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The Whitefire Crossing

The Whitefire Crossing

3.9 180
by Courtney Schafer

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Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip


Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel - where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark - into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.

But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution - and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.

Yet the young mage is not the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other - or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel.

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The Whitefire Crossing 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 180 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books need to seem to be LIFE LIKE. Great description, (eyesight) salty language, (we all like salt) and great plot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally loved the story. Good characters, engaging plot, well done author.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
This book was not my type of book. It was too descriptive, too slow and too cumbersome to get through. I do not recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable fantasy novel. Will look for more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!! And I totally agree with those who are sick & tired of you people constantly complaining about what books are put on here for Free Fridays! There are literally 1,000's of free romance, childrens, religious and all the goody two shoe books you want thru B & N!! Get off your lazy butt, type in 0.00 and OMG all the free books you could possiby want!! There are more important issues then you don't like the cursing!! I really wish I could tell you all exactly what I'd love to say!! Thank you B & N for Free Fridays!! I look forward to these days!! I may not always get the book, but it's great that you do that for your customers!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all not all people like the same books. And yes some of us swear. So you should read the description and then decide if you would like the book instead of just getting it because its free. Second of all if everyone keeps complaing like a bunch of babies there will not be any more free books. Grow up. No one forced you to get it. Third this area is to rate the book and i appoligize that i havent done that yetbut i will. It was a very descriptive book and not of the story line i usually read but it was a good book.
MLH More than 1 year ago
Never would've known about Courtney Schafer if not for Nook Free Friday's selection a month ago, but I just finished blazing through the sequel to The Whitefire Crossing and can't wait for the third installment! The plot is fresh with a twist or two along the way; the characters are believable, three-dimensional, interesting, and I care about them; but most of all, the writing engaged me and gave a robust sense of the character's emotions as they move through their complicated world with their own personal flaws and strengths. While Schafer definitely has her own style, I was reminded of Robert Jordan's character and adventure writing from The Wheel of Time series and Jim Butcher's believable and yet somewhat magical world in The Dresden Files. I read many genres, with fantasy being a favorite, and this book is in my top five reads for 2012. Do yourself a favor and check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprised at the people who gave this book up after only reading the first chapter or even just the first page. There wasn't a moment where I wanted to put it down, even to go to sleep. To the reviewer who said they didn't like all the intricate descriptions of the charms and magic, I say that's what made the story so exciting and realistic. The one thing that did tend to throw me off at times were the parentheis indicating POV. They weren't really necessary, I thought, because I could tell within the first sentence whose perspective I was reading next. So I mostly ended up skipping them as I read. Overall, this was a great story about magic, adventure and human emotion. Be sure I will be looking for the sequel as soon as I post this review. There is so much more that can be told about this world (past, present, and future - this could really turn into an epic of a series) and I eagerly look forward to anything else this author will write.
Otter_grl More than 1 year ago
Not sure what all the uproar is about the language. It fit the characters in the book and helped the story. I liked the premise of the "tainted" and Dev's loss of magic. It was interesting to see a story from a different type of character. I enjoyed the book enough that I want to read more so I bought the second in the series. I wish I could give half stars, I awarded it a 4 but it really deserves a 3.5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is set in a mythical time with Mages and Tainter's (little magic) and of course the non-believers. How friendship can be developed between good and evil. I don't want to give it away, but I sure hope this writer is currently on the sequel. She left a few things hanging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love anything to do with magic. This book was just okay. Way too descriptive when it came to all the magic, the bindings, the charm, etc.t. Seemed like they had all the ways to destroy but not to help . The ending, well geez after all the turmoil the guys go through, you'd think it would have a happy ending the way i like it... I'm guessing there's a sequel for alot of money, which I wont pay for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story combining a love of mountainclimbing with sorcery. While it wont be joining my top ten this one is worth the read. I would love to see more, maybe involving the founding of Ninavel.
klauver More than 1 year ago
We'll get this out of the way... Yes, it does have it's share of current contemporary language. Society is changing and language is changing with it! The novel itself was pretty good, I gave it four starts becuase I enjoyed reading it, but it didn't cause me to pull an "all-nighter" reading it. Those books get a five! The concepts, magical constructs and plot were good but not exceptional. The best summary that I can provide you is that it was a great selection for free fridays, but I haven't gone on to purchase any of her other books yet. But if I get through my existing backlog I will consider it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book on a free Friday. I was surprised when I started to read it that I couldn't put it down. The details are amazing and you really get into the characters. I was so sad when I found out what happened to Kiran that I almost cried for him. Dev is just to funny and sweet once you get to know him. I can not wait to buy the next book to see what happens to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fully realized new world makes this novel a great escape read. If you like fantasy adventure novels, this one will keep you turning the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my usual choice but did find it held my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read. The word f**k used a bit too much. I'd like to think that most people have more than one epitath to yell out in anger. It loses any punch after a while. The descriptions of rock climbing are lovingly done. I expected the main characters to fall in love. The love intrest of Dev with Cara felt a bit forced, as if added in later. A ruthless editor could help the author to make the story shine. For the whiners about what is given in Free Fridays, grow up. The point is to get readers to read something out of thier comfort zone. I find myself reading books that I would never normally read. Enjoy the gift. Hint there is a free app called Book Buddy that keeps a fairly good list of free books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story's premise is grand and the characters draw the reader in. If only the author hadn't used such inane and intellectually inert writing in the telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written story! The characters have depth, and the story is unique in setting with just the right amount of details to transport the reader there. Most books can't pull off the multi-POV concept without confusing the reader hopelessly, but this one gives smooth transition between the two main characters perspectives, and stays true to each characters' thought processes. Some great lines & words of wisdom, and characters with sass- I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters.sketched with depth. I read the reviews first and it really shows how diferent taste can be, so much was made over the langage that i almoost didn,t read it But, then i thought, if it's really repulsive i can stop teading. Suprisingly there was very little offensive language - in my opinion it was not gratuitous but was well within the characteazation of the characters.(these were rough people these mountain climbers. Not refined gentlemen) effort was made to show shades of grey (just as in real life) the characters came alive and i cared about them so much so that i finishrd reading in two days, i believe that when a writer can make the reader care -that's what makes the story a success.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written suspense adventure in the magic and fantasy world. On of those books hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to know who and why and not just be dropped in a story with no background.
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