Hidden Fires

Hidden Fires

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"Closer to DUNE on an epic scale than to any of the Darkover or Pern novels."
--Shiny Book Review (on The Chronicles of Nuala Series)
He had spent a hundred years seeking the woman called Silver; he still didn't know if he was going to kill her.

On Nuala -- planet of deadly radiation levels, humans who heal by touch, and the rarest metal in the known galaxy -- is a meeting of two con artists ripe for mischief...and maybe murder.

Two misplaced quests explode into a conspiracy of death, treason, and abduction.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013848184
Publisher: Book View Cafe
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Series: The Chronicles of Nuala , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 913,879
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

In the beginning Katharine Eliska Kimbriel was nominated for the Campbell Award for Best New SF/Fantasy Writer. Kimbriel wrote literate, character-driven SF and Fantasy. Then she became really ill and tried to die. Do you know that if you win the throw with Death, you become a wizard?

Published novels include the historical dark fantasies NIGHT CALLS and KINDRED RITES From HarperPrism. On the science fiction side you will find FIRE SANCTUARY, FIRES OF NUALA, and HIDDEN FIRES, stand-alone tales which take place on the same planet.

Katharine is managed by a Burmese cat and a handful of gargoyles. Her occasional hobbies have included ballroom dancing, Xeriscaping and macrobiotic cooking.

Go to her web site for the most recent info; she posts at her Live Journal blog (Alfreda89) which runs downhill to Facebook, Twitter and other points east. She is a member of Book View Cafe and Backlist Ebooks, and books and info may also be found there.

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Hidden Fires 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
DeborahJRoss More than 1 year ago
This is the third in the "Nuala" series, and I'm glad I read them one right after the other, which allowed me to not only make connections between characters and events, but to appreciate the growth of the author's skill. If Fire Sanctuary was an initial exploration, abounding in the many layers of world and culture building, history and genealogies, characters and interstellar plots, Hidden Fires reflects both balance and focus. Like Fires of Nuala, this tale focuses on Darame and Sheel, and the many implications and complications of their lives. Sheel has matured from the reluctant survivor of mass assassinations to a visionary leader; likewise, Darame has left behind her "free-trader" scam artist past...but it has not forgotten her. An off-worlder bent on vengeance teams up with an unstable, power-hungry heir apparent. As in the other two books, the action/adventure, while present, supports the real heart of the book, which are the complex, culturally-shaped relationships.
zannyvix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was an excellent and engaging read. "Hidden Fires" is the sort of science fiction I grew up on, and still love discovering. The characters are deeply complex, and the societies of the 'hot' world of Nuala are even moreso. The book contains both strong female and male characters, which is a refreshing break from the stereotypical blonde bimbos incapable of rescuing themselves. It intrigued me to look for more by this author in the future. I am fussy about my fiction, and this book will definitely warrant at least a second reading in the future, if not more.
DianeYu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book can be read as a stand-alone, but it's effectively a sequel to a previous work, Fires of Nuala. Sheel and Darame starred as main characters attracted to each other in Fires of Nuala and play major roles in Hidden Fires as well. Ten years have gone by as this story begins.Nuala is a planet of many nations which have evolved from independent clans. Each has their own rulers and unique customs. The Synod (think United Nations with representatives from each clan) has endured now for ten years and has given each nation a voice. At its head is Atare Sheel, leader of the Atare clan, the wealthiest and most envied clan on the planet. Envy can breed discontent, and so the troubles begin. Atare Sheel finds himself at the center of the intrigue, where he and his loosely held allies must ferret out who is trying to destroy the peace between nations. To make matters worse, his wife, Darame, disappears and is held hostage, raising the stakes for Sheel to find the bad guys. Sheel knows Darame is not a helpless female with her free-trader background, but even so he fears losing his beloved wife and mother of their three children.Political intrigue, revenge, greed, and a sense of duty spur many different players into a complex plot that often makes it difficult to be certain who all the bad guys are. It can also be a challenge at times to remember the names of the many layers of characters, though I have to say that the plethora of secondary characters is one of the things I like best about the Nuala series. For a time the story seems to evolve slowly, but all is brought together in a tense struggle to avoid war and catastrophe at the end. The final battle scenes in the mines were riveting. I felt like I was there in the dark, choking on dust and expecting death at every turn. Sci-fi fans will not be disappointed. This E-Book version released through Book View Cafe.
ReviewerOfRomance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hidden Fires was the second book I¿ve read in this series, so this time the world was much more familiar and it saved a lot of confusion which was the problem with previous book (Fires of Nuala). If I were to rate this book as a romance novel (as I'm used to), I would have to say it was very weak. No character development, no relationship building between Garth and Lucy and no actual romance.But as a science fiction story it is quite interesting. In my opinion, Derame and Sheel are the strongest characters of this book. I am fascinated by the people who are experts in what they do and Sheel with Derame just shine in this context. As to the bad guys ¿ they appeared as amateurs. The only reason they managed to inflict any harm at all was the fragile political system of the planet. Even if the plan had potential, the implementation was simply laughable. Then again, if the plan had been executed perfectly, the end of the book wouldn¿t be the same. Another thing I could mention ¿ is a compelling writing. I couldn¿t put the book down till the very end.All in all I liked this book better than Fires of Nuala, but still it has a lot of room for improvement.
besodenena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having previously read the Fires of Nuala, I was looking forward to a continuation of the story. I very much wanted to see more development of the characters that I felt drawn to in the previous installment in the series. While Hidden Fires fed that desire with a new glance into the life of Darame, I felt a little disappointed in the execution. The plot moved slowly and was sometimes hard to follow with all the political twists and turns that served as focal points. I also didn't feel quite as much of a connection to the characters in this book as I did in the previous.However, for followers of the series, this will serve as an interesting addition to their collection and worth the read at least once. While I tend to be an avid re-reader, I can't say that it is up to the challenge of a second perusal.
Tilaree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the Nulalan series, the concept and most of the characters are intriguing and likeable. However, this is the weakest of the three books. I never felt any sympathy for Garth, the introductory character. I didn't like him, his motivations or his actions. If Darame hadn't taken over the book it would'nt have been nearly as good. In the end, I enjoyed the book, but would have preferred a different emphasis or focus on the characters. Does that make sense?
chockenberry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This may sound odd, but I did not realize this was the second book until I was a little ways into the book. I would have given it 5 stars but it should have been made obvious it was a second book. Otherwise, the book was grerat. The story could easily be adapted to be a stand alone book. Great character depth and the story line sucked me in.
librarypatron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read in the series and I found it more enjoyable than Fires of Nuala. Hidden Fires still had the strong female characters and the complex interpersonal relationships between these characters but where it differed is in the predictability of the story. There is the general understanding that everything will turn out for the better, but how the author got there was not as obvious as in the last book. They only criticism I have is the romantic relationship between Garth and Lucy, I found it weak and unnecessary to the story.
FrogHollowFarm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be dense, opaque and uninteresting. I do not recommend it. The book is dense because too much time and too many words go into an attempt to create a foreign environment, one with the ¿best¿ touches of a costumey pirate story and a science fiction story, one with more knives than ray guns¿¿¿Quickly rinsing his teeth, Garth stripped off his outer clothes and carefully pulled on the tight crepe wool pants. Lined with silk¿good, sometimes wool was a bit itchy. His fingers reached to carefully caress the syluan shirt. Surely syluan was cheaper on this planet? ¿ Then, ¿Shrugging minutely, he slipped on the shirt and crossed the front panels purposefully.¿¿..This is science fiction? I don¿t think so. The book is opaque because it either assumes you understand the strange culture of the story, an apparent kludge of space travel, Norse-like ancestry, and soldier-of-fortune, or it intends to baptize you through submersion, with no holds barred. Here¿s a sample: The screen switched abruptly to a courtyard in the ciedär, that relentless desert of the northern continent which was home to the great Dielaan Clan. Seated upon a stone bench was the current regent of Dielaan, Livia Ragäree, the mother of the future ruler of Dielaan. Law was different among Dielaan; The Dielaan ruled alone, his sister merely caretaker of the future rules and his sister¿.Unless The Dielaan died. Tensar Dielaan had fallen in the same plot that had killed Cort Atare a decade previously. With but the sweep of an assassin¿s hand, Livia had abruptly gained unlimited power over twenty percent of the Planet¿s population. As I said, it seems to me that the author couldn¿t decide whether the story was science fiction, a court romance set in the distant future, or a fashion critique. I didn¿t understand the culture, and what traces of a story I could detect weren¿t interesting enough to make me want to come to understand it. I read the first 50 or 100 pages and gave it up.
elric17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely not a stand alone read, one should read the first books before reading. Overall an interesting conception of an alien world. I may go out and read the rest, but not enough to move them onto my current reading list.
tanyaj101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had a really hard time getting interested in this book because of the fact that I had not read the rest of the series.It was an ok read, will probably attempt again in future if I enjoy the first book in the series...
bunkie68 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I've read in the series - I previously read and reviewed Fires of Nuala, and found it a bit hard to get into. Perhaps since I was already familiar with the setting and some of the characters, it was easier for me to get into this one. Again, I found it an enjoyable read. I'll admit, I'm not one to read at a very deep level - I don't analyze things with a fine-toothed comb. I read for entertainment, and I like a book where the characters are interesting and appealing (whether they appeal to me to love or hate them), the story holds my interest, and there aren't a lot of loose ends left hanging when I'm done. This book satisfied all of those criteria for me. I enjoyed it, and would love to read more by this author.