5 star The Flame Priest, February 2, 2012, posted on Amazon
The sequel to The Steel Queen does not disappoint! The book picks up with excitement and adventure around every corner. With evil making its way across the lands of Erdhe and Kath and her companions race against time to stop it. This is fast paced and hard to put down! I can't wait for the next book!
5 star Another Amazing Novel, Jan 30, 2012, posted on Goodreads
By Zak Oglesby
Another amazing novel from Karen Azinger. To those who have read the Steel Queen (and if you haven't I urge you to stop reading this review now and go pick it up) this series should need no introduction. Ms. Azinger's debut work the series is a giant in fantastic literature, a triumph of characterization and plot.
In the Flame Priest Ms. Azinger continues many of the stories which began in the Steel Queen, everything from Liandra's growing fear of rebellion to the terrible theocracy of Coronth. Within this Azinger weaves in new characters and plot points with the grace of a ballerina and the artistry of a painter. From quite but powerful Zith to the increased role of Grandmother Magda, every character is perfectly balanced and amazingly real feeling.
The story clips along at the same pace as the novel which proceeded it but while that book took a couple fifty pages to gain momentum this book begins at a breakneck pace. Stories with hundreds of complex parts whirl together to create this monument to literature
Bravo Ms. Azinger, bravo. May the Skeleton King be just as good and see a speedy publication. The Dark Harper will sing of you, I have no doubt, for all the best heroes are part of his stories!
5 star A great read that you can't put down, January 28, 2012, posted on Amazon
"The Flame Priest", the second book of Karen Azinger's "The Silk and Steel Saga", continues to weave multiple story lines and has even more twists and turns in the plot than "The Steel Queen." I don't read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, but once I started reading these books, I could not put them down. I am eagerly awaiting the next book to find out what has become of my favorite characters. If you want to be transported into a different world and meet characters that will stay with you long after you have finished
the books, this series is for you.
5 star The Battle for the HEARTS of Erdhe Grows, Jan 17, 2012, posted on Barnes&Noble
By The Gnome
Ok.. The Gnome has been in a HEAVY reading mode this last month reading such LONG Sagas as the Song of Fire of Ice (by G R R Martin) and some good Summer Reading fiction like David Baldacci's: The Collectors. In between all this I managed to Fit in some time to read the SECOND installment of Karen Azingers Silk and Steel Saga: The Flame Priest... This is not just the Second book in the saga but also her second book ever and the improvement is amazing... Now to be fair part of my "knock" on the first book was simply that I wanted more and MORE is what she delivers. The Characterization is really starting to tighten up and some of where this seems to be going is very interesting indeed... Once again the use of GOLDS (a monetary standard) as a character is very well handled and explores an issue in much fantasy fiction that gets ignored alot (unfairly in my opinion) that of just HOW did all these heros PAY for thier heroics. The bad guys pay in... well to say the least some unwholesome ways (and the battle between both the Sides of Darkness to OUT Gain the Favor of the Lord of Darkness is VERY gripping) but the good guys need to live by some rules of economy and Karen handles it well making for the well realized land of Erdhe... (on a side note I also recieved her book of Short Stories that include some tantalizing looks into the HISTORY of Erdhe... but that is another review LOL)
5 star Love this series!, January 15, 2012, posted on Amazon
I have read both books in the series and the second book does not fall into the usual middle book trap of being tedious and boring. Its every bit as good as the first and the ending on this book was amazing. I was so into the story that I didn't realize I was coming to the end and when I hit the last page I was still wanting more. I can't wait for the 3rd book and I plan to buy it as soon as it releases. Well worth the read!
This is probably one of my all time favorite series and I immediately added the books to my keepers file as I plan to re-read them in the future.
5 stars This Book Delivers!, January 13, 2012, posted on Amazon
Great new characters and great old ones make for a great story. The saga continues without pause as Karen Azinger's story flows smoothly from "The Steel Queen". "The Flame Priest" takes evil and cowardice to new levels, as the plot weaves in new directions while maintaining original truths. Hard to put down, I had to finish this read and cannot wait for the next installment! Highly recommended!
5 star Completely addicted!, December 26, 2011, posted on Amazon
By Ronna K Rothenberger “ronnakay”
Karen Azinger does not disappoint in this sequel to her engaging first novel The Steel Queen. The adventure continues in The Flame Priest and the excitement is around every corner with our heroes facing dire challenges as they race against time to fight the evil that is quickly making its way through the lands of Erdhe. Wonderful character development and amazing attention to detail in the creating of this world make the journey with the characters even more amazing. Looking forward to the next segment in the journey as I am now completely addicted!!
5 star Exhilarating!, December 26, 2011, posted on Amazon
By Ruthie A Pfueller “wyer222”
Finished tonight! Exhilirating. Things are really moving n the Lands of Erhde and Kath and her companions are growing upfast and becoming seasoned warriors. The Mordants evil knows nö bounds but neither does the determination and convictions of those who oppose him. Looking forward to the next installment of this exciting tail! Karen Azinger has captured my fancy and made me a fan!
Can't wait to see which way the wind blows the Dark Bard and his entrouge and what they will do with the ruby focus!
5 star Entered this world in "The Steel Queen" and continue to enjoy the experience in "The Flame Priest", December 7, 2011, posted on Amazon
By Mary E Galvin
This world created by Karen with great characters, plots and sub plots, captured my imagination and took me for a great ride.