September's Fantasy - Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman

Please join us as we discuss Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman, book 1 of the Vineart War trilogy. The novel was a 2009 Nebula Award nominee and named one of the Best Books of 2009 by Library Journal. The book is a fairly quick read, at about 374 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Our morning discussion can be found here.

Given the particularly oenological bent of this book, we've also arranged for a special wine tasting flight from Houlihan's. You will be able to purchase a 3-wine flight for $10 (healwine, weatherwine, and firewine) or a 5-wine flight for $15 (aetherwine, healwine, weatherwine, earthwine, and firewine).

From Amazon:

From acclaimed bestselling author Laura Anne Gilman comes a unique and enthralling new story of fantasy and adventure, wine and magic, danger and hope....

Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines, and selfishly used them to increase their own wealth and influence. But their abuse of power caused a demigod to break the Vine, shattering the power of the mages. Now, fourteen centuries later, it is the humble Vinearts who hold the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.

But now rumors come of a new darkness rising in the vineyards. Strange, terrifying creatures, sudden plagues, and mysterious disappearances threaten the land. Only one Vineart senses the danger, and he has only one weapon to use against it: a young slave. His name is Jerzy, and his origins are unknown, even to him. Yet his uncanny sense of the Vinearts' craft offers a hint of greater magics within — magics that his Master, the Vineart Malech, must cultivate and grow. But time is running out. If Malech cannot teach his new apprentice the secrets of the spellwines, and if Jerzy cannot master his own untapped powers, the Vin Lands shall surely be destroyed.

In Flesh and Fire, first in a spellbinding new trilogy, Laura Anne Gilman conjures a story as powerful as magic itself, as intoxicating as the finest of wines, and as timeless as the greatest legends ever told.

There's a free short story available here that recounts Jerzy's origins as a slave, as well.


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Prashant

    Wine and discussion, what could be better? Interesting idea and a good beginning to a story. I need to read the rest of it to see if it builds up and fleshes out.

    1 · September 7

  • Lisa K.

    So sorry to cancel late. I thought I had weeks ago.

    September 6

  • Vijay

    I hope you're all excited for this book discussion! We've arranged special wine flights to correspond to the types of spell wines in the book that we're very excited about, and Houlihan's has even generously offered to raffle some of the wine selections! See you tomorrow!

    September 6

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone! Now that we're less than a week away, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed, to avoid a no-show and give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend. Thanks!

    September 2

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