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Fire in the Mist (Arhel Book 1) by [Lisle, Holly]
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About the Author

Holly Lisle has been writing novels professionally since 1991, when she sold Fire in the Mist to Baen Books. The novel went on to win the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel in 1993, sold remarkably well, and stayed in print for about ten years, giving Holly a seriously skewed view of the ease of publishing... ...Which publishing promptly clobbered out of her with later books. In spite of which, she has, at the time of this writing, sold 32 novels commercially, and is both re-releasing many of her novels via self-publishing, and self-publishing her newest novels. Look for the re-release of Cadence Drake: Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood, to kick off the long-delayed but finally in-progress ten-book Cadence Drake series. Lisle also wrote and has been teaching two of the most challenging fiction-writing courses in existence: How To Think Sideways: Career Survival School for Writers, and How To Revise Your Novel: Get the Book You WANT From the One You WROTE. She maintains and is active on her own website, where she talks with fans about life, writing, cats with hands, and much more. You can find her at www.HollyLisle.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Holly Lisle: OneMoreWord Books (29 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065QYSRY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #555,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was one of the first fantasy novels I ever read and I have to say, that in my eyes it is still the best. The plot centres around Faia Leyeadote, the most powerful sorceress in Arhel and her journey from humble shepherd girl to mighty mage. Faia encounters not only much sorrow, but much prejudice as well throughout her travels. However, she overcomes all that is thrown in her path and ends up shaking the very foundations of the world (sometimes even literally)!
This was Holly Lisle's debut novel and was later followed by two more books that completed this series ("Bones of the Past" and "Mind of the Magic"). She is definitely one of the queens of fantasy and an avid builder of fictional worlds. Her characters are fully dimensional and realistic, and her attention to all detail is commendable. This story in particular is so action-packed and full of innovative dark elements that you will not be able to put it down. As a matter of fact this is one of the few books that I will happily read over and over again, and simply can't give enough praise for.
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I am taking one of the author's courses and was curious to see what the processes she is teaching us help her produce. And wow am I glad I am taking this course now.

This novel has a deep and rich magical, environmental, historical and cultural background, all woven together with great skill. The world feel vibrant, from the stuffy mages and sages - the male and female wizards who have split the magical city and university so they do no have to have contact, to the full of decapitating barbarian, the country girl who has never seen a city and so many more in between

The combination of integrating us into this alien world, making friends (and enemies), murders and adventure, I felt the book was perfectly balanced.

Somebody who has never read any fantasy may find it a difficult starter book as the beginning assumes some knowledge of common terminology, but the glossary in the back will get even the least seasoned reader though in no time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Culture clashes and the consequences of gender segregation 19 Mar. 1997
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The above description is misleading. The main character, Faia, drives her sheep home after months in the highlands, only to find her entire village dead of plague and unburied. She calls upon her untrained magic to cleanse the place, cremating the entire village in arcane flame. Far-off magic users feel the power drain, and track her down to bring her under control. So this uneducated shepherd girl finds herself in the big city, at an all-female college of magic. Both students and teachers at the college regard her as half savage; she finds them lacking in common sense. And then her fellow students start dying. . . .

This book is a good, solid fantasy, with a well-realized world and some unconventional plot twists. There are some excellent scenes, both tragic and comic, but the characters are most creative. There is a professor at the college from a truly savage background, though she doesn't wear warpaint while teaching. There's a mage experimenting with winged horses that no sane person would ride. There's a cat with hands who likes to play with matches. There are magic otters, subversive activities, an ancient feud and one small dangerous quest. The story may not have something for everybody, but people who like to see strong women think their way through difficult circumstances will enjoy it
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great First 9 Jun. 2000
By Doug Dandridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first of Holly Lisle's books and the first I have ever read. What a first effort! A wonderful setting in a city divided on sex lines between the Mages (women) and Sages (men). Both have their legends about the cause of the rift. Both are right, and wrong. Faia Rissedotte is a young woman with great powers of magic and an attitude of defiance who finds herself among the Mages. And ancient evil is awakening, and only Faia has the ability to see past the hatred of the two groups of magicians and dicern the truth. A page turner and recommended for anyone with a love of high fantasy.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild! 9 Aug. 2003
By Renee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With all twists and turns, Holly Lisle, writes another trilogy which i found most exciting. The whole book keeps you asking questions until it builds up upon the real villian.
Faia (main charcter) is a simple shepherd girl with wild magic coursing through her veins, but when plague strikes her home town and she returns to find everything and everyone she ever loved dead...
Well lets just say its not pretty. Struck down with despair Faia finds only one other survivor of her home town and together they go off to find a better life.
But that doesn't happen for the mages and sajes of Ariss have tracked her down. Faia is forced to return with the mages to Ariss where the magic that runs through her blood can be controlled.
However Faia doesn't find it easy in her new home, espeacially when murders have been taking place and it could result in war between the two cities of Ariss: Mage Ariss and Saje Ariss.
Its all very exciting and very suspense full and definetly full of suprises. I defintely recomend this book to any fans of "The Secret Texts" trilogy and other readers who enjoy female heroines for a change!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 10 July 2008
By Phoenix - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Faia is a simple shepherdess in a very rural village. One day she takes her sheep out to pasture and when she comes back months later, its to find a silent village. The plague had come to her town, brought in by a traveling saleman. Her family, her friends, all gone, all in their beds unburied. All but one shepherd about three years younger who had just come back from the pastures like she did. There is no other option than to leave the village and the bodies as is. But as they leave, she becomes so angry she uses magic to destroy the village. She used so much that areas hundreds of miles away loose all magical power. This sets all the folk into a tizzy. Once power starts to return, they track her down. Once they hear her story, the mages (women magical users) convince her to come with them to the university to control her powers so she would not accidentally harm others.

Ariss is divided into two sides - the mages and the sages (men magicians). Absolutely no intermingling with each other. In fact, mages are thrown out if they become pregnant. Hatred runs high between them because of a war that occurred 400 years before that each side blames on the other for starting but no one knows for sure what happened. So there are, as Faia thinks, a bunch of "lonely old virgins" on both sides.
Mages and hedge witches have come up dead in grotesque ways. The mages blame the sages for it, the only solution is war and completely obliterating the sages. Faia and Medwind, the only two mages who had actually had experiences with men, try to stop this war before it starts.

I had read Holly's The Secret Text trilogy and when I saw her name on this book at the used bookstore, I snatched it up. Unfortunately, I let it sit on my shelf for quite some time. But I finally read it last week and am so thankful that I did and am kicking myself for waiting so long. This book is wonderful. I am a romance kind of girl myself, but even though it really doesn't have romance or the HEA ending (other than the whole good triumphing over evil thing), good characters died, and I cried, I loved it. I usually gloss through pages of writing where there are no speaking, but not here. I was completely engrossed, absorbing every single word. So overall, the book is worth the time, is worth the money, and is definitely worth these five little golden stars.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical read! 20 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fire in the Mist, an early fantasy novel by Holly Lisle, is a delight! Fire in the Mist is filled with engaging characters, especially the main character: Faia Rissedote. Others, also interesting and memorable in their own way, are Medwind Song, Yaji Jennedote, and Rakell and her cat (with hands) Flynn. Even the villain of the novel has some sympathetic qualities.
Besides intriguing, realistic characters, is the excellent play of foreshadowing and plot twists.
The mage academy Daane is equally interesting, so is the unfolding history of Ariss, and the magic that exists in this world, as well as the people who wield it.
If there isn't a sequel, I wish there were.
Fire in the Mist is an excellent novel, and I encourage everyone who likes fantasy, originality, and Holly Lisle's other works, to read this one soon.
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