Cursed by Fire
by Jacquelyn Frank
My rating: 4.5 stars
Series: The Immortal Brothers - Book 1
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 386 pages
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For centuries, Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying
the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his
battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed
all over again, Dethan has lost all hope—until the Goddess of Conflict
appears. She will release him from torment—if he’ll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods.
Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda—heir to the
throne of Hexis—and his thoughts quickly turn from the conquest of
cities to the conquest of this headstrong beauty. Betrothed to a cruel,
calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters
into another bargain: If she will share her bed—and her body—with him,
Dethan will save her city from destructive forces within and without. As
the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all—even the
wrath of the Goddess of Conflict—for a chance to make Selinda his
Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank
One of the best things about a new series from an author you follow is when she takes that creative turn off her well-traveled path while not going so far as to make her signature style get lost! Jacquelyn Frank’s latest is Cursed by Fire, the tale of one, once mighty warrior who sought one of the secrets of the gods, along with his brothers. The quest for immortality cost them each dearly. Dethan was doomed to an eternal fiery hell, the heat and flames searing him raw, only to heal and have the process start all over. There is trouble among the gods, they have split into two factions and war is imminent. When the Goddess of Conflict offers Dethan a pardon and a return to living as a man for creating a vast army to defeat the rival gods, Dethan never expected to meet Selinda. Will his need to protect her from the evil that threatens her cause him to fail on his vow to the gods? Will he find love for the first time only to lose it? Can Selinda accept him for who he is, or will he be just another warrior vowing to protect her for his own gain?
Jacquelyn Frank brings fantasy to life, adds grit to the conflict and completely engages the hearts of all who love the world of gods, myths, magic and love. She has created Dethan as a powerful warrior who has suffered for his hubris, now broken and unsure of what to make of himself as he has finally found something better than immortality, Selinda and love. Full of vivid scene descriptions that feel so real, you may find yourself feeling the infernos, seeing the world that Dethan and Selinda live in. Even the smells will enter your mind! As each layer unfolded and each subplot was uncovered, there was no putting this down. And trust me, the sizzle wasn’t just from the fires of hell, Dethan and Selinda created their own version of a molten lava meltdown. Read it! I promise you, Ms. Frank does not miss on her delivery!
I received an ARC edition from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine in exchange for my honest review.