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In Legend Born (Chronicles of Sirkara #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  764 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
For a thousand years, Sileria has toiled under the yoke of foreign conquerors, Savage Moorlanders, sorcerous Kints, and now the hedonistic Valdani have forced the Silerian mountain clans into harsh slavery. Villages have been razed, and the innocent populace dragged to the mines, there to toil until death with no hope of escape.

But there is hope. Five disparate people have
Paperback, 736 pages
Published October 15th 2000 by Tor Fantasy (first published January 1st 1998)
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Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
[9/10] I've been hunting for a solid fantasy epic that is finished so I don't have to wait years to find out how it ends. I'm glad this Silerian trilogy was pointed out to me, because I didn't know much about Laura Resnick and suspected she was writing mostly modern urban fantasy/romance - a genre I'm lukewarm about.

In Legend Born is a good bridge between what I would call classic fantasy in the style of Tolkien, Jordan, Brooks, Feist and modern "grit" from Abercrombie, Ruckley, Lynch or Morgan
Srdjan Jovanovic
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
A totally sweet fight-for-freedom/RobinHood style type of fantasy. Loved it.
Michael S.
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
A truly fantastic epic fantasy! Don't know how this one escaped my notice all these years. An intricate plot with very intriguing, believably flawed characters against a very interesting background. Sort of the epic fantasy version of Braveheart. (bands of somewhat "uncivilized" rebels fighting desperately to overthrow a vastly larger, more powerful empire and gain their freedom. The Valdani empire is very reminiscent of Rome instead of England, though)Very good story. Got to read the rest of th ...more
Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This has got to be one of my favourite books ever. My mom chose it for me because it was thick, and in the fantasy section of Chapters, and what luck! I've read it so many times over the past 6 years I could probably recite half the dialogue. It's an epic fantasy novel, full of fascinating characters and well thought out action. The two sequels are almost as good, but this one is still the best. The world that Resnick has created is just beautiful, and I wish she would write more!
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This, and the two-part sequel IN FIRES FORGED, are amazingly good. I am furious with Laura Resnick for not giving us more of her Epic Fantasy brilliance. Instead she seems perfectly content with her Urban Fantasy series, the Esther Diamond books--which is unacceptable!

Edward Branley
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read! Engaging characters in a very-believable fantasy realm. Magic/sorcery that works and doesn't stretch your willing suspension of disbelief. Solid, strong female characters make fantasy novels better for me, and Sileria has a good mix, while again Resnick maintains believability in that women have their "place" in the society. Fire-versus-water magic is often oversimplified, but this is good stuff.

Throughout the novel, I couldn't but help wonder if the setting was a real-world idea turn
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
This is one of those books I read as a teen. I'm also pretty sure that the German translation that was cancelled after two books were relased only covered "In Legend born". Because I remember roughly what happend during this book, but everything after that aka "The White Dragon" is absolutely new to me. And I remember that I went all WTF after the cliffhanger of "In Legend Born ("Feuerbringer" and "Flammenherz" in German), especially when I realised that there wouldn't be a conclusion. My Englis ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Though the series isn’t perfect, The Chronicles of Sirkara is an epic fantasy trilogy that has flown below way too many people’s radars. This is one of those true gems that is sure to please most readers. The world building is stunning, the relationships and culture are believable, the battles and hardships are intense and easy to get lost in. While there are some characterization and pacing issues, they don’t bog down the series. The Chronicles of Sirkara will suck you in, pull you under, and l ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
A bit slow at the beginning but very suspenseful and dynamic once the principal characters and conflicts have been introduced, "In Legend born" is a solid epic fantasy adventure with very complex and detailed world-building and interesting characters. Not as over-the-top funny as Resnick's "Esther Diamond" series, but with some humourous moments nonetheless. There's even a little glimpse of romance on the horizon (probably important for the other books of the trilogy which I haven't read yet), b ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
overall a pretty good read. there were some parts that i felt were slow but they were few in number. the remainder of the book more than made up for those sections i found tedious. i definitely will be reading the other 2 books; i just have to know what happens to Mira and Tan. And then, i think i'll check out some of Ms. Resnick's other books. i really enjoyed her style of writing and her treatment of the characters.
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Laura Resnick is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author, the daughter of prolific science fiction author Mike Resnick. She was the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction for 1993. She also writes romance novels under the pseudonym Laura Leone
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