The Whitefire Crossing: The Shattered Sigil, Book One

The Whitefire Crossing: The Shattered Sigil, Book One

by Courtney Schafer

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ISBN-13: 9781597802833
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Series: Shattered Sigil Series , #1
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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The Whitefire Crossing: The Shattered Sigil, Book One 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 184 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.
patrickgarson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Whitefire Crossing is a very promising fantasy debut that gets more right than wrong and fulfills most of the promises it makes to the reader with skill. A few quibbles prevent it from making the top tier but nonetheless it's enjoyable and rewarding to see some original work in the genre like this. Dev works as an outrider - a scout leading caravans between the mage city of Ninavel and the country of Alathia, where magic is outlawed. But his real business is smuggling, and his latest contraband, a mage named Kiran, is going to cause him all sorts of trouble. Schafer described this book in an interview as a "sword and sorcery, without the swords". It's an excellent description and I'm always excited to read a fantasy novel that _isn't_ caught up in the apocalypse, messianic stableboys or hackneyed Dungeons and Dragons cruft. She understands that, for the people experiencing them, smaller events can have all the tension needed to propel a novel. The personal crises driving Dev and Kiran are just as interesting as gods fighting etc, and lot fresher. Her characterisation in general is good. As "types" the protagonists aren't completely new to the reader, but they are unique enough. Schafer's choice to write the chapters from Dev's perspective in first person and Kiran's from the third person is an interesting one that I don't think entirely works. Dev's voice - whilst very easy to read - is a little too familiar to connect with and at the same time it doesn't ring 100% true. I think the safer choice of third-person for every chapter would actually resulted in more effective characterisation. Much has been made of Schafer's climbing background, and it's true that the sections of the novel set in the mountains really sing. Dev's passion for and understanding of the high passes makes these chapters beautiful and involving. Of course, two thirds of the novel is not in the mountains, and though they do suffer somewhat, it's really only in comparison; Schafer's plot and world-building more than compensates.Indeed, I feel the world-building is really the strongest part of The Whitefire Crossing. Ninavel and Alathia are fully inhabited and three-dimensional; this is a place we land in rather than one cut out bespoke for the reader. Her magic system is complex, and - though not completely explained - holds a lot of potential. Her focus on simple economies and how they influence political relationships is interesting and something lacking from far too many fantasy novels. This isn't some kind of romanticised (or fetishy _de-romanticised_) serfdom; it's much more realistic than that. Really, my only criticism comes at the climax of the novel, which is a bit on the rushed side, too easy, and relies on a pretty bad "Chekhov's Gun" kind of twist, which feels frustrating and somewhat arbitrary. I'm not sure how Schafer could have resolved it, but I felt we deserved something better after following Dev and Kiran for so long. Thankfully, the novel moves past it and the final section - setting up for a sequel and giving us a better glimpse of Alathian culture - is nearly as good as the start. I love - and miss the prevalence of - sword and sorcery novels. Modern fantasy seems obsessed with "gritty" (though just as fantastical), chauvinist takes on medieval power structures and obsessed with world-bending and ending. I really enjoyed a novel with a more micro view and frail protagonists playing only minor roles in national dramas. The Whitefire Crossing isn't a perfect novel, but there's a tonne of potential here and it's ahead of about 80% of the genre. If Schafer can stick to the mountains, expand and explicate her magic systems, and steer clear of any deus ex machina, we could be looking at a heck of a sequel. Most promising.
TeresaFrohock on LibraryThing 5 months ago
First of all, I enjoyed this novel. I wouldn¿t be writing like this if I didn¿t. I mean, I really, really had a good time reading it, and hey, isn¿t that what it¿s all about? So what can you expect from Schafer¿s debut? I know we all like to pigeon-hole books into categories. It¿s not a bad thing, it¿s just so we can have some kind of idea of what to expect. I think the best way to describe The Whitefire Crossing is to use Schafer¿s label of an ¿adventure fantasy.¿ With a heavy emphasis on adventure. I¿m not going to rehash the blurb. You¿re smart. You read it before you ever scrolled down to the reviews and if you didn¿t, go read the blurb and come back. Otherwise, I¿m going to talk to you like one fantasy reader to another. I quit reading epic fantasy for a long time, mainly because the emphasis was on epic and the reader could have inserted cardboard standouts for the characters. Schafer brings in wonderful, full dimensional characters without missing a beat on the adventure side of the story. I was pulling for Dev and Kiran from page one. Dev is a smuggler, who was abandoned to the streets as a child, and Schafer hits the right note with Dev¿s adult character and his myriad trust issues. Kiran, a mage of great power, was also abandoned, but he had the advantage of being taken into a structured home. The two characters counterbalance one another beautifully and Schafer leads them to trust one another with skill. Schafer creates a believable world full of magic and danger. I especially liked the tension between the two rival countries of Ninavel and Alathia. The delicate balance between Ninavel and Alathia mirrored the complex relationship between Dev and Kiran throughout the novel. It was just a wonderful read and I¿m looking forward to the next book in her Shattered Sigil series, The Tainted City. I think you will be too.
Bibliotropic on LibraryThing 5 months ago
There comes a time in every avid reader's life when their biggest regret about a book is just how long it took them to pick the thing up and open it to the first page. This is how it is with me. The Whitefire Crossing originally looked like it would be an enjoyable novel, but I had other books I wanted to read first. Then when it finally came time for me to read this one, I couldn't believe that I'd put it off for so long.The Whitefire Crossing is a lovely combination of many traditional fantasy elements that made the genre so good in the first place. Smuggling, magic, secret identities, a dark mage coming after the heroes, a grand adventure and trek over dangerous mountains. Reading this made me feel like I was stepping back in time to the days when fantasy authors didn't feel the need to be gritty and edgy and dark just to catch somebody's attention. For all that the book wasn't exactly thin, I still tore through it, the sense of nostalgia and mystery and adventure driving me on far more effectively than reading yet another story about an assassin with a tragic past who's trying to kill hordes of zombies. It's no bad thing to work with the tried and true, and this is a fine example of that.Schafer's world-building was exquisite, giving us a richly-developed culture and sub-cultures. Her knowledge of geography and mountaineering added fantastic detail that could have been glossed over without much problem, but its very presence gives you another way to learn and feel the world, to connect with the characters and really get into their heads and understand what they understand. There's established slang, herb lore, terminology, and best of all, Schafer didn't only throw in terms and plants and things that would be essential to the plot. The casual mention of various herbs, places, gods, and all sorts would prove to be another piece of the support structure that worked so well in turning this from a very good story to a amazing world.And the characters! Schafer's characters were wonderful, complete and fleshed-out people with pasts and passions and complex psychologies. Kiran's reactions to the mage who trained him are a study in just how much hurt/comfort can screw a person you. Kiran hated him while still eager for his approval, clung to him for reassurance even while trying to fight his way free. Ruslan provided the standard abuse dynamic of hurting Kiran while still, in his twisted way, caring for him. And I don't doubt that it was actual affection that Ruslan felt. He himself was twisted enough to consider that being cruel to be kind was the best way to handle Kiran. The complex psyches that each and every character demonstrated were a treat to see, and it was easy to feel that they were real people instead of just names and descriptions on a page.It's worth pointing out that this is Schafer's debut novel. The Whitefire Crossing would be notable enough if it came from an author who had 5 books under their belt already, but that this is her first novel is an inspiration. If this is what she starts with, just imagine where she'll go, and what her literary journey will be like for the fans that I have no doubt she's going to be piling up as she goes. I can't recommend this book enough, especially to people who grew up loving more traditional epic fantasy. More pleasing is the fact that while this is mostly a complete story in itself and could well have ended where it did, The Whitefire Crossing is just the first part of a series. And believe me, nothing will stop me from getting my hands on the second book as soon as I can. It won't be out until 2012, and I'm already counting down the days until I can continue the story of Dev and Kiran and the rich world they live in. Don't let a chance to read this book pass you by!
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