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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Gifts of Fire and Ice: Book One: The FireNight Prophecies is a work of sword and sorcery style fantasy fiction that was penned for young adult audiences by author Darren Boeck. In the opening novel to a brand new series, we are introduced to the conceptual world in which the action takes place by Valinet and Serg, a brother and sister within the Fire Empire. Valinet is a powerful gifter who can perform fire magic, but the true extent of her gifts is unknown even to her. When she and Serg have their lives turned upside down by threats to the empire, they become separated and each faces their own struggles to survive.
Author Darren Boeck has crafted an excellent storyline with compelling action and adventure in this new magical fantasy realm. Valinet and Serg make for heroes that all YA readers can get behind, exploring their powers and individual skills as they grow and learn to find their place in a powerfully altered world to what they once knew. This is a book that will appeal to boys just as much as girls, encompassing a multi-genre approach to action, fantasy, relationships, drama and so much more within its well-woven layers of narrative. The world-building is also conceptually strong from the start, allowing readers to immerse themselves in an atmospheric society which also makes logical sense and sets up the future of the series nicely. Overall, Gifts of Fire and Ice: Book One: The FireNight Prophecies is a must-read for fantasy fans looking for a new fix.