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Balefire 04 Necklace Of Water [Mass Market Paperback]

Cate Tiernan
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April 25 2006 Balefire (Book 4)
The Balefire coven has tried and failed to replicate the original rite that bestowed immortality upon them centuries ago. Some were hoping to finally die, others to discover new reaches of power. Twins Clio and Thais weren’t sure what to expect, but now they are forced to confront a hidden enemy who still wants them dead. In addition, they’re coping with the love they both feel for the same person, who has finally made his choice.

Readers who devoured the first three books in this thrill-ride series will be dying to see what happens next, and they’ll be rewarded with a shocking turn of events that no one will predict!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to the series. Aug. 30 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A great ending to the series (for a total of 4 books). I saw a few twists coming in this one, but overall, it was a satisfying finish. The first book is probably the weakest one, (Really, long lost twins who meet each other for the first time AND also end up being powerful witches too? Haven't heard that one before! *rollseyes*) but it works well as an origin story to set everything up for the rest of the books. The story itself, crossing here through all four books, is actually very well told. There is a huge cast of main characters here held by unusual circumstances and backgrounds. The main storyline feels large in scale by backtracking through their history and their previous lives.

The chapters are also very short (1-5 pages mostly), so it's very easy to pop in and out of each book through each chapter, especially if you like to squeeze in a few pages here and there between different things in your day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beautiful and Tragic end to an Amazing Series April 23 2006
By Temi-Tayo A. Shonoiki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just can't believe this could possibly be the end! Well, it definitely went out with a bang! So, this book was mostly about Thais and Clio's battle within themselves (Will they truly become as evil as Melita?). Also it was totally about relationships, which is the part I've always loved the most, who does Clio want to be with, really? what about Thais, will she find her match? and even the other members of the Treize besides Richard and Luc, are mixed up in some relationship drama! and then you have the underlying thoughts of what could be next! i mean they already performed the Rite what could they possibly do to top that? well you'll see! This book had so many twist and turns! Thankfully some outstanding questions that were left on everyone's mind from the last three books were answered although out the book. But the ending unfortunately left me with more questions that could probably be answered in another book if only Cate would make one! maybe she could make a super edition like in the sweep series. that would be great! but i guess its up to you to decide that for yourself! go get this book, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you talk to yourself! And it will make you happy that you own such a great book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What Went Wrong June 28 2006
By Joshua Koppel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The great rite has been performed but it did not work the way anyone hoped that it would. But what was it supposed to do? There were many ideas as to what could be done but nothing definite about what would be done. Now that it is over some members of the Trieze have been affected, each in a different way. Some have hopes of doing the rite again. There is the question of who has tried to kill the twins. But one thing is sure, everyone still has their own plots and goals.

For the twins things are no different. Clio wants to increase her power, become immortal, and thinks that studying with Deadalus will help. Thais is against the idea as she is sure he killed their father. What Thais wants is revenge against Deadalus. Each in there own way begins to experience the dark side of magic and each approaches it differently. How they deal with their goals is a major part of the book. But in the end all the plots of all the characters come together with a number of surprises and the series winds itself up.

At the end the series is over but there is plenty of room for more books and stories. Like with the previous books, things move quickly and there are a lot of plots to consider and keep track of. But it manages to stay together and remain concise without getting lost in the confusion. A good book and a fine end to the series. Check it out.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Teen Read Oct. 24 2007
By kro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Purely by coincidence, my 16 yr. old daughter and I read this book (and the previous three books in the series) at essentially the same time with the same reacion. I was already a fan of the "Sweep" books, and so was excited to see these "Balefire" stories become available. Both my daughter and I enjoyed the entire chain of books in this series and this proved to be a satisfying culmination (at least so far!) to the main mystery thread. We did think that it was a bit far-fetched that the two twins, having found each other, forged a sisterly connection, moved in together and pursued learning witchcraft wouldn't be more forthcoming about their "hidden" agendas, but overall, my daughter and I enjoyed the stories, and hope for more of the same from Cate Tiernan.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Conclusion Jan. 28 2009
By J. Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is by far the worst conclusion to a series I have ever read. The characters do things at the end of the book that don't make any sense, and none of the questions asked in the first three books are answered. Don't invest any time in this series, because you'll only be disappointed.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great. May 14 2006
By Little D - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read the other books in the series and was waiting to see how it would end. I was a bit disappointed. This last book didn't meet my expectations compared to the other 3.

I guess I'm glad the series is done with.
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