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10 thoughts on “The Aware (The Isles of Glory, #1)

  1. Nemo (The Moonlight Library) Nemo (The Moonlight Library) says:

    This review was originally posted on Young Adult At HeartSUMMARYBlaze Halfbreed has been sent on a mission to retrieve the Cirkasian Castlemaid from Gortham Spit a barely hospital strip of sand where only the lowest of the low and the most desperate congregate There she discovers the filthy stench of evil dunmagic and realises a great evil has returned to threaten the whole of the Isles of GloryPLOTBlaze Halfbreed is citizenless in an island archipelago where citizenship means everything and there are strict rules on island interbreeding leading her to be an unwanted outcast Gorthan Spit the desolate land of criminals and unwanteds is the only place she can legally stay longer than three days It is also the place where she has tracked a princess from another island who is to play a key role in the Keeper’s plans on taking control of the Isles of Glory Blaze is ‘Aware’ – she can see sylmagic and dunmagic and it doesn’t affect her The Keepers find her useful and have promised her citizenship after twenty years of service But if she fails to find the Castlemaid she won’t get her citizenship Meanwhile she befriends a Cirkasian with a secret past who claims she knows where the Castlemaid is – only this beautiful ‘Flame’ is attacked by a powerful dunmagicker It’s up to Blaze to save the day multiple times as she uncovers Keeper secrets Gorthan Spit secrets Castlemaid secrets and secrets about sylmagic and dunmagic that threaten to take over her worldCHARACTERSBlaze Halfbred tall swordfighter sassy fierce and totally and completely magnificent She’s a survivor Not many abandoned halfbreeds make it in a world harsh to the citizenless Blaze is brave resourceful smart and caring She’s got loyalty coming out the wazoo for those she loves and she’ll do anything to save them Her primary motivation is to earn enough money to live in peace and earn a citizenship for the same reason and for this she is a sort of bounty hunter for the Keeper sylvs although she’s also a mercenary who will do what it takes to earn some coin Although she develops strong bonds with several men in this book it’s her sudden and very sisterly love for Flame that I adore Blaze is ‘Aware’ – she can see magic as it’s used which other magickers and normal folk can’t Magic doesn’t affect her so she’s the perfect one to send off to assassinate an evil dunmagicker Her Awareness makes her useful to the sylvs of Keeper island and she depends on them for work and her eventual citizenshipFlame is a sylv from Cirkasecastle and as the incredibly beautiful one of the story she’s also somewhat of a damsel in need of rescuing She’s also brave and loyal and fierce and once she makes a decision she has no time to regret it She returns Blaze’s love fiercely and she isn’t afraid to step back into a lair of horror she barely escaped the first time just to try to save her friendsTor Ryder is a fellow Aware and although he can fight he’s a man of religion and I wouldn’t exactly call him a warrior like Blaze He’s gentle and calm and has deep intelligence and he’s on Gortham Spit babysitting a runaway royal He and Blaze find a past in common and eventually fall in love although Blaze believes they can’t be together because of her halfbreed status and his religionWRITINGI adore this book so much Although much of it takes place on Gorthan Spit we get some flashbacks in Blaze’s life The framing of the novel is that when Blaze is an elderly woman all magic and the harsh citizenship laws have vanished from the Glory Isles and they are discovered by another race who are studying them much like in Wuthering Heights Nathan turns up at the house only to be told this incredible story about its previous inhabitants So Blaze’s story is essential a compilation of a bunch of interviews given to help this new race study them I think the worldbuilding is phenomenal I love the characters I love that even the supposedly ‘good’ sylvs have shades of grey in them because they use their magic to confuddle normal folk Love how every character has their own motivation and backstory which really enriches the narrative and makes the world so much believablePACINGThe pacing is good with this book Because it’s such an original adult fantasy there’s a lot of worldbuilding and culture and backstory to tell I feel like this was always put in at the appropriate moments While it’s not a break neck pace it is steady Sometimes it slows right down for example when Blaze has been taken prisoner or is being kept alone for some time I think the slower pace works well then because you start to feel her helplessness and lonlinessOVERALLThis is one of my absolute favourite fantasy books of all time I literally cannot think of a single thing I don’t like about it I give it ALL THE STARS But warning it is an adult book and it does cover subject matters such as rape and forced sterilisationThe Aware The Isles of GloryActually I did think of one thing For some reason Larke decided to republish this with another publishing company instead of self publishing and the cover of the new version is AWFUL DON’T LET THE COVER FOOL YOU THIS IS AN AMAZING ORIGINAL INCREDIBLE PIECE OF ADULT FANTASY


  2. The Captain The Captain says:

    Ahoy there me mateys This book was part of the Maine book haul I had never heard of the author or this book Apparently this author is Australian Hooray for non US authors The lovely cover is what drew me inI mean seriously – a kick ass woman holding a giant sword and riding on a pearlescent sea creature for only 25¢ I had to have it And I really really liked it Interestingly it was Shortlisted for the Best Fantasy Novel in 2003 at the Aurealis Awards for Fantasy and Science FictionThis book is the first of a trilogy called the Isles of Glory The main character is a woman named Blaze Halfbreed who is attempting to find a slave woman which will get her closer to her goal of citizenship I liked this lady From an orphan on the streets with an unusual upbringing to a competent adult who is independent and relies only on herself Blaze is bad ass I mean yes she likes to take the easy way out for survival but when push comes to shove she is than willing to fight backBesides the magic in this world which was fun I also enjoyed watching Blaze makes friends and learn to trust other people There are non humans in the world like ghemphs awesome Fen lurgers and of course the sea ponies Side note I have a thing for ponies and the term sea ponies reminds me of a certain childhood movie whose song is now stuck in me head I loved the island setting and all the references to the sea The side characters of Tor and Flame and Ruarth were wonderfulThere were a couple of downsides of this novel like the use of rape in the plot not graphic at all but present some periods of action happening off the page while the main character waited and some oddslow plot points that didn’t float me boat Oh and though the bad guy has a reason to be bad he seemed very two dimensional But overall I liked the book so much that I just ordered the second book to read So if ye can find a copy and want a fantasy that is fluffy but fun check this one outIf ye liked this review see me others at


  3. Dani Dani says:

    Adult Some innuendo and mention of past sexual relationshipThe Aware is the first in The Isles of Glory trilogy by Australian fantasy author Glenda Larke It tells the story of Blaze Halfbreed citizenless in a world where citizenship is everything abandoned by her parents as an infant despised for her half breed status hired by the Sylvtalents as a spy come assassin come protector for she is one of the Aware one of the few people in the world who can actually see magic and is thereby immune to its effectsThat's why she's the one who's sent to track down a Circasian slave who's much than she seems and why she's the one who sees the foul red dunmagic spilling across the floor of the inn where she's staying in the pirate settlement on Gorthan Spit And why she's the one who everybody wants dead or aliveFirst ImpressionsHmm The first half a chapter didn't immediately grab me; it wasn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination but it wasn't fast paced or action packed It's been a while since I've read slower books and I put this one down after a few pagesHOWEVEROnce I picked it up again I couldn't put it down This is a GREAT book that develops wonderfully with a nice complex plot character growth action scenes and even an explosion ; I've been telling people it's like a slower paced Magic Lost Trouble FoundProsGreat main character with voice and attitude set in a very rich rounded world You can sense that there is so much to both the world and the story than what you're shown in this first book The story is framed by letters and is 'told' as a transcript of conversations between a 'native' and an anthropologist and although in the beginning the anthropologist's letters leave you kinda thinking Huh? by the end they leave you insatiably curious as to the why and wherefore behind the anthropologist's mission This is not only a fun romp through a shiny fantasy world it's rich and meaningful tooConsThe slow beginning It's not intensely action packed so it might not be for everyone And there is a bit of innuendo though I don't think it's enough to prevent the tender readers involved in this blog from reading ;Overall a great book that's left me dying for the next in the trilogy I give it 45 stars


  4. Miranda Miranda says:

    Really great world building I loved the characters immensely It took roughly half the book to truly get invested but when I did I couldn't put it down The characterizations and reasoning behind some of the characters can seem lacking but that is in part because of the style in which the story is told as a series of interviews and recollections of some of the chief characters Larke created a very wonderful world that seemed very real and her characters are very lovable while being very flawed and very human They will frustrate you as much as they will make you love them


  5. Banshee.Queen Banshee.Queen says:

    2 StarsDNF’d at page 210I wanted to like this book I really did I loved that the author was from the same place that I was and I liked her using things that are uniue to that place in her storiesI found Blaze interesting to begin with but her personality seemed to devolve as the book went on Mainly due to the “romance”And that brings me to why I DNF’d this book The romance between Blaze and Tor came so out of left field They had barely spoken to each other up to that point and Blaze’s narration of him did not indicate he would be a romantic interest And then suddenly they are sleeping together and declaring their undying love for each othereven though Blaze herself said she knew nothing about him she still trusted him completely I didnt make it to the end of the book to find out if that trust was warranted or not The interplay between the two from that point forward was filled with ‘my love’ and ‘beloved’ and the whole thing rang so hollow I just couldn’t continue on Blaze seemed like a heroine who kept her guard up and was slow to trust and she instantly changed when Tor came alongSadly I won’t be finishing this series but I did enjoy the authors writing and this was her first novel so I am open to reading some of her other works in the future


  6. Anna Hepworth Anna Hepworth says:

    Not a real review just some bullet point reactions• Larke has managed a story which has strong and believable female main characters while working within a somewhat feudal world setting • The romance sub text is kept firmly under the carpet and not allowed to take over any of the storyline• Both the first person narrative and the interspersed letters from the ethnographer worked individually and in their interaction• Despite there being a fair number of characters keeping the narrative to two viewpoints very much helped my ability to keep track and increased my enjoyment I suspect that there is also some very clever writing happening that is cueing which chacters is involved rather that reuiring detailed exposition of which there is some scattered through but mostly for the filling in of backstory every time someone appears on the scene


  7. Alayne Alayne says:

    I very much enjoyed this book a new author for me I did find that it was hard going at times with the violence described and the fact that the story was being told to an ethnographer when the main character was over eighty years old put me off a bit too much foreshadowing in the storytelling But it's a well written story and uite different in many ways from the usual fantasy Recommended


  8. Annette Gisby Annette Gisby says:

    Another imaginative start to a series by Glenda Larke Rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors


  9. Sabtael Sabtael says:

    The MC started as a badass woman which got me really interested but then she developed those relationships that were so weird too uick and deep for that character Not sure I'll pick up the next


  10. Lynne Lynne says:

    Jury is out For the most part I really enjoyed; then in the latter pages we got very YA Redeemed itself hence the “hung” jury Blaze; blazing mistake towards the end there girl


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The Aware (The Isles of Glory, #1) [Download] ✤ The Aware (The Isles of Glory, #1) By Glenda Larke – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 'I almost regretted having Awareness Without it I wouldn't have noticed a thing; I would have been as oblivious to the danger as everyone else' Blaze Halfbreed doesn't like Gorthan Spit but she's bein 'I almost regretted having Awareness Without it I wouldn't have noticed a thing; I would have been as oblivious to the danger as everyone else' Blaze Halfbreed doesn't like Gorthan Spit but she's being paid to find an enslaved Cirkasian woman A woman needed by the Keepers to further their political ambitions When Blaze sees dunmagic running over the floor in the taproom of the Drunken Plaice she knows trouble is not far away Could it be in the form of the three tall very handsome men at other tables Just what is their business here Her search for the Cirkasian takes Blaze deep into Gorthan Spit and she is horrified to unravel a threat to all the Isles of Glory and a immediate threat to her own life Could the key to it all lie with an ancient legend of vanished islands A sensational and gripping new fantasy series introducing a fabulous new heroine and weaving together elements of fairytale and sword and sorcery.

10 thoughts on “The Aware (The Isles of Glory, #1)

  1. Nemo (The Moonlight Library) Nemo (The Moonlight Library) says:

    This review was originally posted on Young Adult At HeartSUMMARYBlaze Halfbreed has been sent on a mission to retrieve the Cirkasian Castlemaid from Gortham Spit a barely hospital strip of sand where only the lowest of the low and the most desperate congregate There she discovers the filthy stench of evil dunmagic and realises a great evil has returned to threaten the whole of the Isles of GloryPLOTBlaze Halfbreed is citizenless in an island archipelago where citizenship means everything and there are strict rules on island interbreeding leading her to be an unwanted outcast Gorthan Spit the desolate land of criminals and unwanteds is the only place she can legally stay longer than three days It is also the place where she has tracked a princess from another island who is to play a key role in the Keeper’s plans on taking control of the Isles of Glory Blaze is ‘Aware’ – she can see sylmagic and dunmagic and it doesn’t affect her The Keepers find her useful and have promised her citizenship after twenty years of service But if she fails to find the Castlemaid she won’t get her citizenship Meanwhile she befriends a Cirkasian with a secret past who claims she knows where the Castlemaid is – only this beautiful ‘Flame’ is attacked by a powerful dunmagicker It’s up to Blaze to save the day multiple times as she uncovers Keeper secrets Gorthan Spit secrets Castlemaid secrets and secrets about sylmagic and dunmagic that threaten to take over her worldCHARACTERSBlaze Halfbred tall swordfighter sassy fierce and totally and completely magnificent She’s a survivor Not many abandoned halfbreeds make it in a world harsh to the citizenless Blaze is brave resourceful smart and caring She’s got loyalty coming out the wazoo for those she loves and she’ll do anything to save them Her primary motivation is to earn enough money to live in peace and earn a citizenship for the same reason and for this she is a sort of bounty hunter for the Keeper sylvs although she’s also a mercenary who will do what it takes to earn some coin Although she develops strong bonds with several men in this book it’s her sudden and very sisterly love for Flame that I adore Blaze is ‘Aware’ – she can see magic as it’s used which other magickers and normal folk can’t Magic doesn’t affect her so she’s the perfect one to send off to assassinate an evil dunmagicker Her Awareness makes her useful to the sylvs of Keeper island and she depends on them for work and her eventual citizenshipFlame is a sylv from Cirkasecastle and as the incredibly beautiful one of the story she’s also somewhat of a damsel in need of rescuing She’s also brave and loyal and fierce and once she makes a decision she has no time to regret it She returns Blaze’s love fiercely and she isn’t afraid to step back into a lair of horror she barely escaped the first time just to try to save her friendsTor Ryder is a fellow Aware and although he can fight he’s a man of religion and I wouldn’t exactly call him a warrior like Blaze He’s gentle and calm and has deep intelligence and he’s on Gortham Spit babysitting a runaway royal He and Blaze find a past in common and eventually fall in love although Blaze believes they can’t be together because of her halfbreed status and his religionWRITINGI adore this book so much Although much of it takes place on Gorthan Spit we get some flashbacks in Blaze’s life The framing of the novel is that when Blaze is an elderly woman all magic and the harsh citizenship laws have vanished from the Glory Isles and they are discovered by another race who are studying them much like in Wuthering Heights Nathan turns up at the house only to be told this incredible story about its previous inhabitants So Blaze’s story is essential a compilation of a bunch of interviews given to help this new race study them I think the worldbuilding is phenomenal I love the characters I love that even the supposedly ‘good’ sylvs have shades of grey in them because they use their magic to confuddle normal folk Love how every character has their own motivation and backstory which really enriches the narrative and makes the world so much believablePACINGThe pacing is good with this book Because it’s such an original adult fantasy there’s a lot of worldbuilding and culture and backstory to tell I feel like this was always put in at the appropriate moments While it’s not a break neck pace it is steady Sometimes it slows right down for example when Blaze has been taken prisoner or is being kept alone for some time I think the slower pace works well then because you start to feel her helplessness and lonlinessOVERALLThis is one of my absolute favourite fantasy books of all time I literally cannot think of a single thing I don’t like about it I give it ALL THE STARS But warning it is an adult book and it does cover subject matters such as rape and forced sterilisationThe Aware The Isles of GloryActually I did think of one thing For some reason Larke decided to republish this with another publishing company instead of self publishing and the cover of the new version is AWFUL DON’T LET THE COVER FOOL YOU THIS IS AN AMAZING ORIGINAL INCREDIBLE PIECE OF ADULT FANTASY

  2. The Captain The Captain says:

    Ahoy there me mateys This book was part of the Maine book haul I had never heard of the author or this book Apparently this author is Australian Hooray for non US authors The lovely cover is what drew me inI mean seriously – a kick ass woman holding a giant sword and riding on a pearlescent sea creature for only 25¢ I had to have it And I really really liked it Interestingly it was Shortlisted for the Best Fantasy Novel in 2003 at the Aurealis Awards for Fantasy and Science FictionThis book is the first of a trilogy called the Isles of Glory The main character is a woman named Blaze Halfbreed who is attempting to find a slave woman which will get her closer to her goal of citizenship I liked this lady From an orphan on the streets with an unusual upbringing to a competent adult who is independent and relies only on herself Blaze is bad ass I mean yes she likes to take the easy way out for survival but when push comes to shove she is than willing to fight backBesides the magic in this world which was fun I also enjoyed watching Blaze makes friends and learn to trust other people There are non humans in the world like ghemphs awesome Fen lurgers and of course the sea ponies Side note I have a thing for ponies and the term sea ponies reminds me of a certain childhood movie whose song is now stuck in me head I loved the island setting and all the references to the sea The side characters of Tor and Flame and Ruarth were wonderfulThere were a couple of downsides of this novel like the use of rape in the plot not graphic at all but present some periods of action happening off the page while the main character waited and some oddslow plot points that didn’t float me boat Oh and though the bad guy has a reason to be bad he seemed very two dimensional But overall I liked the book so much that I just ordered the second book to read So if ye can find a copy and want a fantasy that is fluffy but fun check this one outIf ye liked this review see me others at

  3. Dani Dani says:

    Adult Some innuendo and mention of past sexual relationshipThe Aware is the first in The Isles of Glory trilogy by Australian fantasy author Glenda Larke It tells the story of Blaze Halfbreed citizenless in a world where citizenship is everything abandoned by her parents as an infant despised for her half breed status hired by the Sylvtalents as a spy come assassin come protector for she is one of the Aware one of the few people in the world who can actually see magic and is thereby immune to its effectsThat's why she's the one who's sent to track down a Circasian slave who's much than she seems and why she's the one who sees the foul red dunmagic spilling across the floor of the inn where she's staying in the pirate settlement on Gorthan Spit And why she's the one who everybody wants dead or aliveFirst ImpressionsHmm The first half a chapter didn't immediately grab me; it wasn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination but it wasn't fast paced or action packed It's been a while since I've read slower books and I put this one down after a few pagesHOWEVEROnce I picked it up again I couldn't put it down This is a GREAT book that develops wonderfully with a nice complex plot character growth action scenes and even an explosion ; I've been telling people it's like a slower paced Magic Lost Trouble FoundProsGreat main character with voice and attitude set in a very rich rounded world You can sense that there is so much to both the world and the story than what you're shown in this first book The story is framed by letters and is 'told' as a transcript of conversations between a 'native' and an anthropologist and although in the beginning the anthropologist's letters leave you kinda thinking Huh? by the end they leave you insatiably curious as to the why and wherefore behind the anthropologist's mission This is not only a fun romp through a shiny fantasy world it's rich and meaningful tooConsThe slow beginning It's not intensely action packed so it might not be for everyone And there is a bit of innuendo though I don't think it's enough to prevent the tender readers involved in this blog from reading ;Overall a great book that's left me dying for the next in the trilogy I give it 45 stars

  4. Miranda Miranda says:

    Really great world building I loved the characters immensely It took roughly half the book to truly get invested but when I did I couldn't put it down The characterizations and reasoning behind some of the characters can seem lacking but that is in part because of the style in which the story is told as a series of interviews and recollections of some of the chief characters Larke created a very wonderful world that seemed very real and her characters are very lovable while being very flawed and very human They will frustrate you as much as they will make you love them

  5. Banshee.Queen Banshee.Queen says:

    2 StarsDNF’d at page 210I wanted to like this book I really did I loved that the author was from the same place that I was and I liked her using things that are uniue to that place in her storiesI found Blaze interesting to begin with but her personality seemed to devolve as the book went on Mainly due to the “romance”And that brings me to why I DNF’d this book The romance between Blaze and Tor came so out of left field They had barely spoken to each other up to that point and Blaze’s narration of him did not indicate he would be a romantic interest And then suddenly they are sleeping together and declaring their undying love for each othereven though Blaze herself said she knew nothing about him she still trusted him completely I didnt make it to the end of the book to find out if that trust was warranted or not The interplay between the two from that point forward was filled with ‘my love’ and ‘beloved’ and the whole thing rang so hollow I just couldn’t continue on Blaze seemed like a heroine who kept her guard up and was slow to trust and she instantly changed when Tor came alongSadly I won’t be finishing this series but I did enjoy the authors writing and this was her first novel so I am open to reading some of her other works in the future

  6. Anna Hepworth Anna Hepworth says:

    Not a real review just some bullet point reactions• Larke has managed a story which has strong and believable female main characters while working within a somewhat feudal world setting • The romance sub text is kept firmly under the carpet and not allowed to take over any of the storyline• Both the first person narrative and the interspersed letters from the ethnographer worked individually and in their interaction• Despite there being a fair number of characters keeping the narrative to two viewpoints very much helped my ability to keep track and increased my enjoyment I suspect that there is also some very clever writing happening that is cueing which chacters is involved rather that reuiring detailed exposition of which there is some scattered through but mostly for the filling in of backstory every time someone appears on the scene

  7. Alayne Alayne says:

    I very much enjoyed this book a new author for me I did find that it was hard going at times with the violence described and the fact that the story was being told to an ethnographer when the main character was over eighty years old put me off a bit too much foreshadowing in the storytelling But it's a well written story and uite different in many ways from the usual fantasy Recommended

  8. Annette Gisby Annette Gisby says:

    Another imaginative start to a series by Glenda Larke Rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors

  9. Sabtael Sabtael says:

    The MC started as a badass woman which got me really interested but then she developed those relationships that were so weird too uick and deep for that character Not sure I'll pick up the next

  10. Lynne Lynne says:

    Jury is out For the most part I really enjoyed; then in the latter pages we got very YA Redeemed itself hence the “hung” jury Blaze; blazing mistake towards the end there girl

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