Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  There is also a tour-wide giveaway for a $25 gift card or $25 in Paypal cash going on, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow

After winning a contest for a popular game called Wordwick Games, five teens Gemma, Sparks, Rio, Kat, and Jack, are invited to stay at Wordwick Games inventor Henry Word's mysterious castle and play the newest level of Workwick Games. Little do they know, the castle is the doorway to a wondrous world call Anachronia where words can be used as weapons, power, and commodity. There is unrest in Anachronia, and if the five teens can follow the rules of Wordwick Games and prove to be the best player, one of them will be crowned Ruler of Anachronia.

My Thoughts:  The Wordwick Games is one of the most popular video games around.  Five teenagers from different parts of the world are selected as winners of a huge contest sponsored by the Wordwick Games, each informed that they won by an omnious figure in a grey hooded cloak, who presents them with a black envelope.  When they arrive at Henry Word's castle, they are all quite taken aback by not only the castle itself, but also Henry Word himself.  After a tour and dinner, they find out that their prize not only includes a week at the castle, but they also get to be the first to test and play the newest level of the Wordwick Games.  They are shown to their rooms, which are quite grand, as is the castle that they are staying in.  One thing in each room that captures their attention is the gaming pod, a device that you actually get into, which is where they will play the game.  Being the curious teens that they are, they can't wait until the next day to begin, so each teen climbs into their pod that night to play. 

The next thing they know they find themselves changing into more appropriate clothes for the medieval times that the game takes place in, and suddenly they are in the land of Anachronia.  A young wizard, whose name is Goolrick, elicits their help to stop a war that is going on between two oppossing factions.  They also find out the details of their quest and receive instructions for playing the game, which will take them through different obstacles, mysterious and dangerous woods.  They find themselves facing trolls, shadow creatures, zombies, and other magical beings on their way to the dragon's lair. They each have weapons, but their strongest weapons are "ruler words," which they soon learn are a key factor in playing the game.  As they play the game, friendships are formed, alliances are tested, battles are fought, and romance is kindled, while they progress towards the goal of winning the crown.  They are all impressed with how realistic the game is, and as the danger intensifies things seem to get a little too real, at least for a game, or is it? 

I found the Rise of the Fire Tamer to be a fun fantasy and enjoyed journeying with these teens through the land of Anachronia.  The plot was fun and fast paced, and the setting was highly imaginative and entertaining.  The main characters were Gemma, the beautiful blonde girl who is English.  She is one of the main characters and plays a key role in the game.  She is a strong leader and a loyal friend, who is more concerned about the people she is with than winning the game.  Sparks is the handsome quarterback with sandy blonde hair who lives on a ranch in Texas.  He not only is hot, he is very strong and brave, and proves himself to be hero material.  Jack is sort of a nerd, and a very smart one, who is familiar with history, which proves helpful during the game.  He is shy, especially around Gemma, but there is more to Jack than meets the eye.  Rio is from east L.A.  He is dark, mysterious, totally hot, and has a dangerous quality about him.  He also is brave and proves himself to be quite the warrior in the game.  Then there is Kat, who is outspoken, kind of small, cute, but has the whole gothic type thing going on.  She doesn't want to be a conformist and this sometimes gets her into trouble, which she soon finds out as she plays the game.  All three of the guys have a thing for Gemma, as does the young wizard Goolrick, which adds a hint of romance to the story and proves to be quite interesting. 

Rise of the Fire Tamer is a fun fantasy filled story with all kinds of mythical creatures, heroes and heroines, evil villans, battles, and a fire breathing dragon to boot.  If you enjoy fantasy and fairy tales, with a modern twist in a medieval setting, then The Fire Tamer is something you may want to check out.

Book Trailer

“It’s very straightforward really. Your goal when playing it will be to win the crown of the kingdom of Anachronia, using all your wits, skills and talents. The people will only give the crown to someone who can do three things: end the threat of the three-headed dragon terrorizing the land, unite the two warring clans that live there, and help the people of Anachronia flourish. Is that clear?”

            Gem nodded. Several of the others did too.

            “It sounds simple,” Sparks said, beside her.

            “Oh, it’s not as easy as it sounds,” Henry Word continued, “which is why there are a few other things you should know. First, beware the Wickedly Woods where the dragon lives. It isn’t the only danger there. Second, remember that you can work together, even if only one of you can rule in the end. Third, and most importantly, remember that words have power in Anachronia, finding the right words, the Ruler Words, along the way will make your time far easier.”

Author Kailin Gow
Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 80 distinct books. 

Kailin Gow is also the President of a media company, a media personality, and has been writing full-time since she was first published. Holding a Masters in communications management and leadership positions in Fortune 500 corporations, she puts her leadership abilities, her experience, and desire to help others into her fiction books. As a result, she has written the forthcoming, Finding the Heroine in You book which is also a national tour. She is a mother and spends whatever spare time she has volunteering at the Red Cross, Battered Women's Shelters, and other organizations. 

Currently her Frost Series is in development for a major international MMO Game, and she has over 14,000 and growing Frosters on her facebook fan page. 


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  1. Excellent review, thank you.


    1. Thanks, and thanks for stopping by.

  2. This sounds like an exciting adventure. I'm glad you liked it, Ellen!

    1. It's a cute book, something that would really appeal to teens.

  3. liked the excerpt thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  4. Seems like there is a little bit of everything in this novel - sounds interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    Bonnie Hilligoss/bonhill@speakeasy.net


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