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Girl of Fire

Gabrielle Mathieu

 

Eighteen-year-old Berona only wants to roam free in the hills while she daydreams of a suitor who would dance with her—until the night the Water Demon hunts her down. To save her family from the Demon’s threats, she flees with a heretic magician convinced that Berona is the prophesied Girl of Fire. He promises to train her in the skills she will need to defeat their ancient enemy.

Their journey is fraught with challenges, and Berona questions her destiny. How can she be the Girl of Fire when she has yet to wield a sword?

But the Water Demon doesn’t fight with swords. She corrupts your very soul. As alliances crumble, the Demon infiltrates Berona's circle of trusted fighters and friends. Steeling herself against her broken heart, fearing the traitor within her ranks, Berona vows to prove the prophecy is her destiny.

Girl of Fire moves through a world alive with fantasy adventure in this highly satisfying novel.”

—Cat Rambo, author of The Tabat Quartet and other works

“A wondrously rich and deeply-imagined world riddled with secrets, in which even those entrusted to guide and protect the young Berona shelter their own dark truths. Berona is a heroine to admire, possessing innate courage and the strength to seek justice as she tests herself against formidable—and growing—obstacles. Gabrielle Mathieu has forged an engrossing story.”

—Octavia Randolph, author of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga

 

“An ancient demon, a headstrong girl, an overconfident prince, fighters, healers, lovers, schemers—a large, diverse cast fills the pages of Girl of Fire as humans race to save the world from a reawakened evil. The book offers a rich mix of elemental magic, experimental science, prophecy, heartbreak, and heroism—and the adventures are just beginning.”

—Sharon Shinn, author of the Elemental Blessings and other series

 

“Sword-wielding priests, a deadly water demon with scores to settle and an arrogant prince in need of some hard lessons in life make for an exciting mix. Add a feisty young woman who has no choice but to leave everyone she loves to embark on a journey to fulfill a secret prophesy, and you have Girl of Fire, the beautifully written first novel in the magical Berona’s Quest series. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 2.”

—Sue Tingey, author of The Soulseer Chronicles

 

BERONA'S QUEST 1

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