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.

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