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Snow, Fire, Sword (El Jisal #1)

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On the island of Jayangan, old beliefs and magic exist side by side with new pop songs and motorcycles. . . .

Adi is a fisherman's son, proud to be studying with the greatest of traditional sword makers. Dewi is the daughter of a healer, curious about the world beyond her quiet village.

Neither Adi nor Dewi is prepared for the sudden violence that transforms their lives. Bot
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Eos
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Jennifer Wardrip
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For readers who enjoy fast-paced and surprising fantasy fiction, SNOW FIRE SWORD is a treat. It's an exciting story with a mixture of fantasy and the modern day. Its two protagonists, Adi and Dewi, are brought together when dark forces begin to terrorize their country, taking Adi's teacher and Dewi's father. Armed only with the knowledge that they can defeat the evil with the powers of snow, fire, and sword, the two children struggle to save their world
Anne Hamilton
Mar 17, 2016 Anne Hamilton rated it really liked it
Adi's master is a kris-maker. On their way to Kotabunga to deliver a formidable kris to the Sultan, they are attacked by hantumu.

Adi's master sacrifices himself to ensure Adi's escape. Adi is found, bound and gagged, by Dewi the daughter of a dukim. Together they traverse the physical and spiritual landscape of Jayangan. They are looking for Fire, Snow and Sword - three companions who will enable them to defeat an evil Sorceror who is trying to destroy the rule of the Sultan and to wipe out the
Kerri Green
Nov 28, 2015 Kerri Green rated it it was ok
It kept me going but in order to get into the story quickly it was too flat, it had no willing suspension of disbelief to engage me and that stayed in the back of my mind even when I get entranced by the action. It's an action story rather than a fantasy. A good fantasy should be moralistic, deep and have whole characters that are heroic. This book did not have that.
Aug 05, 2016 Afrah rated it it was ok
I would recommend this book if you wanted a light read. It was an entertaining mix of fun, fantasy, and mythology. The plot was really original, you don't see a lot of book on Indonesian folklore and mythology. There's also a huge focus on religion in this book which was kind of confusing as they didn't really get the principles of Islam right in the book. I really would have enjoyed this book a lot more if the book wasn't cluttered with unfamiliar, supposedly religious Indonesian chants and wor ...more
Nov 17, 2008 Jess rated it liked it
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Recommended to Jess by: Fantasy Syllabus
Shelves: ya, z_08, fantasy
After his master is attacked, Adi meets up with Dewi and sets off on a quest for the only hopes to defeat an evil sorcerer: Snow, Fire, and Sword.

There's a lot going on in this book including location (created but obviously [see the map at the start] based on Indonesia) and religion but I think the author's message was tolerance

The author was born in Indonesia but has lived elsewhere - not sure how long in any of these places but this offers at least some credibility. I didn't have problems with
Cecilia Rodriguez
Mar 28, 2016 Cecilia Rodriguez rated it liked it
Inspired by Indonesian mythology, Mason's plot blends the modern with the traditional.
Using the traditional "quest" trope as a framework, Masson has Dewi and Adi seeking the three title objects in order to save their island.
Dec 12, 2008 Juliana rated it did not like it
Shelves: sff, fantasy, islam, ya, poc
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Mar 30, 2009 Patrick rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
It's 3 1/4 stars and I wish I could give it more. It's a fun premise and very original setting based on Indonesian mythology. I like the two main characters and a lot of the setting, but the story just ends up being a little convoluted and anti-climactic. Also, religion plays a big part of the story and the obviously Muslim religion and characters mostly don't come off well. From what I know of Indonesia, it's at least partially accurate that the Muslims are very aggressive in their proselyting, ...more
Something was missing from this book. For lack of a better word, I will call it personality. It has all the right plot elements: two young people, brought together by chance, the only ones who can affect the outcome of the pending apocolyptic battle between good and evil. It has an Indonesian/far-eastern setting, and the mythologies are cluttered with unfamiliar names and incomplete explanations. Perhaps this is partly why I never really felt invested in the characters or situation. I have asked ...more
Jun 27, 2011 Jeanna rated it did not like it
It really didn't do much for me and was just a little too weird and random. Maybe if I was more familiar with Indonesian (I think?) mythology, I would have liked it more. But probably not; it wasn't so much the mythology as the fact that no one seemed to really have much control over their destinies that I didn't care for.
Mar 28, 2012 Roshni rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was too cliche and predictable. The plot was not engaging enough and the character's did not inspire any loyalty. The good guys won a little too easily. Masson tried to incorporate some complexity, but failed to make it entertaining. Overall, a cliche fantasy book that was not worth reading
Feb 22, 2009 Noelle rated it it was amazing
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Oct 20, 2007 Vivian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mama-misc
I found it mesmerizing, maybe simply because the cultural basis of the story is so unfamiliar to me. The general plot, however, good versus evil, is timeless. I can't say that I was always rooting for the male protagonist Adi though: he was too rashly "human".
Apr 17, 2012 Cindy rated it it was ok
This one started out OK, but it was kind of a mess. Plenty of action, but it wasn't making a lot of sense. I didn't understand the mythology of the figures involved or the belief system or anything. I gave up on it - plenty of other things to read out there!
Mar 09, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
I thought it was a good book well written. I was interested to know what was going to happen in the book and I just couldn't put it down. Its an unexpected adventure and I really like it.
Jan 01, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read, but I would have appreciated a little more wrap-up/ discussion of what the characters learned and did next at the end.
Eloise Brachenburry
Nov 24, 2013 Eloise Brachenburry rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The plot was very original and had tons of unexpected twists.
Jun 18, 2013 Jess marked it as to-read
A fantasy set in Indonesia???? And by an Aussie author??? This could be great.
Apr 05, 2012 Tracie rated it liked it
Adi and Dewi are brought together to battle supernatural, evil forces.
didn't like it that much! :(
Matthew Coyle
Feb 28, 2013 Matthew Coyle rated it liked it
Things I will enter later.
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Born in Indonesia of French parents, Sophie Masson was sent to live with her paternal grandmother in Toulouse, France, when she was just a baby and lived there till she was nearly five, when her parents came back from Indonesia and took her to Australia. All the rest of her childhood, the family stayed in Australia, with frequent trips back to France, and this dual heritage underpins a good deal o ...more
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