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Review: The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy
Tuesday August 2, 2011 at 12:00 am |

thefirelordslover-kkPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Copyright: 2010
Published: July 26, 2010
Pages: 259
Form: E-Book
Series: The Elven Lords (1)
Author: Kathryne Kennedy
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Fighting for control of a kingdom that is split into seven domains, Elven warlords use their human slaves to breed an endless supply of soldiers for their armies. Dominic Raikes, the half-blood son of the Elven Lord himself is one such warrior. Betrothed to Lady Cassandra, who has been raised in a convent to keep her pure, he little suspects that she’s been secretly trained as an assassin to murder his father and him. Dominic and Cassandra soon discover that each one is not what they seem, but the price of trust may be their very lives, and the destruction of the magical realm each is desperately trying to save.

My Thoughts:

In The Fire Lord’s Lover, Kennedy creates a fantastic mythical world of a historical England that has been conquered, split into seven sovereignties, and now ruled by cold Elven Lords.  Dominic, the bastard half-breed of the Lord of Firehame (Mor’ded), has just won England’s King for his father’s region and must now be wed in order to breed another champion for his father.

Dominic possesses the gift of fire that can burn, heal, warm, and bind.  But he does not possess the black fire and therefore does not have the power to destroy his father, who has tortured him and treated him with cold indifference for all of his life.  Unbeknown to him, his new bride has been raised in a convent and trained in her Elven gift of dance to aid the rebellion and get close enough to his father to end his life.  But will they learn to trust each other enough to come together for the good of the people?

This book was very well written and full of understated beauty and amazing visual content.  The world was drawn beautifully for the reader and it was easy to find yourself drawn into this world and engaged in the character’s lives.  At first I was convinced that Dominic was just as cold and dreadful as his father, but I was happy to eventually be swayed in my thinking and have his thoughts and intentions revealed to me.  The way he treated his wife in the beginning was deplorable and I was hoping she’d be able to eventually warm his ice cold heart.

Turns out Lady Casandra was just the person General Dominic Raikes needed in his life.  As his passion and desire for her increased, he became increasingly fond of her and began to admire her independence and bravery.  But since his father had always found a way to use the people and things he loved most against him, he was terrified to show any affection for her in public for fear that Mor’ded would hurt her too.  It was a sweet agony for me to see two people so smitten with each other but unable to express themselves in a way conducive to a functioning partnership.

But despite the two having to quell their outward affection for each other, when they got together privately it was smoldering.  The love scenes between the two created a stifling sense of intimacy and was amazingly sensual.  I read so much romance that sometimes love scenes bore me, but I enjoyed all of them in The Fire Lord’s Lover.  Cassandra is a very likable woman.  She’s selfless, kind, and concerned for the welfare of others.  And over time you grow to love Dominic as well.  He’s not as hard as he seems and proves to also be kind and caring and certainly noble.

But when I finished the book I came away feeling like everything hadn’t been completely resolved.  There was just a sense that there was much more to this story.  So I did a bit of digging and discovered that this book is the first of a new series.  Overall, it was a great book that packs a nice subtle punch, and I cannot wait to visit this world again in the next installment.

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11 Responses to “Review: The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy”

  1. Lena says:

    Great review. Sounds like a. Wonderful romance novel. I never thought about how love scenes can be boring when you read so many of them, but it makes sense.

  2. O I hate when I end a book with that vibe. Great review. I’ve been wondering about this one.

  3. Jade Jade says:

    @ Lena, thank you. Yeah after a while sometimes the love scenes all start to sound the same, especially from the same author. So I can appreciate when an author has me into their loves scenes just as much as the rest of the book.

    @ JuJu, me too. But I don’t care as much when I know that the story will be continued.

  4. Brie says:

    I liked what you said about the sex scenes and I totally get you, I sometimes find myself skiming trough the love scenes because I find them repetitive. Now, if I’m emotionally invested in the characters and the author is good at writing sexual tension, then the sex scenes will probably be great, whether they are explicit or not… I’m guessing this is what happened here right? Is the next book out yet?

  5. Brie says:


    Oh wait! I just googled her, the next book came out today actually and I do know who this author is, I’ve had her previous series on my TBR pile for ages! I might even have the first book somewhere in my house under a pile of dust.

  6. Jade Jade says:

    @ Brie, yes that’s exactly waht I mean. The author did an excellent job with these two characters and the tension. But they had some kind of straining circumstances as well which helped the story along. And yes the next in this series hould have been released soon.

  7. Lynette says:

    I got this when it was a free read for Kindle. I read it and liked it. Wasn’t wowed, but interested in checking out the rest. I’m going to have to look at the next in the series.

  8. Missie says:

    Dang it!

    I think this book was being offered as a free download on Amazon and while back and I passed it up! *sobs*

    I knew I should of grabbed it. I’m so interested in seeing what you mean about the love scenes. Same thing happens to be that I get bored with them, like with the book I’m reading now.

    Sounds like very interesting world building too. Great review, Jade.

  9. Jade Jade says:

    @ Lynette, that’s how I got it. It was free for my Nook. I liked the synopsis and the reviews seemed to be favorable so I decided to try it and really liked it. I have to agree, not the best, but still very enjoyable.

    @ Missie, YES you should have downloaded it. Maybe it will go on special again soon.

  10. This sounds different. Lovely review. This is one of those books where I want to read it because of your review, but when I get it on my bookshelf I will be confused at why I was interested. If that makes sense.

  11. Jade Jade says:

    @ Alexis, I’m LOL because that makes totl sense!