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Earth logic
Marks, Laurie J.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, [2004]

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400 pages : map ; 25 cm.
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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The destined ruler of Shaftal, Karis G'deon refuses power and lives in obscurity, until the Sainnite garrison at Watford is attacked by zealots and a mysterious plague is unleashed to destroy the Sainnites and Shaftali alike.

Author Notes

Laurie J. Marks is a third-generation Californian who came to Massachusetts to go to graduate school and never left. She earned a BA from Brown University and an MA from Northeastern University.

Before settling down to teach composition, creative writing, and science fiction at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, she worked with an anti-poverty program in Mexico, was a crisis counselor in domestic violence and rape intervention, and administered and designed programs for a county-wide literacy agency. She serves on the steering committee of Broad Universe, and is a member of SFFWA and the National Council of Teachers of English.
She lives in Melrose, Massachusetts.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Shaftal is a leaderless land, ravaged by invaders and hit hard by plague, and Shaftal is dying. Many years ago, the old G'deon died without passing on his power, or so most people had thought. There remained rumors, however, of a new, as yet undiscovered G'deon, who would crush the Sainnites and save Shaftal. In fact,aris is that rumored G'deon, though forbidden to act or rule as such until the time is right, and not evenaris knew when that would be. She knew only that it was approaching quickly. As Shaftal fell further and further into devastation, and as the peoplearis loved were put into danger again and again, she could only watch helplessly and wait for a sign. Meanwhile, trapped with her people between a group of murderous, renegade Paladins and the invading Sannite garrison,aris is fiercely determined to establish peace, no matter what, and without further violence. She doesn't know how, but she does know beyond doubt that a way will open to her. With this follow-up to Fire Logic (2002), Marks produces another stunner of a book. The powerful but subtle writing glows with intelligence, and the passionate, fierce, articulate, strong, and vital characters are among the most memorable in contemporary fantasy, though not for the faint of heart. Definitely for the thinking reader. --Paula Luedtke Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Twenty years after the invading Sainnites won the Battle of Lilterwess, the struggle for the world of Shaftal is far from finished in Marks's stirring, intricately detailed sequel to Fire Logic (2002). Mabin, the "last legitimate member of the old Lilterwess Council," leads the "black-dressed, gold-earringed" Paladins in the fight against the conquerors, while Karis-the lost G'deon of Shaftal, the woman with the power to save the land-sits on the sidelines and dares not act for fear of unintended and disastrous consequences. Meanwhile, a new band of zealots threatens to unbalance an already dangerous situation in Karis's name. Divided into five parts, each with an introductory fable reminiscent of Native American mythology, the novel builds suspense by shifting focus between Karis, with her quarrelsome family of elemental talents, and Lieutenant-General Clement, the female officer in charge of the Sainnite forces in Shaftal. Full of love and humor as well as war and intrigue, this well-crafted epic fantasy will delight existing fans as surely as it will win new ones. Agent, Donald Maass. (Mar. 24) FYI: Fire Logic was a Romantic Times nominee for best fantasy novel of 2002. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The earth witch Karis G'deon has the power to rule the beleaguered land of Shaftal and to drive out the invading Sainnites. She prefers, however, to remain in seclusion, waiting for the right time to take action. The outbreak of a deadly plague that threatens the people of Shaftal proves to be the impetus she needs-and the world of Shaftal will never be the same. The sequel to Fire Logic continues the tale of a woman born to magic and destined to rule. Vivid descriptions and a well-thought-out system of magic make this a good selection for most libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.