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'''''Cold Fire''''' is the third installment in the second quartet set in the [[Emelan Universe|Emelanese Universe]], ''[[The Circle Opens]]''. The novel centers around [[Daja Kisubo]], who visits northern [[Namorn]] with her teacher [[Frostpine]]. There they stay with friends of his and Daja discovers that the two oldest children of the [[Bancanor family]] have [[ambient magic]]. As the mage discovering their abilities it is her responsibility to teach them the basics and find appropriate teachers for them. Simultaneously she helps local firefighter [[Bennat Ladradun]] in hunting for an arsonist who threatens the city.
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'''''Cold Fire''''' is the third installment in ''[[The Circle Opens]],'' the second quartet set in the [[Circle Universe|Emelanese Universe]]. The novel centers around [[Daja Kisubo]], who visited northern [[Namorn]] with her teacher [[Frostpine]]. Daja discovered that the two oldest children of the [[House Bancanor|Bancanor family]] had [[ambient magic]]. As the [[mage]] discovering their abilities, it was her responsibility to teach them the basics of controlling their power and find appropriate teachers for them. Meanwhile, she helped local firefighter [[Bennat Ladradun]] in hunting for an arsonist who threatened the city.
   
 
==Plot summary==
 
==Plot summary==
Daja Kisubo and her teacher, the Fire dedicate and smith-mage Frostpine, are visiting old friends of Frostpine's in northern Namorn, the [[Bancanors]]. While staying with them in [[Kugisko]] Daja also befriends the two older daughters of the family, the twins [[Niamara Bancanor|Niamara]] and [[Jorality Bancanor]]. The younger girls even try to teach Daja how to ice-skate. But not all is well in Kugisko. Although it's winter there are more fires in the city built of wood than were in the whole summer, which is the normal season for fires. Fortunately the city can rely on Bennat Ladradun, a young man who studied with the famous mage [[Pawel Godsforge]] and thus knows efficient ways to battle the fires, even though he doesn't possess any magical ability. After his return from Godsforge he convinded the city's council to let him train the inhabitants in fighting fires and organizing a fire brigade.
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Daja Kisubo and her teacher, the Fire Dedicate Frostpine, were visiting the Bancanors in northern Namorn. While staying with them in [[Kugisko]], Daja also befriended the two older daughters of the family, the twins [[Niamara Bancanor|Niamara]] and [[Jorality Bancanor]]. The younger girls even tried to teach Daja how to ice-skate. But not all is well in Kugisko. Although winter has just begun, there were more fires in the city built of wood than there were all summer, the normal season for fires. Fortunately, the city can rely on Bennat Ladradun, a young man who studied with the famous fire mage [[Pawel Godsforge]] to learn efficient ways to battle the fires, even though Bennat himself doesn't possess any magical ability. After his return from Godsforge, he convinced the city's council to let him train the inhabitants in fighting fires and organizing a fire brigade.
   
Ben doesn't even hesitate to go into a burning building himself to carry children out, who were trapped inside when the fire started, especially after she learns that he has no magic. She once even enters a burning building herself to save the blind [[Gruzha]] and to prevent Ben from doing this, because she knows that she has better changes at getting the girl and surviving the attempt. Still Daja is highly impressed by Ben and has the idea that she might make him gloves from her living metal so his hands and arms at least would be save from being burned when he has to move burning things out of his way. Before she can pursue this plans, however, Daja makes a discovery which keeps her busy for the next days: the Bancanor twins have ambient magic. Daja first notices this when she witnesses Jory de-clumping a soup magically after the Bancanor's cook, [[Anyussa]], scolded her for not paying attention. As normally both twins have magic, she knows that Nia, too, must have it.
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Daja admired Ben's bravery as he entered the burning buildings himself to rescue children that were trapped inside, especially after she learns that he has no magic. Daja helped Ben by entering a burning building to save the blind [[Gruzha]]. She explained that she had a better chance of success because of her power and he graciously stepped aside. In hopes of helping him further, she began a project of creating fire-resistant gloves from her living metal so his hands and arms would be safe as he pushed burning objects out of his way.
   
When she seeks advice with Frostpine, who is busy himself with investigating false coins which have been found and worry the local magistrate's mages, he tells her that she has to teach the girls until teachers with their kinds of magic are found. As she doesn't know which kind of magic Nia has Daja creates a [[scrying]] device. It has the form of a silver mirror and reveals that Nia's magic is with carpentry. The following days Daja seeks out possible teachers for the twins—working from a list their parents provided for Daja—and begins lessons in meditation with them. However, these lessons don't go very well in the beginning, as Jory is too fidgety for the usual calm meditation and Nia is too shy for the more demanding meditation via using a special technique of staff-fighting, which Daja once learned from [[Skyfire|Dedicate Skyfire]]. So Daja is glad that she can pass the twins' lessons over to their teachers once they each have chosen one.
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Before she could pursue this project, Daja made a discovery: the Bancanor twins had ambient magic. Daja noticed Jory's cooking magic when she witnessed the girl de-clumping a soup magically after [[Anyussa]], the Bancanor's cook scolded her for not paying attention. As it is rare for only one twin to have magic, she knew that Nia must have some form of magic as well.
   
Thus they seek the possible teachers out together the next day. Nia already decides after their visit to the first carpentry mage, [[Camoc Oakborn]], that she wants to study in his woodshop, where she will learn from one of his journeymen, [[Arnen]]. For once the usually calmer twin is stubborn about it and won't even consider looking at the other possible teachers. That gives Daja and Jory more time to find a teacher for the more demanding girl. When they didn't meet a cook mage that satisfied Jory at the end of the day she suggests that they see [[Olennika Potcracker]], who once cooked for [[Berenene dor Ocmore|the Empress]] and now provides the hospital in the poor district of the city with food. She is said to take no students, but as Daja is desperate to find a teacher for Jory she agrees to go and see Olennika. The cook mage actually decides to take Jory as a student, although she has a probation first. But although both girls have teacher by the end of the day none of them can do the needed meditation lessons in their workshops as it is too noisy and there is no place where one could work without disruption. Thus Daja is still left with this obligation and after some consideration she decides upon holding two separate meditation lessons each day, one for each girl.
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[[File:Couspb coldfire.jpg|thumb|left|150px]]She sought advice from Frostpine, who had found a project of his own in investigating false coins that had been found in the area. He told her that it was her obligation as their discoverer to either teach the girls or find them teachers with similar magic. As she didn't know which kind of magic Nia has, Daja creates a [[scrying]] device. It revealed that Nia's magic is with carpentry/wood.
   
While trying to find teachers for the girls she also finds time to visit Ben Ladradun occasionally to talk to him about the gloves that would protect him from fire and later takes his measurements for them. On these occasions she also meets his less amiable mother, [[Morrachane Ladradun]]. Daja even finds time to actually make the gloves after the twins are settled with their teachers, although making the gloves takes more time and effort than Daja would have thought. Ben and Daja also suspect that at least one the fires, which have been haunting Kugisko that winter, was set on purpose. The first of the fires was even on Ladradun property, an old warehouse.
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In the following days, Daja sought out possible teachers for the twins and in the meantime she began lessons in meditation. These lessons didn't go very well at first as Jory was too fidgety for the usual calm meditation, and Nia was too shy for the more demanding staff-fighting meditation technique, which had once helped Daja.
   
As Daja settles into a routine in Kugisko, teaching Jory in the morning and Nia in the afternoon and working on her own project—Ben's gloves and perhaps even a whole suit made of living metal—more and more fires start. It gets more obvious that the fires are set with every new incident. After Daja gives Ben the finished gloves a bathhouse burns down. Shortly afterward [[Heluda Salt]] calls on Daja and mentions that traces of Daja's magic had been found at the site. A piece of metal shows Daja that Ben was the “fire-bug”, which Heluda had already suspected. Heluda leaves messages for Ben, who had announced to be out of town for two weeks to get the last delivery of fur for the year from a near city, at his home and the gate through which he was bound to come back into Kugisko and asks for a work with him upon his return.
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They looked for the possible teachers together the next day. Nia decided after their first visit to the carpentry mage, [[Camoc Oakborn]], that she wanted to study in his woodshop. There, she would learn from one of his journeymen, [[Arnen]]. Jory rejected all of the cook mages they visited throughout the day. At last she decided to study with [[Olennika Potcracker]], who once cooked for [[Berenene dor Ocmore|the Empress]] and now provided the sick of the poor district hospital with food. Although she was said to take no students, the cook mage decided to take Jory as a probation student. Even though both girls had found teachers, they either didnn't have the time or place to teach them meditation and Daja was left with this obligation. After some consideration, she decided on holding two separate meditation lessons each day, one for each girl.
   
He gets home early and is suspicious of the notes. Thus he decides to leave Kugisko. He sets fire to his own home and kills his mother. Then he commits arson at the hospital where Jory and her teacher work in the kitchen. He shows himself as the hero for one last time, helping to evacuate the nursery and supposedly dying when the ceiling caves in. Meanwhile Daja and Nia try to save Morrachane and discover that they are already to late. Upon their return to Bancanor house Nia senses that her twin is in trouble. Daja sees the burning hospital in the mirror she made to scry for the twin's magics and immediately leaves to find Ben. She learns of the caved in nursery but isn't fooled by Ben. Her bond to the gloves she created with her magic lead her to Ben, who ties to escape through a tunnel. She captures him and hands him over to the city's magistrates.
 
   
Ben is sentenced to burn at the stake. As a custom this should be done on the site of his greatest crime, but the people responsible for the hospital, which is being rebuilt in the same place, wouldn't allow it. Thus his sentence is carried out in the ruins of the bathhouse. Daja also witnesses it. She can't bear seeing his slow death through the flames however. Thus she calls on her power, making the fire consume him quickly. Frostpine and Potcracker used their powers likewise.
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[[File:ColdFire US.jpg|thumb|150px]]Between her new obligations, Daja visited Ben Ladradun to talk to him about the gloves and to take his measurements. On these occasions she also met his less amiable mother, [[Morrachane Ladradun]]. Daja soon found time to work on the gloves once the twins were settled with their teachers. The project took more time and effort than Daja had thought.
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As Daja settled into a routine in Kugisko, teaching Jory in the morning and Nia in the afternoon and working on her own project—Ben's gloves or perhaps even a whole suit made of living metal—more and more fires start. It became more obvious that the fires were being set with every new incident. Shortly after Daja presented Ben with the finished gloves, a bathhouse burned down. Afterward [[Heluda Salt]] called on Daja and mentioned that traces of Daja's magic had been found at the site. A piece of metal from one of the fire sights showed Daja its memories, from which she gathered that Ben was the “fire-bug”. Heluda left messages for Ben, who was out of town on business for two weeks, at his home and the gate through which he was bound to come back into Kugisko.
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[[File:Cold Fire UK hc.jpg|thumb|left|125px]]Ben got home early and suspicious of the notes, decided to leave Kugisko. Demented, he set fire to his own home while his mother was inside. Then he set fire to the hospital where Jory and her teacher, Olennika worked. He was a hero for one last time when he helped to evacuate the nursery and supposedly died when the ceiling caved in. Meanwhile, Daja and Nia tried to save Morrachane and discovered that they were too late and she was already dead. As they returned home to Bancanor house, Nia sensed that her twin was in trouble. Daja saw the burning hospital in her scrying mirror and immediately left to find Ben. She learned of the caved-in nursery but wasn't fooled. Her bond to the gloves she created with her magic led her to Ben, who tried to escape through a tunnel. She captured him and handed him over to the city's magistrates.
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Ben was sentenced to burn at the stake. It was custom for the sentence to be carried out on the site of his greatest crime, but the people responsible for the hospital wouldn't allow it. So his burning was carried out in the ruins of the bathhouse. Daja vowed to witnesses it but she couldn't bear seeing his slow death, and she called on her power to make the fire consume him quickly. Frostpine and Potcracker joined their powers with hers to burn Ben quickly.
   
 
==Characters in "Cold Fire"==
 
==Characters in "Cold Fire"==
   
* [[Daja]] - ambient smith-mage, Frostpine's student, former [[Trader]]
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* Daja - ambient smith-mage, Frostpine's student, former [[Trader]]
* [[Frostpine]] - ambient smith-mage, Fire Dedicate from [[Winding Circle]]
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* Frostpine - ambient smith-mage, Fire Dedicate from [[Winding Circle]]
   
 
===Bancanor household===
 
===Bancanor household===
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* [[Kolborn Bancanor|Kolborn "Kol" Bancanor]] - old friend of Frostpine's
 
* [[Kolborn Bancanor|Kolborn "Kol" Bancanor]] - old friend of Frostpine's
 
* [[Matazidah Bancanor|Matazidah "Matazi" Bancanor]] - Kol's wife; former lover of Frostpine's
 
* [[Matazidah Bancanor|Matazidah "Matazi" Bancanor]] - Kol's wife; former lover of Frostpine's
 
* [[Niamara Bancanor]] - Jory's twin; ambient carpentry mage
 
* [[Niamara Bancanor]] - Jory's twin; ambient carpentry mage
 
* [[Jorality Bancanor]] - Nia's twin; ambient cook mage
 
* [[Jorality Bancanor]] - Nia's twin; ambient cook mage
* [[Peigi Bancanor]] - younger Bancanor-daughter
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* [[Peigine Bancanor]] - younger Bancanor-daughter
 
* [[Eidart Bancanor]] - youngest Bancanor child and only son
 
* [[Eidart Bancanor]] - youngest Bancanor child and only son
 
* [[Anyussa]] - cook at Bancanor household
 
* [[Anyussa]] - cook at Bancanor household
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* [[Camoc Oakborn]] - ambient carpentry mage with big workshop
 
* [[Camoc Oakborn]] - ambient carpentry mage with big workshop
 
* [[Arnen]] - journeyman in Oakborn's workshop
 
* [[Arnen]] - journeyman in Oakborn's workshop
* [[Olennika Potcracker]] - ambient cook mage; former cook of the [[Berenene dor Ocmore|Empress]]
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* [[Olennika Potcracker]] - ambient cook mage; former cook of the Empress
 
* [[Heluda Salt]] - magistrate's mage
 
* [[Heluda Salt]] - magistrate's mage
 
* [[Bennat Ladradun]] - firefighter and arsonist
 
* [[Bennat Ladradun]] - firefighter and arsonist
 
* [[Morrachane Ladradun]] - Ben's mother
 
* [[Morrachane Ladradun]] - Ben's mother
* [[Gruzha]] - blind girl; saved by Daja from fire
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* [[Gruzha]] - blind girl Daja saved from a fire
 
* [[Yulanny]] - servant in Ladradun household
 
* [[Yulanny]] - servant in Ladradun household
 
* [[Northice|Master Northice]] - head of Mage's Society
 
* [[Northice|Master Northice]] - head of Mage's Society
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
{{Nav-Books}}{{Nav-ColdFire}}
 
{{Nav-Books}}{{Nav-ColdFire}}
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[[Category:The Circle Opens]]
 
[[Category:Novels of Emelan]]
 
[[Category:Novels of Emelan]]

Latest revision as of 13:04, September 19, 2018

Cold Fire
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A Novel of the Emelan
Content
Protagonist Daja Kisubo
Antagonist Bennat Ladradun
Setting Kugisko
Attribution
Author Tamora Pierce
Cover Artist
Publication information
Publisher
Release Date 2002
UK Release Date
Pages
Chronology
Series The Circle Opens
Preceded by Street Magic
Followed by Shatterglass

Cold Fire is the third installment in The Circle Opens, the second quartet set in the Emelanese Universe. The novel centers around Daja Kisubo, who visited northern Namorn with her teacher Frostpine. Daja discovered that the two oldest children of the Bancanor family had ambient magic. As the mage discovering their abilities, it was her responsibility to teach them the basics of controlling their power and find appropriate teachers for them. Meanwhile, she helped local firefighter Bennat Ladradun in hunting for an arsonist who threatened the city.

Plot summaryEdit

Daja Kisubo and her teacher, the Fire Dedicate Frostpine, were visiting the Bancanors in northern Namorn. While staying with them in Kugisko, Daja also befriended the two older daughters of the family, the twins Niamara and Jorality Bancanor. The younger girls even tried to teach Daja how to ice-skate. But not all is well in Kugisko. Although winter has just begun, there were more fires in the city built of wood than there were all summer, the normal season for fires. Fortunately, the city can rely on Bennat Ladradun, a young man who studied with the famous fire mage Pawel Godsforge to learn efficient ways to battle the fires, even though Bennat himself doesn't possess any magical ability. After his return from Godsforge, he convinced the city's council to let him train the inhabitants in fighting fires and organizing a fire brigade.

Daja admired Ben's bravery as he entered the burning buildings himself to rescue children that were trapped inside, especially after she learns that he has no magic. Daja helped Ben by entering a burning building to save the blind Gruzha. She explained that she had a better chance of success because of her power and he graciously stepped aside. In hopes of helping him further, she began a project of creating fire-resistant gloves from her living metal so his hands and arms would be safe as he pushed burning objects out of his way.

Before she could pursue this project, Daja made a discovery: the Bancanor twins had ambient magic. Daja noticed Jory's cooking magic when she witnessed the girl de-clumping a soup magically after Anyussa, the Bancanor's cook scolded her for not paying attention. As it is rare for only one twin to have magic, she knew that Nia must have some form of magic as well.

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She sought advice from Frostpine, who had found a project of his own in investigating false coins that had been found in the area. He told her that it was her obligation as their discoverer to either teach the girls or find them teachers with similar magic. As she didn't know which kind of magic Nia has, Daja creates a scrying device. It revealed that Nia's magic is with carpentry/wood.

In the following days, Daja sought out possible teachers for the twins and in the meantime she began lessons in meditation. These lessons didn't go very well at first as Jory was too fidgety for the usual calm meditation, and Nia was too shy for the more demanding staff-fighting meditation technique, which had once helped Daja.

They looked for the possible teachers together the next day. Nia decided after their first visit to the carpentry mage, Camoc Oakborn, that she wanted to study in his woodshop. There, she would learn from one of his journeymen, Arnen. Jory rejected all of the cook mages they visited throughout the day. At last she decided to study with Olennika Potcracker, who once cooked for the Empress and now provided the sick of the poor district hospital with food. Although she was said to take no students, the cook mage decided to take Jory as a probation student. Even though both girls had found teachers, they either didnn't have the time or place to teach them meditation and Daja was left with this obligation. After some consideration, she decided on holding two separate meditation lessons each day, one for each girl.


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Between her new obligations, Daja visited Ben Ladradun to talk to him about the gloves and to take his measurements. On these occasions she also met his less amiable mother, Morrachane Ladradun. Daja soon found time to work on the gloves once the twins were settled with their teachers. The project took more time and effort than Daja had thought.

As Daja settled into a routine in Kugisko, teaching Jory in the morning and Nia in the afternoon and working on her own project—Ben's gloves or perhaps even a whole suit made of living metal—more and more fires start. It became more obvious that the fires were being set with every new incident. Shortly after Daja presented Ben with the finished gloves, a bathhouse burned down. Afterward Heluda Salt called on Daja and mentioned that traces of Daja's magic had been found at the site. A piece of metal from one of the fire sights showed Daja its memories, from which she gathered that Ben was the “fire-bug”. Heluda left messages for Ben, who was out of town on business for two weeks, at his home and the gate through which he was bound to come back into Kugisko.

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Ben got home early and suspicious of the notes, decided to leave Kugisko. Demented, he set fire to his own home while his mother was inside. Then he set fire to the hospital where Jory and her teacher, Olennika worked. He was a hero for one last time when he helped to evacuate the nursery and supposedly died when the ceiling caved in. Meanwhile, Daja and Nia tried to save Morrachane and discovered that they were too late and she was already dead. As they returned home to Bancanor house, Nia sensed that her twin was in trouble. Daja saw the burning hospital in her scrying mirror and immediately left to find Ben. She learned of the caved-in nursery but wasn't fooled. Her bond to the gloves she created with her magic led her to Ben, who tried to escape through a tunnel. She captured him and handed him over to the city's magistrates.

Ben was sentenced to burn at the stake. It was custom for the sentence to be carried out on the site of his greatest crime, but the people responsible for the hospital wouldn't allow it. So his burning was carried out in the ruins of the bathhouse. Daja vowed to witnesses it but she couldn't bear seeing his slow death, and she called on her power to make the fire consume him quickly. Frostpine and Potcracker joined their powers with hers to burn Ben quickly.

Characters in "Cold Fire"Edit

  • Daja - ambient smith-mage, Frostpine's student, former Trader
  • Frostpine - ambient smith-mage, Fire Dedicate from Winding Circle

Bancanor householdEdit

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Danish edition

Other inhabitants of KugiskoEdit

Mentioned charactersEdit

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit

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