I have a confession: I used to be a total RPG gamer geek girl. I’m not just talking Final Fantasy on the Playstation, I’m talking “staying up until all hours of the night crawling around imaginary dungeons, eating Pop-Tarts, and threatening to break up with the Dungeon Master if he didn’t revive my deceased character right away” gamer geek. I never got a chance to play the live action, or LARP games, but if given the chance I probably would. I mention all of this because it illustrates how well I related to the main character of Prophecy of the Flame by Lynn Hardy.
The story starts out with a Live Action Role Playing Game in which the characters are competing to win a free weekend at the hotel. Reba, a powerful Mage in the gaming community, is celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband at the event. He pretty much ditches her for the buffet, and she heads off to meet the rest of her team. This is important to future events in the story.
After kicking some butt in the first round, the team suddenly loses consciousness and finds themselves in a new world when they awaken. They all look different, but somehow they’re able to identify each other. Reba casts a rather silly (in a charming way) translation spell and learns that she specifically, and the rest of her teammates by default, were brought to the world to fulfill a prophecy to free the kingdom of Cuthburan from evil.
Prophecy of the Flame is pure reading fun, plain and simple. If you’re looking for a fun way to pass the night and aren’t in the mood for something deep and brooding, you’ll definitely enjoy this book. Those of you who, like me, used to be gamer geeks will get a kick out of the whole “game turned reality” aspect behind it. I mean, I always thought it would be kind of cool to live in a magical kingdom and be a real sorceress rather than just a girl sitting on a bed with a badly painted metal character that kind of looks like a sorceress.
Reba definitely has some sort of magnetism to her, as just about every guy she meets falls for her. Between a husband back home, Alexandros (the prince of the world), and the prince’s little brother Szames, Reba definitely has her pick of men. The romance is there, but it’s not overt or sappy in my opinion. I also like the combination of old world meets new, as our 21st century heroes have a lot to teach the medieval society. This is the first book in a series, so expect it to end on a cliffhanger that will leave you anxiously awaiting book two.
Be sure to check out Lynn Hardy’s guest post, which is also part of a treasure hunt giveaway! She talks about her dream cast for the upcoming theatrical version of Prophecy of the Flame.