Flesh and Fire
By Laura Anne Gilman
Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9781439191545, 459pp.
Publication Date: September 28, 2010
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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.
"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