Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion. Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr: the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.
Mari's Mechanics Guild and Alain's Mage Guild have always been enemies, but they are united in wanting to kill their rogue members before Mari can fulfill the ancient prophecy of being the one who will finally overthrow their power. Mari and Alain must risk those dangers because halfway across their world lies a place where truth has long been hidden. A place that could explain why their world's history begins abruptly, with no hints of what came before. A place where they might learn how the Mechanics Guild came to control all technology and how the Mages manage to alter reality temporarily. A place that might tell them how to achieve a task that appears to be impossible.
Never before have a Mage and a Mechanic worked together, and their combined talents offer their only hope. But she and Alain must first survive the deadly and implacable Assassins of Altis.
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"A great addition to a great series"
The Assassins of Altis is the third book in The Pillars of Reality series by Jack Campbell. This audiobook is narrated by MacLeod Andrews.
The Pillars of Reality is a series that gets better and better with each new book. I remember listening to first book and liking it. I also remember listening to second book and liking it even more. I can honestly say it was the same case with The Assassins of Altis.
The Assassins of Altis starts right where The Hidden Masters of Marandur (second book) ended. Mechanic Mari and her loyal companion, Mage Alain, have gotten the information they needed from Marandur and now need to continue their journey. Their next stop is Altis. To get there, first they need to evade the border patrol around Marandur and find a way to reach Altis, something that becomes more difficult with time. The Mechanics Guild has found a way to follow their steps and will do its best to stop them once and for all. Luckily for them, they find allies in unexpected places.
There is a lot of character growth in this installment. Mari is finally accepting the idea of being The Daughter that will unite the guilds and the commons. She is also coming to terms with her feelings for Alain and what being in a relationship with him entails. In this book, Mari also realizes the many lies her guild told her and the extremes they are willing to go to keep their secrets and the blind loyalty of its members.
Alain continues to grow and evolve. Seeing his transformation for an unfeeling, cold-hearted young man to the funny, caring one he is slowly becoming is a funny treat. I really liked him; I think he is my favorite character in the series. I loved how he is finding his sense of humor and how he is with Mari when she behaves a little bit irrational.
Their relationship really moves forward in this installment. They are where they need to be; seeing them come to that place was not only very sweet but also hilarious at times.
There are new characters introduced in The Assassins of Altis, some are unexpected, some we knew from previous books. Mari and Alain are finding allies and their numbers are rising slowly. This is great because they need all the help they can get.
The world building is further developed in this installment. We not only visit new places and new people, we also learned about the origins of the guilds and how everything started. I can’t say much without giving spoilers away, let me just say I was pleasantly surprised with this new discovery.
As with previous installments, MacLeod Andrews does an excellent job bringing to life the characters and the story. The voices he does for the characters are distinctive and he uses the perfect inflections to convey the intentions of the characters. I can’t imagine anybody else narrating this series.
The Assassins of Altis is a great addition to a great series and one I recommend to fantasy fans, especially if you like your fantasy with a touch of sci-fi. I recommend you to listen to this series instead of reading it. I also recommend you to listen to these books in order to get the full effect of the amazing and very imaginative world Jack Campbell has created.
I’m looking forward to the release of next book (audiobook) in the series.
"Better and better!"
It's hard to believe this series gets better with each book! Jack Campbell is a masterful story teller that captivates his listeners with a unique tale of intrigue and adventure. The characters were portrayed wonderfully and literally made this story. Further, using common room presentation abilities, the narrator charmed the audience into buying the "next tankard of ale".
This story, nay series, is addictive. I am anxiously waiting for the next story. A great listen!
"Mostly more of the same but less annoying."
Probably. Though I would likely be skipping ahead a lot. I don't think I could take the filler conversation more than once.
I would say the climax. Although not really exceptional there was something satisfying about it.
Won't use the climax twice so instead the meeting of the family anmd what followed after. Really help set my hopes for less annoying conversation.
This is a book devoid of twists. Everything that happened was not unexpected. This isn't a bad thing. There is something satisfying about listening to a book so predictable once in a while. And although the twists were predictable, the details involved were still varied and original enough not to be boring. What was really good was that the amount of repetitive annoying conversation seemed noticeably reduced. The constant and incessant and utterly identical doubts and "I won't let you endanger yourself! No I won't let you endanger yourself!" and "Oh why does everyone treat me as the leader!" and so on. But more importantly most of these seemed to have been totally resolved so I hope not to revisit them. Though as I suspect its mostly just done to act as filler and pad out the book my hopes aren't that high. Alternatively the authoress felt the need to have the characters show emotion regularly and she just decided to have them show the exact same emotions in the exact same way every time. Either way she could use some more variety but it seemed to be getting better. Less of it.
"I love this series!"
The books are just getting better and better. Its a nicely told story, and is good lite reading. I've laughed out loud on more than one occasion while listening to the audio book . And I waited for the release of the third installment, and I am now waiting for the fourth book. I would definitely recommend these books to anyone who loves sci fi, romance, action, fantasy, and comedy. The book is well rounded with a little something for everyone. (:
"I'm torn about this"
The first book hooked me in right away but it soon became clear that there were and continue to be some annoying writing style and strange and implausible story scenes. Examples are the writers tendency to repeat himself or to exhaustively explain things or worse yet have the characters exhaustively explain or reason out problems. Then there is the constant professions of love between the main characters and the repeated reminders of who saved who's life etc that just becomes so tedious to listen to. The overarching story is good but I found myself annoyed by the main female character in the first and second books and absolutely hating her bossy, childish and often times irritating personality. She became so whiny that I had a hard time listening to her. It was also quite painful to continually listen to the characters argue about who's life was worth more or what a plan was to be in the middle of imminent danger. This happened way too often yand became tiresome. But again the overall story is good I just can't seem to like the main female character Mari.
"I'm not a literary genius..."
But I am really engaged with the characters, and their adventure so far. I'm constantly ready for the next installment.
"The Story Keeps Getting Better!"
This is one of my favorite stories by this author! it is heart warming and breaking a at the same time. I love the way this story weaves Sci-fi with Fantasy. My only complaint is the time until the next book comes out! Yet this one as the last two has ended well.
"Very enjoyable story, solid narration"
Very enjoyable story, even if the premise calls for an active suspension of belief at times. The narration is solid. Only wished it had been longer and I look forward to the next one
"Great 3 volume to the series"
Jack Campbell continues to develop a well crafted story in the series The Pillars of Reality as he carrys on the adventures of Lady Marie and her Mage as they wrestle with their fates to bring down their guilds and unite the world in freedom. The story develops further characters as others begin to help and join their quest, finding where their world and the guilds began, hidden technologies, and escaping the escalating attempts of the Mechanics Guild to end their lives. This series is a great scifi fantasy read/listen. Each book leaves you eager for the next edition.
Definitely a good read, with a promise of awesome reading ahead!
So go get it already!!!!!
"Good action and less filler than Book 2"
While I enjoyed Assassins of Altis more than I did Masters of Marandur, I still found it a little slow in places. If you can push through the slow sections, though, there's some solid action and interesting revelations in this one. There's also the unwelcome return of the characters' odd habit of stopping for lengthy chats in life-or-death situations, but less so than in book 2.
A thoroughly enjoyable book, very well read by MacLeod Andrews, but Now I've got to wait for the next one!
Can't wait for the next one jack Campbell is a great story teller great set of books
Awesome continuation of the series only downside is now I have a wait for the next book
The only parts where this book can occasionally fall down is in the slightly sappy relationships. That said, the adventures are really engaging and the actions scenes are brilliant to listen to.
"Well done! The Series has gone from strength to strength"
Now they're more than two!!!!!!!
The story moves on from the second book well.
There is a lot happening in the book but the pace is perfect.
I can't wait for the fourth book in the series!!!
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