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GATHERING FLAME: The Prequel to Mageworlds [Mass Market Paperback]

James D Macdonald , Doyle Et
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June 13 1995 Mageworlds, No 4
When the Magelords begin to plunder the civilized galaxy, effortlessly destroying opposing warfleets and taking over entire planets, the only hope lies in three reluctant individuals: Perada Rosselin, Jos Metadi, and Errec Ransome. Original.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Mage War Jan. 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Gathering Flame is the fourth novel written in the Mageworlds series. At this time, however, it is the third in internal chronological sequence, following A Working of Stars and preceding The Price of the Stars. Five hundred years before, a Great Working was performed to bridge the eiran across The Gap Between. The only surviving Mage from that Circle, Arekhon Khreseio sus-Khalgath sus-Peledaen, had returned to his lover Elaeli Inadi syn-Peledaen, known as the Maestra Elela Rosselin, on Entibor and now serves her descendants as Ser Hafrey, the Armsmaster.
The Mages have begun raiding across the Gap Between and threaten Entibor. Perada Rosselin has just inherited the title of Domina of Entibor and, in the company of Ser Hafrey and Nivome do'Evaan of Rolny, is traveling from Galcen to Entibor to receive her crown. On the way, she takes a side-journey to Waycross on Innish-Kyl in order to converse with Jos Metadi, the leader of a fleet of privateers attacking Mage conveys. Perada wants Jos to command her fleet against the Mages and is offering to take him as her consort if he will become her General of Armies. Metada turns her down and tries to leave, but finds the door locked from the outside. Escaping the building by the back way, Jos and Perada are fired upon by unknown assailants and flee to Metada's ship, the Warhammer. Errec Ransome, an Adept who survived the Mage attack on Ilarna, is the navigator on the Warhammer, Nannla and Tillijen are the gunners, and Ferrdacor the Selvaur is the engineer.
This novel tells the backstory of the First Mage War and the formation of the Republic. It shows why Errec Ransome is called the Breaker of Circles, how Entibor was Lost, and what caused the Rolny enmity toward the Rosselin-Metadi clan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GATHERING FLAME HAS SOME SPARKS May 14 2002
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This 4th novel which tells you how the forst 3 novels began is a fun and good read but lacked some of the character detail somewhat. The mutual love that Jos Metadi and Perada developed seemed to happen much too quickly from two people who saw the universe in such diverse ways. It seemed that they were going at each other and the next chapter - were having kids! That would have been better told if their relationship would have unfolded slowly. Errec Ramsome as usual, stole the show again as the mysterious adept. His story and character dominate this book byt far. Another thing that I did not understand was why was not the 1st born the heir apparent? It seemed that Perada had to have another child, but for what reason?
Overall a good read, but not as good as the first trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Space Opera and a great prequel Oct. 24 1998
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From it's opening scenes, The Gathering Flame moves quickly and excitingly through the introducing of the main characters and smoothly catches us up with how they got to be the people they are. Besides wanting to read this story I bought it specifically to take to a SciFi Con and have signed by Doyle and MacDonald. Despite the obvious distractions of traveling 800 miles and an extremely enjoyable Con, I couldn't rest upon returning home until I finished this book. Pick it up, you won't want to put it down. <BTW yes I got it signed:)>
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is how it really happened. Sept. 17 1998
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This fascinating prequel to Mageworlds lets you see General Metadi and the Domina Perada in their youth, and how the events of the later books got started. It's an intense story of people and planets fighting for their lives on several fronts, and also an epic (if really unusual) romance. If you've already read Mageworlds, get ready for some shocks as you learn some of the things Jos and Perada never told the kids! I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Mageworlds is AWESOME and this prequel is no exception!
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