Review: Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Review: Fate of Flames by Sarah RaughleyTitle: Fate of Flames (Effigies #1)
Author: Sarah Raughley
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: November 22, 2016

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Years ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle.

When Maia unexpectedly becomes the next Fire Effigy, she resists her new calling. A quiet girl with few friends and almost no family, she was much happier to admire the Effigies from afar. Never did she imagine having to master her ability to control fire, to protect innocent citizens from the Phantoms, or to try bringing together the other three Effigies.

But with the arrival of the mysterious Saul—a man who seems to be able to control the Phantoms using the same cosmic power previously only granted to four girls at a time—Maia and the other Effigies must learn to work together in a world where their celebrity is more important than their heroism.

But the secrets Saul has, and the power he possesses, might be more than even they can handle…

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley 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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