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(Balefire #1-4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,460 ratings  ·  188 reviews
The whole Balefire series by Cate Tiernan is now in one edition.
After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she's ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face w
Paperback, 974 pages
Published December 16th 2010 by Speak
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My love for Cate Tiernan's Immortal Beloved caught me quite unexpected last year and that the sequel turned out to be equally engaging and lovely surprised me just as much. But when I decided to order the Balefire series, some older young adult fiction by the same author, as a one-book-reprint, I had already upped my expectations by a chunky notch. I was prepared to meet not one, but two prickly, paranormal heroines who would worm themselves into my heart like Natasya had done. For the descripti ...more
Witchy Books
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
From the Witchy Books Network review blog.

Clio Martin and Thais Allard are twins, separated at birth by their grandmother, Petra, to protect them from the questionable machinations of people within her own coven. Thais goes with her father to live in Connecticut, while Clio remains with Petra in New Orleans. But when they are 16, their father is killed in a mysterious accident, and Thais finds herself in the hands of strangers in a city she never thought she had any connection to. Running into
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This book was quite an undertaking, it was very long but actually, it went pretty fast. I picked it up at a library used book sale, not knowing what I would be getting, and ended up pleasantly surprised. It is four books, consolidated into one. It is the story of two twin 17 year old sisters, one named Thais Allard, raised in Connecticut, and the other one, Clio Martin, raised in New Orleans. They didn't know each other existed, each believing they were an only child, until Thais's father is kil ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I think I like Balefire more than any other books of Cate Tiernan, because it exemplifies some of the best things about her writing:

1. Her ability to write about people without attaching labels or value judgements: For example, Clio is proud, vain, and arrogant, but never, ever does she say that she "is trying to get rid of her flaws and be a better person". The character grows, but never unbecomes herself (Compare Little Women, and it's obsessive dislike of individuality). Thais doesn't have th
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this series, but not as much as I liked the Sweep series. I think that it could have been a little shorter and even though this was all 4 books in the series it felt unfinished like there should have been one more book. Spoilers below.

I read 974 pages and still never found out who was trying to kill the twins, Melita never was resolved and the 13 generations thing was left hanging. Are they going to start ageing normally, are they going to wither up and turn to dust? It just feels like t
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book blew me away. Considering I've read this entire series in 2 days. I could not put this book down to save my life. I do not typically read books concerning all things witch's and so forth. But this book.. All 4 books in this series were done superbly. The characters, the plot, the suspense, all of it was executed beautifully. U become invested not just in the main characters but even in those who at first glance, u may not like so much.

This one is one about choices. Choices, choice
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, romance, ya
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Oct 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Cate Tiernan is one of my favourite favourite authors. Her books are amazing!
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Really great series... I loved the flow of it and the pace at which the story progressed... The whole love triangle between the twins and their male counterparts was dizzying, yet breath taking at the same time... Couldn't help but feel heart broken along with the twins at their first love's betrayal, and then to see them trying to pick up the pieces of their broken hearts... There was so many action filled scenes as well and though I felt they could have been a little more heart stopping, I was ...more
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So, as I’m sure you can tell from my glowing review of Immortal Beloved, I love the writings of Cate Tiernan. And before reading Immortal Beloved, these four books, now published in a bind-up as one, were my favourite of hers.

The story switches POV between girls. Thais and Clio. Thais’ father has just died and she is sent to live with some strange woman she’s never heard of before in New Orleans. When she starts high school there, she runs into Clio. And Thais and Clio are identical. Looking at
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, witches
I love the Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan, and so, I thought, hey, I might love this book as well, seeing as how it's by the same author. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

The main problem I had with this book, was how fast both Clio and Thais fell in love with their "mysterious" man. I just couldn't take the relationships they had seriously. Another major problem I had was how slow the plot seemed to be going (which is why it took ages to finish reading), threading along at a snail pace. It w
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I really like Cate Tiernan's Sweep series, so I expected to like this series more. The writing style and characters were great, but the plot and resolution left much to be desired. With all the books in the same set like this it was easy to see the numerous errors and plot differences from one book to the next. None of the books have much in the way of action, and the climax of each story is...well...anticlimactic. If they weren't all together I'm not sure I'd have read the last three books. The ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
My friend gave me this book cause I needed something to read and warned me ahead of time that she didn't like it at all and it wasn't very good BUT her sister loved it. Me, being the book lover that will read almost anything, went "ok I'll give it a shot." Thinking about it now, I wish I never picked it up. It was a waste of my time and I could have been reading something else honestly. Due to my book OCDness I had to finish what I started so the chapters I did read (I skipped one here and there ...more
D.C. Grace
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite series! Cleo and Thias are the perfect ying & yang representation of twins. The series is fast paced, and incredibly descriptive, one of my favorite things about Cate Tiernan's writing. Set in modern day New Orleans, I felt like I was part of the culture and community by the time I finished it. Cate shows us a realistic vision of old world magic brought into modern times, and what happens when dark and light magick collides. I became a huge fan of Cate's writing because of ...more
Jenn N
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I somehow missed this series when it was first in print so I was thrilled with this bind-up that includes all 4 books in the series. Balefire is a gripping, well-written on long lost indential twin teen sisters finding each other and discovering magic and secrets in New Orleans. It was amazing. I highly reccommended this well written and captivating series. Not to mention, the price of this collection is dirt cheap - under $10 for 4 books !
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witchcraft, own
Oh my Gosh! I loved this book. I talked my mom into buying it for me after I spent a few hours babysitting my neighbors kids. I didn't want to put this book down. I practically took it everywhere with me so if I had any time to read: I could. I wanted to reach through the book and slap Luc for hurting the twins. I also wanted to cling to Richard and scream "You're mine! I wish you were real!" xD
Danielle Merkle
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm so disappointed with the book! I had such high hopes for this book because I absolutely loved the Sweep series. The insta love in the first books was unbearable! I didn't really care for any of the characters.
K.B. Miller
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Balefire is super yummy!! Cate did NOT let me down:)
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the darkest, most mysterious series I have ever read. It was incredibly thrilling, and I was impressed the whole way through. Tiernan out-did herself, which is a true triumph.
Veneda Angelia
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cate Tiernan is a brilliant writer.... I love this novel and her other work.... I'm aspiring to be a writer as brilliant as her
Jan 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's an average series, you have the paranormal in the form of witches, a number of love triangles, almost everyone is involved in someone else's triangle. The biggest problem is it just ends. You finally get the scene with the big bad and there are 25 pages left in the series. 25 pages to have the battle with the big bad, explain everything, wrap up a who done it mystery, and resolve the love triangles. It doesn't happen. Undetailed spoiler ahead, but really not much of a spoiler unless you've ...more
Catherine Labadie
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ridiculously predictable, poor dialogue, and full of cliches. I struggled through the first laughable short installment which ended on a sour, flat note. It's not worth wasting more time trying to continue the series.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love love love this series! It's the perfect witchy read! Lots of twists and turns with a little romance thrown in!
Dawn Filler
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reread this book series every year and love it! It is interesting and fast paced with surprises along the way.
Whew. What? I'm finally done with this book? Goodness! In case you don't know, this book is really four books all mashed up into one. The whole deal is about 1000 pages. And holy cow, that 1000 pages was a whole freakin' adventure! How do I feel about this book? Amazed. Frustrated. Annoyed. In love with it. Wishing it hadn't ended. Geez, you name it, and I probably am feeling it about this book. I swear, I felt just about every emotion in my entire emotional range as I read this book. I almost d ...more
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic
Le monde de Balefire est intéressant, l'histoire pourrait être prenante, mais ça ne marche pas et c'est affreusement frustrant, je voulais beaucoup aimer ce livre, il a quand même une belle mythologie et se passe dans une ville qui peut être captivante, la Nouvelle Orléans, avec son atmosphère étouffante, magique, dangereuse, le lieu parfait pour mettre en place cette magie ancienne, mêlée de mots en français qui donne un exotisme tout à fait particulier à l'histoire. Mais c'est difficile à suiv ...more
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