Flesh and Fire
Book One of The Vineart War
By Laura Anne Gilman
(Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9781439191545, 496pp.)
Publication Date: September 28, 2010
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Hailed as "something wholly new" and "extraordinary" in starred reviews from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, Laura Anne Gilman’s Flesh and Fire is as intoxicating as the finest of wines—and as powerful as magic itself.
Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines, and who selfishly used them to their own gain. Now, fourteen centuries after a demigod shattered the Vine, it is the humble Vinearts who know the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.
But a new darkness is rising in the vineyards, and only one Vineart, Master Malech, senses the coming danger. He has but one weapon to use against it: a young slave named Jerzy, whose origins are unknown, even to him. Yet his uncanny sense of the Vinearts’ craft offers a hint of greater magics within—magics that Malech must cultivate in his new apprentice before time runs out. For if Jerzy cannot unlock the secrets of the spellwines, the Vin Lands will surely be destroyed.
Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus books for Luna (the “Retrievers” and “Paranormal Scene Investigations” urban fantasy series), and the Nebula award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy from Pocket, as well as the YA trilogy GRAIL QUEST for Harper. Her first story collection is DRAGON VIRUS and she continues to write and sell short fiction in a variety of genres. Follow her at @LAGilman or www.lauraannegilman.net
"With a unique, pleasingly consistent magic system...Gilman's coming-of-age tale [becomes] something wholly new.... Vivid, absorbing characters...powerful." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Gilman has created a world that feels lived-in, real, and above all interesting." -- New York Times bestselling author S. M. Stirling
"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