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A Necklace of Water (Balefire #4)

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The Balefire coven has tried and failed to replicate the original rite that bestowed immortality upon them centuries ago. Some were hoping to finally die, others to discover new reaches of power. Twins Clio and Thais weren't sure what to expect, but now they are forced to confront a hidden enemy who still wants them dead. In addition, they're coping with the love they both ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 20th 2006 by Razorbill
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Dec 09, 2007 Loren rated it liked it
Recommends it for: tiernians
Well done Tiernan you achieved what you set out to do...
if that what you set out to do was DESTROY YOUR FANBASE.

This book was not the fantastic ending we were all expecting.
She writes the series with a complicated pace; feeding us with crap for the beginnings and middles and piling on the good stuff at the end.
Nothing wrong with that.
The problem is that she reveals her synopsis for the last book in the first bloody chapter:

Clio will drown: Yes she does.
Thais will strike bloody revenge at Daedal
While these books do get better over the four, this one still ends with much frustration. There are so many plot holes, inconsistencies and loose ends, the ending reads like there should be at least another book. There is no resolution (view spoiler) and very little character growth. (view spoiler) ...more
May 17, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it
I have to say, I started reading with really high hopes for this book, and for the series as a whole since it is the last book.
I loved the Sweep series, and so when I got a hold of the Balefire book with all four books in it I practically inhaled the pages.
I enjoyed the previous books, and enjoyed the characterization that occurred throughout the books. Thais and Clio are interesting - similar but not the same, despite their identical appearances. There were several compelling story lines, and
Stephanie Bain
Mar 29, 2015 Stephanie Bain rated it really liked it
im not going to say I loved the ending cause it could have been better. but I still really did enjoy it but theres definitely some things that didnt get cleared up. but all good still loved the series as a whole!
Barbara ★
Wow there is a whole lot going on in this book which of course I can't discuss without spoiling the suspense. So I'm just going to say that it's a satisfying conclusion to the series though quite a few things are left hanging as if the series isn't really done. I feel that there definitely should have been another book to tie up all the loose ends.
Sep 30, 2011 Klymene rated it really liked it
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May 10, 2011 Raven rated it really liked it
I didn't like how abrubtly the book ended. I feel like the ending should have been drawn out just a little bit more or even the epilogue. It was really suspenseful none the less and I really enjoyed the series and the characters.
Marjie Pride
Apr 27, 2011 Marjie Pride rated it it was amazing
i can not believe how this series ended left hanging like that i can only cross my fingers and hope cate decides to do more on the story later on!
Karline05 Un brin de lecture
Le dernier opus de cette saga fantastique répond à toutes les questions. J'avoue que je m'étais attendu à quelque chose de plus spectaculaire mais globalement cela reste sur le même niveau que les tomes précédents. Le thème était prometteur pour cette saga mais le manque d'approfondissement du côté fantastique et du caractère de certains personnages en font une saga sympathique mais sans ce petit truc en plus qui font les grande saga.
Mais tentez votre chance vous trouverez peut-être la magie qu
Nadine Maigatter
Mar 01, 2015 Nadine Maigatter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fertig-gelesen
Gelungender Abschluss !!
Clio verliert sich an die Dunkle Magie, will den Unsterblichkeits zauber erlernen.
Thais will von den allen nichts wissen und versucht ein Zauber zu erlernen damit sie Daedalus seine Kraft zu rauben.
Aber das ist nur Nebensache, Richard und Manon altern auf einmal und Petra scheint schwächer zu werden und Luc sieht nun Gesichtsmässig aus wie ein Schwein, das Ritual hat selber seine Wege gemacht und jeder hat irgendwas bekommen oder verloren.
Aber das ist nicht das schlimmste
s e n t i m e n t a l i t i e s olittlebear
Boring with a terrible ending. Okay, reading it there were interesting moments but it's the final book, meant to sum everything into a perfect conclusion and it doesn't do it! Things aren't solved. You've got Melita who was just happy to up and leave without getting what she wanted and no one's worried or wondering why. You've got Clio who is suddenly over her bitter obsession with Luc and Thais not having him and is fine and dandy with Richard who tried to murder her, then had sex with her thin ...more
Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.
And so the Balefire story has ended, finiteod, much like my patience and genuine enjoyment for this series. But my lack of enjoyment is nothing new to those who have followed my reviews for this entire series, and it actually saddens me to say that out of the four of them, this was quite possibly the worst, which for a finale, is both gutting and disappointing. The synopsis promised great things, even; 'a shocking turn of events that no one will predict', those of which were pretty darn predicta ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Rebecca rated it liked it
The first three books were great. I was impressed by how Tiernan took the time to develop the back stories and motivations of most of the Trieze - thirteen characters, with overlapping histories, is a lot to handle. However, the end result is that she brought up a lot of things that just never get resolved.

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Aug 20, 2009 Issam rated it really liked it
A great ending to the series (for a total of 4 books). I saw a few twists coming in this one, but overall, it was a satisfying finish. The first book is probably the weakest one, (Really, long lost twins who meet each other for the first time AND also end up being powerful witches too? Haven't heard that one before! *rollseyes*) but it works well as an origin story to set everything up for the rest of the books. The story itself, crossing here through all four books, is actually very well told. ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Sookies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai encore passé un excellent moment de lecture, je n'ai pas vu le temps passer et j'ai eu le plaisir de dévorer cette fin très rapidement. Je suis malgré tout contente de comment cela se termine bien qu'attristée à l'idée que c'était mon dernier passage dans leur univers.

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Aug 20, 2015 Tania rated it really liked it
Loved this series. Struggled to get into it with the first book but as soon as things started to fall in place it was very, very good. The twists and turns in the last book was exciting and not predictable. I do feel that there were a few loose ends at the end of this book. All-in-all a big thumbs up for the series
Dec 28, 2008 Mo rated it liked it
I started this series because I had to review the first two books, and since a friend of mine bought 3 and 4 I read those as well. I don't really know why, since the whole wicca and teenage struggle-setting of these series doesn't appeal to me all that much. Maybe it's the nice pace of the story and the interesting characters of the Treize that kept me going. Anyhow, this fourth book was pretty much what I expected, though the climax was a bit of a let-down. I mean, Big Evil Bitch shows up, wave ...more
tbqh i really liked the balefire books but i didn't think so when i read the first one! they are not spectacular, but they are better than just quick reads, which is something i only find seldom. mostly i read a book and it sucks af, or it's just "ok" or sometimes it's really really good, but that doesn't happen often. books like these 4 i don't come across often.
QiJia 치쟈
Oct 19, 2012 QiJia 치쟈 rated it really liked it
There's lots of on going non-stop scheme going on between every witch in Balefire. The secrets everyone keeping instead of ensuring me high on alert, I felt dull...

Frankly I'm a bit disappointed because the ending is just too abrupt.
It felt as if the author just wants to rush through finish writing the book to meet the approaching deadline.

Or Ms Tiernan has another installment for the series in mind?

Well some confusions are cleared up and everyone has their happy ending(OK correction nearly ever
Nov 04, 2007 Sandra added it
Shelves: advisory2007-08
The twins are hiding secrets from each other. The secrets of their ancestors and their past has all been uncovered. As they learn the truth, sacrifices has been made and Clio and Thais seems to be distant to each other. Thais wants revenge for the death of his father and Clio wants immortality. Clio happens to go against her sister by going to their father's murderer, Daedalus, to learn more about magic and its power. Daedalus is not a simple character. From the previous three books, he was only ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
Wow, talk about interesting endings! This book series had more twists and turns than I expected, and I highly enjoyed it. Just enough of a dose of teenage angst, magic, lies, treachery, friendship and history all rolled into one. The characters are interesting, diverse and never perfect. There is a darkness and a secret wish in all of them, as shown here. All of the books come together and create this awesome ending, and I can assure you it's worth reading the lot just for that. I am definitely ...more
I love Cate Tiernan's witch books for young adults. In this final book of the Balefire series, Thais and Clio both face their own demons has they take desperate measures to achieve their goals. Clio to stop her death that she has forseen and Thais to avenge the death of her father. As the other witches each pursue their own agendas, the tension grows and grows. I don't want to give anything away but all the questions are answered, well mostly, and the ending was satisfying. I would recommend thi ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Nic rated it liked it
3,5 stars. Overall, I really liked this book. Just like I did the previous 3 in the series. But what in the holy hell is up with the ending? Come ON! Over the course of 4 books, Cate Tiernan wove quite the intricate plot, and then the big showdown is... A candle that fizzles out a second after being lit, figuratively speaking. A spell here, some other spell there, a bit of drowning, some resuscitation, another spell, monologue, monologue, monologue, spell, someone vanishing, epilogue, the end. S ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Mycoton32 rated it it was amazing
Un dernier tome qui pour moi a parfaitement ou presque cloturé cette série ! Très sympathique !
Aug 23, 2012 Shandra rated it liked it
I happened to run across an interview with Cate Tiernan that said Balefire was ended by the publisher early, so I knew not to expect all the threads to be wrapped up. Still, it was a bit disappointing to be left hanging. The author had planned for a much longer arc, like her series Sweep (which, conversely, was originally planned to be fewer books, strangely enough), hence all the interesting characters that she brought in at the beginning. I did enjoy her writing, and thought it was even better ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Francesca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Plein de questions restent sans réponse à la fin!
Marika Tsukimori
Jul 14, 2015 Marika Tsukimori rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, witches
Not as great as the Sweep series but still worth-it to read.
Jun 10, 2008 Alexandra rated it really liked it
This is the last book or volume of the series and I was happy i wasn't too disappointed. I'm glad that I choose to read these series in order to relax my mind from thinking to much. This book made me wonder about how love can actually be in front you if you know how to search for it. I can compare my personality with Clio because she is a person who likes to push away things that is meant to be and is too stubborn to see things the way most people see. She denies what she feels for someone she t ...more
Shanell Webster
Apr 14, 2015 Shanell Webster rated it it was amazing
Okay Luc I forgive you
Mar 03, 2014 Julia rated it it was ok
Didn't end well, not resolved. That's annoying at the end of a quartet!
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