Holder of the Lightning (Cloudmages Series #1)

Holder of the Lightning (Cloudmages Series #1)

4.0 28
by S. L. Farrell
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

In Holder of Lightning, Book One of The Cloudmages, a seventeen-year-old farm girl named Jenna picks up a small but strangely alluring stone on Knobtop Hill-and, with that single act, her peaceful life is forever changed. First, the lights appear-the mage-lights which shone only in legends from the time Before. Then, with the lights, come the trouble and the

Overview

In Holder of Lightning, Book One of The Cloudmages, a seventeen-year-old farm girl named Jenna picks up a small but strangely alluring stone on Knobtop Hill-and, with that single act, her peaceful life is forever changed. First, the lights appear-the mage-lights which shone only in legends from the time Before. Then, with the lights, come the trouble and the magic, too...

For what Jenna holds in her hands is the Lamh Shabhala, the master stone of legend which could reawaken all of the stones. And the Holder of this stone is said to pay the greatest price for wielding such powerful magic.

Now, Jenna fears for her home, her friends, and her family.

Ancient legends are waking-and walking the earth.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The pseudonymous Farrell's formidably long and richly detailed fantasy debut launches a new series that's sure to delight fans of Celtic fiction. A magic talisman that holds the fate of the world falls out of the sky onto the tale's na ve, 17-year-old heroine, Jenna Aoire, one night while she's herding sheep on Knobtop Hill with her dog outside the village of Ballintubber. The pebble-sized object, which turns out to be the Cloudmages' master spell-stone, the L mh Sh bh la, soon leads to trouble for Jenna and her mother, who must flee for their lives from their enraged neighbors. They come under the protection of the House of Mac Ard, but treacherous lords who covet the spell-stone ensure no rest for the weary refugees. In this thinly disguised medieval Ireland, every man's hand can be turned against every other's (and women aren't backward in the fight, either), particularly when the stakes are as high as they are here. Much intrigue involving a multitude of mostly well-drawn characters and little bloodshed make for a relatively leisurely plot by the standards of this subgenre. Powerful scenes of magic-wielding and the vividly depicted Celtic society, though, should hook persistent readers, who will be glad for the glossary of character and place names, a guide to the Daoine calender, a list of the holders of the L mh Sh bh la and more at the end of this challenging book. (Jan. 7) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA
Farrell weaves Celtic lore with elements of epic fantasy to create a rich and imaginative world in this first book in a new fantasy series, Cloudmages. Seventeen-year-old Jenna Aoire leads a quiet life in her small village until the night powerful forces called mage-lights illuminate the sky. Drawn to the spot where the lights are strongest, she finds Lamh Shabhala, the strongest of the cloch na thintri, stones of great power and magic that have limitless capacity to create or destroy. Jenna's destiny is to be the Holder of Lamh Shabhala, giving her the ability to channel its potent magic, but others are desperate to claim its power for themselves and will do anything to wrest it from her control. To end the escalating violence over ownership of the stone, Jenna must submit to the fearsome rite of Scrudhu, the ultimate test of her ability to wield full control of the magic of Lamh Shabhala. Despite the occasional derivative notes in the plot-readers will be reminded of that granddaddy of fantasy, The Lord of the Rings-the book still has the power to capture the reader with its entertaining blend of Celtic magic, heroic and romantic characters, and dynamic plot. This series opener is recommended for libraries with strong fantasy collections and is sure to be popular with teen fantasy devotees, who will eagerly await the next book. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2003, DAW, 494p,
— Jan Chapman
KLIATT
In what is obviously the first of a series (there are 28 pages of appendices listing characters, places, terms, holders of the stones, attributes of stones), 17-year-old Jenna Aoire becomes the First Holder of Lamh Shabhala in generations. What she holds is a stone from Knobtop Hill that she picked up while watching her family's sheep. This stone is a cloch na thintri, or spell-stone of a cloudmage. It is also the stone that will activate all the other stones in the land. Each stone has special powers; hers is the strongest. Of course, with this stone, Jenna picked up a pack of troubles, intrigues, treachery, betrayal and a whole passel of other woes, physical, social, and psychological. Her mother chooses her new beau over Jenna; she is betrayed by the young bardsinger from her village who is actually married with a pregnant wife; the man she eventually trusts enough to love again is killed in a mage battle, and on and on. Those into lengthy sagas with a Celtic flavor will enjoy this; others may be put off by all the Celtic lore and terms, not to mention the long list of characters. (The Cloudmages, #1). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin Putnam, DAW, 618p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Sherry Hoy
Library Journal
When Jenna Aoire finds the strange stone on Knobtob Hill and sees the coming of the mage-lights, she steps unwittingly into a new life as both a cloudmage and the First Holder of L mh Sh bh la, a magical stone that can awaken others. Jenna and her mother soon discover that their lives have changed utterly as they seek to discover their friends and enemies. Portraying a young woman's journey to self-acceptance and self-mastery, Farrell's first novel, a series opener, will particularly appeal to fans of Celtic-based fantasy. For most libraries. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756401306
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Cloudmages Series , #1
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.55(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

S. L. Farrell boasts (but generally resists sending out) a resume that includes the obligatory long list of occupations, including a stint as half of a juggling act where a few scars and a grudging appreciation for gravity were acquired. Other interests include music, fine art, history, and the fascinating details of cultures both present and past. S. L. is the author of The Cloudmages trilogy: Holder of Lightning, Mage of Clouds, and Heir of Stone; and The Nessantico Cycle: A Magic of Twilight, A Magic of Nightfall, and A Magic of Dawn. S. L. Farrell currently lives in Ohio and teaches Creative Writing at a local university. He can be found at farrellworlds.com.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Holder of the Lightning (Cloudmages Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Juliet Marillier, then you will enjoy this author. I have been a great fan of Patricia McKillip and Robin McKinley for years, and I have found a new author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The stroy was good, the characters well developed, and there's definitely a Celtic feel. But it¿s the Celtic influence that held my attention more than anything else about the book. I found the book enjoyable but I will not continue the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It had all of the elements. Well developed characters, a long luxurious plot line, and a world in which anything can happen. Jenna is just a kind girl who is content with life. But that life is changed forever when she is chosen to weild a power that ushers in a new age for her world. A story full of mystery, political intrigue, and magic. An instant classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best reads I have found in fantasy since Lord of the Rings! S.L Farell makes the characters come alive and you feel drawn to them. I read it in a couple of days because I just couldn't put it down. I now have to go back to the bookstore to get the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this on accident when the library didn't have the book that I wanted. But I read this and was /very/ glad that I found it instead. It is amazingly detailed and there are many undercurrents in the more obvious plots. Definatly a great find for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i first read this book i couldnt stop reading it over and over and over.And i cant wait for the next book to come out.Unlike many other books i read i liked this one alot and i couldnt stop thinking about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put down Holder of Lightning. I read it in just a couple of days--and then I wanted more. Unlike many fantasy worlds, I BELIEVED this one. Talamh An Ghlas comes alive with details both strange and familiar, but despite these rich details the action of the story doesn't get bogged down. And Jenna was a character worth caring about. Although plot twists make sense, the novel isn't predictable either. Read this one, it's a great pleasure. I'm looking forward to re-reading it soon, which for me is the best measure of how worthwhile a book is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just couldnt put this book down ,I finished it In about 2 or 3 days. On the title it says book 1 ,I want a sequel and I want it now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book I felt the need to recommend it to everyone. I usually read 'Space Sci-Fi' but I thought the cover and the intro were enticing so I took a chance and bought it. I really liked how you stay with the same character through most of the book and I can't wait for the next!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Centuries have passed since the mage-lights disappeared taking all of the realm¿s magic with it. Seventeen-year old Jenna Aoire, a crofter¿s daughter living in Ballintubber, tends sheep on Knobtop Hill when the mage-lights suddenly reappear. She picks up a brightly colored shining stone not realizing that she has found Lamh Shabhala, the master stone that will reawaken the other dormant stones once it is charged up with power. Noble Tiarna Mac Ard, pledged to the high king Ri Gabair, comes to take Jenna and her mother to court so they will be protected from anyone who wants to steal Lamh Shabhala. When she gets to court she learns that everyone wants to either use her for their own end or try to take the stone from her. Every time she harnesses the power of the mage-lights it takes a painful toll on her physically but when all the other stones of power are charged up, Jenna¿s troubles begin. Magic walks the land and people will attempt to abuse Jenna, controller of the most powerful artifact of all, as a weapon if she fails to apply her magic for the greater good. HOLDER OF LIGHTNING, an epic fantasy novel, is based on ancient Celtic tradition and legend yet is set in a realm that is subtly different. The heroine goes from a naïve peasant fearing the responsibility that she has been given into a ruler in her own right, not afraid to take charge of her own destiny and that of others. Now that magic is let loose in the land, it will be interesting to see, in future installments, how mankind deals with it. Harriet Klausner