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Gown of Shadow and Flame

(Lady of Gems #0.5)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Sometimes evil has to be the hero.

Her brother throws the first stone. Her family tries to kill her, but Celaise chooses to live, even if it means dressing herself in forbidden magics and leaving humanity behind.

Now is her last chance to regain what she has lost. Celaise rescues Jerani, a warrior adorned with a sunburst of scars from a tribal ritual. Jerani fights to defend
Paperback, 310 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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A.E. Marling
Dec 01, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Clearly, I can't review my own book. I most certainly can talk about it, though, and if you enjoyed the peril and adventure in Graceling, then you may enjoy Gown of Shadow and Flame. If you loved the desperation and magical struggles in Poison Study or Touch of Power, then this may be the novel for you. I suggest that Gown of Shadow and Flame is a darker tale, and here it's the magic that's toxic, forbidden, painfully beautiful, and terribly wondrous.

This story features a young woman who turned
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a reader already thoroughly enamored of Marling's writing from his first two novels (Brood of Bones and Fox's Bride), I was thrilled to see another story set in the Lands of Loam.

Gown of Shadow and Flame expands on the world of Marling's creation, continuing in the same vein as his other works of developing a fantasy world that is truly his own creation, unique from tropes commonly used (and abused) in the fantasy genre. I loved the sincerity and humanity of his characters and the depth of th
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well written third person book. All the characters are described in great detail and the plot lines are well defined. Each character has his or her own description and personality. This book is one that keeps you captivated at each turn the story takes. A girl with a magical dress who feeds on fear is totally original. I knew I would like it the moment I heard about it. A.E. Marling is a superb author with a grand imagination. I won this book on the goodreads giveaways and it was worth it.
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable fantasy

It was a bit slow to start because I really didn't understand Celaise's magic, but once I got into it the story was really interesting. I like how all the key characters are flawed. No one is naturally a hero and everyone is second guessing their decisions...a very real feeling in a fictional setting.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Refreshingly unique fantasy.

Reading from a feaster's viewpoint may have been even more interesting than from the Elder Enchantress Hiresha's.
I finished Gown of Shadow and Flame last night. It's an ambitious novel for young adults that takes on genre tropes in an interesting way. It's set in the Lands of Loam, the same general setting for Marling's "Enchantress" novels for adults.

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The book tells the story of Celaise, a town girl embarked on a trial, and Jerani, a member of a plains herding tribe. Celaise has been sent on a mission to contain the growing threat of a bizarre creature called a "headless" or a "rock-back" be
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I adore Hiresha (and though it frightens me to admit it, Tethiel), and I was so happy to add a new focal point in this world!

Marling has opened up a new land, of volcanic goddess-worshipping tribes and parasitic monsters.
Celaise is a Feaster, someone who feeds off of fear. She has been tasked by the Lord of the Feast to learn how to stop the Headless (the parasitic monsters) before she may feast on human fear again. Unfortunately, they're incredibly stupid and her illusions simply don't scare
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
The action and fight scenes in Gown of Shadow and Flame are absolutely superb. Heart pounding, interesting, and incredibly detailed without being overwhelming. The switching perspectives allow for a more complete idea of the battles, so the picture painted in the readers' minds is rich in detail.

It is refreshing to read a book where there is a majority representation of non-white peoples. The only 'white' character in Gown of Shadow and Flame would be the Lord of the Feast, who only shows up a s
Louise White
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Wow! This is the first I've read of A E Marling, and I don't know what I was expecting but this wasnt it. 
Beautifully written, the trials of Celaise (A poor bag of bones by day, and exotic deadly force by night) and Jerani (Scarred tribal warrior) intertwine. Thinking that she is a volcanic deity, and with good reason - The  nightly  apearance of an amazing magical gown and powers to die for- Celaise helps the tribe to protect their sacred herd. Jerani receives a gift from her which embodies the
Gregory Close
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
No magic ring, no swords, no knights, no castles... No problem. This is a stellar read. It is set in perhaps the least obvious setting for a fantasy tale and the stakes are not warring kingdoms or undead hordes but something more simple, more honest and achingly pure - the survival of tribe, family, and even the survival of that elusive bit within us we call our "self." The exploration of identity is both profound and understated - revealed through character actions rather than extended soliloqu ...more
Mel Horne
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gown of Shadow and Flame hit the spot for me. It is a good story well told. There are lots of layers that make you think, there is humour , love, danger, redemption, forgiveness and adventure of course! I really like the way A.E Marling writes, his words are so evocative and rich, reading his books is like living in a song.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
Loved this. Not about my favorite Enchantress, but a very cool look into more of the world she lives in and the people there. As always this author delivers intriguing, well rounded, flawed and wonderful characters to love! Very good read! 5 stars to Mr. Marling!
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Remembering Celeste from Brood of Bones I always thought she might have a fascinating back story. Hoping this will be as good as BoB was :) ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic-action filled and kept my attention from the first page all the way to the last page. I hope there will be a second book on Celaise and Jerani's travels and adventures-smile
Paris Johnson
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and I'm beginning to love this author it was beautifully written and the ending made me smile <3 ...more
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A.E. Marling writes on pages, cards, and buildings. A member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, A.E. has published several fantasy novels and written names and flavor text for Magic: the Gathering. The author also shines words in light on buildings as a projection activist (@AEMarling).

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