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Sorcery Rising (Fool's Gold Fantasy Series #1)

Sorcery Rising (Fool's Gold Fantasy Series #1)

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by Jude Fisher
     
 

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DAW is proud to present Sorcery Rising-a book which we believe will prove to be one of the most exciting fantasy debuts of our time.

Its author, Jude Fisher, is a major U.K. publisher who oversees the British publication of all of J.R.R. Tolkien's work-which led to her writing The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings Visual Companion

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DAW is proud to present Sorcery Rising-a book which we believe will prove to be one of the most exciting fantasy debuts of our time.

Its author, Jude Fisher, is a major U.K. publisher who oversees the British publication of all of J.R.R. Tolkien's work-which led to her writing The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings Visual Companion.

Filled with magic and magical quests, war and deception, sex and romance, and painted on a canvas rich with different fantastic cultures and exotic landscapes, and with one of the most dynamic and charismatic heroines to ever grace the pages of a fantasy novel, Sorcery Rising is a true blockbuster.

And to top it all off, the breath-taking jacket art is from world-famous artist Michael Whelan.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Jude Fisher (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings Visual Companion) inaugurates his Fool's Gold series with Sorcery Rising, the story of a rebellious young knife maker's adventures at the great Allfair, held yearly in the shadow of a sacred rock that her people, the Eyrans, call Sur's Castle, and the Istrians (their former enemies) call Falla's Rock. Though Katla Aransen's boldness in climbing the mount puts her in grave danger, old feuds and strange sorcery seem equally threatening in a tale that asks as many questions as it answers. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
An accomplished knife maker and skilled rock climber, Katla Aransen travels to her first Allfair to ply her trade. When she unwittingly climbs a rock sacred to the people of the Moonfell Plain, she unleashes a storm of events that changes her life and that of her father forever. Even more world-shaking events take place in the land of Elda, and a fugitive albino mage, a woman with no memory, and a mysterious black cat hold secrets that have the power to alter the fate of the world. Fisher's (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings Visual Companion) series opener provides a fast-paced introduction to a world of magic-wielding nomads, ice-bound havens of magic, and royal courts filled with treachery and intrigue. Fans of epic fantasy should enjoy this tale; For most fantasy collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A fantasy debut from the pseudonymous Fisher (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion), an established English fantasy/SF publisher and expert on J.R.R. Tolkien. Here, the aging master magician Rahe seemingly goes mad in Sanctuary, his arctic ice palace, and begins destroying the pathways to magic that he has taught Virelai, his 29-year-old sorcerer's apprentice. Rahe reduces and feeds his spells into his black cat Bete. In the process, he reveals to Virelai, by way of a scrying lens, the horrors and beauties of Elda and the island-kingdom of Eyra in the lands beyond Sanctuary, as well as the naked body of a supernally beautiful woman with silver hair (and no memory), a vision that stirs Virelai's member to its first-ever hardening (at 29, somewhat delayed). Upset, Virelai leaves a poisoned meal for Rahe, catnaps Bete and her bellyful of magic spells, and sails away from Sanctuary to see a world unknown. Meanwhile on Eyra, red-haired Katla Aransen, 19 and hungry for the world, with her twin brother Fent and merchant father, arrives by sail at the Moonfell Plain and the mount that Eyrans call Sur's Castle, to attend the Allfair and sell Katla's famous knives. Katla, a supernaturally gifted rock climber as well as blade-maker, commits sacrilege by climbing the sacred Falla's Rock, as the Istrians call Sur's Castle, her blasphemy doubled by her sex. Thus the Istrian elders declare death to Katla. Also arriving at the Allfair-to sell their bloodstock of tricksy and skittish colts-are the Vingo clan, and, after them, shimmering, pulsing caravans of magic nomads called the Footloose. At once, hearts groan as romances twist and turn. Also on hand are the gloriousbeauty scryed by Rahe, who causes all men to feel fire within. Nice touches but largely familiar hop-hop-hop kid stuff that never rises to the dramatically big or spineshaking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756400835
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Series:
Fool's Gold Fantasy Series, #1
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.53(d)

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Sorcery Rising 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was overall enjoyable, but it is a predictable one also. Jude did a good job and I love her work. I believe that this would please the young and old. Good Job Jude.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm more of a fiction fan than a fantasy -- the usual blatant sexual themes bug me -- but I enjoyed this book more than most out there. It's plot, while slightly predictable (such as the bit with the King's final marrige -- I knew who he would choose about 200 or 300 pages before he did the choosing) is fulfilling. I wanted to find out if I was right, which I suppose is better than flat out KNOWING that I was and being able to write a review without finishing the book. Overall, I enjoyed it, and look forward to its sequal, because I'm hoping for the deaths of several people, namely Verelai, Fent, Tanto, and Selen's father. Jude writes great villians if nothing else.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twenty-nine years ago, an albino male child born to one of the hill tribes was left outside in the elements to die. The sorcerer Rahe rescued the baby and brought him into the Sanctuary carried out of the ice in the North lands. He laid a geas upon the child and kept him unaware of the world around him. When he showed Virelai what the world of the Elda was really like, the sorcerer¿s apprentice put a spell on him that caused him to sleep.

Virelai escapes the sanctuary taking with him some gold, a beautiful succubis, and a magical cat. They travel to the Allfair, a trading bazaar where goods from all nations are bought and sold. Through Virelai¿s actions, a chain of events is set in motion that will lead to sorcery rising once more in the world of Elda. Once the genie is let out of the bottle, chaos, war and death follow.

Fans of epic fantasy will enjoy reading SORCERY RISING, a novel reminiscent of the works of Terry Brooks and Tolkien. Jude Fisher infuses her novel with a sense of high drama so that readers will want to read the first installment of the ¿Fools Gold¿ series. There are multiple sub-plots that tie neatly into the main story line and the characters are well drawn and complex, making it hard to tell who is the true hero and who is vile villain.

Harriet Klausner