The Part That Doesn’t Burn by Sam Poling

The Part That Doesn’t Burn by Sam Poling
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (319 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Rose

In an overpopulated city-state where technology and magic are forbidden by the corrupt church, young witch, Mirabel Fairfax, plots the creation of a deadly plague to cull the burdensome rabble. That is, until she falls in love with the very alchemist she has been deceiving. Now, with soul-hungry geists flooding the city, the church scrambling for their prey, and her own mind at war with itself, Mirabel must decide what she’s fighting for before she loses everything to the evils of Autumnfall.

The Part that Doesn’t Burn is a fun romp filled with adventures as Mirabel Fairfax and Felix Eggland travel across the country…and, in the meantime, learn more about each other and are changed by each other.

The story is mostly Mirabel and Felix’s story, although we do also get the POV of the church through the eyes of the young priestess who is chasing them—I actually liked her and found her surprisingly sympathetic as she tried to do what she thought was the right thing to do. Ultimately, though, the person most changed throughout the story was Mirabel.

There were times during the first part of the story that I wanted to slap her –she was grating on my last nerve with her self-absorbtionism. However, the longer the story went on, the more I started to like her and realize that her attitude had more of a veneer of self-protectionism on it than true shallowness.

Felix is a bumbling scientific nerd who comes into his own during the course of the story and, even though this is not a romance, still made this reader’s heart fall a little in love with him.

There are some definite twists and turns in this story, keeping the reader on her toes to keep up. To me, however, it didn’t have the feel of a dark fantasy—it put me more in mind of The Wild Wild West (the old TV show) with magic instead of the steampunk elements.

I really enjoyed the world that Mr. Poling built for this story and would like to revisit it—there was a reveal at the end that came as a surprise to me and I really hope he has some other stories in mind.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. kim hansen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  3. Rita Wray says:

    The story sounds very intriguing.

  4. Enjoyed this wonderful review from a talented author, Sam Poling.

  5. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  6. Any review that tells me the book made the reviewer think of the old TV series The Wild Wild West with magic has my attention.

  7. Victoria says:

    Thanks for sharing the great post!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  9. Bea LaRocca says:

    Congrats on the book and the tour and thank you for offering a Giveaway! This sounds like an interesting and fun read!

  10. Thank you for hosting my novel, and for the great review!

  11. Marcy Meyer says:

    Sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  12. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  13. Gwendolyn Jordan says:


  14. I appreciate the review!

  15. Thank you for your honest review, it’s much appreciated!

  16. Maria D. says:

    I like the sound of this book – sounds like it could make an awesome series. Thanks for the honest review and for the chance at the giveaway.

  17. Shared on G+ to help spread the word, have a great day! 🙂

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