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Known for her lush, intricate worlds and complex characters, acclaimed author Martha Wells has delighted readers with her extraordinary fantasy novels of daring and wit. With The Wizard Hunters she launched her most ambitious undertaking yet -- the return to the beloved world of the Nebula Award-nominated The Death of the Necromancer and The Fall of Ile-Rien. Now the saga continues in a triumph of suspense and imagination.

Despite a valiant struggle against superior forces, the country of Ile-Rien has fallen to the onslaught of the relentless Gardier, a faceless army of sorcerers determined to conquer all civilization.

To save the remnants of her country, former playwright Tremaine Valiarde undertakes an epic journey to stop the Gardier. Rescuing the proud ship Queen Ravenna from destruction, Tremaine and a resolute band of sorcerers and warriors set sail across magical seas on a voyage of danger and discovery. For the secret to defeating the enemy -- and to rescuing the world from the Gardier's inimitable hatred -- lies far beyond the walls of the world, and only the tenuous ties of friendship and honor will keep the band together.

But the Gardier are not the only evil in this tumultuous world, and an ancient terror stalks the ornate rooms and shadowy decks of the Queen Ravenna -- a force so malevolent and enigmatic that even the growing power of the sorcerer's sphere may not be enough to save Ile-Rien from utter ruin.

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061835193
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The epic continues, as our heroine Tremaine Valiarde copes with lurking terrors, smashed hopes, zombie sorcerer commissars, untrustworthy magical machines, and aggravating in-laws as her party tries to reach sanctuary from the Grendier menace. Several ticking time bombs do detonate to satisfactory result and the reader is given a bit more picture of the great enemy, who do seem to be victims in their own way. The only reason I don't rate this book higher is that it is the middle book of a larger work.more
i liked this one. but so far it's the only one that's come to hand, and it's the middle book of a trilogy. so i was a bit hampered getting a sense of the scale of the things. not to mention why one of the worlds (Ile-Rien) seems to be derived from our contemporary culture, only it's gone a bit towards the medieval on account of the existence of magic. so i could have used a gloss, and for that matter going with one of them there cast of characters would have been kind. the interesting thing, though, is the character Tremaine, who feels really real, is modern as all get out, and is interesting and likeable enough to see me off looking for Books 1&3.more
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The epic continues, as our heroine Tremaine Valiarde copes with lurking terrors, smashed hopes, zombie sorcerer commissars, untrustworthy magical machines, and aggravating in-laws as her party tries to reach sanctuary from the Grendier menace. Several ticking time bombs do detonate to satisfactory result and the reader is given a bit more picture of the great enemy, who do seem to be victims in their own way. The only reason I don't rate this book higher is that it is the middle book of a larger work.more
i liked this one. but so far it's the only one that's come to hand, and it's the middle book of a trilogy. so i was a bit hampered getting a sense of the scale of the things. not to mention why one of the worlds (Ile-Rien) seems to be derived from our contemporary culture, only it's gone a bit towards the medieval on account of the existence of magic. so i could have used a gloss, and for that matter going with one of them there cast of characters would have been kind. the interesting thing, though, is the character Tremaine, who feels really real, is modern as all get out, and is interesting and likeable enough to see me off looking for Books 1&3.more
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