Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller

Fallen Flame

Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him. When the...

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Fallen Flame Reviews

  • Atlas
    Jun 23, 2017

    Nineteen years ago, many years after a veil of fog went up across the ocean and magic vanished from the human lands, a girl with charred skin was born. A girl who looked like she'd been rolled in the dying embers of a fire. Vala is the Captain of the Prince's Guard, and when assassin's and courtiers land on Garlin Island, the action and int

    Nineteen years ago, many years after a veil of fog went up across the ocean and magic vanished from the human lands, a girl with charred skin was born. A girl who looked like she'd been rolled in the dying embers of a fire. Vala is the Captain of the Prince's Guard, and when assassin's and courtiers land on Garlin Island, the action and intrigue in Fallen Flame really shine.

    What I loved most about this book is Vala. She such

    she wears a hooded cloak to cover her scarred, charcoal face but she is not bitter. She wonders what she is and why she was born, she thinks wistfully about who she might have been, but there are no long self-pitying monologues that I have come to expect from YA characters. The height of Vala's arc is not her putting on a dress and realising that, after all, she's beautiful (a trope I

    despise). Neither is she sassy, pushing authority and flouting rules willy-nilly.

    Vala is thoughtful and she is, in one word,

    . She protects the Prince, she does what she genuinely thinks is best after careful thought. I love my rebellious girls, my Katniss Everdeen's, my girls on fire, but I also love the ones that think, that swallow their pride, that do what is best rather than what they want. Vala is such a refreshing YA character and I loved her. Also she's literally on fire in that when she bathes she goes all ember-y, and

    on the battlefield.

    She's even got a romance I like. And.

    Let's set the scene: Vala has served Caulden since she was a child. He stands up for her and does not flinch at her skin and Vala is pretty sure that he loves her. She definitely loves him. As I started reading this I admit I rolled my eyes;

    I thought,

    . That's not what we get. Instead we get a young woman realising that there are some things you just can't have and a transition is affections that is not so much a love triangle but a realistic progression.

    What I didn't like quite so much was the world building, mostly because I didn't really get it. There is a foreign, otherworldly assassin. There's a fog wall across the ocean which humans can't pass through. There's myths and legends and faeries that are all woven throughout the book but never really explained. I could have done with a little more clarity. To offset this, the plot is simple enough: a neighbouring island's Queen and Princess visit hoping to arrange a marriage but there's suspicious goings-on. It's a good, classic plot and Miller's first person writing style is just lovely.

    Overall, Fallen Flame is a great fantasy read with a fantastic main character. The secondary characters are a bit lacking, but there's lots of political intrigue, assassins, magic, and sword fights to spice things up.

  • Alexandra
    Jun 17, 2017

    I received this ARC through Netgalley for a review covering my honest opinion. Thank you to both Netgalley and J.M. Miller for this opportunity.

    OKAY, so just starting off, I just want to say this book was such a beautiful surprise. I am a bit picky when it comes to my fantasy novels and have lots of different elements I look for when reading them, so to say I was impressed with all that Fallen Flame brought to the table would be an understatement.

    This story follows a girl named Vala who is the P

    I received this ARC through Netgalley for a review covering my honest opinion. Thank you to both Netgalley and J.M. Miller for this opportunity.

    OKAY, so just starting off, I just want to say this book was such a beautiful surprise. I am a bit picky when it comes to my fantasy novels and have lots of different elements I look for when reading them, so to say I was impressed with all that Fallen Flame brought to the table would be an understatement.

    This story follows a girl named Vala who is the Prince’s guard. Vala differs from those around her because of her skin, which has been burnt and has been since she was a baby. Vala knows absolutely nothing about where she came from or what makes her so different from others. It isn’t until visitors from a different kingdom arrive to make plans and unite forces as well as an attack on the Prince that Vala starts questioning all that she has been told and decides to learn more about the secrets of the kingdom as well as herself.

    Let’s start with what I really liked/loved about this book:

    -THERE IS A MAP. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. I find that fantasy novels always benefit from having maps because, most of the time, readers are thrown into a completely new/made up world and following the different areas and divisions can be difficult.

    -The writing was actually really really well done. I have never read anything by J.M. Miller before but I plan on reading her other novels because I felt so immersed in the writing. I never once felt bored or that the story lacked because of the way it was written. There were also lots of quotes that I think I need to keep written down somewhere, they were that good!

    
-The characters were very interesting and were developed in a plot that was easy to follow. I really cared for Vala and was intrigued to see where her story would lead, as well as what roles her counterparts would play in the novel.

    Now onto what I think could be improved/looking forward to seeing in the next installment of this series:

    -The plot did seem a bit generic at times, but then again, most fantasy stories have a basis that they revolve around. While I did find similarities through this book and with others in its genre, I would love to see a bit more of what makes this story so different and original to others. Just developing the characters a bit more as well as the world/magic will definitely add to this! (Also, this is the first in the series and obviously isn’t close to being fully developed, so I can understand why I don’t have all the answers yet)

    -Not sure how I feel about the love interest yet, but I think that could be developed in later books!

    Overall, I don’t have much to say other than how much I enjoyed this and cannot wait for the second installment. Check this book out if you enjoy stories by Sarah J. Maas and Maria V. Snyder.

  • Lia
    Jul 04, 2017

    Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller is an action-packed YA fantasy story about a girl with magic, in a world without magic. The premise sounds a little unoriginal and now that I think back of it, the whole story isn't really that original, it is a fun book though.

    Fallen Flame is about Vala, a girl whose body is scorched by magic, meaning that her skin is rough, stone-like. Vala is the guard of the prince, called Caulden, who is also one of her best friends. They grew up together and are therefore really

    Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller is an action-packed YA fantasy story about a girl with magic, in a world without magic. The premise sounds a little unoriginal and now that I think back of it, the whole story isn't really that original, it is a fun book though.

    Fallen Flame is about Vala, a girl whose body is scorched by magic, meaning that her skin is rough, stone-like. Vala is the guard of the prince, called Caulden, who is also one of her best friends. They grew up together and are therefore really close.

    It felt like an overused trope, the guard and the prince falling in love.

    She's determined, curious and protective but besides that? She lives for her work and especially in the beginning,

    She had no interests besides protecting Caulden.

    The story itself was very enjoyable.

    I liked the introduction of Xavyn and the mystery surrounding him. He starts to play a very important role in the story and lead to Vala trying to find out more about her past. The ending still feels a bit strange for me, but considering it is the first book in a series, there will probably be a lot resolved in the other books.

    Many of the chapters ended in a sentence that was so intriguing that you wanted to read the next chapter immediately. I wasn't a big fan of the first-person perspective, but that is just a personal thing.

    I enjoyed the writing style and the pacing of the book, but sadly, I couldn't connect to any of the characters and they felt a little flat. Besides Vala's skin condition, there was no diversity in this book.

    *I received an ecopy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


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