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Flesh and Fire

Book One of The Vineart War

by Laura Anne Gilman

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Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman
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Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines, and selfishly used them to increase their own wealth and influence. But their abuse of power caused a demigod to break the Vine, shattering the power of the mages. Now, fourteen centuries later, it is the humble Vinearts who hold the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.

But now rumors come of a new darkness rising in the vineyards. Strange, terrifying creatures, sudden plagues, and mysterious disappearances threaten the land. Only one Vineart senses the danger, and he has only one weapon to use against it: a young slave. His name is Jerzy, and his origins are unknown, even to him. Yet his uncanny sense of the Vinearts' craft offers a hint of greater magics within - magics that his Master, the Vineart Malech, must cultivate and grow. But time is running out. If Malech cannot teach his new apprentice the secrets of the spellwines, and if Jerzy cannot master his own untapped powers, the Vin Lands shall surely be destroyed.

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"Starred Review. The tale is dominated by vivid, absorbing characters, and Jerzy's powerful narrative voice makes his joys and sorrows dramatic, authentic and potent. This intoxicating high fantasy will satisfy oenophiles and bibliophiles alike." - Publishers Weekly

"This launch of a new trilogy...achieves an extraordinary power from its elegant storytelling and unique magical philosophy. Offering one of the most original approaches to fantasy adventure; highly recommended for all fantasy fans." - Library Journal

"A fresh and creative fantasy - you'll never look at a bottle of Chardonnay the same way again!" - Karen Miller, bestselling author of the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology

"Gilman has developed a fascinating, wholly unique magic system, and has peopled her complex world with strong, sympathetic characters and a couple of shocking plot twists. A terrific conceit done very well. I was delighted with it." - C. E. Murphy, author of Walking Dead

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The first in a planned trilogy. Laura Anne Gilman can be found online at lauraannegilman.net

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