Rise of the Fire Tamer Book Review, Giveaway, & Free Donuts!

Sher A Hart here with book review for the blog tour of Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow. Thanks to Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer for hosting the tour. During the blast, I promised a review on Saturday and it’s that time already. Yes, time does fly!
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Now on to the book blurb and trailer:

Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow

After winning a contest for a popular game called Wordwick Games, five teens Gemma, Sparks, Rio, Kat, and Jack, are invited to stay at Wordwick Games inventor Henry Word’s mysterious castle and play the newest level of Workwick Games. Little do they know, the castle is the doorway to a wondrous world call Anachronia where words can be used as weapons, power, and commodity. There is unrest in Anachronia, and if the five teens can follow the rules of Wordwick Games and prove to be the best player, one of them will be crowned Ruler of Anachronia.

Book Trailer
Now here’s my review:

Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was surprised I liked a book on gaming this much because I’m not into games. But I really liked how the author used words as part of the test, and then used the same words later in the text. One hitch, that really made the misuse of “further” stand out when she meant “farther”.

At first I worried about too many main characters to keep straight. But Kailin used a combination of visual characteristics with stereotypical roles turned on their heads, so I didn’t have any problems remembering people. For once, I liked a third person narrative with multiple points of view because Kailin didn’t head-hop by accident. She rotated points of view, one per section, so I always knew who was talking. That was a smart move, adding some doubt as to who would win the game until later in the book.

There were some editing issues and a few unresolved problems. One of the characters couldn’t read some important words, something the others would ask about but didn’t, and another character changed his mind far too easily given the stakes and persuasion used. Then there were physical inconsistencies between the real world and the gaming world left unexplained. But the characterization, pace, and plot overall kept me turning pages. Plus I liked the resolution to the overall story, after which Kailin provided a nice twist, opening the way to a sequel. I give Rise of the Fire Tamer four stars.

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Author Kailin Gow

Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 80 distinct books.

Kailin Gow is also the President of a media company, a media personality, and has been writing full-time since she was first published. Holding a Masters in communications management and leadership positions in Fortune 500 corporations, she puts her leadership abilities, her experience, and desire to help others into her fiction books. As a result, she has written the forthcoming, Finding the Heroine in You book which is also a national tour. She is a mother and spends whatever spare time she has volunteering at the Red Cross, Battered Women’s Shelters, and other organizations.

Currently her Frost Series is in development for a major international MMO Game, and she has over 14,000 and growing Frosters on her facebook fan page.


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I received word from Julia Dweck that her Donuts rhyming picture took is free today, 1/12/13. This is a story about a squirrel’s friendship with a mysterious tree set within an enchanting fantasy adventure for young readers. The illustrations by Adam Duff are breathtakingly beautiful. I loved this story of friendship and caring between tree and squirrel, but it almost made me cry. I’m a sissy that way.

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I have never read a book about gaming- and this one sounds more interesting than I would have expected.

    Donuts looks cute!

    Thanks again-

    • You’re welcome, Jess, it was definitely more interesting than I expected, and a lot more dangerous than the gamers expected. If you have grandchildren, you should definitely treat them to Donuts! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Forget about the gaming. The story takes place in a magical castle. What more could anyone want in a book?

    Thanks for the review, Sher.

    • LOL! Now why didn’t I think of that similarity to Hogwarts? Probably because it seemed more technology oriented until the gamers got inside those pods. But after that it seemed like magic!

  3. thanks for share.

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