The legacy of Mari and Alain blazes ahead in this brand-new sequel to the hit Audible original series The Pillars of Reality.
The world of Dematr had been locked unchanging for centuries by the Great Guilds, most people living in a world of oil lamps, crossbows, and horse cavalry, the Mechanics reserving to themselves the technology for steam locomotives, rifles, and far-talkers while the Mages treated all others as if they were nothing - until Master Mechanic Mari, dragon slayer and pirate queen, and Master of Mages Alain raised the army of the new day to free their world.
Kira of Pacta Servanda, the daughter of the two greatest heroes of her world, was six years old the day she stood on a battlement in Dorcastle, staring up at a statue of her mother while surrounded by bodyguards who fenced Kira off from the nearby crowds. As the morning sun cast the shadow of Mari's statue over Kira, she realized that she would spend the rest of her life in that shade. Then the world of Dematr learned that a new kind of ship had left the far-distant world of Urth. The ship would take only 10 years to cover the immense distances between stars. Of all the colony worlds, the ship was coming to Dematr. But for what purpose? Kira was 16 when the ship from Urth arrived, and she discovered that her world still needed heroes.
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A sequel series done right, there is an emphasis on new characters and some references to old characters. This series sets up the plot for the interaction with Earth, and looking at why the Great Guilds formed in the first place. From a character point of view its about living under someones shadow and being constantly compared to someone. In the end this story is about making your own path. The book is self-contained there is no real cliff-hangers,
MacLeod Andrews performance is excellent. Characters have distinctive voices (i.e differentiable), the pacing and speed of the story was well done. Production was excellent I did not notice any audio anomalies while listening.
Overall Jack Campbell has done an excellent job of starting the sequel series to Pillars of Reality with a great balance between old and new characters. Characters felt realistic in the decisions they made (even if they might not be the best). It also gives an interesting perspective on a possible future society from Earth. The story has a lot of action including jumping off of trains, sailing the high seas, encounters in alleys, lots of running away. Also, there is an awesome underdog scene in which I pumped my fist in the air with some great justice.
Just as his previous books, Jack Campbell hooks you in immediately and makes you want more. Macleod Andrews performance is as exceptional as previous. when can i order the next one is my only regret of preordering and listening to in a day. :)
Great YA adventure with outstanding morales and exciting adventure. Will read this to my daughter once it's out in print but will pale in comparison to the masterful MacLeod Andrews.
You will understand and appreciate this book and series much more if you first read the 6-volume Pillars of Reality series. Assuming that you have, here's the review:
Sixteen-year-old Kira is struggling to find herself and make her own way despite the crushing burden of her birth as the daughter of The Daughter and Mage of Mages. She wants to be seen for herself, yet doubts her ability to live up to what she imagines others expect of her.
1. Surprise! Urth (or Earth) is not as the people of Demeter (and you) expected! I will say no more so as to not give anything away other than that it does cause a bit of a paradigm shift for all of us.
2. Although the characters and situations do mirror the original series, they are interesting and engaging. Once again this is a coming-of-age story combined with a quest so it is captivating.The supporting characters are just as full as the main characters.
3. With the downfall of the Great Guilds, the whole Mage nothing-is-real philosophy starts to break down. We accepted it even though it was a little self-contradictory, but now it is even more so. Now, all people are real, but the world is an illusion created by the people. Oh well.
4. Probably the best moral of the tale is that heroes are just doing a job. If you ask those we label heroes, they will almost always say that they just did what needed to be done. There is is difference in how these actions are perceived in the moment and then afterwards, complete with PTSD. This part of the story is very real and relatable.
5. I would have expected a far greater difference in language between the people of Urth and Demeter, but that would have made the book about that instead. The linguistic differences do come up and provide some of the comic relief.
6. MacLeod Andrews is totally awesome except for the one or two times where he mistakes who is speaking and so gives the wrong voice (totally understandable). He is able to keep Kira distinct from Mari. Andrews makes a great story even better!
After spending so much time with Alain and Mari and their friends and their world in the Pillars of Reality series, it was a delight to return to visit the world, meet new family and friends, and watch their exciting story unfold--like a reunion with old friends, plus more! The characters are fully fleshed-out, the situation exciting and fraught with peril. Although the story does not end on a cliffhanger, I cannot wait for the next book!
The storm (don't want to say more due to spoilers).
Mr. Andrew's performance was wonderful--not only perfectly expressive of the emotional context of what was going on, but also easy to distinguish different characters without having the voices become charicatures.
Several places were moving as characters dealt with both inner and actual voyages of discovery.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book as an exciting start to a new series and a totally enjoyable listen. Appropriate for all ages in terms of language and situation.
I've been burned by sequels to a book series before. This is most definitely not one of those times. It is difficult for some authors to introduce new protagonists, characters, and challenges to world's we grow to love, but Jack Campbell was able to pull it off here. I was hooked within the first few chapters and was badly wanting the next book by the end. I can't wait to hear more from the world of Demeter.
Jack Campbell has done a phenomenal job on the previous series in this first book is just as good. I've always enjoyed Jack Campbell books but this previous Series in the new book is some of the best Work he's done.
another fantastic, amazing, exiting book in the series. or I suppose fantastic step for a new series. this book has captivated my love and intrest like many of the books be for it. if you love a brilliant story and real people at heart, this book is for you. just remember, nothing is real ;)
Unique mix of Fantasy and Sci-Fi. While you can listen to this book without first listening to the previous Pillars of Reality series, I highly recommend you do so. Set 20 years after the last book of the Pillars Series but in some ways picks up where it left off. It's just a lot of fun!!
felt really short like I had missed half of it books before it had plenty of action this feels like a filler book suppose it is the start up to a new series I expect more shootouts and more trains!
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