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Oceans of Fire (Drake Sisters, Book 3) (edition 2005)

by Christine Feehan

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Title:Oceans of Fire (Drake Sisters, Book 3)
Authors:Christine Feehan
Info:Jove (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:paranornal romance, read 2012, jul12, library

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To be honest, I quit about 200 pages in. The Drake sisters books are relatively formulaic but this one was a little too much so. She hates him, is determined not to get back together with him, then *poof* she does a complete 180 and seduces him. Meh. ( )
  PNRList | Aug 15, 2018 |
Questi primi due romanzi della serie Drake Sisters (anche se in realtà stiamo parlando del primo e del terzo accorpati in un unico volume) sono arrivati in Italia grazie alla casa editrice Leggereditore della quale, in tutta sincerità, possiamo felicemente dire che non sta perdendo un colpo! Dopo aver letto anche questi due romanzi mi ritrovo a confermarlo: ottime scelte e ottimi autori. Per non parlare dei prezzi competitivi e onesti... Viene quasi da commuoversi!

Dato che stiamo parlando di due romanzi anche la recensione sarà articolata in due piccole analisi dei testi, anche perché in tutta sincerità il paragone fra i due non è proprio possibile. Due romanzi diversi, due mondi diversi.

Il primo "Magia del Vento" è quello che ho apprezzato di meno. La brevità del romanzo sfocia in una velocità di azioni, avvenimenti e sentimenti vagamente fastidiosi. E' comprensibile questa "velocità" considerando che stiamo parlando di un romanzo d'introduzione ma, anche se alla fine risulta comunque molto dolce poter scorgere la forza dei sentimenti di Sarah Drake e Damon Wilder, il senso di "illusorio" permane a fare da sottofondo.

Infatti l'amore che sconvolge la vita di Damon e Sarah appare innaturale, troppo veloce e senza una vera a propria motivazione. Damon s'innamora in pochi giorni di Sarah e afferma più volte che una bella e misteriosa donna ma... questo non basta. Assomiglia troppo a una cotta adolescenziale.

Sarah appare invece troppo impersonale come personaggio, non coinvolge e non si fa apprezzare. E' bella, intelligente, amabile, forte, addestrata e magica... Ma è troppo perfetta! In tutta onestà questo personaggio iniziamo ad amarlo veramente nel secondo romanzo dove apparirà ben più "umano".

Carina come introduzione ma, sinceramente, riesco a comprendere la scelta della Leggereditore di unire il primo e il terzo romanzo; da solo avrebbe conquistato ben poco. E visto che è stato saltato il secondo romanzo (e quindi la storia d'amore fra Kate e Matt che ritroveremo direttamente in procinto di sposarsi in Oceani di Fuoco) possiamo dedurre che anche questo romanzo sia "poco corposo" e che quindi verrà accorpato al quarto libro. Per fortuna questi romanzi si possono leggere tranquillamente anche come autoconclusivi!

Passando a "Oceani di Fuoco" tutto quello che posso dire è... Straordinario! Il salto di qualità è evidente e concreto. A parte la lunghezza materiale del romanzo, in questo thriller-romance ritroviamo un ritmo serrato degli eventi ma un evoluzione sentimentale della coppia molto più matura e graduale. Non ci sono "colpi di fulmine", bensì ci troviamo di fronte a un amore chiuso ma mai finito con ferite nell'anima non ancora rimarginate. Abby e Alexander si rincontrano dopo quattro anni, in circostanze tutt'altro che semplici, e dovranno imparare nuovamente a conoscersi, ad amarsi e a tollerare gli aspetti positivi e negativi dei loro complicatissimi caratteri. Non sarà semplice e vedremo la nostra Abby fare molti passi in avanti verso Alexander e molti altri indietro, colpita dal timore e da una sana dose di autoconservazione - visto il soggetto! - che rendono tutta la vicenda assolutamente umana e realistica. E sullo sfondo di questo amore potremo leggere di indagini, omicidi, magie, confessioni, mafia russa, terrorismo... Il tutto condito da scene d'amore fra i nostri due protagonisti veramente scritte benissimo!

Libro consigliato e da leggere tutto d'un fiato! ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
3.5
Parecia que nunca mais acabava e o fim foi um pouco simples para mim. Gostei mas já li mais giros. ( )
  Joana_v_v | Feb 9, 2016 |
I'm really enjoying the 7 sisters. Each one has a unique story. I'm looking forward to the next one. ( )
  whybehave2002 | Feb 4, 2015 |
This is a Paranormal Romance Novel and compared to others I've read in this genre it is a pretty typical storyline. But it is a solid series with well written characters and good stories. Abigail (Abby) Drake is one of seven sisters, all of whom have elemental magic. Alexsandr (Sasha) Volstov is a Interpol Agent and also an old flame of Abby's. I like that the other sisters still play a good part in other books that they aren't a main character in. I enjoy being able to read more about characters from other books. There was nothing about the characters that stood out to make them unbelievable. Abby and Sasha have a not so good past. So in the beginning there is a reluctance to admit to feels. Which made living with or being around the two uncomfortable for everyone else. There really wasn't just one character that was a favorite for me. I find foreign accents on guys to be very hot, so of course I loved Sasha. Abby while kinda annoying in the beginning cause of the constant dwelling on the past, redeems herself when she finally admits to feelings.

The scene I remember the most is when Abby takes Sasha to meet the dolphins. For me, even if at the time she wasn't admitting to herself that she wanted to be with him, it showed she was willing to give Sasha a chance by letting him into her world. She didn't take just anyone to see the dolphins. I didn't particularly care for the murder Abby witnessed in the beginning, but I understand that it is a necessary part of the story. There was nothing that stopped the flow. I really enjoyed the writing style.

Yes, I will continue this series and if you enjoy books with strong women dealing with magic I would recommend it. ( )
  Krisrich85 | Oct 8, 2013 |
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These things say she
Who holds the gift of the seven
Who walks at twilight
Holding the seven golden lamps

Seven sisters intertwined
Controlling elements of air, land and sea
Cannot control the fate they flee
One by one, oldest to last, destiny shall claim them

When the locked gate swings open in welcome
The first shall find true love
As the sisters stand in wonder
At what destiny has done

Within each sister's  heart now beats passion
While love turns a key
By the time the year is ended
Each will follow thee

Remember therefore from whence you came
Knowing that in the end it is the seventh
That will renew the line again
Seventh daughters of a seventh daughter

Each gifted each giving each tied to one another
For those who have ears let them hear
For those who have eyes let them see
For all that I have said shall come to be

To the eldest is gifted agility, grace
And the knowledge to see what future we face
Second in line speaks peace with a word
While the third calls truth from the unspoken word

Next comes the healer with hands that can find
That which is deadly and make it unbind
The fifth harnesses elements of air, wind and sea
As the sixth sister sings spell over thee

Last of the seven youngest of all
Possesses the greatest gift of them all
To her falls the bearing of children to be
So that the line will continue and forever more be

Each gift has a challenge which must be overcome
The seven free sisters must act now as one
With grace and agility comes great bodily fatigue
While speaking peace raises ire and continual need

The calling for truth from the unspoken word
Gives way to illusion for naught has been heard
She whose hands can undo death for another
Will take on the illness and hope to recover

The harnessing of wind tides and sea
Gives way for the unknown to be
As the spell singer sings casting her spell
One misspoken word and all's to no avail

For the seventh child of the seventh daughter
New corridors open holding illusion, power
But which path to take and where does it lead
Choices to make while each plants a seed

These things I have spoken so harken ye well
For lives you are changing with each casting of spell
But know in your heart when you must turn away
For some will be lost as it is destiny's way

Yours is a legacy not easily borne
So beware of the pitfalls and careful of thorns
The gifts they are many
Born from the past

Surviving the years for the future to last
From mother to daughters
And back through the line
The gifts that you carry always will bind

              Prophecy written by Anita Toste
              eleventh daughter in the infamous
              and magical King family,
              in the year before the great wars
              between Magick and Science
Dedication
This book was written with love for
Carol Anne Carter,
who inspired me so many times;
Kathi Firzlaff,
who loves Creative Memories;
and Sheila Clover,
who knows what magic is all about.
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Bright colors; orange, pink, and red streaked across the sky, turning the ocean into a living flame as the sun set low over the sea.
Quotations
(page 1490

Scarlet lace fans passion's flame
Summons the man of studly fame

Lusty love on floor and chair
Tabletop and vixen's lair

The fires engulf, set senses aflame
With pulsing desire, he calls your name
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Born with a magical affinity for water and a powerful bond with dolphins, Abigail Drake is forced to flee after witnessing a murder and finds herself running for her life into the arms of Alexsandr Volstov, a man from her past.
Elemental witch Abigail Drake, third daughter in a magical bloodline, was born with a special affinity for water and the power to communicate with dolphins. Off the coast of Sea Haven, California, she has spent her entire life swimming among the sleek aquatic mammals, studying their fascinating ways. But then her idyll is shattered when she witnesses a gruesome murder along the shore, placing her own life in imminent danger. Now Abigail must seek refuge in the strong arms of Alexsandr Volstov, the Russian Interpol agent who broke her heart years before.
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The third daughter of seven in a magical bloodline, Abigail Drake was born with an affinity for water and a strong bond with dolphins. After she witnesses a murder, she flees right into the arms of Alexsandr Volstov. On the trail of stolen Russian antiquities, he's a relentless Interpol agent--and the man who once broke Abby's heart. But he isn't going to let the only woman he's ever loved slip away again.

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Born with a magical affinity for water and a powerful bond with dolphins, Abigail Drake is forced to flee after witnessing a murder and finds herself running for her life into the arms of Alexsandr Volstov, a man from her past.

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