Fate of Flames: More Than Girl Power!
Described to me as Pacific Rim meets The Avengers meets Sailor Moon, I was — needless to say — intrigued. And I was not let down. Sarah Raughley‘s first installment of the Effigies series, Fate of Flames, is quite the page turner. Had I not needed sleep, food, etc., this would have been read in a night. Raughley offers the beginning of a beautiful series with such badassery, I can’t help but wait for the Effigies themselves to escape from the literary world. As for a better statement about the premise of the book, feel free to take a gander below.
After the Fire Effigy dies, Maia Finley is granted her powers, completely by chance. Soon after succeeding one of the world’s most fearsome warriors, Maia is subjected to terror. Phantoms, as they are called, terrorize this world, leading cities around the globe to construct devices to fend off these creatures. Whether it be a serpent, wolf, these creatures take any form to cause destruction and chaos. While attending a function one evening, Maia’s life is further thrown into chaos when New York City’s anti-phantom device fails, allowing the monstrosities to temporarily wreak havoc. Soon enters another Effigy — Belle Rousseau — who begins to save the day alongside the mysterious Sect agents. In the middle of the chaos and confusion emerges Saul, who poses danger to not just the world, but the Effigies as well.
As New York returns to its previous state, Maia, Belle, and Rhys, a Sect agent, are tasked with recruiting the remaining Effigies to return to the field to combat this new foe. As cliché as the heroic grouping sounds, the way it’s handle is magnificent. Maia and Rhys travel to the Great White North to meet with Chae Rin, while Belle is tasked to gather pop sensation Lake. Not quite so easy; I think Nick Fury had a better handle on assembling the Avengers.
The four Effigies grouping together to combat evil sounds like the usual superhero trope — and it can be, at times — but rarely can most writers draw readers into a fantasy world with a supernatural team. Usually, I go for those who fight crime solo but I am more than excited to see Maia Finley learn to control her powers and fight alongside the others.
Fate of Flames is available Nov. 22!