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Wit'ch Fire

(The Banned and the Banished #1)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  5,958 ratings  ·  291 reviews
From a brilliant new voice in fantasy comes a band of heroes, a world in peril, and an unforgettable heroine whose unexpected gift of magic awakens an ancient, slumbering evil.

On a fateful night five centuries ago, three made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the only hope of goodness in the beautiful, doomed land of Alasea. Now, on the anniversary
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Del Rey (first published 1998)
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Kate Cornett
This is one of my favorite fantasy books of all time. I was stunned and completely entranced by the introduction of the story. It starts out in such a unique and impacting way, and then get's better and better. It is a page-turner for sure, making it extremely difficult to put down.

The characters are interesting, complex, and well thought-out. They definitely add to the reason why this is such a great book. There are some characters that I will never forget--Such as one of the heroes, Er'ril of
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Becka Sutton
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who don't mind formulaic fantasy
This book falls into a very unusual category for me. Books I don't especially like that I manage to finish. Since I only review books I finish this is one of the rare times you'll see a broadly negative review from me.

It took me two attempts. When I first bought it I tried to read it and gave up about a third of the way through. A few months later I uncovered it while tidying up and gave it another shot. This time I finished it, but I still wasn't entirely impressed.

This is Fantasy by the number
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Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The synopsis said it grabbed you and wouldn't let you go...I didn't find that. I've read a lot of fantasy and I suppose that after a while when you start one there is always a danger that you'll just get the feeling, "ya I've been here before". i suppose that might be what happened here, I'd seen it all before. It just didn't catch my interest.

I was in a pretty stressful time when i opened this book, but I was looking for something to read and ready for a good fantasy, a good epic fantasy as it
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Rose
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any fantasy lover (Senda)
Recommended to Rose by: Senda
Shelves: i-own-it
This is possibly my favorite fantasy series (next to Tad Williams and Tolkien) and it starts out in a captivating manner. The world is entirely original and beautiful and the characters are beyond wonderful and endearing. It's been a while since I read them, but my experience with reading these was phenomenal.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished #1), James Clemens

From a brilliant new voice in fantasy comes a band of heroes, a world in peril, and an unforgettable heroine whose unexpected gift of magic awakens an ancient, slumbering evil.
هادی امینی
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: رمان
فقط بگم برای خودش ارباب حلقههایی بود.
النا دختر مزرعه داری است که ناگهان در یک بعدازظهر متوجه میشود قدرت جادویی دارد و بلافاصله در همان شب درگیر ماجراهای جادویی میشود. او نخست پدر و مادر، سپس خاله و برادرش را از دست میدهد. اما دوستانی پیدا میکند و به کمک آنها پیش داییاش میرود و آنجا میفهمد که وظیفه دارد با قدرتش در مقابل جادوی سیاه ایستاده و سرزمینش را آزاد کند. اما در شروع سفرش دایی خود را هم از دست میدهد.
در این سفر با یک شمشیر زن یک دست به نام ارریل، یک دختر نیفای به نام نیلهام، یک مرد کوهنشین
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Paul Nash
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love a good fantasy series! Lord of the Rings and the Sword of Truth series have always been my favorites.
But THIS series...wow...all I can say is WOW!!! One of my all time series of any genre!

If you're a fantasy fan...don't miss out on this series! It's truly one of the best!!

In case you didn't know, this author now writes under the name of James Rollins. I like the Rollins books...they just don't hold a candle to his Clemens Fantasy series!
5 outstanding stars!!!
Ariana Fae
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read WIT'CH FIRE when it was first published in 1998 and loved it. I decided to listen to the audio version while on a flight to England, to see if after 20 years if I would feel the same. The answer is a definite yes.

Clemens' spin on witches, dryads, trolls, elves, and the world he created was interesting. One thing I admire Clemens/Rollins for is his ability to create strong and interesting female characters like Elena. Granted Elena doesn't start off as a strong woman but a young girl on t
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Nicole P
Not my usual type of book but the world and characters were interesting enough to keep my attention till the end.
Michael
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had to debate a lot between two and three stars, but I'm coming down on the side of two.

Clemens has a pretty beautiful story here, and there are some very interesting races and characters. The plot itself is actually pretty involving, except for the how familiar as it feels to fleeing the shire because of the Nazgul errr I mean fleeing the village because of the Ra'zak errr I mean fleeing the village because of the Skal-tum (Talk about recycled!)

The novel suffers though under two things:

1. An
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Gaijinmama
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I agree with both the positive and negative reviews on this one.
It was captivating, or I wouldn't have bothered finishing it.
I liked several of the characters or at least found them compelling.
I was REALLY bothered by the awkward, stiff dialogue and a few writing-tics the author has, such as needing to emphasize a point by repeating it. ("He found himself completely immobilized. He could not move." Like that. Grrrrrrrrrr!) I will be continuing with the series, though, because I am particularly
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Plumes de lune
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chronique entière :
https://plumesdelune.wordpress.com/20...

J’ai beaucoup apprécié cette lecture !

Si le pitch de base est très classique, les péripéties et la narration m’ont bien emballée. Le style de l’auteur est très fluide, on entre rapidement dans l’histoire et les personnages sont suffisamment développés et profonds pour qu’on s’attache à eux.

Paradoxalement j’ai trouvé l’héroïne, Elena, très effacée par rapport à ses acolytes, comme si l’auteur avait du mal à cerner lui même ce personna
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Nathalia
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this series. What first caught my attention was not just the vast amount of characters in each novel, but also the wonderful characterization and the beautiful world building. However, if you have a terrible memory with names or if you just have a difficult time remembering what ability each character possesses, then I would move swiftly along.

I give this novel and the series 5/5.
Willow
Jun 30, 2007 rated it did not like it
This is not good, and you shouldn't read it. The plot was lacking in originality, but honestly my main problem was with the author's writing. And the bizarre tendency to insert apostrophies in the middle of words in order to make them exotic (that's my best guess, in any case). This series is comparable to a badly written romance series. Fantasy trash.
Erth
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bravo! A good fast read! now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Danielle
Apr 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I liked this series, but seem to remember cringing at some prtty sexist plot-lines. (But apparently it wasn't enough to throw me off the series - which is something I am known for doing.) It was a pretty well-paced, original and interesting story.
Terence
Dec 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't connect to this book. I am a big fan of James Clemens later series The Godslayer Chronicles and I thought I needed to read his earlier work, but reading this felt like work. Also what is with the apostrophes in the middle of so many words...it just seems weird.
Hillary
Oct 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
i did not like this book at all because it did not have a good storyline to it . this is the first book that i have read by this writer . and i do not think that i will be reading anymore by this writer . i wanted to like this book so bad . but i just could not get in to the storyline .
Kirk
Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is part one of a 5 part series called "the Books of the Banned and the Banished". its JRR Tolien's "lord of the Rings" on steroids mixed with acid. Unstoppable fantastic read.
Shera (Book Whispers)
Mar 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Thoughts:

This book had a really fun beginning. Showing that the book we are about to read is a history of how the old world ended, and that it is nothing but lies. Promising, right? How many fantasy books start off like that? Not many so I was really excited to start out.

Within 20 pages, nothing big really popped out. The reader has read the prologue that gives us some history, and we're rushing on to meet our young heroine. Who is just coming into her powers and is now a hunted girl because of
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Emilie
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, witches
I'm not a reader of this kind of high fantasy (epic?), the only other series I can link this one to is The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien... it says a lot about my high fantasy culture *lol*. But I truly loved reading it.
Just like in TLR, we have a long and perilous quest to deliver the world of darkness, a bunch of different but allied characters, mythical creatures and of course a young hero/heroine whose destiny is bound with their world's fate.

But Wit'ch Fire has two things that Tolkien's saga
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Travis Simmons
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I read this book years ago (so many I don't want to count them) and loved it. I had read the second book as well, but couldn't remember if I got any further than that. I decided to go back and give it a chance again, from the beginning, so that I could read it in its entirety.

I am glad I did. It was still very enjoyable. There were a couple complaints, but not anything to do with the storyline or the writing. Well, a little to do with the writing, but not much. One was description, while it was
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landon
Jul 09, 2009 rated it liked it
This was one of those slog-through books. Sure, there were cliff-hangers; sure, there were some cool-featured characters; sure, some of the fantasy concepts were pretty interesting--but the writing itself reminded me strongly of my first completed novel...somethin I wrote in fifth grade. It was very wearisome, and the weak prose led to weak story elements...Things just went downhill from there. The pacing was thrilling enough at times, but mostly it felt uneven--like when all the characters were ...more
Marc
Nov 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fini il y a quelques jours, j'avoue garder un avis assez mitigé à son sujet. L'histoire est sympa, on est dans de l'heroic fantasy de base donc il n'y a pas trop de surprise. Beaucoup d'action aussi, peut-être au détriment des personnages, mais en même temps ça n'est qu'un tome de présentation.

Au niveau du style de l'auteur, il est assez simple et fluide mais, justement, un peu trop simple à mon sens (à moins que ça ne vienne de la traduction). Du coup, entre le jeune age de l'héroïne, le manque
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Linda
Jan 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, ebooks, fantasy
I struggled through this book. The story was good, but dragged on for so long that I just wanted to give up. I believe the entire story could be amazing if the author would pick up the pace a bit. That being said, I don't see myself perusing this story in the other books, I don't think I could bring myself to drag through another one. It should NEVER take an entire book just to bring the party together to start the story.
Vivian
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A creative combination of mythical creatures adapted to fit James Clemens Wit'ch Fire. Heartpounding action and suspense keep you hanging onto every last word. I didn't like the way that Clemens jumped from this character to that character especially when something unexpected happens. The gruesome and vivid descriptions allow the readers to become more engaged to the plot.
Sammy Smith
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This series ranks in my top fantasy books of all time. They're old school fantasy - good vs bad. With a strong female MC and a band of characters who are neither black or white. James Clemens writes characters that are complex, interesting and full of depth. I think this was his first book, and now he writes as James Rollins.
Traci Loudin
Feb 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: male-author
After reading some of James Clemens later stuff (Godslayer), I decided to pick up some of his earlier works. Stay away from this book if you were impressed with the Godslayer series and haven't read his earlier stuff. The story seems alright enough at first, but within the first few chapters, it falls flat. I couldn't even get to the end of the first book... glad I didn't buy the series.
Andrea
Jan 26, 2010 rated it liked it
It was good but I'm really tired of getting hold of books that leave off like cliff hangers. I want to read authors who are confident enough in their craft that their readers will pick up book two because they liked one so well...not because they have to read more just to finish an original plot.

Grrrr
Randy
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite writers as Rollins. It's okay, but haven't yet gotten to any of his other fantasies.
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James Clemens [Aka James Rollins] was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1961. With his three brothers and three sisters, he was raised in the Midwest and rural Canada. He attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1985. The lure of ocean, sun, and new horizons eventually drew him to the West Coast, where he established his veterinary practice in Sacrame ...more

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