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The Burns Fire

(Fire Salamander #1)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  31 reviews
When you’re a supernatural weapon of mass destruction, it can be hard to walk in the world of humans, especially when you work for the FBI…

Zane Burns—also known as Gunz—is a Fire Salamander who works for a secret paranormal division of the FBI. When he gets a call in the middle of the night to get involved in a multiple homicide investigation, he soon finds himself embro
Kindle Edition, 419 pages
Published January 17th 2019
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Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A solid first in series.

Witty and engaging with an interesting premise and good development, The Burns Fire is a supernatural/paranormal Urban Fantasy that nicely intertwines folklore with badass action.

The concept of a Fire Salamander working for a secret paranormal division of the FBI is downright awesome. Perhaps just as awesome as Zane Burns himself. :D

Intriguing, intricate and nicely written, thus first in series delivers richness, complexity and a diverse cast of fascinating creatures and
John E
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The fire kindled

It isn't often that i find a new series where not only are the characters and world interesting, but the story is fascinating enough to be read in one sitting. Zane Burns is an young supernatural, experienced war veteran and current FBI supernatural contractor. What starts as a supernatural investigation turns into a a little of everything with Welsh, Russian and other mythos along with elementals, witches, guardians, vampires, demons, gods and much, much more. Fans of the Dresde
Jacob Rundle
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a FANTASTIC story! N.M. Thorn has created something special that the literary world needed. This goes to show that Indie Authors have just as much talent or even more than traditionally published writers. First off, I LOVED the characters. Zane, a.k.a the fire salamander, is such a dynamic character. His movements. His speech. His thoughts. All of them are realistic, and I enjoyed them. Second off, I really like a story that has folklore and mythology in its bones. It really does help to bu ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zane Burns,a conflicted being of immense power is the fire lizard of myth.A loss of control will burn down entire cities and so he keeps the fire banked within until gods and various dark entities ignite his rage into a seething inferno.This book is a start of what should be an intoxicating series.It deserves six burning stars.
Pam Collins
Sep 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing

I highly recommend this phenomenal book to readers who love reading thrilling Fantasy with uber supernatural characters who kick@$$. Enjoy!
Shayla Morgansen
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Part urban fantasy, part supernatural adventure, part paranormal investigation, this first book in Zane Burns' story introduces a richly detailed world in which every monster, being and legend you've ever heard of runs wild in our world behind the veil of ignorance. Through alternating points of view, a complex plot emerges, with everyone's motives impacting and influencing the outcome. My favourite character hands down was Mishka, the sassy wyvern, and I look forward to the remainder of the ser ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, I normally go for FMCs and I didn't know what a fire salamander was. Now I completely adore N.M. Thorns creation: a small man with a huge heart and a quick wit that had me giggling throughout. Meet Gunz.

This book was action packed and full of twists until the very last scene. N.M. Thorn makes every single character jump off the page and come to life, complete with witty lines and some hilarious scenes that had me laughing out loud on the tra
J.D. Groom
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great introduction to a world where myths and legends collide with day-to-day and are brought to life in an intricate web of lies, deceit, trust and honour.
I really enjoyed getting to know Zane and his complex character, he’s not your typical alpha male hero, which made him even more intriguing. And, don’t get me started on Mishka. He quickly became a firm favourite who I can’t wait to see more of!
Recommended reading for anyone who loves fantasy and paranormal but would like to try something w
Karin Aston
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying this is a GREAT story. It follows Zane Burns, aka Gunz, an average guy who works for the FBI as a consultant. He just happens to be assigned to a supernatural task force as more and more things are happening in Florida that can’t be explained. When I say he’s an average guy, I mean that he’s of medium height and build with nothing exceptional about him. Apart from the fact that he’s a Fire Salamander — which is very rare and unusual even in the supernatural world.
When seve
Douglas S. Pierce
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Sizzling Adventure!

From the moment we meet Zane Burns, aka Gunz, where he has to fend off the unwanted amorous intentions of a succubus to the end of this rousing tale, the reader is immersed in hidden world of magick, legendary monsters, and ancient gods all seeking to make their own way in the modern setting of South Florida.

In this first book in her series, Thorn takes all of our expectations for an urban fantasy adventure tale and lights them on fire, in a fun and exciting way. She finds a
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Burns Fire is a solid first book to a promising and immersive world filled with scads of supernatural beings of varying epic proportions.

I was initially drawn to this series by the concept of the Fire Salamander—which obviously isn’t your normal run-of-the-mill supernatural being. Admittedly, I didn’t even realize that a ‘fire salamander’ is a real animal until I did a quick Google search. The more you know!

My favorite character was without a doubt Mishka. His interactions with Zane were al
Markus Matthews
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A flaming good read!

Zane Burns is a Fire Elemental who is a consultant for the FBI on cases that are paranormal in origin. When dead bodies begin turning up around town, he is called in to look into what is causing these mysterious deaths. He soon finds that a powerful dark entity is behind the murders and he will need all of his wits and skills to stop it.

The Burns Fire was well written and edited. The pacing was top-notch, and the cast of characters were interesting and diverse. I especially l
The Lusty Literarians
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it

The Burns Fire is a great story for fans of Urban Fantasy. I found the story witty and engaging, for the most part. Some parts were a little slow and the story was a little long, but overall I found it interesting. For a first novel in a series I think the author did a pretty good job. Some parts threw me off though. Tessa was overly emotional and prone to needless outbursts. She was strong and independent and then other times she was incredibly immature. She grew tiresome after a while. Some ot
Nicholas Gagnier
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic debut book! I met N.M. Thorn on social media and took a chance on her book. I wasn’t sorry. This is a thrilling adventure with believable characters, a thrilling plot and some lesser-explored Slavic mythology, which it shares in part with the ever-popular Witcher series.

Real characters can sell any concept, and it is here that Thorn just does that, using her mix of paranormal characters in a realistic setting. This is mostly true of main protagonist Zane (aka Gunz) as he weaves throu
John-Torleif  Harris
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good first book in this series, but I have a lot of questions

I found Tessa's reactions to both Aiden and Gunz to be a bit melodramatic and way over the top. She had absolutely no history of being betrayed, or systematically lied to, and yet her reactions weren't those of a normal person, rather they were of a character who had an almost PTSD episode due to perfectly rational omissions that were in place to protect normal humans.

Also, how did Gwyn ap Nudd give Aiden the tools that he needed to de
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thrilling tale full of engrossing plots and compelling characters. I was especially impressed with the originality of the main character as well as the choice to delve into the less-often used Slavic pantheon. However, while I thoroughly enjoyed the book, there were a number of grammatical quirks which occasionally took me out of the story when they (though at times technically correct) didn't ring true with modern speech (if N.M. Thorn reads this the use of "neither" - both without "nor" and to ...more
Marianne Boutet
A fire salamander? How very interesting! Not your usual shifter or vampire book (although there are both showing up here and there while the story is developing). I am sad to say I couldn't give it a full 5 stars, but there were misspellings and bad grammar here and there - enough to disrupt the mood of reading. Also, there was lots of info-dumping, where "background information" broke the flow of a scene (now where were we when this explanation started?). Nevertheless, an entertaining read, and ...more
Kara Weaver
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book took me on a ride from the moment I opened the book and started reading. There's no long introduction; the action starts almost straight away, and continues until the last page. The start of the book is an amazing retelling of Irish folklore, beautifully interwoven with Slavic Folklore, magic, fairytales, paramilitary and killer martial arts. N.M. Thorn's storytelling is so compelling it leaves you wanting for more at the end of the book. ...more
Mikki Noble
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed all the characters in this book and the concept of a fire salamander was different and pretty darn cool. Thorn had me guessing a lot-so much so, that I just had to finish the story in one day. She weaves a fiery, magical tale that was interested until the last page. Can't wait for book two!

Definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action, well-developed characters and the supernatural.
Pamela Cunningham
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in The Fire Salamander Chronicles

This was a great start to a new supernatural/paranormal series I really liked the world building in this book . And of course the main character was likable and interesting plus the side characters where good too . But Tessa OMG she was not my favorite I get that she is young and that she has been through some rough times but beck was she annoying . Anyway I'm looking forward to the next book in this series .
Nannette Kreitzman
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read for lovers of urban fantasy!

The Burns Fire is a story rich in complexity and diverse characters. Thorn seamlessly brings an array of monsters, witches, and mythical creatures into a contemporary setting to fight the age old battle between good and evil. I was drawn to the characters’ personal plights and I look forward to what challenges they will face in the continuing story.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Burns Fire, the Fire Salamander chronicles, follows Gunz, aka Zane Burns, through his journey in modern day South Florida. An action packed urban fantasy adventure, this book takes the reader through both ancient and modern times. Thank you, N.M. Thorn, I couldn't put down the book until the last page. ...more
N.P. Martin
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast-paced, interesting and compelling read. It's filled with folklore and mythology which greatly helps to give it some depth, and being Irish myself, I obviously appreciated the Irish folklore and retelling of Celtic myths. The characters are also real and believable, the dialogue well done. Overall, a grand start to a great new series. ...more
James Hill
Jul 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is good. I would have liked some more history about Gunn, the main character. Gunz is a fire salamander who returns to earth. He has to stay out of trouble for five days. But of course that does not happen. He saves a young lady from demons and gets caught up in an adventure that could destroy the planet if he fails.
Brittany Goodman
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting story

This story is very interesting. Action packed and i love Gunz. The other characters grow on me too but Gunz is my favorite. Mishka is a close second. Has some mild profanity. No sex although there are run ins with succubi, heavy kisses and a closed door.
Curly's  Ramblings
Jan 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Nice introductory story involving a young (28 year old but new to the supernatural) Fire salamander and his work with the FBI trying to keep humans safe from the sup world. The storyline and characters are interesting and entertaining. Plenty of action and twists to keep my wayward attention.
Robert Berg
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great new series

Quite enjoyable read, very interesting and unusual plot. Great characters. I’m Glad that there will be a sequel soon hopefully.
Kimberly Williams
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good book.

Great start for a series. Looking forward to the next book.
Like the snarky comments throughout the story. Keeps things I teresting.
martyn harley
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it

A nice read with good pace and action, supernaturals ,fighting and martial arts looking forward to seeing the story progress .
Helen Valentine
May 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
First time that I have read this author and loving it.
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N.M. Thorn currently lives in South Florida with her husband and son. Owner of a digital marketing agency by day and a writer by night, she loves spending her times creating new worlds, paranormal planes of existence and anything that could be described as supernatural.

When she is not busy working with everything digital or exploring fantasy worlds, she enjoys spending time with her family, readi

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