I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review."The King of Fire" by Ilona Andrews
Series: Aurelia Ryder #0.5
Genres: Arcanepunk Fantasy
Published by Author on September 30, 2018
Also in this series: Blood Heir
Also by this author: Burn For Me, Magic Shifts, Burn for Me, Magic Binds, White Hot, Wildfire, Iron and Magic, Magic Triumphs, Magic Bites , Magic Burns, Magic Strikes , Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays , Gunmetal Magic, "Gerard Demille and Helen Meet", "Diamond Fire", Magic Rises , Magic Breaks, Magic Shifts , Magic Binds , Magic Triumphs, "Sweep with Me", Clean Sweep, Sweep in Peace, "Questing Beast", "A Mere Formality", Blood Heir, Blood Heir , Sapphire Flames, "A Misunderstanding", Emerald Blaze, "The Cool Aunt", One Fell Sweep
This is a free prequel for the Aurelia Ryder arcanepunk fantasy series set in an alternate history, which is part of the Kate Daniels World series and revolving around Aurelia Ryder, the woman we first knew as Julie Lennart-Olsen. The setting is Grandfather’s “prison”.
“The King of Fire” is also located in the back of Blood Heir, 11 in Kate Daniels’ World and 0.5 in Aurelia Ryder.
I hate it when a short story that takes place before the story is placed in the back of the book…so annoying. This would have been more practical to put in as a prologue for Blood Heir.
As short as “The King of Fire” is, it is rich in keeping us up-to-date on Julie, Conlan, Grandfather, and Grandmother while providing a brief, gruesome intro on Moloch. As a first person protagonist point-of-view from Julie’s perspective, it’s also an eye-opener on Julie’s strengths and activities! Eeep!
Okay, I lied about knowing what Julie is doing with Erra. They’re obviously still together, but we have no real idea what they’ve been up to. That’ll come in Blood Heir. How do I know this? Because that story came first, publication-wise…I hate that. Have I mentioned that I hate this?
Again, for its brevity, there is a lot of reported action with Julie at the center of it all.
Anyway, I’m guessing Andrews put this in the back of Blood Heir to keep us from anticipating the eye.
It’s a quick report of Julie’s actions, her imprisonment, her torture, as she gathers information that may keep Kate…and many, many children…alive.
Grandfather is Roland, the nearly god-like father of Kate Daniels and grandfather to Conlan and Julie, the children of Kate and Curran. Grandmother is Erra, Roland’s sister and Kate’s aunt.
Sienna is the seer of the Witch Oracle.
Moloch is a god-king, whose family line bred for regeneration.
The Cover and Title
The cover is a graphic of a fiery hell of a world with a range of oranges and yellow. Julie is a deep orange silhouette standing in the center of a world aflame, her spear on her back.
The title is all about Moloch, “The King of Fire”.