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The Emerald Flame

(Destiny's Path #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  803 ratings  ·  61 reviews

Branwen has finally accepted that the Shining Ones have chosen her to save her country from the Saxon invaders. But the next stage in her journey includes a seemingly impossible mission, and the path before her is filled with darkness and danger. Branwen, and with each step she takes, she is being pulled farther from the life she once knew -
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2009)
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Janus the Erudite Artist
This series started out a bit bland with Warrior Princess so I was skeptical to continue the rest of it. However, when I read Destiny’s Path and found myself enjoying it, I had high hopes for Emerald Flame. Sadly, I was disappointed. I thought it would be the finale for the series but apparently there’s a next book. I would have liked that idea if somehow this book had given me the same thriving endearment that I’ve felt with Destiny’s Path. However, Emerald Flame fell short of it.

I enjoyed how
Regina Tam
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ok so this is the third book in the series and usually by the third book is if its not getting better i drop the series. Emerald Flame was in the middle of the road for me. Heres the break down of what i liked and didn't like....

-Branwen is finally taking some initiative with her destiny
-Her merry band of friends have some nice bonding
-We get to see some of her cool fighting skills
-Iwan shows he likes Branwen by saying or doing random sweet things (likey)
-interesting interactions with the
OK well, I like this series so far but I was hoping it would come to an end. I know Authors like to milk it these days with trilogy's but More then three books and I get frustrated. This book is just another long quest with little about the characters and no forward movement in their lives. I hate middle books for that reason, most of the time there just fluff.You stick and 4 and 5 in their and I just want to scream from the non movement. So don't expect any relationships to move forward this bo ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
I feel like the character isn't learning and growing the way that I enjoy seeing. Somehow the story seems a little stagnant.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although this series started out slow, it has culminated in a fitting battle with an unexpected villain and fine adventure along the way.

We find out merry band of travelers being tasked with a new quest and once again Branwyn must decide whether to continue down the path of the Shining Ones or turn away... I appreciated that the author finally skipped over the drama of this decision because by this point if she doesn't listen, bad things happen... there are some fun magic trinkets and you never
Tara Symkoviak
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance
This book was soooo good! I feel that this book and the 2nd book "Destiny's Path" were tied as the best. I would suggest reading the first book and the second book (if you haven't read the first and the second books) to get what is going on in this book. This book is very clean, and has a good message/content to it. I would recommend this book to anyone, and anyone who likes wars, contentions, destiny's, and warriors.
Terry Marine
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. If you love tough girls, you'll love it too. My favorite tough girls in reverse order: #8 Helen of Troy by Esther Friesner, #7 Imogen by Sarah Skilton. #6 Dred by Ann Aguirre, #5 Keladry by Tamora Pierce, #4 Koko by Kieran Shea, #3 Lady Ilena by Patricia Malone, #2 Kimi by Maya Snow/Healy... and number one is Branwen by Frewin Jones.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
An ok book series but not good enough to spend money for the fourth book.
Bec (booktineus)
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, tbr-pile
It's been a good 2-3 years since I read the first two books in this series, and I have been waiting patiently for the chance to read this novel ever since. Not that I noticed the time gap when I started reading Merion of the Stones, I was sucked immediately into the ancient Scottish (I think) world. It felt like I had never left Branwen and her band of warriors. One of the reasons this happened is probably the beautiful language in the novel. When I'm reading I can see the scene almost perfectly ...more
Paige (Arya)
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
he Chosen One of the Shining Ones, Branwen ap Griffith, continues the journey toward her destiny alongside her loyal followers. However, Branwen's plans to join the people of her homelands in their war against the Saxon invaders has once again been put on hold. The Shining Ones have a new task for Branwen: find the relic holding the wind god Caradoc prisoner and return it to Merion of the Stones. As if rescuing a god isn't hard enough, Caradoc's prison is in the very heart of the Saxon's main ca ...more
Tibby (she/her)
If you went by the cover of this book with it's attractive model, her flowing gown and the pretty swirly font you would think you were in for some light historical romance. Chic-lit set in the early years of Brython. You would be wrong. So very, very wrong.

I have really enjoyed this series. Normally I am under impressed with sequels, but these have all been very strong. The stories are a mix of character development and heavy action plot. Something I am not personally averse to. There is even s
Another awesome instalment to the Warrior Princess series.

In this instalment Branwen ap Griffith and her gang of warriors have to travel to see Merion of the Stones, one of the Shining Ones. The old crone has given Branwen ap Griffith a task that's basically suicide. To travel the heart of a saxon town called Chester and rescue Merion of the Stone brother, Caradoc of the North Wind whose been imprisoned in something that even Merion of the Stone doesn't know. Along their journey they fight a ma
Jules Goud
So Branwen now has to find Shining One #3. And when she does find Shining One #3, she finds another journey and a bunch more bloody battles to fight.

The romance was kind of keyed down but it did get to the point where I just wanted to yell at certain somebodies to just spit it out and tell him/her how they felt. There were little gestures, and it was interesting to the potential for a love triangle that isn't being used. Go Jones!

The plot had a lot more secrets and a couple interesting turn of e
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, ya, fantasy
Review also on: http://tarnishedmirrorsreviews.blogsp...

The emerald flame is the third installment in the warrior princess series.

If you like your heroines' covered in blood and able to weld a sword and shield then this is the book for you. You won't find any pampered princesses within these pages! Branwen is our barbarian princess, who under instruction from the Shining Ones (gods) is dead set on riding her country of the murderous Saxons who threaten to overtake her beloved Wales.The gorgeous
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Madison Year 9

Branwen, is a really strong heroine in this story, faced with the difficult task set by Merion of the Stones, an ancient God, in order to free her homeland. The task she faces is very difficult, she must face and kill one of the most feared warriors in the country. With her team by her side, Branwen sets off on this impossible mission, facing many fierce warriors along the way.

Branwen is such a terrific character, brave and powerful, a great role model. She is kind and th
Once again, Frewin Jones has spun a tale worth reading with Branwen and her friends. The pacing was wonderful and the writing style easily captured my imagination.

However, I was disappointed that there was such little romantic development. I expected a little more, as is implied. While there were definitely more-than-friendly feelings, even a few specific sections, Jones fails to develop this as much as I had hoped for.

Rhodri remains a good, steadfast friend through everything, and it's quite ha
Shilo Quetchenbach
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
And the trilogy comes to an end (of sorts) no more interesting than anything that has come before. One-sided, flat characters move through a predictable but mildly interesting story. Any growth or change that could have happened - and there was potential for this - was told to us by the author, rather than shown to us. Real growth or change of any character was insignificant. I would not read them again, nor would I buy them, certainly, but they made a light diversion for a weekend when I did no ...more
I really did try to love the series but I think I am just going to have to give up. THe book was not bad, an improvement over the first two by far but in the end it was the same old thing. Branwen refuses to accept her destiny as the chosen Warrior Child of the Shining Ones. She once agian is choosing to go her own way even though in the past each time she has done this it has proven to be a really bad idea. I don't think I will be reading the next book in the series anytime soon if at all. I ha ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adventure people
Recommended to Polak22 by: found it myself at the library
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Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
A worthwhile addition to the Warrior Princess series though the ending leads us to believe that there will be another book! I like that Branwen makes mistakes that have real consequences for her and that affect other characters in the book. I am waiting for some explanation of Iwan's behavior. I realize that he is in love with Branwen so antagonizing her best friend is a good way to show that? And he does it more than once. I will be really disappointed if we don't get a good explanation for thi ...more
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
To be honest, I didn't get past the halfway mark. I always try to get through at least half of every book I try, but if it's become too challenging at that point, I give up. I enjoyed the previous two installments of this series, but I became frustrated with the lack of progress, the repetition of action and little character development. The book just seemed to go on and on with no real exit strategy or payoff. I may try it again later, but I think I'll probably give the rest of the series a mis ...more
Branwen has been chosen by the Shining One's to free her people from the Saxon's that keep invading. When I got this book I didn't realize it was the middle of the series. It's the awkward volume where character development moves forward a little; relationships inch forward, but the real focus is on the action. It works as a stand alone tale, there is definitely a beginning middle and end but you know there is more of everything coming.

I might look into the rest of series. The characters were i
Dec 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Finally, something to keep my attention. I'm finally feeling like I have to know what's happening next. It still falls short of what a story like this could be. But I feel like everything was much better developed and thought through. It had more believable action bits, much better dialogue. I actually care for what happens to the characters. I was upset over the deaths, and the wounded. Something I really wasn't in the last two books.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This series did it again. I realy did enjoy this book, the first one was still the best but it was still enjoyable. I thought this book had a lot of good surprises at the end and if you read the first book just read them all. I still do think that Branwen and Iwan shoud actualy admit that they like each other because I know they do. This book is for ages 13 or 14 through 16 or 17. Happy Reading! I give it more of a 3.5.
Kathy Chung
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Like :

Fast paced.

More event happened.

New addition of characters .

Dislike :

The Shining Ones is not all powerful.

Others Saxon and Viking Gods entering the fight.

Branwen too weak as a leader. Always win by chance or luck

Branwen kept shouting about being The Emerald Flame of her people and etc after the battle...just anti-climax. Would be nicer if shouting something like this asking her people to follow her into battle instead.
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
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Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i have read warrior princess and destiny's path. after i finished destiny's path i knew i had to read the last one. comparing all the books the first one was my all time favorite but i LOVED the emerald flame. this is one of my favorite serious. it was different then the books i usually read but it turned out to be better than what i expected
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while 2 remember wat was going on again. Once I remembered it was easy 2 follow along and could really get into it. It us an awesome book and it leads on 2 a 4th book. Of course it the end the evil is defeated til they come bck l8r on
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
I didn't really like this book. It was super violent and didn't seem to have any closure. I'm not sure I want to read another book if they have one in this series. Overall I think it was a disappointment compared to the first book.
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it
What can I say I like books where the female character is strong and takes care of herself and if she can kick butt even better. I miss studying karate and reading about women who learn to fight and use their skill and minds to beat their opponent is great.
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This author has published under several versions of his name, including Allan Jones, Frewin Jones, and A.F. Jones. He has also published under the pen names Sam Hutton and Steven Saunders. ...more

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