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The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer
« on: July 29, 2013, 12:26:56 AM »
I read this last week, and  really enjoyed it, it was something a bit fresh, different from my typical reads lately (no swords, mercenaries, knights, etc). Just an adventure story with magic. I've never heard it mentioned here (I have other places), just curious if anyone else has read it and if so, what they thought.
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Offline Mark Lawrence

Re: The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2013, 11:37:42 AM »
I read this last week, and  really enjoyed it, it was something a bit fresh, different from my typical reads lately (no swords, mercenaries, knights, etc). Just an adventure story with magic. I've never heard it mentioned here (I have other places), just curious if anyone else has read it and if so, what they thought.

I've read it and liked it a lot. The next book Tainted City is even better in my opinion. And yes, it's an unusual tone and approach that is very engaging.

Offline Bahl

Re: The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013, 11:44:44 AM »
Also enjoyed it.
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Offline magisensei

Re: The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2013, 04:08:53 PM »
Enjoyed book 1 - thought it was an interesting and entertaining read but sadly for me book 2 the "tainted city" was not as entertaining
Spoiler for Hiden:
- the main character got really annoying and parts of the story felt forced and implausible and put there  to move the story/plot forward; the main characters purpose for escaping was rather weak since others could have helped his friend from her eventual fate - as he only needed money to help her escape what would befall her assuming the 'evil' character that would sell her off would even accept money from him - more profit from selling her. 

Offline Fellshot

Re: The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2013, 06:49:44 PM »
I remember reading it, but I wasn't interested enough in the characters to go for the next one. I have a thing about reactionary characters and not being particularly interested by them for long periods of time and I expect narrating characters to start trying to do things to get ahead of their opposition. I also recall being extremely relieved that the overall writing wasn't as obnoxious as I had initially feared, given the switching back and forth. I liked the idea though.

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Re: The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2013, 10:27:46 PM »
Enjoyed book 1 - thought it was an interesting and entertaining read but sadly for me book 2 the "tainted city" was not as entertaining
Not going to look at your spoiler because I have already bought and plan on reading Tainted City.  ;D

Most of what I have heard is that it is even better than the first, and that it is darker.
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2013, 06:11:27 PM »
I think it should go on my wishlist  ;)
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Re: The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2013, 03:43:21 PM »
You may love The Whitefire Crossing if you like your stories suffused with charm spellcraft, treachery, a man fighting against his birthright of power, and blood-drenched magic.

The perspective bears mentioning. It alternates between first and third person: consistently first-person sections for the mountain guide, third for the young mage. I found it curious myself but entirely comprehensible, though I am rather open minded as these things go.

Edit: I wish there had been more frozen-cliff climbing. Part of me wants a fantasy Touching the Void, but who would believe that story if it were fiction?
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