Holder of the Lightning (Cloudmages Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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It had been so many generations since the mage-lights were last seen that they'd become the stuff of legend. But for seventeen-year-old Jenna Aoire legend became reality one night on Knobtop Hill when she found the stone--not much more than a large pebble yet there was something about it that drew her. And then the mage-lights filled the sky, bringing trouble and magic with them that would irrevocably alter Jenna's life.
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Holder of the Lightning (Cloudmages Series #1)

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Overview

It had been so many generations since the mage-lights were last seen that they'd become the stuff of legend. But for seventeen-year-old Jenna Aoire legend became reality one night on Knobtop Hill when she found the stone--not much more than a large pebble yet there was something about it that drew her. And then the mage-lights filled the sky, bringing trouble and magic with them that would irrevocably alter Jenna's life.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101099278
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Series: Cloudmages , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 277,758
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

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    Various carts are all around selling goods. You may set up your own cart to make some extra money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    Compares to the Sevenwaters Triology

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    Intriguing Celtic fantasy

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2004

    Wonderful!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    WOW!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    Excellent Fantasy Find

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    Wow! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    Can't wait for the next 2 books!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    Great Book

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2003

    Awesome Book

    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.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    srong opening epic fantasy

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    Amazing new talent

    If this is a first novel for S.L. Farrell, then we all have great things to look forward to in the future. You know that a book is good when you find yourself with the urge to just shake the main character (and secondary characters, for that matter). The characters are believable and the people, both human and otherwise, are fantastic. This is the type of book that makes my job as a bookseller so enjoyable. The only objection that I have to this book/ series is that it is going to be a multigenerational series so we might not be dealing with these characters again. And I want to know more about their lives! That's how good it is. If you get any gift certificates for Christmas, use them on this book. It'll be worth it.

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