As an Extraordinary, she is respected and feared, but to her father, she represents power and prestige for himself. Mr. Pembroke, having spent his life studying magic, is determined to control Elinor and her talent by forcing her to marry where he chooses, a marriage that will produce even more powerful offspring. Trapped between the choices of a loveless marriage or living penniless and dependent on her parents, Elinor takes a third path: she defies tradition and society to join the Royal Navy.
Assigned to serve under Captain Miles Ramsay aboard the frigate Athena, she turns her fiery talent on England’s enemies, French privateers and vicious pirates preying on English ships in the Caribbean. At first feared by her shipmates, a growing number of victories make her truly part of Athena’s crew and bring her joy in her fire. But as her power grows and changes in unexpected ways, Elinor’s ability to control it is challenged. She may have the power to destroy her enemies utterly—but could it be at the cost of her own life?
Melissa grew up a nomad, finally settling in Utah, though her heart belongs to the Oregon coast. Her love of reading fantasy stories has been a constant in her life and she still remembers the places she lived by the books she was reading there: the Riddle-Master trilogy in New York, the Foundation series in Colorado, Howl's Moving Castle in Texas, Crown Duel in Utah. That love of reading grew into a love of writing, first critical essays and reviews, then fiction. She also loves roleplaying games, in which she usually plays the rogue. This probably says something about her personality better left unexplored. Her family includes her husband (a long-suffering man willing to let ideas bounce off him at speed), four children (also long-suffering and happy to live off macaroni and cheese while Mom writes) and three very needy cats, one of whom is so dumb he frequently runs into walls.
Ok so first off I really loved that Elinor was not a teen she was 21 years old and wow that worked out so well! This book grabbed me from the first few pages and I was addicted to the story and world building that the author presented. I love books about people with powers! This one we meet Elinor who can not only create fire but she can also put it out! This makes her a very powerful person which in her world she is called a Scorcher! This turns her life upside down as now she much act the proper young lady!
I really love how she did what she wanted to do vs. just going along with the marriage plans her father set forth! Joining the Navy might have been a scary choice but I love that she made it.
This story was so full of adventure I really can't wait for the next installment! This is both light and dark and I loved ever second of it!
War, Magic, Love, and Ships await the reader of Burning Bright!
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