I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
Series: The Effigies Series #1
Published by Simon Pulse on November 22, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, dystopian, Fantasy
Format: E-book ARC
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Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.
When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.
But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.
Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.
Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.
Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?
So, when I first read the synopsis for this book, I got a little giddy. It’s basically like someone took Sailor Moon and Buffy and a whole lot of other awesome pop culture products and delivered this girl powerful book.
The main gist – in the world of this book there are a group of powerful heroes called Effigies – and there can only be four – we are dealing with phantoms and weird creatures and a world a lot different than our own. When one dies (the superheroes for the sake of giving them a categorical name), her power is reverted to another person. Of course, the story revolves around the newest Effigy, Maia. Maia is fangirl supreme, so when she is chosen to replace the last fire Effigy – well, you just imagine if you were plucked from obscurity to take over for one of your heroes.
These heroes are more than just pretty faces – like the kids in Captain planet, they harness the power of their elements to fight creatures that befell the world (and, naturally, New York City). So of course, she has to learn to become a bad ass fighting machine and a celebrity all in one. It’s tougher than it seems. It’s also tough when the big bad seems to single you out and has a drive to get you, my pretty.
This book also has a cast that is racially and culturally diverse. Which, is totally rad, because it is done well and doesn’t overpower the book – but just gives it all a more Power Rangers/Captain America/Sailor Moon/everyone is from everywhere sort of feel.
The book starts off with an intense fight that really grabs your attention. We focus on the Effigies and what they can do and then go back to Maia and her story. One thing I think this series will need as it continues is more depth to the characters, especially the girls. I think because the book was so focused on the story it was trying to tell, it failed to round out the characters. In order to hold our attention, we’re definitely going to need more, even from Maia. I need to see her growth – she’s going from mere mortal to a superhuman. At the moment, they are pretty predictable, but there’s a lot of room to grow them and flex their dimensions.
But, the best part of this book is there’s so much more to explore and I can’t wait to see where things go.
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