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Southern Fire (The Aldabreshin Compass #1)

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Their coming had not been written in the stars, and no augury had foretold the terror they would bring. The first sign was the golden lights of the beacons, a clear message from every southern isle that a calamity had befallen them.
Daish Kheda, warlord, reader of portents, giver of laws, healer and protector of all his many-islanded realm encompasses, must act quickly and
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Tor Fantasy (first published September 4th 2003)
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Apr 15, 2015 Susanne rated it it was ok
This book was hard to read. Normally I can zoom through a book in a weekend and this one took me nearly a weekend to read a chapter. But I had checked it out from the library and 'judged a book by its cover' got the whole series and was determined to read it.

Considering how big the book was, very little actually happened. There was so many conversations, descriptions and internal dialogue that didn't really add anything to the book but took up lots of pages and made it very hard to get into.

Steven Poore
Mar 28, 2016 Steven Poore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, magic, reissue
There's a good case for saying that Juliet E McKenna's follow-up series to her Tales of Einarrin - which in itself was a solid, well-constructed epic narrative with some astoundingly brutal moments - was actually ahead of its time when Southern Fire was first published. Certainly the great archipelago of tropical islands, with a tribalistic culture reliant on astrology and other omens, and highly distrustful of sorcery, bears little relation to much that was being published at the time. This is ...more
Althea Ann
Mar 18, 2012 Althea Ann rated it liked it
Although this is the first book in a series, it's apparently set in the same world (just a different part of it) as her previous series. Not sure how much background I lost for not having read any of the previous books - this is the first book by McKenna I've read.

It introduces a tribal, island-based culture where life is lived by portents and omens, but magic is despised and feared. When a neighboring tribe is decimated by mysterious, magic-wielding invaders from the south, the warlord Kheda fa
Jun 08, 2015 Arminion rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish-it
Someone once said that if the book doesn't grip you by the page 50, it probably never will. Sometimes, however, I don't even need to go that far as 50 pages... I can just tell from the first few pages/chapters that the book isn't for me.
Where to start? First of all, this is the first time I have read McKenna. This isn't her first book, but it is the first book in a trilogy. That being said, I had the feeling like I was reading book 2 or 3. So many characters... so many descriptions and so many e
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]The first of the second series of fantasy novels by McKenna, set in the same world as the first series but in a different part of it, among the lascivious island race visited briefly in a previous book. I said in a previous review that I would have liked to have heard more about these people; well, you should be careful what you wish for, because you may get it - I found the first third of the book awfully slow going as we learnt loads and lo ...more
Martin Stewart
I'm a slow reader so if a book isn't immediately drawing me in I get a bit ratty. I'm glad I persevered with this book, after initially setting the scene Juliet McKenna introduces an interesting character that really had me hooked. A lot of fanasy novels can't resist the lure of making any problem one of massive import, "only the One can prevent the universe from being destroyed" style. It's the realistic approach that made this readable for me. I think after struggling initially I really enjoye ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Brittany rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
3.5 stars, overload of world building for the first 200 or so pages. After that it gets better and the main character goes to find a solution for his domain and do what he believes is right. These people rely heavily on portents and omens using animal entrails, shells and particularly the night sky to tell them what should be done. For me although this was interesting there is a bit too much of it for my enjoyment. I will definitely still read the next book
Jul 17, 2011 Shaima rated it liked it
This book/series is slower than McKenna's Einarinn series (which I loved). At least with the first book, the focus is very much on world-building. This isn't all bad because the society is interesting, but the middle half of the book is kind of dull. I plan on reading the second book in the series once I find a copy for less than $10.
Nov 24, 2013 Annika rated it liked it
This book didn't grab me. I felt I had to force my way through parts of it. I am curious if the next book in the series will be any better.
Lynn Orser
Apr 05, 2016 Lynn Orser rated it it was ok
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Fantasy book with an unusual story line. to often it got dragged sown in detail but there were excellent action sequences.
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Oct 14, 2013 Stephanie Griffin rated it really liked it
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Oct 07, 2015 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd forgotten how intense this tale gets - it's very gripping.
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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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