Published by Harper Collins on June 8th 2010
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Shape Shifting
Long ago, shape-shifters reigned as gods.But even gods have laws that they breakat their own peril . . .Each member of Dirk & Steele has a unique ability.Soria's is the gift of communication—which is why she'sbeen chosen to learn the language of a tormentedwarrior resurrected after thousands of years of icy sleep.He is Karr, and once he was a king. Strong as a lion,quick and deadly as a serpent, he saw everything he lovedconsumed in flames. Death was to be his salvation,but thousands of years later he has been awakened againsthis will. Now a breathtaking human moves him inways he neither understands nor desires. But Soria cansee beyond his rage . . . and only she can speak thewords that will cool the destructive fury in his soul.Words of love.
Soria is a member of the Dirk and Steele, have special gifts of her own. Although she isn’t a shape-shifter, she can understand any language on earth. So when the leader of Dirk and Steele, asks her help them with a problem that only she can assist with. Soria is however very reluctant to do so, because a year previous she lost her right arm, and has had a difficult road since then. However when she meets a creature unlike anything she has ever met, she is intrigued and acts out of character, even for her. Karr, having been awoken from the ground from three thousand years, he is furious that he is chained to the floor. Karr is a mix breed of shifters, half lion and half bird, is unlike any of them have ever seen. Since he is the epitome of the impossible. But Karr is far from the last of his people, having been the leader of all those that were mixed shifters, he vowed to protect them at all costs. Then he meets with Soria who is the most captivating woman he has ever met. Even though he has a rage within him, he knows that he could never hurt her no matter the circumstance. The Fire King is a searching journey for both Karr and Soria where they search for the truth and also share a precious love that they both would fight for.
This is the last one of the Dirk & Steele series that is out, and the only one that I hadn’t read, and I am so glad that I have. Its definitely one of my favorites of this series. Both Karr and Soria are powerful enigmatic characters where I endeared myself to them. Karr has only known of killing and rejected and pain in his life. Then he meets up with someone that embraces him fully as he is, never judging and always having trust in him. Never has he known anyone to have such complete faith in one as him, not feeling as deserving of it, even though he does. Soria is a young woman that was powerful and able in her own right before the incident that changed her life forever. Having lost her dependent arm, she struggles more than anything trying to adjust to this new life. However when she is summoned once more, she wants to escape from it, but she learns that you can never escape fate. After she meets with Karr, she knows that no one should be chained as he, even if he is dangerous. So they help each other, learning to live and trust once more and in each other. This is a powerful story that brought a tear to my eye a time or two. Marjorie M Liu portrays their emotions so well, its such a enthralling read. Definitely one I would recommend to anyone that enjoys a good romance mixed with some paranormal.