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  • Mass Market Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; Reprint edition (4 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756402727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756402723
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 951,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling American fantasy author behind the Heralds of Valdemar series, The Elemental Masters series, the 100 Kingdoms series, and many more. She has published over 100 novels in under 25 years. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wyvernfriend VINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Now this was a good read. A retelling of the cinderella story during World War I. Typically for an urban fantasy of this class you have magicians on both sides working for and against the British Cause. There was perhaps a little bit of lecturing about the class changes post WWI but it wasn't the worst. Actually it sparked off ideas in my head about how certain things could work in a world with magic.

Reginald Fenyx is an elemental master of Air who was fighting as a pilot before he crashed, ended up in a trench and was attacked by some Earth Elements. This trauma had him subsume his talent. The following nightmares and injury have him return to the family home to recuperate.

Meanwhile Eleanor Robinson is dealing with her evil stepmother, who has magically chained her to her house, having eliminated her father by encouraging him (with a magical push) to enlist.

Yes the story drags a bit occasionally and during Eleanor's magical training you would actually need to know a little bit about the Kaballa and the Tarot and there are moments when you want a little more information and things are resolved a bit too quickly (what's new with Mercedes Lackey?) but I enjoyed it a lot and look forward to the next in the series.
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Seriously, I think Sarah Water's book "The Little Stranger" stole a lot from this book. The character of Reginald in "Phoenix and Ashes" seems far too similar to Roderick in "The Little Stranger" for it to be pure chance. I read "Phoenix and Ashes" a few years ago and thought it was a cracking good read with great characters and an interesting twist on an old story. Of course the critics who read the Booker prize nominees probably don't even realize it, because I doubt they read "genre fiction" despite the fact that this book, I believe is far superior in quality to much that passes as "literary fiction" these days. The whole setting of the village and the young injured RAF pilot who seems to be suffering from shellshock but is actually being haunted and tormented by supernatural forces is from this book. Even Reginald's leg injuries is the same as Roderick's in "the Little Stranger" and the manor house in decline and him living with his widowed mother included. Has anyone else noticed this?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanne K. Pilsworth VINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book as it was one of the few books by Mercedes Lackey that I had not read. Yes, a simple description is a retelling of the story of Cinderella. But this book is much more than putting a fairytale into a modern setting. I would love to know the reference for the comments on tarot, for example. The thoughts expressed regarding the effects of the First World War are well-known sentiments, but I think made more approachable and understandable. In particular, I liked the 'origin' of the 1918 flu epidemic - rather topical at the moment.
I found it very hard to put this book down (no surprise there!), and shall be looking for the others in this series.
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By Z on 29 Mar. 2010
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This series is one that I turn to when I need a bit of an escape for a few minutes and that's how it works. I quite like the people involved and the story is sweet, though with a bit of a bite as it takes place during WW1. It is light-weight and fairly-tale-y and rather enjoyable. I must however agree with one of the reviewers that Ms Lackey's desire to show off her insight into tarot cards and mysticism takes over. It puts me off. The sheer volume of pages dedicated to fools and empresses is simply ridiculous. If that's what I wanted to read, I would have gotten a book about Tarot. It's a shame, really.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I came across the first of the books in this series by accident, but I eagerly awaited the publishing of this one. I was not disappointed. If you liked The Fire Rose, The Serpent's Shadow and The Gates of Sleep you will like this book.
The series tells of a group of people known as the Elemental Masters or Mages. These are both men and women who possess a gift from Earth, Air, Fire or Water and can manipulate them for good or evil.
Take a chance and read this book, I guarantee you will want to read the rest, my favourite being The Serpent's Shadow.
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