Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tour Review: Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow

Rise of the Fire Tamer

The Wordwick Games #1
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.
The first book of The Wordwick Games is full of high adventure and SAT worthy words. Kailin Gow's probably most complex story takes readers to a world that goes from modern to fantastically medieval. Beware the dragons and ogres and evil wizards! Henry Word's famous Wordwick Game has a secretive Level 10 and only Gem, Sparks, Jack, Kat and Rio will be privy to the dangers and learning experiences that Anachronia poses. While only one can become the helpful ruler of Anachronia, the group will have to work together to bring peace to two warring tribes and see the game through to the end.

Rise of the Fire Tamer brings forth all that one would expect in one of Kailin's fantasy novels. The challenges, the magic, and the unique base for the story's plot. What makes this story different and more complex is the fact that the story's main plot tells Gem's story, but follows multiple characters. Gem isn't even the first character readers will meet. Fortunately, Kailin keeps it all straight and makes introducing this big group of characters fun and entertaining. Though Kat was actually my favorite character, the underestimated, weird and outspoken rebel that she was really stuck out for me, I did appreciate how steady Gem was. I wasn't too crazy that all the guys in the story were just infatuated with her because of her beauty while thinking that she was just a dumb cheerleader, but her ability to think in stressful situations was awesome.

The Wordwick Games seems like it will fall in the same category as Kailin's Alchemists Academy series. The dramatic endings will prove that whatever is next in the series will be tremendously surprising and unexpected. It's with these stories that Kailin really draws focus to the character's unknown pasts and great futures. Even with Rise of the Fire Tamer's revealing ending, I couldn't possibly say that I have any inkling of where this series is headed. Virtual gaming is a first for me, but Kailin's work surely isn't! I have every bit of faith that the next book, The Ascension, will hit all of Kailin's previous marks and go even further.
*Ebook provided in exchange for an honest review*

Publication Date: June 2010
Publisher: The EDGE Books

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  1. This seems like a good read! Hope this gets a lot of exposure. :)

  2. I can't wait to read it.


  3. Hope your tour is going well! Love the sounds of this book, and will definitely be reading it in the near future :)
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