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  • Mass Market Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (18 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159514045X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595140456
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,326,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cate Tiernan was born in New Orleans, LA. She loves the idea of magick, and tries to write worlds that she would prefer to live in. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, four children, and a bunch of pets.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Scriber_scouse VINE VOICE on 13 Oct 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was a huge fan of Cate Teirnan's Wicca/Sweep series and was among the many horrified when the publishers pulled the plug, so my joy at finding that she had returned with a new teen paranormal series was immense. I'm happy to say that Chalice of Wind the first in the Balefire series doesn't disappoint.
Chalice of Wind is reminiscent of Wicca/Sweep in that once again the main protagonists are young girls who become embroiled in magic, but there are some crucial differences that prevent it being a clone of her first series. Clio and Thais are identical twins who were separated at birth (don't groan- it should be awful and clichéd but Tiernan makes it work and seem believable) Clio has always lived with her Nana in New Orleans and has studied the ways of Bonne Magie from childhood, whereas Thais lived in blissful ignorance with her father. When Thais' father is killed in an accident her world is rocked and she is sent away to live with spooky leather queen Alexis, a shadowy figure from her father's past.
The fun begins when Thais starts school and comes face to face with her mirror image, and gradually discovers her past is not what she thinks. Like Sweep the chapters alternate between the two girls perspectives', which can be confusing at first, but as Thais and Clio discover the truths about their past and magic the story has you gripped. I was very glad I was able to order the second instalment at the same time as this because I was desperate to read more after the first was finished.
Strong points for this were that Tiernan is exploring a very different world of magic from wicca as is slyly pointed out to Thais by Clio early on. Bonne Magie seems to be a much looser set of beliefs vaguely constructed around New Orleans, but no less powerful than the magic portrayed in Wicca.
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This is book one of four in the new Balefire series by Cate Tiernan who wrote the Wicca/Sweep series about teenage witches aimed at teenagers. This series again focuses on teenagers and witchcraft, but is a very different tale from her previous series.

It alternates between identical twins Clio and Thais who are seperated at birth. Only Clio's nan knew the secret. When Thais' father dies in a car accident, stranger Axelle is appointed to be her guardian and moves her to New Orleans. Thais is pretty much left to her own devices and enrolls herself into the local school where she accidentally bumps into Clio for the first time. Obviously this then changes both of their lives forever...

I really enjoyed this book. It took a little while to get going and I am really looking forward to reading the next one as it left on such a cliffhanger. It was good fun and appeals to me because of the witchcraft content, the teenager characters (even though I am nearer thirty then twenty sadly) and the easy-to-read style. The supporting characters twist and turn in your mind as to whether they have good or bad intentions towards the twins and the story keeps you guessing. I also liked that Clio and her nan have a deaf cat who can sense vibrations through the floor.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Clare VINE VOICE on 25 Aug 2005
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I'm a big Cate Tiernan fan having loved her Wicca/Sweep series so I got this book as soon as I could.
I must admit that I found it a bit hard to get into for the first couple of chapters as the pov changes from Thais to Clio (the twin witches in the story) to other members of the Trieze (the coven). I'm glad I perservered cos by the middle of this book I was hooked. This book certainly isn't a copy of her sweep series it's got darker overtones straight from the beginning and the girls are both slightly older making a difference from sweep.
The magic in this series is different too but it is still exciting and interesting and as Thais has had no contact with magic til she meets her twin sister by accident we are able to learn about it alongside her without feeling that stuff has been put into the story just to explain to us.
I read the second book as soon as I finished this one and i'm online now to pre-order the third.
If you liked sweep and cate tiernan than I would definately recommend you buy this one and if you've never heard of her but like supernatural stories then give this one a go!
A great start to the series I can't wait for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kylie Petitt on 12 Oct 2006
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as much as i liked this series, they couldn't live up to Tiernan's previous series Wicca (sweep). However, i have given the series and especially this book 4 stars due to its well developed charaters and storyline. Its a good read and will be a brilliant xmas present for any teenager or adult.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Parent Trap Reversed 13 Jun 2006
By Joshua Koppel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thais (pronounced Tie-ees) has had her world turned upside down. Her father has died in an accident. But as the will is settled, she does not get to go with the woman she thought would be her guardian. Instead she is given to the care of a strange woman from New Orleans. She has no choice, at least until she turns eighteen in four months. Her new guardian is strange and seems unconcerned with things like Thais going to school. Thais has to enroll herself for senior year.

But once at school things get even stranger. For also attending school is the identical twin she never knew she had. Then Thais learns her sister (Clio), family, and guardian are all witches and that magic is real. But things just don't settle down. Near-death and romance come into her life as well as the knowledge of her family history and what parts she and her twin may play in it.

The book oscillates between Thais's and Clio's viewpoints with a few others sprinkled in to add necessary information. The flow is good and the revelations just keep coming. I am glad there are only four books in this series because at this pace anything more would be trivialized. Thais and Clio are typical twins having almost opposite personalities. Clio is a firebrand and party animal while Thais is more straight laced and responsible. A large cast of unusual characters make up the rest of the cast. And make sure you have the next book handy because when you read this one you will want to know what happens next.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Fun Read 3 Sep 2005
By HybridRainStorm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Sweep series was unique, distinguishable by the feeling you got from reading it, the indentification with the protagonist reader's undoubtably related to, the action, mystery, and suspense, and the crisp storyline that made it intensely enjoyable.

Though one can't expect every storyline following suit to be as much of a 5-star winner as Sweep was, Tiernan's style and talents continue to permeate in her newest creation, "Balefire". It's an enjoyable read, each page more enticing than the last, and with each chapter, I'm growing fonder of the books, my eyes glued to their text and my shelf of "favorite" books running out of space as I add Tiernan's latest editions to my collection.

I didn't classify it as receiving a full 5 star rank, as I did Sweep, because in comparison to Sweep, many things pale against it. I also found the deviations from the main characters (every couple chapters) a little distracting sometimes. Nevertheless, I anxiously await the next books, and continue to remain a Tiernan fan (her writing is just of a higher caliber than most books, and I greatly enjoy the witchy stories she tells, and the way she tells them).
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Very Good! 28 Aug 2005
By Readaholic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Any one who has read Cate Tiernan's Sweep series knows how great a writer she is. But if you have read them you cant go into this book expecting another Sweep, because its not. She has created a whole new set of characters and world of witches

In this first book Thais and Clio, identical twins meet for the first time. Clio find out that's she's not as unique as she thought she was, and Thais finds that she has a family. At first I didn't really like some of the characters but once I got to know them better I came to like them. The world of magic that Tierana creates is unique and beautiful and you can see some similarities from her other books.

All in all it was a good book with plot twists, hidden betrays and mystery. It leaves you wanting more. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
So good a read I've saved the second one for later 7 Sep 2005
By Mr. Andrew T. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nothing could quite be a follow-up to Sweep (Wicca here in the UK) for various reasons, but Balefire comes close.

I pre-ordered the books, had to walk across town to collect them and wasn't at all disappointed. I've put aside temptation and reserved the second for reading on a plane journey next week.

Those who've read Sweep will recognise some of the plot devices but this doesn't spoil things at all - Cate can give them reign with slightly more mature lead characters, and does so very well. The background is coherent, and the fact that Cate is on 'home territory' shows (making the book a somewhat poignant read in a few places.

I'd have given the book five stars but for a small niggle: the lack of completeness of the book. Although Sweep left a cliffhanger at the end of most of the stories they were mostly rounded off, whereas this is like a Buffy 'two-parter' where you know you won't get the full impact of the storyline if you don't tune in next week. I'm assuming that this is why the books have been released in pairs and that I'll finish my flight no feeling quite so short-changed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Cate Tiernan takes her tales of witchcraft to an adult level 29 Aug 2005
By R0ck G0ddess - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this book. I just finished it last week and I have started on the second one. I have read some of the books in the Sweep series and totally feel in love with Cate's style of writing. This series is more adult where as Sweep was more teen and tween. Most of it's due to the fact the twins in the series are approaching adulthood(they are 17). It's nothing like T*Witches if anyone was wondering when they read the summary for this series. Though I love T*Witches as well this series has a totally different spin on it's twin characters. I can't wait till the other two books come out because so far the series is awesome.
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