My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“There is no pain in this death, only peace, knowing I am going to die with the one I love the most.” – Katriona Wilde
Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she’s ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out. When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she’s dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. She’s forced to accept a new truth: her entire life has been a lie, and those closest to her have betrayed her. What’s worse, she has no control over her new future, and it’s full of magic and horrors from which nightmares are made. Will she discover and learn to control who she really is in time to save the ones she loves, or will all be lost?
Okay. Reading Wilde’s Fire was probably number 1 or 2 on my to read list. Unfortunately, with much work and not enough time, it took me a while to actually read the book. But once I started, oh boy… Yep. I was definitely entertained.
Wade’s style is clean, to the point, her descriptions and dialogs are sharp, giving great imagery and providing the right amount of detail for each scene. Battles with demons especially are really well done. Encardia is a world where darkness and evil rule. Once you understand you’ve entered a different dimension, everything makes sense. Character wise, Wilde’s Fire takes you down the epic tale road. If you forget the story is a fantasy tale, you will get the impression some of the characters lack depth, they are too perfect, or too villain, the nuances are weak and the main character Kate, is too naive for her own good. But remember. Wilde’s Fire is not set in our reality. The characters don’t deal with what we face in our every day life. Plus, Kate is young. Wade sets the tone for her MC to mature and grow. Volume 1 of Darkness Falls gives you the taste for a great sequel.
I really enjoyed reading this story. Wade left me hungry for Volume 2, Wilde’s Army, which I will start shortly (and this time I swear, I will read it soon, like today!). I expect more battle scenes, more drama, more deaths, and you know, Wade did an incredible job transporting me to her world. Never once did I think the plot didn’t make sense. Sure, it’s a simple plot, but epic tales are born from simple plots. The Legend of King Arthur, or the Lord of the Rings are not very complex stories, yet, they’re enchanting.
Wilde’s Fire is definitely an enchanting tale. Job well done, Ms Wade.