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A taut fantasy for all ages, Birth by Fire's Embrace explores how drastically things can change when the world that lies just beyond our senses begins to surface. When all that is familiar vanishes from Shar's life, she begins to look inside and find the strength and courage to carry on in a harsh world, and look towards another world that lies ahead.

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Birth By Fire's Embrace

by Ashleigh Galvin

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Overall Review:  

Sharrlette is busy living a happy life.  She has a job that she loves, great friends, a fantastic boyfriend, and a very promising future attending a prestigious acting school. Everything's going smoothly until her father's friend, Billea, decides to come for a visit and Sharlette's world is turned upside down. Billea's appearance is only the beginning of the unexpected changes for Shar. I had a hard time with Sharrlette. Sometimes she was fine and other times she was a lazy, spoiled little brat who didn't have to work very hard but expected everything. I think that impression was probably intentional by author Ashleigh Galvin because it seems that if Sharrlette is to fulfill her destiny (that we discover later in the book), she has a lot of growing up to do. The story is very imaginative and unique and Galvin set the series up nicely in this first book. This is Galvin's first published novel, but she's clearly enjoyed writing for many years. Fantasy enthusiasts should check this one out.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  18 religious exclamations (3 incidents are said by fantasy characters and they actually say "gods"); 9 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity.


Violence/Gore:  Many (25) brief incidents including character jokes about drowning self; verbal threats; potential death and destruction of world; potential to get eaten by fantasy creatures; character reads book with battles in it; second hand report of wars, death and fighting; character's parent dies; character has blood on face from broken nose (unsure how injury occurred); character gets tied up to be kidnapped; character hits another's nose, possibly breaking it; fighting; while learning to fight for defense purposes, character gets bruises and is a little sore; scary dreams with verbal threats, sword fighting and mention of death; fantasy character attacks with attempt to kill; a few (3) extended incidents of fantasy violence including attacks, attempted murder & suicide; death, fire and land obliterated.


Sex/Nudity:  Few (10) brief incidents including kissing; hand holding; attempt to kiss; character touches another's hair; character pushing body up against another's; arms around; touching face.

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War, death, death of a parent.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Character smells of alcohol; character acting drunk; people drinking at a bar; character gets drugged and drives right after.

Reviewed By Jenny
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