Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Women's Fall Denim Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums See All Deals Storm Fire TV Stick Off to College Essentials Find the Best Purina Pro Plan for Your Pet Shop Popular Services Home Theater Setup Plumbing Services Assembly Services Shop all furious7 furious7 furious7  Amazon Echo Fire HD 6 Kindle Voyage Assassin's Creed Syndicate Shop Now Deal of the Day

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this because I read it in high school and I remember loving it even though I couldn't remember much about it. I read it again and thought it was pretty good I'm glad there was some romance in it but I did have mix emotions about the whole story by the time I was done. But loved the ending and wanted it to continue, but every story must come to an end eventually.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2002
I first read this book back when I was in the eighth grade. I remember checking out from the library every week just to reread it over and over again. Now I'm a sophomore in college and after finding this book again, it burns a fire in my heart. A hidden classic in a world of prejudice. Read this book and find a fire within you that could change your world.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2000
I must say, after reading this book for the first time, I absolutely fell in love! I have read this book at least 10 times over, and it never becomes dull. Elsha intrigues me so, her personality, her spirit, it just all draws me deeper into my complete appreciation of this book. Sherryl Jordan, this is truly wonderful!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2001
The book "Winter of Fire" is a wonderful book that confronts the issue of discrimination. It tells of a inslaved women who has the power and will to change the way of things. With her power and friends she conquers the discrimination of her people and helps this futuristic world that they live in.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2002
WINTER OF FIRE was the greatset book I ever read in my life couldn't put it down .I would raed an other book like that.To me it was the best,And if any body objects I don't care what they think of the story.I thought it was the best and nothing else.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on June 25, 2014
I read Winter of Fire for the first time in sixth grade ten years ago. I devoured the story, and it never really left me. Unfortunately, Winter of Fire is out of print, but every time I went to a used book sale I searched for it, until I finally found it for cheap on amazon a few years ago. This was my third time reading Winter of Fire, and I have to say, it never gets old.

Winter of Fire is definitely a middle-grade book, which was a little hard to get used to after reading so many young adult books lately, but I quickly slipped back in to the story. Elsha is one of the most fiery characters I’ve ever come across in any type of literature, and she won’t leave you without a fight. She’s defiant, strong, and ruthless in her pursuit of justice and ending oppression for her people. She knows there’s more to life than what she’s been given, and she doesn’t let obstacles get in her way easily.

Every time I read Winter of Fire, I see more of the themes of feminism and justice than I did during my initial sixth grade reading, but even then, I could tell that part of Elsha’s character was about deliberately being a strong female. In Elsha’s society, the female Quelled people are the lowest class of citizens, barely better than animals. They’re not even granted the title of woman–instead, they’re called “Harsha”. It may be her lot in life, but Elsha refuses to submit quietly, and I love her for it.

This story is actually less action-oriented than I remember. Elsha does have adventures and dangers ahead of her, but what’s more important is the people she comes in to contact with on said adventures. She encounters an entire spectrum of reactions. Some accept her more readily, while others look at her in contempt, and through each character, the world around Elsha is built a little more. It’s an amazing, bleak world. Sherryl Jordan isn’t the type to spend an entire paragraph describing the world around Elsha, but in just a simple sentence I was transported to the dark land where it’s always cold and firestones are the only source of life.

This is one of my most-recommended books of all time, and after another re-reading, I remember why. It has such powerful themes about oppression and gender equality, all the while being cloaked in an amazing story with one of my favorite protagonists ever.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on September 22, 2013
Closer to 4.5 stars.

First, may I say, that I enjoyed Ms. Jordan's THE JUPITER GAME but fell in love with THE RAGING QUIET. WINTER OF FIRE falls somewhere in between. First published in 1992, it was speculative fiction aimed at high-schoolers. But adults should have no problem reading this piece of sci-fi/fantasy if you enjoy this genre.

Set in a futuristic alternate reality, Elsha is a Quelled. She is a member of a slave race that mines firestones aka coal deep beneath the earth. These very stones are first and foremost given to the Chosen, a supposedly superior group of people, to heat their homes and businesses.

The Quelled are treated lower than animals; they are the Chosens' beasts of burden. From early on Elsha shows spirit that gets her into trouble. For this reason she is physically abused but manages to carry on knowing that one day she is meant for better things. Little does she know how important she will become.

At the age of 16, Elsha is chosen to become the handmaiden to the Firelord. This is a very prestigious position in very sexist times. The Firelord is a man who has the ability to divine, or locate, the much-needed firestones. Elsha's journey not only is an education but eventually enlightens others to the Quelleds' travesty.

Narrated in first person tense, it is a story with religious undertones. At certain moments I thought of the Chronicles of Narnia with the extreme cold and the lion used as a symbol for bravery and honesty. At other times I thought of how the humans were treated in the original Planet of the Apes. This is a story that grows on you. For some the reading can be slow because Ms. Jordan shares a few deep-written lessons on life but don't let this deter you. The author also writes some amazing bits of wisdom that had me *sigh* at times. Just make sure you set aside some quiet time before starting this book.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2000
this is one of my all time fave books. i love to read and this book is a great example of fine literature.its main character is a very strong woman who knows how to stand up for herself. i strongly recomend this book for all feminist girls
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on July 29, 2001
In Elsha's futuristic Earth, an ecological disaster has changed the life of humans. She is in the unspeakably lower class of life, a Quelled slave to the black firestones and a corrupted religious faith. Only her higher calling to a compassionate Chosen, her visions, and her utterly defiant attitude will lead to the road of justice and relief not only to the Quelled, but to the Chosen as well. The road is difficult and full of prejudice and unjust hate, but Elsha finds several half-loves who touch her heart and help heal the anger and confusion. While she finds those who heal her heart, she finds one who can heal her completely. Heart and soul. The book Winter of Fire was definatly worth the read. I would reccommend the book to anyone. Elsha's love interests are very lifelike. It reminds those who are still searching for "the one" that there are many "halves" along the way. People who don't quite complete or aren't quite compatible. It gives those hope for the one that will complete you. It also reminds those who have already found the one and how they felt the minute they knew. The inexplicable joy. The book also has it's faults. The whole character of Zune and the battle was, like Kirkus Reviews said, awkwardly inserted. It could have been left out completely, with Elsha winning her inauguration through her own wit rather than a battle against an odd, "appeared-out-of-thin-air" foe that she didn't even fight. But don't get me wrong. The book has a lot of amazing insights to oppression and poverty. It also has a great deal of emotional love.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on June 4, 2013
I am a retired person, certainly not a "young adult", but I was intrigued by this book and I picked it up and read it. I was not sorry! It is a very imaginative and satisfying story, and never boring. I would definitely read it again. As well as being entertaining, it makes a serious point about the evils of slavery. I liked the fact that Elsha's world was in physical cold and darkness while it was in spiritual darkness. The characters were well drawn, and the story is truly unforgettable. Elsha is worthy heroine; she is courageous, passionate, warm and loving. Both men and women in the story are attracted to her and loyal to her for her inner beauty. She was not diminished at all by her lack of physical beauty (her eyes were slightly crossed and her nose broken and badly healed due to an early encounter with the ruling race). This book deserves to be back in print and set up as an e-book.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this also viewed
The Raging Quiet
The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan (Paperback - November 1, 2000)

The Juniper Game (Point)
The Juniper Game (Point) by Sherryl Jordan (Paperback - Mar. 1994)

The Hunting of the Last Dragon
The Hunting of the Last Dragon by Sherryl Jordan (Hardcover - June 1, 2002)
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.