Trina has been Kalidah's slave for as long as she can remember, but she knows that she is not who Kalidah claims she is. For one thing, Kalidah insists on calling her Baraka, and she knows her name is Trina, but she cannot remember having any family other than the old witch. Trina would love to learn more about magick, but Kalidah keeps her on a tight leash and only teaches her a few basics so Trina can help her cast spells. One morning, desperately cold in the winter chill, Trina gazes longingly at the fire and wishes she could just become a part of it. To her surprise, she sees that there are actually little figures dancing in the flames, and, before she knows it, she is in the flames, too. At first Trina is hesitant, but she soon joins in the dance and finds she is attracted to one of the male figures, who keeps touching her, teasing her... Trina wants nothing more than to stay in the flames, but she is jolted out of them when Kalidah enters the cottage.
Kalidah is unusually kind to Trina that morning and Trina is immediately suspicious as Kalidah is not a kind woman. When a local noblewoman and a lustful man arrive, Trina knows that Kalidah is going to cast a spell, but she is not sure what. Kalidah forces Trina to drink a potion that puts her completely under Kalidah's power and is helpless to resist being used in the ceremony. Kalidah summons a fire demon and prepares Trina to be raped by the strange man so they can use her virgin's blood and the demon to make the noblewoman young again. However, when Kalidah loses concentration, the fire demon is able to kill all in the cottage - but he spares Trina. When Trina awakens, she finds that the fire demon was actually the fire dancer, whom she calls Brand, she spent the morning with.
Brand is unused to being trapped in a human body, but he finds he quite likes it as he spends time getting to know Trina intimately. However, he knows that the human world is not his home and he soon leaves Trina, instructing her to make for the remote region where Trina may be from. Trina wishes that Brand would come with her, but courageously sets out on her own. Over her travels she will discover a long-lost uncle, have her wagon trained attacked, be accused of being a witch, and be reunited with Brand, only to keep losing him...
The focus of the story is definitely on the sex and not on the plot. There is not very much characterization in the book. I also was disappointed with the ending because the book ended very abruptly.
This report prepared by Debbie