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Memory Of Fire: Book One of The World Gates [Mass Market Paperback]

Holly Lisle
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April 11 2002 World Gates (Book 1)
Lauren Dane discovers a doorway to another reality in Cat Creek, North Carolina -- and she crosses over, driven by a strange compulsion she can neither resist nor comprehend. Molly McColl is brought there against her will -- kidnapped from her trailer and carried into a realm that traps her, terrifies her...yet offers her a strange and wondrous escape.

In an extraordinary universe of magic and monsters, two strangers sharing only pain and loss must now pursue the destiny that has united them. Because worlds are suddenly threatened by an evil beyond imagining -- the world they have entered...and the one the have left behind.


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Holly Lisle is the author of more than twenty books, including the Secret Texts trilogy and novels co-written with bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and Marion Zimmer Bradley.


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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and quick read Oct. 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is obviously the first in a series with some faults that most such books suffer from. They did not, however, spoil my enjoyment of this story. I wish Molly Mcoll had been used more, she was in the story quite a bit, but seemed to lack something. The author seems to have preferred her sister, Lauren, over her. We see much deeper into Lauren's life than we ever do Molly's. I found myself disliking the sentinels--too sanctimonious for my liking. Also, the bad guys were glossed over severely. The three rogue sentinels seem to have zero character and zero motivations (except maybe simple greed) for their actions. I just didn't believe in them.
Ah... but the world of the Vodi and Veyar. That worked brilliantly for me. I loved the setting and is one of the big reasons I give this book four stars and not three. The veyar as a people were interesting, the idea of a Copper House to shield the occupants from magic was good. The Vodi's necklace... excellent again. The only thing really wrong with this book was the weak bad guys. They seemed like generic opportunists and were only in the book to give the good guys something to do.
Overall, this was an enjoyable and quick read but it came across as a simple introduction to book two. I am writing this review after finishing The Wreck of Heaven (book2) by the way, so I have the benefit of hindsight, which is 20/20 :¬)
Mark E. Cooper
Warrior Within (ISBN: 0-9545122-0-0)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Masters Fumble One May 6 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Memory of Fire is the first novel in the World Gates series. The Sentinels are a secret organization who monitor and, to some extent, control traffic between universes. They have been around a long time and have infiltrated the power structure. They have some ability to use magic. They are the Conspiracy that people have dreamed and ranted about.
The Sentinel's circle in Cat Creek, North Carolina, is having problems. First a blip shows on the instruments and later gates start dropping and have to be reset. The last incident was met with a full scale excursion into Oria, but no clues were found ... publicly. The circle starts monitoring all their gates for more events and tries to triangulate from the available data.
The first event was Molly McColl being kidnapped and taken through a World Gate to Oria. There she is welcomed as the Vodi, a being who is powerful in magic. However, she is being kept in a copper covered room that grounds her magic. Seolar, Master of Copper House, has arranged for her kidnapping in order to protect his people from the ravages of other magic users and Molly eventually begins to like him more than a little.
The second event was Lauren Hotchkiss Dane opening the old Hotchkiss gate. Lauren has returned to Cat Creek after the death of her husband, Brian. She discovered that her family home was on the market and used the SGLI payment to buy it and now she has brought her son Jake to the old home place to live. Someone has covered the large wall mirror in the living room with black paint and she spends an afternoon scaping it clear. When she looks in the mirror, she sees a hint of green and it somehow attracts her. Later, after Jake is in bed, she discovers that she can put her hand through the mirror without ill effects.
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Readers familiar with Lisle's earlier work will not be surprised to find generous helpings of the exceptional storytelling and solid plotting skill that have marked her work from the start. What may surprise even Lisle's staunchest fans, however, is the scope of her vision and the strength of the premise on which she rests her newest project.
A common thread in all of Lisle's fantasy has been the idea that magic, like any other physical resource, has limitations, rules, and most importantly, consequences. In this gripping stand-alone opener to her new World Gates sequence, she explores the world-shattering consequences of individual acts with a brilliance and elegant simplicity that is nothing short of stunning.
More than any of her other books, _Memory of Fire_ demonstrates why Lisle's work is the thinking man's fantasy, the type of book that readers who normally "only read hard science fiction" pick up, enjoy, and recommend to their friends. Applying everything from Newton's Third Law to Einstein's Law of Conservation of Mass and Energy, Lisle's creates a magic system of awesome power and austere beauty, internally consistent and logical enough that it seems not only plausible, but almost inevitable. When the seemingly insignificant, thoughtless action that sets in motion the disaster the Sentinels are trying to avert comes to light, there is a moment of revelation that will literally hold you spellbound, in the grip of something so small and yet so powerful that the reader is nearly overwhelmed.
That is not to say that the novel's only strengths lie in its ideas. Filled with engaging characters, Lisle's latest novel sparkles with the familiar cadence of small-town voices, flawlessly rendered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Fantasy Jan. 7 2003
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This book is about a woman named Lauren Dane who discovered a large mirror in the family house in Cat Creek, North Carolina. She claimed that it was a portal to another world. Another women named Molly McColl was dragged into another world, which frightens her and strange happenings. The "another world" has existence of magic and monsters. Lauren and McColl are complete strangers to each other. What will happen when they meet? Perhaps there be good and evil involved in this new world.
At first in the very beginning I was kind of getting bored reading it. I came across this scene, At the point where her fingers touched Ewilla's skin, green-white fire glowed in a tiny point that quickly spread." This scene is about Molly inside a cart and has no idea what Yaner was talking about calling her Vodi. Molly had a magical cure power. Molly touches Ewilla's skin and she was healed from her sickeness that was close to death. This scene captures my way of thoguhts because it had to do with magic. It gave a good description as if I'm reading a role-playing game. I was so pulled in the book when it has to do with magic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read in 2 Days!!
I read this book in two days, and that was only because I had to stop and do mundane things like sleep and go to work. I absolutely loved this book. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic isn't as easy as the fairy tales
Molly McColl is kidnapped by strange creatures and dragged off to the world of Oria to save them. She doesn't just meekly go along - but soon discovers that in this new world her... Read more
Published on June 12 2002 by Bookivore
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Magic
Memory of Fire is nothing short of a masterful saga. For those who love cross-dimensional fantasy, Lisle's work can be wonderfully satisfying and does successfully allow one to... Read more
Published on June 9 2002 by David DeWeese
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately not a bedtime book.
I started reading this book late one evening, and before I knew it dawn was breaking over the horizon. I can't remember the last time a book kept me up all night! Read more
Published on May 26 2002 by D. K. Whelan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Make that double wow.
I don't usually write reviews on books that I read. Not unless they are extremely good or so bad that I want my money back. Read more
Published on May 10 2002 by Crista Rucker
4.0 out of 5 stars More like a 4 1/2
I really enjoyed the beginning of this new series by Holly Lisle - and I really envy her ability to come up with fresh new ideas for her fantasy worlds. Read more
Published on May 9 2002 by "aviendha"
5.0 out of 5 stars Holly Lisle takes it up a notch
I recently discovered Holly's Secret Text Trilogy (Diplomacy of Wolves, Vengeance of Dragons, Courage of Falcons) and really enjoyed them. Read more
Published on April 30 2002 by Eric West
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