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Lord of the White Hell: Book One (The Cadeleonian Series) Paperback – August 15, 2010
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Seventeen-year-old engineering genius Kiram Kir-Zaki is the first full-blooded Haldiim to attend the Cadeleonian Academy Sagrada, and he knows they only admitted him in hopes of winning the Crown Challenge scientific competition. The uptight Cadeleonians stick him with the only roommate he can't corrupt with his heathen ways: Javier Tornesal, cursed by the evil powers of the white hell. The two are instantly attracted, but they must resist and hide their romance as Javier protects Kiram and helps him train for the competition. Then Kiram's uncle Rafie and his husband, the mystic Alizadeh, reveal secrets that could tear the boys--and the country--apart. An intricate world, well-integrated social issues, believable sexual encounters, and an interesting mystery make this dense, languorous tale appealing for any fan of romantic fantasy.
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An intricate world, well-integrated social issues, believable sexual encounters, and an interesting mystery make this dense, languorous tale appealing for any fan of romantic fantasy. Publishers Weekly
Lushly detailed, with believable, fully developed characters, this fantasy with homoerotic overtones is reminiscent of Mercedes Lackey's Vanyel novels and should appeal to a similar readership. Library Journal
There is something almost intoxicating about Ginn Hale's work. Her characters are unforgettable and her plots mesmerizing. The imagery in Lord of the White Hell blazes from the page with ferocious brightness. Josh Lanyon, author of Strange Fortune
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This book is hitting all my personal marks for epic fantasy. The first two books in the series follows Kiram and Javier, two young men enrolled in the Sagrada Academy in the fictional land of Cadeleonia. A mouthful of a name, but that's okay.
This book is dark, frightening, yet full of light. Javier carries within him a magical natural construct that his people have erroneously labeled a "white hell", what they believe to be a source of infinite power and evil. It is a hereditary construct that attaches itself to the Tornesal line, of which Javier is the current duke. Kiram, a Haldiim, is from another culture and religion, and his people have a more accurate understanding of just what Javier carries within him. The two young men are thrown together by circumstance, but the attraction and real love that grows between them is powerful and enjoyable.
I won't go into a rehashing of the plot or synopsis. This book alternates between terror, love, hope and misery so deftly and with a natural, balanced ease that I am very impressed. There are errors in the text, and usually that bothers me in the extreme, but the story and writing and the characters was enough for me to push that quirk aside and really enjoy the book.
Fair warning: The first book and the second book in the series are actually more like a single book, that Hale found a natural breathing point between and split them up. I'm not complaining, as each book is incredibly long, and the whole combined works would be over a thousand pages if left as one tome. This process is continued with the third and fourth books of the series, though each split is less of a cliffhanger than the process implies.
These books, this series, is well worth the time and money. I was supremely impressed and left wanting more. Book one is dark and has a delicious gothic overtone to it that made me afraid of the dark after I put it down--and I immediately bought the second, third, and fourth. I was NOT disappointed.
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Kiram is the first full-blooded Haldiim to be admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy. There he faces prejudice due to his heritage, until Duke Javier Tornesal brings him under his protection. But that protection is a double-edged sword as Javier himself is regarded with fear and hate due to his power over the white hell. Javier is hunted by a powerful curse, bent on bringing that hell under the control of an unknown enemy. The two men grow to be close allies, but will it be enough?
Though book one spends a lot of time introducing the fantasy world, and the character's backgrounds, it was cleverly woven into Kiram's experiences at the school and his growing understanding of both Javier and the white hell, rather than being just an info-dump. Hale's writing has a lot of emotional depth, and strong description, so that I quickly came to care about both Kiram and Javier, but also their circle of friends, the Hellions. This is the first half of the story, so it does end on something of a cliffhanger - however, it left me anticipating the next book (indeed, I started it immediately) rather than feeling cheated. I highly recommend Lord of the White Hell, and also that readers have both volumes in hand, as once this one ends you'll want to jump right into the finale (Lord of the White Hell: Book Two (The Cadeleonian Series))!
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Javier’s ancestor received magic abilities from the white hell. In return his soul and the souls of his descendants were connected to the white hell somehow.Read more
When it should of been the download sample. I was uncertain about the story,decided to give it a chance.Read more