I picked up this book because I love Greek Mythology, and it has a different spin for a paranormal romance. Shay is a great, spunky, spitfire of a character. And Ajax is the characteristically brooding male, who, if he wasn't such a great Spartan warrior, would just seem like a pouting immortal. But the two of them are a funny pair. Their story takes an unusual path, and Ajax has some baggage to work through before he lets Shay in. The story started off kind of confusing, the world building took some getting used to. And i did skim through some slow parts of the book without missing any of the plot. Shay's brothers seemed out of place, and not really necessary to the series, but maybe they will in the future. I don't really get the whole "demon" part of the story, but I'm sure it will develop further on in the series. It wasn't slow enough to make me put the book down, and I really enjoyed the story as a whole. Now that Shay has discovered her true destiny, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series. The Oracle, Leonides, and River have some unanswered story lines. And we have 6 more Spartan's to read about! It's not a pre-order kind of series for me, but I will wish list it.
I found author Knight's concept for Red Fire intriguing, and because the story and premise really are fascinating, and there are some interesting characters and events in here. In particular the Delphic Oracle is a refreshing and fascinating character that single-handedly makes the prophecy end of things halfway reasonable. But there are too many aspects of the writing and characterization that didn't sit well with me, and too many plot aspects that felt arbitrary, random, or all-too-convenient for the author..
Shay has some real potential with her emerging `huntress' powers along with her hidden legacy, but it isn't really explored or exploited here - maybe in future books?
The bottom line is that, even though I had quite a few issues with Red Fire, I will probably give Knight's Spartans one more try when River's book comes out - there is still hope for the series if Knight can work past her series' birthing pains.