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A Fire Endless by Rebecca Ross
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A Fire Endless

by Rebecca Ross

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In this epic follow-up to A River Enchanted a contest between the forces of good and evil might tear an island asunder.

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  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Emotional

    Emotional

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_400

    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_Quest

    Quest

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_2ndSeries

    Second in series

Synopsis

East and West. Humans and Spirits. Breccans and Tamerlaines. The Isle of Cadence has always held itself and its residents in a tenuous balance. But now Bane, the spirit of the North Wind, has pushed everyone and everything in his path off-kilter in a bid to claim dominion over all.

In the West, Adaira struggles to adjust to the more brutal, bitter ways of life among the Breccans. Striving to find her place in the clan, she swiftly realizes that it just might be the last role she desires to hold. And while magic blooms effortlessly for the Breccans in the west, the spirits continue to suffer beneath Bane’s harsh power, felt in every gust of wind.

In the East, Jack is adrift without Adaira until he sings to the ember-weak fire spirits, acquiring a dangerous mission he never expected. One that is destined to lead him westward. Likewise, Torin and Sidra are consumed by a new mystery as sickness spreads first amongst the crops, and then to the people of the Tamerlaine clan. While Sidra desperately searches for a cure, Torin dares to strike a bargain with the spirits—a precarious folly anytime, but especially now as the days grow darker.

With the island falling further out of balance, humans and spirits alike will need to join together to face Bane, and Jack’s gift with the harp will be called upon once more. Yet no one can challenge the North Wind without paying a terrible price, and the sacrifice required this time may be more than Jack, Adaira, Torin, and Sidra can bear to pay.

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A Fire Endless

PROLOGUE

Once, Kae had carried thousands of words in her hands. As a spirit of the wind, she had reveled in the power of it—to cradle things that were both fragile and sharp—and it had always been a delight when she chose to release them. To feel the timbres and textures of those many voices, from deep to airy, from melodious to rough-hewn. Once, she had let gossip and news melt through her fingers and unspool across the hills of Cadence, watching how humankind reacted when they caught the words either like hail or like thistledown.

It had never failed to amuse her.

But that had been when she was younger, hungrier, and uncertain of herself. When the older spirits had relished biting the edges of her wings to make them tattered and weak, eager to override her routes. King Bane had not yet appointed her as his favored messenger, even with frayed wings and mortal voices as her closest companions. Kae could only fully appreciate that simpler era now as she glided over Eastern Cadence, reminiscing.

There had come a moment when things started to shift. A moment that Kae could pinpoint in retrospect, realizing it was a seam in her existence.

Lorna Tamerlaine and her music.

She had never sung for the spirits of the air, although Kae often watched from the shadows as the bard called to the sea, to the earth. Kae had at first been relieved Lorna didn’t summon the winds, and yet how often the spirit still yearned for it. To know Lorna’s notes were crafted just for her and to feel them thrum in her bones.

That was the moment Kae had ceased carrying words and delivering them elsewhere. Because she knew what Bane would have done to Lorna had he realized what she was doing, playing for earth and water, garnering approval and admiration from those spirits.

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Why I love it

A Fire Endless returns us to the ethereal, intricately rendered world of its prequel, A River Enchanted. It follows our beloved cast of characters deeper into the proverbial woods. Jack and Adaira are lovers torn apart, while Torin and Sidra are united in their hearts and in their cause, investigating a mysterious illness that threatens the entire Tamerlaine clan.

When we are dropped into this story, a powerful spirit named Bane has arrived on the island to wreak havoc and may just force the East and West that historically have kept to themselves to join forces to protect their home. Rebecca Ross has a true gift for creating worlds that feel both lived-in and mystical, perfectly evoking the Welsh notion of hiraeth, homesickness for a place that cannot be reached or has never been. The isle of Cadence is peopled with characters who feel as familiar as friends, so compelling in all their flaws, follies, and triumphs. I was most deeply moved by the thorny, complex familial and romantic bonds that fill this book’s pages.

There is a beautiful grief in leaving behind a world that is so beloved; however, Ross ties up her duology with a splendid, emotional end. This series has earned a place on my shelf of new fantasy classics and I know I will return to Cadence again soon and be richly rewarded for every reread. And I am certain that you, reader, will love A Fire Endless just as much as I do.

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Member ratings (5,319)

  • Sierra D.

    Durango, CO

    The ending of this book had me sobbing so hard it was sort of ridiculous. And hard to read through my tears. I need so many more books from this series. Rebecca Ross is extremely talented ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Mathea C.

    Vancouver, WA

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Oh, how I wish there were to be more tales of Cadence! My only complaint is that the saga has come to an end. However I'm delighted that the main characters' journeys came to a satisfying end.

  • Mara B.

    Grove City, OH

    Perfectly woven story that ended beautifully. This duology has earned a spot on the top of my most loved books. Great character development and unique storylines. I will be reading again soon. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Sanjli M.

    Sun Prairie, WI

    I absolutely loved this book. I’m so sad it’s the end of the series. Everything wrapped up really nicely. I’m usually not a very far reader but this was the quickest I’ve read a 400-500 page book!

  • Eevan D.

    Matthews, NC

    ADORE! LOVE! I’m so sad this is the end to this story and characters but wow this was amazing!! I read it in two days c stayed up way too late, and couldn’t get enough. The author did such a great job

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