Title: The Mark of Fallen Flame
Series: A Weapon of Fire and Ash #1
Author: Brittany Matsen
Publication Date: May 31, 2019
Source: Inkslinger PR
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 5 ⭐️’s
Two days before the start of senior year, Emma Duvall is attacked by creatures that hunt from the shadows. A hidden world that exists within her own, explodes around her as she is faced with menacing creatures of the deep, ugly venomous creatures with voices so beautiful they bring humans to their knees, and a wicked beast with eyes the color of blood.
When she touches them, their dark powers flow into her, awakening a hunger in her that had laid dormant for seventeen years. The darkness is seductive when it deals in rage. And rage is exactly what she needs to survive.
Not only must she keep her powers a secret, she must also contend with the new boy in school. He is both dangerous and unnaturally handsome, drawing her in like a magnet. What she can’t explain is why being close to him causes her physical pain.
And those that hunt the monsters of the night—the Giborim—sworn to protect the humans, find that Emma may be just as monstrous. Except the striking, centuries-old, Blaze, who seeks revenge for the mother and sister he lost. Emma will do anything to impress him and earn his trust. Including using herself as bait to ensnare the final piece of Blaze’s vengeance.
War between the two races is looming on the horizon as the wicked creatures of nightmares seek to enslave humankind. When Emma is thrown in the middle as the ultimate weapon, she must allow herself to be wielded…just long enough to save the world.
For when the raging fires of her wrath are unleashed, the world with be painted in the ashes of her enemies.
I don’t read as much YA fantasy as I use to, and honestly, I miss it. When I was given the chance to read The Mark of Fallen Flame, I jumped at the opportunity to fall into a whole new fantasy world, and Matsen did not disappoint. The fantasy world created in this book was well developed and thought out, and set the story up with a rich backdrop of mystery that kept the reader intrigued and interested.
Emma is a senior in highschool, and is hoping to avoid moving again with her mother, and desperately wants to create a stable life for herself. After years of moving on the fly, and never feeling truly settled, she’s craving a life with a little more structure. However, after her and her best friend are attacked by weird, spider like creatures in a dark alley one night, Emma’s life becomes anything but normal. She’s plunged into a world of secrets and monsters, all well discovering her long buried powers. As Emma learns more about these powers, she’s pulled into a war between good and evil. Choices must be made, all while navigating your tumultuous teen years.
The Mark of Fallen Flame has everything that I love in a good book. A strong female lead, Emma is one of my new favorite characters. I cannot wait to see how she grows in feature books, and I’m so excited to see how Matsen continues to develop her into a strong female lead. And then there is the villain, Levaroth. He’s so conflicted, and incredibility well developed. His is a storyline that I am most excited to follow.
Honestly, I was shocked by how much I enjoyed The Mark of Fallen Flame, and I cannot wait for more of this story!
Rating: 5 Stars!
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About the Author
Brittany is an American by birth, but a Kiwi at heart, living in the wondrous New Zealand with her husband and their son. Writing has been a passion since she was very young. In middle school she had articles published in the local newspaper, and the school paper in high school. She attended the Institute of Children’s Literature with the hope of one day creating stories for the world.