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The Fire’s Stone

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,198 ratings  ·  229 reviews
It was a long fall from Clan Heir to common thief, but Aaron never wanted any part of his father’s brutal outlander reign. In fact, besides coin purses and jewels, there’s very little in all of Cisali that interests Aaron, until he stumbles—quite literally—into a prince’s bedchamber…

Prince Davish of Ischia is a skilled swordsman both on the field and beneath the sheets, at
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published August 8th 2012 by JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. (first published October 3rd 1990)
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☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
i don't know if it was just the mood i'm in but i just found this really uncompelling and boring :( ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be absolutely honest, a lot of what is going on with this book and me is teeth aching nostalgia. I don't think this was the first m/m book I read, but it was the first one I read that didn't have one of the MCs/love interests dying tragically in the series (which is why I can't tell you the name of the first book I read, because, well, spoilers!). From an objective perspective, the plot doesn't stand out to me now, and even the characters are kind of meh in a lot of ways (and the ending is ki ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, queer, romance
It’s been ages since I first read this, but I’ve been meaning to get round to rereading it for ages, and I’m glad I finally did. The world itself isn’t particularly distinctive: wandering peoples, oppressive clans, magic which requires detachment from the world, royalty and court intrigue… but the characters are what make it shine for me. Chandra, Aaron and Darvish each have their faults, but together they make up a surprisingly strong team, compensating for each other’s faults — and not just ea ...more
This book is such a hidden gem, and it's become one of my go-to comfort reads.

The story is a pretty typical “find the magical artifact and save the day” type quest. Which isn’t a bad thing, and the book doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is. It's honestly really refreshing. "Short and simple" can be hard to come by in the fantasy genre. The worldbuilding isn't all that unique, but it manages to break the mold just enough to stand out - it takes place in a Middle Eastern-inspired society
Kaje Harper
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, m-m, fantasy
It was no hardship to reread this. Tanya Huff is one of my favorite fantasy novelists, and this is one of her best. Aaron has fled a harsh abusive father and is living as a thief when he tries to steal a gem from Darvish's palace. Dar is the king's third son and has been convinced his role is as drunkard and wastrel and all around useless spare part. But when Aaron tumbles onto his balcony, life is about to change for both of them. Chandra is Darvish's promised bride, except that her magic will ...more
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was going to continuing listening to Phoenix Rising but ended up listening to an old favorite while to/from work.

I love the balance between Aaron, Chandra and Darvish. They are perfect together in this quest to find themselves as well as save Darvish's country. It is still believable and nice to read how the relationship of the three strengthens through the trip and eventually heals all of them. I think this is like my fifth time (or more) to read since I first read this decades ago, but it stil
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ot3 is SO STRONG with this one.
Kara Babcock
It’s really neat that the Of Darkness, Light, and Fire omnibus contains both urban fantasy and classical fantasy. Not a lot of combined editions will do that. It showcases Tanya Huff’s wider abilities, and it also provides a nice change of tone if one is reading the two novels back to back. It can also make the task of comparing the two books somewhat more difficult. Even after a few days of thinking on it, I’m still not sure whether I prefer The Fire’s Stone to Gate of Darkness, Circle o ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone somewhere on the internet recommended this book many years ago. Although I have no memory of who, I can tell why. ‘The Fire’s Stone’ is the same kind of soothing, restful read as really good fanfic, or the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. If it hadn’t been for the specific recommendation, I would not have picked up what looks like generic fantasy. Indeed, the setting isn’t very distinctive and the world-building unmemorable, aside from the cultural norm of bisexuality. The s ...more
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fifantasy
This was really an extraordinary fantasy novel. It takes all the basics: a warrior prince, a wizard princess, and a well-born thief and has them go on a quest for a stolen magical object that must be retrieved otherwise it will doom an entire city. Each of the characters has their quirks, their families, their personal tragedies, and their abilities. But I have rarely read a book that has such well-written fantasy characters that realistically struggle with alcoholic dependency, fear of failure ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my long time favorites. I always grab this book when I need something relaxing that takes me away into another world.

The story is a typical fantasy adventure of the "retrieving lost powerful object" kind. Nothing wrong with that, especially since it's executed well and brings character- and relationship developments for our protagonists.
They are the highlight of this story. Aaron, Darvish and Chandra are such lovable characters - on their own and as a team. They completely carry this sto
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Shelves: audiobooks, boring
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wah wah this was so boring i actually went and did my homework instead
Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1,5 star for a half decent cover, but hell if I'm rounding up. ...more
"Volcano threatens populace with fiery death" stories are not generally comforting, but this remains one of my favorite books to re-read on bad days and/or long plane flights. Huff does such a lovely job with character, dialog, motivation, and community-building that the well-trodden plot (Return the McGuffin or Badness Ensues!) fits like a favorite sweater. Part of the joy comes from the cheerful disrespect Huff shows to traditional fantasy tropes - two of her three heroes aren't white, no one ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, glbtq
I've heard Tanya Huff mentioned often when it comes to fantasy with glbt-characters so I was really looking forward to actually reading something by her. So I'd say that "The Fire's Stone" came as a big and very nasty surprise. I noticed very early in in the book that this was not the kind of story I would enjoy. The three main characters are flat as paper, there are alot of melodramatic internal monologue written in italics and of course everyone has Very Vibrant Unusual Colored Eyes That Chang ...more
Tanya Huff has written an incredibly charming book with action, adventure, and a cast of likeable and nuanced characters. This book was my biggest surprise of the year as I wasn't expecting it to have so much depth and emotion in such a thin little volume. A new addition to my favourites, for sure.

The plotline is standard fantasy fare-- a team consisting of a thief, a swordsman, and a wizard set off on a mission to retrieve a stolen magical item that is needed to keep a city from total destructi
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ezinwanyi by: Cassie
Shelves: m-m, young-adult, fantasy
This story was more fantasy and adventure, than a romance, so that was why it didn't really click for me.
It featured 3 MCs: Prince Darvish, 3 born son to a king, therefore, not the heir to the throne; Chandra, his betrothed, who wasn't interested in being his wife but pursing her studies as a wizard; and Aaron, a thief who was sentenced to die.

The story was about their quest to find a stolen magic stone, which would save their beloved Ischia from a volcano about to erupt like Pompeii. Instead of
Fire's Stone is a beautiful story and I'm not exactly sure how many times I've read it really. The plot itself isn't what's so amazing, its the characters themselves and their development through the story. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses and by coming up with a situation that puts them together we get to see how these strengths and weaknesses work for and against them. We also see how they grow as the plot advances.

I loved the light love story that takes place in Fire's St
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book as a young teenager, coming to grips with my own sexuality. I can remember at the time feeling a secret thrill that I had found a book that depicted a gay relationship. (shock, gasp). As a result, I read this book many times over the years, and still go back to read it from time to time.

At the time I found this book, I was an avid sci-fi and fantasy reader, and that is what this book is. Although the hero's in this book have a relationship, the plot of the book does not co
Jamie Collins
Aug 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Possibly I'm overrating this, because I'm a fan of Tanya Huff. It was a nice enough read. It's a standard, predictable quest story, where a collection of misfits save the world. Well, the city.

I liked the nonchalance regarding gender, which is typical of Huff but almost startling in a traditional swords-and-horses fantasy setting. The characterization rightly took precedence over world-building, and the chemistry between the trio of protagonists was nice in the beginning.

Their conflicts dissolv
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I quite liked this, for all that I felt it moved with a faster pace than the characters or plot deserved. I liked the Darvish/Aaron angle, though the fade to black was kind of a bummer. Also, man, Aaron is kind of shit at keeping up the stoic outlander gig! He was smiling by page forty.

On the whole, a rollicking good yarn that, while engaging in the tropes, still managed to avoid them somewhat at the same time.

Points of note: remarkably well treated alcoholism; casual sexuality without an angs
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. The world in which it's set is described in enough detail to feel real without being overwhelmed with unimportant filler. The characters are complex and extremely likable; they have real flaws and real strengths. The plot was exciting and the writing was gripping.

I do have a few complaints. The edition I read was poorly proofread; perhaps later editions were improved in this respect, but various typos kept pulling me out of the story. Second, the action seemed some
Chanpory Rith
This book was incredibly predictable, unsatisfying, and devoid of any nuance at all. I hoped for richer world-building and deeper character development, but was left disappointed. All in all, the story felt like one giant cocktease, never reaching a great climax or true resolution.

Darvish, Aaron, and Chandra have great character profiles, but it's a shame Ms Huff didn't know quite what to do them.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting main characters that are great together, queer characters (with a background romance including a forced soulbond yess give me all the tropes), a solid adventure plot, and a wonderful amount of h/c.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are a lot of reasons I still love this book. But the "all evil people are fat" and "all fat people are selfish/greedy" vibe kept jumping out at me on this read through in a way it didn't the first time, and left me with a bad taste in my mouth. :( ...more
Hannah Ringler
So, a friend told me to read this one, saying “I feel like you would really like a story about a suicidal clan heir turned master thief and a drunken bisexual slut of a third prince and a stubborn asexual wizard and their weird threeway thing.” Yes. Yes I would.

It is a fun, fun, novel, with tons of excellent pining and extremely sad very-fucked-up characters who are remarkably stable given their respective tragic pasts. It’s remarkably cheerful, really! If you’re looking for a silly queer romanc
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
“It’s the middle of the night and we’re in the middle of nowhere, thanks to you, so where am I supposed to get wine?” “I don’t know. You’re a wizard. Make some.” “It doesn’t work like that.”

Slows start; too much back story. The story only starts forward a third of the way through. Good trio of protagonists, especially when they antagonize each other. The wizard rocks.

“Soul-linked. He snorted as he pushed open the outer door of his apartment, And all I wanted was a friend.”

Shifting first-person p
A thief in mourning, a drunkard prince, and a wizard facing an arranged marriage are drawn together in an unlikely quest. This is transparent, tropey hurt/comfort concerned with self-actualization and found family, set in a relatively forgettable second world fantasy. I wish it didn't offer quite so much resolution--it's too neat, too complete, which undermines the troubles faced by the cast, although I imagine it's rewarding catharsis for some readers. It also feels bizarrely unedited (I read t ...more
I legitimately don't know how to review this one, or even if I like it, because on the one hand the OT3 is adorable, the found family levels are glorious, and there's an ace main character, but on the other hand the ambient torture levels are just so goddamn high. So you have these incredibly cozy elements, and also you have stuff that literally turns my stomach. I don't have an answer here! ...more
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