For centuries, Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope—until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment--if he’ll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods.
Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda—heir to the throne of Hexis—and his thoughts quickly turn from the conquest of cities to the conquest of this headstrong beauty. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters into another bargain: If she will share her bed—and her body—with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces within and without. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all—even the wrath of the Goddess of Conflict—for a chance to make Selinda his forever.
This is more of a fantasy setting with its mythological gods and goddesses but also had a distinctly medieval vibe. It's most definitely a whole new world to discover. Dethan is the eldest of four warrior brothers who in their arrogance angered the Gods when they stole immortality. Now let's face it, the Gods are never portrayed as exactly the forgiving type and true to form devised hideous curses to lay upon the brothers. Dethan is cursed to literally burn everyday but the goddess Weysa offers him a deal, raise an army, provide her with followers and defeat her enemy. Returning to the mortal realm, he finds many things different but one thing remains true, greed and injustice often go hand in hand. That's very true in Hexis where Selinda is being forced into a loveless marriage but can they perhaps solve both their problems? Dethan has a cunning idea and offers Selinda a deal but it's one that could definitely cost her dearly however, it's a chance she has to take.
Okay, Cursed by Fire is fantasy but it's not the best I have read, although I did become more interested as the story flowed. Ms Frank is a sensational writer and an auto buy for me but I'm still not sure if this new series is her best work. Yes, it has sexy time and yes there's a bad guy to boo and hiss at (although he's a little cheesy I thought) but what really let it down was all the odd sounding names for everything. The King is called Grand and there are even names for midnight and sunset and oh I don't know, it just kept jarring with me. So I will read the next book, Cursed by Ice, since I'm hoping the world building will continue to grow as I know just how complicated this author's work can be.
If you want a story with an alpha hero then this book certainly delivers (think Jason Mamoa in G.O.T) The heroine for me felt a little weak, unfortunately, but it's a story that allowed her to grow as a character. A good start and I'm interested to find out what happens next.
I was gifted a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.