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Publisher's Summary

Elinor is an Extraordinary and the only one in England capable of wielding fire in over 100 years. As an Extraordinary she is respected and feared, but to her father she represents power and prestige for himself. Mr. Pembroke, having spent his life studying magic, is determined to control Elinor and her talent by forcing her to marry whom he chooses, a marriage that will produce even more powerful offspring. Trapped between the choices of a loveless marriage and living penniless and dependent on her parents, Elinor takes a third path: She defies tradition and society to join the Royal Navy.

Assigned to serve under Captain Miles Ramsay aboard the frigate Athena, she turns her fiery talent on England's enemies, French privateers, and vicious pirates preying on English ships in the Caribbean. At first feared by her shipmates, a growing number of victories make her truly part of Athena's crew and bring her joy in her fire. But as her power grows and changes in unexpected ways, Elinor's ability to control it is challenged. She may have the power to destroy her enemies utterly - but could it be at the cost of her own life?

©2016 Melissa McShane (P)2016 Tantor

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Amazing story and narration!

i absolutely loved this story! The author and narrator were both new to me and ao i did not know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised! I love historical romances and this had an aspect of paranormal in the story with Elinor discovering her talent and embarking on her adventure. it is a clean romance and is a slow burn for them discovering their love bit it was absolutely perfect for the story. I wish this was a series so I could read more about it. Cat Gould as the narrator just brought the story to life. she was amazing with all the male and female voices and i loved her accent used for the narration! i definitely recommend getting this along with the audio!!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Unexpected Plot

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. I've gotten so little done because of it.

Any additional comments?

I read/listen to a _lot_ of 'strong female paranormal romanceish' books. So many that I often find plots to be predictable. This book was a breath of fresh air. There are, of course, a few obvious tropes, but there were as many if not more exciting twists and turns.
The lead female didn't suddenly become helpless when encountered with a strong male, if anything they support and encourage each other in a sold friendship. Great characters, great story. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there will be another soon.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Interesting Idea, lost in translation

On the surface this book appealed to me. I love *good* regency/historical fiction, well written sci fi/fantasy is always a win with me and Cat Gould narrations are always on point.

Premise- 5 stars, the idea that there are "gifted" people that were involved in historical British navel battles? I'm on board. (pun not intended)

Writing Quality- 4 stars, simplistic, easy to read style. Overall well written. Good grammar, prose etc.

Historical Accuracy - 3.5? I'm not an expert but there was no offensive/unrealistic history in this story, she just added the fictional premise.

Story Content - 3 stars. This is where it started crumbling for me. Pretty bland, basic story of NAVEL BATTLES. How does that happen? I blame it on no mid-story development and the poor 'blending' of the fictional sci fi elements with the historical timeline.

Character Development - 2 stars. My biggest pet peeve. A good idea with a weak plot can still be a win for me if the characters are well developed. The heroine had typical emotions but I never connected with her. I don't need a play by play but I need the author to make me believe in what she feels. The side characters had even less development. To the point that I actually didn't realize who her best friends were until the middle of the book. The romantic line? One great meet-cute at the beginning, a couple minor, unassuming moments in the middle and suddenly they are extremely in love at the end.. (insert eye roll here).

Narration- 4 stars. Cat is one of my go-to readers, however I feel that the lack of low & high story points & the limited character development crippled her performance a bit.

Overall, if you are looking for a clean regency/scifi/fantasy novel to play while you are working for 13 hours it will make you happy. I'm returning it because, while it was good enough for me to finish, I won't listen to it again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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greatly enjoyed this book. i wish there were more!! !! !! !! ! !! !! !!

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Loved it!!!

Would you listen to Burning Bright again? Why?

This was a captivating read with a strong female protagonist and wonderful story telling. At first I wasn't sure of the narrator, but within a chapter or so I really liked her. Too many new/younger adult type books have syrupy sweet young voices that are so irritating - this narrator was more mature and more fitting with the character. I am definitely looking forward to more audiobooks from this author.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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regency with MAGIC

I LOVE THIS BOOK. the magic system is fun and new and the ending made me cry. good cry.

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Story of the Royal Navy, pirates, and a lady

The unique aspect of this book is that it smashed together a regency naval story with a regency romance. I'd say the naval story was more dominant - probably about 70% of the book - and the romance is probably about 30% of the book. I LOVED that most of the book was about what would happened if a lady served in the Royal Navy. I enjoyed the action and the magic (referred to in the book as "talents" or "extraordinary gifts"). The fights and strategic planning was all more enjoyable because it was told from a woman's perspective.

All those positives being acknowledged, I will point out that the most innovative aspect of this book is simply that a lady is serving in the Royal Navy. If you take out the fact that the main character is a woman, this wouldn't be an innovative naval story. Likewise, if you took out the adventure and Navy aspects, this would be just another regency romance. The magic is a fun thing to throw in, but that's also not necessarily innovative on its own. Deftly mixing together the three - naval story, regency romance story, and magic - is what made this book so entertaining to me.

I would certainly recommend! It's a fairly light-hearted adventure-filled read and the romance is sweet. Some reviewers seem to dislike when there's a lot of sex scenes, and this book is definitely safe for those people to read.

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Fantasy & Historical Romance

Very enjoyable and unique read. This is my first book by Ms. McShane and it will definitely lead me on to seek out more of her works. The romance was a gradually built one blossoming out of friendship and common ground into a sweet and charming relationship. I enjoyed the many diverse characters, some who were rough around the edges but grew on me for sure. Then there were the truly nasty villains! It was fun that this was a fantasy that took place during actual historic times of the Napoleonic wars -- although the enemy in this one were pirates.

I listened to some of the book on Audible and really enjoyed the narrator as well. So, ultimately I am giving this 4 stars and a recommendation to any readers who enjoy historical romances mixed with a good bit of fantasy, unique characters, and a clean, slow burning romance.

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Loved this book!

I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of this book from start to finish. It was attention-grabbing from the first chapter, magical throughout, and lovely at the end. I'm excited to see what the next book holds.

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Good book! Fun listen!

I loved the premise of this book and the paranormal element to it. McShane weaved a beautiful world were extraordinary people were the norm. Loved it! AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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  • 04-03-17

ABSOLUTELY AWFUL MONOTONOUS NARRATION

Unbelievable Cat Gould makes a living narrating audiobooks. Who is it auditions this person and gives her work. This woman cannot read out loud, her way of speaking is monotonous with no variation at all.
I cannot listen to this. Absolutely awful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Therese Jönsson
  • 02-28-17

I liked the story but not the narrator

It's a nice story, the characters are interesting and the plot makes sense, but I had trouble enjoying the book because of the narrator. Her reading style is very stiff and all the characters seems unnatural and very same-same in her way of telling the story. I will not purchase any more audio books narrated by Cat Gould, although I will buy future publications from the author, Melissa McShane.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-21-17

Let down by bad narration

Great story but the narrator is extremely off-putting, would enjoy more by this author though.

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  • Bianca-Jaye
  • 05-21-17

MORE!!!

Any additional comments?

I have such an incredible book hangover because of this!
I loved the story AND the narration AND the performance. Such a perfect blend of period drama and fantasy. By the first chapter, I started panicking because I knew that once I finished I there would be no more to listen to. and I would eventually have to return to an Extraordinary-less existence :'(
PLEASE PUT THE SECOND BOOK ON AUDIBLE AUSTRALIA