Fire in the Mist

Fire in the Mist

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by Holly Lisle
     
 

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Winner of the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel

A young shepherdess, drawn home from the fields by the haunted certainty that something is wrong, discovers her world utterly destroyed, and in the process unleashes depths of magic within herself not even she suspected.

Dragged by strangers into a life she detests in a city where she doesn't…  See more details below

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Winner of the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel

A young shepherdess, drawn home from the fields by the haunted certainty that something is wrong, discovers her world utterly destroyed, and in the process unleashes depths of magic within herself not even she suspected.

Dragged by strangers into a life she detests in a city where she doesn't belong, she reveals lies of history, monsters disguised as allies, and a secret the grand city that claims her has foolishly hidden---a secret that will destroy it and its inhabitants if she and her few tenuous allies cannot reverse the deadly threat wild magic has set free.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013579279
Publisher:
Holly Lisle
Publication date:
11/10/2011
Series:
Arhel , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
970,595
File size:
433 KB

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Meet the Author

Holly Lisle has been writing fiction professionally since 1991, when she sold FIRE IN THE MIST, the novel that won the Compton Crook Award for best first novel. She has to date published more than thirty novels and several comprehensive writing courses. She is currently working on the second book in her Cadence Drake series.

Holly had an ideal childhood for a writer...which is to say, it was filled with foreign countries and exotic terrains, alien cultures, new languages, the occasional earthquake, flood, or civil war, and one story about a bear, which follows:

"So. Back when I was ten years old, my father and I had finished hunting ducks for our dinner and were walking across the tundra in Alaska toward the spot on the river where we'd tied our boat. We had a couple miles to go by boat to get back to the Moravian Children's Home, where we lived.

"My father was carrying the big bag of decoys and the shotgun; I was carrying the small bag of ducks.

"It was getting dark, we could hear the thud, thud, thud of the generator across the tundra, and suddenly he stopped, pointed down to a pie-pan sized indentation in the tundra that was rapidly filling with water, and said, in a calm and steady voice, "That's a bear footprint. From the size of it, it's a grizzly. The fact that the track is filling with water right now means the bear's still around."

"Which got my attention, but not as much as what he said next.

" 'I don't have the gun with me that will kill a bear,' he told me. 'I just have the one that will make him angry. So if we see the bear, I'm going to shoot him so he'll attack me. I want you to run to the river, follow it to the boat, get the boat back home, and tell everyone what happened.'

"The rest of our walk was very quiet. He was, I'm sure, listening for the bear. I was doing my damnedest to make sure that I remembered where the boat was, how to get to it, how to start the pull-cord engine, and how to drive it back home, because I did not want to let him down.

"We were not eaten by a bear that night...but neither is that walk back from our hunt for supper a part of my life I'll ever forget.

"I keep that story in mind as I write. If what I'm putting on paper isn't at least as memorable as having a grizzly stalking my father and me across the tundra while I was carrying a bag of delicious-smelling ducks, it doesn't make my cut."

Cheerfully,
Holly Lisle

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Fire in the Mist 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story and am eagerly reading the next one!
PCGA More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous Holly Lisle book. I devoured the entire series and was amazed by the level of detail given to each culture and to each type of magic. I highly recommend this book and its 2 sequels.
-Katerina- More than 1 year ago
Faia a shepherdess must overcome the loss of all those she held dear and start on a new adventure to learn how to control the immense power she can summon. Faia feels like the underdog so I couldn't help but root for her as she starts in a magic school were things go from ok to apocolyptic in a very short time of her being there. Felt like a slow start to the story but as it progressed the pace really sped up - interesting twist for the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot is actually about a girl, Faia, who finds herself in a mage school for females after discovering her own powerful magical abilities. A series of grisly murders points to the saje school for males and soon becomes the target for an all-out war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book! A must Read for those who love magic : )!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was highly enjoyable. Sure, I have read it twice. It's really good, and I think everyone should read it. If anyone thinks otherwise of the book, well, then keep it to yourself.