Child of Flame (Crown of Stars #4)

Child of Flame (Crown of Stars #4)

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by Kate Elliott
     
 

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The fourth volume in Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series, Child of Flame takes us far beyond the borders of Wendar and Varre...as Alain is drawn into the heart of an ancient conflict between humankind and their dread enemy, the Cursed Ones; Liath faces her most difficult trial in a land of exile; and Sanglant struggles to warn Henry about a dark conspiracy of

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The fourth volume in Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series, Child of Flame takes us far beyond the borders of Wendar and Varre...as Alain is drawn into the heart of an ancient conflict between humankind and their dread enemy, the Cursed Ones; Liath faces her most difficult trial in a land of exile; and Sanglant struggles to warn Henry about a dark conspiracy of sorcerers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The fourth of what is intended to be a five-volume epic series, this exceedingly stout high fantasy novel stands comparatively independent of the three preceding it. Continuing their deadly rivalry for the throne, King Henry of Wendar and his bastard son, Sanglant, enlist the aid of their siblings as they conjure spells and clash swords. Meanwhile, Sanglant has an heir of his own, the Cursed Ones (beings from one of the several alternate planes that exist in this saga) capture his wife, and his nonhuman mother returns, bearing prophecies of such imminent and dire doom that nobody believes her until disaster is upon them. Newcomers to this series will appreciate the narrative's brisk pacing, as well as Elliott's formidably competent world building (particularly the courts and the village of the Hallowed One) and carefully considered systems of magic and tactics that display more than an average knowledge of military history, religion and folklore. Some readers may find this installment too long and complex, though, and lacking, at critical points, the emotional impact and characterization that Tolkien or more recent fantasists such as Jordan, Hobb and Orson Scott Card bring to works of similar complexity. Although devout Elliott fans and lovers of long, convoluted fantasy tales will find her latest to be more than satisfactory, the novel's lack of precision may limit its appeal. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Bound together by destiny, four heroes of the war-wracked lands of Wendar and Varre find themselves following different courses of action, as each discovers a unique path in their common fate. Continuing her epic tale of kings and common folk, warriors and priests, Elliott demonstrates her talent for combining magic and intrigue with grand-scale storytelling. Libraries owning previous volumes in the series (King's Dragon, Prince of Dog, The Burning Stone) will want to add this fantasy adventure to their collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"High fantasy...entirely captivating." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101639825
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Series:
Crown of Stars , #4
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
928
Sales rank:
187,541
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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"High fantasy...entirely captivating." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Meet the Author

Kate Elliott’s credits include the Nebula finalist novel, King’s Dragon, its sequels, Prince of Dogs, The Burning Stone, Child of Flame, and The Gathering Storm; her groundbreaking DAW science fiction series, The Novels of JaranJaran, An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword, and The Law of Becoming; and her magnificent fantasy collaboration with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson, The Golden Key. She now lives in Hawaii with her husband, three children, and a dog. She can be found at kateelliott.com.

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Child of Flame (Crown of Stars #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The writing is so entising. I read at night before I go to bed and before I know it three hours has passed. I can't wait until the 5th book comes out. When does it come out anyways? I am on the last few pages and want to continue on with the saga. But then again maybe I can finially get some sleep :).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah, I gotta agree with you about the greatness of this series. Once you pick up any of these books it is incredibly difficult to put them down. I just hope that they come up with some way to bring Lavastine back to life, he was the best character in the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the begining everything and everyone was in harmony. Untill the evil clan of Flame Clan arose. Lake Clan, how ever did not mind Flame Clan. Flame Clan did not bother Lake Clan to often. But, Flame Clan bothered the neighboring clans. Forest Clan, and Cave Clan. <P> On a stormy, gray day, a litter of seven kits was born. Most of the time, six kits is max in a litter. They are calling the seventh kit, a gift. A wonderful gift givin to them from Star Clan. <P> "What are we going to name them, Stormtail?" A tom asked. Stormtail looked over the newly born kits. "How about, Riverkit for this one?" She meowed. The small she~kit had soft blueish fur. Stormtail looked at her mate, "What do you think, Seacoral?" She meowed. She licked the small kits fur. "Riverkit sounds like a great name. How about, Typhoonkit?" He suggested for a gray male kit. "Wavekit? Oceankit? Fishkit? Tidekit?" Stormtail meowed. Seacoral noded. "Those are all wonderful names, dear. What about the seventh kit. What is her name?" He said. He looked at her black pelt, it had white speakles on it. "Dewkit. Her name is Dewkit." Stormtail declared. <P> Thats the begining of Dewdrop's great Journey. <P> (Okay! I am taking in Charcater Applications! Please rate! Three good reveiws, and I will go on!) <br> ~ Rainbowfall
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Guest More than 1 year ago
the book has such powerful emotions that sweep you along like a wave. Kate Elliot depicts the war so handsomely i feel like i can picture each detail of the war myself. Her masterful way of disguising long hidden secrets sill amaze me. Truely, its a great edition to her Crown of Stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I've read all of these books, and I love them all. This one was no exception. I love Kate's characters, and her world is so detailed. Everything is tied together, and her world is incredibly realistic. The only reason I gave this one four stars, is because it had a lot of detail, and took me a year to finish, because I kept putting it down. I love these books, and I hope the next volumes are just as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best part of Kate's books are certainly her characters (Sanglant, especially)I really love the depth with which the reader must think in order to truly undestand the events and advancments of this book, though I do not fall heavily on her strong religious emphasis (though it is intersting), and at last the astronomical references have dwindled to a minimum, yet the book keeps the series alive, and I am impatiently waiting for the next book to come out, since I can't seem to get the characters out of my head.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Crown Of Stars series is without a doubt my favorite series of books. All four volumes are incredibly interwoven with actual history and historical events, and I find that that adds much to the story. I've read the four books over and over and I still cannot get enough of them!!! I can't wait for the fifth volume to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kate Elliot has done it again! Each of her books seem to take on a life of their own as they envelope you into realms never before seen. Each character's life becomes a part of your own as you read about their trials and trails. More astounding than the last is each new chapter of this thrilling series. I only wish she would come up with a new addition to the mysterious lives of the mighty prince Sanglant and his powerfull wife Liath. Not to be demeaning of Alain, but his character doesn't apeal to me as much due to the fact that he undid his own destiny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kate Elliott has done it again. Child of Flame is an epic and a complex and mesmerizing read. Like the first three novels, Elliot throws the reader into the lives of her protaganists and it is messy. Alain takes the forefront of the book, but Liath and Sanglant and not far behind. The book is filled with emtions: fear, hate, love and anger. This is a must read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The fourth book in Kate Elliott's ambitious Crown of Stars series is Child of Flame. Originally, Ms. Elliott had planned to do a trilogy, but as she herself admits, the plot quickly outgrew three books. In this book, Alain, the foundling who is seeking the truth of his heritage, is pulled into a struggle for power between his own kind and their worst enemy, the Cursed Ones. This struggle has existed for aeons. The other adventurers in the Crown of Stars books, Liath and Sanglant, and the exiled king, have their own business to mind, but this is Alain's book. The reader will feel every heartache and every pain as Alain searches for answers to questions he in some cases does not even know to ask.

Kate Elliott's world of Crown of Stars owes a lot to her grounding in medieval history. Her stories are like a rich tapestry, meant to envelop the reader.

Rickey Mallory

Guest More than 1 year ago
I cant wait to read it! all her other books of the 'Crown of Stars' were so great. And I cant wait till it comes out. If anyone has any news or info. about the new book, then contact me at my email. I jsut cant wait to see what happens to Liath and Sanglant and Blessing and his mom. I wonder if Liath and Sanglant will be tigether again. HOpe so!! Best couple!!! And Alain,and eveyone else!!!!