Complete the mission, no matter what…
Captain Derac Vidor has served Kinir for nearly twenty years. It’s his life, his blood, his soul. And then his Commander betrays everything Derac holds dear. Now he has to focus on his own life and his team instead of saving the citizens of Kinir.
Treason is only the beginning…
Fueled by rage, the team chases the source to their Commander’s betrayal – a powerful wizard bent on revenge. The wizard seeks to destroy the Kinir Elite, in both mind and body. No place is safe, even among their allies.
The past holds the key…
Derac’s tragic past may be the key to saving the team. But can he face the gruesome nightmare in time?
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Originally posted in the January 28, 2012 Issue of “Kings River Life Magazine”
Anastasia V. Pergakis’s Cleanse Fire: The Kinir Elite Chronicles is a tribute to her father’s twenty years of military service, and all who have served their country in the Armed Forces, written in the fantasy world of elves, men, wizards, dwarves, fairies, and dragons.
Derac is the captain of the Kinir Elite, a co-ed team of elves who tackle impossible rescue missions (think of Navy S.E.A.L.S. with pointy ears), but their latest assignments have become more dangerous and booby-trapped in odd ways, as if somebody wanted the male elves to be killed. Who is setting them up for failure? Why are they being targeted? Who is in on the plot?
Derac is tormented by the death of the wife he couldn’t save from a fire, but is bothered by his attraction to Kie, a lovely archer on his team, who has her own personal problems that go back to her childhood.
Tyn is Derac’s longtime friend; Rakan is the crusty old-timer; Jardel is the Romeo of the outfit with a girl in every village; and Aeli has curly hair that is probably smarter than she is, although she does have a redeeming sense of duty to the team. The sexual tension here is so thick you could cut it with a dwarf’s battle-axe, but Kie and Derac know that they must not allow emotions to jeopardize the mission.
The mastermind who sets the plots in motion, when he is finally brought into the story, has definite justification for his vendetta against the Kinir Elite. The resolution of his storyline is brought about by an intriguing method with interesting results.
This is really a nifty little adventure, with elements of a John Wayne World War II flick and Lord of the Rings, and a touch of cloak-and-dagger, trust-nobody, Bourne-type conspiracies, plus a few surprising explosions of serious elf-sex, including rape. I understand that the sexual assault is part of the background to the story, but it is hard to justify. I feel that the attack could still have been an outrage without the carnality.
I applaud the adventure aspects of the book, and I look forward to further installments by Pergakis in this series.
~~ Terrance V. Mc Arthur
a California-born, Valley-raised librarian/entertainer/writer. He is currently writing a stage adaptation of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild for the Fresno County Public Library’s next The Big Read. He lives in Sanger, four blocks from the library, with his wife, his daughter, and a spinster cat.
I loved the story line, not to mention elves and warriors. Warrior elves just made my day. I loved the weird spunky Kie and the cute ending. Cool book, cool characters, cool author
Cleanse Fire, the first book of the Kinir Elite chronicles by Anastasia V. Pergakis, is a fun new take on a classic genre: high fantasy. By this, I mean the tradition of J.R.R and Dragonlance, but with an added dash of military thriller. In Cleanse Fire, the Elves we are introduced to are part of an elite fighting squadron known as the Kinir Elite; they may look like gorgeous elves, but they fight like Marines.
But enough set-up, here’s the meat. The plot is engaging, and calls to mind some of the military thrillers of Dan Brown (no, not Angels and Demons, but the Scarecrow series, much better stuff) as well as the fantasy styling of Dragonlance. The characters themselves have complex backgrounds and are not the simple one dimensional critters you sometimes find in fantasy novels that rely solely on their mythical race to provide depth. These characters are full-fledged characters.
The only negatives come in the mechanics of the writing, and those I think can be chalked up entirely to the fact that this is the first of what is sure to be a fun series. The plot and characters are enough to carry you over the rough spots, that’s for sure; and, as the stories continue, I know the writing is going to mature wonderfully.
Though one of the best aspects of the whole thing? Part of the cover price goes to charity. That’s right, a portion of each sale goes to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity dedicated to supporting wounded veterans. That in itself is totally worth the $4.99 Kindle price, where it is available now. Hardcopy books are available starting on December 21st.
~~ Rebecca Demarest