A Storm that will wreck a world threatens Dematr. Only Mari, one of the Mechanics who control all technology through their Guild, has a chance to stop it. She and Mage Alain have survived numerous attempts to kill them and have gained many more followers, but the Storm of chaos, born of centuries of enslavement, grows ever closer.
Mari leads an army now. She and Alain must fight together to bind back the Broken Kingdom and build a force strong enough to defeat the might of the Great Guilds. But the Storm has many Servants who seek to preserve or gain personal power or wealth, or fear the New Day that Mari seeks to bring to the world.
And Mari knows that victory will mean nothing if the precious knowledge brought long ago to their world is destroyed. In order to save it, Alain and Mari will have to pierce through the heart of their enemies' power and confront once more a place of ancient nightmare.
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"Love, Love, Love this Series!"
I have listened to over 250 audiobooks, and this is one of my favorite series! I have listened to most of the books especially books 3 and 4 over and over. This is another strong book in the series. My friends are so tired of hearing me say that I love this series.
I feel that the story line is very unique and can't really compare it to another series. It's an amazing series!
Alain is definitely my favorite voice by Macleod Andrews. I love the flat affect he provides to Alain's voice. He is able to deliver more emotion in Alain's voice as the character develops emotions. Macleod Andrews is able to create so many different character voices for women and men and delivers the lines perfectly. I believe Macleod Andrews is a big reason why this audio series is so wonderful.
Yes. I finished it in less than 24 hours. It was released at 2:00am central time, so when I started to awaken at 5:00am, there was no going back to sleep. I grabbed my phone, and I was hooked.
I didn't really care for the Lost Fleet series; however, I just can't stop reading the Pillars of Reality, so if you are not a fan of Jack Campbell's earlier series, please try this one. You won't be disappointed.
"Made Me Pout a Bit"
Real Rating = 4.5*
I can't believe this excellent YA SF (and a bit of everything else) series is almost over.
Source: I received this book free in return for an honest review, courtesy of Audible Studios.
The Servants of the Storm by Jack Campbell, read by MacLeod Andrews, published by Audible Studios (2016) / Length: 11 hrs 56 min
This is #5 of 6 in "The Pillars of Reality" series. Both #5 & #6 will continue to be available on audio only until towards the end of 2016 when the Kindle & Paperback versions will be released.
**This review contains spoilers for the previous book(s).**
I was so excited to get this book. There was a lot of internal flailing going on as I listened straight through on my day off. I did do a bit of pouting afterwards though since, sadly, what I loved best about the last book - all the time we got to spend with my favorite side characters - was curtailed in this one.
I was disappointed that we had just gathered this great group of characters together and started to see everything they could do, and then a big section of this book was spent with a small group (that didn't have my favorites) off on a mission.
That said, I am sooo glad that the final book will be out just a month after this one!
Note: some things may be spelling incorrectly in this review, since the text version isn't out yet and I had only the audio to go by.
Mari: She has fully embraced her role and is now working to allow others some measure of control and autonomy rather than try to keep a finger in every pie.
Alain: He is under so much pressure to remain constantly vigilant. I am glad that they are giving her other guards as well, despite her dislike of the resulting lack of privacy. He is working to find a balance between acting human again, and still using what he has learned. There is a moment when he becomes distracted by anger and uses mage techniques to calm himself. I like that he isn't feeling/being pressured to give up everything he is, only the bad parts.
Alain & Mari: Jealousy is gone, all that is left is full trust and commitment. I really really hope we get an epilogue, or some sort of follow up at the end, that shows what they could be together if their lives weren't constant in danger.
Alli & Calu: were reunited & married in the last book. They are some of my favorites and some of those who were given way too little time.
Asha: was the character whose arc got the most attention in this book.
Bev: She got some good growth, but it took place between books. I do really like the direction she is going in beginning to work with the children. I feel that she has the experience & compassion plus the toughness necessary when dealing with war orphans and other children in Tiae. She also didn't get enough time.
Mechanic Dav: Was in a big chunk of the book; but, other than being in love with Asha, I don't feel like he has gotten the development he needs to be interesting.
After 4 previous books, there wasn't a lot of new world building in this one. No completely new locations this time, just additional cities in Tiae and more time in the Empire. Also, no dragons or any new spell creatures this time around, but we did get a really nice moment with Mari & a Roc.
The rebels of her "daughterness" (as Alli calls Mari, to annoy her) have begun to build the items from the forbidden texts; so there were better far talkers, some artillery that Alli is very attached to, and a surprise invention that plays a bit part.
This is my favorite beginning since the first one. We got to see Mari with her Mages & Mechanics, the revived army of Tiae, and a growing army of Commons under General Flyn all working together to retake the city of Minute. There were lots of opportunities to spotlight different characters.
After all the adventures with trains in the past books, I was disappointed not to have one this time. Since he had mixed it up in #4 and had them be the one attacking the train, I was looking forward to seeing what happened this time.
I understand the necessity of the mission they undertake in the middle of the book, but I think that it took up too much of the story. I also did not find the small number of people that participated to be a very dynamic group.
Warning: the ending IS a cliffhanger, as the forces of the enemies begin to descend on multiple locations and the final confrontation is about to begin. (It doesn't end in the middle of anything though.)
HIGHLIGHTS / CAUTIONS:
--The observations about the differences between epic tales and real life adventures, which include days of boring travel and horses that act up at important moments.
--I like the fact that foresight continues to be both a help (when Alain is able to foresee danger) and a big problem (when other mages foresee where they might be going).
--I loved how the Mage guild's attempts to discredit Alain are proving detrimental to his enemies by causing them to jump to incorrect conclusions
OTHER CAUTIONS : Asha & Dev are given some "alone time."
So, being the 5th book, I don't feel the need to repeat all the accolades. I will just say that the small production issues found in the previous book were not present here, and Mr. Andrews did his usual excellent job.
"Another good addition to the series."
Pretty good , but not great. looking forward to seeing how it all comes together in the end.
Would really like to see the author start adding the science back to the "science fiction" too.
"I Like This Series"
I love how both female and male characters have strong roles. I enjoy escaping into this universe. I'm looking forward to the next book in August.
Constantly has to analyze every action with overly simplistic emotions. The same conclusions every time.
I am not going to finish this series because if I hear one more repetition of their oh so pure ideals against the overly simplistic evil I will end up ripping my ears off my head.
"Best pillars yet"
I love the pillars series. My only complaint is they are a bit repetitive. The characters run into new people who the then recount their adventures over and over. This happens often in the series but not in book 5! This book cuts that out and adds a lot more plot and narrative in its place. You might not be able to start with book 5 but you'll enjoy it the most.
Overall I have greatly enjoyed this series! This book does a great job of setting up for the final battle, or what I assume will be the final battle.
I love how the characters have grown throughout the series, although I feel Mari can be a little whiney at times.
The narrator does an excellent job and keeps you engaged the entire time. There is more than once I have missed my exit because I have been so enthralled in the book.
"Good ", but far from the greatness first 2"
I loved the first two books. They inspired hope and a refreshing optimism. This book gave a bit of those two, but it felt more like a fairy tail than the facing problems head on and overcoming with somewhat realistic expectations.
Honestly this book felt like a stop gap between the last book and the next. I wish that it would have stood on its own as a great book, but sadly it is ok and good at best.
"Great story! But..."
A great next installment to the series! My only complaint is that we seem to be rehashing concepts that have been laid down quite well in the previous four books. For example, dislike between the gilds and the process/mechanics behind the use of magic. It feels like it's being said the same way over and over and over again. Other than that, I look forward to the next book!
"Still excellent series."
The main disappointment is that there is only one book left. Campbell is still the master at writing books with enough suspense and danger to be engaging, but doesn't introduce wanton death/destruction on his characters.
Best scene -- "Mage Alain -- Focus!" said Asha.
I'd still like to see/understand if Dematr is connected (via much earlier Earth history) to the Lost Fleet universe. Generation ships were mentioned, so perhaps one of them was sent to Dematr.
Looking forward to the last book.
"Struggled through this one"
Struggled to get through this one, can't quite put my finger on why. It just seemed a bit teen fiction when the others have been a bit more grown up.
"Pillars of Reality - another great series!"
If you liked previous you won't be disappointed with this one. Author keeps writing each book better than previous - with is not common. If by accident you are reading this review and haven't read previous books keep calm and read them all ;) because you will find yourself great story within interesting universe. This series may glue you to your headphones as story unfolds. Characters are evolving with story, narration is almost perfect. Ok I'm not objective since I love it ;) have a great time with this one.
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