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The Avatar’s Flames

Through the Fire, Book 1
Written by: Benjamin Medrano
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
Series: Through the Fire Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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Ruethwyn's life was promising. Talented in magic, the young elven woman didn't fit in in her hometown but was scheduled to attend the most renowned academy of magic in the kingdom and was even building up the courage to confess her love in the hope it might be returned.  

That all ended in a dragon's fire. Resvarygrath the Gilded, lord of the Golden Dominion, destroyed Ruethwyn's village, killed her parents and teacher, and stole away the young women of the village. Maimed by the dragon's flames, Ruethwyn was spared by a curious dark elf who gave her a chance; she had two years to rescue her beloved or risk losing her forever.  

Now, Ruethwyn has little time to recover as best she can. Missing an eye and an arm, her magic half-crippled and her wounds impossible to heal due to a curse, Ruethwyn's prospects at the academy are limited, but she refuses to give up. No matter what challenges she may face, she is determined not to surrender. She's lost too much and refuses to lose another.  

First, though, she needs to survive long enough, which proves more challenging than Ruethwyn expects.

©2018 Benjamin Medrano (P)2018 Tantor

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Great book

I'm very happy with this audio-book and it's certainly one of the best I've listened to.

The narration is top-notch, with good intonation and every character is immediately identifiable with the voice alone.

The story itself is very good too with a very endearing cast of characters and raw emotions. In particular, the main character having some physical disabilities is presented extremely well, as well as the challenges she faces due to them. The world is also well-defined (especially the magic system), without droning out too much or having a glacial pace.

Do note the book doesn't really stand up by itself: it's very much a first book in a trilogy. While a secondary plotline does get concluded at the book's end, the main intrigue is still on-going. The second book starts right where the first left off, so keep in mind you'll need to get the other two books too if you want a true resolution (presumably at least; I am just starting the second book as of this review).

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  • Steven Don Porto Carero
  • 2018-12-13

Good fantasy book.

For Medrano's writing this book is very chaste. So if that's what you're looking for you will be disappointed. But if you are looking for a good fantasy book with a female mc that has a spine you have to look no further. The narration was pleasant to listen to.

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  • Kevin
  • 2019-05-15

excellent

can't wait to start the next book
and looking into the other books he's written

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  • Megan A Field
  • 2019-04-05

just wow

fanfreakingtastic i can't wait to listen to the next book! totally worth the long listen

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  • KC
  • 2019-02-28

5 stars of course!

Another excellent book. Could not put it down! Hope to see her kicking some rear in the next book. No need to think about getting this book just do it!

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  • Koffe Karlsson
  • 2018-12-15

The master story teller does it again!!! Don’t miss out on this.

I truly love every book Benjamin Medrano has written, I just can’t get enough of his books, they always makes feel like I am personally getting to know a whole new world. The narrator for this was spot on what a great jobb she did, with telling this intriguing tale. Once again a great female lead that doesn’t start out the most powerful, But fights to protect those around her even if it costs her everything. Couldn’t wait for book 2 to get out on audible so I went ahead and bought it in kindle.

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  • JesseU
  • 2018-11-26

Can’t wait for rest of the series.

Looking forward to the rest of the series on audiobook. Just as good as his other works.

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  • Joao Sousa Pereira
  • 2018-11-22

Another great entry

A story of inner strength and resolve.
Great characters with lots of growth possibilities but that is expected from Benjamin Medrano.
The narrator was a perfect fit for the series.
5/5 and waiting for the rest