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King Sinther, his flesh made of stone, tyrannizes the enchanted Firefly Island. Swords and arrows break against him. Armies crash before him. All of Firefly Island--a land of magic and mystery--suffers under his cruelty. But one girl, a simple slave girl, has magic that can stop him. Whatever Aeolia feels, she can make others feel: joy, sadness, hunger... even pain. If she hurt herself and shared the pain, she could hurt the mad stone king. Can Aeolia escape King Sinther's assassins, defeat him, and save Firefly Island?

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Daniel Arenson sold his first short story in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various magazines, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card's Strong Verse. In addition to Firefly Island, Daniel wrote the fantasy novels Flaming Dove (2010) and The Gods of Dream (forthcoming).


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Rich and complex 21 juin 2010
Par Shelby Miller - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
It's hard to describe everything that's going on in the novel, because it has a complex plot with a lot going on at once. It reads like an epic fantasy, with multiple main characters, but is more tightly written than most epic fantasies, fitting nicely into one (admittedly rather long) book. If you enjoyed the complexity of epic fantasies but could never make it through multiple 700+ page books, you'll definitely enjoy this book.

The gist of it is that Firefly island is divided up into four distinct races (and countries). Each race has its own distinctive look and ability. One race is telepathic, one can manipulate stone, one can heal, and the last can (I think) turn into animals. Each race has a "firechild". One firechild is born every 100 years, and the firechild is gifted with abilities far above the other members of their race. Fireflies glow with a particular color when a firechld is alive, so, say, when there are four living firechildren, fireflies come in four different colors.

So that's kind of the background. The plot of the novel is fairly simple -- one firechild has set himself up as king over his people, and has turned himself into stone. No one can hurt him -- except the Esiren (telepathic) firechild, who can make him feel what she's feeling, so he can't kill her. When the fireflies indicate the Esiren firechild has been born, the king sends his son (Prince Lale) to slaughter all the Esirens, in the hopes of killing the firechild through sheer dumb luck, I guess (there's nothing physically by which you can differentiate a firechild from a regular person). Anyhow, one way or another, Prince Lale manages to get the whole island embroiled in war, and the book tells the stories of the four firechildren and a few secondary characters as they try to protect their homelands and kill the evil king.

The world Mr. Arenson has written is complex and deep. He's clearly put a lot of thought into it. The plot is efficient and masterfully timed, with few extraneous scenes. A few well placed flash backs contribute to plot and character development without revealing too much. Most of the characters are well fleshed out and not annoyingly powerful. The battle scenes are gory, but don't revel in it, and a few unexpected twists kept me turning the pages.

My (few) problems with the book are how easily some of the characters, previously untrained in fighting, defeat seasoned warriors. And while most the characters are enjoyable, the book flags a bit when focusing on Aeolia, the Esiren firechild. She possesses a curious sort of self-centered insecurity (All these people died for ME and I'm not worth it) which I found rather grating. Similarly, the few instances of romance were somewhat awkward, and the sooner they were over, the better.

If I could give the book 4.5 stars, I would, since overall it was extremely enjoyable. If you enjoy fantasy at all, particularly epic fantasy, it's definitely worth picking up.
16 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Be very suspicious of all the glowing reviews of this book 6 janvier 2012
Par A. Burnett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
After reading all the glowing reviews and praise I purchases this book sight unseen. And for the first few chapters I was riveted. Those chapters were nuanced, chilling, and skillfully executed--so I know it's well within the author's ability to craft entertaining and engrossing stories; however, after those first few chapters it seemed like the author ran out of steam because the story went way downhill, completely imploding under crushing banality. Whereas I'd read the first few chapters with enthusiasm, soon I found myself skimming pages in search of where something interesting might happen. And eventually, at around 70% of the book I simply couldn't take it anymore and could read no further. What's wrong with the book? Well, after the first few chapters the pacing falls apart, the tension evaporates, and the characterizations become trite and empty. The main character is adored by everyone she meets, overcomes obstacles with nary a difficulty, and falls "in love" with the first guy she meets because he's really swell. So reader beware, this book by this author is just another one of those cheap kindle books self-published by an author who can't be troubled to keep his end of the bargain by writing a good book. In my opinion this book wouldn't be worth reading even if it were free. I certainly wish I hadn't wasted my time or money on it. This is simply a very poor effort by an author who can do far better. If you buy it anyway, don't say I didn't warn you...
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
My favorite indie book by far 12 novembre 2010
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I would have preferred to write up a review for this book a month ago, but whenever I've sat down to write it I couldn't come up with the words to use that actually displayed my thoughts on this book. At this point I've just given up and am writing it anyways. But I enjoyed this book enough that that was my response to it - wanting to write up a good review for it and not being sure how to get across what I enjoyed.

One thing I found that it excelled at was developing a world. It's not as in depth as the masters, but I don't expect anything to the level of Tolkien's world development from anyone who isn't a linguist before a writer. However even such, there was a world to go with the plot, not a plot that sat in an undeveloped world. The world as a whole definitely influenced my thoughts on the book, because it made the entire story more real.

The characters were also real. I enjoyed their flaws and how they were brought out. The magic that was involved mixed well with the characters who possessed it. It didn't define them, as I've found it does in some fantasy, but develops the character further.

The plot is simple, but well written enough that it keeps the pages turning. There are twists, some of which I really enjoyed to the point where I shared them with my boyfriend. An individual take on a simple plot without being straightforward was solidly enjoyable.

If you enjoy epic fantasy, then this book is absolutely worth picking up. If you enjoy fantasy in general, but don't find epic fantasy your favorite, it would still be worth picking up. I found the writing style one which would not be difficult to follow for people who don't enjoy the extreme epic fantasies as well as solidly enjoyable for those of us who do enjoy those.

I would consider this one of my favorite books. 5 stars.
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From "Red Adept Reviews" 28 juillet 2010
Par Lynn McNamee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Overall: 5 Stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 3/4 Stars

While the plot was a bit on the trite side, poor slave girl finds out she is mega important to the world all along, the storyline offered enough variation on the theme to keep me interested enough to not want to put the book down. For instance, the "slave master" of the girl was a giant troll. That was new and different.

The opening scene was heartbreaking, yet intriguing. I really love a good opening scene that makes me want to keep reading. Mr. Arenson could not have started his novel in a more alluring manner. The storyline was straightforward, mostly linear, and filled with plenty of intrigue and action.

My only detraction was that I got a little tired of Aeolia's whining a few times. Not that she didn't have good reason, especially early in the book. It was more that she just kept expounding on the same issues both verbally and mentally a few too many times.

The setting was filled with imagination. The ending was a little gingerbread-ish, but satisfying.

Character Development: 5 Stars

One thing about myself I have discovered is that when a book is told from multiple viewpoints, I tend to get bored with one or more of them and have a "favorite" that I just wish the entire book centered around. So, I am always very pleased to find a book with multiple viewpoints where each of them are equally enjoyable. Each of the viewpoints in this novel were entertaining and fascinating. I do admit to having "Aeolia" as a favorite, even with her whining, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the others.

All of the characters were equally well developed. Mr. Arenson insured that the reader got to know all of them equally and empathized with each. Mostly, the characters were logical and believable.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

I really enjoyed the flow of the writing style. The action scenes were exceptionally well written, leaving no room for confusion. The dialogue was good. The descriptions were especially concise for a fantasy novel. That was definitely a refreshing change.
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Simply fantastic! 4 février 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
A beautiful fantasy adventure filled with the most unforgettable characters. Firefly Island tells the story of four unique friends striving to defeat a common enemy, King Sinther of Stonefort. A cruel and malicious ruler, the king resides deep beneath the earth and slowly turns himself to stone, making him both impenetrable and invulnerable. These four individuals, each with their own harrowing exploits, unite in an effort to save their nations against this tyrannical monarch.
During this time of struggle, a legend becomes reality in the form of a young girl, Aeolia, who, at first, is unwilling to accept her destiny. But through love, friendship, and even betrayal, she takes her rightful place as the Firechild that will unify and ultimately save the five nations.

This is a book that I will most definitely reread. It is tale filled, not only with adventure, but wit and humor. It is a tale that I have started reading to my own children a few pages at a time just before they go to bed, only to have them say "Just one more page..." when lights are ready to go out. I would have no problems with having my young teen read this book, but parents should of course use discretion with the younger children as there are violent scenes and one intimate encounter. Do as I plan to do and omit these sections when reading to them. I guarantee it will be a story they will remember!

Hmm...now I wonder if we can get the author to do a Firelfly Island 2?
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