A Gift of Fire

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Sharo had been keeping to herself, working, and caring for her brother, but bitter house lords abandoned her among ruins a hundred miles from Cityscape on the eve of deadly winter, expecting her to die.
But not all is lost. It is there she finds she has a wonderful and dangerous gift which she will need to face the cold of winter, and more. Between Sharo and her home something ancient awaits. More

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Words: 91,760
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311823595
About Stephen B5 Jones

Husband, Father, Philosopher, Bus Driver, Writer... but that's just today. I grew up in the U.S. southwest. I've been writing, sometimes coherently, since Jr. High.

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Review by: Nancy Bandusky on June 20, 2014 :
I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review.

This futuristic novel, set on a far-off planet, is engaging from the start. While the story starts in the present day of this "future," there are flashbacks to provide the reader with the history necessary to understand how and why things are as they are. There are several delightful characters which interrelate as the story progresses, allowing the reader to learn about the two different cultures.

A good story provides enough information to enjoy while at the same time creating a little "spark" of desire for more ... this novel succeeds.

However, there were too many minor characters (given names) which added to an already full cast to keep straight. Also, the author does make constant grammatical errors, but because of their consistency, once the reader "accepts" them, the errors do not distract from the story.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: Aria J. Wolfe on May 24, 2014 :
Wow! This was a book that kept me focussed for long periods of time. It took me some time to get used to going back and forth in time and to keep all the characters straight, but once I was drawn in to the unique characters I wanted to discover what would happen next. The character's use of language made the story even more authentic. I applaud Jones for keeping it credible.
This book is very well-written and unique. Right from the moment I met Sharo and her brother I wanted to know the rest of the story (not to mention the rest of the characters.)
Jones did a fantastic job with characterization and keeping the plot alive and pumping with twists and turns until the end.
The Christian Sci-fi aspect was my favorite part of the book, since I enjoy parallels and allegories.
I recommend this thoroughly enjoyable read!
(This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review).
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)

Review by: Diana Austin on May 14, 2014 :
For someone who is not a fan of sci-fi, this book drew me right in. You feel immediately for certain characters as you watch the caste system between houselords and keepers. The jumps back to the beginning were slightly confusing, but I see that they are necessary to explain how they got to where they are. The original people left the place they were in search of a place to worship the way they believed was right. When their spaceship was tampered with and they ended up in a place they didn't belong. The residents and the scientists had different views on what is needed to survive. This leads to the godwars. A robot holds the Holy Word and beliefs, waiting to be found and is found by the least likely person. I loved this book! It was so easy to relate to the characters and the story line just kept you looking for how each person was going to deal with what is thrown in their path. I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)

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