Frost Arch (Book 1: The Fire Mage Trilogy)

Rated 4.17/5 based on 6 reviews
Best-Selling fantasy 'The Fire Mage Trilogy. Book 1 of 3

In a world where humans are slaves and Mages rule the land, Avalon is one such Mage, wielding the gift of fire yet unable to control it. More

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About Kate Bloomfield

Indie-Author and tea enthusiast Kate Bloomfield was born in Enfield, London in 1989, but has lived in Wollongong, Australia for most of her life. Kate wanted to be a writer from a very young age, finishing her first poorly-written novella at fourteen. It now remains hidden on a dusty hard-drive at the bottom of her closet.

After completing high school (2006), Kate studied Graphic Design at TAFE, limiting her writing to weekends. Finally, in 2010 her debut novel 'Frost Arch' (book 1 of the Fire Mage trilogy) was complete, though it was another two years before Kate had the courage to self-publish the novel.

In between writing 'The Fire Mage Trilogy', Kate also dabbles in the odd historical romance, publishing 'Passing as Elias' in March 2012.

Kate now works as a full-time Graphic Designer, whilst writing, and getting tattoos in her free time. It is her life-long dream to be a full-time author.

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Review by: Ms4tune and TeROAR on May 24, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this one. It had some really amazing world building and the characters were all interesting. The story came across a bit predictable at times but I didn't really mind this as it was so well put together that it just felt like reading one of your favourite books. I don't know whether anyone else thought this but I found that the relationship between Avalon and Hawthorne (the giant fox griffin) reminded me a lot of Eragon and Saphira. Again not a problem for me but might be for some people. I think was I enjoyed the most of watching the characters change and evolve, some of my favourites were Jack and Raeven so I can't wait to read the short stories about them.

The reason for the four stars rather than 5 is just that it was supposed to be a science fiction meets fantasy, but I felt that the science fiction (dystopian parts) weren't really noticable, I think I was about 70% of the way through before the 'apocalypse' (of society as we know it) was mentioned again. I just don't really think it was necessary to the story in the end.

But still, this is definitely one to check out and as her debut novel, I have high hopes for her following novels. I've already downloaded the second part to this series. :) Good Luck Kate Bloomfield!
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Review by: Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books on March 9, 2013 :
Be sure to check out my blog, at Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books for more reviews and extras. You will find an expert of Frost Arch at my review there. (Blog link >>http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com)

This book totally hooked me in, hook, line and sinker, right from the start. Its such an interesting story, and not at all what I expected. It was a totally original idea to me.

The whole idea of magic people, called Mages, like our main character, Avalon, is a Fire Mage, she can control fire, produce it, everything. There are many different types, Ice Mage, Healers, like her friend Jack. Ones that can read minds, etc. Anyone who does not have a power, is treated like garbage, called a Human, which to them is like an animal, slaves, etc. Its like 500 or more years in the future, and technology does not exist anymore, everything is controlled with the magic of the Mages. Its quite interesting how the evolution of the Mage, changed over the years. It was fun and intense to read.

Avalon, our Fire Mage in this story is quite the character. I love her friend Jack, he reminded me of Puck in the Iron Fey series, his personality just reminded me so much of him. Happy go lucky type, and he is a great friend to Avalon. I will say, Avalon is one tough cookie, to go through what she does, it would have drove me insane. I wont tell you what, its quite disturbing really, but overall this is a great story. I am so happy it’s a series, and very glad it had a pleasant ending, not some giant cliffhanger. I am going to get the second book as soon as I can, as I am anxious to read what happens next.

I loved Ræven Blacklock, she was an amazing and unique character. And who wouldn’t love Hawthorne, I am not telling you who he is, you get to discover the wonder of Hawthorne yourself, he is amazing!

The only thing I was missing in this book, is a romantic relationship for Avalon. She is 18, and should have one, I mean, her and Jack are close, but it’s a best friends type thing. Although, I think they have feelings for one another, but it could be one of those that develop over the series, which is fine, as I get a little sick of the insta-love we find in so many books nowadays.

Give this one a try. But keep in mind, it’s got some disturbing abuse type parts, and really more for mature readers. I mean, mature 16-17 year olds should be fine reading it, the story as a whole would attract a wide range of ages, so its why I mention it.

Flamethroat is the 2nd book in the Fire Mage Trilogy, and I am looking forward to it. I also downloaded the free Prequel of Jack Greenwood before meeting Avalon, its said to read this Frost Arch first. (get it at Smashwords Jack Greenwood at Smashwoods I read that we should read Frost Arch first, before Jack Greenwood, just FYI

Also, just seen that another free Prequel will be coming soon, called Ræven Blacklock, you can see that amazing cover at authors blog, or at her Goodreads page.

5 out of 5 stars for me!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review from the group at Goodreads called Shut Up & Read.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: TwistedAlyce on Oct. 17, 2012 :
I really loved this book, I thought it was well written, had engaging characters and an interesting storyline that just seemed to flow.

storyline

It was an engaging story and I liked the fact that humans were not the superior species and that mages were. The idea of low level mage's working for the rich or high level mage's was a brilliant idea and the fact that there is a mage for practically every job.
There was a few slow bit's but mostly the story flowed nicely with all the characters working together. A bit more action would have been a little nice.

characters

Avalon- I find her to be a little on the weak side to begin with but has the story progressed she started to become a strong character who could stand her own.
There were times when I found her to be moany and always complaining but then she changed and I like the character.

Jack- I found Jack to be a little annoying another one of those male characters with a hero complex, but has the story progressed and Avalon grew stronger has a character he became a more likeable character.

My favourite character had to be Howthorne .

Elvira Frost- she was not a very bad baddie but then she wasn't really in it long enough to be bad which was a little disappointing.

My only problem with this book is it didn't seem to have a definate plot, and am not sure what they is to follow on but I bought the second book so I'll find out.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
Review by: Lily on Sep. 27, 2012 :
I grabbed this book for review almost instantly after seeing the notification on the AWESOME book group on Goodreads, Shup Up & Read, solely because I had a cover orgasm. I LOVE THIS COVER!

I did briefly review the synopsis and thought I would enjoy this novel. But after reading some very mixed reviews, I crossed my fingers that I was not going to struggle through this novel.

AND I LOVED IT!

Yes, this book needs a good editing once over. There are all kinds of small little errors that at times could be distracting, but I was so into the story and the characters of this book that they really didn't bother me enough not to continue to devour it!

Avalon is naive, too trusting, innocent and sometimes annoyingly accident prone. She is whinny at times, and temperamental when she shouldn't be... but she is also an 18 year old. And one that was relatively secluded from her peers by her family, since she had a hard time controlling her powers. Not to say that I am stereotyping, but considering her situation, I didn't get very annoyed with some of the decisions that she made. I understood why she made them, whether out of sheer curiosity, misplaced trust, etc.

She runs away into the big city of Frost Arch. She gets a job working in a manor lighting fires and warming up baths with her power, and gets into a ridiculous amount of mischief. She is a curious girl, and it gets her into trouble. She has a full bodied personality, and she is weak and she is strong. She is real and I enjoyed her character. I shook my head over some of the crap she got herself into. I cheered her on when she grabbed a hold of her power when she needed it the most. I was scared for her when she was overtaken by one of her masters, and hoped she would be rescued before the unthinkable happened! She was believable to me as a character and I cared for her.

I LOVED Hawthorne! Who wouldn't love him? This beautiful flying fox, who is an absolute anomaly, but as faithful and loyal as a dog companion (with perks such as ferocity, flight, etc). I loved that both Hawthorne and Ava were connected as deeply as they were by the bonds of their love for each other.

Jack was one of Ava's first friends in Frost Arch. And I am happy to know that I am not alone in saying that he really reminded me of Puck from the Iron Fey Series. Both Jack and Ava develop a very deep friendship which had me thinking that at any moment it will turn into romance... and I think by the end, I saw some not so subtle hints that it may. I was a little disappointed that it didn't turn romantic in this book, because Jack is just so endearing and a complete knight in shining armor with a heart of gold.

I am really looking forward to reading more of the series, and promptly picked up a prequel on Jack's character which is availabe on Smashwords. If you are interested in getting a feel for the series pick up Jack Greenwood at Smashwords and give it a try.

*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Review by: Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books on Sep. 26, 2012 :
Be sure to check out my blog, at Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books for more reviews and extras. You will find an expert of Frost Arch at my review there. http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/

This book totally hooked me in, hook, line and sinker, right from the start. Its such an interesting story, and not at all what I expected. It was a totally original idea to me.

The whole idea of magic people, called Mages, like our main character, Avalon, is a Fire Mage, she can control fire, produce it, everything. There are many different types, Ice Mage, Healers, like her friend Jack. Ones that can read minds, etc. Anyone who does not have a power, is treated like garbage, called a Human, which to them is like an animal, slaves, etc. Its like 500 or more years in the future, and technology does not exist anymore, everything is controlled with the magic of the Mages. Its quite interesting how the evolution of the Mage, changed over the years. It was fun and intense to read.

Avalon, our Fire Mage in this story is quite the character. I love her friend Jack, he reminded me of Puck in the Iron Fey series, his personality just reminded me so much of him. Happy go lucky type, and he is a great friend to Avalon. I will say, Avalon is one tough cookie, to go through what she does, it would have drove me insane. I wont tell you what, its quite disturbing really, but overall this is a great story. I am so happy it’s a series, and very glad it had a pleasant ending, not some giant cliffhanger. I am going to get the second book as soon as I can, as I am anxious to read what happens next.

I loved Ræven Blacklock, she was an amazing and unique character. And who wouldn’t love Hawthorne, I am not telling you who he is, you get to discover the wonder of Hawthorne yourself, he is amazing!

The only thing I was missing in this book, is a romantic relationship for Avalon. She is 18, and should have one, I mean, her and Jack are close, but it’s a best friends type thing. Although, I think they have feelings for one another, but it could be one of those that develop over the series, which is fine, as I get a little sick of the insta-love we find in so many books nowadays.

Give this one a try. But keep in mind, it’s got some disturbing abuse type parts, and really more for mature readers. I mean, mature 16-17 year olds should be fine reading it, the story as a whole would attract a wide range of ages, so its why I mention it.

Flamethroat is the 2nd book in the Fire Mage Trilogy, and I am looking forward to it. I also downloaded the free Prequel of Jack Greenwood before meeting Avalon, its said to read this Frost Arch first. (get it at Smashwords Jack Greenwood at Smashwoods I read that we should read Frost Arch first, before Jack Greenwood, just FYI

Also, just seen that another free Prequel will be coming soon, called Ræven Blacklock, you can see that amazing cover at authors blog, or at her Goodreads page.

5 out of 5 stars for me!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review from the group at Goodreads called Shut Up & Read.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Review by: ELSA CARRION on Sep. 24, 2012 :
Title: Frost Arch
Author: Kate Bloomfield
Format: ebook
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Fantasy, Apocalyptic, Dystopia


I gave Frost Arch three stars. The story was interesting but not much on the romance side. It has a few errors but none that I can recall at the moment therefore not too bad since I can’t remember any. People with different abilities that manipulate fire, cold, some who can fly and some that heal, there are even some that can communicate with animals. There is also a siren that can make anyone feel bliss with just one song but can also drive you insane.

Avalon Redding is a fire mage and is superior to those Humans that are void of power. She meets Jack Greenwood, Seth Swaggart, Camryn and Gretchen as soon as she arrives at Frosh Arch and starts working at Forsythe Manner as a servant.

Avalon Redding does things without thinking of the consequences. She seemed a little selfish and immature when it came to her actions and her family. She puts people that try to help her in danger and only thinks about her problems. Her friends help her out of difficult situations without batting an eye.

After reading this book I think it is geared more toward a younger group. There was a slight cliff hanger but nothing you can not live not knowing. I would say I would like to read the second book but with no romance and geared toward such a younger audience I don’t think I will be. Great story but not what I was expecting.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

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