Firefly Island

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King Sinther, his flesh made of stone, tyrannizes the enchanted Firefly Island. Swords and arrows break against him. Armies crash before him. All of Firefly Island--a land of magic and mystery--suffers under his cruelty.

But one girl, a simple slave girl, has magic that can stop him. Whatever Aeolia feels, she can make others feel: joy, sadness, hunger... even pain. If she hurt herself and shared the pain, she could hurt the mad stone king.

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Overview

King Sinther, his flesh made of stone, tyrannizes the enchanted Firefly Island. Swords and arrows break against him. Armies crash before him. All of Firefly Island--a land of magic and mystery--suffers under his cruelty.

But one girl, a simple slave girl, has magic that can stop him. Whatever Aeolia feels, she can make others feel: joy, sadness, hunger... even pain. If she hurt herself and shared the pain, she could hurt the mad stone king.

Can Aeolia escape King Sinther's assassins, defeat him, and save Firefly Island?

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

On a magical island ruled by a cruel king whose stone skin protects him from all physical harm, the young slave girl Aolia discovers her true identity as the Esiren Firechild, the one person whose magic can defeat the tyrant. Constantly pursued by those who would kill her, including a man she thought she loved and the brother who promised to save her, Aolia discovers other Firechildren. The author of Psalm of the Desert Lionbrings a crispness and directness to his storytelling that propels his novel to its inevitable, though at times unexpected, conclusion. Intriguing characterizations of both heroes and villains make this a good choice for most fantasy collections.


—Jackie Cassada
Library Journal
The author... brings a crispness and directness to his storytelling that propels his novel to its inevitable, though at times unexpected, conclusion. Intriguing characterizations of both heroes and villains make this a good choice for most fantasy collections.
Publishers Weekly
Fans of gentler fantasy will welcome Arenson's novel.
Journal of Always - Robert Duperre
Breathtaking... I LOVED THIS BOOK. I'm not usually one for fantasy, but I couldn't stop reading it. It's really that good. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780986602832
  • Publisher: Moonclipse
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Arenson sold his first short story in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various magazines, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card's Strong Verse.

In addition to Firefly Island, Daniel wrote the fantasy novels Flaming Dove (2010) and The Gods of Dream (forthcoming).

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

    In Firefly Island, Mr. Arenson tells of a land separated into fi

    In Firefly Island, Mr. Arenson tells of a land separated into five distinct regions, each inhabited by a people with a particular magic ability. One among each of the peoples is gifted with power far beyond the normal, and this novel relates the fight against one such firechild who seeks to rule the entire island.

    Why to buy this book: There does exist within this book a coherent story.

    Why not to buy the book: My use of the word “tells” in the first paragraph of this review wasn’t an accident. The author spends far too little time showing. There is absolutely nothing subtle or engaging about the techniques employed in the writing of this novel.

    Bottom Line: Please understand that it is my desire to support authors. I want to read and enjoy books. Unfortunately, this novel is too poorly written for me to offer even the most lukewarm recommendation. If this were a self-published writer, I’d probably tell him that he needs to work on his craft a bit more. It boggles my mind that a traditional publisher, even a small one, would choose to put a product like this one on the market. Two stars.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    A fantasy must read!!

    Torn from the only family she had ever known, six year old Aeolia had no idea the horrors her future beheld. Promising to keep her special skill secret were the last words she said to her brother Joren before the Ogre took her away and made her his slave. Aeolia knew that Joren would come for her when he became of age and so she idled her time as the years passed. Ten years later she knew Joren would be coming for her. The Ogre¿s daughter confessed to seeing Joren in the town but could Aeolia believe the maddened Ogress? Talin a Forrestfellow just happened to be in the right place at the right time, or else Lale would have killed Aeolia for her secret skill that could cause a major rift in his life. Talin had his own issues with Lale, so there was no reserve in wanting to kill the man that murdered his entire family. He would not kill the Esiren Firechild, she was the one who could bring hope back to their world. During Aeolia¿s search for Joren and her escape from Lale, she fell madly in love with Talin. He seemed to be the man of her dreams. They would fight side by side for the rest of their lives, so they were wed with the assumption of having a happy ending. Could Joren be so heartless as to kill his own flesh and blood sister? Was she really blood to Joren or had her entire up bringing been told with a small piece missing that could bring on the demise of The Stone King Sinther? Truly Aeolia is faced with many dangers, death, betrayal and horror. She holds the key that will kill the evil Stone King hopefully she will live long enough to use her key to unlock the freedom of Heland. Mr. Arenson¿s historical Sci-Fi story is compelling. I did not want this story or romance, war, and friendship to end. There is a little something for every reader in Firefly Island. I kept hoping for the best while reading this story and I can assure you I was not disappointed one bit by the story telling Mr. Arenson delivers. I award 5 hearts to Daniel Arenson¿s story Firefly Island.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2007

    Unique Concept, Great Storyline

    This author has come up with something unique in the fantasy world. It's a great storyline, lots of interesting characters and flows well. Good job!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In Stonefort, King Sinther lives underground where he is using his magic to turn his skin to stone so knives and arrows can¿t harm him. Also living in Stonefort is six year old Aeolia, dearly loved by her eleven year old brother Joren. Both are horrified when their drunken father sells her to an ogre as a slave she is taken to his home in the Beastlands. A decade passes and she is still a slave when Prince Lale of Stonefort comes to her because she is the Firechild who can not only link minds with someone but also link senses. Sinther fears her which is why his son wants her dead because she is the only one who can kill his father. She escapes and meets Talin, who has a killing grudge against Lale but agrees to accompany her. She escapes to the Forestfolk where they meet Taya also a Firefly but can change into any shape she wishes. She and a group of warrior shifters agree to help them catch Lale but a cruel betrayal causes them to be captured. Aeolia and Talin escape and after much travel and adventuring learn the truth about her she must fulfill her role if there is to be peace to the island and its fire kingdoms. --- Readers who like a sword and sorcery fantasy will find FIREFLY ISLAND a fascinating and enthralling story. Several characters¿ stories run concurrently and the audience will understand what motivates all of them and yet it is easy to follow. Aeolia is the catalyst who makes thinks happen and others react to her and her power. Compared to her Talin is a gentle soul, who loves his `Lia¿ and follows her wherever she must go. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Awesome

    One of my favorite books ever. It is truly a unique fantasy adventure that yiu won't want to see come to an end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    Torn from the only family she had ever known, six year old Aeolia had no idea the horrors her future beheld. Promising to keep her special skill secret were the last words she said to her brother Joren before the Ogre took her away and made her his slave. Aeolia knew that Joren would come for her when he became of age and so she idled her time as the years passed. Ten years later she knew Joren would be coming for her. The Ogre¿s daughter confessed to seeing Joren in the town but could Aeolia believe the maddened Ogress? Talin a Forrestfellow just happened to be in the right place at the right time, or else Lale would have killed Aeolia for her secret skill that could cause a major rift in his life. Talin had his own issues with Lale, so there was no reserve in wanting to kill the man that murdered his entire family. He would not kill the Esiren Firechild, she was the one who could bring hope back to their world. During Aeolia¿s search for Joren and her escape from Lale, she fell madly in love with Talin. He seemed to be the man of her dreams. They would fight side by side for the rest of their lives, so they were wed with the assumption of having a happy ending. Could Joren be so heartless as to kill his own flesh and blood sister? Was she really blood to Joren or had her entire up bringing been told with a small piece missing that could bring on the demise of The Stone King Sinther? Truly Aeolia is faced with many dangers, death, betrayal and horror. She holds the key that will kill the evil Stone King hopefully she will live long enough to use her key to unlock the freedom of Heland. Mr. Arenson¿s historical Sci-Fi story is compelling. I did not want this story or romance, war, and friendship to end. There is a little something for every reader in Firefly Island. I kept hoping for the best while reading this story and I can assure you I was not disappointed one bit by the story telling Mr. Arenson delivers. I award 5 hearts to Daniel Arenson¿s story Firefly Island.

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