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A Chalice of Wind (Balefire Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she's ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible -- an identical twin, Clio. Thais soon learns that she and the twin she never knew come from a family of witches, that she possesses astonishing powers, and that she, along with Clio, has a...
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A Chalice of Wind (Balefire Series #1)

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Overview

After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she's ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible -- an identical twin, Clio. Thais soon learns that she and the twin she never knew come from a family of witches, that she possesses astonishing powers, and that she, along with Clio, has a key role in Balefire, the coven she was born into. Fiery Clio is less than thrilled to have to share the spotlight, but the twins must learn to combine their powers in order to complete a rite that will transform their lives and the coven forever.
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"Told in chapters narrated alternately by Clio and Thais, the suspenseful story moves quickly along, and a love triangle between the twins and a mysterious young man adds some depth. The action builds toward a tantalizing twist that will leave readers eager for future books in the Balefire series. This won't sit on the shelf long."
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Gr 9 Up-Separated at birth, Thais and Clio are identical twins who've never met. Clio lives with her grandmother in New Orleans, where they practice Bonne Magie, a branch of witchcraft similar to Wicca but much older. Thais has lived with her father in Connecticut, and when he dies in a freak accident, she is moved to New Orleans by her new guardian, Axelle Gauvin, also a practicing witch. Thais meets Clio on the first day of their senior year at her new school, and both are freaked. Why were they separated? And what happens now that they are reunited? The girls tell their stories in alternating narratives. They are the most fully developed characters, but even secondary characters are given some depth. Though the plot starts off rather slowly in Connecticut, it picks up speed when Thais arrives in New Orleans and other secrets are discovered. Each chapter holds a sense of mystery and uneasiness. The ending is wide open, leaving so many questions unanswered and raising so many new ones that the next installment is a necessity. Containing fantasy, mystery, romance, and the bar scene of New Orleans, the book will find a wide audience.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101119143
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/18/2005
  • Series: Balefire Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 198,701
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 264 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Book #2

    I LOVE THIS SERIES BUT HOW DO U HAVE THE FIRST AND THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES AND NOT THE SECOND??? HELLO

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Where is the second book in this series?

    I have been wanting to read these for awhile now but, will not because the second one is not available. Does anyone know why? I really enjoy this author and would love to read this series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    A review from someone who HAS read THIS BOOK... not sweep.

    So, this author was new to me. I had never read, or heard of Sweep, before I started looking into this book. I thought this book was awesome! The begining can seem somewhat slow because it's the first book in the series, so you have character introductions and basic foundation being built, but it gets good fast. It's not a hard read, but the writing is not dumbed down at all. If your looking for a series to get excited about, one that makes you want the day to hurry up and finish so you can go home and read, this is a series for you. Another thing to note is that I did not find the magick too heavy. That's one of the reasons I am not going to read Sweep, because I only like the wicca/magick theme in small portions.

    BE AWARE: Book 2 (A circle of Ashes) is impossibly hard to find! If you start this book, begin your hunt for Book 2. Unless Penguin decides to bring it back out and publish it, it will continue to be a hard book to find.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

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    ??????

    why is book # 2 not on e books ? i dont get it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    ??

    Why isn't book 2 available for the nook???

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    OMG!

    I LUv LUV LUV Sweep! I am in love with Hunter beyond imagination. I was sobbing at multiple parts in the surprising spots, but also found myself angry at some characters. I am about to finish that series n will b sooooooo sad when it's over.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2005

    She does it again

    I was so excited when I heard that Cate was coming out with a new series I couldn't wait to begin reading. The first book was good...it seemed to me though that it was setting the stage for some big things to come, it contained what seemed to me to be alot of background info...I'm starting the 2nd book now. It makes you keep reading right through I know I am going to be waiting for the third...Love Cate's writing as always...But I have to say and all of you sweep fans will agree I MISS MORGAN..sorry had to say that

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Cate tiernan is awesome

    I accidentally stumbled upon her work years ago at my second home aka the library and began my journey with sweep series which i only recently finished because i couldn't fathom the story ending. Anyways, with this series, i found a paperback at borders with all three books inside. This series is also awesome and i was sucked in once again. I have read this story many times throughout the years. Very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Why???

    I really want to complete this series! Love the first book but i cant finish the series because i cant find the second book! This doesnt make sense! WHY!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    DIFFERENT

    Cate does it again! Although it is not Sweep, it still rocked. The characters were nicely developed, and the setting was great. I suggest this series to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    One of the best authors

    This book Live up to my thoughts. I loved Sweep series and I found this just as good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2007

    havent read yet but.....

    i read te sweep seires and fell in love with it. i couldn't put the books down and everytime i finished one i had to start the next asap. i didnt bother buying then seperately, i just bought multiples in one so i wouldnt have to wait and see what happened next. i fell in love with the characters and even found myself tearing up at teh sad parts. no book has ever done that to me. i felt i was watching the story through the eyes of teh characters. and from reading what this new series is about i am sure i will absolutely fall in love with this story as well. it is the next book i will be purchasing and i can't wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    amazing

    my god this woman is a work of art. i have yet to read this new series but its at the top of my list. the SWEEP series was breathtaking, i know ill never read anything that could be compared to that series. Honestly when i read her books im put in the shoes of her characters. now im thriled to know she has a new series out and i cant wait to read them...keep it up Tiernan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006

    Cate Tiernan...

    After reading the 'Sweep' series I was very excited to learn about the new series she was working on. The day 'A Chalice of Wind' came out I quickly left to go buy it. Of course, I was not disappointed. It's a great read for people interested in teen wicca books, or just like to read about the romance, friendships, and everything that the two twins had to deal with in the book. I highly recommend this book and series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    Pretty good

    I was completely anticipating the first book to be released from Cate Tiernan's new series after Sweep. As soon as i read it, i got hooked. i have to say, i really enjoyed this book a little more than Sweep because its more adult oriented and not childish or anything. Although, i have to admit, the book started out pretty slow but it got better almost by the middle until the end. Thias Allard is a seventeen year old from Connecticut who had just lost her father to a accident and is therefore, forced to live in New Orleans with a woman she has never known. Clio Martin is also seventeen, living in New Orleans as well with her grandmother until one day, the girls meet and things began to go from normal to weird. Because we discover that they're long lost twins, seperated at birth. But also, they come from a family of witches. As they discovered this, the girls also found out the story that witch twins are mentioned to be very very powerful witches. The bad thing is, someone has already discovered their secret and are trying to kill them as a direct result of it. I pretty much enjoyed this book, but like i said, it does start out a bit slow. but i recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    Awesome!!!

    Wow this book was really good even the second was good but i have got to say a lot of the stories about the trieze leave hanging and it just makes keep reading and reading and waiting for the next one to come out.

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