“Hearts of Fire” is a prequel story (#.5) to the Deadglass series by Kira Brady.
This paranormal romance novella was published in ebook format by eKensington on June 26, 2012.
In the prequel to a stunning new paranormal series, one woman’s desire for a forbidden man will spark a centuries-long supernatural conflict–and a love nothing can destroy.
She’s the heiress to Seattle’s most powerful shifter clan. Her destiny is as controlled and certain as moonrise. However, from the moment Alice Corbette encounters the man known as Brand, she will defy all constraint and break every rule to make this dragon-shifter hers. Brand is determined to repay the clan leader he owes his life to. But one taste of Alice’s exquisite spirit will make him question his loyalty–and plunge them both into the middle of a ruthless power play. Their only chance at freedom is a gamble that could risk the future of humans and shifters alike. . .
KIRA BRADY developed a passion for the historic, haunted places of Seattle as an urban planning graduate student before following her writing dream.
Jen’s Review of “Hearts of Glass”
I read “Hearts of Fire” because I downloaded a free copy on Nook a long time ago. I have been wanting to read something by Kira Brady, and I finally got around to starting this series.
Quick Review: Strong worldbuilding, unique mythology, but insta-love and underdeveloped characters
In 1889, Brand travels to Seattle because he has to make a Deadglass for Norgard. While in Seattle, he meets a woman, Alice, who is the daughter of a rival tribe leader. He is a dragon shifter; she’s a bird shifter. They are supposed to be enemies. But, they are drawn to one another and quickly become lovers.
I liked how the author gave hints that some sort of trouble was coming. But, the trouble never really came. The story was taken over by what was going on between Brand and Alice. Although there is trouble, they basically ignore it and do what is best for them.
I didn’t like the ‘love conquers all’ theme, at least not in the way it was employed. Perhaps if the story had been longer and more developed, I would have warmed to the idea. The love between Alice and Brand was superficial and rushed. I couldn’t see how it could conquer anything.
In the epilogue, the author basically states that it’s true–their love didn’t make a difference. “Over a century later, the blood of both sides soaked the cursed earth.” Once I read this, I wondered what the point of the story had been.
The best thing about the story was the original mythology and world-building.
Brand is said to be soulless. He has to eat souls to survive. This makes him repulsive and evil, in the eyes of the Kivati.
Alice came across to me as prejudiced, jaded, naive, and idealistic…all at the same time. To understand her, I would have needed to spend more time with her. There just wasn’t an opportunity because of the length of the story.
Brand is a little more interesting. Out of the two main characters, I think the author put more thought into developing his character.
By the third chapter, Brand and Alice are already in love. I couldn’t comprehend it. One minute she hated him because he didn’t have a soul. The next minute she proclaimed her love.
They didn’t know one another. All they had to go on was their physical attraction. It just wasn’t enough to convince me of any real feelings.
The author repeated herself too much. Given that this was a novella, she couldn’t afford to do that. Every word counted. And instead of giving new information that would flesh out the characters and plot, she kept saying the same things in different ways. Even early on, I got annoyed by this. There was a line in chapter two, “He realized she was waiting,” for which I wrote a note: So am I. Repeating too much. I get it that he likes Alice. Let’s move on.
If you don’t like it when authors use euphemisms for male body parts (ex: shaft, manhood, rod, etc.), then you should skip this story.
The actual writing was good, without errors or inconsistencies. I just couldn’t get into the characters or the plot. However, because I think Kira Brady writes well, I am willing to continue the series.
Do I Recommend?
Unless you are obsessed with reading every single prequel and in-between story, I would recommend skipping “Hearts of Fire.” If it weren’t for the backstory and worldbuilding about the Drekar and Kivati, I would have given this 2 stars. Perhaps that’s enough reason to read this one, but I have a feeling you can still read Hearts of Darkness without knowing all this backstory.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (C)