Fires of the Faithful

Fires of the Faithful

Naomi Kritzer / Dec 09, 2019

Fires of the Faithful From a gifted new voice in fantasy fiction comes the thrilling saga of a war ravaged land and the remarkable young woman destined to restore itFires of the Faithful For sixteen year old Eliana life a

  • Title: Fires of the Faithful
  • Author: Naomi Kritzer
  • ISBN: 9780553585179
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • From a gifted new voice in fantasy fiction comes the thrilling saga of a war ravaged land and the remarkable young woman destined to restore itFires of the Faithful For sixteen year old Eliana, life at her conservatory of music is a pleasant interlude between youth and adulthood, with the hope of a prestigious Imperial Court appointment at the end But beyond the conserFrom a gifted new voice in fantasy fiction comes the thrilling saga of a war ravaged land and the remarkable young woman destined to restore itFires of the Faithful For sixteen year old Eliana, life at her conservatory of music is a pleasant interlude between youth and adulthood, with the hope of a prestigious Imperial Court appointment at the end But beyond the conservatory walls is a land blighted by war and inexplicable famine and dominated by a fearsome religious order known as the Fedeli, who are systematically stamping out all traces of the land s old beliefs Soon not even the conservatory walls can hold out reality When one classmate is brutally killed by the Fedeli for clinging to the forbidden ways and another is kidnapped by the Circle the mysterious and powerful mages who rule the land Eliana can take no Especially not after she learns one of the Circle s most closely guarded secrets.Now, determined to escape the Circle s power, burning with rage at the Fedeli, and drawn herself to the beliefs of the Old Way, Eliana embarks on a treacherous journey to spread the truth And what she finds shakes her to her core a past destroyed, a future in doubt, and a desperate people in need of a leader no matter how young or inexperienced.

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    1. I picked up this book mainly for two reasons: 1. The focus on music as magic and alternate religions sounded intriguing.Religion is often only an accessory part of Fantasy world building. But this author clearly shows her hand as a student of theology, since the New and the Old religions feel like living religions should. They are not just dogmas; not a set of rules related in a couple of abstract fairy tales. These religions have symbols, hymns, rituals, and they came from somewhere: It is made [...]

    2. This book suffers from a bad case of the "almosts".The first problem is the world. It is clearly referencing our world, but it's problematic The setting is a pseudo-Medieval Italy with names like Giovanni and Vesuvian and Lucia thrown around, where the men are addressed as Signore. Of the two religions battling it out, one is pseudo-Catholicism (a pretty primitive Catholicism). There's God and she's a female not a male, there's God's Light, instead of the Holy Spirit, and God's Son, Gesu instead [...]

    3. Eliana’s music-conservatory education is uneventful until Mira and the new song arrive. Mira is her new roommate; Eliana is drawn to her but suspects she is lying about her past. The song — a catchy little ditty about a murderous stepmother –may actually be a cover for a controversial idea. Then the inquisitors of the Fedeli show up at the conservatory, looking for heretics. Eliana is shocked and angered when a friend is executed —— and shocked again when she learns the secret cause be [...]

    4. This book looked familiar at the library, but I think I might have picked it up, read a little, and stopped -- I'm not sure why I would have done that, since it's quite intriguing so far (perhaps it wasn't what I was looking for at the time?), but I definitely did remember the beginning and I definitely didn't remember the thing that happened just now at the end of part one! Hurray for finding it again, then.And now, having finished it: I like this! And it has a sequel, which it clearly needs, s [...]

    5. Okay, I was recced this book based on the fact it had a lesbian protagonist. (It was during the mess with where books with GLBT themes weren't showing up on searches.) I did read the author's short stories beforehand as a bit of a warning and was ambivalent -- interesting in trying them, but prepared to send it off to PaperbackSwap if I didn't like them. One of the problems with this book is that I went in thinking it was what I consider an otherwordly fantasy when it was more of a very-stretch [...]

    6. Fires of the Faithful is interesting for many reasons. The most obvious is the storyline, which is about a young musician who grows from student to revolutionary in a span of less than 400 pages. Another reason is the unique setting, which is Italian-based. One other interesting thing that this book does is illustrated in it's religious conflict. Often while reading fantasy books about dueling religious beliefs, there will be a good pagan-influenced religion (feminine), being destroyed by a oppr [...]

    7. Actually a pretty compelling beginning to a series. Zero dead Lexas so far, but I can't speak to the sequels. It's about violins and Gods and crushing the patriarchy. I dig.

    8. I really enjoyed this book, but I have a very hard time describing it. The blurb is largely accurate but potentially misleading. I’ll get to why in a minute.What I really liked about Fires of the Faithful was Eliana. She’s a wonderful protagonist. She’s brave and smart, even though she’s coming from the Conservatory, where she was kept isolated from the rest of the world. She’s willing to help other people even if it causes danger for herself.The back blurb doesn’t mention it, but El [...]

    9. If this is the sort of thing you like, then this is the sort of thing you will like, as good as nearly any of its kind, and better than a great deal of it.This book is set in an early-Renaissance near-Italy, where everyone has at least some magical ability, and the Church has an inquisition arm to root out the heretics. Eliana mostly cares about music at the conservatory she was lucky enough to get into, until she gets a new roommate, and falls a little bit in love. Suddenly, politics and religi [...]

    10. This is really a review of Fires of the Faithful and Turning the Storm together because it would be tough to review the second without spoiling the first. Eliana is a violin student at a conservatory in a land ravaged by war and famine and controlled by the Circle, a group of fire-wielding mages, and the Fedeli, a religious order devoted to stamping out the heresy of the Old Ways. When Eliana gets a new roommate with a mysterious past, she is suddenly catapulted into the conflict between the old [...]

    11. I really wanted to like this book, and I think if I'd read it when it was first published, I might have had fewer quibbles. Ten years on, it feels a bit stale. Some complaints (vague spoilers):--The story is supposed to be all about hardship, but none of it feels all that hard. You've got a land so overtaken by famine that people are dropping dead right and left, and yet the main character is never hungry to a level beyond "oops, I forgot to each lunch." Others are being killed by a fantasy inqu [...]

    12. i think i walk away from this book with the feeling that i should have liked it much better than i did, and a disinclination to read the second book even though the story started in the first book is very much not completed.why should i like it better? a lot of it takes place in a music conservatory. the main character is a woman (well, still a girl, really) who is a musician--she plays the violin (sorry for the earworm!). she is queer (though she doesn't yet realize it when the book begins, as [...]

    13. While this book has some "first novel problems" that make the start somewhat rocky, it finds its footing about halfway through and becomes an quite interesting and in many ways atypical fantasy novel - two competing religions and very different ways of viewing the world are introduced and the tension between them is not, at least by the end of this book, resolved. I enjoyed both the story and the narrative voice of the main character, although there was a slightly jarring tonal shift at one poin [...]

    14. I'm very glad this book was recommended to me. I liked the way it was written: reading it was effortless. The characters are nice, and, unusual in fantasy, a lot of them are women. The main character in particular turns out to be someone with common sense. It is clear that she doesn't know everything, but she does know how to use her brain, and she has an idea about how to lead, from being a musician and seeing how orchestras and such are led. I'll admit, I sometimes felt that Eliana's good sens [...]

    15. I enjoyed this and it had a lot of things I liked, but something kept me from fully committing to it. First of all, religion is at the core of the story--there are two religions, both of which share themes with Christianity, one of which is being oppressed by the Inquisitional tactics of the other. All of that made me leery that it was going to veer into proselytizing at any moment and while it never did, that wariness distanced me from the story. I always like a lesbian protagonist and I though [...]

    16. The Fedeli and the Circle control the Mestierese Empire. The Fedeli heading the religion of the Lady, and they vigorously suppress the Old Way. Though the further south, closer to the wastelands there are fewer Fedeli.Eliana is studying music at a conservatory. The students get very little news about the outside world. They can see Bascio. Of their hometowns they might get a letter once every two months. She builds up a great friendship with her new roommate Mira. When Mira is taken away Eliana [...]

    17. Written in 2002. Supposedly a medieval mystery, tho there are violins.I kept waiting for the return of Mira. But this is about Eliana. The first part of the book is about the music conservatory and the pupils there. Mira, Eliana, Balla, and the teacher Dominico. I am unclear about the difference between The Circle and The Fedeli. The Maledori only seems to be something used to frighten little children. The Redentori are those who are faithful to "the old ways."Eliana learns sone "old ways" songs [...]

    18. A first novel, and it shows. That said, it was an enjoyable read. A different take on the usual fantasy story - woman dominated to begin with, but not in the "amazons with high testosterone" iteration, these are feminine women. As such, it's a clash of ideas and belief moreso than a territorial conflict. As well, religion and music are the linchpins of the plot. This is refreshingly new ground to plow in this genre. Although a tad too Christian/pagan derivative, it's neither preachy nor pointed. [...]

    19. This is a good, solid fantasy novel. Unfortunately, it's a coming-of-age story with a strong religious theme, neither of which are concepts that are particularly compelling for me at this point in my life. On the plus side, there was a lot of music, which I enjoy, and a vaguely unexpected military twist at the end.I did find it striking that while the religions in question were (as is often the case in this sort of fantasy setting) loosely based upon (or thinly veiled analogs of?) Christianity a [...]

    20. I got this from my mother for Christmas a few years ago, and have only just gotten around to reading it.I skimmed a few reviews on here before reading, and was surprised to see that even though the leading female is a teenager (something I grow less fond of as I grow older), she was portrayed as a strong lesbian character.I'll give that she grew to become a sort of strong, it's not obvious to me that Elianna was a lesbian. The normal urges of a teenager didn't seem apparent, though that in itsel [...]

    21. I liked this. A decent fantasy with probably the best depiction of religion I have ever read in this type of book. Although the Old religion was very similar to Christianity in was an interesting choice to make it the older and more persecuted religion. I also like that the protaganist is agnostic so the two religions are presented in an unbiased way. In fact nothing is as simple as good and bad in this book and it is therefore quite a realistic depiction of war and revolution too. It did howeve [...]

    22. An interesting fantasy novel with religious controversy at its heart. The alterna-Christianity depicted here really turns the usual cliches on their head. In the end, there might be a teeny bit too much theology for my liking, but the setting and the characters get a big thumbs up! I'd like to see more of what's going on in the main character's head - does she really believe, or is she just going along with the flow? - but a very interesting world, and I look forward to reading the sequel.

    23. I ran across this author while we both posted on a parenting message board. I bought it for my husband as I figured I would not enjoy it, as I am not really into fantasy books. I was so wrong. He read it and then I read it and re read it. If I am out of books to read, I will always turn back to Naomi's works for a great re read.

    24. First of all, WOW! what a fabulous detailed thoughtful fantasy, it looked such a thin book I really did not expect the plot to be so good and the charachters to grow on me. I have had turning the storm, the second in the series for 2 years and waiting for this book to come up somewhere, quite a hard find! I loved the idea of Magic and Music.

    25. Really liked Book #2 so I finally got around to reading its' predecessor. I wasn't disappointed, although if you're only going to read one, I recommend Turning the Storm.Pros: Strong female characters, Queer representation, Engaging storyCons: Too much Christianity in the persecuted religion makes it feel a little like you're being proselytized to

    26. This book was so boring you guys. It came to me highly recommended but I just didn't have the patience to wade through all the endless droning on about more standard Renaissance-esque white girls who the author didn't make me care about.

    27. This book is a lot of fun. The prose is surprisingly quick and engaging.I enjoyed the world-building, including the details of the magic, the religion and the culture.My only complaint is that I think the book was 50 pages too long.

    28. Written by an old high school friend. I found all the interesting and varied women in this book to be a nice antidote to some other fantasy novels I've read recently. I'll definitely be looking into the second book soon.

    29. You won't find the words "gay" or "homo" in this book but that doesn't stop the queer ness of the gender bending main character. I can almost guarantee this was the first queer lit I picked up as a teenager. Music. Rebellion. Dancing. Spirituality.

    30. Couldn't finish it. Started off interesting but turned into a repetitive, religious mess. I skimmed the second half & got rid of it.

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