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Child of Fire: A Twenty Palaces Novel, Book 1 | [Harry Connolly]

Child of Fire: A Twenty Palaces Novel, Book 1

Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He's the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him - or let someone else do the job. Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise's next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone.
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Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He's the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him - or let someone else do the job.

Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise's next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone. Not only does he have to stop a sorcerer who's sacrificing dozens of innocent lives in exchange for supernatural power, he must find - and destroy - the source of that inhuman magic.

©2009 Harry Connolly (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Martin Randers NV, Denmark 08/07/2013
    Martin Randers NV, Denmark 08/07/2013 Member Since 2009

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    "alright"
    Would you try another book written by Harry Connolly or narrated by Christian Rummel?

    if in dire need of a new book


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    An alright story, with a very original interpretation of magic


    What three words best describe Christian Rummel’s voice?

    pleasant Works well with the story


    Do you think Child of Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    the story line leaves much to be explained. The protagonist keeps hinting at something that happened before the book takes place.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Cliff
    madison, MS, United States
    28/08/13
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    "Good book with a warning."
    If you could sum up Child of Fire in three words, what would they be?

    The world and magic system are excellent. The characterization is good for a first book. the story is fast paced and fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had an air of the unknown about it. The main character was in the dark about most things and you learned slowly along with him. It maintained the scarry, dark mood of the piece.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Christian Rummel?

    Yes. he did a good job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Magic may be hazardous to your health.


    Any additional comments?

    Very important note. This is the only book in the series that is on audio. The company dropped the author midway through the series due to poor sales. The series is excellent but you will wind up being left with questions that will never be answered as the author stated he doesn't really plan to take the series back up if he ever gets another book deal. Other than that the story is great and worth a listen.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Christa
    Decatur, Georgia, United States
    14/07/12
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    "Gritty urban fantasy"
    Would you listen to Child of Fire again? Why?

    Yes, I have the paperback novel, and I was glad to get the audio version. I'll probably come back to it several times. I like the relationship between Ray Lilly and his boss, Annalise, and I like the way Ray deals with situations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Child of Fire?

    Annalise explaining to Ray what his job as a 'wooden man' actually means.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    Rummel does an excellent job getting Ray's 'tone' and gave other characters just enough 'voice' without sounding like impressions or over-the-top accents. He sounds matter of fact enough to let you ride smoothly along with the story without ever being jarred out by 'acting'.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, there is a scene near the end where Annalise lays into Ray about their work keeping the predators that rogue magicians call up from destroying the world, and how they can't afford pity, or mercy, and Ray comes to understand what living like that has done to her.


    Any additional comments?

    I think fans of the Dresden Files will like this book, though it's not quite as humorous. There are two additional books in the Twenty Palaces series, "Game of Cages" and "Circle of Enemies", and I hope to see them on Audible too.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Baggett
    Georgia
    15/07/12
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    "Loved everything about this novel."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Child of Fire?

    All of them. I know that's a cop out but I'd rather not spoil anyone and all of them really are memorable.


    What about Christian Rummel???s performance did you like?

    He did a great job. His voice is very low and, well, kinda sexy. As a woman, I could definitely listen to him all day :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My only extreme reaction was just surprise at how good it was. I love urban fantasy but much of it isn't particularly well written. Child of Fire has no slow spots. The author doesn't give any exposition, which I loved; I like being able to figure out things by myself.


    Any additional comments?

    This book received many glowing reviews from critics and they were well deserved. Download Child of Fire. You won't be disappointed!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jeffrey
    United States
    04/01/13
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    "NEXT!!!"

    I've read all of Connolly's available stuff, and am REALLY glad to see it finally getting some audible recognition. Ray & Annalise are great characters who are intentionally played against type. I like that there's more than one story line and, even though they touch each other very gently in one or two spots, that they're not interdependent.

    Since I read all four 20 Palaces novels I had what I thought was a really solid Ray voice in my head, and although it didn't sound like Christian Rummel he quickly usurped it. His portrayal of Ray sounds believable - authentic, even. That description of a guy & his circumstance paired with Rummel's voice was great casting. Initially I wasn't too sure of how he portrays Annalise, even though he followed Connolly's description of her voice to a T; but he does a very, very clever thing as he characterizes her through the progression of the story. I don't like spoilers, so perhaps just listen to it thinking of how someone may seem to you when you first meet and how that perception may change what you hear and see as you get to know them -- even though they may not actually change at all. It's very subtle, and I love how it adds depth to the story.

    I'm ready for the rest of the books now, thank you!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • GS
    17/12/12
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    "Action fantasy novel - with a lot of gore"

    Firstly, I liked this book.

    This is an urban fantasy novel with a lot of action, and a lot of innocent people die - graphically. It's not a horror novel though and it maintains a level of blood splatter throughout - hence, it's more graphic action rather than horror (despite coming very close).

    The book is about Ray Lilly who is an ex-crim working for a secret society ruthlessly trying to get rid of people abusing magic.

    To that end, Ray and his boss Annalise travel to Hammer Bay to follow a trail. Both are magically endowed and have power granted by spells and tattoos. What follows is a trail of death and destruction which lasts from the start to the end of the book. .

    The narration reminded of the Len Cariou (from Harry Bosch) series - not my favourite, but gave a gritty feel.

    I wouldn't necessarily listen to it again though, given the gritty feel and the mass killings in the novel. A good thing is that you can finish this book and not listen to the rest of the series. I am 50/50 about listening to this book's sequel.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Raymond
    Santa Ana, California, United States
    21/10/13
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    "Interesting Dark Contemporary Supernatural Novel"
    Any additional comments?

    Its been about a year since this was released and the audio book for the second books isn't out yet. Indicating that there probably won't be one that's a shame.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Sausalito, CA, United States
    21/08/13
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    "Where the hell is book 2?!!"
    Would you listen to Child of Fire again? Why?

    Ya, I'll listen to "Child Of Fire" again in the future. This is my kind of book, it's dark, gritty and loaded with magic, sorcery and murder! I really like the chemistry between Ray Lilly and Annalise. Ray screwed Annalise over so now Ray has to work for Annalise. Basically Ray Lilly is Annalise's bitch so she's the shot-caller in their for lack of a better word, "relationship" and it pisses the hell out of Ray.


    What other book might you compare Child of Fire to and why?

    I'm sorry you guys, I cannot compare this book to any other I've listened to. It's a very unique book and if you read the summary you'll see what I mean.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well, the children being burned alive was pretty hardcore but in no way did it turn me off. It was essential to the story so I wouldn't have it any other way.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good book with a very original storyline. If dark, gritty urban fantasy is your thing, check it out! It's a very cool book. Don't take my word for it guys, check out the reviews on "Goodreads" and Amazon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    BALTIMORE, MD, United States
    14/09/14
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    "Urban Fantasy done well"

    Enjoyed listening to this book. It has been on my to be read list for a while and came highly recommended (with very good reason). I like that the story is from Ray's point of view and that the reader is figuring things out at the same time that he is. Was left with lots of questions at the end of the book and wanting to read more (not a bad thing).

    Christian Rummel is the perfect narrator for this novel. He nails the character voices and his performance is well paced.

    Reading Twenty Palaces: A Prequel first certainly isn't mandatory, but it does fill in some blanks and the back story referenced in this book.

    Audible, oh great & all powerful, please consider arranging for Book 2: Game of Cages and Book 3: Circle of Enemies to be conjured into audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Erica
    Kent, WA, United States
    06/08/14
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    "Entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    If you like the Dresden Files series you should like this one as well. The story is told by the main character Ray Lilly. Ray is a an ex-con who takes up the cause despite himself. You learn a little bit about the origins behind his boss Analise but she doesn't tell Ray much of anything so he stumbles through situation after situation trying to do his best and to help people all the while trying to find out what is going on. I didn't care much for the end as they drive off into the sunset but their reasons for being in town were done and all the loose ends wrapped up. I want the next book. I have questions. I want to learn more. The story read well, and has an intensity that lingers, I want more.

    I don't see the next book in the series but hope that they will decide to add it so I can listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caren Sorrells
    28/05/14
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    "Great Listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Child of Fire to be better than the print version?

    I listened to the Child of Fire and enjoyed every minute.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the character and how he was developed through out the book becoming more than I thought he could be at the beginning.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Rummel performance. I liked it and will look for more by Mr. Rummel.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Do you know where your child is?


    Any additional comments?

    I am ready for the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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