Ile-Rien is in peril. A mysterious army known only as the Gardier has surrounded the country, attacking in ominous black airships. Hope is not lost though, for a magical sphere created by Ile-Rien's greatest sorcerer may hold the key to defeating the faceless enemy. But the sphere is unpredictable and has already claimed several lives. When a magical spell goes disastrously awry, young Tremaine Valiarde and a brave band are transported to another world-a world of rough magics, evil mages, honorable warriors, and a secret Gardier base.
©2003 Martha Wells (P)2013 Tantor
"The subsequent story seems intended to combine elements of high fantasy and cross-time travel, as if it were a collaborative work by Andre Norton and S. M. Stirling. Thanks to Wells' narrative skill and considerably above-average characterization, it largely succeeds in those intentions." (Booklist)
I didn't like this book in the beginning, mainly because I found it difficult to sympathise with the main protagonist. However, as this complex fantasy began to develop, I became more and more interested. Ile-Rien is under attack by nameless raiders who appear out of nowhere, crossing from another world. Magician scientists of Ile-Rien manage to work out how to travel between worlds. They make contact with othes who are also under attack. The complexities of the two cultures makes for interesing reading. By the end of the book I wanted to know more.
"skip the listen, read the book"
Martha Wells has been fortunate to have such fine narrators for her previously issued audiobooks: Derek Perkins for "Death of a Necromancer" and Christopher Kipiniak for "Cloud Roads" and its sequels.
I was really looking forward to the Fall of Ile-Rien books being recorded.
I listened to the little sample of "The Wizard Hunters' and thought "what an odd choice for a narrator", and bought the recording anyway. Mistake. I've stopped listening. The recording is too juicy, the intonation too Valley (phrases ending higher then they began), the emphasis unnatural, and the whole effect incomprehensible.
The "Fall of Ile-Rien" trilogy is great fun. Read the books and listen in your head.
"One of my favorite books"
I love this story. The books in this series are three of the most worn-out books on my shelves, and I was excited to get it on audio book. The worldbuilding is rich, and done so effortlessly by the author. The characters come alive, and will often surprise you - the characters and plot keep the story moving at the perfect pace.
I don't think I could pick a single moment. The best element of the book - it's a toss-up between the way the various culture clashes are navigated, and the unfolding secret of the Damal sphere.
Decent. Warm. Over-enunciated.
Yes! I've read it countless times, but I still had to force myself to save it for my work commute instead of listening to it all in one go.
"Story great reading awful"
Brilliant wonderful plot
hard to say as its all good
The reader is rubbish - can't even speak English properly - i.e. bad pronunciation and no expression in the voice at all. Why do we have all these american speakers?
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