Inherit the Flame by Megan E. O'Keefe

Inherit the Flame

After Detan retrieves the renowned engineer Nouli from the clutches of the empire, he returns his aunt’s city to find it under siege by Thratia’s army. With Nouli’s help, they turn back the tide – until imperial forces show up, prepared to hammer Thratia’s army against the anvil of the city’s walls. Worse yet, the imperial advance is aided by an elite force of deviant magi...

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Number of Pages:448 pages

Inherit the Flame Reviews

  • Alysa H.
    May 02, 2017

    ** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **

  • Chris
    Feb 28, 2017

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a reivew*

    Inherit the Flame is the third and final volume in Megan O’Keefe’s ‘Scorched Continent’ trilogy.

    The first two books were a buccaneering adventure, with airships, magic banter, and even some personal growth. They were a lot of fun to read, so I came into this conclusive part of the trilogy hoping that it was going to pay off.

    The centre of the text is Hond Steading, the home of the charming and at least modestly tormented Detan, one of the main cast of

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a reivew*

    Inherit the Flame is the third and final volume in Megan O’Keefe’s ‘Scorched Continent’ trilogy.

    The first two books were a buccaneering adventure, with airships, magic banter, and even some personal growth. They were a lot of fun to read, so I came into this conclusive part of the trilogy hoping that it was going to pay off.

    The centre of the text is Hond Steading, the home of the charming and at least modestly tormented Detan, one of the main cast of previous books. The Steading, built into the side of a dormant volcano, is the centre of power for the continent, now trapped in politics and geography between a resurgent Empire, and their rebellious commodore, a woman with an iron will, and an agenda of conquest. The Steading is a thriving place, and seems, in comparison to the frontier settlements and prisons we’ve seen previously, positively metropolitan. The populace are opinionated, and have an interest in the arts. There’s public meetings in a new civic forum, where anyone can speak should they desire. But there’s a sense of fragility here as well – the Steading is a soap bubble, waiting for one of those that covet it to risk the wrath of the other, and that time I fast approaching.

    Still, there’s an elaborate palace, where Detan’s family has ruled for generations, and the population has a dynamism and an energy not seen to such effect elsewhere. There’s hints of the broader picture as well; the Empire is in an abruptly expansionist phase, and if nobody is entirely certain why, the hints of what is moving that larger body politic into warfare maintains the pressure which helps drive the narrative forward. In amongst all the politics and occasional stabbing, there’s also time to look at the sensitivity to the ‘sel’ substance which produces the magical effects that we’ve seen in the world – from thundering explosions to shapeshifting. Sel is something of a mystery, to both the world of the text and the reader, but it’s one whose depths will be plumbed here.

    Most of the characters are fairly familiar from their previous outings. It was lovely to see Ripka, once head of law enforcement in another city, try to get used to being a civilian again. Then there’s Detan himself, whose efforts to avoid causing calamity have moved past fear into acceptance. His desperate and often despairing attempts to gain control of himself before he destroys anyone he loves are fraught and poignant. That they’re often masked by banter which can often raise a chuckle is a benefit – even as it reveals a character papering over their own mental cracks.

    We do get a little more understanding of previous antagonists here as well. There’s the Commodore, sometimes known as Throatslitter, a woman who has spent the last two books as a force of nature, capturing cities and towns for a design of her own devising. But she has her own pains and motives, and in discovering what they are, there’s the chance to grow some sympathy, as she moves into a more morally grey area. But there’s other villains here, cold-eyed pragmatists and terrible zealots – and all of them make the blood run cold.

    The plot – well, it hits a few different beats, often rather well. There’s the suspenseful journey that Ripka makes as she attempts to pin down and eliminate whatever scheme the Commodore is plotting to take over Hond Steading. There’s Detan’s struggles with his power, the responsibility which comes with it, and the need to put himself in the thrall of his enemies to learn control. But there’s also the overarching narrative of conflict and control, as the Steading tries to remain whole in the face of two irresistible forces. There’s some great chases, explosive, horrifyingly grand uses of magic and cracking dialogue too.

    Is it worth reading? If you’re new to the Scorched, I’d say go back to the first book in the series and give it a go. If you’re already a fan though, this is a worthy conclusion to the series, though it may leave you wanting more.

  • Linda Robinson
    May 25, 2017

    No. 3 in the Scorched Continent series, and I had to buy it because I could not wait for our library system to acquire it. Chapter 1 begins with Detan Honding strung up in a hood at the mercy of Aella and her spearhand Misol, bleeding body fluids into the dust, and still flipping his sarcastic jibe at the walls. Ripka, Tibs, New Chum and Honey are in Hond Steading, trying to sort out what the minions of Thratia are up to next. Pelkaia is alienating Coss and the rest of her deviant crew, who disa

    No. 3 in the Scorched Continent series, and I had to buy it because I could not wait for our library system to acquire it. Chapter 1 begins with Detan Honding strung up in a hood at the mercy of Aella and her spearhand Misol, bleeding body fluids into the dust, and still flipping his sarcastic jibe at the walls. Ripka, Tibs, New Chum and Honey are in Hond Steading, trying to sort out what the minions of Thratia are up to next. Pelkaia is alienating Coss and the rest of her deviant crew, who disagree with her about whether they are actually rescued or collected. The Empire is headed for the melee as well, perhaps at the behest of the Empress. Or not. The Dame is sorting how to keep hold of the independence of the Steading, or which oligarchic nightmare to let into the palace. I like the characters of Hond Steading: Lakon, Latia, Gatai especially. This book feels the way a revolution would manifest; there are no moments of what the hell to clamber over. Looking forward to what O'Keefe conjures next.

  • Beth Cato
    Apr 07, 2017

    O'Keefe deftly handles a broad cast of characters to bring her trilogy to an action-packed close. As the saying goes, you can never return home... but in Detan's case, he never planned to return, and certainly not betrothed to one of his worst enemies--with the other enemies also planning to attend the not-so-blessed day. It's a great twist on the trope of 'saving the bride,' as everyone scrambled to save Detan and save the city from multiple dangers--including Detan himself, as he struggles to

    O'Keefe deftly handles a broad cast of characters to bring her trilogy to an action-packed close. As the saying goes, you can never return home... but in Detan's case, he never planned to return, and certainly not betrothed to one of his worst enemies--with the other enemies also planning to attend the not-so-blessed day. It's a great twist on the trope of 'saving the bride,' as everyone scrambled to save Detan and save the city from multiple dangers--including Detan himself, as he struggles to contain his deadly power.

    The one gripe I have is that I was disoriented at first about who was who--names are a weakness of mine--so I found myself wishing for more back story to help ground me again.

    This is one of the best steampunk series out there. It has such a delicious, Firefly-esque adventure vibe with lovable rogues and a vivid setting.

  • Koeur
    Apr 03, 2017

    Publisher: Angry Robot

    Publishing Date: April 2017

    ISBN: 9780857664976

    Genre: Fantasy

    Rating: 2.4/5

    Publishers Description: After Detan retrieves the renowned engineer Nouli from the clutches of the empire, he returns his aunt’s city to find it under siege by Thratia’s army. With Nouli’s help, they turn back the tide – until imperial forces show up, prepared to hammer Thratia’s army against the anvil of the city’s walls. Worse yet, the imperial advance is aided

    Publisher: Angry Robot

    Publishing Date: April 2017

    ISBN: 9780857664976

    Genre: Fantasy

    Rating: 2.4/5

    Publishers Description: After Detan retrieves the renowned engineer Nouli from the clutches of the empire, he returns his aunt’s city to find it under siege by Thratia’s army. With Nouli’s help, they turn back the tide – ­until imperial forces show up, prepared to hammer Thratia’s army against the anvil of the city’s walls. Worse yet, the imperial advance is aided by an elite force of deviant magic users.

    Review: Detan is back, more confused than ever along with Ripka, Tibs and Honey. Once again their existence is threatened by Thratia and her weird torturous minions.

    I am not really going to expound on the various nuances of reviewing, such as; story line, character development etc. It’s got all that. We know the players and the general rundown of the plot. Brevity is what is needed in this third installment of the Scorched Earth Series.

    I really think this author is trying to find her voice as evidenced in each novel. In Steal The Sky, there were moments of pure writing brilliance that I was left awed by the talent. In part two, Break The Chains, I sensed a gradual declination of not talent but of creative direction in developing a continuing story line. In Inherit The Flame, there was a panicked fall from elegant writing into verbosity and stilted dialogue combined with a dismal story line. There is much too-ing and fro-ing within the confines of this world without the benefit of real tangible movement. This lack of movement trended in parallel with the planning of a ho-hum coup d’etat.

    Overall, the writing was not simple and elegant (like the first novel) but rather trended towards the patterned and mundane. “shivers running down spines” and other clichéd phrases littered the pages. Towards the end you begin to see the brilliance re-emerge, but sadly it is too late. A real disappointment for such an aspiring talent.

  • Bridgett Brown
    May 12, 2017

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

    pretty good steampunk series. It has airships and magic. This is the 3rd book, you really need to read the first 2 books. Detan is back and even more lost than before. just grab this series if you like steampunk adventures.


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