Review of The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday
In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a copy of this book by the author for the possibility of a review. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.
The fantasy world which is revealed in The Flame and the Arrow bit by bit is interesting, intriguing, and unique. I enjoyed the well-paced unveiling of the varied people, places, and things. The overall story arc was compelling enough to keep me reading and the descriptions of each new location were extremely well done.
I would have given the book 4 stars if it did not also have what I can only describe as a split personality. Periodically there would be a sex scene, and these scenes just clashed with the rest of the book. Don’t misunderstand. I am an admirer of well-written sex scenes which flow naturally into the story. These just…didn’t. They felt forced, against character, and as if they had something to prove.
They often seemed at odds with the character’s personality. In addition, the petty jealousies which generally sprang up in the story after these scenes felt similarly unneeded. Thankfully these comprised only a small percentage of the overall story.
I will be looking for the next book in the series to find what happens. And that is the ultimate test of success for any storyteller – leaving the reader wanting to know what happens next.
I give it 3 stars.