Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Sage is homeless and doesn't have anywhere to go. When she's at a party one night she's being taken. Sage is part of a magical world and is the daughter of a Celtic goddess. She was hidden for a long time, but her powers are about to arise. Sage's skills evolve around fire, but she has no training and doesn't know how to keep them under control. Sage is almost ready to Emerge and then she has to pledge herself to one of the five deities. Because Sage is powerful they're all interested in her. However, not everyone is trying to look out for her and Sage can't rely on anyone doing something for her with the best intentions. She has no idea who she can trust.

Faelan has promised to protect Sage. He's an old soul in a young body and has plenty of experience, but his powers are diminished and he can't keep every situation that arises under control. Faelan isn't supposed to feel something for Sage, but whenever he's near her his heart gives him a different message. He isn't the only one who's trying to get her attention though, someone else wants the exact same thing. Sage is constantly in danger and she's part of a complicated game she doesn't understand. Past and present are about to become one and she's at the center of it. Who can she go to for help and what should she decide when the time comes to choose?

Fire and Bone is a gripping story. Sage is strong and incredibly kind. She's powerful, but she's afraid to use her gifts, because she doesn't want to harm anyone. This makes her extra vulnerable. She's inevitably part of a world she doesn't understand and she has very little time to learn. Finding out if she'd be able to stay alive kept me on the edge of my seat. Faelan wants to protect her as well as he can, but this task is difficult. There are so many enemies and secrets that were hidden for years are about to come to the surface, so he has to keep anticipating, but can never fully predict the impact of a situation. They're both in over their heads, but they never give up. They're resilient and love is what keeps them going, which is a beautiful thing. I really loved their complicated connection and enjoyed every page of Fire and Bone because of it.

Rachel A. Marks has fabulous world building skills. Her detailed explanations of families, rules and history are all equally fascinating and they're making it possible to fully understand the story. I could easily visualize everything she writes about and I love it when an author makes a story come to life so well. Rachel A. Marks has written a book filled with adventure, feuds, battles and trickery, which is exactly the kind of fantasy I like. Fire and Bone is an amazing story that intrigued me from beginning to end. I highly recommend this fantastic enchanting book.


If you love gripping fantasy, Fire and Bone would be a perfect choice. Keep in mind that this is the first book in a series and that the ending will make you curious all over again.

About Rachel A. Marks

Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning author and professional artist, a SoCal girl, cancer survivor, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. She was voted: Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory. Her debut series The Dark Cycle, described as Dickens' Oliver Twist meets TV's Supernatural, begins with the Amazon Bestseller, DARKNESS BRUTAL.


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1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Hello WLfB readers! So, about me… I’m a mom of four teens, first and foremost. But I’m also a dog lover, a cancer survivor, an artist, an author, and a keeper of faerie secrets. I love hiking and surfing and hanging out with my kids. And, of course, playing with new worlds.

2) How did you get the idea to write about a fire demigoddess?

I’ve been wanting to write about Celtic folklore for ages, but I wasn’t sure how to form my world (especially when I wanted to write it as high fantasy) or how to weave the mythos all together into a solid story. It was when I considered what the ancient world might look like mashed up with the modern one that the light finally came on and it started to flow.

3) Could you describe the main characters of Fire & Bone in six words each?

Oh my, that’s a tough one…let’s see…

Sage: Strong, spunky, free-spirited, curious, and kind

Faelan: Focused, disciplined, loyal, steady, and clear-headed

Kieran: Determined, clever, patient, dedicated, and mysterious

Aelia: Single-minded, stubborn, simple, annoyed, and so, like, totally over-it

4) What do you like the most about writing (urban) fantasy?

There’s something extra magical about weaving the ancient with the modern, the mysterious with the familiar. I can create layers that surprise. I can play with textures and moods in all new ways. It’s super fun!

5) If you could have powers yourself, what would they be?

I think I’d love to have Mary Poppins’ cleaning magic, and Hermione’s purse. You know, as a mom with a very full house of teens and all-the-friends-always, I’m all about the practical.

6) What does magic mean to you?

I feel like magic in fiction, the magic in my books, is like a metaphor to hint at the very real echo of hope in our world. The hidden beauty of nature, of the human spirit. We miss so much because we’re busy or distracted.

And so many times we feel powerless. We wish we had the ability to push away the darkness or defeat death, I think that’s why I have to put magic in my books. Because it feels real. I’ve seen darkness pushed back in my own life. I’ve battled the weighty grief of losing a child, the poison of cancer, the helplessness of losing a home, and yet, there’s a spark in those moments, Love and Hope that gets me through.

I guess, in a way, I write magic because I Believe.

7) You’re a writer and an artist, how do you combine the two and does one inspire the other?

My writing and my art have become very meshed together lately. I love drawing my characters and creating a visual to see outside of my own head. It really helps invigorate me for the writing process.

8) As you were voted most likely to survive the Zombie Apocalypse, how would you save yourself?

Well, I’m a pretty good shot, but I’m also fairly determined. I think my stubborn nature will be the biggest thing to get through any zombie invasions.

9) How did your writing journey start?

I started writing because I couldn’t find a book to read that I liked. I’ve always been a veracious reader. And at one point, as a mom of many babies, I’d read a couple lack-luster books in a row and something in me wanted more. There was a tone I wanted in my reading that I couldn’t find anywhere; a Lord of the Rings meets Cold Mountain sort of feel. Weird, but it’s what I was craving at the time. Needless to say, it wasn’t out there. And my attempt to create it pretty much failed. But it was how I caught the writing bug, and I’ve yet to be cured.

Maybe someday I’ll get back to my weird mash-up and see if I can finally make it work, now that I know better what I’m doing. Sort of. ;)

10) What are your plans for the future?

Next up is more in the FIRE & BONE world, more Sage, Lily, Faelan, the king, and Kieran. ;) I have a novella in that world that I’m working on (shhh). I also have a Romantic Contemporary, with a splash of humor and spunk, called TWISTED IN YOU releasing in April. And I’m currently chewing on my dream high fantasy novel, trying to get it right. I’m currently trying shape the world as best as I can, struggling to do justice to what I’m seeing in my crazy head. It’s a bit of a monolith, so who knows if it’ll ever see the light of day, but I’m having a wonderful time playing in the sand box of my imagination.

Thanks so much for having me!


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a digital copy of Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. This is my third attempt to win a copy of Fire and Bone - third time lucky perhaps? Loving the hair, Rachel!

  2. What a lovely name Sage. I will be definitely a book I will pick up and enjoy

  3. Fire and Bone sounds like an enjoyable and entertaining urban fantasy with an intriguing mythology and interesting characters.

  4. Sounds like an interesting book

  5. Great review! I loved reading about the author.Thank you .

  6. Lovely cover for Fire and Bone, good luck with your books.

  7. love the cover, looks right up my alley!

  8. What a great cover! I'd love to read this!

  9. Thank you for informing me about this book.

  10. The cover is fantastic, I enjoyed the review also.

  11. From the review this sounds like an amazing fantasy read.

  12. I'm very intrigued by this novel, I find it amazing that people can develop such a marvellous fantasy world. It would be a pleasure to read this I'm sure.

  13. This sounds like a great fantasy story, love the cover.

  14. I love the idea Celtic aspect of this story.

  15. I'd love to read this book as a fantasy novel :)

  16. Awesome cover! Added to my wishlist as soon as I read the blurb.

  17. i would love to read this Rachel

  18. This is exactly my kind of read. Sounds fascinating!

  19. I love the cover girl and the book sounds great!!