At the same time as mysterious fires commence to rage through Clelia d’Ambois’ home village in Brittany, France, she starts sleepwalking. Daughter of a Japanese orphan, Clelia’s heritage is riddled with dark secrets that threaten anyone she loves. In a recurring nightmare she sees Josselin, the haunted man who abandoned their village nine years earlier, come for her, but she doesn’t know why. All she knows is that she has to run. As fast as she can.
Leader of a paranormal crime taskforce, Josselin de Arradon is called back to his hometown with a mission–find and kill the firestarter responsible for Larmor-Baden’s blazing destruction. Sensing that Clelia is the key to solving the crime, Josselin kidnaps her to use her as bait. The battle doesn’t turn out quite as he expected. Nothing could have prepared him for the truth, or the depth of his desire for his prisoner.
Pyromancist is Book 1 of the Seven Forbidden Arts series. All books in the series are stand-alone novels with no cliffhangers, but it is recommended that they are read in chronological order.
This book contains adult content with explicit language and consummated love scenes. Suited for an adult audience.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first book in the Seven Forbidden Arts series. I loved it!
Clelia d’Ambois is a fascinating character. I really liked her. She is kind and loving, but hides a dark secret. Her mother was a firestarter. Fires begin breaking out in the village and Clelia is terrified that she's the one causing them.
Josselin de Arradon is also a fascinating character. I liked him a lot too, but found his jealousy and possessiveness to be a little off putting. He is the leader of a team of a paranormal crime force that investigates crimes committed by those using the forbidden arts of magic. Though he's not a vampire, he can detect the magic and/or guilt/innocence through tasting a suspect's blood. Investigating the fires in the village he grew up in gets a little more complicated than he anticipates when he meets Clelia again and attraction sparks.
The author originally contacted me requesting a review of the third book, Aeromancist, in July this year. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to get the first book in the series to see how it all began. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to read it until now.
I started to read and didn't put it down until I finished it. I quickly found myself intrigued with the story. The story is told through both Clelia's and Josselin's points of view. I would have loved to see more of it through Josselin's eyes though. Nevertheless, the story had me enthralled. I loved Clelia's grandfather, Erwan. He's a kind and loving man, who loves Clelia very much and would do anything to protect her. There are several other characters that are introduced: Lann Dréan, Maya Martin and Cain Jones. These are Joss's teammates and each of them have their own secrets and gifts. I am looking forward to reading their stories, although I've already read part of Lann and Katherine's by reading the third book first.
This book is an erotic romance and there are explicit scenes of a sexual nature that are extremely hot and bordering on erotica. Talk about scorching! There is also a lot of danger and intrigue mixed in to make this one series I am looking forward to continuing. I am hoping to read Aeromancist: The Beginning soon.
Charmaine Pauls has written an entertaining standalone erotic romance. Her characters are lifelike and come alive on the page. I love her fast paced writing style and the flow is wonderful. I would definitely consider reading more of her books in the future.
Due to the explicit nature of some of the scenes, as well as use of foul language, I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 18. I do, however, recommend this book if you love science fiction, erotica, erotic romance or paranormal romance genres. – Lynn Worton
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Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a masters degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.
After relocating to France with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published six novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles.
When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in Chile with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.