“Belle let her body sink into the settee, twisting so she could peer over the edge of the railing and into the field. What did she see when she cast her gaze over the thicket of trees silhouetted in the night? What was she looking for with those eyes that had suddenly lost what little life they had left in them? “You should know too,” Belle said, quiet as a grave. “None of us are really heroes.”
- Title: Fate of Flames
- Author: Sarah Raughley
- Genre: YA Fantasy
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publication date: November 21, 2017
- Publisher: Simon Pulse
I can’t remember how I came across Fate of Flames. Goodreads might have recommended it to me. But either way, I’m glad I found this book.
The story starts with two main factors: phantoms and Effigies. Phantoms are nightmare beasts that kill and terrorize people. The Effigies are four girls from around the world that each have an elemental power. Earth. Fire. Water. Air. But when the fire Effigy dies, Maia Finley becomes the next Effigy over night.
She gets thrown into trying to stop a worldwide terrorist named Saul. He appears to have powers that no one has ever heard of before. But because of a traumatic childhood event, Maia can’t use her new fire power. The same fire she needs to help everyone.
The story goes all over the world, including America, Argentina, France, and more. The book has many diverse characters too who can’t seem to stay in one place for long.
Now, what I enjoyed about this book is probably what others might not enjoy. Maia has an obvious crush on a guy, who seems to like her back, but neither do anything about it. So, you could complain about the lack of romance, but honestly it’s refreshing to me. They’re in the middle of a war. There’s a terrorist on the loose. Many people are dying. Romance would be at the bottom of my list too.
On another note, the Effigy who named herself Lake is not the Effigy of water. She’s the Effigy of air. I wasn’t sure whether she goes by Lake to confuse people or because she wanted to be like Belle (the actual Effigy of water) and just didn’t want to say it. Or she really likes the name.
But besides that, the story has a few jumpy moments and could be confusing. It’s a lot of “I’mma say random stuff you’re not going to understand, but that’s okay because I explain it later or the next book will cover it.” Which, I get; I’ve seen it many times before. The whole antagonist’s plot is like that though. He’s talkative and says some random words. It makes more sense at the end, but I still don’t have all the pieces together.
Overall though, it’s not a quick read but still a good read. I enjoyed the story. It was an interesting world to explore, and I hope to read the next book soon.
Average rating on Goodreads: 3.66/5