September 16, 2014

Shadow Fire Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Shadow Fire blog tour! Today I'll be sharing my review of the book with you, and don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

Shadow Fire (Light Chronicles #1)
Author: Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Release Date: February 24, 2014


Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire - adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?
Shadow Fire is the first book in an exciting new young adult fantasy romance series that follows leading lady Ashlyn as her life is turned upside down when the town elders choose her to go on a special quest to find a lost relic. Ashlyn knows what the quest really is - a sacrifice. None of the other girls that were "chosen" came back. Ashlyn decides that she won't let this get her down and swears she'll be the one to come back to the village. Add in Zane - a hot mercenary who is attracted to Ashlyn but conflicted about secrets that he holds, and Delistaire - an evil sorcerer who wants the relic so he can have ultimate power. Ashlyn and Zane team up against Delistaire, trying to be the first ones to find the relic. Will they be able to find it before Delistaire does? Or has this entire quest already been decided before it even started?

I thought the premise for this book was fascinating and I was eager to find out about the quest and this mysterious relic. Add in magic and secrets - you have it all. The story wasn't completely original, but it did have some really unique aspects to it. I loved the way the author described the tribe and the village - their history, the legends of the relic, and their everyday lives. The author did a fantastic job of describing all of these in detail and I loved learning as much as I could about all of it. The characters were interesting - especially the three main ones. Ashlyn is a typical teenage girl who is just trying to live a normal life in the village when she is chosen for the quest to find the relic. She knows just as much as everyone else that she's basically a dead girl walking - nobody chosen has ever returned. Ashlyn keeps her fears and insecurities hidden as best she can and undertakes the journey with perseverance and determination. She's not a perfect character - she has flaws like everyone else - but I found her easy to identify with right away. Zane is the typical sexy anti-hero love interest that the heroine falls for. He is dark and mysterious with secrets - not very original. I did like his personality and watching how his and Ashlyn's relationship progressed. The addition of the evil sorcerer who wants the relic for power is a bit cliched and expected. He gave the story the nemesis that was needed - a rival that Ashlyn must conquer in order to succeed on her quest. It all seemed to follow the classic hero/quest story outline, but the author did a good job with the details and vivid descriptions to make it stand out from other stories like it out there. I'd recommend this to fans of fantasy and paranormal fiction.

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America.

She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety.

Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)

Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in the Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming August 2014.

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  1. Thanks for participating in the tour!

    1. You're most welcome! I'm looking forward to the sequel!

  2. Great review, Steph! I love how descriptive the world in this sounds. It's the best part of a fantasy novel to me, being transported in a completely different world. Glad you liked it! :)

  3. Thanks for introducing me to a new Y/A book and author.

  4. Shadow Fire sounds great. An Exciting adventure, I would enjoy this book. Thank you

  5. Love the cover of this book! Excited to check it out!

  6. Great review! This book sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out