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Review: Rising Fire by Terri Brisbin

Rising FireTitle: Rising Fire

Author: Terri Brisbin

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Series: Stone Circles (Book #1)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451469070 (Signet/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451469076 (Signet/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


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?

Quick & Dirty: Gods, warriors, romance and fantasy.

Opening Sentence: The earth buckled beneath her feet, its roar fearsome and deafening, and the sky tore itself open to hurl torrents of rain and lightning at her.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Okay, first off let me say I like fantasy and if it’s done right I love it. I just didn’t dig this book a bunch. I did read the whole thing and I am sure it will appeal to people. Just wasn’t up there enough to be a great read for me. So I will start off with what I did like about the book. This is a first book in a new series, the concept — 7 descendants of old gods is pretty cool and unique. This first book focuses on three of those descendants — Hugh, Brienne (Hugh’s bastard daughter) and William. Brienne and Hugh are descendants of Chaela, who is the god of chaos and destruction. So that tells you a little something, however Brienne wasn’t raised by Hugh directly and that plays a part in who she is and becomes during this book. William is also a bastard just of the King. In the beginning of book Chaela is cast down and trapped by the other six gods, Nauntosuelta, Taran, Belenus, Cernunnos, and Sucellus because she tried to rise up and rule them all.

So check, we got some interesting characters and good premise! From there I am just not sure what it was exactly that didn’t appeal to me. I think it started off with the novel taking place in the late 1200s in Scotland, but everyone had a French name, and a lot of the places were made up or changed slightly. That may not be an issue for some people and given that it is a fantasy, I totally get that she is doing what any fantasy writer would. I just feel if you are going to use a real place even in fantasy then use the real place. That was probably my biggest pet peeve with the book.

The most confusing part of the book was the bloodline thing. I totally got that they were descendants of gods but from there things just got odd for me. For example, William was a warblood, very good at war, but he also changed form so that kind of seemed like beastblood to me. So I felt like the bloodline lost some of the potential it really had. Waterblood and stormblood seemed almost like that same bloodline, and sunblood and fireblood again a little similar. Maybe in the next book that idea will be expanded on and amped up to its potential. This was just a kind of in the middle book for me, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. I was not grabbed by the seat of my pants and taken for a ride, it was a so-so read.

Notable Scene:

“You are of the warbloods. Brienne is of the firebloods,” Marcus explained. “There will be others-waterblood, stormblood, earthblood, sunblood, and beastblood.

Stone Circles:

1. Rising Fire

2. Raging Sea (October 6, 2015)


FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Rising Fire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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2 Responses to “Review: Rising Fire by Terri Brisbin

  1. Renee (Lover of Romance)No Gravatar

    sorry to hear this book didn’t meet up for you. I have been curious about it, and I probably will still give it a try, but I think its important when writing a historical theme it needs to be relevant to the time.

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  2. roxanneNo Gravatar

    I would try it then, like I said I am little nit-picky about my fantasy.

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