Blazing Earth by Terri Brisbin #Review

Posted April 6, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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

Blazing Earth by Terri Brisbin #Review
Blazing Earth

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Series: #3 Novel of the Stone Circles
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on April 5, 2015
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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The third leg of the series and things just got better.  It might have taken it’s time with the story of the newly introduced characters and getting the other players into place, but that final big scene left me teary-eyed and breathless.  Quite the set up for what feels like the grand finale coming up in the next book.

As may be surmised from my earlier remarks, this is not a series that can be read out of order or this book treated as a standalone.

The book opens with the introduction of Tolan the earthblood and Elethea the sunblood living quietly in a small village.  He works the lord’s lands even as he hides the secrets passed down by forefathers time out of mind and she is a healer and midwife.  Tolan seems to have the magic touch with growing things, but he is careful not to let them suspect he is anything more than a really good farmer.  The lord of the lands is acting oddly and asking questions about magical stone circles which sets him on his guard.  Tolan is a widower living with his beloved son, but he and the widowed Elethea have an arrangement.  Tolan wants more, but Elethea was abused by her first husband and is determined to never be in a man’s power again.  And then there is the fact that she is barren and knows that Tolan wants a family and more children.  Thea has more than just Tolan’s growing attentions to worry about as she realizes that she can wield healing magic and seems to have a connection with the sun, itself.  What is happening to her?

Approaching Tolan and Elethea’s quiet village are the Warriors of Destiny and their enemy, Lord Hugh.  The third magical circle and the two newly emerging descendants of the gods is their destination.  The Warriors seek to gain Tolan and Elethea’s help to seal off the circle from the evil imprisoned in the abyss and Hugh needs the pair to use the circle to free his beloved goddess.

Tolan and Elethea aren’t sure who to believe at first, but then any choice is removed and they must make a fateful decision.

This one started out a bit like the others even as it introduced a new pair and their abilities.  Tolan has some knowledge that is handed down through his family, but for Thea, it is all new.  Their love for each other is really never in question, but it is the past abuse and Thea’s barrenness that causes her to hold him at arm’s length.

The story took it’s time coming to the crucial point and bringing all parties together.  I loved having all the Warriors together and working together.  Aislynn is proving an interesting person as stuff that was just hinted in the last book starts to be more and more apparent.

Unlike many books and series, the villain in this one is engaging in his own way.  Hugh gets narration time along with the main pair and the others.  His motives and thoughts allow the reader to connect even as his connection with evil keep him situated firmly in the villain camp.

The past stories had something of a similar conflict and climax.  This one was going that way, but then had quite the twist at the end.  It notched up the conflict and tension by a hundred times.  Just wow!  This is how a set up book should end.  I am in a fever for the next book.

In summary, this series built and got better with each book.  Love the blend of slightly spicy and intensively active fantasy and historical romance.  I can definitely recommend it.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I don’t think I’ve come across this series before. I like the magic elements of this book, as it reminds me of the Earthsong Chronicles by L. Penelope. Hmm, I’ll have to look this one up, because you have me curious now. Great review!

    • Curiosity gets me so many times. I didn’t know about the Earthsong Chronicles. I’ll have to check that out.

  • I haven’t read this author before but I like how the story sounds. I don’t read much fantasy but I like the review so maybe I’ll give this one a try.

    • I like how she blends medieval historical setting with fantasy. Hope you get a chance to give the series a try.

  • I like the cover and for that reason I’d read it

    • Yes, this series does have beautiful covers that match each of the elemental magics in the books.

    • Yes, this series does have beautiful covers that match each of the elemental magics in the books.

  • Debbie Haupt

    You know Sophia Rose I love these sorts of series stories but if they make me wait too long between I tend to go postal so I now like to wait until the whole series is out and then binge. Great review and I know this one will go on my wish list

    • I know, it’s hard to wait the whole year knowing the big part is coming. 😉

      Hope you enjoy them when you get the chance!

  • I like that the villain is engaging Sophia, and it sounds like this series has many elements I would enjoy!

    • He is. She really took the time to build and develop his character in book one. He is brutal and driven, but there’s something appealing, too. Maybe I pity him a bit.

  • I’m so glad to hear these are good, Sophia. I’m gonna hang my head for a little while because I have books 1 and 2 still sitting ‘forgotten’ on my review pile. They aren’t quite blogger shame status but they’re getting pretty darn close I believe. lol

    • No, head hanging. I have a few like that, too. When I encounter bloggers and reviewers that don’t I’m suspicious they’re fibbing to me. LOL.

      I actually was only meh about parts of book one though there was good stuff, too. Book two was all around good. But this one was definitely getting into better than good. Now I have to wait after that brutal finish to see what comes next. Ugh.

      • Good to know! I’ll keep that in mind when I tackle them at some point 😀

        LOL I hear ya. I had someone tell me they only had like 12 books on their review pile and they were having a bit of a panic over it and I’m like okay that’s ONE month for me. Mine’s shamefully longer than that.

        • Uh yeah, mine, too. Twelve books wouldn’t be much more than the stack I have after a few publisher’s emails show up.

      • Good to know! I’ll keep that in mind when I tackle them at some point 😀

        LOL I hear ya. I had someone tell me they only had like 12 books on their review pile and they were having a bit of a panic over it and I’m like okay that’s ONE month for me. Mine’s shamefully longer than that.

  • I remember when this book published, and I was interested in the book! I passed on the chance to review because of timing/scheduling but I am still very interested. I like it when the villain is intriguing and likable, despite being the villain. 😉 Fantastic review, Sophia!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I have to pass so many that catch my eye and it’s worse when I read a review that praises it to the heavens.
      Yes, she really took the time to write a cunning and intriguing villain. He was my favorite character in book one as a result.

  • I do love an engaging villain. Glad you really enjoyed this one. This is an author that I’m not familiar with. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I wasn’t familiar with her books, either, until I read book one. Speaking of book one, that’s when I discovered that I could appreciate a well-written villain as my favorite part of a book.