From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle #1)

From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle #1)

The Dictator is dead; long live the Republic. But whose Republic will it be? Senators, generals, and elemental mages vie for the power to shape the future of the city of Aven. Latona of the Vitelliae, a mage of Spirit and Fire, has suppressed her phenomenal talents for fear they would draw unwanted attention from unscrupulous men. Now that the Dictator who threatened her f The Dictator is dead; long live the Republic. But whose Republic will it be? Senators, generals, and elemental ma...

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Title:From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle #1)
Author:Cass Morris
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:From Unseen Fire
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:390 pages pages

From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle #1) Reviews

  • Crystal King
    Apr 14, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

  • Kimmery Martin
    Mar 15, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

  • Lexie
    Mar 03, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

  • Maurynne  Maxwell
    Apr 19, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

    I'll read the next. Very credible alternate Rome, patriarchy included--as is the diversity of other ancient cultures. I like the magic systems (see diversity reference). Fast read. ...

  • Erin Page
    May 07, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

  • Danya
    May 11, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

    I'll read the next. Very credible alternate Rome, patriarchy included--as is the diversity of other ancient cultures. I like the magic systems (see diversity reference). Fast read. ...

    Are you a fan of ASoIaF, but (for obvious reasons) need to find a series to read between book releases? Or, are you someone who wishes that HBO hadn't canceled Rome after just two seasons? Then OMGOSH HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU. This lyrical debut novel is part fantasy, part alt-his...

    Thanks Berkley Publishing Group and netgalley for this ARC. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series. Cliffhanger does not come close to describing how this one left off but I'm excited to read more. If you love ancient Rome, fantasy, fighting, and good fiction then ...

    My family is chock full of history buffs. My father?s a history professor, my brother works at a museum, my sister gives talks at conferences about historical monuments, and I was an art history student once upon a time. So my excitement wasn't very surprising when I first heard a bo...

    This review and others can be found on my blog, Fine Print. Cass Morris? debut novel FROM UNSEEN FIRE is an accomplished epic fantasy novel that introduces complex characters, politics, and magic. The Republic of Aven, an alternate ancient Rome, has been smothered under the tyr...

  • Kate
    Apr 19, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

  • wishforagiraffe
    Apr 29, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

  • Stephanie
    Aug 29, 2017

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

  • Beth
    Jan 25, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

  • Kathleen Townsend
    May 16, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

    I'll read the next. Very credible alternate Rome, patriarchy included--as is the diversity of other ancient cultures. I like the magic systems (see diversity reference). Fast read. ...

    Are you a fan of ASoIaF, but (for obvious reasons) need to find a series to read between book releases? Or, are you someone who wishes that HBO hadn't canceled Rome after just two seasons? Then OMGOSH HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU. This lyrical debut novel is part fantasy, part alt-his...

    Thanks Berkley Publishing Group and netgalley for this ARC. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series. Cliffhanger does not come close to describing how this one left off but I'm excited to read more. If you love ancient Rome, fantasy, fighting, and good fiction then ...

    My family is chock full of history buffs. My father?s a history professor, my brother works at a museum, my sister gives talks at conferences about historical monuments, and I was an art history student once upon a time. So my excitement wasn't very surprising when I first heard a bo...

  • Patrick Lights
    Jun 02, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

    I'll read the next. Very credible alternate Rome, patriarchy included--as is the diversity of other ancient cultures. I like the magic systems (see diversity reference). Fast read. ...

    Are you a fan of ASoIaF, but (for obvious reasons) need to find a series to read between book releases? Or, are you someone who wishes that HBO hadn't canceled Rome after just two seasons? Then OMGOSH HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU. This lyrical debut novel is part fantasy, part alt-his...

    Thanks Berkley Publishing Group and netgalley for this ARC. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series. Cliffhanger does not come close to describing how this one left off but I'm excited to read more. If you love ancient Rome, fantasy, fighting, and good fiction then ...

    My family is chock full of history buffs. My father?s a history professor, my brother works at a museum, my sister gives talks at conferences about historical monuments, and I was an art history student once upon a time. So my excitement wasn't very surprising when I first heard a bo...

    This review and others can be found on my blog, Fine Print. Cass Morris? debut novel FROM UNSEEN FIRE is an accomplished epic fantasy novel that introduces complex characters, politics, and magic. The Republic of Aven, an alternate ancient Rome, has been smothered under the tyr...

    This book was the surprise of the year. Such a powerful debut novel, amazing set of characters and intriguing and original world-building and story. ...

  • Barb Lie
    Apr 19, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

  • Jacqueline Baxter
    May 06, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

  • Ellis
    May 06, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

  • Rhode
    Jul 21, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

    I'll read the next. Very credible alternate Rome, patriarchy included--as is the diversity of other ancient cultures. I like the magic systems (see diversity reference). Fast read. ...

    Are you a fan of ASoIaF, but (for obvious reasons) need to find a series to read between book releases? Or, are you someone who wishes that HBO hadn't canceled Rome after just two seasons? Then OMGOSH HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU. This lyrical debut novel is part fantasy, part alt-his...

    Thanks Berkley Publishing Group and netgalley for this ARC. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series. Cliffhanger does not come close to describing how this one left off but I'm excited to read more. If you love ancient Rome, fantasy, fighting, and good fiction then ...

    My family is chock full of history buffs. My father?s a history professor, my brother works at a museum, my sister gives talks at conferences about historical monuments, and I was an art history student once upon a time. So my excitement wasn't very surprising when I first heard a bo...

    This review and others can be found on my blog, Fine Print. Cass Morris? debut novel FROM UNSEEN FIRE is an accomplished epic fantasy novel that introduces complex characters, politics, and magic. The Republic of Aven, an alternate ancient Rome, has been smothered under the tyr...

    This book was the surprise of the year. Such a powerful debut novel, amazing set of characters and intriguing and original world-building and story. ...

    This book is a lesson in tempering expectations. One would think that, being a fan of the video game industry, it's one I've learned backwards and forwards by now, but nope--not when it comes to books, it seems. I came into the story wide-eyed and giddy. Months and months before, I'd f...

    DNFed at 40 pages in plus leafing through the rest, dipping in to read a page here and there. It?s competently written and it?s always nice to see Rome used as inspiration instead of medieval Europe. Plus, nice to see that three sisters with their own strengths are featured. And...

  • Noah
    Feb 24, 2017

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    Apr 06, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

  • nikkia neil
    May 07, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

    I'll read the next. Very credible alternate Rome, patriarchy included--as is the diversity of other ancient cultures. I like the magic systems (see diversity reference). Fast read. ...

    Are you a fan of ASoIaF, but (for obvious reasons) need to find a series to read between book releases? Or, are you someone who wishes that HBO hadn't canceled Rome after just two seasons? Then OMGOSH HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU. This lyrical debut novel is part fantasy, part alt-his...

    Thanks Berkley Publishing Group and netgalley for this ARC. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series. Cliffhanger does not come close to describing how this one left off but I'm excited to read more. If you love ancient Rome, fantasy, fighting, and good fiction then ...

  • Sarah Foil
    Apr 04, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

  • Susana Zemlyakova
    Apr 10, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

  • Kathy
    Apr 06, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

    I'll read the next. Very credible alternate Rome, patriarchy included--as is the diversity of other ancient cultures. I like the magic systems (see diversity reference). Fast read. ...

    Are you a fan of ASoIaF, but (for obvious reasons) need to find a series to read between book releases? Or, are you someone who wishes that HBO hadn't canceled Rome after just two seasons? Then OMGOSH HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU. This lyrical debut novel is part fantasy, part alt-his...

    Thanks Berkley Publishing Group and netgalley for this ARC. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series. Cliffhanger does not come close to describing how this one left off but I'm excited to read more. If you love ancient Rome, fantasy, fighting, and good fiction then ...

    My family is chock full of history buffs. My father?s a history professor, my brother works at a museum, my sister gives talks at conferences about historical monuments, and I was an art history student once upon a time. So my excitement wasn't very surprising when I first heard a bo...

    This review and others can be found on my blog, Fine Print. Cass Morris? debut novel FROM UNSEEN FIRE is an accomplished epic fantasy novel that introduces complex characters, politics, and magic. The Republic of Aven, an alternate ancient Rome, has been smothered under the tyr...

    This book was the surprise of the year. Such a powerful debut novel, amazing set of characters and intriguing and original world-building and story. ...

    This book is a lesson in tempering expectations. One would think that, being a fan of the video game industry, it's one I've learned backwards and forwards by now, but nope--not when it comes to books, it seems. I came into the story wide-eyed and giddy. Months and months before, I'd f...

  • Abigail  F
    May 02, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

    I'll read the next. Very credible alternate Rome, patriarchy included--as is the diversity of other ancient cultures. I like the magic systems (see diversity reference). Fast read. ...

    Are you a fan of ASoIaF, but (for obvious reasons) need to find a series to read between book releases? Or, are you someone who wishes that HBO hadn't canceled Rome after just two seasons? Then OMGOSH HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU. This lyrical debut novel is part fantasy, part alt-his...

  • Alyssa Palombo
    Jun 06, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

    I'll read the next. Very credible alternate Rome, patriarchy included--as is the diversity of other ancient cultures. I like the magic systems (see diversity reference). Fast read. ...

    Are you a fan of ASoIaF, but (for obvious reasons) need to find a series to read between book releases? Or, are you someone who wishes that HBO hadn't canceled Rome after just two seasons? Then OMGOSH HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU. This lyrical debut novel is part fantasy, part alt-his...

    Thanks Berkley Publishing Group and netgalley for this ARC. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series. Cliffhanger does not come close to describing how this one left off but I'm excited to read more. If you love ancient Rome, fantasy, fighting, and good fiction then ...

    My family is chock full of history buffs. My father?s a history professor, my brother works at a museum, my sister gives talks at conferences about historical monuments, and I was an art history student once upon a time. So my excitement wasn't very surprising when I first heard a bo...

    This review and others can be found on my blog, Fine Print. Cass Morris? debut novel FROM UNSEEN FIRE is an accomplished epic fantasy novel that introduces complex characters, politics, and magic. The Republic of Aven, an alternate ancient Rome, has been smothered under the tyr...

    This book was the surprise of the year. Such a powerful debut novel, amazing set of characters and intriguing and original world-building and story. ...

    This book is a lesson in tempering expectations. One would think that, being a fan of the video game industry, it's one I've learned backwards and forwards by now, but nope--not when it comes to books, it seems. I came into the story wide-eyed and giddy. Months and months before, I'd f...

    DNFed at 40 pages in plus leafing through the rest, dipping in to read a page here and there. It?s competently written and it?s always nice to see Rome used as inspiration instead of medieval Europe. Plus, nice to see that three sisters with their own strengths are featured. And...

    Chris and I will be recording a podcast episode of this here shortly. Here's a quick review. This novel is obviously a fantasy but in some ways could be seen as a historical fiction with some magic thrown in. The story begins in what would roughly be 100BCE in Aven, a substitute n...

    I can't lie, it was the cover that first caught my attention for this book. It made me want to read the synopsis, which made me want to read the book- which led to one of the best fantasy books I've read in quite some time. A book that lives up to its potential, From Unseen Fire takes ...

    This novel was a highly anticipated read for me, and it did NOT disappoint. I absolutely loved this book, and found myself deliberately reading it at a slower pace so that it didn't end, eager as I was to see how the ending unfurled! Good thing for me this is going to be a series! T...

  • Anne Morgan
    May 18, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

    I'll read the next. Very credible alternate Rome, patriarchy included--as is the diversity of other ancient cultures. I like the magic systems (see diversity reference). Fast read. ...

    Are you a fan of ASoIaF, but (for obvious reasons) need to find a series to read between book releases? Or, are you someone who wishes that HBO hadn't canceled Rome after just two seasons? Then OMGOSH HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU. This lyrical debut novel is part fantasy, part alt-his...

    Thanks Berkley Publishing Group and netgalley for this ARC. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series. Cliffhanger does not come close to describing how this one left off but I'm excited to read more. If you love ancient Rome, fantasy, fighting, and good fiction then ...

    My family is chock full of history buffs. My father?s a history professor, my brother works at a museum, my sister gives talks at conferences about historical monuments, and I was an art history student once upon a time. So my excitement wasn't very surprising when I first heard a bo...

    This review and others can be found on my blog, Fine Print. Cass Morris? debut novel FROM UNSEEN FIRE is an accomplished epic fantasy novel that introduces complex characters, politics, and magic. The Republic of Aven, an alternate ancient Rome, has been smothered under the tyr...

    This book was the surprise of the year. Such a powerful debut novel, amazing set of characters and intriguing and original world-building and story. ...

    This book is a lesson in tempering expectations. One would think that, being a fan of the video game industry, it's one I've learned backwards and forwards by now, but nope--not when it comes to books, it seems. I came into the story wide-eyed and giddy. Months and months before, I'd f...

    DNFed at 40 pages in plus leafing through the rest, dipping in to read a page here and there. It?s competently written and it?s always nice to see Rome used as inspiration instead of medieval Europe. Plus, nice to see that three sisters with their own strengths are featured. And...

    Chris and I will be recording a podcast episode of this here shortly. Here's a quick review. This novel is obviously a fantasy but in some ways could be seen as a historical fiction with some magic thrown in. The story begins in what would roughly be 100BCE in Aven, a substitute n...

    I can't lie, it was the cover that first caught my attention for this book. It made me want to read the synopsis, which made me want to read the book- which led to one of the best fantasy books I've read in quite some time. A book that lives up to its potential, From Unseen Fire takes ...

  • Rebekkah Brainerd
    Apr 20, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

  • Iryna Khymych
    Mar 25, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

  • The Nerd Book Review
    Apr 12, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...

    A subtle reworking of Rome, with a very large cast of characters, an interesting magic system based upon the elements and their relationship to the Roman pantheon, and a whole lot of politics. This book is DENSE. I enjoyed it a lot, but it took a while to get through. The character...

    From Unseen Fire has been described as a mixture of I, Claudius and Game of Thrones. It?s an apt comparison. Morris employs her background as a historian to delve into the fascinating relationships between the different strata of society in a fictional society reminiscent of ancient ...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ From Unseen Fire is a beautifully written and nuanced work of historical urban fantasy. The focus here is not on the magic so much as the interpersonal relationships and politics of a pseudo ancient Rome. Accom...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then you have the in...

    Unseen Fire is a unique take on magic and fantasy within a Roman society. Although not quite a historical fantasy, the author is clearly a big fan of hellenic and roman studies because the first hundred or so pages painstakingly lay out the government, magic system and patrician/plebei...

    The ancient country of Aven has been the victim of its Dictator for decades. When he dies of a chronic illness, the capitol city and the entire country is thrown into chaos. Those who were exiled under the previous regime flock to the capitol. Politicians scramble to capture power. Ene...

    I received a free galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 stars First I would like to take a moment to appreciate the cover by Tran Nguyen who is one of my favorite traditional artists. Thank you Daw Publishing for...

    From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris is the 1st book in her Aven Cycle fantasy series. This is an epic fantasy that takes place in Aven, with an Ancient Rome background, where they worship the Roman Deity. The story is filled with magic, intrigue, history and romance. From Unseen Fire was a...

    From Unseen Fire is a book to sink into. It starts with a bang (or, a sword-slash, as the case may be) in an intense prologue, and then the reader is eased into meeting the large cast of characters, magical powers, and ancient world setting. The ancient world is very similar to Ancient...

    rating: four and a half stars firstly, i loved this book. as a classical studies major with an interest in ancient rome, it's everything i look for in a fantasy based off of ancient rome, and it doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ancient rome to be enjoye...

    Such a cool concept and very well executed. I'm so delighted that I read this book I cannot wait for the next one. ...

    I started reading this book because the author was coming to the bookstore for her release party. Right away I found myself enjoying the world Morris had created. Aven is pretty much Ancient Rome with magic, but I loved the change of setting (so many fantasy novels are basically Englan...

    I'll read the next. Very credible alternate Rome, patriarchy included--as is the diversity of other ancient cultures. I like the magic systems (see diversity reference). Fast read. ...

    Are you a fan of ASoIaF, but (for obvious reasons) need to find a series to read between book releases? Or, are you someone who wishes that HBO hadn't canceled Rome after just two seasons? Then OMGOSH HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU. This lyrical debut novel is part fantasy, part alt-his...

    Thanks Berkley Publishing Group and netgalley for this ARC. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series. Cliffhanger does not come close to describing how this one left off but I'm excited to read more. If you love ancient Rome, fantasy, fighting, and good fiction then ...

    My family is chock full of history buffs. My father?s a history professor, my brother works at a museum, my sister gives talks at conferences about historical monuments, and I was an art history student once upon a time. So my excitement wasn't very surprising when I first heard a bo...

    This review and others can be found on my blog, Fine Print. Cass Morris? debut novel FROM UNSEEN FIRE is an accomplished epic fantasy novel that introduces complex characters, politics, and magic. The Republic of Aven, an alternate ancient Rome, has been smothered under the tyr...

    This book was the surprise of the year. Such a powerful debut novel, amazing set of characters and intriguing and original world-building and story. ...

    This book is a lesson in tempering expectations. One would think that, being a fan of the video game industry, it's one I've learned backwards and forwards by now, but nope--not when it comes to books, it seems. I came into the story wide-eyed and giddy. Months and months before, I'd f...

    DNFed at 40 pages in plus leafing through the rest, dipping in to read a page here and there. It?s competently written and it?s always nice to see Rome used as inspiration instead of medieval Europe. Plus, nice to see that three sisters with their own strengths are featured. And...

    Chris and I will be recording a podcast episode of this here shortly. Here's a quick review. This novel is obviously a fantasy but in some ways could be seen as a historical fiction with some magic thrown in. The story begins in what would roughly be 100BCE in Aven, a substitute n...

  • Lara Lillibridge
    Mar 09, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

  • R.K. Brainerd
    Apr 20, 2018

    With an original IP consisting of nine fully nuanced elements of magic, Cass Morris takes her place among the master worldbuilders. The genre needs more powerful female leads with more power women writing them. May this fire continue to burn brightly! ...

    Cass Morris is one of my fellow writers on TheDebutanteBall.com, and I was very excited to read her debut novel. It is outside my normal genre, but I quite enjoyed this epic tale of magic, political intrigue, and romance. From the start we are thrust into ancient Aven?a city in t...

    FROM UNSEEN FIRE is filled with complex imaginings and political magical machinations in a slow building reader's trap. FROM UNSEEN FIRE is beautifully written and descriptive novel thrusting the reader deep into the Roman error?well a magical Roman error. You have a woman, Lat...

    Absolutely loved this book. As a writer who has a book set in ancient Rome, I know the amount of research that is needed to build a world that is realistic and accessible for modern audiences. Morris has done her homework, setting her world of Aven in an alt-fantasy world that mirrors ...

    I received this book free from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. So this was interesting and I want to thank DAW for the opportunity to read this, I received a free copy at ECCC and honestly this wouldn't have been something I normally picked up. because while I like...

    As I said about a year ago, this is a novel by a friend (a friend I've known roughly half my life to boot.) So I can't pretend to neutrality. I will say that as much as I've been tearing through books this year, I also have a ton more I have trouble focusing on at all. From Unseen ...

    Two words: Masterful and delicious. This is the kind of book that feeds your soul. This is the kind of book that wraps you up in intelligence, wonder, and charm and leaves you thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The writing is excellent all on it's own. Then there's the inc...