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Fire Logic: An Elemental Logic Novel [Kindle Edition]

Laurie J. Marks , Kathleen Jennings
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Beautifully written."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

The martial Sainnites have occupied Shaftal for fifteen years. Every year the cost of resistance rises. Emil, an officer and scholar; Zanja, a diplomat and last survivor of her people; and Karis, a metalsmith, half-blood giant, and an addict, can only watch as their country falls into lawlessness and famine. Together, perhaps they can change the course of history.

Laurie J. Marks' first two Elemental Logic novels (Fire Logic and Earth Logic) both won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award and received multiple starred reviews. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CIE1CVW
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press; Tenth Anniversary Edition edition (16 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E5LUOSI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #387,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars New favourite 23 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It took me a couple of tries to get stuck into this book, but that was down to outside interference rather than a fault of the narrative itself. One I was sucked into the plot, it was a real struggle putting it down. I actually hit my cousin when he tried to prise it from my hands so he could read the blurb. I finished the book yesterday, but am now in that unstable state I get in when I just finish reading a really good book. The only remedy?

Read the book again.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! 8 Jan. 2004
By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
The G'deon who ruled Shaftal died, without an heir. Thus Shaftal had been thrown into turmoil and the Sainnites began invading. The Shaftali created a guerrilla army to withstand the Sainnites, but slowly they began to lose.
Emil was a Paladin and of fire blood. Zanja was the Speaker for people, also of fire blood. Norina was a Truthken and an air elemental. Karis was a giant, worked as a metalsmith, and an earth witch. These four souls would be called upon by Fate to determine the course of their people.
**** The story followed Zanja as she and the others dealt with war, torture, honor, politics, betrayal, lots of courage, and a bit of friendship. There were parts that left me breathless. Often reality intruded upon my reading and I found myself eager to return to this magical world as quickly as possible. Author Laurie J. Marks proves her talent for creating realistic characters and awesome plots! Recommended! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fire Logic 8 Jan. 2004
By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The G'deon who ruled Shaftal died, without an heir. Thus Shaftal had been thrown into turmoil and the Sainnites began invading. The Shaftali created a guerrilla army to withstand the Sainnites, but slowly they began to lose.
Emil was a Paladin and of fire blood. Zanja was the Speaker for people, also of fire blood. Norina was a Truthken and an air elemental. Karis was a giant, worked as a metalsmith, and an earth witch. These four souls would be called upon by Fate to determine the course of their people.
**** The story followed Zanja as she and the others dealt with war, torture, honor, politics, betrayal, lots of courage, and a bit of friendship. There were parts that left me breathless. Often reality intruded upon my reading and I found myself eager to return to this magical world as quickly as possible. Author Laurie J. Marks proves her talent for creating realistic characters and awesome plots! Recommended!
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  28 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written with finesse, achieving multi-climactic satisfaction 31 July 2002
By Katya Reimann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I struggled with the first hundred or so pages of this book, adrift in the world Marks was creating and unsure how to orient myself to the characters. Yes, I could see who the 'main' characters were going to be--but I just couldn't work out where Marks was going with them.
I kept reading.
By the time I set the book down, Marks's world and vision had utterly seduced me. Looking back--what had seemed to be a "confused" start was neither a problem nor a weakness. *Fire Logic* is about a land at war--and war *is* confusing and chaotic (particularly a war fought without the benefits of modern communication technology). Until the moment enemies can manuver into a position in which they can engage each other, it *should* be hard to see the form that will come together. Marks recognizes this and incorporates it into a plot strength for her book.
I don't want to be too clever here--the book is a fun read, the characters are engaging, the choices that they face are moving. It's the kind of book that can be read very fast, just for the enjoyment of it, without elaborate philosophical analysis.
However, the deeper levels are there, which for me as a reader is highly rewarding.
*Fire Logic* reads like a great battle is fought and won--much marshalling of troops and gathering of courage, followed by a great push and achievement.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 3 May 2002
By Silver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Fire Logic is a masterful novel that works as both a riveting adventure and an in-depth look at character and the relationships between people. The tight plotting kept me turning pages late into the night. Marks brings a depth of understanding to her characters that enables them to come alive on the page. There are no wooden, two-dimensional characters in this book, and for me realistic characterization is a must. The system of magic used in Fire Logic is also well thought out and has a gritty realism that I loved. Since I read Dancing Jack, I've been in love with Laurie Marks' work and have eagerly waited for another book. I wasn't disappointed! Silver, writer and magazine editor
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fantasy that makes you stretch a bit 28 Jan. 2006
By Everett Harper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had the distinct impression that the author first wrote the book, then went back and flipped a coin to determine the gender of each of the characters; rewriting the gender-specific pronouns as needed.

Reading the novels caught me offguard numerous times and made me realize just how much I think in stereotypes. An example is when a group is struggling along in a harsh winter and come to a small farm. They are met by the farmer who lets them sleep in the barn. It is casually revealed that the farmer is female. I had to erase and rewrite the pictures in my head!

Within the books, gender does not determine strength of body or character, nor does it determine roles in society. Very refreshing.

Similarly, some characters have dark skin, some light. Neither gender nor skin color is of any significance whatsoever to the characters in the novel. Yes, there is some reference to sexuality in the books. However, it is never either salacious or explicit. Some is casual and friendly, some is committed. Nothing much is made of it in either instance. Sexual contact is presented as an extension of friendship with never a hint of exploitation, dominance, or control entering into it. Yes, a lot of the sex is between same-gender persons, but so what?

Another dominant theme is that of "family." In the books a family is a committed group of friends who share purpose and share parenting of any children in the group. All women are Mother, all men are Father.

A good read with careful plotting and very well developed characters.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful world! 28 Sept. 2006
By J. Hair - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Just re-read Laurie J. Mark's "Fire Logic" and finally read her sequel "Earth Logic." I've read "Fire Logic" at least twice before and it's never really hit me before that barring more humor she writes worlds like Tanya Huff! Her people are bi- and when I say that now a days I'm not JUST talking about their sexual preferences but equality between the sexes! A background character described as a "farmer" or "soldier" or "merchant" will be a female half the time! THAT is equality. Women aren't strange, hidden away creatures only there to be the love interest to a male character as written in soo many fantasy or sci-fi books- they are people in their own right! And wheather these equal men or women chose to love a husband or wife- it is not looked down upon or cause for hatred! In these well written worlds the only thing a woman can do that a man can't is have a baby and the only thing a man can do that a woman can't is have an erection.

I feel strangely like I've been overlooking Laurie Marks and my eyes have been opened up!

Her story and characters are of coarse exciting and detailed. Zanja, the cool tormented main character who must find her way in a world that is suddenly without purpose. Karis, the talented but degraded woman that must overcome so much to truly realize her own power. Medric, the seer raised an enemy that comes to realize through his visions there is a better way. Emil, the scholar forced to be a soldier.. And all following their own elemental "logic" and precog-like powers to lead them together.

It's really a great story and I wonder if there will be more in this world, a 3rd book perhaps? Though they are pretty settled at the end of 2!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tale 5 Mar. 2004
By Muneraven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Many fantasy books have good ideas but are poorly written. Others are well-written but bring nothing new to the table. THIS book has characters that are fresh and interesting, scenes that are emotionally strong without being overwrought, and the story kept me reading straight through.
What I liked best: Compelling characters that seemed real and unique to me, antagonists who had real reasons (in their own minds) for doing bad things, and several sweet twists in the plot that kept me reading.
Aspects I wish were better: Not enough description in some spots so that I didn't feel I was fully SEEING the world of the book. Also, violence that got a bit repetitive. I mean, torture loses its impact if a character gets hurt and healed repeatedly . . .
All in all, though this was a great book, and I will be reading all Ms. Marks previous books and her future ones as well. Well worth buying in hardcover, as this is one you will loan out to friends. :-) Mine is already loaned out.
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