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Publisher's Summary

Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He's the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him - or let someone else do the job.
Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise's next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone. Not only does he have to stop a sorcerer who's sacrificing dozens of innocent lives in exchange for supernatural power, he must find - and destroy - the source of that inhuman magic.
©2009 Harry Connolly (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cliff on 08-28-13

Good book with a warning.

If you could sum up Child of Fire in three words, what would they be?

The world and magic system are excellent. The characterization is good for a first book. the story is fast paced and fun.

What did you like best about this story?

It had an air of the unknown about it. The main character was in the dark about most things and you learned slowly along with him. It maintained the scarry, dark mood of the piece.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Christian Rummel?

Yes. he did a good job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Magic may be hazardous to your health.

Any additional comments?

Very important note. This is the only book in the series that is on audio. The company dropped the author midway through the series due to poor sales. The series is excellent but you will wind up being left with questions that will never be answered as the author stated he doesn't really plan to take the series back up if he ever gets another book deal. Other than that the story is great and worth a listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christa on 07-14-12

Gritty urban fantasy

Would you listen to Child of Fire again? Why?

Yes, I have the paperback novel, and I was glad to get the audio version. I'll probably come back to it several times. I like the relationship between Ray Lilly and his boss, Annalise, and I like the way Ray deals with situations.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Child of Fire?

Annalise explaining to Ray what his job as a 'wooden man' actually means.

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

Rummel does an excellent job getting Ray's 'tone' and gave other characters just enough 'voice' without sounding like impressions or over-the-top accents. He sounds matter of fact enough to let you ride smoothly along with the story without ever being jarred out by 'acting'.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, there is a scene near the end where Annalise lays into Ray about their work keeping the predators that rogue magicians call up from destroying the world, and how they can't afford pity, or mercy, and Ray comes to understand what living like that has done to her.

Any additional comments?

I think fans of the Dresden Files will like this book, though it's not quite as humorous. There are two additional books in the Twenty Palaces series, "Game of Cages" and "Circle of Enemies", and I hope to see them on Audible too.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-20-17

Child of Fire

I gave this one star because there is no facility to not rate it. Found it laborious to listen to, story much too fantastic. No sorry did not like this at all

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3 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 07-08-13


Would you try another book written by Harry Connolly or narrated by Christian Rummel?

if in dire need of a new book

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

An alright story, with a very original interpretation of magic

What three words best describe Christian Rummel’s voice?

pleasant Works well with the story

Do you think Child of Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

the story line leaves much to be explained. The protagonist keeps hinting at something that happened before the book takes place.

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