Balefire (Balefire, #1-4)
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Balefire (Balefire #1-4)

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MYSTERY, ROMANCE, AND MAGICK COLLIDE WHEN LONG-LOST TWINS ARE REUNITED.

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...more
Paperback, Omnibus, 974 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Razorbill (first published December 16th 2010)
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oliviasbooks
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
Witchy Books
From the Witchy Books Network review blog.

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...more
 ~*~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...more
Kristin
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...more
Роза
Brilliant.
Cate Tiernan is one of my favourite favourite authors. Her books are amazing!
Lisa
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Malavi
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...more
Sandra
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
Caitlings
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...more
Carol [Goodreads addict]
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
Lilian
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Brandi
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
Veronica
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...more
Whatchyareading
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...more
Aubrey
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
Jamie
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
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
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...more
Jenn
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 !
Cici
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
Amplifiedambivalence
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.
Morgan
What to say about this book?

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...more
K.B. Miller
Balefire is super yummy!! Cate did NOT let me down:)
Nina
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...more
Naomi
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Kay
This is a omnibus edition of the 4 books of the Balefire series. So, I read them in four sections for each book. I thought that the first section was only okay. I didn't really like the two main characters very much. Thais seemed to cry on every other page and while she was going through a lot this got annoying and Clio was to cliquish for me to like. I also didn't really like many of the supporting characters. But, I felt that the story had potential so I kept reading. Fortunately things got mu...more
Mateja
The Balefire bind-up contains all four books of the Balefire series: A Chalice of Wind, A Circle of Ashes, A Feather of Stone and A Necklace of Water. I'm really glad I'd picked up the entire volume rather than individual books, I think I would have gotten bored after book two and wouldn't have the proper incentive to continue. The basic plot was the same throughout all four books, so I barely noticed when one book ended and another began, I just pretended it was one very long book.

The plot was...more
Liz
I had picked this up and read it a while ago, because I had really liked CT's Sweep series, also read a while ago. I decided to reread it, and honestly, was disappointed. I wasn't as confused this time, because I vaguely remembered some of the plot details with the Treize. But now that I've read it again, I have questions. The continuity of the story between the books isn't as well developed as I would like, and frankly the ending is abrupt and very unsatisfying. Threads are woven in the first b...more
Nicole
This is a bindup of the four books in the Balefire series by Cate Tiernan. The story is centred around two twins who were separated at birth - Thais and Clio. They are reunited when Thais father dies, and as Thais begins to discover witchcraft, both twins learn that their grandmother has been keeping secrets from them, and the people in their grandmothers coven have some dark motives.

I am a big lover of Cate Tiernan books, and this proved to be a very addictive series. Each book continues where...more
P.E.
Balefire was really an incredible read. It was exactly the kind of book (or series) I had been pining to read and I finished it quickly.

This was the kind of book that once I started, I couldn't stop. I'd say "I'll just read this chapter" and 200 pages later I'd finally stop. The kind of book that just gripped me and made me forget of everything except itself. A real page turner, it was. There was always something happening and I loved the mystery and suspense. The storyline was interesting and...more
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