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Through Fire & Sea

(Otherselves #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Mirror mirror, hear my call…

In the Fire world, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm's most powerful lords. She's hot-blooded—able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods that either bless a civilization or destroy it. But then Leah discovers she's a Caller, gifted with the unique—and dangerous—ability to “call” her Otherselves i
ebook, 354 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Entangled Teen
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Dec 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfed
Maybe I wasn't paying attention or maybe this all was as confusing and non-senseish as I feel it was. It began well, with a fantastic world with a kind of an alive volcano and people with power to appease it, and a dragon... and the discovery of mirrors who could grant the people with the ability to look into them to find themselves into other worlds.
Then it all began crashing: insta love in both worlds, specially worse in the water one. Unappealing characters. Plot with holes: what happens to t
Kariny 'Books of Fandom'
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2015-challenge

Okay i am big goner for legends and myths in a story. This one was actually amazing and super original! So basically there were two bothers, Aesok and Besok. Aesok created a wold-The True World and kept adding to it and it became beautiful. Besok got jealous and copied his brother's world exactly four times-with the exact same people-therefore the explanation of the 'otherselves' In the first one he used too much heat so it became the Fire World. In the second, t
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Through Fire and Sea” is a fascinating YA sci-fi/fantasy that begins with Leah, an unrecognized daughter of a hot-blooded duke. The dukes control the volcanoes, making it safe to live on their planet, which is full of fire. Leah’s mother had her out of wedlock and tries to keep her away from her father, but Leah has always wanted to connect with him. At the beginning of the book, she does and learns why her mother wanted to keep her from him- the duke is not a kind or nice man. A dragon has bee ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.

This was so much more fun than I expected it to be! I'm going to try to describe things without using any spoilers!

In this book, there is the True World, and 4 other worlds. The two worlds present here are Fire, which is ruled by volcanoes, and Water, which is our world. Everyone has an otherself in each world. But most people aren't aware of that. It requires magic and mirrors, and knowledge of the other worlds, of course.
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the publisher Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

For a very long time Through Fire & Sea was a 3 star book for me, because I lacked any solid emotional investment to the characters, also it was clear from the start that I’d favour one out of the two perspectives - Holly and Leah - since they were both so different. After reading about so many strong heroines lately, Holly’s more feeble attitude rubbed me up the wrong
Michael (Mai)
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Through Fire & Sea is a really unique look of parallel universes. There are 4 elemental worlds like Fire and Water that the book takes place in and one True World. Someone people have otherselves that exist on these different worlds. Through mirror magic someone people can “call” their otherselves and interact with them, possibly even take over their bodies. Of course, in the story you can see how this can be used for good and bad.

I think the settings are really cool, especially Fire World. Here
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
When is the next book? When can I see Gideon again? When can we convince Hollywood to make a Violet Eyes movie? Why can't I have my own Otherself?

These are the questions in my mind the second after the last word. Sigh. But really. When can I read about Gideon again?


Here’s the thing – I’ve followed Luiken from VIOLET EYES all the way to now; it’s been a long road. I think I read VIOLET EYES (and its sequel SILVER EYES) my sophomore year of college? So over a decade ago? Luiken was one of the
YA Reads Book Reviews
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

Through Fire & Sea was a solid YA fantasy that I would recommend to YA fantasy lovers, especially leaning toward the younger side. It has everything you could ask for: magic, different realms, dragons, sea creatures, and a ton more! It’s fast paced and constantly keeps you on your toes, wondering what will happen next!

I have mixed feelings about Through Fire & Sea, but I mostly really enjoyed it! Part of my thing was that sometimes I real
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: I was given this book as an ARC by Entangled publishing


This was my first of Luiken's books, although on finishing I discovered that she has previously written other books which I'm sure I'll be exploring soon enough ;)

This book was AWESOME! It mixes high and low fantasy with two stories which could almost exist as totally separate from one another. I found myself entwined in both books so much that I didn't even care which main character I was reading about, I was just happy to be
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
2.5/5 Stars

I wanted to love this book so much. It had such a unique plot. It was intense, complicated, extremely interesting, and fast-paced. Unfortunately, it failed in its execution. There were so many fantastical details that I was in awe of as I was reading but the writing didn't evoke the right emotions out of me to be hooked. The book is so fast-paced that it seems like the authors uses this as her reason as to why the relationships and characters are under-developed but it didn't work. Th
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian-ya
I really loved Through Fire & Sea. The worlds depicted are complex, including a Water world that very much resembles our current world except with the addition of real, siren magic, and a smaller, but equally complex Fire world, which resembles what the Medieval period have been like had it been ruled by volcanic eruptions, fire wasps, fire-breathing dragons that kill people at will.

I particularly love the idea that each of the parallel worlds are similar, but different with some people having
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, urban-fantasy, ya, arc
Leah is the illigitimate child of a Duke who has always hoped her father would acknowledge her, even if just to get a dowry. Now he has, and not in a good way. He wants Leah to pretend to be his legitimate daughter, so she will get sent away in her place.

Holly is Leah's otherhalf if the water world. Life is hard as the daughter of a director. You get unwanted (and embarrassing) tabloid photos and attention only because of who your father is.

This story was interesting, and I'm not usually a fan
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Savannah
Cover Story: Inaccurate Big Face
BFF Charm: Yay x 2
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: She Said/She Said
Bonus Factor: Canada
Anti-Bonus Factor: Patty Chase Award for Awful Parenting
Relationship Status: Pleasantly Surprised

Read the full book report here.
Kirstie Ellen
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
3.5/5 stars

Initial Thoughts on Finishing
This was a really promising start to what I hope will be an epic adventure. I'm definitely going to continue the series with book two because I just need to know what's going to happen!

Through Fire and Sea by Nicole Luiken
This was a very interesting book with some cool concepts and an awful lot going on. The idea of the book definitely drew me in, but I feel that the book lost some of its momentum towards the end which knocked off a few stars for me. It’s
Marie -The Reading Otter
DNF'd at 35%
I received this book from NetGalley for review

Blagh. I can't handle this book any longer. It is so boring. The concept is really interesting but in my opinion, it was done rather sloppy. The other worlds, viewing them through special mirrors is really different. Them being copies of this "True World" is also a fantastic idea. The worlds are supposed to be kind of the same, but when we meet Leah, the girl from the world of Fire, she's in a world with Dukes and it's kind of set in me
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the start of a binge-worthy series. There isn't just one world, there are several. And the reflections in the mirror, ice, and water connect them all. Within each world, there are a few people able to pass through the reflection to the others. Leah is one of these people, and her ability to connect with her Otherselves in the mirror worlds makes her a powerful force.

I loved how the mirror worlds interacted with each other, with small overlaps and similarities, but also huge differences.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
“Don't go."
"I have to." A regretful sigh. "And it's best if you don't remember any mermen." He tucked a strand of wet hair behind her ear. His voice stroked her skin like velvet. "Forget me."
And she did.”

Title: Throught Fire & Sea

Author: Nicole Luiken

Series: Otherworlds #1

Publication: May 5, 2015 by Entangled Teen

Pages: 354

Source: Netgalley

In the Fire world, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm's most powerful lords. She's hot-blooded—able to commun
G.J.C. McKitrick
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Nicole Luiken’s new series the author introduces the YA reader to the concept of mirror worlds, worlds which differ physically but are connected by magical mirrors that allow passage from one to another. What’s more these mirror worlds are populated by mirror people or what the author calls other selves. The two principal protagonists, Leah and Holly are physically identical but occupy different realities on different worlds. They are drawn together when Qeturah, an evil sorceress, attempts t ...more
Erika Winterlia
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes YA fantasy
In this book we begin by following a girl named Leah and her life in a world full of volcanoes and dukes who can talk to them. Leah is the illegitimate child of one of these dukes and is forced by her father to impersonate his “real” daughter and leave to be an apprentice with a woman called Qeturah. Here Leah finds out about the true world and the four mirror worlds – fire, water, stone and air.

With Qeturah’s guidance Leah learns to call her otherself, Holly, on water world.
When Leah finds her
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts On The Book:

The Plot Of The Story:
This is an interesting idea for a plot using the thought that there is one 'true' world and four very different 'mirror' worlds and each world is like an alternate reality version of the others.
Leah lives in the 'Fire' mirror world, a world of volcanoes and fire gods, and has been gifted with the ability to be a caller and is able to communicate with her otherselves in the other worlds. One day she accidentally discovers this gift and brushes contac
Bridget O'Toole
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Guys. guys. GUYS. I’ve discovered that I’m more than just a contemporary girl. After reading Through Fire & Sea and Amid Wind & Stone by Nicole Luiken, I now consider myself a fantasy reader, too (as long as it has some romance in it because a leopard can’t completely change its spots)! I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this series. I requested Amid Wind & Stone on Netgalley before I even read the first book, so that made me a wee bit nervous. What if I didn’t like Through Fire & Sea? I ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced and thrilling tale of otherworlds and otherselves brought to a war with each other by the evil Qeturah rated at FIVE STARS.

“Why don’t I give you my cell phone number? Or you could give me yours.” Then she could text him and—He stared at the red bricks. “I don’t have a cell phone. Or a Blackberry or any other type of fruit.”

Schwartz Synopsis
This novel follows a young 17-year-old Leah. The illegitimate daughter of a duke with a plot for power. She has been living in secret, away from
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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See more of my reviews at We Live and Breathe Books

Thanks to Entangled Teen for the eARC!

Last year, I read Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini, the first book I've read about parallel worlds and other-selves. Because I really enjoyed Trial by Fire ( review here ), I was approached to review Through Fire & Sea. These books definitely had a similar vibe, with other-selves in other-worlds, but they were also very different, and I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Through Fire & Sea!

The beg
Maghon Thomas
This is an AMAZING book!! Let me tell you how freaking cool this author made this fantastic world! First, there two sets of characters we follow. They are mirror images of each other and live in parallel worlds. It's freaking cool. Then, there's bad guys who know how to be more bad than the good guys know how to be good, well for now anyways lol! And there's so many awesome things to say but I have to try my hardest to not ruin things for you... Let's see...

We start with Leah, who's a peasant g
Shannon Rogers
I just finished reading this book last night, so it's fresh on my mind. This was unlike almost anything else I've read in a long time, because it was so very unique. Notice I had a little bit of trouble classifying the genre at the top of the post. It is definitely young adult, but part of the story takes place in a fantastical world, while part of it takes place in the real world, and/or the present day/time/place.

I don't really want to tell you anything more than that because you really just
Amber at Fall Into Books
I had high hopes for Through Fire & Sea. It was a brilliant concept, but poorly executed. I loved the idea of two worlds and mirror versions of ourselves. However, the characters fell flat, the plots were underdeveloped, and the pacing either dragged or felt rushed. The world building was okay, and that's the only reason this book didn't get an F from me. I had to force myself to finish this one, and it took a long time. I was just so bored and uninvested in the outcome that I couldn't make myse ...more
Angela ReadingCave
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
This is the first book in the Otherselves series. The main background to it is that there are five versions of worlds only one of which is the True World and on each version for some special people there is likely to be someone living there who is that world’s version of them. This story concerns people living on the Fire and Water worlds and some key characters who are mirrored on the worlds. Leah is the illegitimate daughter of a ruler on the Fire planet who is sent to live with Qeturah, a wit ...more
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Nicole Luiken wrote her first book at 13 and was published at 16. She writes SF and fantasy for both adults and teens. She lives with her family in Edmonton. It is impossible for her to go more than three days in a row without writing.

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  • Amid Wind & Stone (Otherselves, #2)
  • In Truth and Ashes

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“Don't go."
"I have to." A regretful sigh. "And it's best if you don't remember any mermen." He tucked a strand of wet hair behind her ear. His voice stroked her skin like velvet. "Forget me."
And she did.”
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