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Balefire (Balefire #1-4)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  2,117 ratings  ·  177 reviews

Thais Allard:
I hate New Orleans. I hate Axelle, the guardian who popped up out of nowhere when my dad died. I hate everything about my new life, including the fact that I have to start a brand-new high school for my senior year. I feel like I'm standing on the edge of a cliff, and something huge is abou
Paperback, Omnibus, 976 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Razorbill (first published December 16th 2010)
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My love for Cate Tiernan's Immortal Beloved caught me quite unexpected last year and that the sequel turned out to be equally engaging and lovely surprised me just as much. But when I decided to order the Balefire series, some older young adult fiction by the same author, as a one-book-reprint, I had already upped my expectations by a chunky notch. I was prepared to meet not one, but two prickly, paranormal heroines who would worm themselves into my heart like Natasya had done. For the descripti ...more
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Clio Martin and Thais Allard are twins, separated at birth by their grandmother, Petra, to protect them from the questionable machinations of people within her own coven. Thais goes with her father to live in Connecticut, while Clio remains with Petra in New Orleans. But when they are 16, their father is killed in a mysterious accident, and Thais finds herself in the hands of strangers in a city she never thought she had any connection to. Running into
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This book was quite an undertaking, it was very long but actually, it went pretty fast. I picked it up at a library used book sale, not knowing what I would be getting, and ended up pleasantly surprised. It is four books, consolidated into one. It is the story of two twin 17 year old sisters, one named Thais Allard, raised in Connecticut, and the other one, Clio Martin, raised in New Orleans. They didn't know each other existed, each believing they were an only child, until Thais's father is kil ...more
I liked this series, but not as much as I liked the Sweep series. I think that it could have been a little shorter and even though this was all 4 books in the series it felt unfinished like there should have been one more book. Spoilers below.

I read 974 pages and still never found out who was trying to kill the twins, Melita never was resolved and the 13 generations thing was left hanging. Are they going to start ageing normally, are they going to wither up and turn to dust? It just feels like t
I think I like Balefire more than any other books of Cate Tiernan, because it exemplifies some of the best things about her writing:

1. Her ability to write about people without attaching labels or value judgements: For example, Clio is proud, vain, and arrogant, but never, ever does she say that she "is trying to get rid of her flaws and be a better person". The character grows, but never unbecomes herself (Compare Little Women, and it's obsessive dislike of individuality). Thais doesn't have th
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Wow! This book blew me away. Considering I've read this entire series in 2 days. I could not put this book down to save my life. I do not typically read books concerning all things witch's and so forth. But this book.. All 4 books in this series were done superbly. The characters, the plot, the suspense, all of it was executed beautifully. U become invested not just in the main characters but even in those who at first glance, u may not like so much.

This one is one about choices. Choices, choice
Cate Tiernan is one of my favourite favourite authors. Her books are amazing!
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Really great series... I loved the flow of it and the pace at which the story progressed... The whole love triangle between the twins and their male counterparts was dizzying, yet breath taking at the same time... Couldn't help but feel heart broken along with the twins at their first love's betrayal, and then to see them trying to pick up the pieces of their broken hearts... There was so many action filled scenes as well and though I felt they could have been a little more heart stopping, I was ...more
So, as I’m sure you can tell from my glowing review of Immortal Beloved, I love the writings of Cate Tiernan. And before reading Immortal Beloved, these four books, now published in a bind-up as one, were my favourite of hers.

The story switches POV between girls. Thais and Clio. Thais’ father has just died and she is sent to live with some strange woman she’s never heard of before in New Orleans. When she starts high school there, she runs into Clio. And Thais and Clio are identical. Looking at
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The secondary characters are beautifully written and fully realized. Some are static; others develop brilliantly. The primary characters are generic teens, one the headstrong popular girl and the other the quiet and well mannered, but they each have a clear POV and add to the overall narrative. The love story is drivel, seemingly shoved in either to meet the demands of a teen lit editor or to advance the plot which seems to have slipped out of the author's control so badly I wondered if her edit ...more
I love the Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan, and so, I thought, hey, I might love this book as well, seeing as how it's by the same author. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

The main problem I had with this book, was how fast both Clio and Thais fell in love with their "mysterious" man. I just couldn't take the relationships they had seriously. Another major problem I had was how slow the plot seemed to be going (which is why it took ages to finish reading), threading along at a snail pace. It w
So, as I’m sure you can tell from my glowing review of Immortal Beloved, I love the writings of Cate Tiernan. And before reading Immortal Beloved, these four books, now published in a bind-up as one, were my favourite of hers.

The story switches POV between girls. Thais and Clio. Thais’ father has just died and she is sent to live with some strange woman she’s never heard of before in New Orleans. When she starts high school there, she runs into Clio. And Thais and Clio are identical. Looking at
I really like Cate Tiernan's Sweep series, so I expected to like this series more. The writing style and characters were great, but the plot and resolution left much to be desired. With all the books in the same set like this it was easy to see the numerous errors and plot differences from one book to the next. None of the books have much in the way of action, and the climax of each story is...well...anticlimactic. If they weren't all together I'm not sure I'd have read the last three books. The ...more
My friend gave me this book cause I needed something to read and warned me ahead of time that she didn't like it at all and it wasn't very good BUT her sister loved it. Me, being the book lover that will read almost anything, went "ok I'll give it a shot." Thinking about it now, I wish I never picked it up. It was a waste of my time and I could have been reading something else honestly. Due to my book OCDness I had to finish what I started so the chapters I did read (I skipped one here and there ...more
Veneda Angelia
Cate Tiernan is a brilliant writer.... I love this novel and her other work.... I'm aspiring to be a writer as brilliant as her
D.C. Grace
One of my favorite series! Cleo and Thias are the perfect ying & yang representation of twins. The series is fast paced, and incredibly descriptive, one of my favorite things about Cate Tiernan's writing. Set in modern day New Orleans, I felt like I was part of the culture and community by the time I finished it. Cate shows us a realistic vision of old world magic brought into modern times, and what happens when dark and light magick collides. I became a huge fan of Cate's writing because of ...more
Gabi Graceffo

With such a great premise, I was really excited to read this book; it seemed to have good literary ideas with the foil of the twins and the interest in witchcraft and voodoo that inhabits the French Quarter of New Orleans.

And then, I read the writing.

I understand that these are teenagers. I understand that Tiernan wanted to truly get the reader inside the thoughts of Clio and Thais, but...I just couldn't get past all the 'likes' and the bad choices and the insta-love for the same guy. It was unr
Erika Briggs
This is a good book about twins who were separated at birth and got united by a mere slight of fates and...NO. Unfortunately that is not the case. Yes twins were separated at birth and were united, but not because of anything chanceful.
Thais* and Clio are sisters. And witches. Clio is a popular girl in her school in New Orleans. Thais is a non-so-popular girl from the boonies. Her- their- dad has just died. Thais is thrown into a world of supernatural adventure and peril. And NO again. Yes she i
Madeline Mckemy
This is my first review that I've ever done on this website but I just felt the need to write one for this book. Part 1 will be the non-spoiler review and Part 2 will be me just ranting about the book.

*********PART 1 NON-SPOILER REVIEW*****************
In all, I enjoyed the book, BUT when I finished it, I felt very unsatisfied. I loved how each character developed and how each character was written differently and how their storylines played out. I liked how some scenes I could visualize. There w
I somehow missed this series when it was first in print so I was thrilled with this bind-up that includes all 4 books in the series. Balefire is a gripping, well-written on long lost indential twin teen sisters finding each other and discovering magic and secrets in New Orleans. It was amazing. I highly reccommended this well written and captivating series. Not to mention, the price of this collection is dirt cheap - under $10 for 4 books !
Oh my Gosh! I loved this book. I talked my mom into buying it for me after I spent a few hours babysitting my neighbors kids. I didn't want to put this book down. I practically took it everywhere with me so if I had any time to read: I could. I wanted to reach through the book and slap Luc for hurting the twins. I also wanted to cling to Richard and scream "You're mine! I wish you were real!" xD
One of the darkest, most mysterious series I have ever read. It was incredibly thrilling, and I was impressed the whole way through. Tiernan out-did herself, which is a true triumph.
I totally hated this book. Had I not been reading it for a challenge I would have stopped at book 2 of 4 instead I pushed myself and finished all 900+ pages. At the end I just wished I could have had my time back. I absolutely hated Luc, and Richard wasn't much better. The twins were so obnoxious, and predictable. The story leaves you with so many unanswered questions in the end, and the ending is so unsatisfying. The author tried to build up the suspense and just utterly failed. I just can't re ...more
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Well... this book started off GREAT. It really did. It was like the first 2 books in this series were perfectly written and the pace of the book was on point. it wasn't confusing or rushed and I loved all the characters and felt a connection with them all. Then I got to the third book and I finished it and was freaking out because I was scared all the loose ends wouldn't be tied by the very end, and I was wrong. BUT the whole last book was so rushed I felt like there
K.B. Miller
Balefire is super yummy!! Cate did NOT let me down:)
I believe this is the first series created by Cate Tiernan, so far I have read them all, Sweep, Immortal Beloved, and this one. As with the other books Cates style is distinctive and addictive. I enjoyed being able to read all of them at once. My biggest issue with Sweep was having to wait till the next book showed up from Amazon.

As with every other book I've read that takes place in New Orleans this book is another love letter to the city (much in the way the majority of Anne Rices books are),
Apr 14, 2011 Nina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like Cate Tiernans writing, witchcraft
Balefire is all 4 books in the series combined into one. Cate Tiernan has done it again and written a wonderful series of books. Although not AS amazing as the Sweep series, these books were still very good.

Thais and Clio were separated at birth. But, when Thais dad is killed in a freak accident she goes to live with a distant "friend" of her fathers, Axelle, who she has never even met in her entire life in New Orleans. When she starts school her and Clio discover that they are twins. Once they
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