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Burning Bright In , Elinor Pembroke Wakes To Find Her Bedchamber In Flames And Extinguishes Them With A Thought At , She Is Old To Manifest Magical Talent, But The Evidence Is Unmistakable She Not Only Has The Ability To Start Fires, But The Far Powerful Ability To Control And Extinguish Them She Is An Extraordinary, And The Only One In England Capable Of Wielding Fire In Over One Hundred YearsAs An Extraordinary, She Is Respected And Feared, But To Her Father, She Represents Power And Prestige For Himself Mr Pembroke, Having Spent His Life Studying Magic, Is Determined To Control Elinor And Her Talent By Forcing Her To Marry Where He Chooses, A Marriage That Will Produce Even Powerful Offspring Trapped Between The Choices Of A Loveless Marriage Or Living Penniless And Dependent On Her Parents, Elinor Takes A Third Path She Defies Tradition And Society To Join The Royal NavyAssigned To Serve Under Captain Miles Ramsay Aboard The Frigate Athena, She Turns Her Fiery Talent On England S Enemies, French Privateers And Vicious Pirates Preying On English Ships In The Caribbean At First Feared By Her Shipmates, A Growing Number Of Victories Make Her Truly Part Of Athena S Crew And Bring Her Joy In Her Fire But As Her Power Grows And Changes In Unexpected Ways, Elinor S Ability To Control It Is Challenged She May Have The Power To Destroy Her Enemies Utterly But Could It Be At The Cost Of Her Own Life


10 thoughts on “Burning Bright

  1. says:

    Highly recommended if a Regency era fantasy appeals to you Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Twenty one year old Elinor Pembroke, dreaming of fire burning all around her, awakes to find her room actually ablaze with an intense fire a fire she caused in her sleep Elinor is able to quench the fire with simply a thought The ability to not only mentally generate but also to extinguish fire makes her an Extraordinary Scorcher, the first British person with this high level of power Highly recommended if a Regency era fantasy appeals to you Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Twenty one year old Elinor Pembroke, dreaming of fire burning all around her, awakes to find her room actually ablaze with an intense fire a fire she caused in her sleep Elinor is able to quench the fire with simply a thought The ability to not only mentally generate but also to extinguish fire makes her an Extraordinary Scorcher, the first British person with this high level of power over fire in over a hundred years In this alternative Regency world, a few people have magical talents telepathy, flying, teleporting, visions, andand those who have especially strong abilities are called Extraordinaries.Elinor s dictatorial father is delighted that his nondescript middle daughter is suddenly an extremely valuable commodity in the marriage market many men are interested in marrying a woman with a strong talent in order to produce gifted children Elinor s personal feelings about the man her father chooses for her are of no account to him As he s busily making plans to marry her off to a rather unpleasant but wealthy nobleman, Elinor, desperate to find a path that offers her the right to determine her own fate, sneaks off to convince the Admiralty that the Royal Navy needs her help.The admirals are reluctant to allow a woman to serve in the Navy, but it s difficult for them to argue with Elinor s ability, particularly after she gives them a brief demonstration of her Extraordinary talent by calmly lighting the fireplace and every lamp in the First Lord s office at once, then extinguishing them It s clear that Elinor could make a big difference in their battles against pirates and privateers, which are splitting their naval forces in the war against Napoleon To her embarrassment, they assign her to the ship of Captain Miles Ramsay, with whom Elinor had had a bit of a tiff at a recent ball Sparks fly, inways than one Elinor has to battle, not only privateers and pirates, but the superstitions and prejudices of the sailors aboard the Athena, as well as the admiral in Bermuda who is in charge of the conflict against the pirates in the Caribbean Burning Bright is an engaging story about the adventures of a young woman who finds she has an unexpected talent, and in gaining skill and confidence in her talent, gradually gains confidence in herself as well Elinor realizes that she may be irrevocably damaging her reputation in society by joining the Navy as a single woman aboard a ship of men, but the chance to make her own decisions is worth the risk But even after Elinor finds the courage to join the Navy, her determination to face down her tyrannical father and tell him that she s leaving is short lived she ends up leaving him a letter and disappearing in the morning Her development of mental and emotional strength takes some time.While Regency era based fantasies have become fairly popular, this one, refreshingly, focuseson the nautical experience than the parlors and ballrooms and romance Melissa McShane has researched the details of shipboard life in this era and incorporated them into her story in a way that doesn t drag down the pace of the story In fact, the overall pace, after a bit of a slow build up, moves along briskly as Elinor has some unexpected adventures and makes some enemies as well as some friends The secondary characters are well developed I enjoyed the various personalities of the sailors on board the Athena Captain Ramsay is a capable leader but has some human flaws as well His dialogue with Elinor is often quite amusing I could order you, as your commanding officer, to tell me You could, Captain, but I would disobey, you would have to order me flogged, the crew would all mutiny, and you would end your days marooned on some tiny Caribbean island eating nothing but raw breadfruit and unripe coconuts Raw breadfruit is indigestible Then coconuts it will have to be There are some darker parts to Burning Bright as well, as McShane deals straightforwardly with the nightmarish psychological effects of killing men in war, as well as the seductive power that fire can gain over the person that wields it These aspects are reminiscent of some of the ideas and themes explored in Shannon Hale s fantasy Enna Burning, though I didn t find Burning Bright nearly as dark and disturbing as that fire based fantasy Burning Bright combines shipboard adventures, wars with pirates, and an interesting magical system with just a little romance I didn t really mean to spend an entire evening reading this book, but it was one of those books that was extremely difficult to put down once I got into it I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review Thank you


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    4 starsTo my smut lovers, fair warning, this has no rumpy pumpy in it I really enjoyed it anyway though and that s rare for me This is a regency era fantasy book I found the powers described in it very interesting and intriguing Imagine, Regent England with fire starters Scorchers , telekinetics Movers , teleporters Bounders and a woman that s not just a Scorcher but an Extraordinary one meaning she can stop the fire and manipulate it Simply, kick ass More detailed review, later Maybe 4 starsTo my smut lovers, fair warning, this has no rumpy pumpy in it I really enjoyed it anyway though and that s rare for me This is a regency era fantasy book I found the powers described in it very interesting and intriguing Imagine, Regent England with fire starters Scorchers , telekinetics Movers , teleporters Bounders and a woman that s not just a Scorcher but an Extraordinary one meaning she can stop the fire and manipulate it Simply, kick ass More detailed review, later Maybe.


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    Fantastical Regency historical romances have become a popular subgenre, ever since Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevermer published their fictional letter game Sorcery and Cecelia two or three decades ago Melissa McShane has come up with my favorite since the above and for totally different reasons.While Wrede and Stevermer were basically inserting magic into a Georgette Heyer world, McShane has eschewed the Heyerverse, drawing on influence from Jane Austen and Patrick O Brian, to come up wi Fantastical Regency historical romances have become a popular subgenre, ever since Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevermer published their fictional letter game Sorcery and Cecelia two or three decades ago Melissa McShane has come up with my favorite since the above and for totally different reasons.While Wrede and Stevermer were basically inserting magic into a Georgette Heyer world, McShane has eschewed the Heyerverse, drawing on influence from Jane Austen and Patrick O Brian, to come up with a fascinating next universe over in which King George III is reclusive because of a painful paranormal power, and the Colonies have not revolted In this world, those who manifest powers are valued women as well as men can serve in the British Army, but the Royal Navy is being its typical self, stubbornly traditionalist and resistant to change unless, of course, that change comes from within But Elinor Pembroke is desperate enough to bang down the castle walls, and confront the First Lord himself, with an awesome demonstration of her Extraordinary Scorcher power In other words, she can call fire at will Lots of fire.Elinor is desperate to get away from her father, who is determined to marry her off to suit his ambitions, with no regard for her wishes She finds herself summarily assigned to the frigate Athena under Captain Ramsay, who seems neutral, at best, to be assigned a woman of quality aboard He knows what a hassle it s going to be.Watching these two navigate their relationship while Elinor deals with the rules of the wooden world keeps those pages turning She s leaped from the ballrooms of London to the smelly belly of wooden ships crewed by 300 men crammed in close quarters And, well, men are men.Just when things are getting very tense, a French ship attacks them, with a scorcher on board I enjoyed the way McShane figures out how the various powers would affect tactics and strategy on the high seas Elinor knows zilch about ship to ship warfare, she has to concentrate on the firefight It s a pleasure watching her explore her powers and then discover the downside of having the skill to kill McShane doesn t flinch away from the cost of power, which adds to the tension, and heartbreak, of the storyline.One of the best moments in a tale of adventure and romance and friendship and complexity was when Elinor finally meets her counterpart among the pirate fleet the naval detachment has been assigned to eradicate It s a terrific scene.I read this in an early draft, and loved it then I was excited to see what McShane did with the final draft and found myself involved in the story all over again This world has so much potential


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    Elinor, age 21, awakens one day to a bedroom on fire Bad for the curtains, but good for her, her talent has finally emerged Her parents thought she was going to be an ordinary talent less chick as most manifest much earlier Her late manifestation means she s an Extraordinary Sorcher the super gifted Her mean old dad is over the moon excited about selling her off in marriage now to the highest bidder and woe to Elinor if she doesn t obey She s way nicer than what I d have done She doesn t Elinor, age 21, awakens one day to a bedroom on fire Bad for the curtains, but good for her, her talent has finally emerged Her parents thought she was going to be an ordinary talent less chick as most manifest much earlier Her late manifestation means she s an Extraordinary Sorcher the super gifted Her mean old dad is over the moon excited about selling her off in marriage now to the highest bidder and woe to Elinor if she doesn t obey She s way nicer than what I d have done She doesn t burn his belongings like I would, instead she joins the Royal Navy The Navy is suffering lots of pirate attacks fighting Napoleon and they re short on Sorchers that s the only reason why they allow a female to join Elinor signs up to be their newest flame thrower She s put on a ship with a nice young captain, eyebrow wiggle who s an Extraordinary Mover telekinesis and flying The crew is what you d expect seaman in the 1800 s to be, salty and smelly the book doesn t talk about smell, but I know they had to all have been RIPE on that ship I d have needed lots of Lysol and Febreeze for that trip Lots of action during the naval battles Good pacing with the battles and very nicely conveyed the chaos of any battle I enjoyed these times as the full scope of Elinor s gift is put to use, starting fires and putting them out, etc The down time when not battling was interesting too, seeing how the sailors viewed her to the daily life aboard a ship for a non sailor lady Warning, there s almost no romance zero smut in this book It s all flames and ships The end


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    Elinor is a Scorcher An Extraordinary Scorcher What a marvelous world Here people have gifts long distance talk, seers, movers, etc The possibilities are endless And I hope Ms McShane will explore them throughly But while many people have talents, very few are extraordinarily talented Elinor is one of those and she s a force of nature withe her element the fire Elinor is not a meak female She s very quiet, but also very stubborn And when her father forces her to choose between mar Elinor is a Scorcher An Extraordinary Scorcher What a marvelous world Here people have gifts long distance talk, seers, movers, etc The possibilities are endless And I hope Ms McShane will explore them throughly But while many people have talents, very few are extraordinarily talented Elinor is one of those and she s a force of nature withe her element the fire Elinor is not a meak female She s very quiet, but also very stubborn And when her father forces her to choose between marriage to a man of his choice, or imprisonment in her own house, she chooses the third option join the Navy WOW I loved how her mind works How she blends the formality of her upbringing and her own iron will I enjoyed her develpment from timid butterfly, almost invisble to all before her talent manifested, to a full grown woman with a mind of her own It was brilliantly done Ramsay, the captain of the ship she s embarked, is an Extraordinary too He s a mover, able to move objects and people and even himself He s very proper and somewhat cold, but always just and honorable He could have come out as a tiff and unalikable, but he has also a very nice sense of humor and is the perfect counterpart for Elinor.But thier romance is not the focus here It is there, almost invisible almost until the end.The focus is the war A naval war between England and the Caribbean pirates who also have some Extraordinary talents of their own.But not only the war Elinor growing up is also very important We see her stuggle to do the right thing We see her struggle with killing people, even if they re enimies A wonderful wonderful book With some excellent desciptions of battles, both interior and naval A truly great writing style that makes the reading easy and interesting I m so looking forward to the next book


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    Re read 5 21 18 in preparation for writing the next book in the series I love having written this book, I m proud of it, and what s the only thing I ever notice That I wrote Wellington instead of Wellesley Seriously, I do know the difference 10 17 16 I wrote this book sort of on a dare I love the Napoleonic Regency era in fiction, but never thought of writing anything like that But I had this magic system I wanted to do something with, and my husband challenged me to see what I could do wi Re read 5 21 18 in preparation for writing the next book in the series I love having written this book, I m proud of it, and what s the only thing I ever notice That I wrote Wellington instead of Wellesley Seriously, I do know the difference 10 17 16 I wrote this book sort of on a dare I love the Napoleonic Regency era in fiction, but never thought of writing anything like that But I had this magic system I wanted to do something with, and my husband challenged me to see what I could do with historical fiction And this was the result.The magic in the world of the Extraordinaries is actually psionics, and in a contemporary setting, they would be superheroes telepaths, telekinetics, biokinetics, etc Some of the fun was in backdating those powers what would a world without the concept of genetics and psionics do to interpret those talents In my alternate history, it was the Second Pandemic culminating in the plague of 1665 that created the talents, so by 1812 England is accustomed to its magical folk and society has rearranged itself to adapt to them So many possibilities emerged The Great Fire of London Caused by out of control Scorchers King George III s madness The result of his Extraordinary Discerner talent, which made him capable of feeling other people s emotions to the extent of not knowing the difference between his own feelings and others Working out the possibilities of eight psionic talents became so muchfun when I was allowed to play with the past.Originally, Elinor was to serve in the Peninsular Army, something that excited me because I m a huge fan of the Richard Sharpe novels But at some point it became clear that there was muchscope for story in a woman who can control fire going to sea on those wooden, highly flammable ships For the sake of that story, I fiddled with the truth it actually wasn t uncommon for women to be aboard ship, as officers and petty officers might have their wives aboard, and those women might take charge of the young midshipmen I wanted Elinor to be isolated from other women, forced to defend her femininity in a world that made no allowances for it I think it makes her friendships with Captain Ramsay and Stratford Hervey stronger because of that Or, possibly, I just wanted to make the character interactions manageable.The plan for this series is to have each book featuring a different woman with a different Extraordinary talent, with previous characters showing up or being referred to in later books So the sequels are not about Elinor I feel I should make that explicit, so readers aren t disappointed But Elinor and Ramsay s adventures aren t over, and they will return


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    I ve taken to rereading Melissa s books as they come out, if only to refresh my memory about what made it in and what didn t And yes, that means I m unusually closely involved and you can safely discount my review as biased if you desire I do try to be clear, if not precisely impartial, so I hope you ll give the review a glance and discover a story you can love.In Burning Bright, Melissa sticks closer to the real world than she usually does by setting it in a Regency period much like our own, I ve taken to rereading Melissa s books as they come out, if only to refresh my memory about what made it in and what didn t And yes, that means I m unusually closely involved and you can safely discount my review as biased if you desire I do try to be clear, if not precisely impartial, so I hope you ll give the review a glance and discover a story you can love.In Burning Bright, Melissa sticks closer to the real world than she usually does by setting it in a Regency period much like our own, but with magic added for spice The magic permeates society, so there are some strong differences like women having a fewlife options as a result of not wanting to waste half the population who have useful Talents as well as somesubtle like taking long distant communication, at least of important events, for granted I love how these background changes are woven into a tale of adventure and self discovery with hints ofto see in future stories exploring other extraordinary women.But, as always with Melissa s books, my main draw to the story is the strong heroine that I found easy to fall in love with England doesn t have a lot of Scorchers and no Extraordinary ones, so Elinor finds herself with no existing options to use her talent as anythingthan bait for a husband desiring strongly Talented children Not liking the broodmare option, and not least because of the stud her father has picked out, Elinor decides to forge her own path Fortunately for her, if not for the nation, England is at war and someone who can control great gobs of fire and at a distance can write her own check if she is bold enough to seize the opportunity I love that she does so and that we see leaders desperate enough to give her a shot as well as others that are like military leaders everywhere, getting in the way of the folks who get stuff done From there, we get a great story of a woman out of her depth, but game to take it on even in the face of great danger and potential, even likely, social ruin Elinor is engaging from the start and she only growsso through the course of the novel.Which would be well enough on its own, but there are lots of strong secondary characters as well A sailing ship geared for war is a crowded affair and you can t help getting to know the officers and many of the men while at sea for so long I loved the vivid details of ship life and the personalities that have to be forced to at least rub along while so confined I loved the accommodations they made and the respect they learned for one another as they struggle with someone who is so foreign to their normal routines and not just because she s a woman but because she turns out to represent the single greatest weapon the ship carries I loved that this has all the emotional impact that implies And that the action fully supports both the physical and emotional adaptations needed for Elinor to learn to not only survive but, as much as possible, to thrive there I grew as attached to the crew and especially Captain Ramsey as Elinor and loved the trust built over time and forged in battle.The story is a rollicking adventure, so I m not going to tempt the spoilers it d take to give any better idea of it The pacing is quick with the occasional lull as you can expect will happen in the age of sail , the action intense, and Elinor and her crew are right up in the action as they fight a pirate resurgence in the Caribbean There are some real unexpected turns and some lovely confrontations and I must fight the urge to spoil.Anyway, yes, this is a solid five stars for an engaging story with characters I came to love and admire I really hope you ll find as much entertainment as I have


  8. says:

    I don t want to give any of the story away, so let s see how vague I can keep this This is a historical fiction with fantasy elements, sort of an alternate history When Elinor Pembroke is 21, the ability to manipulate fire awakens in her Her tyrannical father wants to exploit this for personal gain, but Elinor seeks an alternate life to the one he has planned It s written in the steady, deliberate pace and style of the Regency era There are some common tropes such as the awkward meeting wit I don t want to give any of the story away, so let s see how vague I can keep this This is a historical fiction with fantasy elements, sort of an alternate history When Elinor Pembroke is 21, the ability to manipulate fire awakens in her Her tyrannical father wants to exploit this for personal gain, but Elinor seeks an alternate life to the one he has planned It s written in the steady, deliberate pace and style of the Regency era There are some common tropes such as the awkward meeting with the love interest that leaves both parties offended Elinor faces sexism, misogyny, and political manipulation She s a genuine 19th century woman, not a 21st century transplant She has a few friends and a lot of enemies I only wish their comeuppance had been grander.The story is plotted and structured very well My only issue was that view spoiler Elinor s Talent grows out of control, causing great danger and worry, and then it s determined to be no big deal at the end hide spoiler I like that the two characters are average looking, not super models, and it s a slow burn background romance Even romance haters like me won t mind it.It s ideal for fans of His Majesty s Dragon


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    4.5 This book gets points just for originality I LOVE the premise A historical, but with superpowers Yes, please This book is probablyadventure than romance, so if you are looking for a book that shoves romance down your throat, you might want to look elsewhere The romance part doesn t really come in until the very end, but that s also what I loved about it I knew who Elinor would end up with, but there were no heated glances or accidentally electric touches throughout the book 4.5 This book gets points just for originality I LOVE the premise A historical, but with superpowers Yes, please This book is probablyadventure than romance, so if you are looking for a book that shoves romance down your throat, you might want to look elsewhere The romance part doesn t really come in until the very end, but that s also what I loved about it I knew who Elinor would end up with, but there were no heated glances or accidentally electric touches throughout the book Elinor wasn t immediately attracted to him, frankly she had other things on her mind But Elinor and Ramsay bonded slowly over several months over shared interests and personalities and first became friends And this is EXACTLY how I like a romance to be I loved following Elinor as she broke off from the path that she was given to make her own way And I loved discovering the extent of her Talent with her This book is as much one of self discovery as it is of adventure and romance What kept this from being a 5 for me was, while the writing was good, it wasn t great But the story itself made up for that Also, the part when Elinor was stranded on the island slowed things down a touch for me and I was just waiting for her to be rescued But overall, I am so excited to have discovered this first book in what is supposed to be a whole series


  10. says:

    What a unique story A romance that is a cross between a Regency romp and


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