- Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Tor Fantasy (December 7, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812555481
- ISBN-13: 978-0812555486
- Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The White Dragon (In Fire Forged, Part 1) Mass Market Paperback – December 7, 2003
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"A rich brew of conspiracies, juicy romantic entanglements, blood feuds and massacres."
About the Author
Resnick went on to study French, Italian, and linguistics at Georgetown, graduating cum laude. Shortly thereafter, she tramped around most of the Old World, looking at lots of cool paintings, working in France, and winding up on a kibbutz in Israel for a while. She studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in London, and spent a volatile but happy year teaching English at the University of Palermo in Italy.
By the time she was thirty, Resnick had sold a dozen romance novels, all but one of them written under the pseudonym Laura Leone, and Romantic Times magazine named her the best new writer in her genre. She then went on an overland journey across Africa. Everything you could ever want to know about that 8-month journey is recounted in the award-winning nonfiction book, A Blonde In Africa.
While she was in Africa, Resnick won the John W. Campbell Award as Best New Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer in recognition of the short stories she had been writing. Having thus warmed up her muscles, she wrote her first fantasy novel, In Legend Born -- a project which made crossing Africa overland seem easy by comparison.
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It does a good job introducing some new characters and telling us more about characters we met in the first novel but didn't get to know. There is one major new character, a boy that becomes central to Tansen's life and perhaps all of Sileria. We also get to know more about Elelar's husband. The problem the book runs into is just rehashing old stuff about the main characters Tansen and Mirabar. There is a tedious and entirely too long drawn out recounting of Tansen's decision to kill Armian. There are a few pages on this at the beginning of many chapters and it is a drain on the enjoyment of the book. Given how many years passed since In Legend Born, I was expecting a much cripser book.
Resnick is a good writer and has created a very interesting world but she pulls back on exploring it and the people in it with the depth of a Hobb or even a Haydon. I would still recommend this book. It is a decent effort but not a page-turner like In Legend Born.
The Beckoner told her to find the Shir. Despite Tashinar's objections, Mirabar left the Guardian camp. She went looking for Armian.
Tansen came into Cavaser and was followed by Outlookers. They were not used to shallah carrying swords. One tried to arrest Tansen and he grabbed the Outlooker. While holding a sword to the man's neck, Tansen ordered the other three Outlookers to disarm themselves.
The crowd told Tansen to kill the Outlookers. Tansen noticed the sound of hoof beats. He shouted for the crowd to leave the square. Then he was shot in the back with a poisoned arrow.
When Tansen awoke, Koroll was waiting. He asked Tansen to kill Josarian. He offered to return Tansen's money and a like sum if he brought in the shallah.
The Valdani had taken all the food produced by the shallah farmers and shipped it to the Valdani armies. Josarian and his cousin had been smuggling food into Sileria. They had done such many time before, but this time they were caught by Outlookers.
In this novel, Tansen mar Dustan shah Gamalani is a shallah. His village had been overrun by Valdani Outlookers. Everyone in the village was tortured and killed. He went to Kinti and trained as a shatai.
Josarian mar Gershon shah Emeldari is a shallah. He is the Firebringer, who will drive the Valdani out of Sileria.
Mirabar is a Guardian. She has exceptional talents with fire and prophecy.
Kiloran is the leader of the Honored Society of the waterlords. He had betrayed Josarian.
Najdan is a Society assassin. He was sworn to Kiloran but has transferred his loyalty to Mirabar.
Zarien is a fourteen year old youngster in the Lascari Clan. He is sea-born and has never set foot on the land.
Armian is the son of Haloran. He was taken from Sileria after the death of his father.
In this story, Zarien has only one more task to do before becoming a man. He has to kill a dragonfish. His clan are setting the nets to channel the dragonfish into the killing zone. Then they await the swarming.
When the dragonfish arrive, Zarien is waiting for one to rise to the surface. But his brother lances the first fish. Zarien goes after the second one, but falls overboard while trying to get a good position.
Zarien sinks into the killing zone. He is buffeted by the dragonfish and is trapped underwater. While he is unable to surface, one dragonfish attacks him and he drowns.
When Zarien recovers consciousness, he is being towed by a buxom women. She holds him with her arms and drives through the water with her tail. She is the goddess Sharifar.
Sharifar has restored life to Zarien, but he is breathing water. She also tells him that those he thought of as his father and mother were not his parents. She wants him to go overland to find her new consort. He finally agrees and is sent to the rocks of the shore.
Since the sea-born Lascari never walk on land, Zarien finds everything different. He soon learns to wear shoes and to gather food. However, he refuses to eat the animals.
Meanwhile, Kiloran betrays Josarian. After Tansen defeats the Valdani Outlookers, a White Dragon rises out of the nearby river. Tansen futilely tries to kill the dragon, but it swallows Josarian.
Tansen is still bothered by the Shir wound in his side. He is returning to the caves of Dalishar. Six Society assassins attack him.
Zarien trips over a dead assassin and then finds five more. He notices that Tansen is still alive and takes him to a nearby cave to tend his wounds. But the Shir wound in his side will not heal. Zarien prays for healing and the wound becomes a silver scar.
Najdan finds Zarien and then Tansen. Mirabar is close behind Najdan. She is overjoyed at finding Tansen still alive.
This tale also reveals the details of the relationship between Tansen and Armian in flashbacks. Tansen had gone without his grandfather to meet the smuggler. He found Outlookers throughout the area, but he also found Armian. They both returned to Gamalan only to find the villagers all dead.
Tansen believes Armian is the prophesied Firebringer. The next installment in this sequence is The Destroyer Goddess.
Highly recommended for Resnick fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of various magics, ancient prophecy, and a bit of romance. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
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