The Fire Rose

The Fire Rose

Book - 2014
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Accepting employment as a governess after hard times hit her family, medieval scholar Rosalind Hawkins is surprised when she learns that her mysterious employer has no children, no wife, and she is not to meet with him face to face. Instead, her duties are to read to him, through a speaking tube, from ancient manuscripts in obscure, nearly forgotten dialects. A requirement for the job was skill in translating medieval French, and she now understands the reason for that requirement, and assumes her unseen employer's interest in the descriptions of medieval spells and sorcery is that of an eccentric antiquary. What she does not realize is that his interest is anything but academic. He has a terrible secret and is desperately searching for something that can reverse the effects of the misfired spell which created his predicament.
Publisher: New York : Baen, 2014
ISBN: 9781476736501
Characteristics: 332 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 13, 2017

Like many Lackey books...I keep to re read. I think about 4th time for this book. It again talks about that time between being a teen-ager/young adult that status as "adult". it includes some arcane magic like stuff. While the ending might be considered "rushed", one can NOT read the ending and not read the buildup...and missing the first section hamstrungs one from appreciating the middle and end. allows an ending ...with potential for more stories with the two major characters.
A comfortable read for all ages. (MB at age 67) Horror is NOT part of this story.

Apr 04, 2015

This book has flaws. Like several of the books in Lackey's fairy tale retellings, it's a little sexist and rather more racist. But this one adds uneven character development and pacing to some serious sexual violence. Read at your own risk.

hania4987 Jul 12, 2013

Cinderella meets Beauty and the Beast meets .... It is also a tale of hubris and redemption; awakening and mentoring. This story also sets up the Elemental Masters series.

Jun 24, 2012

This is a decent retelling of Beauty and the Beast but I found the ending too abrupt. Everything was great until the last few chapters....


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