Flesh and Fire

Flesh and Fire

Book - 2009
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From acclaimed bestselling author Laura Anne Gilman comes a unique and enthralling new story of fantasy and adventure, wine and magic, danger and hope....Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines, and selfishly used them to increase their own wealth and influence. But their abuse of power caused a demigod to break the Vine, shattering the power of the mages. Now, fourteen centuries later, it is the humble Vinearts who hold the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.But now rumors come of a new darkness rising in the vineyards. Strange, terrifying creatures, sudden plagues, and mysterious disappearances threaten the land. Only one Vineart senses the danger, and he has only one weapon to use against it: a young slave. His name is Jerzy, and his origins are unknown, even to him. Yet his uncanny sense of the Vinearts' craft offers a hint of greater magics within -- magics that his Master, the Vineart Malech, must cultivate and grow. But time is running out. If Malech cannot teach his new apprentice the secrets of the spellwines, and if Jerzy cannot master his own untapped powers, the Vin Lands shall surely be destroyed.InFlesh and Fire, first in a spellbinding new trilogy, Laura Anne Gilman conjures a story as powerful as magic itself, as intoxicating as the finest of wines, and as timeless as the greatest legends ever told.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9781439101414
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,24 cm.


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Nov 30, 2018

Do you like fantasy novels and also drinking wine? Do you like drinking wine while reading fantasy novels? Do you like drinking wine while reading fantasy novels about wine? Because I know I do.

First in a trilogy, what caught my interest about this book, and then drew me into the world Gilman’s created, is her incredibly unique magic system. You see, in the Lands Vin magic comes from wine, vin magica. And vin magica can be crafted only by a Vineart. Part magician, part winemaker, all connoisseur.

Gilman’s vivid descriptions of everything from the vineyards and their vines, to the taste and smell of grapes and wines warm my little NorCal wino heart. I wanna read this book while on vacation in Sonoma. Or at my uncle’s house with the vineyard next door. But back to the actual book because I’m not a food blogger.

The main character is former-slave and Vineart-in-training Jerzy, a boy with prodigious talent at the Vineart’s crafts but still struggling to find his own identity after a lifetime of slavery. Apprenticed to Master Vineart Malech, the majority of this book focuses on developing Jerzy and Malech’s characters and relationship and on Jerzy’s training as a Vineart. Unfortunately we don’t get to see much of the world outside Malech’s vineyards in this first book, only hints and the world and countries beyond, and of something dark and unknown lurking on the horizon.

Definitely a promising fist in the series, and one I’m going to explore further if only for more glorious wine imagery.

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.

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!

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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Nov 30, 2018

burgundy_gerbil_28 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 14


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