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On Fire's Wings (The Final Dance Trilogy #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  553 ratings  ·  29 reviews
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 Kevla Bai-sha's fevered dreams — looming threats to their land and visions of dragons that had once watched over her people — held the p ...more
Paperback, 439 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by Luna (first published 2004)
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Brittany Pesch
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S.L.
I have finally read another Luna. I've had some of these books for a very long time, it seems. They've been stacked up waiting, sort of pathetically. It always makes me feel good to clear one of them off the TBR Range.

And some of them, naturally, are better than others. This one, On Fire's Wings falls into that category.

Kevla Bai-Sha is the daughter of a halaan, a prostitute, and one of the many male clients she's taken over the years. Kevla's job is to sing and dance in the marketplace to attr
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SpringLea Henry
In Dungeons and Dragons, Christie Golden would absolutely be the bard, and On Fire's Wings is an amazing example of her craft! This book is captivating end to end. It's the story of Kevla: Outcast, lost princess, and something so much more. The book includes themes of magic, reincarnation, good-vs-evil, dragons, superstitions, and how people can have influence, even if they aren't the chosen political leader. It's also about the courage to be one's self. I don't feel like I can say more about th ...more
Kerry
I have been checking out upcoming Luna books from the beginning, and when I originally read the blurb for this one, I decided it wasn't for me. I don't remember exactly why now, but it was a decision I was perfectly happy about. After the sequel, "In Stone's Clasp" came out, I pretty much ignored it, because of the original decision not to read the series.

Then, more recently, I started hearing good things about the series. I asked around and had it recommended to me. So I looked at "On Fire's W
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Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
Oct 01, 2014 Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar) rated it 1 of 5 stars
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I'm just disturbed. This story just appalled the hell out of me, I'm serious. This ten year old girl goes around helping her mother be a prostitute just because her mother tells her to...wait no. Demands her to, is more her style. Kelva (Kelva's the child) may not know better, or know what to do about it but let me say this, how the hell did anyone not notice this going on? Kelva still loves her mother, and apparently her mother loves her. NO. I refuse to believe that's love, love is not abusing ...more
Marta
Feb 01, 2012 Marta rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
While at the beginning this book looked promising, the second half of it most definitely ruined my expectations. The plot, at first seeming well thought out, gets more and more forced with every page. The main character also gets quite annoying after a while - she's far too perfect and tragic to actually like her. Despite some twists in the storyline that might have been interesting, overall "On Fire's Wings" is tedious, full of very stereotypical threads and repetitive patterns.
Miriam
Very intense reading, difficult to put down. The story builds up to its final and it is quite grand

The world building is good. Set in a simil Muslim desertic country with quite peculiar rules of behaviour and life (it's almost like muslim but men can marry only one woman and wine can be drinked)


For all that it is written as a young adult but it goes to adult quite quickly and like many others I found the sibling thing quite disturbing and not really necessary for the storyline. I do not understa
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Karen
Nope nope NOPE. the plot and sequence of events was actually very enjoyable. i like how kevla was witty and understood politics despite her upbringing. i was not okay with her sleeping with her half brother and then killing him. yep so not okay with that. i didnt even finish the book because of that. guess ill go read the wizards ward now.
Laura
I liked the Luna line immediately, fantasy with romance and strong female leads? Great!
This book doesn't deserve to be in it. The premise is good and the first half is very promising. Then, it sours. I understand why the incestuous relationship was needed for the plot, but in a novel in a line that promises romance, it is quite souring. When I read the next book in this series, I realized that it follows the same formulaic plot and I could even do the "who matches up with who" in my head that ma
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Gardavson
Hmm. This book was kinda hard to rate. Somewhere between a 3 and a 4. The problem was, it's like 2 separate books. The first half was interesting and I got drawn into it. But it suddenly changed, and the pace, the plot, all of it stopped and took a restart with a totally reborn heroine, totally different plotline. Frankly, I liked the first half better. The second part was less fluid, more forced. It had no setup so it had no base to support it. The character became less likeable.
Violet Jackson
I absolutely love this book probably the first book a fantasy that I fell in love with at the beginning I really wasn't a fan of fantasy beside supernatural books like laurell K Hamilton but when I read the book around middle school it made me cry and laugh and everything in between! I thought this was one of the best books I have ever read Sadly, I have never read the second book but when I do I will finish and I will give my honest opinion the whole series
Casse NaRome
I love when a fantasy book is done right. Golden builds worlds so clearly that you can see, feel and taste them. I felt like I was in the desert, I felt the hot sand and smelled the spicy air! The characters were beautiful and the story was inspiring, tragic and heartbreaking all at the same time. I loved reading as relationships grew and as villians were evolved before my eyes. This book was wonderful!
Melody
It was a good sci-fi/slightly romantic novel. I enjoyed the new language and imagery that the author introduced. I'm looking forward to the next story! I only gave it 4 stars, since most of the story built up to a huge climax- and then the book ended, making you want to read the next one right away (I have it on hold at the library).
Barbara ★
A coming of age story for both Kevla and Jashemi before the s**t hit the fan with murder, betrayal and war. Not a new story but with some interesting twists and a likable hero and heroine who, of course, experience great happiness and even greater sorrow. I will definitely be reading the next installment.
Den
I've enjoyed many of Christie Golden's books - especially those based on the World of Warcraft.

However, she has outdone herself with this book.

The story is so rich and fine, it's like nibbling the finest fudge. I simply could not put it down. I cannot wait to finish the rest of this epic tale.
Jessica Rice
Better than I thought it would be, although I didn't realise it was part of a series until I got near the end and realised the story wasn't finished.
I could only find book 2 after this one, so I think the others in the series are discontinued :(
Lumi
Well, everything was going along swimmingly until I got to THAT ending. Up until then I was enjoying this book. But the ending grossed me out too much to bother reading future books in this series. P.S.(view spoiler)
Angela
Finished this and WOW!! Christie surely doesn't disappoint. I can't wait for the next in the series...and to think, there are FOUR more books (one for each element :-)
Carol Christine Mauck
Oct 11, 2014 Carol Christine Mauck rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13 and up
Recommended to Carol by: isaw it at a book store
Shelves: books-i-liked
it is a cool book. it is for anyone in the family (13up). anyone in the family from girls to blys. even my son and husband read it. i can't for rest
Mary-Frances
Great story - it does make me want to read the next one. I met the author and bought the book on a lark (I've heard it's now out of print).
Liz
Sequential Tart review, where I gloss over the part about the incest.
Cristina
My one word thought... heavy. Lots of details, lots of hardships, lots of responsibilty. Glad I can breathe easier now.
Darlene
this was my first time in the fantasy genre and i really loved it. enough so that i have read all of this series i could find
Tiffany
I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series. I will definitely read this one again.
Patti
It was very good. The author did a good job with the developing of the characters.
Jordan Mierek
Good. I'm looking for the rest of the series.
Music_lover3
This one was too weird for me.
Martha
Has bits that should be edited.
Emily
Emily marked it as to-read
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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. She has over a million books in print.

2009 will see no fewer than three novels published. First out in late April will be a World of Warcraft novel, Athas: Rise of the Lich King. This is the first Warcraft novel to appear in hardcover. Fans of the youn
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  • In Stone's Clasp (Final Dance, #2)
  • Under Sea's Shadow
Omen (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, #2) Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (World of Warcraft #6) Rise of the Horde (World of WarCraft, #2) Lord of the Clans (WarCraft, #2) Allies (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, #5)

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