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Fireborn by Keri Arthur eARC {4 Stars} + Giveaway

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Fireborn by Keri Arthur is the first book in a new urban fantasy series focusing on a phoenix and a mysterious new virus that way too many dangerous people are interested in. Fireborn was a nice combination of the fun things I expect from an urban fantasy book with a few new twists thrown in, phoenix being one of them ;-). I’m liking this trend of urban fantasy worlds where some of the paranormal species have gone public and others are still under the radar like in Fireborn; it makes for some much more interesting dynamics!

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Note: I received Fireborn from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.

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Fireborn by Keri Arthur eARC {4 Stars} + Giveaway

Fireborn by Keri Arthur (Souls of Fire #1)
Published by Signet on July 1st, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 400 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.

But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…

4 Stars


  • I had to grab Fireborn as soon as I saw that the main character was a phoenix! I haven’t read any urban fantasy with phoenix before Fireborn and I loved Fireborn’s spin on the traditional fantasy creature. Emberly is able to take human form, firebird form, and flame form along with being able to produce and control magic fire; so cool!
  • One of the most interesting parts of being a phoenix in Fireborn, however, is the curse that all phoenix are under. Emberly has a soulmate who she lives with and needs to magically rejuvenate throughout all her rebirths, but her and Rory are cursed with never falling in love with each other. Instead, phoenix are destined to fall in love and have their heartbroken in each lifetime, either because their human love dies or rejects them. This makes the relationship dynamics in Fireborn really interesting, since there is a definite separation between lust and love.
  • Speaking of lust, Fireborn is on the sexier side of the urban fantasy spectrum, which is always fun to read ;-).
  • The mystery plot introduced in Fireborn is based around this new virus that has emerged and the researchers working on a cure for it. There isn’t too much emphasis on the scientific research aspects, but it was fun for the mystery to involve research labs. Yey science!
  • Fireborn takes place in Australia where some paranormal creatures have come out to the public and others are staying a secret. The glimpses we get of what other interesting paranormal species exist, such as phoenix and fire fae, are super intriguing and immediately hooked me on this series. I need to know more!


  • Emberly has already loved and lost when Fireborn starts, but she is still seriously pining over her old boyfriend. Since she has to interact with him a lot during Fireborn, there are a lot of thoughts of “I love him but I must not love him but I love him but but but….”
  • There is a fair amount of back story that needs to be explained even though this is a first book in this series. I’m not sure if there is a previous series that Emberly shows up in, but I suspect so given the number of references to previous events.
  • While I enjoyed the glimpses we got of the paranormal world Fireborn takes place in, I felt that I didn’t get enough of the big picture. I really wanted to know more about this alternative Australia and world in general. I’m hoping we get more in the next book ;-).


Fireborn is a strong start to what promises to be an exciting and steamy new urban fantasy series. I loved the introduction of the phoenix to the traditional urban fantasy cast, along with a mystery plot that involved research into a scary new virus. Emberly is a great main character with a refreshingly realistic view on lust and love. I’m looking forward to exploring more of the world of Fireborn, book two now please??


As an added bonus, one of you can start this series too! Thank you to Penguin for sponsoring a giveaway of Fireborn :D. As per Penguin’s policy this giveaway will be US only and no PO boxes. The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email, so please make sure it is an email you frequently check! I verify giveaway entries, so please don’t cheat.

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

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  1. This looks pretty exciting. I like the idea of the phoenix!
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  2. I haven’t read any phoenix stories either. This sounds like it’s original enough to be captivating, and yet still has all the right expected elements.
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    • Exactly! I loved finding out how the magic and world worked but still had the normal UF structure to rely on ;-)

  3. The phoenix lore and virus elements sound pretty intriguing, but she’s hung up on her ex? No, bad Emberly! No lust, no love, just mystery. Sherlock Holmes did it; so can you. ;)
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  4. It got me thinking, and you’re right – I’ve never read about a phoenix before! Is she reborn when she goes through the heartbreak?
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    • She is only reborn when she dies or when she hits 100. She’s reborn into adulthood fortunately, but if she dies before 100 the rebirth is really painful D:

  5. I never did receive my copy of Fireborn *sadface* I like the sound of your strengths and science and hey australia. Sigh guess I’ll have to pull out of the tour
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