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The Whitefire Crossing: The Shattered Sigil, Book One (2011 original; edició 2011)

de Courtney Schafer (Autor)

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Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel - where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark - into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed. But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution - and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway. Yet the young mage is not the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other - or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.… (més)
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Títol:The Whitefire Crossing: The Shattered Sigil, Book One
Autors:Courtney Schafer (Autor)
Informació:Night Shade (2011), 300 pages
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The Whitefire Crossing de Courtney Schafer (2011)

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    Melusine de Sarah Monette (PhoenixFalls)
    PhoenixFalls: Both books involve a mage and non-mage forging a bond of trust while fleeing enemies.
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    City of Sorcery de Marion Zimmer Bradley (PhoenixFalls)
    PhoenixFalls: Another fantasy novel involving a mountain climbing expedition.
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A fantasy story about two travelers in a caravan group moving across the mountains from one city to the next. The exciting part of the story is there is a mystery on why they are making this urgent journey. The story has two protagonists that the narrative goes back and forth. One character is written in 1st person and the other is in 3rd person. The characters are always together though, so the different perspectives give little benefit, and it took me a little while to get used to the different narrative style. The first part of the book is a bit slow, but once the mystery starts to get fleshed out it becomes more interesting. Overall it is a very decent book and I'm hopeful of how the series develops. ( )
  renbedell | Mar 23, 2021 |
To be honest I would rate this book at somewhere between 3.5-3.75.

The first 30% or so of the book is slow and frankly rather irritating. The story picks up fast after that and the author shows her skill at good storytelling by dripfeeding information. Some of the reveals were predictable while others were not. The conclusion however is unsatisfactory as it leans heavily towards the sequels and does not present a complete ending. ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
In a pretty standard medievalish world, a young man named Dev is an outrider, an expert in mountaineering who helps caravans cross from one country to another through dangerous passes. He has a side business of smuggling, and his partner/lover has just abandoned him and taken his money.

Dev gets the opportunity to smuggle a person on an upcoming trip. He isn't told, and we don't find out till later, that the person is a mage. Various fireworks ensue, as this young mage is highly sought by a recipient as well as by the master from whom he is escaping.

Dev is an accomplished rock climber, and passages concerning this activity are some of the best in the book. In general, there was too much worrying being done by both main characters, as they tried to decide what to do about trusting one another. Additional menaces were provided and were pretty well done.

Overall, the characters were somewhat well developed, but I found the writing and dialog quite clunky at times. This book is the first of a series, and its ending sets up a sequel nicely, so we can hope for better writing in the subsequent volumes. ( )
  Jim53 | Nov 16, 2014 |
Here's my full review: http://wildersbookreview.com/2013/08/13/the-whitefire-crossing-by-courtney-schaf...

Really enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading Tainted City. ( )
  tenaciousreader | May 24, 2014 |
I picked up this book for one reason: the author is a mountain climber who managed to work mountain climbing into a fantasy novel. I was not disappointed. This is fantastic read. Characters are well-rounded, with depth and fire and flaws, the world-building has layers and twists and logic and the plot was believable and well-crafted. I highly recommend ( )
  empress8411 | Jun 7, 2013 |
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The Whitefire Crossing is a wonderful and enjoyable fantasy debut from a new and talented author. If you're looking for a new and entertaining fantasy adventure, you must read this book. It's an adventure of the highest order and it's one of the best and finest fantasy books of 2011.

Highly recommended!

 
It’s not very often that I get to say this, but Courtney Schafer’s The Whitefire Crossing is the complete package. Fully developed characters. Across the board world-building. Intriguing magic. Accomplished writing. Engaging storytelling. Thrilling adventure... Add it all up and there's no doubt in my mind that The Whitefire Crossing is not only one of the best fantasy debuts of 2011, but it’s also one of the year’s best fantasy novels period...
 
What do you get when you mix blood magic, smuggling, and a wild chase across a treacherous mountain range? If you guess The Whitefire Crossing, then you probably read the title of this review post. What you also get is a marvelous fantasy debut by Courtney Schafer, and the first in a series of books in a world where the simple act of casting a spell can be a death sentence...either for the caster or those around him.
 
Whitefire is one of the best novels I've read in 2011 (out of 38 so far, but who's counting?). What starts off as an adventure novel of rock climbing and trekking quickly turns into a full blown fantasy romp full of magic, ne'er-do-wells, and flawed heroes. I'm always nervous when I recommend a book this highly, especially when it doesn't do something that's going to change the genre. But what can I say? Schafer's debut novel totally charmed me and I can't wait to read her sequel, The Tainted City, due out late next year.
 

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Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel - where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark - into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed. But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution - and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway. Yet the young mage is not the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other - or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

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