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Preview — Balefire by Cate Tiernan. Balefire Balefire by Cate Tiernan. 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 The whole Balefire series by Cate Tiernan is now in one edition.
New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible — an identical twin, Clio. Thais soon learns that she and the twin she never knew come from a family of witches, that she possesses astonishing powers, and that she, along with Clio, has a key role in Balefire, the coven she was born into.
Fiery Clio is less than thrilled to have to share the spotlight, but the twins must learn to combine their powers in order to complete a rite that will transform their lives and the coven forever. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Balefire , please sign up. You live near a family of the Amish? See 1 question about Balefire….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Balefire Balefire, 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 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.
For the description surely sounds like a darker, witchier, sexier young adult version of Lottie and Lisa : A girl from Connecticut, whose father has just died in a car accident and who is now moving in with a strange and otherworldly "voodoo" family friend she had never heard of before, and a young, fun-loving witch living in New Orleans with her Nan cross paths in High School and discover that they have to be identical twins.
They get roped into a bizzare story full of magic and fall in love with the same mysterious guy. But a book by the author of Immortal Beloved I had been so confident that another miracle would happen and bought the pages in one go. The reward for my unusual optimism have been pages of the most severe, most nauseating and most disturbing case of double instant-love I have ever come across.
After having read myself through quite a share I did not really believe that surpassing the lowest of low would be possible. But it was. After one drink on a lumpy love-seat in a dark bar Girl One Clio is "totally, completely, percent happy" , convinced that she has found "the one" she is going to spend her life with and that he is worthy of her love: "I know I wanted another margarita and instead got a 7UP, which made me fall even more in love with him.
I could trust him. She admits she is "a little creeped out" by his low voice and his suggestion to leave for his nearby apartment together, but "there was no mistaking it -" she "saw admiration in his eyes.
I am going to stop reviewing this now. I still feel a bit queasy Alas, back to being a suspicious buyer. View all 7 comments. Jul 23, Witchy Books 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.
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 From the Witchy Books Network review blog. Running into their twin the first day of school is the least of the surprises the girls face as they both discover their family's true history, one that goes back further than either of them ever imagined.
It is a mystery that these books ever fell out of print, and it is a blessing that they will be brought back. Clio and Thais's world is vividly drawn. Tiernan's New Orleans is a character in itself, emanating from the page. The Balefire coven is filled with rich, complex characters, from the duplicitous Luc-Andre, the penitent Michel, the haughty Axelle, the wise Petra, and the fiery Richard.
The system of magic in this series is so organic to the world and very believable. One complaint is the somewhat rushed ending -- Tiernan had planned a 15 book series, but low sales required it to end at four.
However, she has tweeted her intentions to smooth it out for the reprint. Also, it switches perspective between Clio and Thais every other chapter, which I don't mind, but I know that annoys some people. Jul 23, Malavi 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 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.
Thais doesn't have these qualities, but the we-all-deserve-to-die attitude is interesting. Also, view spoiler [ Sophie loves both Marcel and Manon, but is never labelled bisexual. Her bleak outlook of the world is very agreeable to me, as well. The part where Thais asserts that all human beings are guilty is so true and accurate.
Her ability to let characters grow organically, rather than making them static, and changing their personalities when it suits her. The one way in which Balefire is better than Sweep: Volume 1 is that it's much more in tune with its setting. Reading this book, it's impossible not to want to go to New Orleans!
Jun 04, Carol [Goodreads Addict] rated it really liked it Shelves: paranormal-fantasy , witches. 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 This book was quite an undertaking, it was very long but actually, it went pretty fast. They didn't know each other existed, each believing they were an only child, until Thais's father is killed and someone she has never met shows up and says they are to be her legal guardian and takes Thais to New Orleans.
On the first day of school they discover each other and their story begins. They are from a long line of witches, Clio already practicing and Thais brand new to the craft. They discover they are two parts to a group of 13 witches needed to recreate a spell that happened years ago. What I really liked about this book is that each chapter switches to a different person's POV. Mostly back and forth between Clio and Thais.
I really enjoyed getting more of their personal feelings that way. I loved the way that every one of the 13 witches all had a personal agenda and how they all wove together.
The author, Cate Tiernan, took her time building a love story for each one of the sisters, and building up for the big final confrontation. By the end, I really felt like I really knew each and every one of the characters. This story isn't only about witchcraft but also about personal discovery and growth. Don't be put off by the length of the book, it really does go fast.
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Sign me up to get more news about Young Adult books. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. A Necklace of Water 4. The Balefire coven has tried and failed to replicate the original rite that bestowed immortality upon them centuries ago. Some were hoping to finally die, others to discover new reaches of power. A Feather of Stone 3.