Book: The Fire Rose

Mercedes Lackey
Baen / 1995
Hard Back / 448 Pages
Series Elemental Masters #1

Rosalind Hawkins is a medieval scholar from a fine family in Chicago. Unfortunately, her professor father has speculated away the family money and died, leaving young Rosalind with no fortune and no future. Desolate with grief, forced to cut her education short, she agrees to go West to take a job as a governess to a wealthy man in San Francisco. A boom town in the 1850s, in 1905 San Francisco is the center of culture in the new West, and perhaps there she will rediscover a reason for living. But when she arrives at Jason Cameron's mansion on a hill overlooking the Pacific, she discovers that there are no children, not even a wife, in residence: just the gentleman himself and his enigmatic manservant. Penniless, Rosalind stays despite her misgivings. For the household is very odd indeed. Despite there being but one servant, the huge house is immaculate and food is prepared and served in the most elegant manner. Oddest of all is the master of the house: Rosalind never sees him, but communicates only through a speaking tube, and only at night. But then...she is happy. For her job in the household is to read to him: Latin, French, Greek, German - and she feels herself coming alive once more. As for Jason Cameron, through his contact with Rosalind, he, too, is renewed. An Adept and Alchemist, Master of the Element of Fire, he had attempted the old French werewolf transformation - and bungled it. Stuck in wolf form, over the years he had slowly been losing his humanity. Rosalind is bringing it back to him. But when a rival alchemist offers Rosalind the chance to restore her family's fortune in exchange for Jason's secret, who will she side with? And then the earthquake strikes....

I picked this book up because I was intrigued by the picture on the front of the book

What I liked the Most? The twist on the traditional fairy tale

What I liked the Least? Paul DuMond’s slimely yucky butt – but hey you are supposed to dislike him lol

Review:Wahoo – a twisted version of Beauty & the Beast. Wonderfully written & conceptually stunning. I enjoyed the tale as kind of a sweet treat to be picked up on rare moments not something to make a meal of.

To make this a fair review I do have to criticize the over use of italics it really pulls you out of the story at times.

Sidenote: there is apparently some confusion with this book as to whether or not it is part of the Elemental Masters series. I choose to put it with the series because even though it is set in a different area of the world – it is very much similar to the concept

Recommended to: Fans of fantasy

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