Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1) by Grace Draven

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1)

A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice ...

Details Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1)

TitlePhoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1)
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherAce Books
GenreFantasy, Romance, Fantasy Romance, Adult

Reviews Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1)

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Initial ThoughtsI thought that this was really good. Gilene and Azarion were both great characters and I loved that we got to see then in a number of really interesting and varied settings. There was plenty of action and suspensful moments in addition to a few that melted my heart. This one is definitely worth picking up.ARC provided by the publisher. Full review to be posted soon.
  • Hollis
    So, right off the bat I have to clarify that this isn't quite as good as Wraith Kings or Master of Crows or, my all-time fave, ENTREAT ME. The writing for this particular new series feels different, not bad different, just.. had you handed me this book and had me guess the author, I would never have suspected Draven. I don't know if it's just me or what but I look forward to discussing that with others as more and more people get their hands on t...
  • Beth
    What can I say but I'm completely hooked. Draven writes a high fantasy packed with all my favorites, magic, mayhem, romance and writing the rivets the read to the pages. I simply can't wait for more in the Fallen Empire world.I received this ARC copy of Phoenix Unbound from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace. This is my honest and voluntary review. Phoenix Unbound is set for publication September 25, 2018.
  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    Wonderful complex and fascinating new world. I'm hooked and need more!!Full review to come...For more of my reviews:My Blog: Book Twins ReviewsFacebook Blog PageTwitterSubscribe to Blog
  • Katiria
    *** I received this book by the Penguin First To Read Program in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Ace Books for the oppertunity to read and review Phoenix Unbound! *** Oh My, My My what a fantastic and amazing book Phoenix Unbound was for me, I can not describe how excited I was about reading this book. I heard nothing but amazing things about Grace Draven other books. I have read some of the reviews about Mrs. Draven other boo...
  • Kristen
    wow. wow. WOW. loved it. to come closer to release date. but seriously. LOVED IT. when is the next one coming out?!
  • Melie
    Protected from the pyre's fire by her magic, Gilene has been masquarating as her village's tithe to the empire for the last 5 years. It all comes to a stop when she's found out by a gladiator who sees through her illusions and blackmails her into using her gifts to help him escape. I've been a fan of Grace's work since I got my hands on Randiance and Phoenix unbound was just as lovely (though Radiance is still my #1 because nothing beats comparin...
  • nick
    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[Rape, sexual assault, kidnapping, murder, battle scenes (hide spoiler)]Phoenix Unbound would not have been on my radar had it not been for my good blogging friend, Jess. I'm very grateful that she urged me to pick up this breathtaking read because what.a.ride. Adult fantasy novels with a strong focus on romance are rare but books like Phoenix Unbound demonstrate just how much potential the subgenre has. I hope thi...
  • Sunny
    ARC REVIEW 4.5 starsI’ve been a fan of Grace Draven for a few years and every time she writes a new book, I am certain that this is the best one ever. With hints of both Gladiator and Game of Thrones, this is an epic story about the Gladius Prime from the Krael Empire, Azarion and Gilene of Beroe. Azarion is sold into slavery and forced to fight in the gladiator arena. After 10 years, he finally finds his chance to escape during the annual Rite...
  • Clephiro
    This book represents a significant increase in the maturity of Grace Draven's work, both in terms of content and in terms of writing technique. Gilene has fire magic and so when her village needs to send a tithe to be burnt alive, she is chosen because she can survive. Year after year, she pays the tithe to keep her village safe. Azarion is the most famous gladiator in the empire. Enslaved to fight in the pit day after day, he yearns for freedom....
  • Megan Hitch
    You know what most writers would commit murder for? Killer first chapters. Y'know, the ones that are just so perfect - in pacing, prose, tension - that by the third paragraph the contract is SEALED, kiss your free time good-bye this book is your life now. You know what Grace Draven's got that most writers would commit murder for? Killer first chapters.Just like with Draven's Radiance, Phoenix Unbound had me gripped by the first chapter. I was int...
  • Sophia
    A lavishly painted fantasy world, a gritty plot, and compelling characters are only the the beginning of why this book pulled me in at page one, had my heart and guts clenching, and played on all my emotions. I've been meaning to pick up one of this author's books so a new series release was the perfect opportunity.Phoenix Unbound introduces a world that centers around an old vast empire. It resembles the decadence and decay of the waning years o...
  • Kelly
    I read my first Grace Draven story in an anthology and really really REALLY liked it. So when this bad boy came across my radar, I was all fired up to read it.BOY, did it not disappoint.Gilene and Azarion are circumstantial adversaries when they first meet. He's the arena champion and she's the woman dying by pieces to protect her village. He needs her to escape, while she needs to do everything she can to stay free so she can protect her village...
  • Has
    Full review to be posted soon at The Book Pushers.This was an amazing start of a wonderful fantasy romance series. An enslaved gladiator and a fire witch become reluctant allies against an evil and brutal empire. I loved loved loved this book. I had a very tough week while reading this but this book helped to distract me and I got sucked into their story. The romance was a lovely slow burn and the action and pace was suspenseful. I also felt that...
  • Rebecca
    I'm a huge fan of Draven's Master of Crows and Wraith Kings and was over the moon about her new fantasy series. A book featuring a gladiator, a fire witch, and one of my most beloved authors, should have been an easy five star read. I enjoyed Phoenix Unbound, but it was not everything I anticipated. The beginning was a little slow and the pacing never really picked up. I thought the slow burn, enemies to something more was interesting, but I want...
  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    Lovely story, as always. I worried that Azarian and Gilene wouldn’t capture me as characters as did Brishen and Ildiko, or Silhara and Martise; and they didn’t…but they were close. If I you are looking for a flashy tale with start-to-finish action and intrigue, you won’t find that here. Phoenix Unbound is very much a character driven story, lushly drawn and with a slow building relationship; and as always, fantastic wordbuilding that will...
  • Teresa
    On the whole, this book was slow in pacing. I found that when I read it, I was drawn in by the writing and wanting to see where the story was going. But when I set it down, I wasn't dying to get back to it. Grace Draven's books have been on my TBR for quite some time, so this felt like a good way to get my feet wet. I'm looking forward to more. But as for this book, I'm not sure where it will go from here. It read like a standalone but my curiosi...
  • Shannon Dyer
    An exciting blend of adventure, magic, and romance. Review to come at AAR.
  • Kara-karina
    Tears in my eyes at the end. That's how good it was! Review soon.
  • Shelley
    *Source* NetGalley*Genre* Fantasy, Romance*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*Grace Draven's Phoenix Unbound is the first installment in the authors Fallen Empire series. The story alternates between Gilene of Beroe, and Azarion, a Savatar warrior who has spent 10 years as a slave and Gladiator. One could say that this is a story of enemies who become lovers, not unlike Amanda Bouche's A Promise of Fire. Every year, each village is required to send a woman t...
  • Marianne
    ARC review to come