Thursday, 24 September 2015

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Cleansing Fire by Emily Mah

Welcome to my stop on the Sky Chariots Saga by Emily Mah blog tour by CBB Book Promotions. I am reviewing the three books in different posts for it. This is the final posting for the day with the third book's review.

Title : Cleansing Fire
Author : Emily Mah
Series : The Sky Chariots Saga, Book Three
Genre :  Fantasy
Source : Free copy from the author for an honest review

Blurb :

Kasha has lived her life in hiding, working the job of the City Engineer of Wingmount, in a society that lets neither women, nor any member of the Tanoa race work trades. Finally, she has been offered the chance to work for her own people, who must evacuate their beloved Earth Shaman from the slopes of an active volcano. No other engineer in history could build the craft that Kasha has designed for this task: the sky chariot. 

However, in order to fly it, she and her cousin, Ahote, will breach the most sacred rules of the Andalanos, the pale skinned race of people who govern their nation. Once, Kasha thought she would not mind betraying them. They had only given her grief.

 But as she has grown in her talent for engineering, many Andalanos have supported her at great risk to themselves. Even high ranking government officials seek her counsel and beg for her aid in a costly war they fight on the coast, in a part of the kingdom Kasha has never seen and never thought she’d care about. 

There is no way to help one people without betraying the other, and in this society, betrayal often means death. Kasha must decide where her loyalties lie, and whether she is up to the task of saving the last shaman of her people.

My Musings : 

This book has brought me both gratification and shocking news with its end. I absolutely can't wait for the next book to release!

The length of the book is slightly bigger than the others but it is a fast read because it has more in depth research on the air fleet and history of the Andalanos, the Baskans, the Tanoa and other people. I literally felt the pages turning themselves since I finished it before I could blink. This has left me a bit disoriented and wanting more.

Kasha has emerged as a patriot of sorts though she helps the Andalanos. She is a patriot to her land more than her tribe. But it is all in good stead. The final act of hers left me with a hint of her courageous spirit. There are hints of a romantic entanglement but I think it might play out in the far sequels. There is nothing definitive. Ahote hasn't changed a bit in his nature but he has become a bit more wise and experienced in the ways of the world since his foray into the wild world. I felt my heart breaking a bit at his revelations but it is the way of life in their world and in our own too.

The adventurous tone of the story has stayed with the series so far and I hope it does till the end. The current goal may have been reached and now Kasha, Ahote and their friends have to brave the political war to reach their ultimate end. Kasha is getting more enmeshed in the politics and the saga seems to be taking a more war zone turn in the future. I hope no one else is affected adversely in the coming books.

I am so looking forward to reading more about them. For now I am going to imagine my own stories till I can get my hands on the sequel.

My one line review : A great end to the present adventure but a fascinating start to the rest of the saga

My rating : 5/5

My reread factor : 4/5

Meet the Author : 

Emily writes as both Emily Mah (for science fiction and fantasy) and E.M. Tippetts (for chick lit). Her short stories have appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, The Black Gate, and anthologies like The Dragon and the Stars, Shanghai Steam, and The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth. Her E.M. Tippetts novels have been on the Amazon Top 100 numerous times, and her novel, Someone Else's Fairytale was semi-finalist for the Best Indie Book of the Year - Kindle Book Review, and a runner up in Romance for the Best of the Independent Book Awards - eFestival of Words.

She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer's Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy and Viable Paradise Writers Workshop, and she often teaches the unit on self-publishing at the Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop.When she is not writing or chasing small children, she manages E.M. Tippetts Book Designs, her company which offers formatting, cover design, and editing services to authors and publishers.

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed this one too! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and reviewing the books!