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The Stunning Conclusion of In Fire Forged, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2003
The island nation of Sileria lies in the shadow of Darshon, the Destroyer Goddess, the great volcano that dominates the landscape and people of Sileria. When she awakens, their world trembles. She has lain quiet for decades, throughout the occupation of foreign invaders.
But Darshon has begun to stir.
Sileria has finally been freed from foreign rule, only to fall under the power of the ruthless waterlords, powerful mages who terrorize those who depend on their mercy for the water that all life must have.
Now their mercy is denied.
Tansen, the rebel warrior, joins forces with Mirabar, a Guardian who is feared and admired for her fire magic, and Zarien, a mysterious sea-born boy, in a stand against the waterlords rule.
As the power struggle among Sileria's warring factions intensifies to a fevered pitch, the tremors of Darshon increase, threatening to engulf them all in molten death. There will be a final reckoning that will change Sileria forever. But no one may triumph unless the Destroyer Goddess wills it . . .
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* "Resnick brings her outstanding two-part fantasy saga, which began with White Dragon: In Fire Forged, Part One, to a fully satisfying conclusion. Fast-paced, witty and full of action, the book is a marvel of storytelling, but it's the credible, complex relationships among the characters that elevates this far above the usual fantasy standard."
--Publishers Weekly starred review
"A masterpiece of high fantasy! In the sweeping tradition of Tolkien, Jordan, and Haydon, In Fire Forged is a rich, compelling story of a land in crisis and the high price of freedom. Using wry humor and breakneck pacing, Laura Resnick effortlessly moves her complex, well-drawn characters through ever-escalating crises to an explosive (in every sense of the word) and deeply satisfying conclusion. I hope Resnick returns to Sileria again soon!"
--Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of The Bartered Bride
"Strong storytelling and a sense of mythic overtones lend depth to a well-developed tale of personal courage and high adventure."
"Breathtaking scope and complexity. 4 ½ Stars"
"The tale will certainly keep its series audience industriously turning pages and make them hope Resnick has more in store for them."
Laura Resnick was born in Chicago, Illinois. A childhood of being thrown by horses, bitten by dogs, and terrorized by the Resnicks' notorious exploding water well helped prepare her adequately for her future in the publishing industry.
Resnick went on to study French, Italian, and linguistics at Georgetown, graduating cum laude. Shortly thereafter, she tramped around most of the Old World, looking at lots of cool paintings, working in France, and winding up on a kibbutz in Israel for a while. She studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in London, and spent a volatile but happy year teaching English at the University of Palermo in Italy.
By the time she was thirty, Resnick had sold a dozen romance novels, all but one of them written under the pseudonym Laura Leone, and Romantic Times magazine named her the best new writer in her genre. She then went on an overland journey across Africa. Everything you could ever want to know about that 8-month journey is recounted in the award-winning nonfiction book, A Blonde In Africa.
While she was in Africa, Resnick won the John W. Campbell Award as Best New Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer in recognition of the short stories she had been writing. Having thus warmed up her muscles, she wrote her first fantasy novel, In Legend Born -- a project which made crossing Africa overland seem easy by comparison.
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