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Paranormal is the operative word for this book Witches, familiars, reincarnation, and life and death struggles with worlds hanging in the balance Oh yes The Sacred Fire is a very special ritual that occurs on the seventh day of the seventh month of the seventh year Oh my, numerologically, seven is my predominant number This story totally swept me into its magical and mystical center while the folks on both sides of the struggle put up their best effort This is a most worthwhile trip into t Paranormal is the operative word for this book Witches, familiars, reincarnation, and life and death struggles with worlds hanging in the balance Oh yes The Sacred Fire is a very special ritual that occurs on the seventh day of the seventh month of the seventh year Oh my, numerologically, seven is my predominant number This story totally swept me into its magical and mystical center while the folks on both sides of the struggle put up their best effort This is a most worthwhile trip into the nether lands Don t miss it Tinsley Swan is apparently the last of her kind However, the fight, the struggle, her deep seated anger at being dragged into an ancient confrontation, gives us an interesting perspective when checking things out though her eyes I was very taken with her home environs, rather clever and provocative Her passions and preoccupations provide her with a most interesting opportunity to face possibly her greatest threat or her dearest love Tinsley was definitely one fascinating woman Sandra Ortega is Tinsley s new boss since the medical illustration studio Tinsley worked for was swallowed up by a possible unfriendly takeover She has a peculiar captivation and intense interest in Tinsley Curiously, it takes some time before the reasons come to light Sandra initially almost appears to be stalking Tinsley at every possible opportunity much to Tinsley s confusion and discomfort However, they mesh remarkably well on an intimate level which initially seems to be totally out of character for Tinsley Oddities abound early on, but I adored them and confidently knew a good author will bring me up to speed at the appropriate time Delicious A secret sisterhood, an apparent re incarnation, an essential confrontation every seventy years barreling toward a critical reiteration had me breathlessly on the edge of my seat Everything does get revealed before the classic battle ensues, sometimes in extraordinary detail I have to confess, I went back to the longest detailed part after I knew what really happened I just couldn t focus on such meticulous material while my breath was racing a mile a minute My failing In retrospect, I wished I hadn t raced to the denouement This amazing tale wasthan I could have possibly imagined at the outset Astoundingly compelling NOTE This book was provided by Bold Strokes Books for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews Every seven years, Tinsley Swann transforms into a beast for a week, thanks to a cult only known as The Sisterhood Inducted into it and not knowing exactly what it would entail when she was fourteen, Tinsley lives with the consequences and leads a lonely, solitary life That is until she meets Sandra, who is surprisingly accepting of Tinsley s beast But Tinsley is drawn to someone else as well Leda, a beautiful woman who, according to The Sisterhood, is the reincarnation of a goddess bent Every seven years, Tinsley Swann transforms into a beast for a week, thanks to a cult only known as The Sisterhood Inducted into it and not knowing exactly what it would entail when she was fourteen, Tinsley lives with the consequences and leads a lonely, solitary life That is until she meets Sandra, who is surprisingly accepting of Tinsley s beast But Tinsley is drawn to someone else as well Leda, a beautiful woman who, according to The Sisterhood, is the reincarnation of a goddess bent on destruction.Super props, first off, for some diversity in lesbian fiction The main characters are all women of colour, which is often a rarity, unfortunately And this story line is definitely unique Sometimes it feels like I am reading the same story over and over again, but not in this case It feelslike an urban fantasy book than a paranormal romance, just because the romance takes a back seat to the action for much of the book I didn t have a problem with that, but others might wantromance.I had a hard time with Tinsley for much of the book I just wasn t sure what it was, and I never could put my finger on it, but I just didn t like her at first Eventually that feeling thawed I did like the character of Sandra view spoiler Leda does turn out to be bad news, although I still kind of liked her in spite of that, because a goddess tearing shit up is rather awesome no matter what Sorry, not sorry hide spoiler The ending felt rather rushed to me, and I really don t like it when an epilogue is added on to answer questions, rather than answering the questions directly in the book view spoiler I also dislike when an epilogue takes place after a main character s death in this case, Sandra s , but that is a personal preference hide spoiler I would definitely pick up another book by this author There are a lot of really great ideas and things I love in this book There are too many queer women to shake a stick at There s some interesting mythology and consideration of what it means to inherit from the previous generation, be that religion, wealth, or a curse There s a beast that s not a werewolf but has enough similarities to a werewolf that it checks that box for me Yet the book just didn t work for me Individual scenes work well, but the overall plot and character interactions ju There are a lot of really great ideas and things I love in this book There are too many queer women to shake a stick at There s some interesting mythology and consideration of what it means to inherit from the previous generation, be that religion, wealth, or a curse There s a beast that s not a werewolf but has enough similarities to a werewolf that it checks that box for me Yet the book just didn t work for me Individual scenes work well, but the overall plot and character interactions just don t quite feel real There are also some contrivances one character dies to clear up the love triangle that could have developed, when I think things would have been much deeper andinteresting if she had lived It s not a bad book, but I think it could have done with a fewedits to make things flowsmoothly and to make character interactions feelnatural The story was interesting enough, but the writing style was a bit repetitive and simplistic at times, so it got a bit monotonous after a while. I received a copy from Netgalley I found this book browsing through Netgalley The blurb caught my attention right off The story was interesting The mythology and paranormal aspects of the story were what fascinated me Though there was something about the main character and her attitude that I just didn t really like I can t put my finger on what it was I just didn t like her much That being says though the book was well written and interesting with a good plot and great world building I I received a copy from Netgalley I found this book browsing through Netgalley The blurb caught my attention right off The story was interesting The mythology and paranormal aspects of the story were what fascinated me Though there was something about the main character and her attitude that I just didn t really like I can t put my finger on what it was I just didn t like her much That being says though the book was well written and interesting with a good plot and great world building I would definitely read something by this author again Thank you Netgalley and Bold Stroke Books did approving my request to view the title.And as the book was first published in May that crosses of a square for my Book bingo challenge a spring release *Free Kindle ☜ Sacred Fire ⇲ Tinsley Swann is cursed to change into a beast for seven days, every seven years She keeps her distance from the world, and has of a relationship with the antique erotic postcards she collects With the time of her transformation approaching, she finds herself torn between two women One woman is Sandra, Tinsley s new boss, and the two are having an affair Sandra glimpses her transformation and is kind, not frightened The other woman, Leda, bears a striking resemblance to one of Tinsley s turn of the century postcards, and she becomes obsessed with the young woman Tinsley must choose between these two women and ultimately two factions, one that will save the world, the other with plans to destroy it