How To Breathe Fire by Shona Husk
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemp, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Blue Bonnet
Freedom comes with a blistering price…
For as long as she can remember, Camea has longed to explore the world beyond the island kingdom of Adar. It is an impossible dream, especially if she follows tradition and marries the farmer her parents have selected for her. But then, Camea has never been one to follow expectations.
When the village witch announces she has been selected to be the Fire God’s next bride, Camea has no intention of sacrificing her life to appease the volcano. She plans to escape and follow the Stars to her dream.
Matai, once a prince of Adar, now pays a fiery penance for seducing one of the Fire God’s witches. He must take a new bride each year, then kill her—or condemn Adar to the lava. Unlike his past brides Camea doesn’t shed one tear for her fate, nor does she beg for her life.
In the face of death she sees the remnants of the man he used to be—and a way to save them both from the Fire God’s never-ending cycle of wrath. If Matai has the courage to trust his heart.
In a land where witches exist and dragons roam, on a night like no other the moon grows dark and the selection is made to once again save the lives of many. For one chance at freedom Camea must submit to the will of the Gods with hopes of escaping a life of servitude. Will her fearlessness and determination be enough are will she falter once she’s put to the test?
Shona Husk writes with an intensity and passion that moved me to keep reading. At times I found that the story lingered in places and Camea and Matai were a bit hard to understand, but as I continued reading the story flowed effortlessly and you understand where the author is heading.
Camea is not not your typical islander girl. She has dreams of seeing the world far away from a life of drudgery: "she wanted more, she wanted the stars". She would gladly gamble her life at the hands of the God of fire. Camea’s destiny is not what she would have chosen but she makes the most out of a bad opportunity. I applaud her for getting through her situation with a positive attitude. She has the drive that puts most people to shame; she’s tenacious and has a stubbornness that serves her well for what she must endure. Love is not for her, it's only freedom she seeks. It was nice to see her put anothers desires above her own. From a girl to a woman, she matured before my eyes.
Matai is more than just a mere man. With eyes blazing like molten lava, the fire is the beacon to his soul. He moves with ease on the remnants of a cloud, traveling through the center of the earth that is his home. He’s the savior of the chosen ones. In the blink of an eye he appears as the almighty, just a breath away lingering in the darkness of smoke, hesitant to make his presence known. As I got to know Matai I found that he had a quiet, sexy allure that held me captive. I was totally under his spell. This story is all about Camea and Matai and their goal for independence and their development from foe to friend. As I finished the last page of this book I found myself caring for Matai and Camea and their well-being. The ending pleased me very much.
If you’re looking for a book to stir your imagination then sit down and stay a while for How to Breathe Fire will captivate the senses. Make a space on your shelf for this one.