Review: A Fistful of Fire


Madison Fox survived her first week as California’s newest illuminant enforcer, defending her region against imps, vervet, hounds, and one lascivious demon. If her grumpy boss, Mr. Pitt, was impressed, he hasn’t told Madison. In fact, there’s a lot her boss has been closemouthed about, including the dark secret haunting his past.

But Madison’s problems are just igniting. Neighboring regions report an uncharacteristic flare-up of evil, fire-breathing salamanders blaze unchecked across the city, and Black Friday looms. Trapped doing cleanup amid mobs of holiday shoppers, Madison watches from the sidelines as dubious allies insinuate themselves in her region.

As suspicions kindle and the mysterious evil gains strength, Madison must determine who she can trust—and whose rules to follow—before her region and career go up in flames.

Sizzling with adventure and sparking with magic, A FISTFUL OF FIRE is fused with Madison Fox’s trademark blend of humor and ass-kicking action.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

I had a lot of fun reading A Fistful of Fire. It’s fast paced and filled with unique creatures, interesting characters, and a complex system of magic.

The story picks up where A Fistful of Evil left off. Yet, the author gives the reader enough information to jump into the series if he/she hasn’t read the first book. I appreciated that the backstory didn’t interfere with the pace. It was doled out a little at a time.

Madison is such a likable character. She’s easy to sympathize with. She wants so much to be a good enforcer, please her boss, start a relationship with Dr. Love, and be a good cat mommy to Mr. Bond. Unfortunately, she keeps getting thrown into difficult situations (with little or no information) that make it nearly impossible for her to be the person she wants to be. Despite setbacks, she doesn’t complain much. She just keeps trying to make everything work.

I enjoyed reading this book so much because it was a great mixture of action, danger, fantasy, and humor. Also, the descriptions were great and the scenes played in my mind like a movie.

The only complaint I have is very minor. Around 85% in the book, there was a problem with the passage of time. One minute, Madison was talking to Nico in person. A couple of lines later, he’s in a whole different location calling her on the phone. It seemed impossible for him to have gotten there in the time she spoke those few lines to Jamie.This is the only thing I encountered while reading the story that threw me off. Otherwise, the book flowed wonderfully.

I definitely reading the Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer series if you haven’t. I loved reading A Fistful of Fire, and I think other people who are tired of the basic werewolves, vampires, and dragons (and so on) would enjoy this breath of fresh air with so many different kinds of new creatures to learn about as Madison learns about them herself.

Rebecca Chastain is the International Amazon Fantasy Bestselling author of A FISTFUL OF EVIL and MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. She has been employed as a VHS sales clerk, bookshelf straightener, government pseudo-employee, professional finder of lost sporting goods, and strategy guide wrangler in the video game industry. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old, and she’s incapable of stopping. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats.

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