Book Review: Fire in the Mist

Fire in the Mist (Arhel, #1)

Fire in the Mist by Holly Lisle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After the destruction of her village, Faia’s powers are realised not only by herself but by every mage in the world. Suddenly, she is wanted by all and feared by them as well, however, as everyone agreed that it was important to train the wild magic before more destruction occurs something had to be done. She is taken to the city, where men occupy half and women occupy the other half. The division is long standing and the reasons behind it are debatable. Upon her arrival, mysterious things start to happen which turn the two halves of the city against each other.

I found the plot to be complex and a little confusing at times, but not enough to distract me from what was happening. I liked Faia and wanted to know what would become of her. Thinking about it now, I can’t say she grew much throughout the story, but that also didn’t put me off. She had a strong personality and I believe that was enough to hold my attention.

I enjoyed the way the story was written. It was done in such a way that made me read on, when I should have put the book aside and done something else. As a result, I got through the book quite fast (although personal circumstances made me put the book aside for more than three weeks when I was about 75% of my way through the book).

Although I know this is the first book of three, I don’t have to read the other books, if I don’t want to. I was satisfied with the ending. Yet I am willing to purchase the next book and continue on with Faia’s story.

Hello 2011

Out with the old. In with the new. It might sound cliché, but it’s exactly how I feel. With luck, I’m hoping to put the past to rest and move on to better, brighter things.

Hopes for 2011

We were just watching the fireworks which graced the night sky as the New Year came into being. It was a beautiful sight and right in the middle of it, we glimpsed a falling star!

It was whiter and brighter than any of the fireworks. It shot across the dark sky, drawing our attention with it. “I hope that’s a positive sign for a good year,” I thought.

I want 2011 to be wonderful for you and for me. I want it to be a year when marvellous things happen, great things are discovered and happiness touches everyone is some way.

Closer to home, I would like 2011 to be a year filled with good health, great writing and much happiness.

I’m not a person to make New Year resolutions. They are usually promises that we do not keep or can’t keep because they are unrealistic. I do believe in making personal goals that are achievable though. However, I have none to make right now, except one:

1. Write. Write. Write.

That is my one and only goal – to write frequently.

Where ever you are, what ever you are doing, I wish for you the very best life can offer in 2011.

Happy New Year!