Phoenix unbound

by Draven, Grace,

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"A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance. Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. But this year is different. Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion--and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. Unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan. To protect her family and village, she will abandon everything to return to the Empire--and burn once more"--
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Booklist Review: "Gilene of Beroe is doomed to burn every year as part of a ritual sacrifice in the Empire's capital; she can control the fire and has enough illusion magic to hide her identity from year to year. The gladiator Azarion, a celebrated fighter and a slave, has seen through her disguise, and he plans to force her to help him escape. After that, Azarion's plan is to return to his homeland and reclaim his birthright as leader of his clan. He needs her, because of her ability to manipulate fire, to lend his claim legitimacy, but she will struggle to return to her village to be the next year's sacrifice, as is her duty. The story begins with an uncomfortable trope the initial kidnapping but does, finally, work its way into romance. The pacing and a certain consistency of character allow the abduction to unfold without being ultimately coercive. The tyrannical Empire is not groundbreaking, but the story is well told and the characters engaging, and the ways in which they impact their world suitably epic.--Regina Schroeder Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Draven (Madfall) creates an irresistible new world full of action and cataclysmic upheaval in this fantasy romance. Fire witch Gilene's village considers her duty-bound to burn on the Empire's sacrificial pyre, every year: she survives the fire and escapes. When her abilities are noticed, she's forced to fight in the service of a sadistic empress, and then famed gladiator Azarion ruthlessly coerces Gilene into helping him in escape slavery and reclaim his legacy. Draven adeptly shifts perspectives at just the right moments to masterfully build emotionally complex characters. Readers will be pulled in by the inner turmoil that besets this formidable pair of survivors, who are frequently at odds with each other, and themselves. As Azarion and Gilene's relationship shifts from an uneasy truce to admiration and ultimately love, Gilene must choose whether to return to doing her painful duty or embrace a new life at Azarion's side. Draven's outdone herself with this magnetic heroine and a magical world readers will be eager to return to. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

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Series Draven, Grace. Fallen empire ; 1.
#1 - Phoenix unbound
Subjects Young women Fiction
Gladiators Fiction
Magic Fiction
Slavery Fiction
Imperialism Fiction
Electronic books.
Fantasy fiction.
Romance fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Publishing Group,2018
Penguin Publishing Group2018
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Description 1 online resource.
ISBN 9780451489760
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