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Book Review – The Fire Rose: The Elemental Masters Series by Mercedes Lackey

May, 2019

Book Review
The Fire Rose
The Elemental Masters Series
by Mercedes Lackey

This is the
classic story of a young woman, a man and the trials of living with
magic. The concept might be a norm with fantasy fiction, but with
this addition from Mercedes Lackey, we find magic in the rawest form.
Elemental magic.

I have
personally read this book over a 100 times, no joke. It is one of my
earliest exposures to the actual ‘possibility’ of magic existing
in our world.

When I
stepped into the world of Jason and Rose, two totally different
personalities and walks of life, I felt a kinship with Rose. She is a
learned scholar and in the time period of the book that is
practically unheard of.

Now,
picture this:

A
university-taught young woman, raised in Chicago, after losing her
father, has found out the full depth of his debt. He made some rather
shady monetary choices and lost it to a charlatan who had managed to
do the same with all of his other backers.

After
watching all of her worldly possessions being carted off by the bank,
she was taken under the wing of a fellow professor of her father’s.

Enter
Jason. Besides being a very well known rail baron and millionaire,
living on Nob Hill in California-he is also a Fire Master.

He made a
very foolish choice, after thinking that he had enough magical power,
to attempt a werewolf-loupe Garou (1) spell that would allow him to
change between werewolf form and human form at will; while still
retaining his human mind. This failed in a way he never expected. It
left him unable to read, write or practice magic fully due to the
changes he created.

Enter Paul
du Mond, a selfish and perverse man who is also Jason’s protegee –
working to become a Fire Master himself. He is quite prolific in his
various diversions to acquire power. He feels like the elemental
powers should be his without the regular work and patience involved
to rise in power to a Master of Fire as well. He is also Jason’s
secretary who handles the business that Jason cannot due to his
hubris (2).

There is
another Fire Master, Simon Beltaire, who believes as Paul does that
magical power can be derived from sex magic and pain. He lives in San
Francisco. After enticing Paul with offers of teaching his way of
magic, he turns Paul against Jason, while turning Paul into a spy.

After
Rose’s father passed away, a letter was sent to her “knight of
shining armor” from Jason outlining his need a scholar to help read
for him, under the pretext of needing a governess for children he
didn’t have. Feeling like all she was able to do was to teach, this
offer felt too good to be true, she accepted the offer with some
concern.

Off to
California, she goes!

I could
simply say that I love this book, however it’s more than that. This
book fueled my teenage years with joy and happiness. A world that I
could travel to and escape my reality.

In addition
to this, I was also just beginning to learn about magic and things of
the occult. This also happened to be the only way I could “learn”
about the Craft in a way that wouldn’t upset my parents.(I’m not
advocating hiding anything from parents at all!)

All in all,
this is a good read and a lovely way to spend an afternoon curled up
with a cuppa, and a snack! Read with an open mind and you’ll find
magic everywhere!

(1)https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loup-garou

(2) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hubris

The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters Book) on Amazon

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About
the Author:

My name is Krys, I’ve been living the Pagan life for 19 years. I am a wife and stay at home mom to one teen. I am an ordained minister/ Priestess, and head of the Cyber Moon Coven of Changes. After many years as a practicing Christian, I found paganism to be a more suitable path, personally. A few years and covens later, I found that being open to the online community was becoming more important to me.

After struggling to find a coven that was not just “rules” and “roles”. A few attempts later, I began the Cyber Moon Coven. An online and real life coven, with a ‘no strings attached policy’. You can find my group on Facebook. (Cyber Moon Coven of Changes)