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A Chalice of Wind (Balefire #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,456 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
Separated since birth, 17-year-old twins Thais and Clio unexpectedly meet in New Orleans where they seem to be pursued by a coven of witches who want to harness the twins' magical powers for its own ends.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 18th 2005 by Razorbill
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Oct 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: tiernanians
As the author of Sweep, I had very high expectations of Tiernan for this series.

I enjoyed the fact that their true loves were not found as easily as we initially thought. There was obviously something off about their guy, but his betrayal was pleasantly different from Cal's in her previous series.

Fantastic book; compelling, addictive and enjoyable...but I don't think it was her best work. Nancy Holder's Wicca series is very similar and was pubished beforehand, the parellals are uncanny; deaf fe
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
it kept me wondering what was going on. i was not confused. it was told in a way that kept you guessing. i like that.
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
I don't really feel the need to go into an in-depth review for this book. I read it within twenty-four hours. Not because it was so good that I couldn't put it down, but because it was an easy, fluffy read, and short. There were a lot of instances that it was quite cheesy actually- most particularly with the romance and some of the "action". I'd read Cate Tiernan's other work (the "Sweeps'" series) and I'd have to say that it was better than this, although I'm not a real huge fan overall. I do l ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Balefire 1 is pretty meh. There are three different POVs. Two first person and one third person, that switches between the 10 or so members of the coven. It's not difficult to follow, but feels pretty unnecessary to include so many POVs.

The two main characters (first person narrators) are both pretty annoying brats. Annoying bratty twins. One is a bit worse than the other, but neither are likeable. They got better towards the end of the novel, but I'm not sure whether that was character developm
Ben Alderson
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Title: Chalice of Wind (Balefire #1)

Author: Cate Tiernan

Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin)

Before you read this review, let me take you on a brief history lesson involving Cate Tiernan and her books. Her first series, Sweep, was going to compromise four books, until it got so popular that Penguin commissioned twelve. Granted, they weren't THAT big, but come on, twelve books are hard to pull off. Yet she managed, and it's a personally enjoyable series, if a bit draggy (most likely due to expanding her
Witchy Books
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
From the Witchy Books Network review blog.

I'm reviewing the Balefire series as a whole because, while it is currently out of print, it will soon be reprinted in one volume some time around the holidays. However, I'll try not to give too much away in case you want to hunt down the original volumes (A Chalice of Wind, A Circle of Ashes, A Feather of Stone, and A Necklace of Water).

Clio Martin and Thais Allard are twins, separated at birth by their grandmother, Petra, to protect them from the quest
Barbara ★
Thais Allard loses her father and moves to New Orleans to live with a stranger. Clio Martin lives in New Orleans with her grandmother. Around the same time, both girls find mysterious guys who talk a good game but seem least to me. I don't know maybe it's just me but I don't remember being that naive. Both Luc and Andre are spouting nonsense just to get laid and both Thais and Clio fall for it hook, line and sinker. I just can't believe that anyone real or imagined would fall for ...more
Clio and Thais are twins who have never met each other. They were separated at birth, Clio living in New Orleans and Thais in New England. But when Thais father is killed, she is brought to New Orleans to live with a woman she has never met before. Eventually, Clio and Thais meet and Thais is shocked to discover that she hales from a long line of witches. And Clio and Thais are both surprised to discover that twins have a special meaning to a coven of witches that want to claim them for their ow ...more
J.D. Stroube
The beginning was a bit irritating because of the way the characters were introduced. However, the book is picking up a bit. The book is a little slow to reveal where the plot is leading. It's best to think of the first book as a prologue to the series. It's basically setting the "scene." However, about two-thirds of the way through the book it does pick up a bit. It still left me wanting to read the rest of the series, but I wish the author would have combined the first two books into a single ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lise dramlarını özlemişim valla. Clio is a totally bitch.
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: projecttbr-2016
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Debs :-)
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jugendbuch, 2013, fantasy
„[…]Wir sind verbunden durch die Zeit. Wir sind verbunden durch das Schicksal. Wir sind verbunden durch das Leben. Wir sind verbunden durch den Tod […]“ (S.22)

Zum Buchinhalt

Mit dem Tod ihres Vaters ändert sich das Leben der siebzehnjährigen Thais mit einem Schlag. Nicht nur, dass sie ihr Zuhause, ihr gewohntes Umfeld und ihre Freunde zurücklassen und ein neues Leben in New Orleans anfangen muss…Nein, sie muss auch noch zu einer wildfremden Frau ziehen, die angeblich eine gute Freundin ihres Vate
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
La magie blanche, les sorcières, les convents, à part Charmed, je n'ai pas souvent lu ou vu des histoires sur cet univers. Balefire m'intriguait et j'ai fini par craquer et me lancer, résultat ? J'adore ce monde magique que je ne connais pas bien, mais les personnages m'ont souvent agacés. Peut-être est-ce que ce livre est pour une catégorie d'âge plus jeune que je ne le pensais ou bien est-ce parce que ce livre était aux prémices de la carrière de l'auteure. Je ne sais pas, mais ce livre est to ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nach den für mich absoluten Cate Tiernan Buch-Highlights aus ihren Reihen Immortal Beloved und Das Buch der Schatten, war ich natürlich mehr als gespannt und extrem voreingenommen, was ihre neue Reihe Hexenflammen hervor bringen wird. Leider hat mich nach diesen hohen Erwartungen der erste Band "Ein Kelch voll Wind" eher enttäuscht. Ich habe immer wieder nach MEINER Cate Tiernan gesucht, konnte sie aber leider bis zur letzten gelesenen Zeile nicht finden.

Bei "Ein Kelch voll Wind" hatte ich eine
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gedruckt
Meine Meinung:
Als ich den Klappentext von Cate Tiernans "Hexenflammen - Ein Kelch voll Wind" gelesen hatte, wusste ich, dass dies ein Buch für mich sei. Zwillinge, die nichts voneinander wissen, klingt sehr nach dem doppelten Lottchen, welches ich als Kind geliebt habe. Dazu noch eine Hexengeschichte, welche mich immer interessieren, das konnte nur gut werden. Und meine Erwartungen wurden erfüllt, auch wenn der Klappentext leider schon fast alles über den ersten Teil verrät. Es war eine schöne E
Drew Constance
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witches

4.5 Stars

Quick: A promising start to a series.

At the recommendation of so many of my good friends and fellow Book Tubers I took a chance and dared to finally try out a Cate Tiernan book. I started head first in the Belfire series as I ordered it as one of my birthday presents and I honestly could not wait to get started. After watching a video where Jessica over at [Beautyequalshate on Youtube] recommended her best Witch picks I knew I wouldn't be able to keep it on my shelf for to long and got
Coucou les enfants c'est moi. Et oui encore et cette fois avec une chronique concernant une lecture sur les sorcières. Cela fait un moment que j'ai le tome 1 et 2 dans ma pile à lire, mais je retardais toujours le moment de les lire tout simplement car je ne savais pas trop en quoi malgré des avis positifs. Contrairement à la plupart des autres je n'ai pas lu auparavant « Wicca », « Immortels » également de Cate Tiernan. Il s'agissait donc de ma première lecture de cet auteur. Personnellement je ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
L’histoire commence sur l’apparition de Thais qui mène une vie des plus ordinaires. Un père, des amis, une voisine qu’elle considère comme une grand-mère, un petit copain, le lycée… Tout se dont rêve une adolescente, mais sa vie tourne court à la mort de son père.

Même si le livre commence lentement, le rythme est assez aléatoire. On passe de Thais dans le train pour un voyage scolaire à Thais chez le notaire pour découvrir le testament de son père, avec en parallèle, la rencontre et la présentat
Céline Meg

J'étais très contente de recevoir le coffret regroupant les deux premiers tomes dans ma boîte aux lettres. Je n'avais pas lu de romans sur les sorcières depuis longtemps et j'avais hâte de démarrer cette saga. Je connaissais déjà l'auteure puisqu'elle a aussi écrit l'excellente trilogie : Immortels publiée chez Hachette Jeunesse (collection Black Moon).

J'ai trouvé la construction du roman bien organisée et intéressante. Nous avons plusieurs points de vue
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Tiernan's other work, the Sweep series, so I figured that I'd like this one. That ended up being a rather safe bet as this book has many of the same elements as the other series had. Magic, betrayal in love, forbidden powers... those are just a few of the things that these two series had in common. Not that having similar things makes it a bad or copycat series- it just makes it an almost guaranteed thing that fans of Sweep will like this book.

Balefire follows the actions of two
- A peine sorti, et pourtant on entend parler de cette nouvelle saga de Cate Tiernan depuis un moment ! Après avoir adoré Immortels et bien aimé Wicca, c'était donc avec plaisir que je me suis lancée dans cette lecture.

- L'histoire est plaisante, quoiqu'un peu lente à se mettre en place à mon goût. Il s'agit d'une saga en 4 tomes, certes, mais je trouve qu'on aurait pu nous en dire un peu plus, ou au moins étoffer certaines parties du récit.
J'ai adoré me retrouver à la Nouvelle Orléans avec son
Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.
I don't really know if there's a lot I can say about this book. The first 100 pages really bored me. I was skipping over words, then full sentences, sometimes even paragraphs, I just couldn't get into any of it. I couldn't and didn't feel anything towards the characters, or the plotline, or the just anything. I seriously debated putting it down and forgetting about the whole thing, but having bought all four books in this series in a bind up, I felt it would be a foolish decision. After the firs ...more
Laura Young
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
A chalice of Wind by Cate Tiernan. Balefire #1. Fantasy, witches, youth. This book was definitively not what I was thinking it would be about, but I still liked it. Thais Allard and Clio Martin both find each other after being separated at birth. But is this a regular switched at birth story? Nope. Add some witches, a cursed past, and killer wasps, and there is your book. The characters were written very uniquely which give this book a 4 stars out of five stars on my scale.

carolina ☾
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-e, witches
Separated since birth, 17-year-old twins Thais and Clio unexpectedly meet in New Orleans where they seem to be pursued by a coven of witches who want to harness the twins' magical powers for its own ends.

Clio ,tras la muerte de sus padres , vive con su abuela,con quien es parte de un aquellarre de brujas, además de su mejor amiga. Clio y su mejor a miga solamente usan la magia para sus propios desos porque realemente no les interesa. Hasta que conoce a Andre y a los días de conocerlo ya lo "ama"
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
As a fan of the Sweep/Wicca series, also by Cate Tiernan, and other witchy fiction, I was buzzed to read the Balefire books. If you've read Sweep/Wicca, you'll be pleased to know that there are similar elements found in both book series, but they are essentially very different.

The story revolves around Thais Allard and Clio Martin, identical twins separated at birth under strange and mysterious circumstances. Fast forward to the present day and the 17 year olds are oblivious to the other's exis
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brought to you by OBS reviewer/founder Dawn

If you like witches and magick, this is a must read. It’s mysterious, a bit scary, but a lot of fun. The plot twists keep you on the edge of you seat.

I have been fascinated with witches and magic since I was a child. Other than The Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice, I haven’t really enjoyed the books I’ve read relating to them, until now.

A Chalice of Wind is filled with unique characters, each developed and described until I felt like I knew them each person
So, I read this in 4.5 hours. I was really waiting to see when the story actually begins, but it seems that this was more of a .5 intro book that should have went before the real series started. It was more to get to know the characters and background more than anything.

The romance really bugged me. I figured there was something weird going on, because, come on, who would write something so unrealistic? By page 50 Clio and Andre were already "in love."

I thought the twins were okay characters bu
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tout d'abord je tiens à remercier Livraddict et les éditions MSK pour ce partenariat.

Pour ceux qui connaissent la série Wicca du même auteure, on retrouve ici un peu le même univers. cependant, les héroïnes sont ici de jeunes adultes arrivant à la fin de leur adolescence donc un peu plus mature que les personnages de Wicca.

On retrouve donc ici l'univers de la magie mêlée à l'histoire de plusieurs familles : 13 en l’occurrence. Ainsi, ce tome nous présente beaucoup de personnages rendant le début
Nadine Maigatter
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fertig-gelesen
Ein total gelungendes Buch.
Das Buch war ein reiner Cover kauf , es hat mich in sein Bann gezogen ;)
Die Geschichte ist auch toll, Thais verliert ihren Dad und mu�� darauf hin zu einer Freundin des Vaters Axelle , wo Thais sich fragt wie die gerade ihren Vater als Freund haben konnte, sie passt ��berhaupt nicht in das Bild. An Hexen glaubt sie garnicht !
Dann gibt es da noch Clio eine angehende Hexe die bei ihrer Gro��mutter Nan wohnt und beide Eltern , in ihren Augen tot sind.

Als dann Thais auf di
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