Sunday, May 13, 2012

Review: Shield of Fire by Boone Brux

Paperback, 320 pages
Publication: August 2nd 2011 by Entangled Publishing, LLC
ISBN13: 9781937044077
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Series: Book #1, The Bringer and the Bane
Stars: 2
Flames: 1

Ravyn has lived her whole life in Menda Abbey having been left there as a baby it is the only life she has ever known. She knows that she is far different from the other girls at the abbey, but due to her lack of connection of the outside world she world she doesn’t know why. One night when her body has alerted her of danger she finds herself face to face with the evil Demon Bane. Icarus is second in command to the Demon Bane and he is after Ravyn for her powers. Rhys’s is a Bringer. He has lived the last three hundred years believing that he is the last full blooded Bringer. His life’s purpose is to send the Demon Bane back to the Shadow World. One night in his pursuit of the Demon Bane he catches the Demon Icarus’s attack of a not so helpless female.

From here the non-stop action begins and does not stop as the readers are taken through a world where the Demons are trying to rise up out of the Shadow World with their Army of Souls out of the Abyss. Rhys knows that Ravyn is not a normal human and that she can help with the fight against the Demon Bane. Rhys is hindered as a Bringer, the majority of their Immortal Weapons and written history has been lost.  The more Rhys travels with Ravyn while taking her to a safe place where he can train her to utilize her powers to the best of her ability the stronger their attraction for one another grows. This book holds many surprises too. Some characters are much more than what they initially seem to be holding extra powers and also hiding an inner beast. Brux has created a very interesting world.

There are several aspects of this book that brought the rating down for me. I do not like historicals or books that are set in a historical like world. This book is not a historical, but it is set in a fantasy world with numerous historical aspects. Ravyn’s character was childish and extremely headstrong. Those two characteristics in one person were too contradictory. Rhys’s love declaration for Ravyn fell out of nowhere, and then he flipped back to protector, and then flopped back into her arms. It left the romance with a feeling of inevitability. I was confused with the ending of the book and Rhys’s declaration that the first order of business was to “kill” a certain character. The comment came from out of the blue.

1 comment:

  1. This is an early comment but I just wanted to say “Thank You” to everyone for letting me be included in your Hop Against Homophobia. I am afraid I am not a talented m/m fiction writer like yourself and your authors but I am an avid reader of it.

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