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Fire Logic: An Elemental Logic Novel (edició 2013)

de Laurie J. Marks (Autor), Kathleen Jennings (Il·lustrador)

Sèrie: Elemental Logic (1)

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Earth-Air-Water-Fire: These elements have sustained the peaceful people of Shaftal for generations, with their subtle powers of healing, truth, joy, and intuition. But now Shaftal is dying. The earth witch who ruled Shaftal is dead, leaving no heir. Shaftal's ruling house has been scattered and destroyed by the invading Sainnites. The Shaftali have mobilized a guerrilla army against these marauders, but every year the cost of resistance grows, leaving Shaftal's fate in the hands of three people: Emil the Shaftali Paladin: an officer and a scholar whose elemental powers make him an excellent judge of character; Zanja the Diplomat: the sole survivor of a slaughtered tribe, her fire powers bringing the gift of prescience; and Karis the Metalsmith: a half-blood giant whose earth powers can heal and create, but only when she can muster the strength to hold off her addiction to a deadly drug that suspends her will. Separately, all they can do is watch as Shaftal falls from prosperity into lawlessness and famine. If they can find a way to work together, they may just change the course of history.… (més)
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Títol:Fire Logic: An Elemental Logic Novel
Autors:Laurie J. Marks (Autor)
Altres autors:Kathleen Jennings (Il·lustrador)
Informació:Small Beer Press (2013), Edition: Anniversary, 388 pages
Col·leccions:Per llegir
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Es mostren 1-5 de 28 (següent | mostra-les totes)
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This is an ER book I've had around for yonks because I couldn't get into it. Having realized I never will, I did plow through in order to figure out why the story didn't take hold of me. The book is well written, the world-building is fine if dependent on the work of Moon, Hobbs and others (which is OK with me as long as there is some flair involved), the characters have plenty of potential . . . so why, for me, no spark? The answer is, I don't know. The best I can come up with is that I couldn't sense an underlying pressure to tell this particular story? Not only is that vague, but it feels like an unfair thing to say because of the work Marks has put into the story. I'm giving the book *** stars, mainly for craftsmanship. I suspect this is a story that will either work for you or it won't. *** ( )
  sibylline | Oct 19, 2020 |
This is a wonderful fantasy novel. It's well-written, with strong characterization and plotting. I loved it because of the many queer characters, the fascinating political themes, and the interesting use of magic.

I think Fire Logic would be a particularly enjoyable read for anyone who's interested in considering how contemporary hot topics (the justification of war and violence, especially) can be rethought given a fantasy context.

Update after re-read, 7-28-19:
So, all of that is still true, but evidently I forgot just how many terrible things happen to Zanja in this book. Like, every possible bad thing. Some good things do happen too, but wow, does she go through three kinds of hell over and over again first. So, be warned. Also, drug use is a major plot point, something like but not exactly like an opiate.

And finally, I should perhaps be worried about myself, because I liked Norina a lot more on this re-read than I ever liked her before. (I guess that's not a bad thing, since I'm doing a re-read now in anticipation of reading the fourth book, Air Logic, which is in all likelihood focused on Norina.) ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
What a great book! It didn't take too long for me to get into it. All the characters were wonderful and the story was very interesting. I'm not saying it was the most amazing book but it was satisfying and entertaining in a way that makes it worthy of five stars. I mean, brown women-loving women being boss. What more do I want out of a book? ( )
  Isana | Jul 7, 2020 |
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This book (well, these books) were deeply frustrating to me. After a year of picking it up and putting it down over and over again, I'm giving up. This is entirely a me issue, so I won't be giving the book a star rating.

I think I could have liked it except for two things:
1) I've read enough stories about fantasy wars to last two lifetimes. The worldbuilding and magic system might have saved it, if I could have gotten far enough to where any of that was explained.
2) The storytelling felt sort of distant. Thematically appropriate, I guess.
  Watry | Jun 11, 2020 |
Fantasy sometimes has a peculiar way of delving into utterly fantastic worlds and landscapes while still speaking truths about the world we're living in. I think Ursula K. Le Guin comes most to mind when having that discussion -- at least for me -- and I've always loved her books for it. Now, I'll love Laurie J. Marks' books for the same reason. High praise? Absolutely. But also true.

Fire Logic begins the Elemental Logic series with a powerful and war-torn novel that focuses on a tight set of characters who feel as real as they are fantastic. War, addiction, faith vs. hope, magic, heartbreak... it's all here, alongside fantastic story-telling. The blurb for the fourth book in the series (which is now sitting on my desk) calls the series 'exciting, thoughtful, queer, diverse, politically aware, complex, [and] timely'--and all of that applies to even this first book in the series, which I suspect I'll be recommending to readers for years to come. It is smart, powerful, and full of meaning, while being carried along on lush, gorgeous writing and characters who come to life nearly from page 1.

For fantasy readers, I can't recommend this enough. Personally, I can't wait to dive into book 2. ( )
  whitewavedarling | May 5, 2020 |
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Essentially, Fire Logic is a war novel in a fantasy setting. But in Marks' gentle care, it becomes much more. As the characters search their souls for their motives, and make mistakes, and seek to justify their actions we are drawn into something deeper than just a question of how does the land find peace. It becomes a rather quiet look at how does each person find peace.
 

This is the best book I’ve read this year. ... If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to hardy@novelstar.top or joye@novelstar.top
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Laurie J. Marksautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Dobbs, Anita RoyNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jennings, KathleenAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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For three enduring friends, who, with their elemental talents of fire, earth, water, and air, bound into this book their insights, truths, joys, and intelligence: Rosemary, Delia, and Didi
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Earth-Air-Water-Fire: These elements have sustained the peaceful people of Shaftal for generations, with their subtle powers of healing, truth, joy, and intuition. But now Shaftal is dying. The earth witch who ruled Shaftal is dead, leaving no heir. Shaftal's ruling house has been scattered and destroyed by the invading Sainnites. The Shaftali have mobilized a guerrilla army against these marauders, but every year the cost of resistance grows, leaving Shaftal's fate in the hands of three people: Emil the Shaftali Paladin: an officer and a scholar whose elemental powers make him an excellent judge of character; Zanja the Diplomat: the sole survivor of a slaughtered tribe, her fire powers bringing the gift of prescience; and Karis the Metalsmith: a half-blood giant whose earth powers can heal and create, but only when she can muster the strength to hold off her addiction to a deadly drug that suspends her will. Separately, all they can do is watch as Shaftal falls from prosperity into lawlessness and famine. If they can find a way to work together, they may just change the course of history.

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