REVIEW: Rising Fire by Terri Brisbin



Stone Circles Book One

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What if the standing stones and stone circles across the old Celtic world had a secret origin and use?

What if some opened into another world?

What if the goddess of fire was trapped beneath one?

Lovely and innocent Brienne of Yester has always been able to manipulate fire, but when her powers suddenly surge, the simple life she once knew explodes.

Handsome, fearless, and commanding William de Brus has been summoned by the king to investigate a nobleman rumored to have powers linked to the fabled fire goddess. When he chances upon Brienne, his desire for her is immediate. But as his mystical quest unfolds, William realizes that she is at the center of it—for Brienne possesses the very power he has been sent to vanquish….

As their attraction deepens, William attempts to free Brienne from the dark force beginning to control her—even when his duty demands that he treat her as an enemy. With emotions flaring, fire rising, and evil threatening at every turn, can the two lovers survive the coming battle and save all of humanity?



A fantasy romance that will enrapture you from the first page. Set in Scotland in the late 1200s, we are introduced to a world like most. But the difference is that there’s something otherworldly happening that has been set in motion centuries ago. A happening that will bring people together set for a purpose higher than themselves. It will also bring together a man and a woman who would, in a normal world, never meet.

Brienne is the daughter of the blacksmith. She spends her days running chores for her father in their village. It’s a simple life, one that brings her purpose, but lately she’s noticed something within herself that she’s both enamored and frightened by. She does not know what it means or how it is brought to be, but she does know that she must keep it a secret. And on a normal day when she happens to come across strangers entering their land, she’s struck by her attraction and magnetism to one of the strangers. He calls to her, a deep part of her, and she cannot escape it.

“When the threat is revealed, the sleepers awaken, A Warrior seeks the truth while Fire burns away the deception. Begin in the East, then North, then South, then West. . . Find the true gate among the rest.”

William is a knight for his king. He is on a mission on behalf of the king to find out what is happening from a neighboring kingdom. Something strange is happening, and it has to do with Lord Hugh. On the entering to Lord Hugh’s kingdom, he is infatuated with a young woman he meets on the side of the road. A woman, who to him, seems otherworldly…and magical. No one else can see it but him, and he spends his time and thoughts on seeing her again. It’s when they’re together, that things seem right. But he also notices something in him, too. He is afraid to believe in these things, because it was what brought him here in the first place.

“On the morrow, he’d said.

On the morrow, he’d tempted.

On the morrow, he’d promised.

On the morrow. . . she feared.”

I thought that this novel was a good fantasy romance with a much thought out storyline that caught me on the very first page of the prologue. The characters and the world were built with care. I did encounter a few minor issues with the story dragging slowly in some areas, which is pretty common with fantasy novels since there’s so much world-building. There were some transitions that would have been better with page breaks rather than just a continuation. But overall I did enjoy Brienne and Will’s love story, as well as the building of the main story that will continue on in the next novels. One hurdle has been accomplished, but there are many more for this couple, their group, and the couples yet to be brought together and into the story. I look forward to meeting them, and seeing the group expand to fight the bigger evil.




Stone Circles Book Two

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When not living the glamorous life of a romance author in the southern NJ suburbs, Terri Brisbin spends her time being a married mom of three boys (now young men!) as well as a dental hygienist of hundreds. Active in several RWA chapters, Terri speaks at local and regional conferences across the US.

A three-time RWA RITA® finalist and USA Today bestselling author, Terri has sold more than 1.8 million copies of her historical romance novels and novellas in more than 20 countries around the world since 1998 and has been published by Berkley/Jove, Harlequin and Kensington Books. In addition to working on more historical romances scheduled for release through 2016, she has a new fantasy romance series coming from NAL beginning in 2015!

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