Fallen Flame – JM Miller

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 high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest.

As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him. 
She fears finding out who she truly is.

My review

If I had checked the fact, that this book was part of a series, the ending wouldn’t have come as a surprise. Fallen Flame is a fast paced fantasy book, with definitely not a happy ending, but a very open ending.

And since there is no release date mentioned yet of part 2 (or 3). I will have to hold my breath until… well, I don’t know until when…

And that’s kind of a shame, because Fallen Flame is an excellent read. You are immediately drawn into the story as we meet Vala taken her weekly bath. Keep your mind out of the gutter and realize that this is a weekly torture for Vala, because her charred skin comes off then and this will hurt like a mother…

Afterwards she has orange skin, which returns into the charred state within the next few hours. So, definitely not the start of your average book. And the story keeps continue to surprise and twist and turn.

Vala is tolerated, because of her capability to burn the people she touches. As guard of prince Caulden, she is determined to rescue Caulden from all dangers lurking about. But one day, she fails and Caulden gets attacked. She is able to stop the attack and have a look at the attacker. It is a man, with a skin like hers!

Having grown up next to the prince, she doesn’t know where her loyalties lie, when the bald attacker turns up at her doorstep. Xavyn, the mysterious attacker, tells her that there is a lot she doesn’t know and that the kingdom is in danger. And he tells her he knows more about her heritage and her scarred skin.

Torn between her feelings for Caulden, who she can never have, and the need to know where she is from, she decides to trust Xavyn. But was this the best decision? What is his reason for spying the kingdom? And why won’t he tell her where she is from?

Find out more in Fallen Flame. I can’t wait for the next part! So four out of five stars from me, mostly because I don’t like waiting and keeping my breath. Well done J.M. Miller and a thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.

Publisher: J.M. Miller

Published: June 2017

ISBN: 9781546309802

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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