Flesh and Fire

Flesh and Fire

Book - 2009
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Hailed as "something wholly new" and "extraordinary" in starred reviews from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, Laura Anne Gilman's Flesh and Fire is as intoxicating as the finest of wines--and as powerful as magic itself.

Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines, and who selfishly used them to their own gain. Now, fourteen centuries after a demigod shattered the Vine, it is the humble Vinearts who know the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.

But a new darkness is rising in the vineyards, and only one Vineart, Master Malech, senses the coming danger. He has but one weapon to use against it: a young slave named Jerzy, whose origins are unknown, even to him. Yet his uncanny sense of the Vinearts' craft offers a hint of greater magics within--magics that Malech must cultivate in his new apprentice before time runs out. For if Jerzy cannot unlock the secrets of the spellwines, the Vin Lands will surely be destroyed.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9781439191545
1439191549
9781439101414
1439101418
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,24 cm.

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carprim Aug 11, 2016

There is the same underlying, unknown "magic" written about in this slow, easy to linger along with tale, that keeps the reader somehow woven with interest. It is the slow pace that sets the ancient unknown land in our grasp, and although I thought often this book was not my style, or to my liking, I kept returning to the vineart's world as if compelled. Now I cannot settle till I have book two in my hands.

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campbelh
May 30, 2011

I found it hard to get into this book and started and stopped a couple of times. But persist, because its a really good story!

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tabaker
Dec 09, 2010

Interesting world, where magic is based on wine. The first book is about the growth and development of the main character, Jerzy, so it seems like not much happens. Maybe the second title, Weight of Stone, will have more action.

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