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The Fire Opal
     

The Fire Opal

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by Catherine Asaro
 

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Deep in the sun-drenched desert, priestess Ginger-Sun carries the power of shape mages. And whispers abound: Is she descended from the beloved Sunset Goddess, or are her nighttime rituals filled with wickedness? Ginger herself is uncertain, until a stranger is left for dead at her feet.

Thence her magic begins to burn.

Fate makes Ginger the

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The Fire Opal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(NOTE TO ALL: I do not do applacations! I have created cats and planned when I started my series. These stories go as far back as Moonpool.) <p> Pebblestep peeked into her father's den. "Dad?" "Yes?" Came the grunted reply. "Ashfur has gone missing." "Yes." "I am going to go looking for him." "Yes-what? You know I don't tolorate him! He is a weak, sniviling warrior and is not welcome! He thinks he's Ashstar in person! Ashstar was a horrible cat! I-" "Dad," Pebblestep mewed slowly, "He may do something awful. I have to go after him." <p> For once her father stepped out of the shadows. He was a tall, thin, tom, and he had a bright orange pelt with Blue Eyes. "Ok. But someone has to go with you." Pebblestep nodded and backed out of the den. When she stepped outside, Brookpaw came bounding toward her. "You're gonna go, right?" Pebblestep nodded. "Yes. But I need to talk with Rabbitflight. She knows the land more than I do." <p> Rabbitflight was delighted that Pebblestep had come to her. "Sit down, make yourself comfortable. What would you like?" She purred. Pebblestep told her her mission. "I need your help." "Hmmmm, well, yes, StarClan knows where he's gone. But it could be dangerous...." She eyed Pebblestep warily. "I know, but..."
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I picked up this book because the plot sounded pretty interesting. I usually read such authors as Elizabeth Haydon or Kristen Britain, but I was looking for something that might have a bit more romance in it. To be honest, I was disappointed. The first 100 pages were pretty painful to get through. The protagonist is a complete wall flower who, even if she is called 'courageous' in the book, reminds me more of a limp noodle than a brave hero. All of the characters are 2-dimensional, either all bad or all good, and the romance itself is pretty dry. The male hero/love interest in the story is also pretty dull and uninteresting, starting off from page one going on about how beautiful the protagonist is, heading straight from 'I will protect you' to 'have my babies.' Osaro tried to make the romance more dynamic by making the main character doubt herself and his feelings, but it sorta falls flat, and you just get fed up. The dialogue isn't that great either, usually it's contained to only necessary information, with no banter, humor, or bickering. No character development to speak of. Pretty much the whole story was void of personality, including the narrative style. The author has no voice and at times comes out more like she is lecturing than actually writing a book. The only reason why I rate this book 3 stars is because about halfway through the action picks up, and the cultures and societies created in the book are pretty interesting. There is also a neat twist at the end that almost makes up for the sappy characters and wandering plot. Almost. I doubt I'll read this book again and I'm planning on donating it to my local library. I'm not sure if I'll bother with the sequel or not, I'll have to see what other people say about it first to make sure it's not more of the same. I'd suggest reading this if you absolutely have nothing better to do, but there are authors out there that are far more worth your time.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As a priestess in the Dragon-Sun temple, Ginger-Sun serves the villagers of nearby Sky Flames. She provides them with comfort and leads them in prayer and ceremonies honoring the Sun that lights up the sky and the world. However, Ginger-Sun also conceals from her parishioners and her peers a dark secret. She possesses a fire opal given to her by her grandfather when she was five years old that enables her to perform spells of heat and light during nighttime no one else as far as she knows can perform this heresy that she thinks might be a form of worship to some night God.---------------------- Villager Harjan and several miners from the ore flats arrive at the temple upset. They disturb the evening rest of the Priestess because someone stabbed a man whom they carried to her so she can perform the Sunset Rites so his spirit can move on. Sending the men away, instead of the rite of passage Ginger-Sun uses her fire opal to heal the soldier Darz Goldstone. By performing ¿witchcraft¿, Ginger-Sun knows she must burn at the stake. Darz rescues her and Ginger-Sun leaves behind all she treasured to begin anew with her beloved Darz at her side while the Dragon-Sun mentors her to use her magic to save the land of Taka Mal from the darkness that threatens to turn off the Sun.----------------- Returning to the realm where THE MISTED CLIFFS and THE CHARMED SPHERE takes place, Catherine Asaro provides the audience with a character driven beguiling and enchanting romantic fantasy starring a courageous Priestess who knows the cost of using forbidden magic, but does so to save a stranger¿s life. The gripping story line is fast-paced as Ginger-Sun saves Darz, which makes his assassins her enemy and hopefully prevents the darkening of Taka Mal. Sub-genre fans already know that Ms. Asaro is one of the top RF wizards, but THE FIRE OPAL is her best work to date.--------------- Harriet Klausner