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The Element of Fire
     

The Element of Fire

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by Martha Wells
 

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The kingdom of Ile-Rein lies in peril, menaced by sorcerous threats and devious court intrigues. As the weak King Roland, flattered and misled by treacherous companions, rules the country, only his ruthless mother, the Dowager Queen Ravenna, guards the safety of the realm. But now rumors arise that Urbain Grandier, the dark master of scientific sorcery, has arrived to

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The kingdom of Ile-Rein lies in peril, menaced by sorcerous threats and devious court intrigues. As the weak King Roland, flattered and misled by treacherous companions, rules the country, only his ruthless mother, the Dowager Queen Ravenna, guards the safety of the realm. But now rumors arise that Urbain Grandier, the dark master of scientific sorcery, has arrived to plot against the throne. And Kade, bastard sister of King Roland, appears unexpectedly at court. The illegitimate daughter of the old king and the Queen of Air and Darkness herself, Kade's true desires are cloaked in mystery. Is she in league with the wizard Grandier? Or is she laying claim to the throne?

It falls to Thomas Boniface, Captain of the Queen's Guard and Ravenna's former lover, to sort out who is friend, who is foe in a deadly game to keep the Dowager Queen and the kingdom she loves from harm. But is one man's steel enough to counter all the magic of fayre?

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Publishers Weekly
"A rich fantasy debut . . . Skillfully blending the fantastical and the mundane, Wells delights with deft and sympathetic characterization while demonstrating a fine touch for adventure."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012625311
Publisher:
Martha Wells
Publication date:
02/06/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
298,746
File size:
996 KB

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Meet the Author

Martha Wells was born in 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Anthropology. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as a number of short stories and nonfiction articles. Her books have been published in eight languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch. Her newest fantasy novel is The Cloud Roads, published by Night Shade Books.

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Meradan More than 1 year ago
I have one of the original prints from way back. I've read it until it is falling apart and will be buying this to replace it. It's an amazing story.
Librarian247 More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding fantasy by a talented author. The characters are fascinating and memorable, the plot is intriguing, and the action well-done. Highly recommended. This version is published by the author. (The pirated comments that are currently attached to this edition were written about a stolen version someone posted as a Nookbook, but the B&N website it showing them on this legitimate version also.)