Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
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.