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Craig

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  • Geomancer: Well of Echoes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ian Irvine
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Two hundred years after the Forbidding was broken, Santhenar is locked in war with the lyrinx - intelligent, winged predators who will do anything to gain their own world. Despite the development of battle clankers and mastery of the crystals that power them, humanity is losing. Tiaan, a lonely crystal worker in a clanker manufactory, is experimenting with an entirely new kind of crystal when she begins to have extraordinary visions.

    Jack says: "Pre-teen Drama"
    "About As Satisfying as Coitus Interruptus"
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    The good writing and excellent narration of this book portends a great deal more satisfaction than it delivers. Almost to a person the characters are duplicitous, self-serving and deeply flawed. The central character — a rather Justine-like innocent (for those familiar with the Marquis de Sade) — is so self-depreciating that one becomes inured to her travails. I kept looking for some resolution, some justice or some internal morality right up to the non-climax. The book had its moments, strung together in a promising narrative that never delivers. I am not tempted to continue the series of which this is the first book. A wasted credit.

    33 of 35 people found this review helpful

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