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The Fireborn Chronicles: Revelations by Mary Andrews

REVELATIONS
The Fireborn Chronicles: Revelations by Mary Andrews
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA
Length: Full Length (170 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

PSIONIC SCI FI

The inevitable fusion of Man, Machine, and the Paranormal

After Earth’s destruction, humans have scattered and spread across the universe. The peace is kept by a universal government. Four rogue talents unite to become an invincible Government Dark Ops team—the Nemesis Team.

But an unknown planet has turned up; a planet ruled by Oracles whose agents may be usurping The Government and suddenly, nothing is what it seems.

Follow the Nemesis Team and their uneasy allies as they race to unravel a reality not of their making before the strange world is annihilated by an asteroid.

After the Earth was destroyed by an asteroid, humans scattered all over the universe, and a universal government was set up to keep the peace. The Dark Ops team called the Nemesis Team composed of four rogue talents is sent throughout the universe to solve problems. The latest dilemma involves an unknown planet which has suddenly appeared, a planet ruled by Oracles whose agents may be trying to usurp the authority of the universal government. It is up to the Nemesis team and their allies to try to unravel the mystery before this strange planet is destroyed by an asteroid.

This novel is the third in the Fireborn Chronicles and once again we have Ira, an empath, along with Tristen, the Oracles’ Chosen One, working to save a planet. They are aided by the rest of the team and along the way, they make contact with the Roma people. I was very impressed with Mary Andrews’ knowledge and treatment of the Roma culture. In this setting, the Roma live in space caravans, but their traditions date back to a time before the Earth was destroyed. They are a very proud and private people who find themselves in a situation where they need to interact with the Nemesis Team. The first meeting between these two very different groups is stressful, to say the least, but they eventually find that they have enough in common to work together to try to save the unknown planet from destruction.

The story line in this novel is intricate and the action moves at a very fast pace. I really enjoyed a number of the characters, and I was intrigued with the Roma’s question, “What if the Earth itself is actually an accumulation of intelligence from the time of its conception. What if we, like skin cells, are an integral but non-connected part of something much, much larger.” The idea of connectivity plays a large role in this novel, and it was amazing to see how Andrews weaves the various pieces of the story into a complete and well-structured whole.

Readers of fantasy are sure to enjoy Revelations. I would encourage those who are interested to begin with the first volume in the series, Fireborn Found, followed by Resonances, and then Revelations for the deepest enjoyment of this amazing world. Each of the three novels does stand alone and each one has its own complete and distinct plot. But Andrews has done a fabulous job with the development of her characters, so I believe that reading the three novels in order provides the richest experience.

The Fireborn Chronicles: Resonances by Mary Andrews

RESONANCES
The Fireborn Chronicles: Resonances by Mary Andrews
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA
Length: Full Length (251 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

PSIONIC SCI-FI: MAN, MACHINE and THE PARANORMAL THEY’RE BACK

Once again the Dark Ops crew of the Nemesis is called into action. But this time it’s personal. When a former team member is kidnapped on a Hive drug mining planet both the Universal Government and the new Corporate Overlord have to respond. For the first time the Nemesis team and the Corporate Archangels join forces against a psychic vampire, his strange twin brother, and the Oracle menace threatening their universe. But is anything truly what it seems?

The Dark Ops crew is sent out to rescue a former team member who has been kidnapped by a psychic vampire capable of draining the life force out of any humans who get near him. The vampire’s twin brother has the ability to calm people and make them like him, so together the twin brothers pose quite a threat to the rest of the world. In addition, the Oracle, which set Rael up as the new Corporate Overlord, is posing its own threats in a world where men, machines, and the paranormal interact.

Resonances is the second book in The Fireborn Chronicles, and it can be read alone. However, I was very glad that I’d already read the first book (Fireborn Found) so that I knew the members of the Dark Ops crew. This knowledge made my reading a much deeper and more satisfying experience. That being said, Resonances works fine as a stand-alone and the story is exciting, fast-paced, with many twists and turns in the plot so that the reader is engaged quickly, as the roller-coaster ride of thrills takes off.

I was particularly impressed with Mary Andrews’ sensitive handling of the difficulties encountered by the telepaths in every day life. Imagine what it would be like to be bombarded all the time with people’s emotions. Handling that kind of onslaught without being damaged requires a great deal of skill. The Archangels who serve and protect Rael have their own unique learning curve. They have been used to handling the previous Overlord so that his every need was instantly met, his emotions were handled, and everything ran smoothly. But Rael refuses to give up his humanity. He doesn’t want his needs anticipated and he doesn’t want to lose his own feelings. The Archangels must learn a new way of working, and when Rael insists that they have a right to have their own needs met as well, the Archangels become disturbed and confused, proving that change is never easy for anyone.

This is an exciting and thought-provoking fantasy novel, and I am sure that any readers of fantasy will find it fascinating and enthralling. This novel portrays an alternate reality that is complex and fully realized, and I truly enjoyed the time I spent in it.

The Fireborn Chronicles: Fireborn Found by Mary Andrews

FIRE
The Fireborn Chronicles: Fireborn Found by Mary Andrews
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA
Length: Full Length (202 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

PSIONIC SCI FI The inevitable fusion of man, machine and the paranormal The Universal Government has found an enticing strategy to bolster cooperation and membership. Each planet remains free to determine for itself what constitutes an unacceptable faction. The Universal Government will remove the members of that faction and employ them on the Hive Planet. Workers of the Hive are addicted to a wonderful and all-encompassing drug that can only be earned by working, thus converting each planet’s formerly unproductive and dangerous elements into a universal workforce that provides the ultimate interplanetary temp service across a truly universal web. Since its creation, only one person has ever escaped the Hive Planet: A newborn, fully implanted with compu-link interface temple plates, but not yet introduced to the drug. He now leads a Dark Ops unit for The Gov on a mission to uncover a psionic ring of criminals who have inexplicably taken control of an important Government Ambassador. What they find will change the universe.

Rael is the only person ever to escape from the Hive planet, a planet inhabited by all the criminals and dissidents from the rest of the Universal Government’s system of planets. The workers of the Hive are treated with an addictive drug which makes them feel wonderful, but only if they work as part of the ultimate interplanetary temp service across a universal web. Rael was rescued as an infant and adopted by Marion Mahata, the head of Dark Ops Central Command for the Universal Government. He had already been implanted with the compu-link which all Hive workers have, but he had not been given any of the addictive drug.

Mary Andrews has included three short stories in this edition of her novel so that we get to meet Rael as an eighteen-year-old when he begins his training with his own ship, Nemesis, and then fifteen years later as he begins to assemble his own special team. By the time the novel begins, the reader already knows not only Rael, but also Laynald, a healer as well as an assassin, and Ira, a telepathic teenager. Fireborn Found takes place five years after the last short story, by which time the Nemesis Dark Ops team has become fully functional, a bonding of man, machine, and the paranormal.

The story line is well-crafted and the pace is fast-moving and exciting. There are mysteries to be solved, and the plot has a lot of twists and turns. I found the descriptions of the various planets in the stories to be fascinating. But what I enjoyed the most was the characters and how Rael with his compu-link works with the telepathic Ira and Laynald, who has no supernatural powers at all. Even though these three men are very different, they work extremely well together. It is true that Ira gets a headache if he is too close to Rael when Rael is using his compu-link, and Laynald and Rael both find it difficult to be in situations where telepathic communication is going on, but in spite of their differences, they have bonded together into a complete team capable of carrying out a wide variety of assignments.

This is the first novel in a trilogy and I am definitely hooked and ready for the next two (which thankfully are already published). Readers of all ages who enjoy fantasy with a paranormal twist will be captivated by Fireborn Found.