Página inicialGruposDiscussãoMaisZeitgeist
Pesquise No Site
Este site usa cookies para fornecer nossos serviços, melhorar o desempenho, para análises e (se não estiver conectado) para publicidade. Ao usar o LibraryThing, você reconhece que leu e entendeu nossos Termos de Serviço e Política de Privacidade . Seu uso do site e dos serviços está sujeito a essas políticas e termos.
Hide this

Resultados do Google Livros

Clique em uma foto para ir ao Google Livros


Mortal Fire (2013)

de Elizabeth Knox

Outros autores: Veja a seção outros autores.

Séries: Dreamhunter Duet (Related)

MembrosResenhasPopularidadeAvaliação médiaMenções
1426150,135 (3.92)25
When sixteen-year-old Canny of the Pacific island, Southland, sets out on a trip with her stepbrother and his girlfriend, she finds herself drawn into enchanting Zarene Valley where the mysterious but dark seventeen-year-old Ghislain helps her to figure out her origins.

Registre-se no LibraryThing tpara descobrir se gostará deste livro.

Ainda não há conversas na Discussão sobre este livro.

» Veja também 25 menções

Mostrando 1-5 de 6 (seguinte | mostrar todas)
This is set in the same world as the [b:Dreamhunter|357091|Dreamhunter (The Dreamhunter Duet, #1)|Elizabeth Knox|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1441659311s/357091.jpg|3017563] duet (a New Zealand analogy, this time bringing in the pre-colonial peoples), but considerably later. It shares in the joys of Knox's style - simultaneously lush and razor-sharp, and very, very smart (not just clever, but common-sense-and-real-world smart). There's a darker edge to this (where Dreamhunter was Edwardian froth hiding scalpel-sharp truths) that manifested for me as a strong and looming sense of uneasiness, like stormclouds building and building until things broke and revealed all their twisted-together terriblenesses.

Thoroughly enjoyable, full of thought-provocation, deft and lingering. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
I first started reading Mortal Fire way back at the beginning of summer, and it was a book that I just immediately took my time with. It's very slow moving at first and full of detail, so it wasn't something that I could just rush through or skim and hope to have any chance of fully digesting what was happening. I got maybe a third of the way through the book and had to put it aside -- not because I didn't enjoy it, but because I had too many other books stacked up to read, and this review was already overdue.

So many months later, I picked it up again in my effort to get through all the half-read books I've got strewn around my house... and apparently I initially stopped reading Mortal Fire right before things got really good, because I read the last two thirds of the book over the span of a few days, while the first third took about a month. Whoops.

We spent a lot of time getting to know Canny, her complicated family history and her relationship with her mother, who is somewhat of a local hero from actions taken long before Canny was born. Canny herself is a mathematical genius, but there's a little something more -- sometimes she can see magic written in the air, symbols that no one else can see but which she can sometimes untangle the meaning of. On a summer trip with her step-brother and his girlfriend, Canny finds a place where this magic runs wild. It's here that she meets Ghislain, a mysterious young man who lives by himself, away from the rest of the village. Canny's attempts to learn magic and understand Ghislain's secrets don't go unnoticed by the rest of the village, who are wary of outsiders.

As I mentioned, this book is slow to start, and things don't really pick up until Canny and Ghislain meet, since it's here that she begins to get a greater understanding of the magic she sees, and also begins to learn some of the secrets of the Zarene Valley and the people who live in it. The relationship that grows between Canny and Ghislain is sweet but a bit strange, for reasons I can't go into because of spoilers. I can't say that I understood all of the magic and mythology that went into creating the story, but it's very beautifully done anyway. You do have to keep reading for a lot of things to pay off -- there are a lot of stories that get told in bits and pieces along the way, so it often takes a while for you to understand the significance of a story or an event that's mentioned.

Despite being a bit tough to get engaged with at first, this is a very beautifully written story. You spend time getting to know all of the characters, even ones who you don't necessarily think would be important. Don't be afraid to take your time with this one, or put it down and come back to it later, because it does eventually pay off in the end. ( )
  goorgoahead | Feb 4, 2014 |
IN the past year or so I have been reading more and more of what is labeled YA or Junior fiction. The reason for this is that I find some of it is quite good. I have never been a fan of labels, and I am not a fan of labeling books to target specific age groups, either. But I digress.

Mortal Fire Hardcover by Elizabeth Knox certainly sounded like it had potential, and lets face it any book does. Any book can be something wonderful. Or not. I'm afraid that I found the many named Canny Mochrie and company were dull. I admit, that there was some story there, but it seemed to me that much of it was hiddun in, under and behind other things. Much like the way that Canny's mind seemed to work.

So it is a story of needing to know who (or what, in fact) you are. I get that. Everyone has that need. And if you are something that is either not, or something that is more than human, when that comes up on your adar, it must be even more of a compulsion. Curiosity is a good thing, especially in the young. So I give you this need to know and the compulsion to follow what appeared to be signs leading her to her answers .

Here's the thing. I didn't like her. I didn't feel any warmth toward Canny, or Sholto or Cyrus or even Marli. I know that I should have at least felt some sympathy for Marli, and liked her a little. But, no. Sorry Marli. And Sisema? Yikes no. Mean, distant and self centered. No. There was just nothing there to draw me into the story.

I didn't like it. I'm sure that there are many who will and to them, a hit tip. That's what reading is all about. We cant all like the same things. ( )
  mckait | Oct 1, 2013 |
I got a copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. This is a hard book to review for me. There were some parts of the book I really enjoyed and other parts that I found to be boring and confusing. This book was an inconsistent read. Some parts were rambling and boring, while other portions were very intriguing and engaging. I almost stopped reading it multiple times and am still uncertain as to whether I enjoyed it or not.

The story is set in an alternate New Zealand in the late 1950’s. It follows the story of Canny. Canny is a teenager whose mathematical genius defines her, however she has a lot of trouble getting along with others. When her brother and his fiance decide to travel to a small town for the summer, Canny is sent along to accompany them. While Canny’s brother tries to dig up historical accounts of a tragic mining accident that happened many years ago, Canny explores the Valley. Things are strange in the Valley, for example there is a house that no one but Canny can see. In the valley Canny meets the Zarene family who practice a strange sort of magic. When Canny finds that she too can perform the magic, she is drawn into a story of dark secrets and determined to unravel the mystery of this strange house.

As I said this is a tough book for me to review. Some chapters I found boring and confusing and some were incredibly engaging. At points in the book the dialogue and language between characters is very awkward. There were a number of points in the book I had to reread a passage a few times before I could figure out what the author was trying to say. Some of the dialogue is so awkward that I ended up thinking maybe Know did it that way on purpose; but it was awkward in an inconsistent way (not with just one character, but sporadically throughout the book). It was almost like parts of the book were written by different people.

Canny is an interesting character but hard to engage with. She is a genius of sorts, and has a lot of trouble interacting with others. She breaks even the most basic things (locations, colors, poems) into a mathematical way of thinking. This results in her being lonely and curious, but her lack of emotional engagement with the world makes her hard to like. When she does show emotion it comes off as distant and stiff.

The most interesting character in the book is the young man Canny meets in the strange house, Ghislain. He has a mysterious past and is an intriguing character. Throughout the book his interactions with Canny come off as a bit dreamlike, awkward, and disjointed. Still I was intrigued by his mystery and why he was trapped in that house.

Canny and Ghislain have a romance of sorts, but that also came off as a bit awkward for me. They didn’t have much chemistry together and the “romance” comes off as a bit creepy at times.

I did enjoy how this world in the Valley was both part of and removed from our world. I enjoyed the magic system of runes. I also enjoyed the somewhat peaceful and dreamline quality to the writing. The book wraps up fairly well too.

Overall this was a mixed read for me. I enjoyed the magic and Canny’s genius. I enjoyed the mystery behind Zarene Valley and behind the character of Ghislain. I also enjoyed the interesting asides into mining and the mining disasters. However the writing was awkward and alternated between engaging, confusing, and boring. It was just very inconsistent. The conversations between characters felt forced and awkward. The romance between Canny and Ghislain is sudden and a bit creepy. The pacing of the story is also a bit off; parts are incredibly engaging and parts are wandering and boring.

Honestly I can’t really recommend this as a good fantasy read. If you really have your heart set on reading this I would recommend reading the first chapter of the book...it’s one of the most awkward parts of the book...if you can get through that and enjoy it then you will probably enjoy the rest of the book. If that chapter bothers you, then the rest of the book will most likely bother you as well. ( )
  krau0098 | Jun 19, 2013 |
Mostrando 1-5 de 6 (seguinte | mostrar todas)
Knox's latest, Mortal Fire, is Gecko Press' first venture into young adult fiction and it is a terrific publishing debut, gorgeously produced with shiny bees almost leaping off the cover. Two of my all-time favourite Young Adult writers, Kelly Link and Margo Lanagan, have written endorsements on the back that should be enough to make anyone pick it up.

Knox has used the Southland of her Dreamhunter Duet (an Edwardian version of New Zealand), but this place is no longer the haunt of dreamhunters and the story is set in 1959. Mortal Fire is a modern fairy story without fairies, full of breathtaking magic and visual detail.
adicionado por avatiakh | editarNew Zealand Herald, Paula Green (Jun 8, 2013)

» Adicionar outros autores

Nome do autorFunçãoTipo de autorObra?Status
Elizabeth Knoxautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
Colvin, JayDesignerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Tong, KevinArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Venable, Colleen AFDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

Pertence à série

Você deve entrar para editar os dados de Conhecimento Comum.
Para mais ajuda veja a página de ajuda do Conhecimento Compartilhado.
Título canônico
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
Título original
Títulos alternativos
Data da publicação original
Lugares importantes
Eventos importantes
Filmes relacionados
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
Primeiras palavras
Últimas palavras
Aviso de desambiguação
Editores da Publicação
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
Autores Resenhistas (normalmente na contracapa do livro)
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
Idioma original
CDD/MDS canônico

Referências a esta obra em recursos externos.

Wikipédia em inglês


When sixteen-year-old Canny of the Pacific island, Southland, sets out on a trip with her stepbrother and his girlfriend, she finds herself drawn into enchanting Zarene Valley where the mysterious but dark seventeen-year-old Ghislain helps her to figure out her origins.

Não foram encontradas descrições de bibliotecas.

Descrição do livro
Resumo em haiku

Links rápidos

Capas populares


Média: (3.92)
1.5 1
3 5
3.5 2
4 10
4.5 1
5 6

É você?

Torne-se um autor do LibraryThing.


Sobre | Contato | LibraryThing.com | Privacidade/Termos | Ajuda/Perguntas Frequentes | Blog | Loja | APIs | TinyCat | Bibliotecas Históricas | Os primeiros revisores | Conhecimento Comum | 160,344,093 livros! | Barra superior: Sempre visível