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A Fistful of Fire

(Chronicles of Marsdenfel #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  10 reviews

Tales of loathsome kings and prophesied saviors aren’t so appealing when you are a royal bastard of prophecy…

Evonalé Yunan is supposed to somehow free her grandmother’s enslaved people, but she’s merely a child, and her father is the powerful fire mage who subjugates the realm. Evonalé has therefore fled home, her half-siblings, and the father who really should’ve been

ebook, 1.0, 322 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Misti Wolanski
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Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun fantasy book. With a complex background and many good characters, I got a little confused at first, but ended up really enjoying the book. The romance is a bit light, especially in the beginning while the main characters are younger. Though not an "intense" romance, it is there and is fun and light. Aiden is a wonderful character, full of love and a bit of arrogance. Avonale is a sweet character that you simply love. I would have liked the last few chapters to last longer and give ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you don't read the blurb, at first the story is hard to wrap your head around. There are numerous points you have to keep in mind whilst reading, so reading it is quite an activity. But as you get into the story and you understand Evonalé's past, the story becomes increasingly enjoyable. The ending was a bit abrupt, to be honest, but I like it. Fistful of Earth next!
Mar 27, 2012 marked it as self-pub-indie-epublisher
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An author's note in the amazon preview says the entire book is being serialized for free here:

Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
The story was really romantic! Especially as I didn't expect that much focus on the romance, so I was pleasantly surprised. :) The sexual tension (anticipation that the two characters will get together) was managed really well too, and was very riveting and addictive.

On the characters, for some reason, though I sympathized with the heroine's plight and situation, I never really got attached to her. This might be because the story was narrated from her first person perspective, and I often feel
TL Jeffcoat
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the most different classic fantasy story I've ever read. It has the most unlikely hero and the story keeps on pace and is light hearted and humorous throughout, and at the same time keeps a serious undertone, knowing the protagonist will eventually have to face her past. I was a little confused at the beginning of the story, with the background opening and the references towards the protagonists past, but since reading the book and before writing this, I have accepted it, as som ...more
Kayla Ndife
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Misti Wolanski has a gift for character, world- and culture-building, and most importantly, words.

There were a few things in this book that made me cringe - mainly character backstory - but only initially. Any qualms I had were put to rest as I more or less devoured this novel. The titular Evonalé is abused, nervous, clumsy, and the victim of a prophecy - we're never quite sure EXACTLY what it is - that she's fairly certain will end in her death, even during victory.

My favorite part about this w
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm not really used to books with this kind of format. I liked the medieval-type setting, and the characters. I think this story could use a little more detail, though. I wasn't sure how I felt about the time-span in the book. The author writes scenes that have a lot of time missing in between them. One page, you're reading about a ten year old girl, and the next page, she's 13. A couple of chapters later, she's turning 16. It was a bit confusing, to say the least. I think the author should have ...more
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Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erica
Let me first say there are a lot of things I loved about this book. The story follows Evonalé, a young girl forced to deal with a sadistic family, a haunting faery godmother, a petulant Prince, and fulfillment of prophecy. The quote above is Evonalé telling the meaning of her name, one of the many intriguing details that kept me reading to the end and made me ultimately recommend: go ahead and read it; you know you want to.

My review is divided into two parts; the first half of the novel which I
Patricia Lea Martin
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good Fantasy

Good storyline. Perhaps a little slow at the beginning, but does liven up as the story progresses.. Suitable for any age group...
Sally Thomas
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved this book it's a great series
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Misti Wolanski has always loved to play in fantasy land and practiced writing all through her teens. She now freelances as a web writer for her day job, to use those writing skills. In her spare time, she likes crocheting and knitting jewelry, baby clothes, and small toys. She does not, however, embroider.

Other books in the series

Chronicles of Marsdenfel (3 books)
  • A Fistful of Earth
  • A Fistful of Water