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Lord of the White Hell [Paperback]

Ginn Hale
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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Blind Eye Books (15 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978986164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978986162
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kiram fought his family and Cadeleonian bigots to remain in the Sagrada Academy to prove himself as a mechanist and to dispel the deadly shadow curse that threatens to destroy his upperclassman, Javier Tornesal. But when his efforts provoke retaliation, Kiram's family and home are endangered. Both Kiram and Javier risk everything in a desperate gambit to combat the curse. But they never imagined their battle with come so soon, or that it would be lead by the one person they trust most of all.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Emmie
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Lord of the White Hell. From the first page I was totally absorbed with this book and couldn't put it down. I really could have done with another few hundred pages or so as I didn't want it to end and had to slow down to delay the inevitable.

I loved the developing, intense relationship between Kiram and Javier and also and thought there was a good balance between the characters and the world building, which was new and exciting.

Well done Ginn Hale and thanks for such a great read !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars romance more than fantasy 6 Jan 2013
By Furio
After the Potter series any fantasy claiming an academy as a setting is bound to see its originality questioned and possibly tarnished by the not necessarily splendid but surely hugely known fictional antecedent.

Now, Ms Hale may have taken some inspiration from that series but her world-building is so rich as to dispel any further charge as ridiculous. Her setting is complex and multi-faceted, so rich in fact that it is surprising she is willing to abandon it after only a two-volume series which is actually more like a single book cut in two -quite expensive- parts.

Those readers with some knowledge of European history might agree with me that she seems to choose Renaissance Spain as a basis for her kingdom. Not only the names of the characters and the toponyms are vaguely Spanish-sounding but the historical situation appears to be similar to that following the actual Reconquista. The Haldiim culture, matrilineal though it is, appears to be a mesh of the old Jewish and Arabic ones, minus the religion of course. Once again people names give more than just a hint: plurals in '-im' and surnames beginning with 'Kir', suspiciously similar in use to the Jewish 'ben' or Arabic 'ibn'.
The racial and religious controversies that she so deftly meshes into her plot, while reminding me of "Wicked Gentleman", do also remind me of that particular historical setting.
Of course Spanish Renaissance is only a start point and many details are added.

As main setting and primum movens plot device of the book our author uses the classical 'British' college.
British colleges/boarding schools are those obnoxious institutions that -used to?
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gay romantic fantasy 14 Sep 2010
By Domus - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though this book was published this year, I am a bit surprised that there are only three reviews to-date. This is a really good book, whether you are gay or not. There is very good, original plot and excellent character development. If you want constant explicit sex, this book is not for you. The sex is handled with great discretion and sensitivity. I have read a great many gay romantic novels, and at least half were not worth my time. This one compares favorably to Flewellings Nightrunner series. I have already read the sequel and will review it next. I hope Hale continues on and writes as well in subsequent novels. I shall certainly read them.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book 5 Sep 2010
By Sirius - Published on Amazon.com
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I began to wish for Ginn Hale's new book right after I have read her "Wicked gentlemen", which was I should say about three years ago. And no, couple of short stories were not nearly enough to satisfy my cravings for this writer's work. And finally we have the new novel and the novel in two volumes. I was so so happy to finally get them both in my greedy hands :)

To say that this book delivers would be an understatement, it just takes your breath away. This is a fantasy, a real epic fantasy, it does not just have fantasy dressings for gay romance. Both fantasy and romance are equally important here. The writer takes care to craft amazing, fully realized world with its history, science, art and some very ugly superstitutions and racism. This is the world where our heroes meet. Kiram, who is a seventeen year old genuis with machinery and first of the Haldiims to be accepted in teh prestigious Caledonian academy in many years and Javier, Caledonian noble and Duke who has a little problem of carrying a Hell inside of him. No, it is not really a spoiler, you really need to read the book to find out what exactly is this White Hell.

I really loved how Ginn Hale took a great care in developing our protagonists' relationships, made sure they got to know each other well and still did not forget that they are seventeen and eighteen year olds and that they also could be attracted to each other fast. It just rang true to me, every single interactions between them and even their quarrels ring true as well. No deliberate misunderstandings here and then spending half a book trying to correct that misunderstandings. Oh no, the problems between them mirror the problems that stand between their nations in a sense and in a sense their problems are due to their personalities.

Oh I love this book so much and now off to read book two.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Captivating Book (A+ Grade) 24 Aug 2010
By Katie Babs - Published on Amazon.com
There aren't many books I consider to be epic masterpieces. When an author writes a book that will be labeled as such, and knowing that have achieved a deep emotional response from a reader, that is where they deserve a major pat on the back. This is where a reader will finish reading the last page and finally release a deep breath they have been holding inside because they have been on the edge of their seat the entire time. And, they will most likely go back and re-read it all over again.

An author who has written such a book has truly accomplished something incredible.

That book is Lord of the White Hell: Book One by Ginn Hale.

Ginn has written a story of wonderment that has amazing world building and not to be forgotten characters. Lord of the White Hell will astound you. This is an adult read with a gay romance, but also has a feel of a fantasy young adult book. The main protagonist is seventeen-year-old Kiram, who is given the chance of the lifetime in attending the very affluent Cadeleonian Academy. Kiram is not a Cadeleonian, but is Haldim. Because Kiram is from a different race, he's looked down upon and is a victim of bigotry. Kiram is a very skilled as a machinist and his father is a well known candy maker. Kiram knows he won't fit in, but will try his best to excel, seeing as no full-blooded Haldim has ever been accepted into the school.

Kiram ends up being roommates with Javier Tornesal, duke of Rauma, who will be his mentor of sorts. Javier is well respected, admired and equally feared not only because of his station in life but because he has a deadly curse living inside of him. This curse is known as the white hell and through punishment by the hands of the school priest and deep physical and mental spiritual mediation, Javier can keep it under control.

Kiram doesn't believe all this hell nonsense because his religious beliefs are very different from the Caledonians. His is intrigued by Javier, more than he would like to admit. Javier is very handsome and gives off this vibe of entitlement and power. When the two men are first introduced, Javier does his best to seduce Kiram. Even though some of the students do have affairs at the school, it isn't acknowledged, but kept as a dirty secret. Kiram comes from a culture where men can be together out in the open, so this is a culture shock. He refuses to be one of Javier's playthings and used in such a demoralizing way.

Javier keeps his distance, but is always watching Kiram as they both maneuver around the school. Kiram is the subject of some scorn from his students and a few teachers, but he finds acceptance with Javier's simple cousin Fedeles and Nestor, who is very friendly and looks up to him. Kiram and Javier eventually become close, where Javier takes on the role as Kiram's protector and guide. And because Kiram's feelings for Javier have grown, he welcomes any interaction and attention Javier throws his way.

Soon Kiram joins Javier's cliché, known as the Hellions, who pal around together and end up at the local brothels. Kiram doesn't like this side of the Hellions and of Javier, who always goes along with them. He is very confused because Javier looks upon him with great desire and seems to be very jealous, especially when Kiram mentions an old lover back at home. No one else seems to be aware of the attraction these two have for each other and they can barely keep it in check.

Then Kiram's uncle comes for a visit during an annual tournament and brings warnings. He wants Kiram to leave the school and come back home for his protection. Kiram refuses because he wants to remain with Javier. After some investigation, they figure out that Javier's curse is not what it seems and perhaps someone wants to kill Javier and gain a great reward.

It's so hard to explain why Lord of the White Hell is a remarkable book. Compelling, well written, romantic and thrilling are just a few words to describe this latest by Ginn Hale. There is great balance in regards to the world Ginn has created, mainly with the relationship between Kiram and Javier. Their romance is written in such a way that those who may not be comfortable with a male/male attraction will not mind in the least. Ginn has a wonderful way of building up a connection between these two and you can't help but want them to be together.

The magical side of things is a downplayed and I really was expecting Javier's release of the white hell everyone keeps mentioning. The ending will have you anxious for the next book, which is played very well on Ginn's part.

There is so much more to recommend about Lord of the White Hell. Magical and remarkable is what Ginn Hale has accomplished here.

Katiebabs
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fell flat for me 20 May 2011
By Rin - Published on Amazon.com
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Since I adored Wicked Gentlemen and there were so many glowing reviews for this, I think I may have expected too much from this book. I have to agree with one of the other reviewers that the pacing felt slow to me because a lot of details elaborated upon weren't really necessary to the plot. I didn't feel that much of what was described gave me any more insight into the characters, so it was a bit frustrating - as were the characters themselves at times.
Ginn always writes well, so I think it is just a personal preference that the characters didn't really stir me. They're teenagers and young men finding themselves, but I still found them frustratingly stubborn, naive and arrogant in turns. Also, I was surprised that no one mentioned what a painful note the book ends on - I won't go into spoilers, I'll just say that I was very disappointed and it really didn't make me want to read the next Book. I pretty much wanted to wash my hands of the story. But I might pick of Book 2 to see if it gets any better. We'll see...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars romance more than fantasy 6 Jan 2013
By Furio - Published on Amazon.com
After the Potter series any fantasy claiming an academy as a setting is bound to see its originality questioned and possibly tarnished by the not necessarily splendid but surely hugely known fictional antecedent.

Now, Ms Hale may have taken some inspiration from that series but her world-building is so rich as to dispel any further charge as ridiculous. Her setting is complex and multi-faceted, so rich in fact that it is surprising she is willing to abandon it after only a two-volume series which is actually more like a single book cut in two -quite expensive- parts.

Those readers with some knowledge of European history might agree with me that she seems to choose Renaissance Spain as a basis for her kingdom. Not only the names of the characters and the toponyms are vaguely Spanish-sounding but the historical situation appears to be similar to that following the actual Reconquista. The Haldiim culture, matrilineal though it is, appears to be a mesh of the old Jewish and Arabic ones, minus the religion of course. Once again people names give more than just a hint: plurals in '-im' and surnames beginning with 'Kir', suspiciously similar in use to the Jewish 'ben' or Arabic 'ibn'.
The racial and religious controversies that she so deftly meshes into her plot, while reminding me of "Wicked Gentleman", do also remind me of that particular historical setting.
Of course Spanish Renaissance is only a start point and many details are added.

As main setting and primum movens plot device of the book our author uses the classical 'British' college.
British colleges/boarding schools are those obnoxious institutions that -used to?- herald themselves to the whole world as havens which teach their pupils honour while giving them a superior education while infact allowing shameless conducts, bullying and abuse even from the teachers.
Things are not any different here. The Sagrada academy is -in my eyes- a hellish place where weaker students are mercilessly bullied by fellow students while teachers keep both their eyes shut if they do not openly encourage such impardonable abuses. There is even more than a hint that those weaker students may be sexually abused as well and that in a society that officially condemns homosexuality both through church rules and official laws: once again the hypocrisy of British society irresistibly comes to mind.
My issue with this theme is that nobody seems to care. Even Kiram, who supposedly is an outsider, does not really care. Ms Hale shows him as determined to show the Cadeleonians his worth by graduating from that academy disregarding the plain fact that said academy had been better burned to the ground with most of its staff inside. Personally I would spend my time deciding how to better drip some nasty laxative into the abusive war master's wine and not trying to please him, but this might be me being Italian and passionate.

In my opinion this is an extremely weak point of this work's structure and should be amended with a revision.

The academy setting is of course conducive to interesting character interactions. Kiram and Javier have all the time in the world to get to know each other and some other fellow students. Ms Hale does not make the most of Kiram's 'otherness' but relationships are interesting nonetheless.

Academy aside there is precious little plot in this novel. I am told by other reviewers that things change in the second instalment but this first half might be properly described as a romance with some fantasy elements and as such it could disappoint epic-fantasy lovers.
There are a few graphic sex scenes and a constant underlying current of eroticism that permeates the behaviours of the leads. Homophobes should probably avoid this work.
The brothel scene seems to have irritated most readers. Personally I find it meaningful and entirely consistent with the psychologies involved: of course it is a disagreeable moment but it makes perfect sense.

Writing is generally good with a relevant standard improvement since the times of "Wicked Gentleman". Yet, here and there, some particularly blatant grammar mistake disrupts the reading experience.

Despite the full price being far to high for a kindle edition, I found this an enjoyable read and will delve into part two soon.
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