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De Ontketening

(Fool's Gold #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,491 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Uit het noorden komen de Eyranen, uit het zuiden hun vijanden van weleer, de Istrianen, en uit heel Elda komen de nomaden, de Vogelvrijen. Ze ontmoeten elkaar zoals altijd tijdens de Grootjaarmarkt. Maar dit jaar loopt alles anders, want de Rosa Eldi heeft de wereld betreden.

Katla Aransen en haar familie komen naar de Grootjaarmarkt om hun goederen te verkopen, de Vigo-cla
Paperback, 462 pages
Published March 2003 by Luitingh-Sijthoff (first published 2002)
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Sep 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I picked this up from the library today and I'm a bit suprised by the past reviews - one absolutely glowing, the other very critical.

I've now finished the trilogy and this is the best of the three. As is the case with many of the new female fantasy writers, we've got a strong, independant female protagonist (yay), and non-cliche setting (yay) and some storylines that are teased out with careful subtlety instead of going for the standard formula (thank god). What it lacks is the sophistication a
Mar 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An older pick from my local library, I decided it was time to give this one a read yesterday: again, it was a mixed read. Not because it was mediocre - it wasn't - but because Jude Fisher's Sorcery Rising possessed good and bad points in almost equal measure. There are moments of real flair, and there are those which could, in my opinion, have benefited from a little more pruning. Well, on to the plot!

Sorcery Rising takes place in an initial
Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The way Jude Fisher writes is pleasant to read however the plot just feels like there nothing to graps onto. Nothing really stands out and I'm already forgetting much of the story. Might give the next book a try because I enjoyed the writing but it's not on top of my priority list ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author has great world-building skills. There are three groups of peoples, the Isterians, the Eyrans, and the Nomads. The Isterians worship a goddess who has a feline companion. Their religion is incredibly strict and the women are covered head to toe, with only their lips and hands exposed. The Isterian society is one of severe punishments to both slaves and anyone who does not follow their strict religious code. As in all societies, some are kind and more open to outsiders and different be ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I freaking loved this. FRTC.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I will try to keep this short!

This was an excellent book in terms of writing style, Fisher has a great talent for character and description, that doesn't ever get boring, and it was this alone that really kept me reading.

However, in terms of actual story, this book was really lacking. The entirity of this book was, for me, something that would normally be the opening to any normal fantasy book, an introduction to the characters in a neutral place. However, the whole of this book was pretty
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, own
The Allfair attracts all manner of people, from all over the world: warriors and craftsmen from the north, pampered lordlings from the south, desert-dwelling nomads offering all kinds of charms and curiosities, and many more. The come to trade, forge alliances, participate in competitions, arrange marriages, see and be seen, or all of the above. This year should be no different from any other, but sorcery is rising once more in the world, and it too has come to the Allfair.

I enjoyed the in-depth
Aderyn Wood
While the writing was polished, and at times there were parts that engaged me fully, I found the story protracted and largely uninteresting. Reading was a chore unfortunately. There were many different characters and I never felt close to any of them. However, I would recommend trying it if you are interested in Fantasy as there are certainly interesting parts, and I see that some readers have really enjoyed it.
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It draws you into the story, but can be hard to follow the different story lines. Names are difficult and to similar.
Hannele Kormano
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Couldn't get through it. Halfway through it devolves into men selling their women like pawns. ...more
Chris Fox
“The day the Master showed him the world was the day Virelai became a man, which was a dangerous thing indeed, and not at all what the mage had intended.”
― Jude Fisher, Sorcery Rising

Sorcery Rising feels more like a collection of short stories of many different people, that has been weaved together giving it the semblance of a novel. The problem is there doesn't actually seem to be a main plot line to keep them all tied together, but despite this it manged to keep me interested, and that
Robert Scott
---A story of mages, sorcery, heroism, egotism, persistence, bias, parental favoritism, religion gone wrong, hatred, humane outcasts, sailors and warriors. To me the main character is Katla Aranson, an independent daughter who loves rock climbing, working metal, weapon making. There is a great rivalry between the nations of Eyra and Istria based on a series of wars between the two. In the peaceful years there is the Allfair Helf on the the Moonfell Plain.---
Heather Rohrer
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-2019
Sorcery Rising was an enjoyable read for me. The story mostly takes place at the Allfair where the people of the world trade, shop, and do business each year. This gathering is fraught with tension between the Eyrans and the Istrains. The author constantly switches between different perspectives from many characters but it is done well so I was not annoyed by it. I'm looking forwards to reading the next book soon. ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too many unlikable characters made for boring characters and a dragging story. There was only sorcery in the prologue and then at the very end. These bits I liked, but sadly that was about it. If this had been more of a focus, and also more of a focus on Katla and her family rather than changing pov to all the others, I would have liked this a lot more.
Fire Raven
There are many plot lines/main characters in this story and at first I was worried that they would get tangled, but the author is able to weave them all together beautifully thus making a world in which I want to keep reading about.
Samantha Williams
I love this one!

Jude Fisher is an excellent writer and knows how to give you a heroine you want to follow.

I couldn't finish it quick enough! I started reading this a few years ago, but lost the book somewhere, and I never finished it. I've downloaded the rest of trilogy to read next :)
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the mix of cultures at the Allfair. The main character Katla is great reckless young Viking girl who gets more than she ever expected. Looking forward to the next book to find out how she handles what comes next.
Sep 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book consists of....cruelty, lust, rape, mens basic instincts, women as nothing more than chattel, and a bit of magic. A Viking-ish group against a Middle Eastern-ish faction, sprinkled with Gypsies. I will NOT be reading anything else from this author.
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Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Full review coming later.
Marsha Valance
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A knife-maker, a horse trainer, a SeaRover poet and an unwilling bride are caught in a web of magical intrigue as they make their first visit to the AllFair.
Kitty Foil
I tried. This book was really interesting in the beginning, but the middle really dragged for me.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sorcery Rising is one of those books that is an equal mixture of good and bad. On the good side of things, we have a unique world that is easy to lose yourself in. Jude Fisher writes this world with a great deal of depth, although sometimes her world-building is a little on the dull side of things. On the bad side, there is an overwhelming amount of characters. There must have been about twelve or so viewpoints in Sorcery Rising and it took far too long to finally differentiate between them. The ...more
Darcy Stewart
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. At the end I became really thirsty for a war to happen. I think Katla has good intentions. I'm not really a fan of the Istrian lords. Some of their beliefs are messed up. The characters in this book really hate magic. There are a lot of characters. I like how this book goes into great detail. There is so much excitement going on. This is a good series to read on. At first I felt that the book was boring, but I liked how it picked up. I really like the character Saro. ...more
Rebecca Ethington
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sorcery Rising is another book out of my past. In fact, I find I did the largest portion of my book devouring when my oldest daughter was about two, my husband worked out of state, and staying up until 3 in the morning didn't affect me much.
I found Sorcery Rising at my city library, checked out the first book and went back the next day to retrieve the second.
I loved the story and the building plot of this book. The author weaves a fantastic story, and seamlessly blends together a few different w
An interesting, well-written epic tale, with a slow build-up and a likable strong female main character. Characters from different cultures and social standing all meet up in the Allfair for business, their fate woven in together by a flicker of old magic and unlicky happenstance, leading ultimately to the ressurgence of centuries-old hatred and the menace of open war between the nations of Eyra and Istria. In many ways, the plot is driven by misunderstandings and sheer bad luck - if you do not ...more
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If this is one of the finest fantasy debuts of recent years, then I fear for the future of fantasy. Terribly written. POV changes mid-sentence? Fine if you're writing a post modernist speculative piece, but if it's supposed to be an epic fantasy, it's just damn confusing. There are too many characters introduced too soon and refered to in too many different ways. Decide whether you're going to refer to a character by their first name, their surname, or their title and STICK WITH IT!

That said, t
Thaddeus Nowak
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a toss up between four or five stars and I went with five in anticipation of what is to come in the next books.

It is another book with a number of strong female characters, which is what appealed to me. I have enjoyed Katla's determination and willful behavior. The only thing I wish the story would have done is wrap up more of the plot points before ending. This was more the first half of a larger novel and not a single story in and of itself. Fortunately, all three books in the series ha
This book is weak in plotting and characterisation, but would probably have rated 2 stars if it was not the product of crony publishing. The author is the pseudonym of the publishing director for Harper Collins SF imprint. This would not offend anyone if the book was good, but unfortunately it is weak, clearly vanity publishing has a great future. There must be *someone* in the slush pile better than this, surely.

Somewhat amusingly a number of authors damage their own reputations by giving glowi
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, all, fantasy
I'm a fan of fantasy novels, so common themes/tropes don't bother me too much :-) That said, I did enjoy this book for the most part. I think it focused on too many people/points of view which ended up slowing down the plot a bit.

I actually read this book in high school and remember really liking it, but never followed up on the subsequent books. A few years later I bought it but never got around to reading it. Now that I'm moving I decided to finally read it so I can get rid of it. But I do in
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Jude Fisher is the pseudonym for Jane Johnson, who is the Publisher of HarperCollins' science fiction and fantasy list, Voyager. She has also been involved in the publishing of JRR Tolkien's works for many years. As Gabriel King she has written four novels, with co-author M. John Harrison: THE WILD ROAD, THE GOLDEN CAT, THE KNOT GARDEN and NONESUCH. She is also the author of the official VISUAL CO ...more

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