Review: Fireborn by Keri Arthur



by Keri Arthur
Series: Souls of Fire, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Signet, 2014
E-book, Purchased
400 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: a brand new series featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death…

Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.

But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…

It was said that at the very beginning of time, a phoenix spurned the affections of a witch after taking her virginity. In her anger and shame, she cursed us with the inability to love one another, forcing us to forever seek–but never find–emotional completion outside our own race, thus ensuring that we would forever be left with little more than love’s bitter ashes…


  • Setting in Australia is nice.
  • A great cover!
  • I like the idea of the phoenix. Phoenixes can take three different forms–flesh, fire and bird. That’s interesting and is well done in this book.
  • I like Emberly’s life partner Rory. I like his sense of humor, loyalty and bravery. He’s always there for her. I want to read more about him.
  • I thought what she has with Rory seems pretty similar to love–friendship, complete trust, loyalty, sexual desire.


  • I got tired of hearing how a phoenix can never find true love with a human and is never in love with her life partner–in Emberly’s case, another phoenix named Rory.
  • Emberly seems to feel she won’t ever be truly happy so she’s a little depressing to read about. All the angst and hand wringing gets old.
  • And Emberly spends a lot of time mooning about her lost love which turned me off. I want her to get over Sam and move on.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I didn’t love this first book, but depending on how the second book sounds I would read the next book. I like the idea of the phoenixes.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?