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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  22 reviews
The harsh desert world of Persis has developed its own customs far from Old Earth. Keepers are cherished as caregivers and helpmeets to Hunters. During Emerald Keeper Teeka's first Contract with Senior Hunter Brant, disaster strikes. Brant is killed and Teeka is stranded, surrounded by strangers, and unsure of who to trust. A dark and moody Hunter steps forward with an off ...more
ebook, 262 pages
Published May 30th 2012 by Torquere Press
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MandyM
Wonderful m/m fantasy set in an evocative desert world. This story is about Teeka, a Keeper on his first Contract with a Hunter (Brant) who is savagely killed. To claim their stake of valuable gems Teeka has to return to the desert with Quill, a mysterious and dangerous Hunter who may know something about the murder.

The world of Persis has its origins firmly in the Bedouin culture of the Saharan Desert. The author takes us on a journey from the teeming and colourful tent city of Kotek to the har
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Meggie
I have to say it clearly, this story was TOO SHORT. I really would wish it was longer. Or maybe a sequel? That would be awesome for sure. The main storyline was well developed, party mysterious and romantic too.
I loved how the main tasks of Keepers and Hunters were described and shown. As I reader I could picture it all and I loved it. For both authors, really amazing written story. Great work! Even if I have to admit that the way it ended, it felt rushed.I really recommend this story to all m/m
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PaperMoon
Humanity has taken to the skies and colonised planets galore; the planet Persis is just one of these planets – a harsh desert world whose wealth lies beneath the beautiful but treacherous sand. The citizens live under complex sociological mores and norms – which draws heavily from our earthly middle eastern and eastern traditions. Great attention is paid to each individual’s job/role, title, position, wealth, family background, artisan skills & training – as these could make or break a perso ...more
P.G.
With its two suns, its deadly winds and the mysterious stones that can supply its inhabitants with many of their needs, the desert world of Persis is a fascinating place. Inhabited by the descendents of the original settlers, who’d traveled here from Old Earth, the culture of Persis is both familiar and breathtakingly new.

Emerald Firs is the story of Teeka, a Keeper from the prestigious Emerald Keep, who has just lost his first Contract. Brant, the Hunter with whom Teeka was involved, was kille
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Selena Robins
This was the first book I read by Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder and it won't be my last from this talented team. It was also the first time I read a book with these fantasy elements, and my first M/M story and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Emerald Fire captures the essence of the time period (1840's Gold Rush) in California and the reader is transplanted into the dangerous wold, filled with harsh weather, villains and dangerous animals.

The world building was written in a realistic manner, and the aut
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Andrea
The first thing I have to say about this book is that the world building is fantastic. It’s so descriptive and imaginative that I had no problems getting into or picturing it. I did have some problems figuring out the roles in society. I don’t think I ever fully understood how Keepers and Hunters would fit into their world. I eventually had to stop trying to figure it out and just go with it.

I really enjoyed Teeka and Quill. Teeka was sweet, nurturing and lovable. Quill was solitary, quiet and m
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Nancy Lauzon
After Hunter Brant is killed by a sandboar, Keeper Teeka finds himself alone in the deserts of Persis, stranded and unsure whom to trust. He reluctantly teams up with the enigmatic Quill, a Hunter who seems equally capable of infuriating and intriguing Teeka at the same time. When they find themselves threatened by an unseen enemy, they must learn to trust each other.
I very much enjoyed this book by A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder. Emerald Fire is a well-written fantasy that draws you into
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Kimberley Troutte
Great story!
I haven't read many m/m stories, but this one was fantastic. The world building is unique and familiar at the same time. Emerald Fire has the feel of prospector life during the California Gold Rush of 1849 in California yet it is set in a harsh and dangerous desert. The wicked winds and deadly animals can kill a man if he isn't careful. And these prospectors, or Hunters, are liable to work themselves to death unless a Keeper takes care of them. It may be a contract, but it is also a
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Joleen
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Sasha
This started out very well and I would love to know more about how this culture came to be. This book takes place over the course of two weeks, a majority of it is spent in a tent. I hope there is a sequel with more going on.
Sarina
I forgot how much I enjoyed this book until re-reading it. Set at some point in the future on a desert world, this story revolves around Teeka, a Keeper, and Quill, a hunter as they navigate both working together and a budding relationship. There were secrets, murder and love all wrapped up in this sci-fi-ish tale and I loved it. I found myself interested in both the world as well as the characters and I wanted more! That's really my only complaint about it; I finished it too quickly. While not ...more
sk B
Sep 14, 2013 sk B added it
Its a good book with albeit flawed yet solid world building.

My biggest pet peeve with the world the author built was the fact that although the place is supposed to be some sort of colonized planet,but and the people that have amazing technology(like shielded tents O2->H20 units), the place seemed to lack pretty standard technology like gps and satelite image maps.

For example, Teeka asks Quill how far the sand dunes extend, and is given the answer 'no one knows and no one has ever come back'
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Dec 13, 2014 K marked it as to-read
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Ladypessi
Really good book with a fascinating world, interesting story and funny characters.
I would have given it 4 stars were it not for the ending. It was just too abrupt and many things were left unclear, so it diminished my enjoyment of the book since I was waiting for some explanations for a couple of things. It was annoying that many things were just left hanging.
But I still can say it was a very good book and worth reading.
3,5 stars.
Gwendolyn
3.5ish. Really liked the main character. Would have been a four but the ending felt very rushed. One of those books where the author hit their word limit and had to wrap it up fast.
Marsha Spence
I really enjoyed this. Teeka was strong and I like the world building.

Reread: Just as enjoyable the 2nd time around!
Kristy Maitz
Cool book. Story plot is full and reading goes fast. At the end I could not believe its over. How sad, maybe we will get more?
Melanie

Rating: 4.5

Review coming 6/25 at Joyfully Jay and my website. A really wonderful book!
C
Nice worldbuilding, ended a little abruptly. Would definitely read a sequel.
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