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- Publisher: Del Rey Books
- Format: Paperback | 357 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 172mm x 28mm | 181g
- Publication date: 15 November 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0345508890
- ISBN 13: 9780345508898
- Edition statement: Original
- Sales rank: 73,724
Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He's the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him - or let someone else do the job.
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Harry Connolly spent two years writing this debut novel. He has held a variety of jobs in the past, from customer service to landscaping to stay-at-home dad. He lives in Seattle.
By Mardel 31 Dec 2009
I bought Child of Fire because I read a few very good reviews of Child of Fire. BTW, Good reviews of a book usually plays a small part in my decision to read a book because sometimes professional reviewers will rave about a book that I think is so very, very boring - or I end up having completely different tastes than the reviewers.
This book interested me from the first page. I liked the main character, who seems to be "living on borrowed time" (from the book blurb). Any minute he could die and his boss wouldn't mind, in fact would kill him herself if she wasn't under orders not to. Ray Lilly is working under Annalise, driving her around and doing whatever she says with no respect from her, or explanations. In fact she doesn't even care if he's hungry.
Ray is an ex-con who used to steal cars. Throughout the story thoughts flit through his head about how easy it would be steal this car, or take that money. He's trying to stay away from crime, but things keep getting in his way, and sh- keeps happening. People end up dead around him. A lot of them deserve it, but still...he's always worrying about going back to prison.
In Child of Fire the two of them are investigating a town where people are dying as sacrifices for magic use. Things go horribly wrong for them, and Ray keeps getting attacked and accosted by the sheriff, deputies and thugs that work for the local madam. The whole town is strange.
One of the things that I look for in a book is intelligent dialogue, or at least non-lame dialogue. The dialogue in this book was pretty good, there was some sarcasm (something I can appreciate) and some joking around (always a plus) along with dialogue that actually adds to the plot (rather than just to fill up space, or over-explain).
The sequel, Game of Cages will be released soon -possibly August 2010.
"Child of Fire is excellent reading: a truly dark and sinister world, delicious tension and suspense, violence so gritty you'll get something in your eye just reading it, and a gorgeously flawed protagonist. Take this one to the checkout counter. Seriously."--Jim Butcher, author of the""Dresden Files "Ray Lilly is one of the most interesting characters I've read lately, and Harry Connolly's vision is amazing. I can hardly wait for the next one." --Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series "Cinematic and vivid, with a provocative glimpse into a larger world. Where's the next one?"--Terry Rossio, screenwriter, "Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy" "Classic dark noir, fresh ideas, and good old-fashioned storytelling."--John Levitt, author of "Dog Days" "Redemption comes wrapped in a package of mystery and horror that hammers home the old saying 'Don't do the crime if you can't do the time' . . . and even then you'd better check the yellow pages for one bad-ass exterminator first."--Rob Thurman, author of "Nightlife " "A fine novel with some genuinely creepy moments. I enjoyed it immensely and hope we'll see more of Ray Lilly."--Lawrence Watt-Evans, author of the "Obsidian Chronicles "