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Banished to Earth. Hunted by the queen's assassins. Forest must fight to find a way back to Regia. Lonely and brokenhearted, she waits for Syrus to break through her banishment. Syrus lives his days in anguish, trapped in a portal that goes nowhere. Separated by galaxies, Forest and Syrus' spiritual connection strains to the breaking point. As Regia's civil war ravages the land and the balance of power tips, the world will learn it's the Rune-dy pulling the strings. Forest must face the horrifying truth of her father's identity and how her very existence is rooted in one of the Rune-dy's darkest secrets. Fighting to find her place in Regia's new world order, Forest is desperate to keep her past hidden while Leith threatens to taint her name forever. Forest must attain her freedom through retribution and wage war inside her very soul. Will she be able to accept the gift Syrus offers, or will one mistake separate them forever?

©2013 Tenaya Jayne (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lamond
  • 15-03-18

I really wanted to like it...

First, Khristine Hvam is amazing as narrator. But Forest is, unfortunately, just another whiney, selfish, ungrateful, cry baby. It was hard enough to deal with in book 1 but she's positively UNBEARABLE in this one. She gets everything she ever wanted and then goes against the good advice everyone constantly gives her when she has her melodramatic breakdowns and screws it all up. Of course. She repeatedly treats the amazingly patient and sweet Sylas like complete crap. She needlessly hurts him over and over and over and he just keeps taking her back. That's probably the worst part of it all. Yes, these types of books often have unrealistic relationships.... it can make them entertaining. But it stops being fun and romantic when one person is a hateful jerk again and again while the other just takes all the abuse andimmediately forgives them. Had he ever called her on her crap and then made her actually earn his trust back I could be here writing a totally different review. ******SPOILER******* The part that made me decide I was done with the series was the end where Forest has the gall to CRY over the death of the man who raped and enslaved her. She holds his hand and tells him it could have been different and that she'd have given him her love freely because she does love him -if only he had been kind to her. Syras sees and gets pissed but less than 5 mins later she makes him think he's the jerk and gets him to apologize to HER!!!! It was total BS. Read at your own peril. lol

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  • Kelli
  • 13-11-18

Weak character annoy me

Forest please put on your big girl panties and treat your man with a little more respect .... can I get some kick but fighting and less whining . In done with this series

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  • Kristy Hill Wegner
  • 03-09-15

Dark & Gritty! I love this world

What made the experience of listening to Forest Fire the most enjoyable?

Forest makes an incredible choice in this book, even if she wallows first. While second books are always a downer or there's no reason to triumph in the next one, I found myself addicted despite the dark tone of the book and listened to it in less than two days!

Fair warning! This series and characters are addicting.

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

When she confronts her fears and triumphs! Jane does a great job of making each scene unique and twisty--never exactly what you expect.

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

Hvam has a great voice for this.

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

Be careful what you wish for!

Any additional comments?

I have listened to the first two books in this series in less than a week, not the norm for me. I have downloaded the next one. Fast paced with characters I care about. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Sarah
  • 15-02-16

Not as good as the first book

I enjoyed the first book in the series, but this one was tough to get through. I like when books put characters in tough positions but they are smart and resourceful and manage to make it through. In this book, the characters (specifically Forest) are given multiple openings for good things, but they make stupid decisions and create false drama for themselves.

Examples (might be considered spoilers): Forest finds out who her father is and he loves her but she decides that it's a horrible situation and is ashamed. Syrus loves her and wants to be with her, but she makes up a bunch of excuses as to why she should run away. Then when he decides to give up on her, she's all of the sudden ok with all of the issues she had before and can stand up and say how she wants him. She has multiple chances to kill Leith, but puts it off and puts it off until she loses each chance and then is pissed off about it. Then she's strangely given the chance to have one of the most powerful political positions even though she has no relevant experience.

Contradictions: Why is it such an experiment to create mixed breed people in a lab thinking something strange will happen when there are already many mixed breed people living in society naturally? Also, why do they make it seem like mixing races is so crazy, but there are clearly many couples who are naturally bonded as 'life/soul mates' across races?

Throw in some random scenes about Netriet.

And super cheesy scenes of Forest and Syrus declaring their love forever that had me rolling my eyes (and I normally like romance!). Interestingly, when they finally had sex, there was no description of it, just that it happened.

I won't continue on with the series. There are too many other good books out there!

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  • Marie
  • 20-08-20

Not for me - devolved into melodrama

The majority of first book, along with the world building and interest in the characters, made me want to give book two a try. Unfortunately, this book and the subsequent ones that I read (I think I made it to book 4) didn’t quite capture the good that was in the first book. Instead, the story just consistently devolved into melodrama, like the ending of the last book but seriously throughout the entire book, and that just really isn’t my thing. I find it really unfortunate because this book had soooooo much potential. The world and magic system that Jayne created here really is very unique and it’s so rare to find that. The writing also seems pretty decent. I could still totally see how someone could enjoy these books if you like heavy drama, maybe someone who is into the intensely YA romance books with too many feelings. Plenty of people out there have that as a guilty please. It’s just kind of unfortunate bc obviously the woman can write, is creative enough to build this entire world, and has the potential for some great storytelling in her. I think Jayne could have used a good editor on this one, and if she had had that, it could have actually been something really enjoyable rather than an, at best, guilty pleasure read. If she came out with a new book, I would likely give it a try, bc like I said the potential is certainly there, and I will say that I really look forward to seeing what she writes in the future and if her work continues to progress.

Hvam is flawless. Does a great job with narration as always

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  • Nunya B.
  • 15-04-20

So much potential

I wanted to slap Forrest myself and almost DNF with all her whining and self pity. I get that she was dealing with some serious issues but come on... This world is very interesting and I'd like to keep going but everything wraps up way too easily for me.

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  • Lachri
  • 07-08-18

Not as good as the first by a long shot

The first book in this series was pretty good. The main character was strong. Throughout this book she just got whinier page by page. She would be devastated by news that the average person would at most shrug a shoulder at. She went from being a strong character in the first book to an annoying and weak character. The narration was excellent but even Khristine Hvam couldn't save this story. I made it about 3/4 of the way through and had to stop, I just couldn't bring myself to keep listening.

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  • Megan
  • 03-03-17

Liked it

I really enjoyed the first book. The second just tied it all together. I liked the book and was happy to listen to it. Khristine hvam is a great narrator!

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  • jda
  • 04-09-20

let down from first book

I enjoyed the last 40-60 minutes of the audiobook, the rest was a let down. Why do authors always have the heroin have an emotional melt down that lasts most of a book or multiple books in a series? To me some of the emotional drama was out of character of the warrior, kick-ass female Forest is portrayed in the first book. That is just me and maybe I'm wrong.

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  • Harry
  • 16-05-20

Too much ANGST

I loved the first ½. Witty, surprising, cool twists and characters. The second ½ was what I dislike about some romantic novels written by women. Angst. I expect some, a good story needs some. But over and over the same thing — I’m not worthy, I don’t deserve ... , woe is me, poor me, I love him/her too much, yada yada yada.

The last ½ was like a classic Japanese novel , 5 pages of idyll, happiness- then 550 page of torture then 5 pages with a more or less happy conclusion followed by one page of it won’t last.

At least this book didn’t have the it won’t last part.