How Blended are Dust and Fire

How Blended are Dust and Fire

by Kieran McKendrick


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At the far reaches of the Galaxy, a nomadic people known as the Dhervina come together for the Tanaiste - a gathering of all Dhervina in the sacred valley at the center of the world. The Tanaiste occurs only once every seven years. Important decisions are made, riders race against each other for the honor of being the most daring, and lives are changed forever.

Geraint of Family Tumen, kereit Halaka, Kypchak Kishyn comes of age in the summer of the Tanaiste, the gathering of all the Dhervina in the sacred valley at the center of the world. It is the summer when he will learn if he is to be accepted as full Dherina, or banished.

As he enters the valley, he discovers he has an unusual gift - the ability to hear crystal, an ability usually held only by the female Guardians of the Dhervina.

Unfortunately, he was born a dhavara in a family of normal sized people and into the Dhervina, a nomadic people, who consider dhavaras to be ostuda (bad luck) and many want him banished. Many will do anything to have him removed.

The Guardians believe he is the Khevira, the one who will save the Dhervina from destruction when the second moon arrives and cracks the Gate that protects the planet from outsiders.

At the same time, his sister Brys joins the Khutulun, the female-only kereit with far-reaching and shadowy powers.

In this summer of the Tanaiste, Geraint has to find his way through the maelstrom of dreams and fear to discover his place in the world when dreams and fear collide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988768116
Publisher: Blue Rose Press
Publication date: 01/20/2013
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Nikki_F More than 1 year ago
Awe inspiring fantasy. “How Blended are Dust and Fire” by Kieran McKendrick has easily became one of my favorite YA fantasy books.  Geraint is coming of age, but he isn’t like everyone else.  He is deeply afraid he will either be banished or killed because of what he is.  When entering the sacred valley he finds he has an unusual gift, something he isn’t supposed to have.  What happens next will change his life forever. This is a world to become immersed within.  McKendrick is an absolutely fantastic writer.  You would never know this is her debut novel.  For a YA novel, there is a surprising amount of depth and detail.  The character development was remarkable.  I liked Geraint; I hurt for him and rooted for him.  I wanted him to succeed and find a way to not only survive but also find happiness.  Every character was realistic and evoked emotions in me.  The characters were easy to connect with and become involved in their trials and tribulations. This is a book for fantasy lovers.  The world was immeasurably detailed and breathtakingly complex.  McKendrick also does a beautiful job including thought-provoking and important issues.  The issues are intertwined skillfully within the plot, which allows them to feel like part of the world.   If you love fantasy, you need to read this book.  It is not just a YA novel; it is one for all ages.  Its depth and detail leaves nothing lacking. The only thing I can say is for those of you who like having all the answers this may not be the book for you.  There is no glossary of terms, which leaves the reader guessing, although I was able to figure out the meaning of the more important terms.  I found the added language and mystery to add to the overall experience, learning of the world and the people and customs within it. Read this book, you wont regret it. I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.