Fire Logic (Elemental Logic #1)
These elements have sustained the peaceful people of Shaftal for generations, with their subtle powers of healing, truth, joy, and intuition.
But now, Shaftal is dying.
The earth witch who ruled Shaftal is dead, leaving no heir. Shaftal's ruling house has been scattered by the invading Sainnites. The Shaftali have mobilized a guerrilla army against
I think the main reason I was disappointed was that over the years I've really raised my standards regarding fantasy novels. I tend to only read weird-fiction fantasy these days, and I was expecting this to be a bit weirder -- the third book in the series is printed by Small Beer, Kelly Link's pres...more
My one gripe is that it was hard to get a sense of the characters' inner worlds. It took me until halfway through the book to figure out that Zanja herself largely acts (or reac...more
Laurie J. Marks has a fabulous Elemental Logic series that I've been recommending to everyone I know who enjoys fantasy/sf. Most of the characters are white, but Zanja (who is the hero of the first book, Fire Logic, and a big player in the following books) is a character of color. She is amazing. She's an example of a book character you grow to love and respect so much you find yourself forgetting she's not real....more
This whole series was stellar, and all of you should read them. I am eagerly awaiting the final volume.
I was going to try to say some smart things about these, but got tied up trying to track down which other people said which smart things about them first. So I'll just point to this review and that review and say they probably covered most of the interesting ground w/r/t thematic content and how thoroughly the series isn't the subgenre it appears to be.
There are so many things I loved about t...more
I knew Zanja would steal my heart, because the crux of her character is that she is a diplomat! A learner of languages, crosser of borders, and traveler to strange lands! That she is a warrior also doesn't seem to negate this, which is neat considering that usually characters like her get slotted into pacifist roles, since they understand other people so well and all tha...more
It's a fantasy about a land overrun by foreign warlords, and elemental magic systems, and guerilla warfare, and it's not any of the things you are imagining right now because it is so much more. It is politicall...more
The strength lies in the political and personal sub-plots. The author creates a very robust society and inter-personal dynamics, and the ethical dilemnas within them are interesting to follow as they play out. The author reminds me a bit of Heinl...more
The writing was just not good enough to bring all of these elements together. It improved near the end of the book, but then fell off again for the denouement. Th...more
Half-fleshed out book with water/fire/air/earth elementals ("logics") running around.
What a half-fleshed out book. What does fire logic have to do with fire? What is special about fire elementals, besides that they have some form of prescience? Are all air elementals truthkens? (Again, what does that have to do with air?) Are people just randomly born elementals? There is a connection between being an earth witch and manipulating earth (for Karis, at least), but the random u...more
The book begins very well indeed. In the town of Kisha lives the seat of power of the country of Shaftal. Unfortunately, the single person who wields this power (referred to as an Earth elemental) has died, and left no heir to his power. With no delay, Shaftal is invaded by the Sainites, and the country falls to them.
The story follows three main charact...more
And then as...more
Just, if you like fantasy, and having people of various genders and races and sexualities where being of that gender/race/sexuality isn't the point of the story but just part of life, you should read this book!