Knight of Flame

Knights Elementalis

Fiction - Fantasy - General
320 Pages
Reviewed on 10/11/2013
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Author Biography

Since he was a kid, Scott wanted to be an author and explored many genres through high school and college. Fantasy, though, captivated his soul. Tales of Knights and magic, dragons and elves filled his dreams. After greasing the gears of the corporate machine for many years, he escaped the Information Technology vortex to focus full-time on writing. The stories he'd envisioned years ago—of nobility and strife, honor and chaos—demanded they be brought to life.
Student of David Farland and Apprentice to James A Owen, Scott lives with his wife, two children, and a giant Chihuahua on the west coast of Florida.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite

Meet Develor Quinteele, the heroic sixth Knight of Flame. Develor or Dev has been stationed in Florida to watch for the re-emergence of the last evil Gray Lord. The story bridges the gap between Dev's ancient life as a plain, weapons-smith and his modern one as a supernatural guardian. Scott Eder in Knight of Flame creates a blend of movie-like action and cosmic drama. The story begins when Dev and his young friend Wren drive to the fashionable Club Mastodon. Club owner and corporate executive Alexander Gray is one son of the evil Gray Lord. Icy club maven Triessa Gray begins to drain the life forces from the club's party goers. An attractive, blue-eyed reporter named Cassidy Sinclair joins Dev and Wren as they escape from a jet-black dragon. The righteous anger of the Flame Knight burns with intensity as he itches for a fight. He battles Triessa's deadly forces, a re-animated mastodon skeleton, gray-skinned zombies, and the minions of evil.

Scott Eder plots the action at a steady pace with supernatural, grisly, and mind-bending surprises. There are flashbacks to Develor's fire-branding torture when he became one with the unpredictable element. The wide range of colorful and dark characters is presented like a finely-woven tapestry. The Knight of Flame is a strong and sympathetic character who is bound by the awesome power of smoldering and raging fire. The elemental Knights of Flame, Water, Earth, and Air all work together to preserve the fragile earth. Knight of Flame by Scott Eder ignites powerful elements in an epic struggle.

Kayti Nika Raet

Knight of Flame by Scott Eder is a contemporary fantasy set in Tampa, Florida. A heroic band, the Knights Elementalis, are said to be descendants of King Arthur's Round Table, although a couple of the knights seem to predate the medieval legend. One knight represents each of the elements, with a Merlin-like figure in charge of prophecies. Dev, the Knight of Flame, is the leader of the group as they battle to save Tampa from the clutches of the Shadow, a group of otherworldly evildoers (though we mostly view things from the perspective of third son, Alexander Gray). A fantasy thriller that is a deft blend of both genres and perfect for readers who want a fast-paced, action-filled tale of good versus evil.

Knight of Flame, the first book in the Knights Elementalis, starts off with a bang, with car chases, marauding prehistoric elephants, and an out-of-control fire. Of course the bad guys are wickedly nefarious; they even have dark eyes, the quickest way to prove a character's bad guy status. I actually wished the bad guys were a little less cut and dried - not that I was expecting a bleeding heart back-story - but since Alexander's point of view was shown, I kept want him to be meatier, more fleshed out like our hero Dev. Other that that, Knight of Flame was perfectly engaging with lots of action, a dash of humor and self-sacrifice, as well as a bittersweet romance. With the way it ended though, I’m sure Scott Eder will soon have legions of fans clamoring at his door, hoping for Book 2.

Mamta Madhavan

Knight of Flame (Knights Elementalis) by Scott Eder is an adventure-cum-fantasy story filled with suspense and intrigue that will enthrall readers. The story is set in Tampa, Florida. Develor Quinteele is the sixth Knight of Flame. He gets angry at the slightest provocation and he has no control over his temper which is his downfall. He waits for the coming of the Gray Lord who is his enemy. Dev is framed for a brutal attack done by the minions of the Gray Lord. It is his anger that leads him to it. Will Dev finally learn to control his rage? Will he be able to save Tampa from destruction?

I liked the characterization of Dev. It is based on fire, one of the four elements. His anger slowly consumes him, burning him away. The author has woven all the twists, turns, sub-plots and plot skilfully together and has kept up the tempo of the story. The protagonist and all the other characters have been etched very well and they leave a lasting impression. The story, apart from the fantasy and adventure, also deals with relationships.

I liked the concept of the elements incorporated into the characters of the knights. It is something that adds to the uniqueness of the story. The writer's language is simple and stark, making the narrations excellent, crisp, and clear.