Jan 16, 2013

{Review} of Shield of Fire by Boone Brux

Shield of Fire by Boone Brux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Fantasy
THEME: Paranormal/Romance
RECEIVED: Entangled Publishing
AUTHORS BLOG: Boone Bruxs' Site

Protecting humans is the Bringers' duty. Sending demons to the Shadow World is their pleasure.
In one night, Ravyn's life plunges from barely tolerable to deadly. Forced to flee the only home she's known, she stumbles headlong into the clutches of Icarus, a powerful demon intent on stealing her powers. Unfortunately for him, she has no intention of cooperating.
When Rhys realizes the woman he's rescued from the Bane Demon is no mere human, his obligation as a Bringer dictates he protect and train her in the ways of his people. But he's unprepared for the intense desire he feels for the fiery Ravyn. To surrender to his need may mean her death.
As the Demon King's desire for ultimate power escalates, fathers are slated against sons, and foes are made allies. The Bane threat upon them, Rhys and Ravyn must quest to unite the last of the Bringers--and explore a passion too powerful to ignore.

Shield of Fire follows Ravyn, a young woman who has grown up living in the Abbey with the sisters on a safe and guarded land. She grew up being told she was cursed, knowing she was different Ravyn tried to hide in the shadows amongst the sisters. Until a brother in Abbey tries to give her to a demon, one that she didn’t think existed and is now running for her life. Lucky for her she runs into a warrior who is known as a Bringer and is like her and ready to fight the demon who is after Ravyn, for more reasons now that he met her.

Ravyn is an innocent young woman who hasn’t really been in the outside world. When she escapes from the Abbey she learns about herself and that she isn’t the only one who is different. I liked her spunk, she was timid and scared when the readers first meet her in the Abbey but later she expresses her independence. When she meets Rhys, the warrior who saves her, Ravyn learns more about her abilities and that she’s a lot more powerful than anyone he’s ever met or heard of. In the end the readers will enjoy Ravyn’s development. Not only does she mature but also she has one interesting background that I had no idea was coming.

Rhys is a powerful warrior right when he’s introduced, fighting off a demon and saving a “damsel” in distress. Though he doesn’t expect Rayvn, she really connects with him and he instinctively gets protective of her. I loved how he changed through out the book; usually battling alone he gets to teach Ravyn about her heritage, which he believes his similar to him. He opens up to her, even if he is trying so hard not to give in to what his heart clearly wants. The readers also get to take a journey to him home, which I absolutely loved learning about the people living with him.

What is a Bringer? I loved how Brux created a group of people that have a unique ability and purpose. There is a lot of history that is crafted nicely into Ravyn and Rhys’ story. The power development was my favorite part, just to see what Rhys could do and what more Ravyn had inside her. What is the Bane? I don’t want to give away too much but the Bane but that he is a Demon, the super creepy Incarus is the first Demon the readers meet and he is horrible right off the bat. The world of the demons was focused on mostly with Incarus, who is someone who seems to be on his own quest for something. I’m interested to see what he has up his sleeves.

Romance, the pace was perfect for this type of story. I like when the characters feel that spark but don’t act on it right away. There is lots of tension, fun moments and of course some steamy moments. I enjoyed watching their love grow and in the end how everything turned out.

Overall this was a great start to a new paranormal series, the leads take the readers on a great journey, with some action, discovery, and wonderful romance. I do however wish I new more about the time this story was set was in, I felt a medieval vibe with warriors, monsters and hope to get more details in the second book. The secondary character brought some light and a lot of humor half way through the book that I was thrilled about. I can’t wait to see how Ravyn and Rhys develop in the next book with the focus on Luc and Jade who have a whole lot of love and hate.

This is an adult novel with mature sexual content. Fans of Alyssa Day’s Warrior of Poseidon series and Gena Showalter Lords of the Underworld series will love Boone Brux’s Shield of Fire.

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