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The element of fire
Martha Wells
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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this rich fantasy debut, the medieval-like country of Ile-Rien is threatened by internal turmoil and invasion by the forces of the Fayre. Ile-Rien, ruled in name by weak young King Roland but in fact by the Dowager Queen Ravenna, becomes the staging area for the sorcerer Urbain Grandier's vengeance against his native land, where he had been the victim of an inquisition mounted against magic. Thomas Boniface, captain of the Queen's Guard and Ravenna's former lover, aids the dowager in her fight to maintain stability and counter the pernicious influence of powerful nobles. The political balance is further upset when the court sorcerer dies, weakening the palace's defenses against Fayre and allowing Kade Carrion, the king's illegitimate half-sister, whose mother was the Fayre Queen of Air and Darkness, to return to court after many years of banishment. Skillfully blending the fantastical and the mundane, Wells delights with deft and sympathetic characterization while demonstrating a fine touch for adventure. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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main characters Roland, King of Ile-Rien
Male
Age: Young adult
Weak; easily misled.

Dowager Queen of Ile-Rien Ravenna
Female
Mother
Ruthless; strong; Roland's mother; true ruler of the kingdom.

Urbain Grandier
Male
Sorcerer
Master of scientific sorcery; plots against the throne.

Kade Carrion
Female
Illegitimate
Roland's half-sister; daughter of the Queen of Air and Darkness.

Thomas Boniface
Male
Dashing; handsome; devoted to Ravenna; Ravenna's ex-lover.
Captain of the Queen's Guard



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