The Fire's Stoneby Tanya Huff
Prince Davish of Ischia is a skilled
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It was a long fall from Clan Heir to common thief, but Aaron never wanted any part of his father’s brutal outlander reign. In fact, besides coin purses and jewels, there’s very little in all of Cisali that interests Aaron, until he stumbles—quite literally—into a prince’s bedchamber…
Prince Davish of Ischia is a skilled swordsman both on the field and beneath the sheets, at least when he isn’t outrageously drunk. But the wine helps him forget all the ways he’s disappointed his father, his family, and soon enough, his young bride-to-be…
A trained Wizard of the Nine with more raw talent than real-world experience, Princess Chandra has no interest in the politically arranged marriage. She flees to the royal city of Ischia seeking a way out of the union. But there, she discovers something far more shocking than Prince Davish’s rakish reputation…
The Stone of Ischia has been stolen. A powerful talisman, The Stone protects the city from the active volcano that looms over its terraces and streets. Without it, Ischia will be destroyed and the kingdom of Cisali will fall. Its only hope is an unlikely band of heroes—a failed thief, a drunken prince, and a runaway wizard—who must face pirates, powerful magic, and their own carefully guarded secrets in order to find and restore the Stone of Ischia.
“The delightful camarderie of three unlikely heroes and well controlled fantasy elements make Huff's adventure great fun to read.” —Publishers Weekly
“Huff arranges the ordinary elements of fantasy into an extraordinary tale of adventure and transformation.” —Library Journal
“An exciting adventure … they face pirates, storms, traitors … each has unique talents that can bring their mission to a successful conclusion, each has weakness that could destroy themselves and a city of people.” —Voya
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Meet the Author
Although she left Nova Scotia at three, and has lived most of her life since in Ontario, Tanya Huff still considers herself a Maritimer. On the way to the idyllic rural existence she shares with her partner Fiona Patton, six cats, and a Chihuahua, she acquired a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic—an education she was happy to finally use when writing her SMOKE novels. Of her previous twenty-three books, the five BLOOD novels featuring Henry Fitzroy, a bastard son of Henry VIII, romance writer, and vampire, are among the most popular. In fact these books became so popular that they inspired the TV series, Blood Ties.
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The one thing I love the best about many of Tanya Huff's books (this one included) is that she puts no barrier on love. You simply love whom you love. The world she creates is somewhat typical, but far from boring. Her cities each have a unique feel to them, and you can tell she did a damned good job of planning out each culture that plays a role. Best of all, and the reason this book took my highest mark, are the amazingly developed and never-endingly interesting characters. Tanya teases you with glimpses into each character's heads as she tosses the point of view around. She gives you enough to get a comfy feel for the characters and what makes her or him tick, but not so much that you loose a sense of wonder about what they'll do next. My favorite was Aaron, the thief with a past. *sigh* He's so dreamy. Aaron is a pale, lithe thief from a distant land who has a death grip on his own emotions. When the one person (an old female gem cutter) in Ischia he begins to trust in passes away he vows to steal her most prized work off the royal staff and adorn her tomb with it or die trying. Little did he know that this would end him in the arms of Darvish, third in line to the throne of Ischia. Prince Darvish is the spoiled son of a King, but he's third in line so he lives a life of no royal importance. Long ago he gave his life away to drinking and whoring, but when this beautiful thief lands on his balcony he begins to take a second look at how he's run his life. This introduces an interesting side story dealing with alcoholism and what happens when you go into withdrawal. We live day to day with Darvish has he battles cravings, madness, and fear all brought on by the lack of drink. For someone who reads tons of fantasy books I find it impressive that an author chose to tackle such a difficult topic. It was an original way to give the reader a nitty gritty look at a character's development. Chandra was a beautiful and strong heroine to add to the group. I completely adored the love/friendship triangle that existed between these three characters. And, what I find truly amazing, is that Tanya did not give in to writing a standard story and pairing up the prince and his betrothed to become friends and then lovers. You know, the 'oh we hated each other's guts but now we love each other blah blah blah' line. Chandra wanted nothing to do with Prince Darvish from the get go as she has dedicated her life to wizardry and had no room for a relationship arranged or otherwise. But, at the end of the story when Chandra and Darvish have grown close to each other and do decide to marry, they only do it to solidify a truce between their countries. Chandra insists that Aaron come live with her and Darvish as she'd never dream of separating the two of them. No contrived love here! Chandra plays the part of mediator between Darvish who openly desires Aaron, and Aaron who can't quite come to terms with his feelings for Darvish. Her role is perfect. The plot may have been a little easy: The Stone is the only thing holding the river of lava inside 'The Lady' (a local volcano in Ischia) at bay, oops the stone is stolen, go find it! But the characters and rich settings make the story an unforgettable read.
This was the first book given to me that was from the fantasy genre when I was a child. It was then, as it is now, a good story and a great way to discover there was more to read than Louis L'amore. Lol. I was sucked into the fantasy world. I smiled, and even cried. I'm glad I reread it.
The book is simply magical
I had fun reading this novel. Huff develops the characters well, and the story line is very interesting. Read it on a warm day, and it was just what I needed to wile away the hours.