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Until All Curses Are Lifted

(Heart Of Fire #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The laws are enforced by magic.
If you break the law, you’re cursed.
But the rich and powerful twisted the laws to allow for… exceptions.

Marshal has been cursed since birth for his unknown father’s crimes. When he discovers he’s also heir to immense magical power, he must flee for his life. His half-brother wants the power for himself and has hired an assassin to pursue
Kindle Edition, 438 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Warpsteel Press
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Frankie Lovely
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5/5 stars

This book is a glorious winged beast leaping from the nest before it is quite ready to fly.

In short ... underdeveloped.

This story was every bit of promising, every element that makes up an incredible story was present ... almost. Where this book fell short was in the writing. I honestly fell like this is a problem with not enough revisions, not enough editing, and not enough people being critical with their reviews. Which is actually quite tragic ... because this story, this world, t
Susan The Book Dragon Campton
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday my Fellow Book Dragons, where all things Odd, Weird, Fantastical or Otherwise come to roost. Happy Thanksgiving Eve to my Fellow Book Dragons from the US of A. Our Gem this evening is perfectly round, crystal clear, perfect in it’s aspect. It’s light comes from within. It resembles the Crystal Balls of that other race, the Mage, and for good reason. This is from whence it comes. Isn’t it beautiful? The Mage it came from is Tim Frankovich. If you look into it’s cent ...more
Anne Monteith
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I have high expectations for this author, his writing will improve and I look forward to the next book in the series. This book would have been so much better with a little editing; the world, the characters and the horribly flawed magic system is great. However, the journey that was undertaken was so long even if it did allow some of the characters to grow tremendously.

Curses are put upon the innocent for crimes committed by their father; the High Lords of the lands did this so they wouldn’t ha
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars
I really loved reading this. The characters were interesting to follow in equal measure. It has good pacing. The magic is tied to the laws so when one commits a crime, they get cursed in punishment. There were various implications of this explored. The magic system is interesting and different from what I've read. It has an interesting world that will hold your attention. There is also the theme of disability so there are certain relevant conversations discussed. It was just the thing t
Brigitte Sprung
Apr 28, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a world where all crimes have real and debilitating consequences. The laws of the land ties in with a system of Curses and Bindings. When a person commits a crime, the land curses them. These curses are anything from impotency to malformed limbs. But, the Lords believe themselves above such a system. So they designed a loophole so that all curses that should land on them land on their children instead.

Enter our main character, Marshal. He has been cursed with the inability to communicat
Veronica Marshall
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, action
Until All curses are lifted is an amazing story. When lords can twist the horrible curses they put on people however catch is it effects their children. When Aelia Marshal's Mom local town healer was forced against her will by a Noble and cursed however the curse went to her child. It is one special unique kind. He is mute, whatever is taught to him he can't remember after a while especially communication. Marshall is also bullied a lot and can't back himself up.

However he can remember responses
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Thank you NetGalley for the free copy. This is an honest review.

RATING - 4/5

Marshal is born cursed. He cannot speak, and can barely communicate. He manages to communicate by nodding/shaking his head, and sometimes has trouble remembering this as well. His mother is his world, because no one else has made the effort to understand or befriend him.

Seri is training to be a mage at Zes Sivas. Her goal is to become the first female mage ever. She quickly becomes friends with her fellow acolytes, and
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
It took me some time to finish reading this book, but it was because this was one of those books that had the potential to be a magnificent dragon, but the egg cracked. And what we got was a broken-winged Nemo dragon.

Throughout the book, I kept cursing, “What in all Hell?” I kept saying, “Why didn’t you spend more time developing this character? I love him, but is sounds constipated?” The world felt real, but the characters in parts were so well-crafted to fall short in other parts. Oh, but I lo
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a good *light* epic fantasy! The magic system is incredibly intricate, with both pros and cons that really define each character and/or define the relationships between them.

The great Lords of the land figured out a workaround to the Magic consequence so they are free to do wrongs but others pay the price. Crimes committed against others result in a "curse" but, in contrast, any good deed resulting in saving another results in a 'bind,' which, can be good or bad depending on the sit
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

As said before, a lot of reviews already review the plot of this epic fantasy. Marshal who is cursed because his mother was raped by one of the Lord of the lands, that manipulated the magical system to their hands. The Lords can do whatever they want because the curses falls onto the victims. I really like the world building and the system of Bonding and Curses. But tying the magic into the Lord of the Lands hav
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars

Well. I've just finished the book, and I'm buzzing. I had to pee so bad, but I couldn't put it down. The beginning of this book was a bit slow, it took me at least 50% to get really into it. From probably about 70% to the finish it was absolutely excellent.

Marshal, man the crap you've gone through. I hope you get some joy in the next book. You deserve it.

Seri, seeing your powers grow gave me this strong female thrill like, yeah this chick kicks ass. Yes she will hand
Lisa Apolonio
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book transported me to a world of magic, deception, curses, assassins, devotion and true love. The story is told from two perspectives, at times a third is added, both leading to major roles for this book.

We are led on a journey led by a young man and his accomplices to find a cure for curses. He runs into obstacles along the way and finds a mystery to his life he wasn't aware of. At every turn there is some sort of trial or tribulation for this young man and his strength is tested time an
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I recieved a free copy of this book booksirens in exchange for an honest review.

I found this really interesting book. I had no idea where it was going and loved it! It did not fall under any usual rules and was nothing like I had every read before. The concept of people being cursed when commiting a crime, was very clever, it was interesting how people treated each other with this hanging over their heads. There was also bindings which happened if you saved someone's life or helped them in a sig
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, fantasy-epic
This is the first book I have read by Tim Frankovich, but it certainly won't be the last.

I have given Until All Curses Are Lifted (Heart of Fire Book 1) only a 4 Star rating because of the secondary storyline, as up until the last few chapters in the book, it felt like I was reading two different books at once.

Where I did enjoy the book enough to purchase Until All Bonds Are Broken (Heart of Fire Book 2), I must admit to becoming annoyed when Marshal's story was really ramping up to suddenly be
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When this book was recommended to me, I expected it to be good. What I didn't expect was for it to be brilliant!

Epic fantasy at its best, this is the first in a series that should win author Tim Frankovich a loyal following. From the map at the front of the book, to the assortment of characters coming together in a fellowship, to very specific magical and theological rules, all of the traditional epic fantasy elements are immediately apparent in Until All Curses Are Lifted. Frankovich, however,
Alicia Dowell
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I read the description I was excited to maybe find my next great epic fantasy read. This book did not disappoint! It took me a little longer than normal to get into it but once I was I couldn’t put it down!

The laws are enforced by magic.
If you break the law, you’re cursed.
But the rich and powerful twisted the laws to allow for… exceptions.

Marshal has been cursed since birth for his unknown father’s crimes. When he discovers he’s also heir to immense magical power, he must flee for his li
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book—and I don't say that very often! Until All Curses Are Lifted, by Tim Frankovich, is about magic—and society—gone horribly wrong. The magic system is incredible, unusual, and mangled. That is to say that the magic has been twisted in an effort to make life "fair," but (as with nearly all good things) people have contrived a way to abuse the system. How does one get around a system that curses the innocent and punishes good deeds? Worse, this broken magic is breaking the world…

Beba Andric
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely spectacular! After reading the blurb, I expected an interesting read but nothing prepared me for such a spectacular epic saga! Like a Mozart symphony, it started off slowly, building the characters and the world around them, giving a wonderful descriptive insight into all. It just builds and builds and the crescendo is earth shattering! The story of Marshall, his mother and Victor took my on an unparalleled journey, immersing me entirely and thoroughly. And then there's Seri, who sets ...more
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Until all curses are lifted was a great adventure novel. I was particularly intrigued by the world and its governing principles. This is a world built around the principle of retribution or what we may even call karma. Basically, you reap what you sow. And obviously, to make things more interesting there are still people who managed to go around this governing principle.

While le world building was great, I was still a bit more disappointed with the character development which felt a bit lacking.
Paul Allard
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reasonably interesting fantasy novel. Is it YA?

This partly original tale revolves around two main characters: Marshal, who is cursed, and Seri training to be a mage. Their parallel stories develop throughout the plot as they both encounter interesting characters who join them in their journey, physical and magical. Political machinations and power struggles also feature and there are also otherworldly beings getting involved. I didn’t find the last part of the book very satisfying which has clou
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story grabbed me from the beginning with the plight of Marshall. The story has an intricate cast of characters that are well developed. The pacing is just right. It gives me a sense of the mystery and adventure while giving me little crumbs to figure it out.

Now that I have come to the conclusion, I know that I will be in mourning from the loss of my new friends and crave their return as many craved the Starshine.

If you’ve read Kristin Cashore’s Graceling series, Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Until All Curses Are Lifted is a solid epic YA fantasy. The characters are well-written, the world is fascinating and the story is refreshing. I look forward to seeing more of it in the sequel when it’s released. I would recommend it to any epic fantasy fan, both teenagers and adults. It would be especially enjoyable for readers that like hybrid magic systems.

My full review can be found here
Catherine Woodville
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This author was new to me and to be honest I did not expect a lot, but I was pleasantly surprised! From the very beginning the story grabs your attention and does not let you put the book away until you finish it. I loved the adventures the main characters went through. The magic laws were very interesting, too. I loved the book and looking forward to read what happens next!
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Until All Curses Are Lifted is an epic high fantasy tale with sci-fi over-tones.
Both the Six Lands of Antises and the Otherworld are very detailed and well crafted. The world building here is quite good. I love the complex magic system. It is thoroughly explained but leaves enough for growth and mystery.
The characters are just as complex and relatable. I connected with nearly everyone in this book. I did get a little confused with the different Otherworld folks. There seem to be a lot of them.
Heather Tietz
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A well written young adult fantasy novel that kept my interest thought the book. The world that the author created was very enjoyable and the two story lines kept me picking up the book every night. I am ready to read the next book in the series.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an epic book .

I will read more from this Author.

Good story with fine detail and great characters.

Hard to put down as the book draws you in .....

It made me feel like i was in the story as the main character .

cannot wait for more.
Heather Tietz
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written young adult fantasy novel that kept my interest thought the book. The world that the author created was very enjoyable and the two story lines kept me picking up the book every night. I am ready to read the next book in the series.
Rachelle Sperling
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a good surprise. It exceeded my expectations in every way. The characters, the layered plot, the creativity, the length of the story - I loved it all.
Helena Handbasket
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Truly excellent and heartbreaking. A unique magic system that ties into the culture in an absolutely fascinating way. Amazing world building.
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Tim Frankovich has been exploring fantastic worlds since third grade, when he cut up a grocery sack and drew a Godzilla-meets-superheroes story. Since then, he's gotten a little bit better at the writing part (not so much with the drawing).

His goal as a writer is to transport readers to another world, make them care deeply about characters in dire situations, and guide them deeper into life itsel

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