The Aware

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The Aware
Larke - The Aware Coverart.png
The Aware first edition cover.
Author Glenda Larke
Cover artist Greg Bridges
Country Australia
Language English
Series The Isles of Glory
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Voyager Books
Publication date
29 October 2003
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 496 pp (first edition)
ISBN 0-7322-7650-0
OCLC 62537632
823/.92 22
LC Class PR9619.4.L375 A93 2003
Followed by Gilfeather

The Aware (2003) is the first book in The Isles of Glory by Glenda Larke.[1]

Plot outline[edit]

The Isles of Glory comprise eleven island nations. The main character in the novel, Blaze, has the ability to sense magic and as such is "Aware". This makes her useful to the lesser of the island nations and the novel follows her story as she searches for a mysterious slave woman and fights an evil that threatens all of the island nations.


Blaze Halfbreed

A halfbreed Awarewoman. Blaze is half-Southerner, half-Fen-islander. She was recently in the Keeper's employ as a bounty hunter or dunmaster assassin, but then left their service. Blaze Halfbreed is Tor Ryder's lover.

Flame Windrider

A Cirkasian woman with sylvtalent. She is also the Castlemaid, the only offspring of the Castlelord and Castlelady. She escaped to Gorthan Spit to avoid marrying the Bastionlord and took the name of Flame Windrider. Her real name is Lyssal. She is in love with Ruarth, a Dustel Islander trapped in the shape of a bird.

Ruarth Windrider

An Aware Dustel Islander trapped by Morthred's dunmagic in the form of a bird. He is in love with Flame Windrider.

Tor Ryder

A Menod patriarch Aware Stragglerman. He once took part in a rebellion on Calment, a.k.a. the Lance of Calment. Tor Ryder is Blaze Halfbreed's lover.

Critical reception[edit]

Sarah Palmer, writing in Fantasy Book Review, found a lot to like with the novel: "The Isles of Glory trilogy, Glenda Larke's debut series, is timeless. Larke pens a captivating story in an intricately detailed and unique world and cultural landscape. Her characters are gritty and wonderfully fleshed out. Larke's delightfully unique style allows the reader to get a real sense of the characters many facets. It has action, intrigue, romance and more. I have seldom been so riveted by debut novel. Keeps you on the edge of your seat and was a joy to read."[2]


The Aware was a finalist in the 2003 Aurealis Awards fantasy division.[3]