ARC Book Review Burning Bright by Melissa McShane


In 1812, Elinor Pembroke wakes to find her bedchamber in flames—and extinguishes them with a thought. At 21, she is old to manifest magical talent, but the evidence is unmistakable: she not only has the ability to start fires, but the far more powerful ability to control and extinguish them. She is an Extraordinary, and the only one in England capable of wielding fire in over one hundred years.

As an Extraordinary, she is respected and feared, but to her father, she represents power and prestige for himself. Mr. Pembroke, having spent his life studying magic, is determined to control Elinor and her talent by forcing her to marry where he chooses, a marriage that will produce even more powerful offspring. Trapped between the choices of a loveless marriage or living penniless and dependent on her parents, Elinor takes a third path: she defies tradition and society to join the Royal Navy.

Assigned to serve under Captain Miles Ramsay aboard the frigate Athena, she turns her fiery talent on England’s enemies, French privateers and vicious pirates preying on English ships in the Caribbean. At first feared by her shipmates, a growing number of victories make her truly part of Athena’s crew and bring her joy in her fire. But as her power grows and changes in unexpected ways, Elinor’s ability to control it is challenged. She may have the power to destroy her enemies utterly—but could it be at the cost of her own life?

Jan Review

I rec’d a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Okay i gonna spend just a moment talking about that cover, isn’t just stunning, it really sums up the essence of this novel and i think it just delightful.

Ok i loved this book it was so fun to read, the world that has been painted by the author is very easy to picture,  i loved the concept of this daughter who was seen as nothing finally manifests with this strange talent and is suddenly an asset to her family.  She is crushed to find that she is now faced with only two options for her life stay home with her parents or forced to marry who ever her farther chooses.

Miss Pembroke instead chooses to carve her own path, in a way that society and her family never expects.  She discovers so much more about her self and this world is described very well, i actually could see the ships, and the other characters that display their own unique talents.  Their were parts i was screaming and others i was rejoicing the book is very well done and i am excited to see their is more story to tell.

This is my first book from this author and i am intrigued to check out what else has been written by her.



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