"The Flame" is without doubt my least favourite book of this series for several reasons. Unlike his brothers before him Koranen, the 7th born brother has a choice of potential wives when 4 Aquamancers arrive on Nightfall in the hopes one will prove to be the woman who will control his fire with her power over water. Although it is obvious to the reader which woman his ideal match is, Koranen actually works his way through the other 3 first (practical I know but hardly romantic); attempting to become intimate in order to ascertain whether his power over fire will harm whichever woman he happens to be associating with at the time. Yes Koranen is a young man desperate for physical affection; however for the first part of this book it is all about him wanting to have sex rather than fall in love.
In fact it got to the point that I was no longer interested in the growing relationship between Koranen and his destined bride Danau; a woman equally starved of physical affection due to her ability to absorb heat and leave any potential lover with frostbite. Instead I was more intrigued by escalating events threatening the Convocation of the Gods from taking place on Nightfall, an as yet to be undertaken assassination attempt on Kelly and a variety of untrustworthy mages with their sights firmly set on capturing Rora; a living Fountain of magic, for their own purposes. I'm left very disappointed by this book (exacerbated by the fact I have enjoyed the previous 6 books so much) however I hope the final book of this series "The Mage" due for publication in May 2009 will meet my high expectations.
The first book in this series was great, really. based upon that i bought the entire series... and let me tell you what a dissapointment, if your an avid reader you tend to pay attention to the smallest details, right?. i have never read any book in all my life when the charectors "blushed" so much in my entire life., it's childish and premature. badly written. no great story line... this series is really the worst one i have read all year, and to be honest i couldnt finish the last two books i flicked to some pages read a few. i forced myself to read the others hoping it would get better, it didnt.
This may be my least favourite of the series, because neither of them really have a choice. It's not that they really like each other or anything, they're just the only person the other can have. But considering that, Jean still manages to make it seem romantic, which is impressive!