What exactly was the King of Fire up to, that sparked their Master’s interest enough to cast them from the Demon Realm?
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Sons Of Fire
Author: Tracy Auerbach
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Publisher: The Parliament House
Page Count: 351
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, The Parliament House, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Content Warning: Some Sexual Content, Violence
Every human has the potential for good and the potential for bad within him, and every single thing that happens affects his path.
Sons Of Fire shocked me. To be completely honest, I almost didn’t give this book a go. I really enjoy supernatural books, but am leery when they aren’t on the side of the angels. I’m really glad that I did decide to pick up this book, because it was so much better than I imagined. I will try to keep this review as concise as possible, but this book has my mind going in all sorts of ways. I feel like I could talk about this book for a while!
Hell has a hierarchy. Adramelech, demon god of fire, is secondary to Lucifer himself. When Adramelech devises a devilish plan for more power, he decides to produce an heir to play the main role. While his son was forming, a bright light intervenes, and strikes the embryonic demon, resulting in a piece breaking off. Instead of creating one offspring, Adramelech ends up with two sons.
His brother was everything that a fire demon was supposed to be, and he, Keegan, was not.
Aidan Fire and Keegan (Little Flame) couldn’t be anymore different. Groomed from his birth, Aidan is destined for the throne, while Keegan simply survives. Aidan feeds on souls, and grows to become a monster. Keegan, much more sensitive to the beings subjected to use of their energy, lives off the ambient energy in the realm. He fears to become a monster like is brother, and would rather do that than following in his brother’s footsteps.
Keegan isn’t exactly the apple of his father’s eye. Undoubtedly different than his monstrous brother, he often questions what makes him different. Does he, a demon and son of the top Fire demon, have part of a soul?
Adramelech is using you for some wicked end. For all you know, it is a trap set to allow the Prince to finally take your power.
The spurn of his father, Keegan makes an unlikely friend—Paimon. The only other demon sympathetic to Keegan’s situation, she helps guide him and support him when no one else cares to do so. Keegan is tasked with watching over the souls of the fiery realm while his father is away so his brother won’t consume them all. One day, he notices a yellow cloud—typical when a demon is feeding. But this one is massive, and Keegan knows that his brother is the source.
All of those pale blue pieces of grace were no more. Feeding demons were supposed to take just a bit of each one before shepherding it to the abyss…Parts of the souls were meant to be shepherded to the abyss, where they can ruminate on the fate they have wrought for themselves. They cannot be extinguished fully.
In his brief absence, Aidan managed to consume all of the souls stored in the fiery realm. In turn for their punishment, Adramelech sends his sons to the mortal realm to learn a lesson. What, exactly that lesson is, the brothers must find out.
When they reach Earth, Aidan discovers that he has been changed into a mere human. All of the power that he is used to possessing has been stripped of him. Not having much wit, or general knowledge outside of feeding, power, and selfishness, Aidan realizes that he is in a massive predicament. He has to learn how his mortal body functions (which is rather comical at times, and well thought-out by the author). Keegan, is also cast inside a mortal body. However, his state is not the same as his brother’s, as he must continue to find sustenance by feeding off of mortal souls. Unable to live off the meager power that his surrounding provided now that he is on earth, he finds himself becoming more of a demon than he ever cared to be in the body of a human that he cannot fully experience.
The two brothers definitely have to face a lot. They are thrust into society, high school, no less, and must learn to assimilate, and hide their true natures. For Aidan, it’s humiliating. After time, he learns that the past two hundred years of his existence have been incredibly dull only submitting himself to his senses. For the first time, Aidan begins to understand his brother’s situation, and likewise for Keegan. The two begin to join forces to seek out a soul that is teetering on the fence of salvation, or destruction. With their own personas in upheaval, will they succeed and be allowed back to their fiery dwelling?
Sons Of Fire is undoubtedly cleverly written. I’ve never thought of how a demon would experience existence. Obviously, this is an opinion and not based off of truth. What is truth is the overall nature of these characters. Designed from the teachings of the Bible, Aidan especially, is a great interpretation of how one that only cares about themselves naturally follow the seven deadly sins.
There will be a price to pay for your greed, and I only hope that it falls on you for once.
Aidan certainly lacks in character for the first half of the story—but this isn’t in the way it sounds. He lacks in character because he literally doesn’t have one. Aidan is a compilation of sensations. He absorbs energy when he needs it. He acts out when he feels fit. He doesn’t think of the consequences—he simply does what he feels he needs to do without thought—rendering him a mindless mass, for the most part. He doesn’t care a bit about the souls he consumes, unlike his brother. He cares so little that he doesn’t even allow himself to experience what these souls have experienced in their lives. Insatiable hunger represent gluttony, as well as greed. Sloth sits nearby, overtaking Aidan once his hunger is momentarily satiated. He takes pride in the fact that he is his father’s crafty weapon makes him blind to the fact that he is being manipulated. Aidan’s lust after power initially binds him to his father. Once he is a human, he binds himself to a girl that he also idolizes.
But Aidan got everything, didn’t he? He got to feel every human sensation and truly walk as one of them. Aidan wasn’t frozen in time. He could actually change his human body; work out and make it stronger. If they stayed long enough, he’d probably even grow taller. Keegan had been given a corporeal vessel, nothing more. He could feel his useless heart pumping away. He needed to breathe and could experience certain senses, but that was all. He was still a demon—just imprisoned in fancy flesh packaging. It wasn’t fair.
Envy finds form in Keegan. He doesn’t envy Aidan for his power, but for the raw humanity he is able to experience. Aidan’s indifference to humanity enrages Keegan because its all that he’s ever wanted. Despite his desire to be “good,” we watch Keegan grapple with the undesirable effects of being a demon, especially one in a human body. Soft-hearted Keegan has to be reminded sometimes by his monstrous brother that there is good in him when his forced-nature try to take over.
Wrath appears in the form of Adramelech. While he too, lusts for more power, his wrath is what send the brothers to earth, and ultimately, causes him to do some terrible things.
There are Biblical references all over the place. The demon Adramelech (Adrammelech) is mentioned in 2 Kings in the Bible as the god of Sepharvaim. Lucifer is probably an obvious character, but doesn’t appear much. What’s most memorable about him are is origins. Even Leviathan and Behemoth show up on the scene. I really appreciated that this story wasn’t borne out of evil for the purpose of evil. Growth cannot exist where evil lives, and these brothers certainly experience a change in their characters.
This really is a beautiful story in how it captures the true essence of humanity, and how preciously unique it is. Humanity, with all of its faults, has capabilities that no other thing in this world, or elsewhere, has to offer. The two brothers learn this. They learn that humans, while they do terrible things sometimes, also have the opportunity to do wonderful things. The good, innately, cannot be visible without the bad. I’m not sure if there is anything at all that I would like to see differently about this story. I really could write a lot more in this review, but if you are reading this far, then you should probably quit and just pick up this book!
Sexual content: Some passionate kissing and borderline foreplay.
Violence: Some fighting.
My Rating: ★★★★★
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