Sunday, December 9, 2012

Frost Arch (The Fire Mage Trilogy #1) by Kate Bloomfield Book Review and Spotlight

In a future where ignorance has destroyed the world that we know, humans are slaves and Mages - advanced beings with abilities beyond everyday reach - rule the land.

Avalon is one such Mage. Barely eighteen years of age, she wields the gift of fire yet she is unable to control it. She leaves her family in the dead of night and heads to the city of Frost Arch, her future seemingly grim.

Will Avalon be able to overcome the trials that befall her? Will she be able to save the ones she loves and stay strong within herself?

Time will tell.




Frost Arch is a rare book that takes you into a futuristic place that could be us in the future. The world is destroyed and humans are slaves. Mages are advanced beings with strong abilities that rule the world. Humans have to do whatever they are told or risk being killed. What kind of life is this for humans?

In Frost Arch we meet Avalon who is a Mages. She has the gift of fire. See each Mages wield one of the elements and they have to learn to control it and wield it at will and some are better than others at controlling their gift but Avalon is not. She is afraid she is going to hurt her family and friends so she decides she is going to leave them and maybe then she can learn to control her gift of fire. So she heads off to the city of Frost Arch where she can get some help. But when she gets their she finds out that things are not always wheat they seem and danger is lurking in the depths.

Will Avalon every be able to control her gift? Will she ever be able to find love and not have to worry about hurting that person? Or will she have to fight for the ones she loves and keep them from being ensnared by evil? Come along for the greatest journey and see what happens to Avalon and if she can control her gift of fire.
Indie-Author and tea enthusiast Kate Bloomfield was born in Enfield, London in 1989, but has lived in Wollongong, Australia for most of her life. Kate wanted to be a writer from a very young age, finishing her first poorly-written novella at fourteen. It now remains hidden on a dusty hard-drive at the bottom of her closet.

After completing high school (2006), Kate studied Graphic Design at TAFE, limiting her writing to weekends. Finally, in 2010 her debut novel 'Frost Arch' (book 1 of the Fire Mage trilogy) was complete, though it was another two years before Kate had the courage to self-publish the novel.

In between writing 'The Fire Mage Trilogy', Kate also dabbles in the odd historical romance, publishing 'Passing as Elias' in March 2012.

Kate now works as a full-time author.


What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?

‘The Fire Mage Trilogy’ is set 1000 years in our future, in a world that has been destroyed by the human race. What is the result? A future stuck in the past. The dying breed known as man-kind has been replaced by something else. No, I’m not talking about cyborgs, or aliens, either. Man-kind has been enslaved by an evolved race called ‘Mages’ – powerful beings with special abilities.

Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? 

The first instalment ‘Frost Arch’ is very much a ‘coming of age’ story. The heroine, Avalon Redding is an 18 year old Fire-Mage that faces a grim fate if the government discovers that she has a human sister. We follow Avalon as she decides to run away, and start a new life in the city. The novel deals with issues such as: first job, first crush, first date, and internal struggles.

Are any characters based on people you know?

The character of Ræven is based on a girl called Ashleigh Harriss. She was an absolute sweetheart. Beautiful, quiet, shy, with amazing blue eyes, and dark hair. She hardly ever spoke a word. She wore crow feathers in her hair. This is why she reminded me of a bird. She was so unique. You’ll notice I said ‘was’. Unfortunately, in 2006, Ashleigh was hit by a drunk driver and died 23 hours later in hospital due to multiple injuries. She was only 16. So, when I started writing Frost Arch in 2008, I felt I needed to put Ashleigh in it somehow. Even though she had been gone for over 5 years now, I still think about her a lot, and I hope people will fall in love with Ræven’s character.

What is your method for writing a book? A certain amount of hours every day? A certain routine? 

I try to write at least 2 or 3 pages a day (or 800 words). As I work full-time as a graphic artist, I do my writing at night, in bed between 7pm and 10pm. My dream is to be a full-time author!

How do you get past writers block or distractions like the internet?

When I figure it out, I’ll let you know! Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are constant distractions!

Favorite book from childhood.

I am a massive Harry Potter fan. I cannot even describe!

What’s on your desk? Can you see your desk? 

My phone, ipad, a golden snitch, a money-box, and spectacles!

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