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Two children escape the darkness of their underground dwellings, to find adventure, magic and terrible danger await anyone who ventures above ground. Fifteen years have passed since Mother Sun last sent her children to walk the world. When the eclipse comes, the people retreat to the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness while the Fire Children exp Two children escape the darkness of their underground dwellings, to find adventure, magic and terrible danger await anyone who ventures above ground. Fifteen years have passed since Mother Sun last sent her children to walk the world. When the eclipse comes, the people retreat to the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness while the Fire Children explore their world. It's death to even look upon them, the stories say. Despite the warnings, Yulla gives in to her curiosity and ventures to the surface. There she witnesses the Witch Women -- who rumors say worship dead Father Sea, rather than Mother Sun -- capturing one of the Children and hauling her away. Yulla isn't the only one who saw the kidnapping; Ember, the last of the Fire Children, reveals himself to Yulla and implores her to help. Trapped up above and hunted by the witches and the desert wind, Yulla and Ember must find a way free his siblings and put a stop to the Witch Womens' plans, before they can use the Fire Children to bind Mother Sun herself.


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Two children escape the darkness of their underground dwellings, to find adventure, magic and terrible danger await anyone who ventures above ground. Fifteen years have passed since Mother Sun last sent her children to walk the world. When the eclipse comes, the people retreat to the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness while the Fire Children exp Two children escape the darkness of their underground dwellings, to find adventure, magic and terrible danger await anyone who ventures above ground. Fifteen years have passed since Mother Sun last sent her children to walk the world. When the eclipse comes, the people retreat to the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness while the Fire Children explore their world. It's death to even look upon them, the stories say. Despite the warnings, Yulla gives in to her curiosity and ventures to the surface. There she witnesses the Witch Women -- who rumors say worship dead Father Sea, rather than Mother Sun -- capturing one of the Children and hauling her away. Yulla isn't the only one who saw the kidnapping; Ember, the last of the Fire Children, reveals himself to Yulla and implores her to help. Trapped up above and hunted by the witches and the desert wind, Yulla and Ember must find a way free his siblings and put a stop to the Witch Womens' plans, before they can use the Fire Children to bind Mother Sun herself.

30 review for The Fire Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Rating: 2/5 Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher, Rebellion, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ***Minor spoilers*** This book had an interesting idea but I feel that the delivery wasn't all that it could've been. While it had an interesting concept, I found myself quite bored for a long while. I think the reason is that folklore isn't really my kind of genre, so that aspect of the book didn't really draw me in. This book follows a 15 year old girl named Y Rating: 2/5 Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher, Rebellion, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ***Minor spoilers*** This book had an interesting idea but I feel that the delivery wasn't all that it could've been. While it had an interesting concept, I found myself quite bored for a long while. I think the reason is that folklore isn't really my kind of genre, so that aspect of the book didn't really draw me in. This book follows a 15 year old girl named Yulla who lives in a world where the people worship Mother Sun and Sister Moon. When there is an eclipse, this initiates the "Darktimes" where everyone goes down into the pitch black cellars underneath the city and waits for the eclipse to be over while Mother Sun's children made of fire roam the city. At the beginning of the book, Yulla experiences her first Darktimes since she was born. I found this book extremely boring for a large portion of it. I found the characters pretty boring and extremely lifeless. I did enjoy the worldbuilding of everything but it wasn't enough to make up for how boring I found the book. It did start getting better and more interesting at around the 80% mark, but by then I had already decided that I didn't really like this book. While I enjoyed the end, it felt like too little too late. Overall, I found this book too boring for my liking, but it picked up at the end. If you're into books with lots of folklore I would recommend that you give it a try, but if you're indifferent to the genre I don't think that you would like this book very much.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    Imaginative and rewarding, this is a book I would hand to my daughter if I had one. I loved the premise, the adventure, and the friendship -- all wrapped up in a creative folktale, filled with universal truths.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (Books and Ladders)

    This review and more on Books and Ladders Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I don't know where to start with this one. The premise was really good to me but the execution left me wanting more. There was a lot of information about the folk-lore and mythology, but it seemed like it just scratched the surface of what there should be. I wasn't sure that there was much in the way of plot either, but that could have been overlooked if some aspects had been This review and more on Books and Ladders Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I don't know where to start with this one. The premise was really good to me but the execution left me wanting more. There was a lot of information about the folk-lore and mythology, but it seemed like it just scratched the surface of what there should be. I wasn't sure that there was much in the way of plot either, but that could have been overlooked if some aspects had been better. I felt that the characters had no depth. They all had very similar personalities and seemed to be so boring to me. I found myself not really caring what happened to them and whenever new things occurred, like the fire not burning Yulla's skin, I was like oh neato that is convenient. And the "romance" was weird to me. It seemed more like he wanted to experiment than actually liking her. The world is so interesting and yet so underdeveloped in my opinion. There could have been so much more written and said about the world that I would have liked to know. I think if the plot had been more developed, the world would have been more developed as well. I found that once Yulla came above ground, I stopped caring. There was too much that wasn't explained and didn't make sense for me to follow the course of action and left me distracted and not really paying attention. Overall: 3/5. I think this one could have been really good, but just ended up being sort of meh.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I really, really loved this book, to the point where it's difficult for me to articulate all the reasons why without this feeling like a shopping list. So, the big three, then. First, the city of Kaladim. When so many historical fantasy stories are set in Europe lookalikes, the Arabian Nights feel of this world is refreshingly unique on its own. But then it goes even further, with the Darktimes, Mother Sun, and her titular Fire Children. I've never read a setting quite like it, save perhaps Sala I really, really loved this book, to the point where it's difficult for me to articulate all the reasons why without this feeling like a shopping list. So, the big three, then. First, the city of Kaladim. When so many historical fantasy stories are set in Europe lookalikes, the Arabian Nights feel of this world is refreshingly unique on its own. But then it goes even further, with the Darktimes, Mother Sun, and her titular Fire Children. I've never read a setting quite like it, save perhaps Saladin Ahmed's "Throne of the Crescent Moon". It felt both wondrous and grounded in a reality that, while strange to us, makes perfect sense to them. Second, the protagonist Yulla. She's clearly written for a YA audience, but I never once felt like I was being treated like a kid. She's thrust into a grown-up situation with high stakes, and has to overcome overwhelming challenges with just her wits and her courage. Her arc is one that adults can easily enjoy, just like I did. Finally, the witch-women. I can't say too much about them without the risk of spoilers, so let me simply say: yikes. There are no kid gloves being worn here, no punches being pulled. So, uh, yeah. This is a great book, with just as much for adult fans of fantasy as for teens. Go read it. You won't regret it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    PC

    Check author’s name and research whether this is a legend Let yourself be whisked away to Kaladim, immerse yourself in the exotic world that Lauren Roy evokes, taste the figs and plums and the flat breads, meet Yulla’s wonderful family, feel Yulla’s curiosity, experience her taste of first love and share her heroism and adventure as she tries to save the fire children from the witch women. I read this book in one hit and to be honest I have never read a story so different or wonderful or heart-wa Check author’s name and research whether this is a legend Let yourself be whisked away to Kaladim, immerse yourself in the exotic world that Lauren Roy evokes, taste the figs and plums and the flat breads, meet Yulla’s wonderful family, feel Yulla’s curiosity, experience her taste of first love and share her heroism and adventure as she tries to save the fire children from the witch women. I read this book in one hit and to be honest I have never read a story so different or wonderful or heart-warming. The story itself has the ring of an Eastern legend that has been beautifully crafted. It is a magic carpet of a ride through pages oozing with such rich imagery that you cannot fail to feel that you are there, with Yulla, with the fire children. I am in awe of this story. A fantastic story for any age to enjoy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    roxi Net

    Strangely reminded me of Clan of the Cavebear and I'm not sure why, but maybe it could be due to the primitive way society is described (primitive but not in a bad way at all). I really did enjoy reading The Fire Children and would most-likely read more of Ms. Roy's novels

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leisa Feda

    I really enjoyed the book. As I read it I felt like I was sitting in front of a fire with a storyteller spinning a tall tale. It was a very fast read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anjie

    This review was originally posted on my blog: Love thy Shelf I hate giving low ratings to books, much more so books that have yet to be released. In all honesty, I think that the idea of the book, the overall plot was interesting and totally different but the execution wasn’t all there. The writing wasn’t effective for me. There was a lot of detail and not that much dialogue. While the world building was great, the writing fell flat for me. I started it once before and it didn’t quite grasp my at This review was originally posted on my blog: Love thy Shelf I hate giving low ratings to books, much more so books that have yet to be released. In all honesty, I think that the idea of the book, the overall plot was interesting and totally different but the execution wasn’t all there. The writing wasn’t effective for me. There was a lot of detail and not that much dialogue. While the world building was great, the writing fell flat for me. I started it once before and it didn’t quite grasp my attention. I thought that it was just that time but when I started it up again, I felt the same way. It all very anticlimactic. I was just waiting for something to happen already. When something did happen and we finally get to read about the Fire Children and meet one of them, it started to pick up. Not by much but at least something was happening. Another problem that I did run across this book was that I couldn’t connect with the main character, Yulla. She was kind of bland at first but you grow to respect her character. She grows stronger and more courageous as the book progresses. She was born the last time the Fire Children descended upon Kaladim. I thought that something was going to happen with that and that there was a reason for it — some kind of foreshadowing. (Maybe that she was the one to meet Ember?) I actually liked Ember. He was so cute. Through him, we get to know more about Mother Sun, Sister Moon, Father Sea, and Mother Wind. He was great for world building. The antagonists were great — that I did enjoy. They were despicable and I wanted nothing more than their ends. The plot was good, too. I liked where the story headed and Ember and Yulla’s relationship. However, it wasn’t able to overshadow what I didn’t like in the book. I enjoyed the ending. I thought that it was great. I don’t know if there’s a sequel or anything like that but the ending felt really solid. I liked the decisions that were made and I can’t really say more without revealing anything. Final Thoughts: Fire Children wasn’t for me but that doesn’t mean it’s not for you. It’s worth a try. It really had an interesting concept. It will be published this coming Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Pre-order a copy of it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble or pick up a copy when it is released.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review! My review can also be found on our blog Paein and Ms4Tune This had a lovely old-folk tale air to it and the world-building was really good with lots of interesting details and stories within stories, but I found the pace really rather slow. The Blurb mentions that Yulle sees one of the Fire Children being kidnapped but this doesn't happen till about 30% of the way in. The story is quite sim Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review! My review can also be found on our blog Paein and Ms4Tune This had a lovely old-folk tale air to it and the world-building was really good with lots of interesting details and stories within stories, but I found the pace really rather slow. The Blurb mentions that Yulle sees one of the Fire Children being kidnapped but this doesn't happen till about 30% of the way in. The story is quite simple in that its rather obvious what is going to happen and there is only one real issue which is really slowly built up towards but seems rather quickly resolved. The characters were good. Yulle was easily likeable. Her sister, not so much. She switched so quickly from being nice to being cruel and back again. I didn't really understand her. Ember was sweet and I found the Fire Children really interesting with their flaming skin that they could control. I wasn't sure about the relationship that developed between Yulle and Ember, it seemed a little insta-love like. The Witch-women were a little one-dimensional. I think this was just because we didn't really get to understand them and saw one side of them, the cruel side as they captured and tortured the Fire Children. They seemed a little deluded as they really hadn't thought their plan through. I didn't understand many of their actions or logic but it made for an entertaining ending. I think the thing I liked the most about Fire Children was the stories about the Sun and the Moon, the Sun and the Sea, the Sea and the Wind. It was all so pretty and poetic and the way they were described and told by Yulle was interesting. Overall I found this an ok story with interesting little touches that were sweet but I must admit there were parts that I found myself skim reading to keep the pace moving. This would make a good Middle-Grader's book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maia Moore

    *I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* I didn't really read the blurb or anything going into this so I had no idea what it was about. Overall, I did enjoy it, but I wasn't really bowled over. My favourite thing was the world it was set in: there was so much folk-lore and history dropped about (not info-dumpy at all) and I just wanted to know more about it. The book started off strong for me. It was easy to get into and I found it fascinating just to see the way t *I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* I didn't really read the blurb or anything going into this so I had no idea what it was about. Overall, I did enjoy it, but I wasn't really bowled over. My favourite thing was the world it was set in: there was so much folk-lore and history dropped about (not info-dumpy at all) and I just wanted to know more about it. The book started off strong for me. It was easy to get into and I found it fascinating just to see the way they prepared for and got used to spending long periods of time in absolute darkness. It's such an interesting idea. I enjoyed Yulla's narration and found her to be a very realistic and likeable character. Her relationship with her sister was my favourite - as someone with three sisters, it felt very real: bickering and teasing but with a lot of love underneath it all. I started to lose interst a little when Yulla came above ground. It's a shame, because this should have been the really interesting, exciting part, but I found it a litle action heavy and hard to follow, and had to force myself to get through some bits. I thought the actual Fire Children were really fun to read about, especially seeing the way Ember and Yulla interacted with each other, as he's basically a demi-god to her. But the romance side of their relationship felt a little weird and quite sudden: not really insta-love as such, it just moved from awkwardness to kissing pretty quick. This is an enjoyable fantasy read with a briliant, beautiful setting in a world I'd really like to read more of. The adventure side of it fell a little short for me, but I think others will really enjoy it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Desmond

    Got an ARC from Net Galley. The cover and title got my attention. I think this is a cool cover and I liked the title. I started reading and made it to page 19. Maybe things pick up but I honestly don't feel like reading the rest of this book even though it is really short. It just doesn't seem to be for me. It just didn't capture my interest. I'm able to put down a book if I can't get into it. I see no need to force myself to read a book when there are so many other books out there to experience Got an ARC from Net Galley. The cover and title got my attention. I think this is a cool cover and I liked the title. I started reading and made it to page 19. Maybe things pick up but I honestly don't feel like reading the rest of this book even though it is really short. It just doesn't seem to be for me. It just didn't capture my interest. I'm able to put down a book if I can't get into it. I see no need to force myself to read a book when there are so many other books out there to experience and enjoy. Maybe I'm dumb but I felt like I was missing something. I'm not sure why the people in this book would pack up all of their belongings and put them in the basement while the fire children came down and stayed in their homes. I suppose things could become clearer later on in the book but I don't feel like finding out. I'm not even sure what this book is about. None of the characters stood out to me in any sort of way. http://www.ficgal.com/book-club/the-f...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hana

    3.5 Meh. For the most part I enjoyed this book but I didn't think it was anything special. I really liked the premise and the folktale-like story but I had a few problems. I felt that the characters were really one-dimensional. They didn't have much of a personality and weren't very unique. I couldn't make a connection to them which is something I look for in books. The world building needed some work as well. The world the book takes place in is really interesting and I would have loved to learn 3.5 Meh. For the most part I enjoyed this book but I didn't think it was anything special. I really liked the premise and the folktale-like story but I had a few problems. I felt that the characters were really one-dimensional. They didn't have much of a personality and weren't very unique. I couldn't make a connection to them which is something I look for in books. The world building needed some work as well. The world the book takes place in is really interesting and I would have loved to learn more about it! However, the book only scratches the surface of the background. The plot was also a bit underdeveloped. The story was too easily resolved and not much happened. Overall, I did enjoy The Fire Children but it needs work. I recieved this from NetGalley for review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Misha Herwin

    A brilliantly conveyed world. I've never read anything like this before and found it totally convincing. My only problem with this book was that Yulla, the main character, seemed far too young for her fifteen years. I was also slightly confused by the ending. I'll say no more as I don't want to spoil it for anyone reading. I would however recommend this book to anyone who likes YA fantasy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marie -The Reading Otter

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Starcatbooks

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  18. 4 out of 5

    RumHounds

  19. 4 out of 5

    Abdisidnoor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I Like really like this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Donna M.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debra Wedding

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah-Jayne Briggs

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

  24. 5 out of 5

    Noellyn Merante

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shadow

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

  29. 5 out of 5

    Penelope

  30. 5 out of 5

    Geek Chick

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