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Flametouched

Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

The Eternal Flame branded its mark upon Davon Carver's palms, and now the sabercat he carved has come to life. Creating living carvings is an odd and troublesome gift for a humble clerk trying to uncover a plot against his beloved nation, Bittermarch. But like the hidden conspirators he's trying to expose, Davon guards a secret - he wasn't always a clerk. Once a nobleman and a Baron, Davon faked his own death to escape his cruel marriage.

Davon wants a quiet life, but the Queen orders her new clerk to delve into the affairs of the lovely Lady Hightower to uncover the truth about the mysterious plot. He discovers that powerful and prestigious conspirators don't like meddlesome clerks, and Davon must dodge bullets and increasing scrutiny, fearing the exposure of his past life. As the clues fall into place, Davon finds that the fate of Bittermarch and the Eternal Flame itself are in his flame-branded hands.

©2016 Brian K. Fuller (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • daniel frederick
  • 05-08-17

Ten out of ten

Definitely a hidden gem, the plot was incredibly intricate and the book shows way more promise then I expected. I'm not sure if the book felt like it ended to fast because I loved it so much I wanted more or because it did and I liked it so much I'm over looking that

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  • phalaenopsisinGville
  • 05-08-17

sleep-deprived

This book wouldn't let me go - wouldn't let me get up and eat!! or do my work! Perhaps Fuller will give me time to recoup for the next. It's that great! On second thought, hurry!!!

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  • Margaret
  • 04-08-17

Flametouched

Great fun! Well worked out magic system provides for some clever twists and turns to the story. Fully developed characters keep the reader immersed and rooting for the heroes. I really enjoyed this! I'll try Mr. Fuller's other stories soon.

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  • Ryan
  • 06-11-17

Absolutely Enchanting!

This is one of the finest books I've listened to over the last couple of years. It's a very original concept but the story doesn't rely on overly exaggerated powers. Instead I became fully invested in the characters. I really hope that Mr. Fuller decides to continue to spin more tales from the world he's created. Simon Vance is one of the better narrators in the business and does another bang up job with this book. I definitely recommend this one!

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  • Jimbo Phillips
  • 31-07-17

Fuller does it again!

Fuller does it again with another wonderful book. I read around 80+ books a year, so I see a lot of the same story lines. What I like about Brian K. Fuller is that I may have a general sense of where we are going, the path he takes is always a surprise. From the very beginning of this story I was hooked. Davon is a very complex character and Fuller does a brilliant job telling his story. This is a universe I would like to see explored some more. Great stuff! If you have enjoyed his other works as I have, then this book is certainly for you. If you are new to Fuller then you are in for some great reading (check out the Trysmoon Saga too). Simon Vane narrates the audio version (I read the book then also listened to the audio version when it came out), making it equally as superb.

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  • Skipper
  • 16-08-17

Fun stand-alone fantastical adventure (plus 💞)

This author wrote the grim Trysmoon series. This one is lighter, quicker, and quite different -- a regency style fantastical romance-adventure set in an interesting world, with ballgowns and butlers, woolly mammoths and sabertooth cats, plus magical god-like primal fire, primal air, primal water, and primal earth.

This book vaguely calls to mind Trysmoon. It's got some similar elements (gods of a sort, using humans to wage jealous war against each other, of a sort) but is quite unique.

The mythos /world building is questionable in spots. Human knowledge of the primal elements was weak -- so are these beings new to the planet? Plus, Bittermarch is only 200 years old, but some statements and descriptions do not jive with a young nation.

But I enjoyed the characters. There is the main character Baron Davon Carver -- likable, if at times absurdly charitable. I resonated more with the women: Elaine, Arianna, Queen Fillipa, Oriana and Missa, Ta and Ki.

And the carvings were fun, and their eventual purpose was not too predictable.

I think there might be a sequel, but this book stands alone.


Spoilery quibbles:

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I enjoyed the story but also felt a little frustrated at times, when things didn't quite add up. Some solutions felt wrong, including the home-development task assigned to treacherous Emile at the end of the book (who knows what havoc she will create?). Also, the leadership role Davon must take up at the end did not feel well-suited to him, or wise in general. Nearly unlimited power is never good.

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  • John
  • 27-03-20

So Gooood!

Like Trysmoon Brian has given me hours of fascinating story with new images and memories of hero’s, magic and love.
Thank you Brian.

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  • Damian
  • 19-05-19

Interesting book

The story is awesome plus I’m a fan of prehistoric animals so that is some of the appeal.

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  • Leszek
  • 12-01-19

Amazing listen.In every way.Narration,story etc.

If you are fond of fantasy full of adventure compelling characters and unique lore, brought to life by masterful narration then look no further.
If you enjoyed books from authors such as : Brent Weeks, Daniel Manning, Michael J Sullivan or Scot Orson Card this will be right up your alley.The story is up there with the best of them and you needn't wait for the next sever tomes for the plot to reach a satisfying conclusion though the book will leave you craving more entries in the series.

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  • Susie
  • 11-11-18

Amazing book!

This was an unexpected great book. I chose it because it was read by Simon Vance and I liked the book summary. Once I got in to the book, I was hooked. The story is excellent. I can’t recommend it more highly.
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