Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review Tour + #Giveaway: The Part That Doesn't Burn by Sam Poling @SamuelPoling @GoddessFish

The Part That Doesn't Burn
by Sam Poling
GENRE:   Fantasy (Dark with Romance)


In an overpopulated city-state where technology and magic are forbidden by the corrupt church, young witch, Mirabel Fairfax, plots the creation of a deadly plague to cull the burdensome rabble. That is, until she falls in love with the very alchemist she has been deceiving. Now, with soul-hungry geists flooding the city, the church scrambling for their prey, and her own mind at war with itself, Mirabel must decide what she's fighting for before she loses everything to the evils of Autumnfall.


He flew through the door so quickly he caught a conversation between tan-suited gentlemen.

“—Should really get us some stools,” said the skinnier of the two, before they both faced him. “Can we help you, sir?”

Behind them was a long hall, and no one else in sight. He wanted to grab the doormen by their collars and demand Mirabel’s location. Instead he straightened his cuffs. “Yes, good evening.”

The wider-bodied attendant cracked his neck. “Good evening? Sir, we are an exclusive club.”

“Ah, yes, and I, I am an exclusive clubee.”

“Sorry, a what?”

“A clubee. Um.” He tried to think of the fancier words Mirabel would use, but all he could remember (for some inexplicable reason) was her shouting “hunky dory.” He cleared his throat. “I am a club member, Mister doorm’n.” Doorm’n. That’s better. Definitely something Mirabel would say, even if it was a type of contraction.

“We would be pleased with the presentation of the letter.”

“Oh, I’m, err, rather, I am on the list,” said Felix. He wanted to spout the most common noble name he could, but only one name came to mind. “Preston.”

“There is no list, Mr. Preston. Member names are never written down outside of the census, which is secured. Letter or token of entry only.”

Who was he kidding? He couldn’t talk his way into a donut shop, let alone a well-guarded secret society. “Oh, I see,” he said. “How absolutively ludicrous of me. The token, of course.”

“Absolutively is not a word, sir. And I cannot let you in.”

“I see what the problem ‘tis. This is a fantastical-style, masky, masquerade-type party, quite?”

The guards exchanged looks. “Excuse me?”

He revealed his beak-shaped plague mask from his overcoat pocket and placed it snuggly on his face. “This will grant me entry for sure.”

“And just how will it do that?”

After a quick shaking and popping of its cork, he dropped one of his vials to the carpet. Striking red gas billowed through the opening. The doormen responded by ejecting knives from their sleeves into their hands. They didn’t have time to strike. Those same sleeves went to cover their hacking mouths. In seconds they collapsed, and he kicked the bottle aside.

He unsheathed his syringe, drew up a solution from another vial, and injected the dogs who would have kept him from Mirabel. “You’ll awaken nice and refreshed sometime tomorrow. Absolutively.”

My Review:

Felix, an alchemist, is running for his life from the church’s clerics and the people who want him dead when Mirabel a witch and succubus save him from the clerics. Mirabel enlist Felix’s help to find a cure for the plague or so he thinks. Actually she wants it for an entirely different reason.

While they are on their way to Mirabel’s lab they have to fight ghost who like to hurt humans for punishment. The church also wants Mirabel and Felix because of who are and what they are capable of doing. Witches and Alchemist are burned at the stake.

At first Mirabel wasn’t such a nice person but that was all probably due to the way she was raised and her mother but in the end she had a change of heart and she fought herself as well as her mother to become a better person.

Felix was a very strong and nice person. He put up with a lot from Mirabel but he never gave up on her. He knew she could change and was a good person deep down.

If you have not read The Part That Doesn’t Burn then let me suggest that you do it is a very magical read. 


Sam Poling has been writing fantasy and science fiction for the thrill of it his entire life, from short stories to screenplays. His love for each of the sub-genres led to dedication to writing genre-skirting fiction with all the elements that make up the human condition. He holds a strong enthusiasm for medical studies and currently works as a medical assistant in a large clinic while taking classing for nursing. He also serves on a health and safety committee, including disaster preparedness and infection control. His interest in epidemiology and medical science tends to spill over into his writing endeavors.

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Unknown said...

Thank you for hosting, and for the review!

James Robert said...

Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway.

Unknown said...

Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win

Nikolina said...

This book is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!

Rita Wray said...

I have enjoyed the tour. The book sounds great.

Kim Pickett said...

Thanks for the tour stop. Looks great !

DanieX said...

I can't wait to read this book!!

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing your review!! I've enjoyed following the tour for The Part That Doesn't Burn and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Mary Preston said...

A great review thank you.

Nikolina said...

Shared on G+ to help spread the word, have a great day! :)