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, Magic

Reviews Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1)

  • Melanie
    ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review. “Witch-fire the villagers named it. An ancient magic woven into the flesh and fabric of a single girl child born each generation in Beroe. No one knew from whence it originated or why only one woman from every generation in a small village inherited it, but the village elders had kept its secret close and had deceived the Empire for decades.” When Berkley offered me this, I wasn’t ...
  • Katerina
    Phoenix Unbound is a contradiction.It is tender and savage.Sweet yet bitter.Beautiful and disgusting.Heart-breaking and heart-mending.And, put simply, I loved it. “She and this slave fighter shared a common truth. He dealt with sword and ax, and she with fire.” Once upon a time, a fire witch and a gladiator crossed paths. Gilene had accepted that as the only person capable of protecting her village, she would be degraded and burned year aft...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    Every now and then, I get in these reading moods—more and more often lately—where I find myself craving a really good, swoon-worthy fantasy romance. I’d been in that mood for a few weeks when I decided to pick up Phoenix Unbound, and let me tell you, damn, does this book hit the spot. For Gilene, spring was the season neither of rain nor of planting, but of suffering. Born a fire-witch, one of Gilene’s various magical abilities is that ...
  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    Phoenix Unbound has been a highly anticipated novel for me. I have enjoyed Grace Draven’s past novels and I couldn’t wait to read this first book in a new series.I enjoyed getting into this new story. Phoenix Unbound opened up a wonderfully vibrant and detailed new world. The premise alone was fascinating. Engaging characters, and a slow burn romance kept me flipping the pages.A gladiator and a witch just sounded too fascinating not to pick u...
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: Phoenix UnboundSeries: Fallen Empire #1Author: Grace DravenRelease date: September 25, 2018Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]She and this slave fighter shared a common truth. He dealt death with sword and ax, and she with fire. Neither commanded their fates.This is exactly the kind of fantasy I love to read, but is so difficult to find. The storyline instantly engaged me, first of all. Which is not very common in the gen...
  • 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 that 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.
  • Kristen
    wow. wow. WOW. loved it. to come closer to release date. but seriously. LOVED IT. when is the next one coming out?!ARC received from netgalley in exchange for honest review
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amy
    ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest reviewMy friend Melanie at Meltotheany suggested I request this ARC due to all the rave reviews, and I am forever thankful she did! This book was such a treat and I cannot recommend it enough! Surely this will be one of my favorite fantasy books of the year.Please keep in mind I haven’t read a lot of adult fantasy romance, so I don’t have much to compare this to. But what I read totally exceed...
  • Douglas Meeks
    I was not sure exactly what to expect from this new series from Grace Draven since I am hopelessly addicted to her “Wraith Kings” series but I did not want to see that story rehashed into another series but since I have pretty much considered almost everything she has written in the 5 Star area I was expecting a lot so I should not have worried, totally different story and setting.Can’t say I was disappointed since we have somewhat of a bas...
  • 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...
  • Dianne
    Simply captivating and positively riveting, Grace Draven’s PHOENIX UNBOUND is the tale of two slaves, each trapped under a corrupt empire’s thumb, their daring alliance and a seemingly impossible escape to freedom. But their freedom is only the beginning of their story as Gilene, who possesses a magical power over fire and Azarion, a gladiator forced not only to kill, but to prostitute himself to a brutal queen escape into a world riddled wit...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum first and only other book I’ve ever read by Grace Draven is Master of Crows, and clearly she has come a long way in the almost ten years since then. What hasn’t changed at all though, is her knack for writing a swoon-worthy fantasy romance. Speaking of someone who typically stays away from this subgenre, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Phoenix Unbound.Set in a...
  • Linda
    4.5 starsWonderful slow burn fantasy romance.Grace Draven is a master at creating fantasy stories with couples whose journey to each other is highly satisfying. Gilene is what her people refer to as a fire witch, and her village compels her to use her magic with fire and illusion each year to fool the Empire into thinking they have contributed a woman to their barbaric burning sacrifice. Her suffering matters little to them. Azarion has been ensl...
  • 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...
  • Shannon Dyer
    An exciting blend of adventure, magic, and romance. Review to come at AAR.