by Emmie Mears
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Pub Date 05 Dec 2019 | Archive Date 05 Jan 2023
Waves ripple outward from the Northlands…
Where once water was scarce, it now springs from the ground, traversing over land to the sea in the west.
Several moons after the breaking of the stone, life is finding new balance in the Northlands. Carin has made her home in Lahivar with Ryd and Sart, and there they watch in awe as the new river reshapes the very surface of the land around them.
But far to the west, the wave of magic wrought by Carin snapping the first stone traveled fast and crashed into a whole new world—a bigger world, and one full of many kinds of power. A woman bereft of name and love. Another carrying the grief of an island on her shoulders. A herald. A seeker. A forgotten history.
There is a moment at the exact instant the receding waters along the shores of the earth meet the force of the moons above and change direction. The sound races around the globe with the rush of a new kind of waves.
The tide is turning, and it brings change to every land and people.
A Note From the Publisher
For book one, Hearthfire
"Mears has crafted a highly detailed world…will leave readers eager for Carin’s further adventures." — Publishers Weekly
"This outstanding fantasy novel will resonate with readers in the real world: it could truly be about anyone coming to the realization that their way of life does indeed affect others, even if they don’t realize it, and how important it is to do the right thing, even if that means going against the norm and alienating people you thought were good and wise." — Booklist
"…a powerful debut to a new series that will grip the reader until the end. Mears’ skilled storytelling make this emotional read stand out. Despite the fantastic world, the narrative feels real with complex characters…HEARTHFIRE feels different from other coming-of-age stories with its progressive thinking and darker plot line." — InD'Tale Magazine
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Average rating from 2 members
So much has changed since Carin and her friends began their “journey “. Land once fertile is now underwater, tides have swept away homes and even lives and yet still the spirit that Carin released is with her. Sadly for Carin she becomes separated from those she trusts and becomes a prisoner of a powerful country were her life is in danger but allies exist and Carin is part of a new chapter because the tides have truly turned !
I loved Carin and as much as I appreciated the author giving us multiple views in order to flesh out this world she has created for this reader it was only when the story returned to Carin that I truly enjoyed it. What I will say though is the gender pronouns took me awhile to get used to and perhaps initially took me out of the story. I do realise that we live in a gender fluid world but think it’s very easy to over empathise it . However what happens to Carin was easy to understand and very entertaining with an ending that I most certainly didn’t predict.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
This book I find very well written, since the first page you can dive deep into the storyline. I also liked the cover very well. It is nice designed in the color and in the design itself. The writing style is very good and very pleasant and fluently to read. The book has been very clearly structured and the plot is traceable and very interesting. The characters look very authentic and traceable to me. The author succeeds in writing very detailing about the scenery, characters, surroundings and emotions. This story is fascinating and consistent at the same time and keeps the tension until the end.