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Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters, #4) (2004)

de Mercedes Lackey

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Upon the death of her father, Eleanor Robinson falls victim to her stepmother, a cruel Elemental Master of Earth, who makes her a virtual slave, until Reginald Fenyx, who was once a heroic pilot, returns home, and together these two lost souls must find the courage to overcome evil.
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Título:Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters, #4)
Autores:Mercedes Lackey
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Phoenix and Ashes de Mercedes Lackey (2004)

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    Ash de Malinda Lo (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: Both Cinderella reimaginings with similar atmospheres, although Ash is more fairy-ish and Phoenix and Ashes is about magicians and WWI.
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This retelling of Cinderella is set in an alternate England with magic and with World War I raging. Eleanor Robinson was the daughter of a factory owner who was determined to go to Oxford even though women were not granted degrees. However, when her father remarries a woman with two daughters and then enlists in the army, things change.

Eleanor's new stepmother is an Earth Master who has chosen the dark path. She resents that she couldn't convince Eleanor's father to change his will before he enlisted. She is determined to use Eleanor's fortune and puts a spell on Eleanor which prevents her from leaving the house and also makes the people in the small town forget about her. To cast the spell, she chops off the smallest finger of her left hand and buries it under the hearth stone. Eleanor becomes an unpaid, over-worked drudge for her stepmother and stepsisters.

Reggie Fenyx is the son of the local gentry. He and Eleanor met when they were younger because she was as intrigued with flying as Reggie was. Reggie also enlisted in the new flying corps. But a plane crash and being buried alive while being tormented by Earth Elementals has caused severe shell shock. He also had many physical injuries including a very bad knee. He's been sent home to recover but is depressed and suicidal.

When Eleanor, who is a nascent Fire Master, manages to tweak the spell binding her enough to venture to the field where Reggie used to keep his airplane, the two meet again. Reggie is one of the few who recognize her as Eleanor Robinson. The two rekindle their friendship and Eleanor's good sense helps him deal with some of his injuries.

Meanwhile, Eleanor's stepmother is determined to get Reggie to marry one or the other of her odious daughters and is willing to use her dark magic to accomplish her goals. It will take both Reggie and Eleanor to defeat her plans.

I loved the lyrical style of the writing, the details about the privations suffered both on the battlefield and at home during World War I, and the wonderful and richly drawn characters in this story. The narrator did an excellent job with the various characters. ( )
  kmartin802 | Sep 26, 2021 |
Lackey's mixture of magic creatures existing in WWI England is incredibly slow to get off the ground, and not even her well-drawn portrait of a tormented hero can save it. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Jan 21, 2019 |
Much less about magic and a Cinderella story, and more about the horrors of World War I. Not quite the book I thought I was getting, and a bit too long to boot. The ending was interesting, but a good 100 pages could have been cut from the middle. ( )
  Alliebadger | Aug 8, 2017 |
What's amazing is that not much actually happened throughout the whole thing. Over half of it was magical theory and Eleanor dreaming her way through Tarot cards. And yet, it was still brilliant.

I've never been a huge Cinderella fan, but this novel did a fabulous job retelling the original fairy tale, along with some history and magic. I really liked Eleanor and Reggie as well as the supporting cast, and Alison and company were very satisfying villains.

Perhaps my only real complaint was that the ending seemed a bit rushed. They finally won, and then there were just a few pages summing up what happened after. Considering the fact that SO much time was spent building up to everything, I would've liked a bit more time for it all to settle down as well.

Despite that, I really loved it all the way through. Highly recommend. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Jul 19, 2016 |
One of my favorites from this series though I would be hard pressed to say why. The step-mother was truly evil and the step-sisters were petty and self-centered. The story begins at the end of 1914 with Eleanor feeling abandoned by her father. Shortly after his remarriage Mr. Robinson joined the army and seemingly forgot about his promise to arrange funds for Eleanor's travel to Oxford and her fees, etc. as she had been accepted as one of the women scholars there. With the newcomers pushing her out of her place and having lost her dream of attending university, Eleanor is miserable. Then news of her father's death arrives and her former misery is nothing like what happens next. Magically bound to the kitchen hearth and unable to leave the house, she becomes the least of the servants and finally the only one other than Alison's lady's maid.

Meanwhile, the aristocratic Heir to the local Manor and Eleanor's secret crush joins up to fly planes for the British. Now jumping to 1917, Reggie returns wounded after a crash and shell-shocked from horrifying experiences after his plane goes down. He is convinced that his only safety is in denying and walling off his Air magic. Down in the village, Eleanor is just beginning to realize that she could be a Master of Fire if only she can learn to control this most dangerous of magics. Can Reggie and Eleanor work together and defeat the evil plans that Alison has has put in motion with her dark magic? There is even a godmother and a ball ...
  hailelib | May 17, 2015 |
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When I needed to populate the village of Broom and Longacre Park, the denizens of the Dixon's Vixen bulletin board sprang to my aid by volunteering to be scullery maids, war-heroes, or villains as I chose. So if the names of the inhabitants are not consistent with the conventions of 1917, that is why.

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Thanks to Richard and Marion van der Voort (www.atthesignofthedragon.co.uk), who vetted my historical and colloquial accuracy.

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