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Brightly Burning (Gollancz) por Mercedes…
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Brightly Burning (Gollancz) (original 2000; edição 2002)

por Mercedes Lackey (Autor)

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Lavan Chitward is a very unhappy young man; pulled away from his country home by his parents' ambitions and resettled in the big city of Haven, he is desperately lonely, bullied and beaten at school, ignored by his parents. It is not surprising that he falls ill -- but his illness is the first manifestation of a terrible power, the Gift of the Firestorm, a power which can and does kill. If controlled, the Gift of the Firestorm can save Valdemar, but if it is uncontrolled, it will destroy the country -- and him. Chosen by the Companion Kalira, brought into the ranks of the Heralds of Valdemar, Lavan finds acceptance and hope for the first time. But war with Karse threatens to engulf the Kingdom and only Lavan Firestorm stands between Valdemar and destruction -- and only then if he can harness his dreadful power to his will.… (mais)
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Título:Brightly Burning (Gollancz)
Autores:Mercedes Lackey (Autor)
Informação:Orion Pub Co (2002), 416 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:Goodreads Read List

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Brightly Burning por Mercedes Lackey (Author) (2000)

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    lquilter: If you like tortured pyrokinetics with tragic endings, and don't mind radical changes in mood and style ... try Stephen King's Carrie for the horror take, and Mercedes Lackey's Brightly Burning for the (YA) fantasy take.
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I remember being incredibly excited when I found out that this book was coming out, only to be disappointed when I read it. At this point, I think it's better if Mercedes Lackey just leaves Valdemar alone; her heart isn't there anymore. ( )
  taimoirai | Jun 25, 2021 |
Lavan, the hero of this story, is a fairly typical Lackey hero in that he's the 'runt of the litter', ignored by his family as he doesn't want to go into the family trade but seems content to lay about the family home. With his mother as guikldmaster, though, this doesn't go down well with the parents and they arrange for him to start classes at a school set up to educate the offspring of the trademen. This school makes Nicholas Nickleby's Dootheboys Hall look like a holiday camp. Of course, Lavan is harbouring a singular Talent - firestarting, and when the bullying goes too far, he displays this Talent in all its horrifying glory. Accepted as a Herald Lavan finds a s/ort of peace but Valdemar is facing a particularly rampant Karse and only Lavan can stop the Karsites overwhelming Valdemar.

In places this book comes out as quite viscious in ways that earlier Valdemar books haven't but as its also one of the later books in the series, written just after the 9/11 attacks on the US so Lackey was caught up in the fervour of the moment although the dedication is for those who missed the New Millennium celebrations as they watched computer systems handle the change over with barely a hitch :-) ( )
  JohnFair | May 2, 2015 |
I love this author! ( )
  RBeene | Mar 18, 2015 |
In a way, a lot of the Valdemar books are boarding-school books. This is the only one that involves an actual school, though. The first third of the book is as much a bullying-revenge fantasy as anything, although I would very much not recommend it solely for that, as Lavan Firestorm is perhaps the most truly tragic character in a long line of tragic characters of Valdemar.

Beyond the actual arc, it's a charming book filled with Lackey's usual charming supporting cast. There's enough real drama to keep it moving - even the boarding school bullying is genuinely scary - and enough mundane detail to establish the characters involved. The last third is a war story, and it does an excellent job of establishing both the tragedy inherent in heroism and, perhaps surprisingly, of parenting.

I do get a little annoyed at books where the main character is a "poor little rich kid," tremendously privileged but with that privilege completely ignored in favor of the real but not all that critical disadvantages of, say, having wealthy, influential parents and living in the fashionable part of town. Lackey seems to trend in that direction (and when she goes the other way she goes a touch overboard) and it bugs me here more than it does when the privilege involved is that of feudal nobility, but that may be my personal peeve.

I read Brightly Burning before any other Valdemar book, and it was rather an odd introduction to the world - it's a standalone novel (perhaps moreso than any other,) but it's definitely aimed at the dedicated Valdemar reader and I liked it much better after having a better grip on the universe. It holds up tolerably well - it'd probably be better off classified as YA material, but it's solid YA material. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Lavan is an unremarkable young man who doesn't want to follow in his parents footsteps. Instead, his parents send him off to merchant school to see what can be made of him. Sadly, the bullying at the school is horrific, and poor Lavan can find himself getting angrier and angrier with no outlet. That anger has to find its own outlet somehow.

This novel (an old favourite) is everything that the Collegium Chronicles promised, but didn't deliver. Lavan is fleshed out in great detail, you love hearing his perspective on things. The level of description is just right, and even if you're familiar with the Valdemar series, you'll appreciate the background that is thrown in.

One of the more skilful literary techniques in here is the foreshadowing. You hear very little from Herald Pol at the beginning, but that little bit is very important. A bit more between each of those characters, perhaps something from Elenor would be good, but overall I love this novel as much as the first time I read it.

I'm not sure the life bond between Lan and Kalira is that convincing and fits in with the other things in the series. Elsewhere it has been said that lifebonds only occur between those with a tendency to depression and the other partner who can save them. Lan just gets super angry, not depressed most of the time, although there are hints when his gift first begins to show.

This novel is just after the Herald Mage series and it's obvious that Lackey has tried to tie it in as much as she can. So chronologically, it is between Magic's Price and Oathblood. The cover on the left is not the one I have. I have one which fits in far better with the rest of my collection of the novels.

I'd probably say this one was suitable for older teens and adults. The ending is sort of depressing and uplifting at the same time. ( )
  Rosemarie.Herbert | Feb 26, 2013 |
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Dixon, LarryIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lee,Jody A.Artista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Lavan Chitward is a very unhappy young man; pulled away from his country home by his parents' ambitions and resettled in the big city of Haven, he is desperately lonely, bullied and beaten at school, ignored by his parents. It is not surprising that he falls ill -- but his illness is the first manifestation of a terrible power, the Gift of the Firestorm, a power which can and does kill. If controlled, the Gift of the Firestorm can save Valdemar, but if it is uncontrolled, it will destroy the country -- and him. Chosen by the Companion Kalira, brought into the ranks of the Heralds of Valdemar, Lavan finds acceptance and hope for the first time. But war with Karse threatens to engulf the Kingdom and only Lavan Firestorm stands between Valdemar and destruction -- and only then if he can harness his dreadful power to his will.

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