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

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  634 Ratings  ·  32 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 promise of truth.

Now Arukan - shadowed by mountains and m
Paperback, 439 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by Luna (first published 2004)
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Oct 16, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 8, 2006
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
Brittany Pesch
Sep 23, 2010 Brittany Pesch rated it it was amazing
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Oct 21, 2007 S.L. rated it really liked it
Shelves: recentlyread
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
SpringLea Henry
Mar 24, 2014 SpringLea Henry rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2012 Marta rated it did not like it
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.
Aug 21, 2014 mirba rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
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
Jul 08, 2015 Youkomix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, read-in-french
[read in french so my review is in french]


Kevla, enfant d'une prostitué, chante et danse sur les marchés afin d'attirer des clients pour sa mère. Un jour particulièrement difficile, elle attire l'attention du grand khashim, le leader du Clan des Quatre Eaux.
Tahmu reconnait alors rapidement en elle l'enfant qu'il a eu avec une femme qu'il aimait, mais qu'il n'a pu épouser. Afin d'offrir à sa fille une meilleure vie, il décide d'emmener Kevla au sein de son clan. Près de lui, il espère vei
Dec 14, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it
It was an ok read, good world building and likable characters but there is a cliffhanger ending which was to have been resolved in future books. The writer intended this novel to be the start of a 5 book series but (according to her website)was unable to publish the last 2 and the 3rd in the series has fallen out of circulation. I would have liked to have seen what happened next so that fact made this book frustrating to read.
Dec 28, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 28, 2007 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
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
May 06, 2015 Ledgebat rated it liked it
Another one of those books that ended with me feeling sorry for literally everyone.
Oct 22, 2013 Gardavson rated it really liked it
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
Dec 06, 2013 Violet Jackson rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 08, 2010 Casse NaRome rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 13, 2008 Melody rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 17, 2013 Den rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Apr 02, 2013 Jessica Rice rated it liked it
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 :(
Jan 07, 2012 Lumi rated it did not like it
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)
Aug 09, 2010 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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 Teter Mauck
Oct 11, 2014 Carol Teter Mauck rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 25, 2013 Mary-Frances rated it really liked it
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).
Dec 13, 2007 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sequential Tart review, where I gloss over the part about the incest.
My one word thought... heavy. Lots of details, lots of hardships, lots of responsibilty. Glad I can breathe easier now.
Apr 23, 2013 Darlene rated it liked it
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
Jul 13, 2008 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-it
I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series. I will definitely read this one again.
Mar 21, 2012 Patti rated it it was amazing
It was very good. The author did a good job with the developing of the characters.
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
I'm just disturbed. This story just appalled me too much to finish.
Jordan Mierek
Oct 25, 2008 Jordan Mierek rated it liked it
Good. I'm looking for the rest of the series.
Nov 17, 2011 Music_lover3 rated it did not like it
This one was too weird for me.
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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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The Final Dance Trilogy (3 books)
  • In Stone's Clasp (Final Dance, #2)
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