First of a post-apocalyptic fantasy series that features Thorn, an unlicensed stone mage living in a small Appalachian town. As far as she knows, she is the ONLY mage out there living outside of an Enclave, and to be found out means certain death for her. She, along with several friends, owns and operates a gem and jewelry store while trying to hide the fact that she is indeed mage, and not human. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, she gets involved in trying to find him and realizes after a time that he was taken by forces of Darkness.
I really like the post-apocalyptic world of this book and the premise for it, but a couple of things were quite annoying. The first is that mages, while able to have sex and mate with humans, actually go "into heat" around other races (kylens and seraphs) and the author described this mage-heat at great length and in many places. I guess she thought it really sexed the book up, but to me, someone in heat without control over their sexual urges and instincts is just plain NOT sexy! There were also several other things that just didn't add up. For example, as soon as one of her business partners sees these certain scars she has, and gets a good look at the amulets she wears under and within her clothing to disguise her glowing mage appearance, he recognizes her as a mage. How is it that she was able to hide that fact from her ex-husband when he saw every inch of her many times over and surely encountered the amulets during physical contact? Etc. I will read more in this series because, as I said, the premise is great and I like the main character and the writing style, but less of the going into heat thing would not go amiss. LOL
Centers around Thorn, a neomage who gets her powers from stone, who is hidden among humans in a post-apocolyptic world. Seraphs have decended upon the world and destroyed most of civilization, followed by war against dark beings. Now the survivors aren't sure of what the Divine Powers expect or what religion is right, they all live in an uneasy peace, following strict rules against sin (or the seraphs could exact vengence) and in fear of demons that live underground and DO exist. The story starts when Thorn's ex-husband is kidnapped under mysterious circumstances and Thorn is determined to find thim. A cast of interesting friends and aquaintences surrounds her. A very well-imagined and detailed world, but I found myself with a lot less questions answered at the end of the book than I expected. Really big, obvious questions that I expected to have answered were not. It did not feel like a standalone book and I have to go get the sequel now because I'm still quite confused, but I enjoyed this because the world Faith Hunter created was fascinating.
Great story, so sorry when it ended and had to wait for the next one.
Wonderful imaginative magical story.
I liked this all right.....well, I wanted to like it all. I liked it but not enough of it to read the rest. It felt vague. Not enough explanation of the reality. I think it should have been two books instead of one....
The one overwhelming impression I leave this book with is CONFUSION. Oh, it's intrigued confusion, but confusion nonetheless. In Hunter's post-apocalyptic world, seraphs and demons fight each other, but a new species has arisen - neomages. They appear human but can control energies around them. This story centers around Thorn St. Croix, a stone neomage who cannot survive with other neomages because her strange powers cause her mind to be open to all those of her kind, and all their unfiltered thoughts would drive her insane. So she lives in hiding among humans as a jeweler. But when her ex-husband is captured by Dark Powers, she risks everything to find him, even if revelation of her true self would mean death.
As fascinating as the concepts of this world and its characters are, the story proceeded at an extremely slow, plodding pace, and this despite a great beginning that thoroughly captured my imagination, and occasional bouts of action. I also felt the story lacked focus, as the protagonist did not seem to have a clear direction to go. I understand that first books of a series can sometimes be slow because of all the necessary exposition, but I found myself putting this book down too often for lack of interest in the direction it was taking. There was also a tad too much description of the very similar preparations she takes every time she did a conjuring, although in itself the prose was well done. The battle scenes were also smooth, action-packed and well described. Overall, the book had enough good points that I will read the second of the series, which luckily I have on hand, and from there I can decide whether I will look for the rest of the books.
Thorn St. Croix is an unlicensed stone mage who is currently hiding in Mineral City where a huge iceberg is threatening the town. For their own protection, neomages are required to be in the Enclave (much like the reservations American Indians were forced into). However, Thorn escaped when her powers showed themselves and nearly drove her insane when she started hearing thousands of voices in her head. Now she is hiding in plain site, running a jewelry store and using her powers clandestinely. If she is discovered by humans, they will kill her. If she is discovered by seraphs (angels), they will kill her. If she is discovered by the demon-spawn, they will kill her. And lastly if she is discovered by a daywalker, it will kill her. As you can imagine, this constant threat of death isn't easy to live with.
Her ex-husband, Lucas is kidnapped and when a daywalker shows itself to her stepchild, Ciana, Thorn is immediately concerned and drawn to fight even if it means her life will be sacrificed. She draws on her friends Audric, Rupert, Jacey and Thaddeus to help her find Lucas and save Ciana's life.
This should be a 5 star read but it was way too religious for my taste. Part of Thorn's spellcasting involve quoting scripture and she does it repeatedly. I found myself skipping over all this stuff and just reading around all the religiousness of the book. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic time when the ice age has returned to North America. This just adds another problem to Thorn's existence as a stone mage needs to draw on stone for her survival and with it being buried under layers of ice for months and months prevents Thorn from recharging her amulets and herself leaving her weak and unable to fight.
I did enjoy this book and since I own [book:Seraphs|8845158][book:Host|9284840], plan to read the rest of the series unless it goes totally over the top religiously and prevents my enjoyment.
I really did not think I would much like this book. But much to my surprise, I did. It is post apocolyptic story involving neo-mages, serephs, the darkness. To me it was slow in some parts but the action in particular the action towards the 2nd half of the book was really good and succeeded in capturing my imagination. I plan to read the next two books to make sure. : )
In a novel filled with exhilarating action and lush imagery, Faith Hunter brings to life a near-future world, caught in the throes of an ambiguous apocalypse, where a woman with everything to hide finds her destint revealed... a land of angels, seraphs, mages, humans, and the darker demons....Fascinating!
Was Ok, I usually don't read fantasy.
A near future world after apocalypse, which has caused a new ice age.Magic, Newmages are licensed and gathered into Enclaves, isolated and exploited. This is the story of a woman stone mage living as a fugative