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If this one did not end on a cliff hanger I would more than likely not be picking up the second book to the series, however, since it did end on a cliff hanger and I own the second one I will be picking it up just because. Overall I would not recommend this book to a friend to read. Mar 31, Shelley Nolan rated it it was amazing. This was an interesting read, with a very involved fantasy world that came filled with conflict and tension from page one.

With the uneasy relationship between the so-called True-Men and the Wyrds on shaky ground, the birth of a half-blood son to the King of Chalcedonia sets in motion a chain of events that will catapult them into war. With both sides fighting for power within their own ranks for much of the book, the situation is ripe for disaster, a situation that only worsens over the years u This was an interesting read, with a very involved fantasy world that came filled with conflict and tension from page one.

With both sides fighting for power within their own ranks for much of the book, the situation is ripe for disaster, a situation that only worsens over the years until it comes to a violent and yet inevitable conclusion. Told from a number of different view points, I got to see all sides of the conflict and meet a range of characters that I came to either love or hate.

I really liked Imoshen and Sorne, and looked forward to the chapters from their perspective, especially as they provided a counterpoint to the societies they belonged to having grown up apart. It was also interesting to read how supposedly good characters were subverted, while ones forced to do bad things sought to make amends.

With so much at stake, it made for a gritty read where racial prejudice, personal ambition and fear of change blind many characters to the consequences of their actions. King Charald is despicable in his greed and burgeoning madness. The Wyrds who are scrambling for position and power are wilfully ignorant as they trample anyone in their path to get what they want, while those who try to make changes for the better are shouted down or destroyed. It made for a gripping read, knowing that the lives of the characters I had come to care about hung it the balance from one moment to the next.

A densely packed and imaginative read, there were only a few places toward the end where I found the story lacking, with a couple of the storylines tied up in what seemed to be a rush, events happening too quickly for me to find them believable. As it is, the story ends abruptly, with no real sense of resolution, making me glad I have book two on hand to read next. Jun 23, Shane rated it liked it. It's a good book, but I think it could use with trimming down and staying focused. Imoshen and Sorne are the protagonists, but so much of the book is from other points of view - and sure, those can give insight into the world or other aspects of the story, but I would have preferred to learn these things through their eyes, or not at all.

I also think it was a weird decision to introduce yet another point of view toward the very end of the book. And it's been a while, but I remember The Last T'En series having a real everything-is-mysterious properly magical vibe to it.

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I didn't get that here - everything seems neatly categorised or has science-esque theories around it, and there's nothing very mysterious about the past or the general setting. Also it seems inconsistent with stuff I remember from the other series - aren't T'En meant to be able to choose when to conceive and what the gender of the baby will be with magic? But hey - I did pretty much inhale the book over a couple of days and will probably read the next one soon. May 30, Shari Mulluane rated it really liked it Shelves: read-and-reviewed. Oh my. How do I describe this tale?

There is so much of it it defies a simple explanation. But I'll give it a shot. Lets start with the basic makeup of this world. At the core there are three main races. The mystics, the non gifted humans with no mystical powers and the half-bloods. The mystics consist of sisterhoods and brotherhoods, both laboring under an uneasy truce.

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To make things even more interesting, the brotherhoods are not only at odds with the sisterhoods. They are feuding with each other. The non-gifted have the usual divisions of class, religion, social status, wealth and power. In the background there is also a group of foreign scholars but they play a distant role at best. Oh, and if that isn't enough, there is a parallel plane filled with power hungry monsters. With me so far? Well hold on, it gets even better. Almost every division hates, fears or distrusts the others.

The end result is a tale full to the brim with tons of conflict. Add to the mix a touch of greed, a bit of revenge, a few doses of misguided loyalty, then stir in some lies and you have a recipe for disaster. I enjoyed the complexity. The political, religious, gender and racial divisions intrigued me. The backstabbing, conniving, and secret agendas all kept me glued to the pages.

The pace was fast, tense and flowed without effort.

It was like being a fly on the wall watching the events as they unfold. Another thing I loved were the twists and backflips. It was like watching a bunch of gymnasts -- on steroids. Loyalties flip, then flip again. The balance of power shifts constantly.

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Fortunes rise and fall. Sometimes things change for the better and other times for the worse, but almost always in ways you didn't see coming. There is no question, this is true epic fantasy. There was, for me, a huge learning curve. It takes place in the same world but is set many years later. The hearing industry is now including the needed magnetic receiver in most hearing aids and cochlear implants. And new companies have begun manufacturing and marketing hearing loop systems. The moral: By linking and magnifying the inclinations of kindred-spirited people, the Internet can be very, very bad, but also very, very good.

Being among those who have predicted that humans will be uploading their minds into cybermachines in the not too distant future, one might assume I'm enthusiastic about the Internet. But the thinking of my still primate mind about the new mode of information exchange is more ambiguous.

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No doubt the Internet is changing the way I operate and influence the world around me. Type "gregory paul religion and society" into Google and nearly four million hits come up. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but it looks impressive. An article in a Brit newspaper on my sociological research garnered over comments. The new communication environment is undoubtedly altering my research and publicity strategy relative to what it would be in a less digital world.

Even so, I am not entirely sure how my actions are being modified. The only way to find out would be to run a parallel universe experiment in which everything is the same except for the existence of an Internet type of communications, and see what I do in the alternative situation. What is disturbing to this human raised on hard copy information transmission is how fast the Internet is destroying a large portion of the former.

My city no longer has a truly major newspaper, and the edgy, free City Paper is a pale shadow of its former self in danger of extinction. I have enjoyed living a few blocks from a major university library because I could casually browse through the extensive journal stacks, leafing through assorted periodicals to see what was up in the latest issues. Because the search was semi-random it was often pleasantly and usefully serendipitous.

Now that the Hopkins library has severely cut back on paper journals as the switch to online continues it is less fun.

It's good to save trees, and looking up a particular article is often easier online, but checking the contents of latest issue of Geology on the library computer is neither as pleasant nor convenient. I suspect that the range of my information intake has narrowed, and that can't be good. On the positive side, it could be amazingly hard to get basic info before the Web showed up.

In my teens I was intrigued by the notorious destruction of the HMS Hood in , but was not able to get a clear impression of the famed vessel's appearance for a couple of years until I saw a friend's model, and I did not see a clear image until well after that. But even the Internet cannot fill all information gaps. It often remains difficult to search out obscure details of the sort found only in books that can look at subjects in depth. Websites often reference books, but if the Internet limits the production of manuscript length works then the quality of information is going to suffer.