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White Fire [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Fern Michaels
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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October 1997 Wheeler Large Print Books
Bestselling author Fern Michaels takes readers to 16th-century Russia during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. Katerina possesses the courage of her Cossack ancestors. Now, she is on a vengeance quest against the marauders who destroyed her village and stole her priceless snow-white horses in the name of the mad Czar. Nor will she rest until she has killed the man who dared to take her innocence.
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FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood series, Mr. and Miss Anonymous, Up Close and Personal, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is apassionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic that stood the test of time April 18 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
During the reign of Ivan the Terrible as Czar of Russia, Mongol Banyan
Amur rapes Cossack Katerina "Kat" Vaschenko. She hides the incident from her
family; however, she is caught in a naked embrace with a Russian emissary
trying to obtain horses from the Cossacks. Her father believes that Kat has
sold the horse breeding secrets in exchange for a little flesh. Kat becomes
isolated from her clan which turns out to save her life when a dastardly raid
by the Tereks kill her entire family and steal the prize horses.
...... Kat vows revenge and journeys across the Ural Mountains to ask her uncle,
Khan Afstar for his help. Once she arrives at his camp, she meets Banyen,
who fails to recognize her, though she knows who he is. Afstar gives Kat
some prisoners, and assigns Banyen's men to be trained as Cossacks so that
they can help regain the lost horses. Though the return trip is treacherous
and the training potentially dangerous, Banyen and Kat fall in love with each
other. However, this is not the land of TV's Luke and Laura. Instead, a
rape, an insane Czar, and a herd of horses stand in the way of a lasting
relationship.
..... This is a reprint of a 1978 classic, written under a different name by the
renowned Fern Michaels. Two decades later and this classy historical romance
passes the test of time with high marks because the reader can still taste
the various ethnic cultures that made up Eastern Europe.

.......Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cry, but don't be ashamed June 13 2000
By Chrissy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book makes every pore in my body want to cry. It's a battle of wits and pride between the heroine (kat) and the hero. It is by far the best book written by Fern Michaels. It takes place in an interesting time nad makes you wish you a bystander to watch all this happen. Read it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The emotions scream at you to cry. June 23 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The brutal rape of a young innocent. The destruction of an entire clan of people. The role that one woman was play.The anguish of a man in love who realizes that he once raped the woman he loves. How can he make it up to her?! It will take your entire idea of love and reshape it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great!!! Loved this book!!! Aug. 28 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
WhiteFire by Fern Michaels is wonderful. Although Russia is not my favorite setting for books, this one is an exception. From word go you fall in love with Katerina. She is wonderful as a character. You have to read this one for a really great book!
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
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2.0 out of 5 stars why in the world.... July 21 2006
By Shell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
did this book get so many good reviews? The hero is IMPOSSIBLE to like!!! First he rapes Katerina, then he professes to love her, then, while only being gone from her for a short timeframe he has sex with any woman who comes near him!! In fact in one paragraph he is thinking of Katerina (whom he is supposed to love so much) and in the next instant he is lusting after a serving girl!!! Come on!By the end of this book I was hoping that Katerina would realize what a worthless jerk he was and forget about him, or at least beat him to a pulp. He really did not deserve such a woman as she. This book goes up for sale.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I generally like unusual romance novels, but THIS one takes the biscuit! June 30 2008
By SusieQ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My first Fern Michaels novel. It was probably a poor choice for a first read from this author; I feel confident saying she's got to have better books out there than this historical, written in 1978. Yet there are plenty of romances written in the '70's and '80's that have held up better than this mish-mosh.

The one thing I can say that I unreservedly liked about this story--the only thing that seemed consistently well written--is the heroine's inner conflict after being raped...the oppressive burden she carries, that she needs to keep what happened a secret (because her clan values virginity), versus her desperate wanting, needing, to tell someone what happened to her.

This inner conflict, particularly the scene where she finally confesses to her dying grandfather what was done to her, is well done. Her devotion to, and her courage in getting back, her prize white mares, is also to be admired.

I also liked that the story was set in Russia during the reign of Ivan of Terrible -- a goldmine of an under-used period of history for a romance writer-- but, the scenes of Ivan's sexual decrepitude and growing insanity became gross and frankly repetitive; after the sixth such scene I was feeling queasy.

At times I found the editing confusing - sometimes I wasn't sure which character was doing the thinking/speaking.

But I think the real reason I'm giving this novel 1 star was not merely the fact that the heroine, Katerina was brutally raped by the (so-called) hero of the tale (though that actually is enough of a reason). It's because the author just doesn't have the skills to overcome that repulsive fact (does any writer, I wonder) and redeem Banyan, the rapist/male hero character, in order to give these characters a HEA. Thus, when they do end up together, it's really rather... gross? weird? Both?

Granted it's a pretty tall order to make a rapist the "hero" in a romance novel, but then, why would a romance author try to do this?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ick Dec 17 2008
By SiobhanK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm pretty surprised at the four star rating on this book. It's one of the worst romance books I've read. The plot had potential and got my attention right away, but it just went downhill until I was skimming the last 100 pages. The leading man was disgusting, unlikeable (he rapes the heroin on page like 25) and spends his time thinking about how someday he's going to find a woman he can keep pregnant nine months out of every year. Then abruptly in the middle of the book he has a change of heart and we're just supposed to like him now. Katarina seems like she has potential, but the writing was so choppy and rushed in parts that I found it very confusing and she wound up just seeming like an idiot for falling for this guy. Overall, not a good read at all.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worse romance novels ever. Aug. 24 2011
By Jami J. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I know rape was a big thing in romance novels in the 70s, but usually it was disguised as "forced seduction" so one could at least pretend the woman wanted it. Not here. Nope. The "hero" mistakes the heroine for a peasent and RAPES HER right out in the open in front of another person. It's only when he finds out she's nobility that he decides to treat her right. And she agrees to work with him? HECK NO! She should be trying to castrate him with a rusty knife like any real woman would. Not falling in love with the man who RAPED HER AND DEGRADED HER. I don't know what kind of delustional person would give this trash a five star review. Possibly someone who thinks it's okay when husbands beat and rape their wives or a rapist themselves. Because only someone who's completely delusional would like this trash.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic that stood the test of time April 18 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
During the reign of Ivan the Terrible as Czar of Russia, Mongol Banyan
Amur rapes Cossack Katerina "Kat" Vaschenko. She hides the incident from her
family; however, she is caught in a naked embrace with a Russian emissary
trying to obtain horses from the Cossacks. Her father believes that Kat has
sold the horse breeding secrets in exchange for a little flesh. Kat becomes
isolated from her clan which turns out to save her life when a dastardly raid
by the Tereks kill her entire family and steal the prize horses.
...... Kat vows revenge and journeys across the Ural Mountains to ask her uncle,
Khan Afstar for his help. Once she arrives at his camp, she meets Banyen,
who fails to recognize her, though she knows who he is. Afstar gives Kat
some prisoners, and assigns Banyen's men to be trained as Cossacks so that
they can help regain the lost horses. Though the return trip is treacherous
and the training potentially dangerous, Banyen and Kat fall in love with each
other. However, this is not the land of TV's Luke and Laura. Instead, a
rape, an insane Czar, and a herd of horses stand in the way of a lasting
relationship.
..... This is a reprint of a 1978 classic, written under a different name by the
renowned Fern Michaels. Two decades later and this classy historical romance
passes the test of time with high marks because the reader can still taste
the various ethnic cultures that made up Eastern Europe.

.......Harriet Klausner
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