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There's so much left to learn. Caymus had always thought he would be a priest, one of the masters of the Temple of the Conflagration, whose intimate connections with the realm of enduring flames have, for thousands of years, allowed them control over fire itself. The night that otherworldly monsters attacked his temple though-the night when people started dying-changed his There's so much left to learn. Caymus had always thought he would be a priest, one of the masters of the Temple of the Conflagration, whose intimate connections with the realm of enduring flames have, for thousands of years, allowed them control over fire itself. The night that otherworldly monsters attacked his temple though-the night when people started dying-changed his life...changed everything. A malevolent force has invaded his world and is now spreading its dark and terrible influence over the land, over the people, over everything he knows. If Caymus hopes to ever drive this force back, to rid his world of it and protect the people he loves, he'll need to learn more about this darkness, what it wants, and how in the world he can possibly fight it. Through his journey, he will also need to learn about an ancient war-a conflict so similar, but fought so very long ago-and also about a warrior who lived it and who seems, somehow connected to him from across the ages...the Knight of the Flame.


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There's so much left to learn. Caymus had always thought he would be a priest, one of the masters of the Temple of the Conflagration, whose intimate connections with the realm of enduring flames have, for thousands of years, allowed them control over fire itself. The night that otherworldly monsters attacked his temple though-the night when people started dying-changed his There's so much left to learn. Caymus had always thought he would be a priest, one of the masters of the Temple of the Conflagration, whose intimate connections with the realm of enduring flames have, for thousands of years, allowed them control over fire itself. The night that otherworldly monsters attacked his temple though-the night when people started dying-changed his life...changed everything. A malevolent force has invaded his world and is now spreading its dark and terrible influence over the land, over the people, over everything he knows. If Caymus hopes to ever drive this force back, to rid his world of it and protect the people he loves, he'll need to learn more about this darkness, what it wants, and how in the world he can possibly fight it. Through his journey, he will also need to learn about an ancient war-a conflict so similar, but fought so very long ago-and also about a warrior who lived it and who seems, somehow connected to him from across the ages...the Knight of the Flame.

30 review for Knight of the Flame

  1. 5 out of 5

    Adriano Pacheco

    I won this book as a courtesy from Goodreads, and as I had never heard about the author nor his books before, I didn’t really know what to expect from him. I’m glad I got surprised. In a world where the elements of nature are worshiped as deities, we meet Caymus, a young boy who studies in the Temple of Conflagration to become a sort of firewielder, but in a seemingly ordinary day, a lot of massive centopide-like creatures come out and start killing everybody they found. Caymus’ world then turns I won this book as a courtesy from Goodreads, and as I had never heard about the author nor his books before, I didn’t really know what to expect from him. I’m glad I got surprised. In a world where the elements of nature are worshiped as deities, we meet Caymus, a young boy who studies in the Temple of Conflagration to become a sort of firewielder, but in a seemingly ordinary day, a lot of massive centopide-like creatures come out and start killing everybody they found. Caymus’ world then turns upside down, and instead of having a joyful and quiet life with his friends in the Temple, as he always expected, now he has to deal with the threat of those monstes that somehow are imune to fire. Then Caymus, along with other companions, go out in a journey to try to find out how to fight those creatures that seem indestructible and probably not from this world. One of the things that caught my eye was the fact that Spriggs develops a lot his secondary characters, instead of focusing only on Caymus, I found it very nice. As here in Brazil the author is practically not known, I’d say, for those who want to read Knight of the Flame, that his style is very similar to Brandon Sanderson’, with a lot of adventure and well-made characters, but not being a boring YA book with also a boring teenager saving the world. It’s hard to see that nowadays. A pity he isn’t still known here in Brazil, but I hope someday some plublisher really publishes it. I’m already anxious for book #2. Eu recebi esse livro como cortesia do Goodreads, e como nunca tinha ouvido falar do autor nem de sua obra, eu realmente não sabia o que esperar dele. Que bom que me surpreendi. Em um mundo onde os elementos da natureza são adorados como divindades, nós acompanhamos a trajetória de Caymus, um jovem que estuda no Templo da Conflagração pra poder controlar o fogo, mas que durante um dia aparentemente comum, começam a surgir monstros insectóides gigantes parecidos com centopeias, que saem matando todos que encontram. O mundo de Caymus então vira de ponta-cabeça, e ao invés de ter uma vida tranquila e alegre no Templo, como sempre esperava, agora ele terá que lidar com a ameaça desses monstros que por alguma razão, são imunes ao fogo. A partir daí, Caymus, junto com outros companheiros, saem em uma jornada pra tentar descobrir como enfrentar essas criaturas que parecem indestrutíveis e que não parecem ser exatamente desse mundo. Um ponto que me chamou muito atenção foi que ele desenvolve bastante os personagens secundários, ao invés de ficar focado só no Caymus, achei isso muito bacana. Como aqui no Brasil o autor é praticamente desconhecido, eu diria, pros que querem tentar ler Knight of the Flame, que seu estilo é muito parecido com o do Brandon Sanderson, com muita aventura e personagens bem construídos, mas não sendo um infanto-juvenil chato com adolescentes salvando o mundo. É difícil de se ver isso hoje em dia. Uma pena que o livro ainda não seja conhecido aqui no Brasil, mas espero que algum dia alguma editora se anime a publicá-lo. Já ansioso pelo livro #2.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Riki Strydom

    Great book by the new coming to the fantasy scene H. John Spriggs. The book is very easy to read and has a great flow in developing the magic and world around it. Characters are very likeable and easy to get hooked onto their respective stories. The story is about an impending war between the different elements making up this world: Fire, Water, Air and Earth, and the elements that were defeated by the previously mentioned. A single warrior is chosen by each element to represent the fraction and Great book by the new coming to the fantasy scene H. John Spriggs. The book is very easy to read and has a great flow in developing the magic and world around it. Characters are very likeable and easy to get hooked onto their respective stories. The story is about an impending war between the different elements making up this world: Fire, Water, Air and Earth, and the elements that were defeated by the previously mentioned. A single warrior is chosen by each element to represent the fraction and ultimately fight for its survival. This book follows Caymus and the fire element in his quest to become the Knight of flames. Another great aspect of the book is the side stories which follows his friends and how they are dealing with this wars. I hope that the next book in the series continues following Caymus and who searches for the remaining champions in contrast to creating an entirely different story for the each of the other champions. This book would have received a 5 star review from me but the author decided to skip over parts of the story when something substantial happened. All in all a great book and will look out for when the next book is released.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this novel from goodreads. This is very good YA fantasy novel about a young man studying to be a priest in an order that worships the element of fire. In our world, they might be called arsonists, but I digress. Refreshingly, he isn't some nerd, abused by his classmates. Strange giant insect like creatures attack the temple,and only with the help of a priest of the air, is the temple able to withstand the attack. Then,like in most of these novels...Road trip! We learn that the four elements I won this novel from goodreads. This is very good YA fantasy novel about a young man studying to be a priest in an order that worships the element of fire. In our world, they might be called arsonists, but I digress. Refreshingly, he isn't some nerd, abused by his classmates. Strange giant insect like creatures attack the temple,and only with the help of a priest of the air, is the temple able to withstand the attack. Then,like in most of these novels...Road trip! We learn that the four elements of earth fire water and air allied in a war long ago to expel other elements from the land. One element, Kreal, has found it's way back into the world, and is trying to establish a foothold. Our hero is the Knight of the Flame, chosen by destiny, to defend the world. While perhaps a bit too Campbellian, this is an excellent novel. It has a definite story arc, but still leaves a number of questions up in the air. The mark of a good series novel, is that I care about the answers. Give it a shot.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Trina

    I chose to read this book of my own volition and the description intrigued me. This book is quite different from any other fantasy book I have read as this is a battle between natural elements and not your typical good guy versus bad guy story. The character of Caymus undergoes your typical hero challenges of facing tragedy and having to make difficult decisions, but what makes him standout is that he's not egotistical or great at first, he grows into his role rather slowly and through a lot of I chose to read this book of my own volition and the description intrigued me. This book is quite different from any other fantasy book I have read as this is a battle between natural elements and not your typical good guy versus bad guy story. The character of Caymus undergoes your typical hero challenges of facing tragedy and having to make difficult decisions, but what makes him standout is that he's not egotistical or great at first, he grows into his role rather slowly and through a lot of hard work. I also like that the author develops his secondary characters and we get a glimpse of their point of views as well. I like that none of the characters remain static, they all experience some form of growth. The so called Krealites are quite monstrous and mysterious as no one can seem to determine how to kill them, at least in the beginning. This is a great start to what should be a great series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Wow - this was a good book. You can read all the synopsis in other places, but let me tell you why this is a good read in 3 steps: 1. Good, flushed out magic system. Something new and novel that doesn't rehash old ideas. The author's use of elemental magic and elements and links to the elemental planes reminds me a little about the old D&D elemental worlds, but he takes it into a unique and novel approach. 2. Good pacing. This is a true "epic" novel - reminiscent of Brandon Sanderson's and Tolkien Wow - this was a good book. You can read all the synopsis in other places, but let me tell you why this is a good read in 3 steps: 1. Good, flushed out magic system. Something new and novel that doesn't rehash old ideas. The author's use of elemental magic and elements and links to the elemental planes reminds me a little about the old D&D elemental worlds, but he takes it into a unique and novel approach. 2. Good pacing. This is a true "epic" novel - reminiscent of Brandon Sanderson's and Tolkien's epics. The journey of Caymus from apprentice to master is well written and follows a realistic progression. 3. Real characters. The characters feel real - their relationships have real elements in them, the people seem flushed out, and the book is action packed. I can see these people being friends in any setting. Now, the downside... the next book doesn't come out for a while. *I got this book through GoodRead's Giveaways - an excellent source of interesting books!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jason Lewis

    Spriggs takes the reader through the journey of discovery and adventure as the main character Caymus learns how to expand and control his abilities of fire movement. The reader finds out through other characters what is possible and expected of the main character as the journey continues. Overwhelming at first with the number of characters and site locations mentioned everywhere, things finally feel like they come into place as one approaches the middle of the story. Thankfully Spriggs has added Spriggs takes the reader through the journey of discovery and adventure as the main character Caymus learns how to expand and control his abilities of fire movement. The reader finds out through other characters what is possible and expected of the main character as the journey continues. Overwhelming at first with the number of characters and site locations mentioned everywhere, things finally feel like they come into place as one approaches the middle of the story. Thankfully Spriggs has added an illustrated map to help in understanding the locations of the battle adventures mentioned in relation to what is being accomplished or protected.

  7. 5 out of 5

    D.J. Kettlety

    The debut novel from H. John Spriggs is a joy to read, a wonderful new take on the fantasy concept concentrating on the elements of life themselves rather than the typical big bad. The characters come to life easily and quickly develop their own voice allowing them to carry the reader through the well-paced story. An excellent start to the "Children of the Old War" series, I eagerly look forward to the next instalment. The debut novel from H. John Spriggs is a joy to read, a wonderful new take on the fantasy concept concentrating on the elements of life themselves rather than the typical big bad. The characters come to life easily and quickly develop their own voice allowing them to carry the reader through the well-paced story. An excellent start to the "Children of the Old War" series, I eagerly look forward to the next instalment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    James Thomas

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    Stephen

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    Frank Geimer

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    Acop

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bob Goldberg

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gary

  15. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Ervin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

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    Ren

  20. 4 out of 5

    Moe

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Cunningham

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  23. 4 out of 5

    Balakrishnan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Error

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Wilburn

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Searles

  28. 5 out of 5

    xenofixus

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arnon

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jaron Cox

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