Book Review: The Fire Rose

I’m am a huge fan and uber nerd for Mercedes Lackey. She writes tons of fantasy books, and I’ve read most of them. That’s why I was super excited when I came across a new one at my local Half Price Books: The Fire Rose. This is basically a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, within Lackey’s Elemental Masters series. I loved it, and I wanted to do nothing but sit down and read it cover to cover.

You can read excerpts if you click the link above, and it has a description of the plot. Basically, a young girl is left at loose ends with no means to support herself once her father passes away. She receives a job offer that sounds too good to be true, and requires her to move across the country to San Francisco. She begins work as a translater for a mysterious employer she never sees, due to his disformity caused by an unknown accident.

This one is really well written, with fully fleshed-out, and likeable characters, and a plot that keeps moving, without feeling rushed or sluggish at any point. On the Clever Chick scale it rates as “Earned a home on my shelf, will be reread, and will only be loaned to friends grudgingly, followed by constant pestering until I get it back”.


March 23, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Book Reviews.


  1. the kornberg replied:

    Dude, I have and love this book. She has more in the series?

    • thatcleverchick replied:

      There are more in the “Elemental Masters” series, which is based around people using magic during industrialization. Some of the characters cross over in a couple books, but most of them are stand-alones, in the same universe, basically. There’s a list on her webpage that I linked to.

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