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A Chalice of Wind (Balefire Series #1)
     

A Chalice of Wind (Balefire Series #1)

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by Cate Tiernan
 

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After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she’s ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible—an identical twin, Clio.

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After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she’s ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible—an identical twin, Clio. Thais soon learns that she and the twin she never knew come from a family of witches, that she possesses astonishing powers, and that she, along with Clio, has a key role in Balefire, the coven she was born into. Fiery Clio is less than thrilled to have to share the spotlight, but the twins must learn to combine their powers in order to complete a rite that will transform their lives and the coven forever.

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"Told in chapters narrated alternately by Clio and Thais, the suspenseful story moves quickly along, and a love triangle between the twins and a mysterious young man adds some depth. The action builds toward a tantalizing twist that will leave readers eager for future books in the Balefire series. This won't sit on the shelf long."
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Separated at birth, Thais and Clio are identical twins who've never met. Clio lives with her grandmother in New Orleans, where they practice Bonne Magie, a branch of witchcraft similar to Wicca but much older. Thais has lived with her father in Connecticut, and when he dies in a freak accident, she is moved to New Orleans by her new guardian, Axelle Gauvin, also a practicing witch. Thais meets Clio on the first day of their senior year at her new school, and both are freaked. Why were they separated? And what happens now that they are reunited? The girls tell their stories in alternating narratives. They are the most fully developed characters, but even secondary characters are given some depth. Though the plot starts off rather slowly in Connecticut, it picks up speed when Thais arrives in New Orleans and other secrets are discovered. Each chapter holds a sense of mystery and uneasiness. The ending is wide open, leaving so many questions unanswered and raising so many new ones that the next installment is a necessity. Containing fantasy, mystery, romance, and the bar scene of New Orleans, the book will find a wide audience.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101119143
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/18/2005
Series:
Balefire Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
549,779
File size:
269 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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A Chalice of Wind (Balefire Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS SERIES BUT HOW DO U HAVE THE FIRST AND THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES AND NOT THE SECOND??? HELLO
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been wanting to read these for awhile now but, will not because the second one is not available. Does anyone know why? I really enjoy this author and would love to read this series.
MsOrange78 More than 1 year ago
So, this author was new to me. I had never read, or heard of Sweep, before I started looking into this book. I thought this book was awesome! The begining can seem somewhat slow because it's the first book in the series, so you have character introductions and basic foundation being built, but it gets good fast. It's not a hard read, but the writing is not dumbed down at all. If your looking for a series to get excited about, one that makes you want the day to hurry up and finish so you can go home and read, this is a series for you. Another thing to note is that I did not find the magick too heavy. That's one of the reasons I am not going to read Sweep, because I only like the wicca/magick theme in small portions. BE AWARE: Book 2 (A circle of Ashes) is impossibly hard to find! If you start this book, begin your hunt for Book 2. Unless Penguin decides to bring it back out and publish it, it will continue to be a hard book to find.
sage64 More than 1 year ago
why is book # 2 not on e books ? i dont get it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hpoe More than 1 year ago
Why isn't book 2 available for the nook???
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I heard that Cate was coming out with a new series I couldn't wait to begin reading. The first book was good...it seemed to me though that it was setting the stage for some big things to come, it contained what seemed to me to be alot of background info...I'm starting the 2nd book now. It makes you keep reading right through I know I am going to be waiting for the third...Love Cate's writing as always...But I have to say and all of you sweep fans will agree I MISS MORGAN..sorry had to say that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I accidentally stumbled upon her work years ago at my second home aka the library and began my journey with sweep series which i only recently finished because i couldn't fathom the story ending. Anyways, with this series, i found a paperback at borders with all three books inside. This series is also awesome and i was sucked in once again. I have read this story many times throughout the years. Very interesting.
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I really want to complete this series! Love the first book but i cant finish the series because i cant find the second book! This doesnt make sense! WHY!!!!
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