Host (Rogue Mage Series #3)

Host (Rogue Mage Series #3)

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by Faith Hunter
     
 

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In a post-apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix was nearly driven insane by her powers. She lived as a fugitive, disguised as a human, channeling her gifts for war into stone-magery. When she was discovered, her friends and neighbors accepted her, but warily. Not so the mage who arrives from the Council of Seraphs, who could be her greatest ally-or her most

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In a post-apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix was nearly driven insane by her powers. She lived as a fugitive, disguised as a human, channeling her gifts for war into stone-magery. When she was discovered, her friends and neighbors accepted her, but warily. Not so the mage who arrives from the Council of Seraphs, who could be her greatest ally-or her most dangerous foe. And when her long-gone sister, Rose, is revealed to still be alive, Thorn must make a choice-and risk her own life in the process.

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Publishers Weekly

The third novel in Hunter's postapocalyptic fantasy series (after 2006's Seraphs) finds neomage Thorn St. Croix working as a jeweler and town mage in the rural Appalachian town of Mineral City, Carolina. Then her former home, the New Orleans Enclave, sends arrogant metal mage Cheran Jones, ostensibly to instruct her in "media relations" as she is "woefully lacking" in diplomatic knowledge and abilities. When the deadly succubus queen's war on Mineral City provides enough death energy for the powerful Dragon to escape its prison between the planes of reality, Thorn is pulled between the demands of the ultra-lawful Administration of the ArchSeraph and its rivals, the Earth Invasion Heretics, who claim to know the origins of seraphs and demons and the whereabouts of Thorn's missing twin, Rose. Hunter's world continues to expand in this highly original fantasy with lively characters where nothing can ever be taken for granted. (Nov.)

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In Hunter's third postapocalyptic fantasy (after Bloodringand Seraphs), seraphs and demons now inhabit Earth along with the few human survivors who have had to cast their lot with either light or darkness. Thorn St. Croix represents a third kind of human, a neomage with powers thought demonic by the fundamentalist orthodoxy of the kirk but allowed to exist, with proper licensing, by the Administration of the ArchSeraph. Thorn's job is to protect the humans of Mineral City, but when a greater Power of Darkness loosens his bonds, she faces her most severe trial yet. Hunter has created a remarkable interpretation of the aftermath of Armageddon in which angels and devils once again walk the earth and humans struggle to find a place. Stylish storytelling and gripping drama make this a good addition to most fantasy collections.


—Jackie Cassada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451462466
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/06/2009
Series:
Rogue Mage Series , #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
262,300
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

A native of Louisiana, Faith Hunter spent her early years on the bayous and rivers, learning survival skills and the womanly arts. She liked horses, dogs, fishing and crabbing much better than girly skills. She still does.

In grade school, she fell in love with fantasy and science fiction, reading five books a week and wishing she could "write that great stuff." Faith now shares her life with her Renaissance Man and their dogs in a Enclave of their own. Faith is working on a new series, which Roc will publish starting in the summer of 2009, and a role-playing game, called The Rogue Mage, based on Thorn.

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Host (Rogue Mage Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anna_B More than 1 year ago
I love this series! Defintley a change from the usual Vampire, Witch, Sidhe subject stories. Has similar plot line of "woman who keeps discovering she is more powerful than she thought". I liked that it kept me focused on little details of the story to be able to follow and understand the plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most recent in the Thorn series but hopefully not the last. I loved every minute of this book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good luck!
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With each and every book by Faith Hunter, I become more and more chained to the worlds she creates. I am bound to Thorne and her friends with no desire to free myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read, well written. I loved it.
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ameliapei More than 1 year ago
The story was fun, and I really liked the characters. I wanted to love this series, but the author wouldn't let me. The repetitive phrases were not only annoying due to repetition, but the sheer cheesiness and crappy cliche's they were comprised of would have annoyed on their own! "Fly by the seat of my pants" was one she seemed overly attached to for this book. "Habiel's pearly toes" and "Ducky"/"just ducky" made it back (much to my dismay) for book three. "Whitless titter" was only relieved occasionally by "Hysterical titter"...always in the back of Thorn's throat. Really? Once, maybe twice, but over and over an over again?...*sigh* "Blooey" was the favorite word. We get it, mages can explode, give it a rest already! I hate it when authors belabor a point. When I start to notice and feel offended, like she much think I'm a complete idiot that she has to beat it into my head THAT many times in order for me to not miss her oh so important detail that mages blow up, or seraphs and mages can't be around each other without going into some weird mindless mating rut. GOT IT! Seriously. I had that after the first book, no need to beat me about the head and ears for another 600 pages! And, the constant self deprecating crap dribbling out of Thorn's mouth (main character) got really old by book three. Had she been a real person I would have given her a good slap and told her to get hold of herself! Plus, the ending sucked and there should have been some kind of epilogue. Oh...and there was NOTHING resolved about Seraphs. So, If you're reading on, like me, to find out...save yourself the trouble. She never tells you and the writing just gets more annoying with every page.
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REBECCA Elkins More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Mercy's strength and tenacity despite her inferiorty... good readl
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