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UNSOLVED: One specific book > Fantasy, pre-2005, fire or flames in title. At the beginning they are preparing for a ritual.

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message 1: by Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) (last edited Sep 15, 2019 10:05PM) (new)

Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) (stargazer401) | 250 comments Hello! I'm looking for a book I checked out of the high school library but never got to read much of. The details are scattered and non-specific, and for that I'm sorry.

What I remember:
- Adult/General fantasy (adult as in not YA or it's precursors)
- This was in 2005/2006
- Maybe published in 90s? It didn't seem new at the time
- Dark cover with a dark haired or dark cloaked man (maybe working magic?)
- I think it was book 2 or 3 in a series
- I did not read the first book(s) (I did this on purpose after having such success jumping into The Belgariad on The Queen of Sorcery)
- Reference to fire or flames in title
- Not anything by Robert Jordan, David Eddings or Anne McCaffrey
- I only read part of the beginning, but it seemed like they were preparing for a ritual of sorts, going over what they had done and what they needed to do.
- I feel like there was a reference to a specific cloak, robe or general outfit that was important to this ritual?

I feel like I'll definitely remember the cover when I see it. Sorry it's not much to go on!


message 2: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie | 222 comments Found this second of a series. Cover and date seem to match your description. Never read it, so not sure about the other details.
River of Blue Fire (Otherland #2) by Tad Williams

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) (stargazer401) | 250 comments It's a solid suggestion, but that does not seem to be it, sorry.


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) (stargazer401) | 250 comments More details:

- This edition was paperback
- It did not seem to be epic fantasy, it seemed pretty average size for what was (iirc) an a mass market paperback-sized novel
- Does not seem to be anything by Tad Williams, Robin Hobb, Lloyd Alexander, Guy Gavriel Kay, Philip Pullman, Diana Wynne Jones, Terry Goodkind or Terry Brooks.
- It did not seem to be part of a long series or expansive universe at the time. There were five or less books available by the author. (This doesn't mean much, but it was a fair sized library for a high school and they seemed to carry most of an author's available work.)


message 5: by SBC (new)

SBC (essbeecee) | 856 comments Could it be Beldan's Fire by Midori Snyder?


message 6: by Gillian (new)

Gillian Wiseman (gillianwiseman) | 146 comments Beldan's Fire Link for SBC's suggestion


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) (stargazer401) | 250 comments It is not, but thank you for the suggestion.


message 10: by 0possum (new)

0possum | 71 comments Fantasy with magic rituals and men wearing cloaks: try Katherine Kurtz or maybe Gene Wolfe. Both are long shots most of their books like that were pre-nineties.


message 11: by Jeff (new)

Jeff | 2 comments Here's a book two in a fantasy series with "fire" in the title, published in 2000: The Keep of Fire by Mark Anthony. I don't remember how this book started, but the series in general takes place both in our world and in a fantasy world, and definitely involves magic.


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) (stargazer401) | 250 comments Jeff wrote: "Here's a book two in a fantasy series with "fire" in the title, published in 2000: The Keep of Fire by Mark Anthony. I don't remember how this book started, but the se..."

Thank you for the suggestion, but that does not seem to be it.


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) (stargazer401) | 250 comments It might be Fire Sea (The Death Gate Cycle, #3) by Margaret Weis . The cover seems right in terms of colour and staging. Going to see what my options are in regards to getting hold of a copy, to see if reading the beginning sparks something.


message 15: by Kris (last edited May 25, 2020 06:59AM) (new)

Kris | 32130 comments Mod
Here's the Google Books preview of Fire Sea by Margaret Weis:

https://books.google.com/books?id=B8D... (ignore the typo on the title page)


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