Bound in Flame

Bound in Flame

Letty Lang is a suffragist of the most fearless kind, with a bullwhip, big plans, and ancient power she doesn’t understand. Will a fast horse and a stubborn man derail her dreams?Banished to boarding school to tame her wild temper, Leticia Lili‘uokalani Lang sails home to Hawaii, bringing her devotion to animals with her. She’ll be among the first female veteri...

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  • Elizabeth

    Title : Bound To Flame

    Series: Hawaiian Ladies Raiding Society

    Author: Kathrine Kayne

    Genre: Historical romance /magical realism

    Pages: 347

    Rating: 5

    Publication:Oct 28,2019

    Letty Lang is a suffragist of the most fearless kind, with a bullwhip, big dreams, and ancient powers she doesn’t understand. Can she save her lover from her own lethal passions?

    Banished to boarding school to tame her wild temper, Letty Liliu

    Title : Bound To Flame

    Series: Hawaiian Ladies Raiding Society

    Author: Kathrine Kayne

    Genre: Historical romance /magical realism

    Pages: 347

    Rating: 5

    Publication:Oct 28,2019

    Letty Lang is a suffragist of the most fearless kind, with a bullwhip, big dreams, and ancient powers she doesn’t understand. Can she save her lover from her own lethal passions?

    Banished to boarding school to tame her wild temper, Letty Liliuokalani Lang returns home to Hawaii, bringing her devotion to animals with her. She’ll be among the first female veterinarians in history—remarkable in 1909 when women still cannot vote.

    With one mad leap into the ocean to save a horse, Letty sets another destiny in motion. She is a mākāhā, a Gate to the healing fires of the land, her beloved ‘aina. Letty must learn to harness the ancient power that lives within her, fueled by her connection to the islands. But the price is steep. Her inner flame burns hot—hot enough that her kisses can actually kill, a precarious inconvenience since the horse’s owner, Timothy Rowley, lights another kind of fire.

    Can Letty learn to command her power in pursuit of her passion, or is the danger of love too great?

    My thoughts

    Would I recommend it ? Yes

    Will I continue on with the series ?yes

    Would I read more by this author? Yes

    Wow ,just wow ,the story its self is beautiful written that she brings to life her characters , of course it would have to make me cry at two different parts of the story but over all it's now one of my new favorite 2019 books. And the characters ,out of all of them Letty is my favorite ,the way she's out going and sprited, and her love for animals, other thing I love about the story is how the author use the myths of the Hawaiian people and their islands , it shows just how much they love them and honored them. Plus I loved how there was usage of the Hawaiian language and there's even a language glossary in the back of the book , plus the mentioning of the flowers and their meaning.And while it does mention the colonialism and how the Hawaiian people was look down upon it also show that there was people even from the islands that worked against their own people.Hopeful I'm putting my thoughts down in a way you the readers of this blog can somewhat understand, because in many ways I'm not sure if I'm give it the justification it deserves. With that said I want to thank Netgalley as will as Smith Publicity for let me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion as well as a big thank you once again to Smith Publicity for send me a copy

  • Corene Caley

    I've had the pleasure of working with the author and seeing this book go through a few revisions. What Katherine Kayne has produced is something new and exciting in the romance and historical fiction genre. This is a fun and wild read that is entertaining from the first page to the last! Be ready to be transported to Hawaii and another time and place. Great beach read or anytime escape. Bravo.

  • Sonya

    Just as Hawaii is a place where every sense in your body says "thank you, thank you, thank you," I felt the same when I reluctantly finished this wonderful story. Katherine Kayne manages to capture the unique, special time in Hawaiian history when their royalty was still a powerful force in their society and Hawaii was a study in contrasts: cowboys and princesses, wild pigs, steam ships, colorful hula dancers, sacred lands and ceremonies, abundant feasts and celebrations, land barons, and my fav

    Just as Hawaii is a place where every sense in your body says "thank you, thank you, thank you," I felt the same when I reluctantly finished this wonderful story. Katherine Kayne manages to capture the unique, special time in Hawaiian history when their royalty was still a powerful force in their society and Hawaii was a study in contrasts: cowboys and princesses, wild pigs, steam ships, colorful hula dancers, sacred lands and ceremonies, abundant feasts and celebrations, land barons, and my favorite -- the fearless horsewomen of the islands' ranches. I loved her approach in viewing all of this change through the lens of self acceptance as the key to power and the key to unlocking a lively romance! I look forward to keeping in touch with these characters that I have grown to love in this first book (her characters are so well developed, they are the kind that you want to stay with beyond just one book). I can't wait for the next installment of "The Hawaiian Ladies Riding Society" and I hope she does one for every island!

  • Liv the Jellyfish Queen

    My friends, this book is about

    .

    Yes, I didn’t know that was a book I needed either, and yet, here we are.

    So, Bound in Flame is about Letty, whose full name I’ve forgotten as soon as I read it (my abilities to forget names in a matter of seconds is not even funny anymore, but I looked it up and her full name is Letitia L

    My friends, this book is about

    .

    Yes, I didn’t know that was a book I needed either, and yet, here we are.

    So, Bound in Flame is about Letty, whose full name I’ve forgotten as soon as I read it (my abilities to forget names in a matter of seconds is not even funny anymore, but I looked it up and her full name is Letitia Liliuokolani Lang), is training to become a veterinarian. In 1909. As a Irish-Hawaiian, who’s tall and dark skinned and female and all the things men hated back in the day.

    She doesn’t give a fuck, tho.

    I may have a crush on her.

    She loves animals fiercely and sometimes makes rash decisions, that end up saving lives sometimes.

    The setting is Hawaii, only years after the Kingdom of Hawaii became American. The majority of the cast is either Hawaiian or east Asian (I think a lot of them are Japanese? But that’s never disclosed, that’s just me assuming because of names), with only few exceptions.

    And it would’ve been very easy to make the white man the enemy (because they did basically outlaw Hawaiian culture and then later exploited it for money), but they weren’t. Hawaiians do, after all, have

    , which is a practice of forgiveness.

    The cast was great!

    Letty, goddaughter of the last princess of Hawaii, studying to become a veterinarian, with a fierce love for everything four-legged and great with a bullwhip.

    Agnes, an Australian woman and the stepmother of Letty, was so fierce and protective and she was ready to fight whomever dared to threaten her children, Letty included.

    Princess K, who had been trained to take the throne until there wasn’t a throne anymore, was so compassionate, kind and strong.

    There was a bunch of other female cast members, the British grandmama, Irene, that one weird lady with her mule, it was great. I was having a wonderful time.

    And, I want to repeat myself:

    . I love it.

    My biggest problem with this book is, that I’ll have to wait for the second one.

  • Suzy Michael

    *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review*

    Bound in Flame by Katherine Klayne is a refreshing fantasy and historical fiction novel that takes place among the enchanting landscape of the Hawaiian islands. Local myths and legends meet political upheaval in this first installment of 'The Hawaiian Lady's Riding Society' novels.

    Headstrong and bad tempered Letticia is sent to boarding school to curve her ill-tempered behavior. On

    *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review*

    Bound in Flame by Katherine Klayne is a refreshing fantasy and historical fiction novel that takes place among the enchanting landscape of the Hawaiian islands. Local myths and legends meet political upheaval in this first installment of 'The Hawaiian Lady's Riding Society' novels.

    Headstrong and bad tempered Letticia is sent to boarding school to curve her ill-tempered behavior. On her return back to her Hawaiian homeland in 1909, she brings her discovered devotion to animals with her, and sets out to become one of the first women to be a veterinarian in history. An unusual feat since women are still not allowed to vote. When a daring rescue attempt by Letty to save a horse in the ocean, Letty sets a whole different destiny into motion. She is a makaha, a Gate to the healing fires of the land. Letty must learn to harness the ancient power that lives within her, fueled by her connection to the islands. But her powers come with a cost. The flame within her burns so hot, she can kill someone with just a kiss, which is a bit inconvenient since the owner of the horse, Timothy Rowley, lights a whole other fire for Letty. Can Letty harness her power in pursuit of her passion, or is the danger of love too great?

    This was an interesting fantasy tale, unlike a lot in the genre at the moment. The fact it's based in Hawaii alone sets it apart from most, as the culture is steeped in folklore and old tradition. The timing of the story brings about other issues that come into play. The Kingdom of Hawaii has just become part of America. This in itself brings about many obstacles and hardships the people of Hawaii have to face. This was a very turbulent and uncertain time in Hawaiian history. One such obstacle is that women are not allowed to vote. Letty is a fierce suffragist, which is one of her more redeeming qualities, as well as her love for animals and her strength.

    All of the characters,including Letty are well fleshed out and are likable. The ones that stood out are Letty's godmother, Princess K, who was in line to take the throne until there was no throne at all. She is a compassionate, kind, and strong woman, and definitely would have made a great ruler. There is Letty's stepmother Agnes, who is wildly protective of all of her children- including Letty. For the most part, the characters are well developed and likable. Ones you want to root for. Letty, even though she is the protagonist of the book, was quite annoying at times. Some of her decision making made her seem much more immature for her age, so the romance part of the story, even though it's not the main focus, was hard for me to grasp. She came off a lot of times as a bad tempered teenager.

    Katherine Klayne created a unique and magical world in Bound in Flame. She has made her characters- especially the women, strong, and due to events of the time period, stronger than most. She blends Hawaiian myths and lore with the turbulence of the time, making for an original fantasy that dodges most of the tropes that are engulfed in the fantasy genre to date. She has set her sights on bringing to light 'The Hawaiian Ladies Riding Society'. It will be interesting to see where this story takes us next!

  • Jennifer

    Wow! I am adding Katherine Kayne to my MUST READ authors list. This was an incredible debut. It does not suffer from being the first in a series at all. This is a fantasy book that feels more like historical fiction. The world building is so well done and blends beautifully with early 20th century Hawaii. All the characters are well developed and somehow manage to be both believable and magical. I think that is because the magic itself is slow and natural and ancient like the islands and the peo

    Wow! I am adding Katherine Kayne to my MUST READ authors list. This was an incredible debut. It does not suffer from being the first in a series at all. This is a fantasy book that feels more like historical fiction. The world building is so well done and blends beautifully with early 20th century Hawaii. All the characters are well developed and somehow manage to be both believable and magical. I think that is because the magic itself is slow and natural and ancient like the islands and the people it comes from. I honestly cannot wait for the next books.

    My only criticism would be that the villains could have been elaborated on a bit more, they felt a bit like an afterthought but not to the detriment of the book.

    Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Jodi

    Bound in Flame is a historical novel with romance, magic, and a hell of a lot of fun. In 1909, Letty Lang is a headstrong Hawaiian suffragette and horsewoman who dreams of becoming a veterinarian. But life, an English man, and a strange power get in her way. Letty must learn how to handle her fiery healing touch before her inner flames consume her. This just might come at the expense of love and ambition. Can she channel an ancient power and be a modern woman at once?

    Kayne clearly lo

    Bound in Flame is a historical novel with romance, magic, and a hell of a lot of fun. In 1909, Letty Lang is a headstrong Hawaiian suffragette and horsewoman who dreams of becoming a veterinarian. But life, an English man, and a strange power get in her way. Letty must learn how to handle her fiery healing touch before her inner flames consume her. This just might come at the expense of love and ambition. Can she channel an ancient power and be a modern woman at once?

    Kayne clearly loves Hawaii. That love shines through in every sentence. She takes liberties, but has done her research. Letty and the people around her are interesting characters. While Letty is intelligent and powerful in multiple ways, she is flawed and needs help. Thankfully, she has friends and family.

    Throughout the novel, Kayne hints that other women in Hawaii may also have powers. Bound in Flame is set to be the first in the Hawaiian Ladies' Riding Society series. I look forward to reading about other members of that Society and their adventures.

    Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Smut Report

    Heat Factor: She’s on fire. The sex is not (and it’s not meant to be, really).

    Character Chemistry: Yes.

    Plot: I can’t even begin...

    Overall: Try a little something different on for size.

    Historical romance is great, but it’s so hard to find historical romance that’s not 19th century British. There are also the various popular American settings: Wild West, Gilded Age, Reconstruction. So when I found this Hawaiian historical romance I jumped right on it. Also my in-laws have been l

    Heat Factor: She’s on fire. The sex is not (and it’s not meant to be, really).

    Character Chemistry: Yes.

    Plot: I can’t even begin...

    Overall: Try a little something different on for size.

    Historical romance is great, but it’s so hard to find historical romance that’s not 19th century British. There are also the various popular American settings: Wild West, Gilded Age, Reconstruction. So when I found this Hawaiian historical romance I jumped right on it. Also my in-laws have been living in Hawaii, so we’ve had a Hawaiian culture inundation the past couple years. Basically I had no choice.

    This book is set in a very early 20th century (1909) Hawaii, in a fictional, mystical world, where Americans did take over Hawaii, but Lili’uokalani was succeeded by Kehokulani, a suffragist princess born with mystical powers. There is all kinds of stuff going on in this book:

    1. Mystical Gates are ushering the world from its past to its future, led by Princess Kehokulani.

    2. Letty’s family has money trouble.

    3. Letty is part of an equestrian society of Hawaiian suffragists.

    4. Timothy has family/plantation issues.

    5. Letty was sent to school in California where she decided to become a veterinarian.

    6. There is a psychopath who hates Letty because Timothy fired him.

    Some of these things are more relevant than others, but be prepared for a lot of moving parts. Kayne also dates all the chapters, which was too much. As far as I could tell, the narrative moves in a chronologically forward progression, so the dates really just made me feel like I was missing something, because I paid attention to them not at all.

    It’s going to be really hard for me to be succinct, but I’ll try. Because we at The Smut Report talk romance, I’m going to leave some of our plot points outlined above alone in favor of the romance between Timothy and Letty.

    Letty Lang just can’t seem to control herself sometimes. It’s the reason she’s sent to boarding school in California. The reason she can’t control herself? She is a Gate, one of nine women who will “open new ways for our people.” (It’s a period of change, the early 20th century. There are cars, for starters.) Her power is healing and it manifests as flames. (Get it?)

    It is because she can’t control her power that she throws herself off a ship after a horse as the book opens and then curses the horse’s owner, Timothy Rowley, when she and her equine friend arrive safely on shore. Timothy is a very good friend of the aforementioned Princess K, who also happens to be Letty’s godmother, so Letty and Timothy are thrown together over and over as the story progresses. They live on different islands, though. Letty starts out on the big island because she’s visiting Princess K, but most of the time she lives with her parents on Oahu, while Timothy’s plantation is next to the Princess’s on the big island. Distance makes the heart grow fonder? I honestly didn’t know if this was actually going to be a romance or if we were going to do some more series, Stephanie Plum nonsense because first there is a very slow burn and then it turns out that Gates kill romantic interests with their powers. (?) (???) I got to a point where if Letty broke up with Timothy without telling him to his face what the issue was one more time, I was going to throw the book. Teenagers.

    Letty and Timothy train horses together and are generally quite proper. They write each other. The visit politely when they’re in the same space. But they are insta-attracted to each other, so it’s a subtle romance. Also there’s the issue that Letty is half Hawaiian, so Timothy, as not only a white man but as an English aristocrat, would face a degree of social ostracism if he were with her. Going home to England in glory to stick it to his father goes up in smoke and all that. The romance, therefore, is one that I really wanted to happen, but it was on-again-off-again, sometimes even seeming non-existent before swinging back to burning and yearning.

    Much of the story isn’t really centered on the romance anyway. Timothy ties directly into Letty’s journey of self discovery, but Letty learning she’s a Gate and subsequently learning how to accept and harness her powers is a lot of the narrative. Given the lack of an external conflict to drive the plot, the story lives or dies based on the quality of the narrative and the writing. The narrative is definitely engaging. It took me a little while to warm up, but by the end I did become totally absorbed in all the different goings on Kayne had whipped up.

    So how’s the writing? It’s good, or I wouldn’t have enjoyed the book at all. But… The first, and honestly very minor, thing is that the story is written in 3rd person omniscient and in the past tense (as most books are). So when the author says, “That is, of course, until one crafty mama decided to make a break for it….”

    It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s super jarring. The other aspect of the writing I feel compelled to flag is the pacing. As I said, there’s a lot going on, so there was a lot of story to tell, but I probably shouldn’t have wondered if we were ever going to resolve the central Gate/Relationship conflict in this book, especially if it’s marketed as romance. There were a few points along various plotlines that geared up to high drama and then… resolved? Just like that?

    Some of these things matter more than others, but holy wow did that ending feel packed in, like, “Let’s not make this book too long!” Hi, I just read a 500 page romance novel (Like, why? Different issue...)--this book is not too long. Or if it is, cut down on some of the story lines. Don’t fail to flesh out all the drama that’s been created in all the other carefully crafted pages!

    TL;DR - I liked this book, and I really liked that its setting both physically and temporally were different than most of what I read. Is it my new fave? Nah. But that’s okay, too.

    I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We disclose this in accordance with 16 CFR §255.

    This review is also available at The Smut Report.

  • Tamara Morning

    Title: Bound in Flame

    Author: Katherine Kayne

    Genre:

    Rating: 3 out of 5

    In 1909 Hawaii, Letty Lang is a suffragette, a rebel, and an animal lover with a temper who’s determined to become the first female veterinarian in Hawaii. There’s also the flames she feels around her, that she’s never understood. When she dives into the ocean to save a horse, she sets things in motion that will change the way she sees the world.

    She is a Gate to the land she loves, but her flames will d

    Title: Bound in Flame

    Author: Katherine Kayne

    Genre:

    Rating: 3 out of 5

    In 1909 Hawaii, Letty Lang is a suffragette, a rebel, and an animal lover with a temper who’s determined to become the first female veterinarian in Hawaii. There’s also the flames she feels around her, that she’s never understood. When she dives into the ocean to save a horse, she sets things in motion that will change the way she sees the world.

    She is a Gate to the land she loves, but her flames will destroy anyone who comes close, even Timothy, the horse’s owner and a lord looking for an heiress to help fund his dreams. Can she control her flames, or will she lose everything she wants in the attempt?

    I’m not sure how to classify this book. It’s sort of YA, sort of historical, and sort of fantasy. But not completely any of these…I loved the setting, but the location/date tags on every chapter were pointless, as the timeline was straightforward, and most of the novel was set in Hawaii. This novel… could have been fascinating, but it felt unfinished, like the bare bones of the story was there, but it needed details filled in and sometimes events seemed to happen unrelated to anything else. The subplot about the serial killer seemed entirely pointless and unrelated as well.

    (Galley courtesy of Passionflower Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)

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  • b.andherbooks

    I will be doing a full review for Library Journal so these are my messy thoughts for a mess of a novel.

    I was assigned this book to review as for Library Journal. I review specifically "Historical Romance" novels for Library Journal. This book looks like a historical romance novel, has back copy that reads like a historical romance novel, and even has a Hawaiian language glossary at the back, all things that indicate this is a historical romance novel. But. The author's note at the beginning mak

    I will be doing a full review for Library Journal so these are my messy thoughts for a mess of a novel.

    I was assigned this book to review as for Library Journal. I review specifically "Historical Romance" novels for Library Journal. This book looks like a historical romance novel, has back copy that reads like a historical romance novel, and even has a Hawaiian language glossary at the back, all things that indicate this is a historical romance novel. But. The author's note at the beginning makes sure to specifically point out:

    No thank you. I don't want to have to guess whether this is a romance or a fantasy and the story doesn't embrace any of these genres in any satisfying way.

    1900s Hawaii is a time period fraught with colonialism and racism and if you aren't ready to do the work besides following your own personal research rabbit holes, than don't write a historical fiction novel. Don't use historical figures. Don't make your blurb sound like you are writing about a real person (as far as I can tell Letty Lang is made up).

    Most readers and book clubs are going to pick this up and think oh, how lovely, this will lead to such interesting discussion, but will not have the wherewithal or the prior knowledge to understand that this book is at best badly written and misleading and at worst highly problematic.

    Letty Lang is 18 years old, is a budding Suffragette, an aspiring veterinarian, and SHE'S MAGIC. I hated that Letty's skills were made possible by magic she barely understood and that wasn't fully comprehensible to me, a white lady who is very unfamiliar with Native Hawaiian mythology. I just felt uncomfortable about it all.

    And if that weren't enough, Letty is also best friends with the former Queen of Hawaii, rides at least fifteen different horses with different names throughout the story, interacts with other Native Hawaiians who seem to only be able to speak stilted English, and falls in love with an older English "nice white guy" who owns a sugar plantation. But she might kill him with her fire powers you know. And of course it is the MAGIC that is keeping them apart, not the fact he's a White plantation owner and she's a Brown Native Hawaiian who gets to experience casual and forthright racism throughout the story. Oh and there's a polo match, and a ball, and some other sort of horse race, and a magic white donkey riding lady who appears sometimes, and a dog named Rosebud, and a bad guy who wants to sabotage the nice White Guy for some reason and is mean to horses and kidnaps Letty and tortures her. SO MUCH STUFF. And the Hawaiian Ladies' Riding Society is barely mentioned, and again should perhaps been the focus of the story?

    Basically this felt like it should have been a YA fantasy novel that took inspiration from Hawaiian myth, took more responsibility for not being "own voices," and just really shouldn't be out here masquerading as an Adult Historical Romance novel (there is one explicit sex scene).

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