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Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks
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May 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read in May, 2011

Gritty elemental fantasy with a focus on interesting, well-developed female characters who happen to be queer? Sign me up, yo.

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 that.

Minor annoyances (and spoilers?): that, of course, the POC nation/tribe/whatever entirely kicked it, even if they were awesome while they lasted. And don't people fall in love, like, really fast in this universe? Being prescient probably helps with that, I guess. Also a bit confused about overall elemental prevalence in the population, though this might be cleared up later.

Good things: H/C done right, so right, with realistic pain and long recovery times. Addiction handled well also, which I admit I was nervous about at first... although the implication that now that they know people can recover, there will be no more people dying of opium (excuse me, smoke) is, er, naive at best.
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message 1: by Jonathan (new) - added it

Jonathan Love this review! convincing me to get this book and start the series

And I was especially won over by your description of Zanja...

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