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review 2017-08-06 21:25
CHAMPIONS: AT FIRE'S END BY: CHARLOTTE JAIN
Champions: At Fire's End - Charlotte Jain

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I really liked the idea of this book. I am a big fan of Greek and Roman Mythology and the idea of this epic battle between the Titans and Olympians using mortal Champions that they bestow different abilities and elemental control to aid them into destroying each other until the last man is standing to determine the ultimate faction sounded freaking AMAZING to me!

 

 

While I do think some of the battle scenes were quite good, I feel like the first half of the book especially was kind of slow moving and rather hard to follow. I honestly feel like you were basically thrust in this situation being expected to navigate these tricky waters and situations like you were an old pro, but in the end it took a bit to actually understand what was actually happening, and by then you were onto the next situation you had to decode.

 

 

I also had some trouble really connecting to the characters, April and Kyle were interesting, but I just never felt emotionally invested in them. I was satisfied with the ending, but I feel like the first half of the book made it challenging to get there. I was glad I stuck it out till the end, but ultimately I'm not completely certain it was enough to sway me into continuing with the series. Which was rather disappointing because I feel like there was so much potential here, but the execution needed a little more finesse.

 

 

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-07-27 11:22
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Champions: at fire's end (Champions #1) by Charlotte Jain
Champions: At Fire's End - Charlotte Jain
Champions: at fire's end is the first book in the Champions series, and we hit the ground running with the first chapter from Hermes' point of view as the scene is set over why the flames are here, and why they will live in children. After that, we jump 18 years to Kyle, the bearer of the blue (water) flame. We find out that he and April (red/fire bearer) have known all along what their purpose in life is, and have Hermes and Themis to guide them. Now, this is where it got a bit confusing for me. It sounded at the beginning that all the flames had to fight each other, with only one winner. Then we find out that Kyle and April are "battle partners". Kyle has the noble notion of finding the other two flames and helping them grow into their powers so that it becomes a fair fight, which still doesn't explain how the pairing is going to work. Kim and Noah are found, but you don't really learn much about them. With different points of view, time disappearing, and honestly not knowing whether Kyle was paired up romantically with either Kim or April at any given time, plus other things, this book quickly became mystifying.
 
The premise is a good one - after all, who doesn't love a good Greek mythology story in a book? It was the execution of the idea that let it down. I have given this story 3-stars because it was intriguing enough for me to finish it, and I think the premise and the series has a lot of potential. This may be a series where it is in the final book that everything becomes clear. I don't know. What I do know is that this book will appeal to some, and not to others. Personally, I enjoyed it, even if I was a bit lost!
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@CharlotteJain, #Young_Adult, #Fantasy, #Mythology, 3 out of 5 (good)

 

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