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Book Review: Fate of Flames

Fate of Flames (Effigies #1) by Sarah Raughley

Genres/Themes: Magical Girl [kinda], YA, Giant Monsters, Fantasy, Dystopia

★★★★★

*I received this book through netgalley, but all thoughts and opinions are my own*

Holy moly! When they say this is a mix between Pacific Rim and Sailor Moon, they aren’t kidding, and I loved every second of it.

Well, mostly ^_^

Synopsis 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…


I love the idea, the concept, and the badass girls. It did seem a little cliche that of course the new girl is the important one and can’t figure out her powers, but I got over it considering why she couldn’t get them to work.
Another thing I really appreciated was how death is brought up and how these girls– the Effigies, all think about fighting and dying in different ways, yet still all hate it. It makes sense and adds another depth to the novel.

Seeing memories of the past… I’m not totally sold on it [Getting an Avatar-vibe and i’d like a little more clarity], as well as the science-y stuff and “the fifth Effigie”, but the action and scenes were awesome.

I should probably admit that I absolutely loved Pacific Rim and while reading this book, the theme song continuously played in my head, perhaps the Sailor Moon one would have been more accurate with the fighting and winning love– but there is always a snag.

As a downside, I really did want more details on a few things: What does the main character look like?, How old are the Effigies?, How does one pick their soul weap– their sword?, Why is Rhys such a popular name now?.

I loved this book, but I worry I am over hyping it. I’ll have to re-read it when the next book comes out and HELL YES I will be reading it.

I recommend this book to fans of Sailor Moon (They don’t start as friends either you know), monster movies, and anyone who likes reading kick ass fight scenes (while understanding the characters have realistic fears).
Looking forward to the sequel!!

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