own over the course of the book as they navigate a world that is falling apart. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series! ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for a good story about sisterhood and this book really delivered. It was an added bonus that these sisters are magiels and are on the run from a mad king. I really appreciated the ending of this book and loved getting to see the characters grow and develop through the story. Excited for the next book!

** I received the ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Alexandra WhimsyPages
DNF @25 %

The premise of this book is very interesting, and I was actually enjoying the beginning. Basically, this is a world where magiels assist the kings and the people of the Kingdoms to cross over to Heaven after they die. Hundreds of years of peace between the Kingdoms were followed by an unpredictable attack. And now all magiels are either dead or hiding in fear for their lives.

I was enjoying this book until I just read about penis... I mean... isn't this supposed to be a YA book?! Was it
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest. I’ve voluntarily read and reviewed this copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about Bursts of Fire. It’s a fantasy with a rich and complex world, wich I loved. But the story felt all over the place. There were perhaps too many elements which resulted in, at times, confusing storylines.

It also took me a while to get into the story but I did end up enjoying it. Bursts of Fir
The Reading Raccoon
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for this Review copy of Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest.
Although Bursts of Fire was well-written high fantasy with what should have been intriguing magical elements I found it to be a slog to get through. There wasn’t anything glaringly wrong with a the plot or the characters but it lacked any of the tension, humor, romance and action a reader requires to get hooked into the fantasy world of warring kingdoms. So you are left with just warring countries which
Polina Ganeva
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: strong-world, magic
Book thoughts in 300 words and 3 gifs

Three and half ‘Magiel’ stars 🐼🐼🐼🐼

‘Bursts of Fire’ is the first novel of Susan Forest’s series ‘Addicted to Heaven’ where she sets out to explore the complex world of addictions. Using a vast fantasy world as the backdrop, it makes for an interesting read with a unique premise.

The world is built beautifully, with descriptions scattered about the chapters, allowing the reader to put the jigsaw of that massive land of many kingdoms. The world was well-formed in
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I signed up for this tour because, well, epic fantasy has always been one of my loves, and this book looked interesting. I’ll admit that the series title, Addicted to Heaven, gave me more than a bit of pause, but as it turns out, the heaven that people are addicted to is nothing like contemporary Western versions of heaven.

Bursts of Fire is very much a part of the epic fantasy tradition. There were times, in fact, when it felt like specific epic fantasies.
J.M. Dover
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy-sf
An awesome book I had trouble putting down! If you like epic YA fantasy, this book should be on your TBR list.

As an epic YA Fantasy spanning several books, the world building and setting must be complex and realistic. Although the book has a slow start, it was necessary to do an amazing job of creating the world and the magic system for this series.

It's hard to write a strong heroine on a difficult journey, but it’s even more difficult to write about three heroines on three different journeys. I
Jennifer Rahn
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Susan Forest comes out swinging in this first installment of the Addicted to Heaven series. Bursts of Fire is an impressive tapestry of world building and character development. The three Falkyn sisters, daughters of the Royal Magiel and novice magic-wielders themselves, are cast out of their home when King Artem seemingly goes mad, commanding the destruction of all Gems that allow Magiels to give their followers access to Heaven upon death--except for one, the Ruby that his own Magiel possesses ...more
Robert W. Easton
Astounding, richly original fantasy!

I was blown away by the setup to this story. Three daughters of a mage get involved in an ever escalating power struggle. The magic worked by the magicians gives partial glimpses of the future. In this manner, a sort of dark prophecy unfolds but one which might be avoided.

The author keeps you grounded in the world, not over explaining, just immersing you in this somewhat familiar yet magically original fantasy setting. Hints of the broader setting leave plent
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book, I was hooked after few pages and had to read it as fast as I could.
The world building was amazing, so complex and realistic.
I loved the plot, the well written cast of characters and the setting.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Amy TheOriginalBookishDragon
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A gripping, political fantasy novel that I couldn't put down. I loved the Magiel's magic with their shifting skins and found their ability to move things through time intriguing. This book was incredibly unique and differs from anything I have previously read. I would recommend this book to any fantasy reader.

I received this title on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved the world building in the novel. Interesting growth of the characters as they struggle to find their way through the war.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, 2019
I made it 50% into Bursts of Fire before I ended up putting it down and not finishing.

The premise was so amazing. There's multiple kingdoms and each kingdom has a line of magiels. Each magiel can go into Heaven and get death tokens for their people. If you don't eat a death token before dying you're doomed to wander earth as a ghost.

There's two kinds of magic in the story; magiels and worldlings. Worldlings can do magic but it's with herbs and spells and such. Magiels don't necessarily need tho
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m completely at an impasse with this book. On one hand, Bursts of Fire has everything I am looking for in a new fantasy series: great cast of characters, intriguing and original plot, refreshingly unique magic system and EPIC world building. On the other hand: I just couldn’t connect. How do you accurately review a book that has everything you love and need but just could not, for the life of you, get into it?

Answer: Stay as neutral as possible.

Honestly, there is not a single thing I could sa
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has three heroines who start out as refugees from a war they have no idea was going to happen. I like that they all have different responses, all believable, and all sympathetic. Meg wants to fight back, Janat wants to put her head under the covers, and Rennika is traumatized and just wants to be safe. Forest does a really good job of showing how the sisters can all go through the same awful events and come out with very different goals.

I think the prologue is a little difficult to jum
Tasha Leigh
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
So, first off, look at this cover. It is so freaking gorgeous; I can’t even put I into words.

So, Bursts of Fire promises to be a good old fashioned fantasy novel full of plots and intrigue, but its so much more. The tale of three sisters who have been banished from their home for being the daughter of the local magiel (a magic user who can send their consciousness through time is about the best way to describe them) who is now being hunted by the King. They are initially accompanied by their Na
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Susan Forest grew up in a family of mountaineers and skiers, and she loves adventure. She also loves the big ideas found in SF/F, and finds fast-paced adventure stories a great place to explore how individuals grapple with complex moral decisions. Bursts of Fire, first book in her Addicted to Heaven series (winner of Canada's Aurora Award for Best YA Novel in 2019), confronts issues of addiction i ...more

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