ARC Review: Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley


Book cover for Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Fate of Flames (Effigies #1)
Author: Sarah Raughley
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Stars: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?

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Fate of Flames is unlike anything I’ve read before. This book is about a group of girls who fight phantoms to save the world. The main character goes from fangirl to fighter, even if it takes time. However, the story was pretty slow and there were a few parts that seemed dry, affecting my overall enjoyment.

This book has such an intriguing concept! Basically, there is this group of girls, called Effigies, who have to fight phantoms and save the world. I really enjoyed how all of the girls come from different countries and have very different personalities. If you are the kind of person that is interested in diverse dystopian books, Fate of Flames would be a great choice for you.

Maia is a character so different from any other dystopian that I’ve read. She is already the ultimate Effigy fangirl before randomly becoming an Effigy herself. I found it so interesting that she went from a nobody to a warrior. It takes her a while to reach her full potential, but Maia really transforms. I am all for strong female characters, so Maia and the Effigies satisfied me.

While I enjoyed the concept of Fate of Flames, the pacing bothered me at certain points. There were multiple moments that were so slow and lacked action, which was pretty disappointing. There was a lot of internal monologue as well, which was interesting at first, but got kind of annoying after a while. I would definitely prefer more excitement in this book.

Fate of Flames is a book about phantom fighting that contains a group of strong women. The main character really transforms throughout the story and becomes a warrior. While I enjoyed many things in this book, the pacing was a bit slow, and the plot seemed kind of flat to me.

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