The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters Series #1)

The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters Series #1)

by Mercedes Lackey

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Overview

In 1905, Medieval scholar Rosalind Hawkins is left destitute when her father dies, forcing her to accept the offer that has mysteriously come her way of becoming a governess in San Francisco. But she arrives to find a house without children, a wife, or even an employer--only a terrible secret. HC: Baen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671319670
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 01/02/2001
Series: Elemental Masters Series , #1
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.37(d)

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a New York Times best-selling author with over 3 million books in print. She's the creator of the Bardic Voices series, including Fiddler Fair, and the Serrated Edge series (both Baen), the Heralds of Valdemar series, and many more. Among her popular Baen titles are The Fire Rose, The Lark and the Wren, and The Shadow of the Lion, and Burdens of the Dead (with Eric Flint and Dave Freer). She is also the creator and principal author of the meta-hero shared wrold Secret World Chronicles, also from Baen. She lives in Oklahoma.

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Fire Rose 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
sunsetrider More than 1 year ago
I guess I am having to admit my age. I enjoyed this book so much that I recently bought it for my Nook. My paperback version is still on the shelf, but I like to reread it on lengthy trips, hence the Nook.
Inustar More than 1 year ago
It should first be stated that The Fire Rose is NOT part of the Elemental Masters series, though the world and the ideas of magic are the same. They were created first in this book, and then expanded in the later series keeping with the idea from this book of retelling old fairy tales in more modern settings with elemental masters. So some things perhaps don't gel with the others.
But this is a great book with great characterization. It might not be the most dramatic plot, but you do really care for the characters and their well being. Much like Beauty and the Beast, this is more about the two characters and their feelings than about any crazy action going on.
If you like fairy tales, definitely check this out. Mercedes Lackey fans should also be well and truly happy with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is this book not listed with the other "Elemental Master" books? This was the first book where it all was introduced. So why is it always by itself on the list? Doesn't make any sense. Otherwise, the book is fine.
PhilPW More than 1 year ago
As all Mercedes Lackey books this is great
Book_FanaticTX More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey is great. I love this series.
gogo10123 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy getting a new look on an older story this is a good book for you. Mercedes Lackey manages to turn the tale of beauty and the beast into a story not only about beauty and love, but also magic and finding oneself. The characters are well thought out and the story draws you in until you actually think that this could really happen-maybe even to you. Her characters are human and intriguing and you can easily see yourself in the characters that she describes. If you've enjoyed her previous novels this one will be right up your alley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love romance books but this was fabulous as it portrays 'beauty & the beast' only there's no 'Steamy Gratuitous Love Scenes' it was a nice break as so many authors seem to think that's the only thing women want to read about. Highly Reccomended!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fire Rose is one of the best books this world has to offer you simply must read it.Out of all the things this great lady has written this is her best work.I've read it 9 times and still have yet to tire of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I have read it three times and I plan on buying it instead of borrowing it from the library. I love how you can just picture what is happening in the story. I recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey has quite outdone herself, to be honest. In this treasure, Rose Hawkins meets Jason Camoren. Jason is an eccentric invalad with tastes that run into the arcane, more than just 'sometimes.' Rose is to read strange books to him through a macanical tube. At first, he keeps her in blissful ignorance, but she stumbles upon one of his secrets. You see, a rail barron such as Jason has many secrects. Jason is a Fire Master, and probably one of the most powerful ones to ever exsist. When a Salamander calls Rose to his personal rooms, she stumbles upon the beast that is Jason Camoren. Jason, due to his own arrogance and pride, stupidly tried a magic that he was ill suited for, and, if it was for anything, it would have been Earth Magic. He is part wolf, and is searching for a cure. But what he finds is a decent soul he could trust. The thing i enjoed most about the book was its beautiful plot, tantilizing charictors, and its delves into the magicks of a Fire Master and Air apprentice. I would recomend this book to most anyone whom has wanted to believe in magick, or who believes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe this book can prove to alot of people that looks do not matter. Love found in the most unlikely place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read every book that Mercedes Lackey has written, and though I love them all, this is my favorite. My copy is so thoroughly worn, I'm thinking about buying another. Ms. Lackey combines romance and magic in a way that will keep you up and turning pages long past your bedtime. It's definitely worth purchasing even if you've never read it before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the best books i have ever read, and i have read a lot. it is hypnotic, and mystical, but not so much as to not be believable. it requires little imagination to get caught up in this story, even if you have read it many times, which i have. it is a rich and well weaved tapestry. just the right combination of real life and magic. i loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely the best book I have ever read! If you are a book worm and love turn of the century novels, you'll love this! I garuntee it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for fantasy/romance books and this one really took the cake! You will not find sex in this book but something much, much more...love. I could not put this book down. I loved it from start to finish. This book is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lackey’s Elemental Masters series, of which this is the first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An+unusually+interesting+story+even+for+this+auther.+I%27ve+read+and+then+reread+this+book+at+least+every+year+since+I+purchased+it.++It+is+now+on+my+Nook+where+I+can+find+it+day+and+night.+It+is+a+fine+addition+to+the+Elemental+Masters+serious%21
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reworking of Beauty and the Beast into a charming and fun story makes this such a satisfying read. I love to revisit this story from time to time and enjoy it all over again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a real disappointment to me. The characters are so unlikable. Each thinks very highly of themself, and has only contempt for others. Lackey is a good writer, but I just didn't want to spend any more time in any of these characters' heads. I made it to page 150 or so, but just didn't want to read any further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Looking forward to continuing series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved+the+story
millhold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed this book. Although the cover looks like it is a YA or children's book, it definitely is NOT! I liked that the female protagonist was very smart, and "chosen" because of her intelligence. The bad guys are truly bad. For some reason, the male protagonist reminds me of Mr. Rochester, and that's not a bad thing!
5aweek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Fire Rose, by Mercedes LackeyDo NOT judge this book by its cover! "The Fire Rose" is a gem, a masterful retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story.The Beauty is Rose Hawkins, a booksmart Chicago native working toward a doctorate at university. The Beast is Jason Cameron, a San Francisco rail baron, and a man trapped by hubris in the body of a wolf. Left penniless when her father dies, Rose has few options for survival. She could work as a governess or a teacher, but pursuing her cherished degree is certainly out of the way. Disheartened by her situation, Rose accepts an employment offer from Jason Cameron: she will travel to San Francisco to be a governess to his children. Only when she arrives, Rose finds that Jason was lying to her: there are no children and instead she is to translate ancient alchemical books for him. Far from being upset at the unusual situation, Rose is happy with her new life. She lives in luxury, and considers herself a research colleague rather than an employee. She is also unaware that the works she is reading to Jason are actually Magickal in content, and that Jason Cameron is a Firemaster. And Rose...she herself may have potential to do Magick. "The Fire Rose," is to me, an almost flawless book. I've read my copy so many times the binding is worn out, and it would be a book I'd take to a desert island. Rose and Jason are two of my favorite characters of all time. I feel like they are old friends, and I dearly wish that Lackey had continued their story. "The Fire Rose" is a one book story, and has a good ending; it's just my personal (and greedy) wish for more of them. Lackey creates a plausible magic system, and explains it over the course of the book. Because Rose reads Jason many texts, it gives the author a great way to explain how the system works. The author also pays plenty of attention to detail. "The Fire Rose" fits in perfectly with the time it is set, as all comparisons are made to period events or people. The descriptions of clothing and furnishings are sumptuous, and helped me immerse myself in the book. There's a little of something for everybody in "The Fire Rose," and I'm always sad when I read the last page. 5/5.
Alliebadger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest, I love Mercedes Lackey. I started with her 500 Kingdoms series, and thought the bridge to the Elemental Masters series would be a natural one. I was definitely right.This book is a marvelous retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Lackey takes the original story and gives it her own twist to make it a beautiful story and an impressive way of intertwining magic with America's own past. Whether you are a Lackey fan or not, pick this one up. Trust me.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this in middle school and loving it. Re-reading it as an adult, I still find the story supremely engaging. There are a few quirks that annoyed me - the occasional cliche, or overly and unnecessarily descriptive turns of phrase - but for the most part I found it to be a solid, enjoyable novel, and even found myself wishing it were longer so that I could read more about Rose and Jason and what happened next.