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@Read Pdf ⚠ Fire Logic ß Earth Air Water FireThese elements have sustained the peaceful people of Shaftal for generations, with their subtle powers of healing, truth, joy, and intuitionBut now, Shaftal is dyingThe earth witch who ruled Shaftal is dead, leaving no heir Shaftal s ruling house has been scattered by the invading Sainnites The Shaftali have mobilized a guerrilla army against these marauders, but every year the cost of resistance grows, leaving Shaftal s fate in the hands of three people Emil, scholar and reluctant warrior Zanja, the sole survivor of a slaughtered tribe and Karis the metalsmith, a half blood giant whose earth powers can heal, but only when she can muster the strength to hold off her addiction to a deadly drugSeparately, all they can do is watch as Shaftal falls from prosperity into lawlessness and famine But if they can find a way to work together, they just may change the course of history This is it This is the book I ve been waiting for Fire Logic opens hard the land of Shaftal, plagued for years by the militant Sainnite invaders, loses its protector mage In the aftermath, the Sainnites begin in earnest a campaign of systematic colonization and subjugation The remnants of Shaftal s government and soldiers flee to the countryside, where they commence a gritty, grueling guerilla war.Zanja is a member of the Ashawala i, a mountain tribe on the fringes of Shaftal She is a warri This is it This is the book I ve been waiting for Fire Logic opens hard the land of Shaftal, plagued for years by the militant Sainnite invaders, loses its protector mage In the aftermath, the Sainnites begin in earnest a campaign of systematic colonization and subjugation The remnants of Shaftal s government and soldiers flee to the countryside, where they commence a gritty, grueling guerilla war.Zanja is a member of the Ashawala i, a mountain tribe on the fringes of Shaftal She is a warrior ambassador, whose duty is to walk between worlds and across cultures, as well as a fire blood, endowed with a intuition so keen it can shade unreliably into prescience For a brief interval, she believes her small, well protected tribe may be able to fly under the Sainnite radar.Then the Sainnites come in the night.Read my full review here I both really enjoyed and yet was disappointed by this book at the same time I liked the setting and admired the bold society she set in place, but at the same time parts of their culture was grating.I think the main reason I was disappointed was that over the years I ve really raised my standards regarding fantasy novels I tend to only read weird fiction fantasy these days, and I was expecting this to be a bit weirder the third book in the series is printed by Small Beer, Kelly Link s pres I both really enjoyed and yet was disappointed by this book at the same time I liked the setting and admired the bold society she set in place, but at the same time parts of their culture was grating.I think the main reason I was disappointed was that over the years I ve really raised my standards regarding fantasy novels I tend to only read weird fiction fantasy these days, and I was expecting this to be a bit weirder the third book in the series is printed by Small Beer, Kelly Link s press, and until I picked up Fire Logic I didn t know that the series started out at Tor, a very mainstream fantasy press What I liked about the setting was the realistically poor and dirty medieval feel to the world This is not a high fantasy setting at all there are no knights, no castles, no silk wearing nobility The closest you get to a castle is a wooden fort on a hill, and the paladins spend the time between battles hand sewing their torn clothes and oiling their rare and precious blades Most people are peasants, even those forced to fight, and battles result in death, amputations and infected wounds More fantasy needs this gritty realism.I also liked the clash of civilizations the plot entails our heroes are insurgents fighting off a technologically superior invading force that believes it is bringing law and order to an oppressed, backwards society But what starts as a one man s freedom fighter model then begins to lend a bit of emotional depth to the invaders as well however, instead of merely going to the easy end of both sides are human, the book hintsat the evil of conflict and dualistic simplicity the struggle perpetuates violence and we need to look outside the simple modes of good evil for a solution A bit hippie subvert the dominant paradigm, but basically well done.The most notable and infamous aspect to Mark s world, however, is the complete fluidity of gender and sexual orientation, with all the primary characters being queer Some people have complained that it feels forced, but that s just a testament to how straight oriented most of our reading experience is we read countless fantasy books where every relationship is straight, but that never feels forced or a conceit In Mark s world, families are sprawling, polygamous communities centered around community and child rearing, whereas romance seems to be reserved for members of one s own sex And why not Readers of fantasy can accept almost any far flung societal ideas, and yet the most alien society is still expected to have our hereto centric relationship norms And for the few who have called it unbelievable , its not too far removed from the Roman idea of romantic love, especially among soldiers Its also nice to see a book where women and men share roles in all aspects of society, from ruling to fighting to farming, without it being mentioned as unusual at all.What grates a bit, however, is the whole elemental conceit Certain, special individuals have magical abilities linked to the elements, and here the book gets a bit touchy new agey and somewhat stereotypical Fire elementals are passionate, romantic, lacking in logic but strongly intuitive Air elementals are highly logical, dispassionate to the point of cruel, but well intentioned Earth elementals are slow, solid, loyal in their friendship and linked to healing and plants I m still not sure what water elementals are, but you get the point Here s where the give peace a chance themes can get a bit heavy handed All in all, however, it was well done, just not well done enough to make me pick up the next three books in the series As my standards for fantasy have gone up, my tolerance for the multi book sagas which are so prevalent in the genre have gone down Give me a good one volume tale so I can move on to something else Few plots, characters, or worlds, deserve 1,200 pages this isn t one of them I m re reading after some years away, and loving the book eventhan I did the first time Marks creates a realistic society in which women are the dominant sex The home country has been conquered by an army with no home to return to, and its leaders have been fighting a long, guerilla war against them What they need is the leader who is joined by her magic with the earth, but the one who inherited the office from the former leader is a drug addict and former prostitute who doesn t believe I m re reading after some years away, and loving the book eventhan I did the first time Marks creates a realistic society in which women are the dominant sex The home country has been conquered by an army with no home to return to, and its leaders have been fighting a long, guerilla war against them What they need is the leader who is joined by her magic with the earth, but the one who inherited the office from the former leader is a drug addict and former prostitute who doesn t believe in her worth or her job The second in command of the army is beginning to see that her people have to re think what they are doing if they are to survive, as do some of the rebel leaders.The characters are complex, facing complex problems I not only love them and the world building, but I was able to give this and EARTH LOGIC, which I also liked VERY much, to a gay friend who wanted a lesbian romance in which the fact that the women were gay was not an ISSUE, but simply part of the romance.Definitely find EARTH LOGIC if you like this Small Beer Press has published the third book, WATER LOGIC, which I will read as soon as I m sure I m ready for the next one Sometimes I overload on a universe if I read too many books in it one right after another NOTES ON DIVERSITYHey, are you looking for a diverse book MAYBE YOU SHOULD READ THIS ONE.Seriously Zanja, one of the POV characters, is a lesbian woman of color who also experiences an extended period of disability.1 Karis is half giant and a smoke addict Her addiction greatly impacts her functioning day in and day out Emil is a soldier, and continues to be a soldier well into middle age despite a consistent difficult knee injury The lot of them are poor living hand to mouth Emil is class NOTES ON DIVERSITYHey, are you looking for a diverse book MAYBE YOU SHOULD READ THIS ONE.Seriously Zanja, one of the POV characters, is a lesbian woman of color who also experiences an extended period of disability.1 Karis is half giant and a smoke addict Her addiction greatly impacts her functioning day in and day out Emil is a soldier, and continues to be a soldier well into middle age despite a consistent difficult knee injury The lot of them are poor living hand to mouth Emil is classically educated, but many of them are not And, so many of the characters are queer and various flavors of queer.2REVIEW When the leader of Shaftal dies without naming a successor, the country falls apart The Sainnites take advantage of the power vacuum and slaughter the bulk of Shaftal s remaining leaders, throwing the country into chaos and war overnight Zanja, a trader in training from the northern mountains, witnesses this and witnesses in the intervening fifteen years the havoc the war wreaks across the land of Shaftal But she can do little about it until the war comes knocking at her tribe s door It isn t until then, that her own tribe is threatened by the Sainnites, that the story really starts Because then Zanja s fate becomes tied to Shaftal s.This is a long and complex book Zanja is not the only narrator that paragraph is my paltry attempt to summarize the book without giving anything away, but it doesn t get into the depth of the book Karis, the half giant addict is also a narrator So is Emil, the old paladin commander Zanja winds up befriending And Medric, a young seer who holds the fate of both the Sainnites and the Shaftalese in his hands It is a fantasy epic, but instead of kings and castles, it is an epic about farmsteads and ironworkers.This is a wonderful, thoughtful book populated by wonderful, thoughtful characters It could have been tighter, but that s ok with me I don t mind a shaggy book Your mileage may vary The thing that most irked me about FIRE LOGIC and this is a fairly minor point, though it is enough that i am willing to knock it down a star is an uneveness in the worldbuilding There was such a fine and deep eye towards some elements, things like the historical use of specific words like porringer and dray horse that lent the book an authenticity I loved The elements of guerilla warfare were intricately drawn with almost too much detail And yet I still have little sense of the magical mechanics of the world It s stated that elementals are rare, but yet most of the characters I came to know over the course of the book are elementals And if they are so rare, how are they handled Would Karis really be left to be a blacksmith Would Emil really simply be a paladin commander Perhaps, this makes sense given the current state of disarray in Shaftal, but is there no specific training or guidance for people with these gifts There was, at least, for Zanja among the Ashawala i It was because she was a fire elemental that she was first introduced to Shaftal as a trader, after all Why are the elementals of Shaftal untrained Or are they It was a huge open question for me throughout the whole of the book given how prominent and important elemental magic turned out to be for the plot, and without some of these questions answered, the fire logic that drove the plot felt like contrivancethan once.I also wanted to knowabout the peculiarities of the elemental magic and how they impacted, specifically, the way these gifted people are perceived and embark into relationships with others Yes, I understand that fire logic makes Zanja and Emil and Medric all very intuitive and prescient All three of them seemed to be prone to fall in love awfully fast and awfully hard Is this bad writing Or is it a trick of the magic I want to give Marks the benefit of the doubt here, but without some explanation, there is room to lean towards it seeming just like pat instalove But then again, it could be that fire logic that weird prescience, a kind of imprinting I wantedinsight into how that works, if that was the case How would Zanja or Emil s prescience work when turned towards a person instead of grand events Could it be turned towards a person Is that healthy Beyond all of that, it is Marks handling of the way the big political shifts of Shaftal impact the formation of this found family that made the book really sing for me Zanja and Emil and Karis and Norina and Medric and J Han are all broken, wounded people They love each other, and they need each other, and they are better and stronger together and that is, ultimately, what family is Marks allows for a great deal of space and breathing room for these relationships to develop organically, for this little family to form on its own against all odds And when it does, it is so emotionally gratifying.Marks has a way of cutting to the heart of the desperate human need for connection, and it s this that propels the book forward Annis talked to Zanja about her experiments with gunpowder and other unstable compounds It seemed incredible that she had not injured herself when she clearly deserved to be blown to bits In this community of huge, fantastically intermarried families, Zanja s loneliness was becoming intolerable She experimented with touching Annis s arm, wondering if she herself would be blown to bits The characters decisions are hinged on their relationships to each other I was gripped by how they interacted, what they drew from each other, how they pushed and pulled each other All of the characters, from Zanja down to the antagonists the xenophobic Willis and the arrogant Mabin are drawn with depth and clarity and motivation Each is a joy to read Norina hit me too close for comfort Karis is a study in paradoxes Zanja is the heart that holds the book together.A book could not ask for a better heart than Zanja I have rarely seen as fully realized a character as her, or as agentic a character as her Or one with as much respect for those around her I love what she tells someone at the end of the book Scholars like Emil and Medric will study the obscure history of your life a hundred years from now and never quite make sense of it So what, so long as it makes sense to you 1 Zanja s physical disabilities are magically healed, but the experience leaves her profoundly shaken Her life changes absolutely because of her experience of having had a disability FIRE LOGIC does not fall into the trap of either pretending that being magically cured wipes away forever the experience of ever having been disabled in the first place or that other people with disabilities exist in the world Other characters with disabilities do continue to exist throughout the book, some of whom are healed, and some of whom are not.2 In the case of one character in particular, Marks does a wonderful job depicting a fluid change in sexuality that is at once honest and heartrending and deeply emotionally gratifying