Thousands of copies sold, over a MILLION pages read. Readers love the supernaturals of The Elemental Origins Series. Welcome to the secret world of fire magi, where what doesn't kill you (literally) makes you stronger. Saxony Cagney counts herself lucky when she wins a position as an au pair in Venice for the summer. It's her responsibility to take care of two young boys - speak to them in English, make sure they get to their swimming lessons on time. Piece of cake, right? She unexpectedly forms a strong bond with the youngest, Isaia, although its a mystery why. She also meets two Italian men... both are smart, successful, sexy. So far things are going her way. Who doesn't like options? When she discovers that Isaia is actually dying, and his mom is trying to keep it a secret from his dad, things get a violent shove into complicated...and then contagious. She'll never be the same again. Just when she's got more on her plate than she can handle, she accidentally gets tangled up with the most powerful crime family in Venice. Will Saxony survive long enough to learn the secrets of her new abilities, or will they kill her? Born of Fire is a magical origin story unlike any you've read before. What are you waiting for? The fire magi await... "Saxony is a great character!" -Amazon Reviewer "Great book, so much fun!" -Wyogoody, Amazon Reviewer "Captivating reading!" -G.Zimbraunt, Amazon Reviewer Born of Fire is the second book in The Elemental Origins Series (which can be read in any order) a saga which follows four best friends over 1 magical summer. If you like incredible abilities, strong female characters, and a little romance, then you'll love A.L. Knorr's YA fantasy adventure series. Don't wait! Scroll up and click 'buy now' to start the adventure!
A sampling of comments taken from Amazon reviews:
- "These Elemental girls are awesome..." -Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
- "This series is becoming my favorite of all time!" Gary, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
- "I love the plot twists and turns!" Jennifer, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
- "Amazing! As I've come to expect!" Ryan, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
- "Another home run!" Daylene, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
- "Enthralled. Couldn't stop reading!" Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
- "When is the next book?!" Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
5 STARS FROM READERS' FAVORITE
Reviewed By Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Born of Fire by A.L. Knorr is the second book in The Elemental Origins series. Saxony is spending her summer in Venice where she'll be working as an au pair to two little boys. When she arrives, she's surprised to meet the youngest boy, Isaia, who is clearly ill and doesn't speak. The two create an unexpected bond which only grows. As do his symptoms which his mother doesn't seem to find strange. During an outing, Saxony and Isaia stumble upon a break-in and a fire which puts them in the path of danger, creating the perfect circumstances for her to receive an unexpected gift. Her summer takes a turn when she catches the attention of two handsome Italian men and a powerful crime family who have plans for her new found abilities.
Saxony's opportunity of a lifetime takes several twists from a bond with a sick boy to catching the attention of a dangerous family. A.L. Knorr continues to explore the origins of the various elements. This time Knorr focuses on the element of fire, featuring a stunning location and a twist with a mafia family. Isaia is the biggest connection Saxony makes, forming a strong bond. Isaia is seen more than his brother who barely has any scenes. The focus is on the bond between Saxony and Isaia which is a catalyst for major events in the story. Their scenes together show her softer side. She's strong willed and feisty generally but as an au pair her protective instincts and kind nature are explored. Knorr never sways from the heart which often has Isaia and their bond at the center. He's a sweet character, completely capturing the innocence of a child. She also befriends Isaia's mother who helps guide her through a surprising change in her life.
Knorr weaves in plenty of mystery as Saxony works to figure out the source of her newfound abilities and why a crime family is interested in her. As the mystery unfolds, her love life also comes with a few surprises with some romantic moments and plenty of dangerous ones. The sweeter moments give a lightness and flirty quality to the story while also giving way to another danger she doesn't expect. She becomes a hero she didn't know she could be and it's clear this is just her origin story, with plenty more to come. Born of Fire is another exciting journey in the Elemental Origins series with more secrets revealed, a fiery lead, a stunning setting, and a crime family twist.
From the Author
A Story Born in Venezia
I moved to Italy in June 2015. I still spend a lot of time in Canada every year, but the bulk of the past 19 months has been spent in Venice and in a little village in the Italian Alps called Magras. As a writer, if you spend enough time in one place, some incarnation of it will find its way into your stories. Even with its problems (there are big issues with cruise ships and the sheer volume of visitors leaving a damaging footprint on Venice's fragile ecology), the spires and towers of Venezia imprinted on my heart in a way few cities can, and no surprise.
The places Saxony's story unfolds are real, they are places that I saw with my own eyes and which still materialize around me when I close my eyes. Venice had a torrid relationship with fire for many years. In spite of being built on a lagoon and surrounded by water, Venezia is actually incredibly flammable, and suffered from several great fires which destroyed whole boroughs. These fires were the reason the world-famous glass-blowers were eventually moved entirely to the northern island of Murano-to keep their dangerous ovens away from the brick constructions. Venice's beautiful churches, museums, and massive heritage villas were built not from the stone they appear to made from (those are actually facades), but rather with lighter and more flammable materials, in order to prevent sinking. This learning inspired me to combine fire with Venice and weave them together in a magical way for an audience who loves urban fantasy and stories of transformation.
My main character, Saxony, is just like any regular highschool girl, but her summer spent in Venice changes the course of her life forever as she becomes essentially a goddess. I hope my story surprises and delights you, please don't be shy to reach out and let me know what you thought. I have more stories planned for Saxony, so I invite you to come along for the ride!
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About the Author
A.L. Knorr is a Canadian fantasy author traveling the world with her laptop and her imagination. She loves fantasy fiction, nautical history, shipwrecks, strong female protagonists, flannel in winter, cappuccino, olive oil straight from a Tuscan grove (it's SO different than the crud found in North America!), yoga, mountain biking, road cycling if there's no mountain bike to be ridden, and first and foremost God and her family.
This is the second book in a series that focuses on four best friends who spend the summer before their senior year in high school apart - all abroad and secretly learning of their special affinities with a particular element. Each book follows one of the girls on her...
Clean YA Paranormal
This was nicely written, and had interesting characters. No strong language or sexual scenes. It is the second full book in this series, but since the repeating characters play such a minor role (mostly text messages), it could be read as a stand alone book. I...
From the little I read in the other books of the Origins of Elements, I knew that Saxony was going to have some temper. And indeed, we can wonder if the fire found Saxony or if Saxony found the fire. But one thing for sure, they get along just fine. But as happy as I was to...
A true pleasure
AL Knorr's Elemental Origins novels have been a true pleasure. One if the reasons for this is how the author immerses her readers in the experience and locales of her stories. Along with this is how she ties this locale to the appropriate elemental power and relates it to...
Born of Fire: An Elemental Origins Novel (The Elemental Origins Series Book 2), my tenth read from author A.L. Knorr. WOW! Incredible read! I originally got this book back in May of 2017 & one thing lead to another and I never got around to reading it until now. My mistake....
She has done it again!
A.L. Knorr has written a great second book in this series. It is about the next girl in the group of four friends. Saxony has an amazing experience in Italy that will change her life forever. One of the things I love about this author is how she makes the unbelievable...
What a mind trip!
I LOVE this series... It centers around a tight knit group of friends. Little do they know that ALL of them either currently have a massive secret, or soon will. In each book we see each of these friends who part during the summer for their own adventures discover...
It has definitely been a while since I've read a book like this. The characters were wonderful and well developed, and I loved the storyline. The thing that really makes this story exceptional, though is the world building. Mermaid stories far too often follow the same...