Irons in the Fire

Irons in the Fire

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by Juliet E. McKenna
     
 

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The country of Lescar was carved out of the collapse of the Old Tormalin Empire. Every generation has seen the land laid waste by rival dukes fighting for the High King's empty crown.

Tathrin's parents sent him to the distant city of Vanam to escape the recurrent skirmishes. He meets Aremil, another Lescari, whose parents have their own reasons for sending him

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The country of Lescar was carved out of the collapse of the Old Tormalin Empire. Every generation has seen the land laid waste by rival dukes fighting for the High King's empty crown.

Tathrin's parents sent him to the distant city of Vanam to escape the recurrent skirmishes. He meets Aremil, another Lescari, whose parents have their own reasons for sending him so far away. These two young men cannot forget their homeland. Can they persuade other exiles with Lescari blood to help relieve their kinfolk's misery? If they can persuade Branca, the down-to-earth scholar, to share the ancient lore which she has studied, then this mismatched band of commoners, merchants and nobles can begin plotting a revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849972406
Publisher:
Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Series:
Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution , #1
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
983,421
File size:
948 KB

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Meet the Author

Juliet E McKenna has been interested in fantasy stories since childhood, from Winnie the Pooh to The Iliad. An Abiding fascination with other worlds and their peoples played its part in her subsequently reading Classics at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. After combining bookselling and motherhood for a couple of years, she now fits in her writing around her family and vice versa. She lives with her husband and children in West Oxfordshire, England. www.julietemckenna.com

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Irons in the Fire 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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kelvin_m_knight More than 1 year ago
It is heartening to see a new series from the thinking person's fantasy writer. After the Aldabreshin Compass quartet, tough times have befallen Juliet, what with the loss of her editor Tim Holman from Orbit and the untimely demise of her agent Maggie Noach. Still it is testament to Juliet's skill that she has bounced right back with a new series chronicling the Lescari Revolution, a new publisher, and a new agent. Praise is also extended to her close circle of friends who helped immensely, along with the British Fantasy Society community, that wonderful Write Fantastic author Chaz Brenchley, and the irrepressible Pete Crowther of PS Publishing fame. But such a curiously titled novel. What could Juliet possibly by trying to tell her readers?! It is also heartening to see some of the minor wrinkles from Juliet's early work (the dainty stepping into male viewpoint character's shoes, e.g. Ryshad in The Swordsman's Oath) not returning to her latest novel, which is arguably her best yet. In fact, so confident is Juliet with her creations that there are half a dozen pivotal characters, three male, three female, and all given equal limelight. They are: Tathrin (m) - a humble/gawky scholar turned apprentice to a prosperous fur trader with grand aspirations for peace; Aremil (m) - a pain-wracked crippled nobleman retired to live the scholarly life, with grander plans for everlasting peace in Lescar; Karn (m) - a charming, resourceful and harder than nails spy, who has the annoying habit of popping up where least expected; Litasse (f) - Duke Iruvain's wife, who makes an unhappy marriage of convenience tolerable by having an affair with her ogreish husband's Spymaster, Harmare; Failla (f) - Duke Garnot's wily mistress. A sexy yet loyal individual, driven by strong family ties; Branca (f) - a plain and dumpy maid. But looks are deceiving. She is an expert practitioner of Artifice (the subtle magic discovered in The Tales of Einarinn series). Will her involvement with Aremil blossom into love and jeopardise all their carefully made plans? And not forgetting the cast of equally important non-viewpoint characters of whom a favourite has to be the Mountain Men brothers Sorgrad and Gren who go about their mercenary dealings with so much aplomb that it often overspills into humour. Such an unwieldily amount of characters could quite easily unravel, but Juliet is at the height of her game, and skilfully weaves the threads offered by this diverse crowd into something more beautiful than the Bayeux Tapestry. Gradually, the brewing revolution comes to the boil, without the need for omnipotent magicians, wizards or archmages. At times, it felt like reading a reading a history book, with overtones of the Greek tragedies, maybe this is why some have said this novel starts slowly. Perhaps, yes. But this is Juliet's style, her strength: taking the reader by the hand and showing them the land, unveiling the people, the plot. Such a journey is never boring and is vitally important as the pace quickens to the first of many bloody battles. Keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment in what has to be trilogy: Blood in the Water, where the story of Lescar's freedom from tyranny will no doubt have more twists and turns than a helter-skelter. But life is never straightforward. Nothing ever goes to plan. And the way Juliet's character's adapt to changing circumstances is magnificent to behold and well worth continual reading.
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