"Mears has crafted a highly detailed world…will leave readers eager for Carin’s further adventures."   — Publishers Weekly
"This outstanding fantasy novel will resonate with readers in the real world: it could truly be about anyone coming to the realization that their way of life does indeed affect others, even if they don’t realize it, and how important it is to do the right thing, even if that means going against the norm and alienating people you thought were good and wise."   — Booklist
"…a powerful debut to a new series that will grip the reader until the end. Mears’ skilled storytelling make this emotional read stand out. Despite the fantastic world, the narrative feels real with complex characters…HEARTHFIRE feels different from other coming-of-age stories with its progressive thinking and darker plot line."   — InD'Tale Magazine
"This rich story not only carries a thrilling plot and engaging characters, it has a beautiful heart and care to it that connects to you on a deep level. Masterful storytelling."   — Ellie Ann, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Second-world fantasy with a cultural norm of non-binary gendering? Sign me right up! …you'll slip into the setting like getting into a warm bath. Of course, the setting feels so real because the people there feel real. I am VERY eager for book 2."    — LibraryThing Early Reviewers