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Irons in the Fire (The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution #1)

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Carved out of the collapse of the old Tormalin Empire, Lescar has long been laid to waste by rival dukes, while bordering nations look on with indifference or exploit its misery. However, a mismatched band of exiles and rebels are agreed that the time has come for change.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published 2009 by Solaris
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Sep 05, 2015 Blodeuedd Finland marked it as dnf
I had read 70 pages and realised I was bored. I did not know what I had read, and I had probably skimmed every second page
Sep 11, 2010 D.w. rated it really liked it
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Nov 06, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was ok
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Irons in the Fire is exactly what the jacket says, a group of people get together and begin to plan for a revolution. That's not super interesting, but fantasy doesn't really need anything earth shattering for people to read it. All you need is a medieval setting, some sort of politicians at odds with each other, and a group of heroes. This novel has all that, but that is not enough to make it interesting.

We start off with a brief history and the current state of each of the warring nations. Unl
Aug 15, 2012 Len rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: violence is quite graphic at times but not as bad as I expected
Recommended to Len by: No one
As I began reading this series, I experienced something unexpected... For the first time I found myself 50% through the first book of a series by Ms. McKenna and she had not "hooked" me yet. I believe that this was due only to the fact that 1)that first half is spent introducing a large number of characters we have never seen before; not to mention laying the back story for what is truly an epic trilogy... So whatever you do DO NOT start reading and give up 20% in... cuz the moment certain hugel ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Jacob rated it liked it
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Yes, I have been doing quite a few reviews of McKenna's books recently! This will probably be my last for a while, until I get Blood in the Water - the next book. Irons in the Fire is the start of a new fantasy trilogy, exploring another area of the world of Einarinn: the warring duchies of Lescar. Each Duke desires the throne of this broken country, but the constantly shifting alliances, lead-adulterated coinage, and a peasantry broken by co
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I really like the idea of this book. Strange Horizons has a great review of the trilogy, and also Kate Elliott liked it (if author blurbs can be believed). So it sounded great and, while I was aware that almost nobody has read it, I put this down to the fact that most female fantasy authors are obscure, regardless of the quality of their books. (But maybe not this obscure.)

So I bought the book, since my library doesn't have it, and I've tried reading it a couple times, but the way the characters
Sep 11, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok
c2009. Political speculative fiction is not really my bag but when done well - it is brilliant. This not so much. To me there were a few plot flaws and some hitches in the plot were solved by means of magic. However, as I could not plot a simple story - this criticism should be taken with a pinch of salt. I couldn't say that I liked any of the characters or even felt any sympathy for them which is really a bit strange - oops - with the exception of Branca, that is. But.....I finished the book, t ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Rosemary rated it liked it
This is the first in a trilogy, and I want to defer final judgment. That said, it is one of the most honest and complex explications of the problems with revolution I have seen.

I think as long as magic doesn't become too much of a deus ex machina for me, then I should be able to stick with it. I wish the heroes were a little less whiny, but otherwise, I like it well enough.

We'll see what the second volume holds. (Though I really wish it was available on Nook, and not just on Kindle, as an e-book
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Juliet E. McKenna is a British fantasy author. She was born in Lincolnshire in 1965, and studied Greek and Roman history and literature at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She now lives in West Oxfordshire with her husband and sons.

McKenna has written two series of books, The Tales of Einarinn and The Aldabreshin Compass, as well as many short stories and articles. She is currently working on a new ser
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