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Children of Fire (The Chaos Born) [Paperback]

Drew Karpyshyn
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6 May 2014 The Chaos Born
Drew Karpyshyn has made his mark with imaginative, action-packed work on several acclaimed videogames, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as well as in a succession of New York Times bestselling tie-in novels. Now Karpyshyn introduces a brilliantly innovative epic fantasy of perilous quests, tormented heroes, and darkest sorcery—a thrilling adventure that vaults him into the company of such authors as Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, and Peter V. Brett.
Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy—a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.
Now the Legacy is fading. On the other side, the banished Daemron stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself—wizard, warrior, prophet, king.
Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the Legacy or bring it crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.

Praise for Children of Fire
“This intricately layered adventure breathes realism and overshadowing menace into ancient mythic archetypes, exposing the pain and wonder inherent in magic and the mingled hope and cynicism of modern fantasy.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A rousing quest fantasy . . . a fast-paced action-packed good and evil thriller.”SF Revu

“From the first page of Children of Fire, Karpyshyn captures the reader’s attention with his excellent, intricate storyline.”RT Book Reviews
Children of Fire stands on its own as a thoroughly entertaining tale. The book strikes a perfect balance between character driven storytelling and rich world building.”Roqoo Depot
“[Karpyshyn] is truly a master of world building. . . . I would recommend this title to any fan of the genre.”Among the Wreckage
“Compulsively readable, wildly entertaining.”A Girl, A Boy and A Blog
Children of Fire is engrossing, and full of characters that are modern. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed Children of Fire and look forward for the next two books.”FANgirl Blog

“Drew Karpyshyn weaves a rich, contrasting tapestry of epic story and doom. Gripping and compelling from first page to last, Children of Fire is a dark-chocolate fantasy; delightfully biting and delectable at once. Four ill-fated children born under a sign of chaos and flame carried me on a journey into an intriguing world of shadowy wonder. It is a spellbinding epic told with masterful craft. Well done, Drew!”—Tracy Hickman, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Dragonlance and Death Gate series

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Product details

  • Paperback: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (6 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553393499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553393491
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,684,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction and Mass Effect: Revelation, as well as several other fantasy and science fiction novels. He is also an award-winning writer/designer for the computer game company BioWare, where he was lead writer on Mass Effect and the blockbuster Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video games. He lives in Alberta, Canada, with his wife, Jen, and their cat.

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"Gripping and compelling from first page to last, Children of Fire is a ... spell-binding epic told with masterful craft" (Tracy Hickman New York Times bestselling author of the Dragonlance and Deathgate series) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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An action-packed heroic fantasy in a world of chaos magic. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Drew is an author I know more from his forays into the Star Wars world and whilst I've enjoyed them, I've always been curious to see what he'd deliver when give the opportunity to play in an environment of his own devising. What this book does is play to Drew's strengths, it has great characters, brings a world that has definitive rules and when added to an overall arc that really digs deep gives the reader something special.

Add to the mix top notch prose, a great set of cast within and of course an authors who understands what his readers not only wants but delivers a story that will hit the spot, all round makes this a cracking start to a new series. Magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 17 Oct 2013
By karl
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This book is incredible, I'm about three quarters of the way through and I love it. I can see hints of inspiration from Star wars, Mass effect, and even a little Dragon age, but that's to be expected due to his history. All in all, this book is amazing, and I think it is going to make an incredible series. I hope these one day even turn into films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super 7 Oct 2013
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One word. Simply brilliant. Enough said. End of. Nothing else. Finished. Done. 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 29 Sep 2013
By That_K
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I didn't have high expectations going in as this is his first book that isn't built as tie in to a pre-existing universe (Mass Effect, Star Wars etc).

I was pleasantly surprised that he created something unique and didnt go for just the standard elves, dwarves, fairies stuff. The writing style is excellent. He avoids the trap of ageing the language in the prose to fit with the era and instead inky tweaks it in the dialogue.

There is a lot of initial setup but I think this enhances the characters and gives them a richer backstory. I can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping 17 Nov 2013
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I can't wait to read the next chapter. One of the best debut novels I have read. Very impressive. I couldn't bear to put it down.
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