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Fire & Ice (Icefire Trilogy, #1) [NOOK Book]

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Deep under the City of Glass in the frozen southern land, an age-old machine called the Heart of the City radiates a power which locals call icefire. Most citizens are immune to it, but a few, always born with physical disabilities, can bend it to their will. For fifty years, the ruling Eagle Knights, who fly on the back of giant birds, have killed these Imperfects, fearing the return of the old royal family, who used icefire to cut out people's hearts, turning them into ghostly...

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Fire & Ice (Icefire Trilogy, #1)

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Overview

Deep under the City of Glass in the frozen southern land, an age-old machine called the Heart of the City radiates a power which locals call icefire. Most citizens are immune to it, but a few, always born with physical disabilities, can bend it to their will. For fifty years, the ruling Eagle Knights, who fly on the back of giant birds, have killed these Imperfects, fearing the return of the old royal family, who used icefire to cut out people's hearts, turning them into ghostly servitors.
The old king's grandson Tandor only sees the good things icefire brought: power and technology now forgotten while the people of the south live in dire poverty. He's had enough of seeing his fellow kinsfolk slaughtered by ignorant Knights, of Imperfect babies being abandoned on the ice floes to be eaten by wild animals. His grandfather's diary tells him how to increase the beat of the Heart the first step to making the land glorious once more. Arrogant as he is, he sets the machine in motion. All he needs is an army of Imperfect servitors to control the resulting power.
Isandor is Imperfect, an ex-Knight apprentice, betrayed by his best friend and running for his life.
The queen Jevaithi is Imperfect, living like a prisoner amidst leering Knights, surviving only because the common people would rebel if their beloved queen were harmed.
Both are young and desperate and should be grateful that Tandor wants to rescue them from their hopeless situations. Or so he thinks. The youngsters, however, have no inclination to become heartless ghosts, but while they defy Tandor, the Heart beats, and he alone cannot control its power.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148981923
  • Publisher: Patty Jansen
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Series: Icefire Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 8,365
  • File size: 716 KB

Meet the Author

A couple of years ago, Patty Jansen was told by a large publisher: "This book is well-written and well-plotted, but no one will publish this". The manuscript in question was book 1 in the Ambassador series, and to say that Patty was  shaken is an understatement.

Against conventional wisdom, she kept writing stories, and had some success in the short story market. She won the Writers of the Future contest and took part in the workshop in LA, hobnobbing with big-name writers like Kevin Anderson, Larry Niven and Greg Benford. She sold some stories to Analog. But she prefers to write novels.

She was getting good industry responses to the Icefire trilogy when the GFC hit, and the publishing industry crawled into a hole. She would like to tell the agents who still have the manuscript from back then that it has been published, so they can remove it from their desks.

Patty didn't set out to become a vocal supporter for self-publishing. In real life, she is not a very controversial person, trained as scientist. She loves writing science bits into novels, whether the genre is science fiction or fantasy.

When she was told by yet another publisher not to bother submitting hard science fiction because she is a woman, she finally decided that maybe the publishing industry was not for her.

She might be stubborn, but she believes that people should allowed to be themselves:

- Women should be able to write science fiction (high-tech and space opera, no naked torsos), even though 95% of the bestseller lists in those genres are male.
- They should do so under their own name.
- Writers should write in their local type of English, and not be "required" to make all their spelling and idioms US-centric.
- Writers have the right not to be held to ransom by publishers who take their manuscripts and then take years to make a decision, or grabbing rights (like movie rights, creative rights) which they are not going to use.

With this in mind, Patty, who lives in Australia, writes science fiction and fantasy about people who also believe in those things, or fight for those things.

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Patty is on Twitter (@pattyjansen), Facebook, LinkedIn, goodreads, LibraryThing, google+ and blogs at: http://pattyjansen.com/

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Potential but...

    The story is great and intriguing but it needs a better hook so i dont have to force myself to read it before becoming interested halfway through.

    Also needs a better editor. Lots of strange but subtle grammar mistakes. Not fun for a grammar freak like moi.

    Needs better character development. The only character i could fully visualize was ruko and for obvious reasons.

    Personally it was too dirty for me. Every time there is an anal sex scene i skip two pages and then have to work my way backward so as not to miss any story parts. Just...ew. not for under 18years old. Next time they need to inform people about mature content rating in the summary.

    I love love LOVE the concept but the little things like this diminish my respect for the book and the author.

    I have enough negative critiques to give this 2 stars but i love the story line enough for 3 stars.

    ---TigressAyura

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    Imagine a world where the slightest imperfection will leave you

    Imagine a world where the slightest imperfection will leave you abandon on ice floes as infants and ridiculed for being different. Fire & Ice is this world. One named named Tandor, a Thillei, is trying to gather all Imperfect children in one place called Bordertown. He has worked these last fifteen years tirelessly rescuing these children from ice floes. He returns to Bordertown to discover that all of the Imperfect children he's rescued have been taken by The Eagle Knights to the City of Glass. He, his servitor Ruko, and Myra must journey to City of Glass to rescue the Imperfect children. Upon arriving in Outer City on the outskirts of City of Glass, Tandor seeks Loriane's help with Myra's pregnancy. Loriane is angry with Tandor yet loves him any way. Tandor is upset that Isador is now with The Eagle Knights. Loriane says like I could stop him from joining the Knights. Icefire is very strong in the Imperfects and Tandor desperately needs icefire if he's to rescue the Imperfect children. Isador and Carro are friends in the Knights yet both of them carry secrets the other doesn't know about. Carro is constantly bullied by Jono and several others. Queen Jevaithi is ruler in name only as well an imperfect. She wants freedom to move yet Supreme Rider Cornatan does everything in his power to keep Jevaithi from truly ruling her people. Jevaithi wants to attend the Newlight Festival which Supreme Rider Cornatan is opposed too. She gets her way in attending the festival and full of excitement. She wants to name Queen's Champion instead of The Knights or Rider Cornatan doing it for her. She names Isador as Queen's Champion which pleases everyone including her. Will Tandor succeed in rescuing Imperfects? Will Myra give birth safely? What about Loriane's feelings for Tandor? What is Supreme Rider Cornatan up to? What about Carro and Isador's friendship? What are Queen Jevaithi's thoughts and feelings? Your answers await you in Fire & Ice.

    For me, personally the book got off to incredibly slow start and continued to be slow through out the whole book. In some places the pacing seemed to be rushed and then went back to it's original slow pace. Overall the story is truly unique concept with plenty of room to grow in background and characters. I will look for this other works in the future.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    have to say sci fi isnt my thing but this book sounded interest

    have to say sci fi isnt my thing but this book sounded interesting so I got it. At first I wasnt sure I was gonna be able to stick with it but I quickly became enthralled in the story. There were some times I thought it was less exciting and then all the sudden something would happen to drag my attention back in, the whole book was like this there was constantly something happening to keep me interested. Overall it was a good book and a good read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    good read for airplane ride

    took a little for me to get into the book, but once I did--it ended! Will read the next 2 to see what happens.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Interesting book

    It was a little hard to follow at first. When youger into it, it was hard to put down. Not a book for kids. Must be an adult. A liffle to much of that type of sex for me. But well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Don't get.

    This book had to be the most akward and confusing books Ive read in a while. I DO NOT recommend for children under 18!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    Ehhh

    Gave up when the story started to become very hard to follow. Needed a better editor and really did not make sense for the writer to add a bunch of poor language and just dirty talk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Great book

    I love this author. I can't wait to read more of her books .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Awesome!

    Best book ever!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Great story

    On my way to buy 2nd and 3rd books in this series. Loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    I liked the storyline and the characters but she needs a good ed

    I liked the storyline and the characters but she needs a good editor or at least a proofreader!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Enjoyed but...

    I enjoyed the story line but I think the author needs to find a better editor. There were a lot of errors that made no sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Really liked

    I really liked how the people considered something they didn't understand as magic...also really liked the storyline...I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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