The whole Balefire series by Cate Tiernan is now in one edition. I read it as 4 separate books.
Thais Allard loses her father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she’s ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans, which greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible — an identical twin! Clio.
Clio is less than thrilled to have to share the spotlight, but the twins must learn to combine their powers in order to complete a rite that will transform their lives and the coven forever.
I could see this as a movie with Lucy Hale as the twins!
Chalice of Wind, book one:
As with most stories of magic there is mystery and intrigue. Twins separated at birth are thrown together for the first time just before they turn seventeen. One living a life full of magic and rites while the other not having knowledge of magic. After several mishaps with each girl, they feel as if their lives are in danger and start to seek answers. As the story unfolds they meet an unlikely coven that they didn’t know they were a part of. Among the coven was the object of both girls desire having jilted the girls previously.
In the end they only have one piece of the puzzle and have no idea who to trust as no one are what they seemed.
Then boom, cliff hanger! Go get book 2, because you’ll want to know what happens next.
Circle of Ashes, book two
In Circle of Ashes not a whole lot of progress is made. It is full of teenage angsty emotions and disappointments. Neither girl can fully get over Luc and magic seems to have gone awry.
Eventually Thias comes into her magic but there are dark forces looming about them. Is the darkness coming from her or and outside force?
Daedalus and other members have plans of their own that seem to throw things of balance.
In the end the Treize will be complete but will it be balanced?
Ashes ended a quite a cliffhanger, which I vaguely feel annoyed about but at least there is the next book. I hope that it is better than this one was and even more so for the final volume.
A Feather of Stone, book three
Much better than the second book in the series. Though it isn’t very clear what the feather of Stone isuntil the next . There was more action and mysteries solved and new mysteries have come forth. Did the twins find out who has been attacking them? The rite finally happens and things don’t go as planned. Did those who were immortal who wished to die get their wish? Did Clio get her immortality? And the big question did Deadalaus get what he wanted?
I finished this book and jumped right into the final installment. This book did not disappoint.
Necklace of water, book four
The rite didn’t work as planned and there is a shift in power. Also it seems someone used the rite to enact revenge. What To as saw a has angered her more than she thought possible. What Clio saw has her terrified. What did Thias and Clio see?
Darkness reigns in this final installment of Balefire. The powers that be have shifted and there is no one trustworthy. Melita returns, but that was strongly foreshadowed in the last book, so no big shocker there. Clio starts studying with Deadalaus against Thias’ warnings. Thias starts studying with a mysterious woman named Carmela. Both twins seem to be tempted by darkness.
There are relationships destroyed, love ignited and friendships repaired.
What happens when Melita finally shows her face?
As I got to the end I was running out of pages very quickly with much to still be resolved. I wondered if perhaps there was a fifth book I missed? But no, this book climbs up to a very exciting last minute climax. In the end there were still questions left unanswered.
Who do you think the dark twin is?