A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five year...
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Phoenix Unbound Reviews
Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[Rape, sexual assault, kidnapping, murder, battle scenes (hide spoiler)]
Phoenix Unbound would not have been on my radar had it not been for my good blogging friend, Jess. I'm very grateful that she urged me to pick up this breathtaking read because what.a.ride. Adult fantasy novels with a strong focus on romance are rare but books like Phoenix Unbound demonstrate just how much potential the subgenre has. I hope this book opens the door to more fantasy romance bein ...more
What a freaking ride! This book was everything I wanted and more. I'm desperately hoping this is the beginning of a series because I need M-O-R-E!
So if any of you have seen me on Facebook, you know I've been harping about this book for a while now. I mean, Grace won me over with Radiance, so I know anything she writes is gold, but when she happened to mention researching kurgans (totally worth Wiki-ing if you've never heard of the term before) the psycho archaeology nut in me went rabi ...more
I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE TO READ AN ARC OF THIS
#JUSTSAYING #CANTBLAMEMEFORTRYING #NEED #NEEDNEEDNEED #ALSONEED
*** I received this book by the Penguin First To Read Program in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Ace Books for the oppertunity to read and review Phoenix Unbound! ***
Oh My, My My what a fantastic and amazing book Phoenix Unbound was for me, I can not describe how excited I was about reading this book. I heard nothing but amazing things about Grace Draven other books. I have read some of the reviews about Mrs. Draven other books and they were all highly praised and recommende ...more
“Home is among those who love you.”
Gilene is a fire witch who uses her power every year to disguise her appearance. The empire requires a sacrifice of young women. She goes every year to keep someone from her village from dying.
Their stares shifted briefly past her shoulder to where her family huddled together to watch her leave.
Not all shackles were fashioned of iron.
Azarion is a gladiator, sold into slavery by his cousin, who has become the best, but is looking for a way to go home to hi ...more
ARC REVIEW 4.5 stars
I’ve been a fan of Grace Draven for a few years and every time she writes a new book, I am certain that this is the best one ever. With hints of both Gladiator and Game of Thrones, this is an epic story about the Gladius Prime from the Krael Empire, Azarion and Gilene of Beroe. Azarion is sold into slavery and forced to fight in the gladiator arena. After 10 years, he finally finds his chance to escape during the annual Rites of Spring in which young women are burned at the s ...more
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I thought that this book was excellent. I had not read any of Grace Draven's work before picking this book up but I had heard a lot of really good things. Since the premise of this book appealed to me, I decided to give it a try which ended up being a very good decision. I made the mistake of starting this book just before I planned to go to sleep. I had planned to read just one chapter but the first chapter of this book blew me away ...more
This book hit all my book loving boxes. Life struggle, check. Hard earned, slowly developed romance, check. Difficultly with abilities (not a star right off page one), check. A fight for the greater good, check. Well developed characters with realistic backgrounds, check. I didn't want it to end, check.
Even the pacing was spot on. I stayed up way too late several nights, I just couldn't put it down. Seriously, why haven't I ever read this author's work before ?
The story is about a man ...more