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March 3, 2015

Liked It: Rising Fire by Terri Brisbin

Series: Stone Circle 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Source: Publisher
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
What if the standing stones and stone circles across the old Celtic world had a secret origin and use? What if some opened into another world? What if the goddess of fire was trapped beneath one?

Lovely and innocent, Brienne of Yester has always been able to manipulate fire, but when her powers suddenly surge, the simple life she once knew explodes.

Handsome, fearless, and commanding, William de Brus has been summoned by the king to investigate a nobleman rumored to have powers linked to the fabled fire goddess. When he chances upon Brienne, his desire for her is immediate. But as his mystical quest unfolds, William realizes that she is at the center of it — for Brienne possesses the very power he has been sent to vanquish....

As their attraction deepens, William attempts to free Brienne from the dark force beginning to control her — even when his duty demands that he treat her as an enemy. With emotions flaring, fire rising, and evil threatening at every turn, can the two lovers survive the coming battle and save all of humanity?





On paper, I love everything Terri Brisbin's RISING FIRE has to offer. An ancient curse unraveling, a prophecy about to be realized, unexpected heroes, vicious gods, Scotland in the dark ages. What's NOT to get excited over, right? 

RISING FIRE has an epic feel to it, and it's the first thing that drew me to the series. A kingdom appears to be the prize in this impending war that nobody knows is about to commence much less, prepared for. As the first book in a new series, RISING FIRE has the responsibility of making the proper introductions and establishing precedent for the series arc and conflict. 

Stone Circles is off to a great start. I always love it when the heroes are the underdogs, gives them a lot of room to improve and have stunning character developments. In RISING FIRE the heroes are the bastards of the King and the villain, Brienne and William, but it's not a forbidden love kind of thing. After all, nobody really cared for bastards back in the day, right? There's not much to tell about them at this point except for being naive, loyal, and obedient to their role and cause in the story. And because this situation caught them off guard, Brienne and William together with their friends, were on the offense, and theirs were knee-jerk reactions.

She [Chaela] is the destructor. She is chaos. She is fire. Very simply, her escape will be the end of the world as we know it. Death and fire will rule over man and reason.

Aside from the plot arc, I love the villain even better. Lord Hugh is vicious, greedy, a bully, and an autocrat while the slumbering goddess, Chaela, is evil incarnate. What I struggled with are the lack of build-up between intense scenes. Some parts went from zero-to-sixty in a blink of an eye so it felt jumpy or choppy on certain parts. Still RISING FIRE was a good read, the war is far from over and now that Brienne and William are better armed and more knowledgeable of their situation, hopefully the next battle will be par for par.








30 comments:

  1. Looks like this was a nice start to a new series, glad you liked it! I am always down for a good new PNR. ;)

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    1. Yes it is. I'm hoping book 2 will give me a more epic feel!

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  2. Sounds pretty good, Braine. It didn't quite knock your socks off though, huh? I'll wait to see what you think of the next installment. :)

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    1. Yeah, hopefully book 2 will do the trick for me next time.

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  3. It's always a pleasant surprised when you enjoy reading about the villain in a story. You know the author did a great job with their characters if you get excited over the bad guys. Sad to hear that it didn't keep up the tempo though.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

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    1. Oh yeah! I love the villains sometimes even more than the MC's. LOL

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  4. Gotta love a good villain. I am glad this was a good read, for you. Hopefully next time out the choppiness will be fixed.

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    1. Maybe it's suffering from first book-itosis?

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  5. Hnm...but it's so pretty so want!

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    1. try it. You might end up loving it more than I did

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  6. Hopefully the next book in the series will get better! From the blurb, it does sound pretty epic and the villains does sound oh-so-evil! The cover's so pretty too! This might be a bit choppy but I'm hoping it gets better after every book. I'll wait for your verdict first before I read it though. Great review Braine! :)

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    1. Thanks for the well wishes, Amir :D

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  7. The jumpy/choppy bits would start to bug me :/ Glad you enjoyed this one for the most part though!

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    1. It sure messed with my head. I thought it was my ADD but it kept happening (to me) repeatedly so...

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  8. Ha. YOU would like the villain. Lol. Kidding. I, too, am drawn to tasty villains from time to time. I've never heard of this book/series before. I hope you'll enjoy the rest!

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    1. It's new... can't you tell I have wicked tendencies?? lol

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  9. I was curious about this one because as you mentioned, it does look good on paper. If book 2 ends up being an improvement, I'll consider starting this series, but for now I'm gonna pass.

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  10. I've always enjoyed historical romances, but historical paranormal romances are new to me.
    That alone has me
    Interested in reading this book or one similar to it.

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    1. You should try it, it's like reading the best of two genres :)

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  11. sounds like the villan saved this one for you....yay! for villans :D

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  12. The Celtic mythology and stone circles in the synopsis had me curious. It doesn't sound like a bad start, but I will be curious to see how book fairs with you.

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    1. That's another thing I forgot to mention.The Celtic thing was more of a reference than a major player here. I mean I expect druids, iron references, etc. Got none of that except for the old gods being Celts.

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  13. It's great when you have some great bad guys like that, intriguing! I don't think I knew about this one but the setting is interesting. I hope the others will be a little better. thanks for the discovery!

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  14. Great villains can make a story so much more interesting! Even loving to hate them can make it worth it to stay with a story that otherwise needs a little bit of work. I hope you didn't get whiplash while reading the action scenes, Braine ;)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Hahaha! That whiplash imagery is hilarious!

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  15. Bits of that sounds really good. Hope the next one works a little better all in all.

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