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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!!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lovely story

WOW -- so -- a Regency Fantasy. I rarely read fantasy books, but this one is really good.

I loved the characters - they were fully developed and mature. Although our heroine, Elinor Pembroke had to grow a bit during the story, our hero Captain Miles Ramsay was already fully comfortable with who he is.

In this fantasy, it seems that a fair number of people in the world are born with powerful abilities, seers, bounders, scorchers, etc. and some of those with power abilities are born with even more powerful abilities - and they are called Extraordinaries. Our hero and hero are -- Extraordinary.

What didn't I like -- well -- I didn't like the sad stuff toward the end. I know that in real life bad stuff happens, but - I read to escape those realities and don't care to read about people I like and enjoy dying or being maimed and/or scarred.

It was an entertaining read and an interesting mix of fantasy and regency era.

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not bad

I was expecting a story of romance and evil exploits and a woman at finding her own strength and getting by in the world being a bad ass fire bender. And mostly I got that but I was most unhappy with the pacing and the narrator and the other tropey bits that made me frustrated. ultimately I liked it.

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Great ending

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started the book, but it was more than entertaining. The ending in particular was riveting. The story flowed well and didn't stall out like many romantic action novels.

Fun characters

Really really good character development

Very intriguing universe and backdrop

I'm excited for the next book in the series!

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Too much drama - not enough anything else

Incipid heroine. Stereotyped characters. Boring performance. Sophomoric dialog. No real substance. Too bad because there was promise in the initial premise of the story.

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Pleasantly surprised.

I bought this audio book on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. This book is not deep but it is entertaining. It falls squarely in my "guilty pleasure/beach read" category, though it leans more on the romance than I typically like. Either way, it was an enjoyable and entertaining listen. I found the main character naive at times but overall likeable and relatable. The narrator was great. I liked the world/alternate universe the author builds, and the setting was great. The story was predictable but that's fine for the type of book I wanted to listen to. Definitely worth the listen!

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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.

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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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  • 05-21-17

MORE!!!

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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