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Short Synopsis
In 1812, Elinor Pembroke wakes to find her bedchamber in flames—and extinguishes them with a thought. At 21, she is old to manifest magical talent, but the evidence is unmistakable: she not only has the ability to start fires, but the far more powerful ability to control and extinguish them.

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Elinor is an Extraordinary, and the only one in England capable of wielding fire in over one hundred years. As an Extraordinary, she is respected and feared, but to her father, she represents power and prestige for himself. Mr. Pembroke, having spent his life studying magic, is determined to control Elinor and her talent by forcing her to marry where he chooses, a marriage that will produce even more powerful offspring. Trapped between the choices of a loveless marriage or living penniless and dependent on her parents, Elinor takes a third path: she defies tradition and society to join the Royal Navy.

Assigned to serve under Captain Miles Ramsay aboard the frigate Athena, she turns her fiery talent on England's enemies, French privateers, and vicious pirates preying on English ships in the Caribbean. At first feared by her shipmates, a growing number of victories make her truly part of Athena's crew and bring her joy in her fire. But as her power grows and changes in unexpected ways, Elinor's ability to control it is challenged. She may have the power to destroy her enemies utterly—but could it be at the cost of her own life?

"Burning Bright is a sweeping, character- driven adventure, highly recommended." ---Midwest Book Review

"I loved this book it was so fun to read, [and] the world that has been painted by the author is very easy to picture." ---J.R.'s Book Reviews

"Cat Gould is the narrator for this story, and I am no stranger to her work. Gould performs quite a bit in the historical arena, and I have never been disappointed in her portrayal of these stories." ---Bambi Unbridled

"Burning Bright was a pleasant surprise and one of my favorite reads this year." ---The Online Eccentric Librarian

"I just loved that it was an adventure, there are pirates, a girl putting misogynistic creeps in their place, sea battles, magic battles and a cute little romance to top it off." ---Fabulous Fabris

Burning Bright


Author Melissa McShane

Narrated by Cat Gould

Publication date Nov 15, 2016

Running time 13 hrs

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