Waiting on Wednesday: Fate of Flames

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

28954021This week I am waiting on
Fate of Flames (Effigies #1) by Sarah Raughley

Publication Date: November 22nd 2016

Goodreads Summary
Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series. 

When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms. 

Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?


The concept of the Effigies reminds me a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the way that when one dies the next one awakens. On top of that I am getting some serious Avengers vibes from the synopsis. The idea of these effigies reluctantly coming together and trying to take down the big bad should bring about some interesting dynamics and the fact that each Effigy can control one of the elements is pretty awesome. I’ve said this time and time again but I love elemental magic and abilities so I look forward to see how this adventure plays out. 

What’s your most anticipated book?

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10 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Fate of Flames

  1. Oh my goodness! I didn’t even think of the Buffy connection, but you’re so right. This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year too. I love books with elemental magic as well and I like that there are four girls.
    Great pick, Lois!

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