This was an excellent novel! I devoured it in the span of one day, and I already can't wait for the sequel to come out! It's got a real winner of a concept -- the Dancers and the Lorekeepers are just fascinating to me -- and some really great worldbuilding. Too many fantasy novels use recycled, generic, vaguely European settings -- not Christie Golden! Arukan is a complex society with an original, fresh, vaguely Middle Eastern feel to it. This was not a world I've read about before; Arukan is someplace new.
Kevla is a wonderful character, a vivid, likeable human being. We watch her grow from a child to a woman, and we get completely involved in her life. We identify with her and want to see her succeed. All of this is perhaps why some of the psychological places that Golden takes this character (please excuse the vagueness, but I don't want to give anything away to people who haven't read the book for themselves yet) make us, the readers, so uneasy. Golden takes some real risks and isn't afraid of pushing the envelope. And, while it may have been uncomfortable to go there, it makes the book feel so much more real. Nothing is in here just for the shock value; it is all absolutely necessary to further the plot. The way Arkuan society was structured made the particular event I'm referring to (and once you've read the book, you'll know exactly what I mean) inevitable, but nonetheless shocking, horrible, and tragic -- but always, always, emotionally honest and real. All of the actions that Kevla and the other main characters take ring true. There's not one false note.
The bottom line: this book is fabulous, original, engrossing, and real. Buy it now!
This was part good...and then part bad.
It kept my attention, but I didn't think the author was quite able to pull off everything she was trying to do. She's a good storyteller and there's a lot of good story here, but she didn't seem to really own it, if that makes any sense -- almost as if this were her first novel. It's the transition from the everyday lives of the main characters to the bigger fantasy theme that really didn't work. I was really enjoying the story up until then, but that part just fell flat. I'm actually kinda frustrated because it just seems like this could have been so much better if they had spent a little more time on it!
I won't be continuing on with this series. I'm just not interested after the way this one ended.
The first book in a new series. Good story telling about a strange and unique fantasy world.
Icky "half brother" romance-
OK-it's not asking too much of a romance novel that you REALLY shouldn't have the heroine fall in love and boink her half brother. Nobody wants to read that filth! What was Harlequin (who owns the Luna book line) thinking?
This book is just TOO weird and depressing-from the heroine having to act as a "pimp" for her prostitute mother when she's a child-to her lordly father finding out about her, taking her to his home-but-by the by-he will not acknowledge her and she must be a servant in his house!?! It just gets worse from there.
Take my advice-save your money for another book.
On Fire's Wings is a fabulous fantasy book. The story captures you and it's hard to put the book down. It's the first in a series - book 2 (In Stone's Clasp) is out now - I can't wait to get it.
Great book!Very exciting.
This is the first time I've read anything by this author and I was impressed and drawn into the story.
From the back of the book "She was born without caste or position in Arukan, a country that prized both. Then a chance encounter led her to a better life. But it also brought her to danger and destiny. Because Kvla Bai-Sha's fevered dreams - looming threats to their land and visions of dragons that had once watched over her people - held the promise of truth. Now Arukan - shadowed by mountains and myths - might be overcome by eternal darkness. Kevla, together with Jashemi-kha-Tahmu, rebel prince of the ruling household, would defy all law, all tradition, to embark on a daring quest for teh half-forgotten elementals that will save the world. Ans so Kevla must sacrifice everything...only to be reborn in dragon's flames.."
I like the concept of this book. I just wish she had finished the series. The 2nd one is also very good.