Sunday, December 7

Book Review: Secrets of a Fire King

Title: Secrets of a Fire King

Author: Kim Edwards

Pages: 255

Summary: Showcasing the intensity and perception of a truly gifted writer, this collection of short stories by the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper’s Daughter transports us to exotic locations as it follows the lives of those on the fringes of society - a fire eater, an American and his Korean war bride, a juggler and a trapeze artist, a cleaning woman whose life is interwoven with Marie Curie’s. Each must confront, in dramatically different ways, the barriers of time, place, and circumstance in that most universal of human experiences: the quest to discover, and understand, the elusive the mysteries of love.

Contents:

The Great Chain of Being
Spring, Mountain, Sea
A Gleaming in the Darkness
Balance
The Way it Felt to be Falling
The Invitation
Aristotle's Lantern
The Secrets of a Fire King
Thirst
Sky Juice
Gold
In the Garden
Rat Stories
The Story of My Life

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was an excellent collection of short stories. The writing alone, was lovely, engaging and incredibly well done. At times, it reminded of the same style and flare of another short story author I enjoy. This was a case where I can't believe I had the book sitting on myself as long as it was, because I really missed out on something.

As with most short stories, I liked some more than others, but the writing alone made all of them well worth reading. I'm looking forward to reading the novel I have by the author, which has also been sitting on my book shelf for far too long.

This collection is well worth reading, and one I would highly recommend.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, the writing alone, makes it well worth reading.

What to read next: More by the Author

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge

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