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Divine Fire

Divine Fire [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Jackson
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When a biographer proves to know more about his life than the now-immortal Lord Byron expects, he draws her into a dangerous game—and his passionate arms.

About the Author

Melanie Jackson is a fourth-generation Californian who lives in California Gold Country with her husband and a pet cat. She is a member of the Clan Gregor Society of Scotland, the McAdams Historical Society, and is the cofounder of CYBER CLAN, the Internet home for tech-inclined clanfolk. She is a connoisseur of poetic doggerel and an enthusiastic gardener.

You can contact Ms. Jackson through her Web site at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1934 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (31 Jan 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light read, but quick and enjoyable. 13 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of those library quickpicks, and even then, it's my mom's quickpick that she passed on to me. It sounded interesting and since I'm in the midst of reading nonfiction, I was antsy for a quick fiction fix.

Good before bad.

I definitely can't fault Melanie's imagination. Nor her commendable historic research. The previous extent of my knowlege on Lord Byron was limited to his profession: poet. That, and I thought he was gay. Whoops! Apparently, he was just "the British voice of libido." Back then it was offensive to "admit to and write about human sexuality." Gasp! Anyway, I learned a great many interesting things about Lord Byron, as well as Ninon de Lenclos, a French woman who was "an amazing liberationist, feminist and philosopher, overlooked by the general public." (I am getting these quotes from the Author's Notes.)

MJ uses part of a poem in her story that she includes in its entirety at the very end of the book. It is Le Chevalier Sans Paix by C.E.K. (obviously the author wished to remain generally anonymous). I did not have the patience to read the whole thing but the snippet I looked at was very well done, so if you're a poetry fan, I recommend it. At the very end of the poem were the lines:

Il y a chose plus grand que moi ou toi;
C'est nous. Et j'usque-là, je peux batailler seulement.

Loosely translated this means: There are bigger things than me and you; it's us. And because of that, I can battle alone. (Please feel free to correct me if your French is better than mine!) I really liked this and so had to include it. :)

Negative criticism: This was your average romance novel. Inevitable relationship, inevitable ending. The characters weren't a huge drawing point, just the history.

Conclusion: I am intrigued and so would still read the other related books, but they wouldn't be priority reading. I may even eventually find time to peruse her multiple other novels
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not goblins but still worth reading 21 Aug 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Melanie Jackson is a cool writer, doing things most other romance writers would never tackle. While not my favorite read of this author, this is very different. Lord Byron meets Frankenstin? Who else but Ms. Jackson would have thought of this concept.

I appreciated her imagination and inventive story. Not her best, but a good change of pace.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By shaz17 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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In 1816, Lord Byron stayed at the castle of Dr. Johann Dippel, the inspiration for May Sheely's Baron Von Frankenstein. Trapped there by a lightening storm, he was approached by the doctor and promised a cure for his epilepsy. That cure changed him forever....
In the 21st century, Brice Ashton wrote a book and like all biographies of famous people, hers on Lord Byron was sent to critics in advance. One Damien Ruthven responded. He contacted Brice and told her that her work contained 2 errors and that only he could give her the truth. His words held hints of long-lost knowledge, were fraught with danger, deception and desire. And his eyes, those windows to the soul, showed the experience of centuries. Damien promised to share his secrets. But first, Brice knew, she would have to share herself with him....
I found it pretty boring in places, tends to waffle. But some aspects pretty good, informative and differnt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carry on Melanie Jackson! 20 Jun 2012
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I really enjoy her writing and novels with a touch of supernatural. I can't wait for the next new one. More faery intervention please. I love it.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What was she thinking? 5 Mar 2005
By Mkath - Published on
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I've added Ms. Jackson to my over-hyped writers list. I read her previous series and liked only the first book with Jack Frost. The rest were confusing and badly written. This book falls into that category. It started off with a huge bang, and was very engrossing, it then descended into stupid drivel. By the end of the book I was hoping they were going to get killed. She doesn't spend enough time developing characters and relies on back story explanations. I felt no empathy or interest for their situation. I failed to understand why the heroine was even at his townhouse (oh wait the so convienent snowstorm). she was blocks away from her hotel, this is New York take a train! No instead she shacks up with someone she believes might be crazy and he then does crazy things. She of course takes at first glance his explanation because her husband died and she is still in pain! The reader is in pain after fifty pages because of her stupid decisions. The overly gory ending is not for the faint of heart and seems like it was tacked on to add suspense to a dead plot. Avoid this one. I threw this away. I was too embarrased to even pass it on to a friend.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars. 28 Feb 2005
By AK - Published on
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Damien Ruthven was prepared to despise the latest Lord Byron biography to come across his desk. To his surprise, it was the most accurate one he'd ever read, despite a few errors. The authoress, Brice Ashton, knew things about Byron no other biographer ever had written- and Ruthven should know, since he was once Byron. In a case of the cure being possibly as bad as the disease, he'd long ago sought a cure for his epilepsy, with the result that he was now virtually immortal. Being so set apart from the rest of the world turned him into a very lonely man, nothing thrilled him and he didn't expect it to, until in answer to his summons, Brice walks into his life. Once more, he feels alive, yet he has made his angel a target. The creature who made him what he is wanted to kill him and thus find atonement before its own death. If Brice interferes, she is fair game as well.

***** Vibrant originality makes this what can best be described as a fast paced modern gothic novel It is the kind of book you don't want to end, but still want to see how it ends. Though I adore Ms Jackson's goblin novels- this surpasses them in excellence. *****
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackson conjures fire is divine indeed! 14 Feb 2005
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on
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Melanie Jackson is simply a beautiful writer. I could sit and read her prose without worrying where the words would carry me, just enjoying the beauty of her craft. This gift is coupled with a second talent - a vivid imagination. Jackson has taken us to Scotland where seven tears summons a Selkie and a ghost of a lonely piper still haunts and ancient castle. She lured us down moonlit moors where smugglers still plied their trade. More recently she has been taking us on one wild ride as the host of Fae fight the encroaching menace of the Goblin Horde as they peddle their dangerous Goblin fruit (and by the way, they were likely responsible for the mess in several cities of late!). These tales mark Jackson as one of the most original writers in Paranormal Romance. Often in Romance, you see books being similar. No one touches Jackson. She boldly blazes forth to write highly fresh tales, and Divine Fire is yet again one of these brilliant gems.
This time Jackson pokes her finger at Lord Byron and Frankenstein. What really happened that weekend when they Shelleys, Byron and John Polidori wrote their tales of vampires and monsters? Well, to learn the answer, you must approach Damien Ruthven. A man with dark secrets and long memories of that night over a hundred years ago.
Brice Ashton has written a biography about Lord Byron. She is surprised to get a message from Ruthven telling her she made three mistakes. Three mistakes only he holds the knowledge to correct. Intrigued, Brice accepts the invitation with the belief Ruthven has in his possession documents about Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb. Only the knowledge is not on paper, it's locked inside Damien's head.
In 1816, Dr. Johann Dippel invites Lord Byron to his chateau with the offer of curing his epilepsy. He did. But it had side effects that have caused ripples through the centuries. Ruthven's summoning of Brice now puts her in danger as there are those who want Ruthven to atone for that long ago night when vampires and monsters were born.
To say any more than that, would take the edge off this highly charged romance tale that delivers on so many levels. Once again, Jackson weaves her magic as few can do!
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Frankenstein - Type Romance 18 Feb 2005
By Cat Lover - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been reading and enjoying vampire romances, so I took the plunge and tried this one -- and it blew me away. Wow! There's lots of everything here -- love, romance, blood, gore, horror, evil zombies, even humor. It does well in the romance category and l look forward to the sequel (hinted at in this one). After reading this, I was a bit wrung out so I am now reading a very light historical novel to calm down. Ha!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic suspenseful romantic fantasy 25 Jan 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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Book critic Damien Ruthven is shocked with how accurate the eighteen hundred page manuscript written by author Brice Ashton is. However, he also feels that two points in the biography needs correcting as she is slightly in error on his affair with Lady Caroline Lamb and on a poem he wrote to her. Out of character and shocking his assistant Karen Anderson, he invites author Brice Ashton to America to discuss her first of three overpriced tomes on the life of Lord Byron. Excited, Brice accepts the invitation believing that her host has access to documents she has not seen.

The bad news is that Damien has no documents. The good news is that he knew Byron intimately because in 1816, Dr. Johann Dippel "cured" the aristocratic poet of epilepsy; Damien was Byron back in the early nineteenth century. As the critic and the writer feel a growing attraction to one another, his invitation inadvertently also brings danger to his guest as killers want Byron dead with collateral damage acceptable.

DIVINE FIRE is a fantastic suspenseful romantic fantasy starring two wonderful protagonists even if a book reviewer and an author make strange bedfellows. Especially interesting is Damien's look back to his past that comes alive in such a manner that the audience will believe that Dr. Dippel cured his patient. This in turn leads readers to expect Melanie Jackson to provide sequels starring other patients of Dr. Dippel.

Harriet Klausner
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