Firetale by Dante E. Graves

Firetale by Dante E. Graves



Lazarus Bernardius is immortal, but he had to die twice to discover it. The Devil has made Lazarus the ringmaster of a traveling circus of demionis, creatures with supernatural powers that are descendants of demons from Hell. For 140 years, the troupe of mermaids and ogres, medusas and wyverns, satyrs and alrauns has been touring the U.S. tullies, masquerading as just another mud show.

Lazarus’s task of giving shelter to unusual creatures requires that he not draw the attention of the Judges, modern inquisitors hunting down the supernatural. Lazarus manages this until Greg, a magician who can control fire, joins the circus. Greg seems like a decent sort, but over time, the magician’s behavior becomes suspicious.

Book description: When Lazarus learns that Greg uses his magic to fight villains after performances, it is too late. Soon, the first of the Judges arrives. To save his fosterlings and get out of trouble, Lazarus must seek help from a long-abandoned lover who is still angry with him. What the ringmaster doesn’t know is that some of the inhabitants of the circus have secrets of their own.

Author bio:

My name’s Dante. But it’s not real. For where I was born moms and dads five weirdly sounding names to their children. And where I was raised there were no miracles, so I had to invent them in my head.

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Colorful narrative . February 14, 2015
I have to say, here is an author with a varied and vivid imagination! The characters are all pretty fascinating . That said, there is no one in the character line up that holds my heart. Except maybe “Martha”. It is hard to hold this tale together . Too many story lines that are not completed. Think it would have really good potential if each of the “lines” were woven together more. I do like the amount of variety of creatures and I do like the amount of descriptions along the way. They just need to be better “woven” so they lead the reader along. I think it would be interesting for most readers who are into this type of story though. Its a bit like “The Night Circus “ in that it has a lot of directions and a lot of color and a bit hard to follow. I will be interested to see what Dante does with the next one! I would tell you to read it if only for the beautiful descriptions and prose.
For me, straightforward storylines are boring, I like it when multiple characters’ stories interweave in one. I guess, all these flashbacks, retrospectives, historical facts interpreted may be too much for someone, some would even call the story messy, but for me it’s worked perfectly. Surprisingly for an urban fantasy novel, there are no Ancient Evils or Chosen Ones, just a bunch of supernatural creatures (some likable, some pretty bad and ugly) making mistakes while trying to survive in the mundane world. And their survival is not an easy task.
By Jack
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“Firetale – the Devils Circus Tales Book ” is an urban fantasy novel with different stories about supernatural creatures, demons and descriptions. This book contains 24 chapters which carries different plots and scenarios,I really enjoyed and spent my time reading this book. The author Dante E. Graves has depicted all the stories beautifully and characters are well explained and very interesting. I will look forward to the next book in the series . Highly recommended.



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