Nicolas Rathe is a pointsman, a dedicated watchman in the great city of Astreiant. During the annual trade fair, with a city filled with travelers and merchants, someone is stealing children. The populace is getting angry and frightened and convinced that a foreigner must be to blame. Rathe calls on the aid of both an out-of-work soldier, the handsome Philip Eslingen, and the necromancer Istre b'Estorr.
The art of astrology is a very real power in the kingdom and plays as much a role in politics as greed and intrigue. Rathe finds himself struggling to find the children before a major astrological event brings about catastrophe.
The first in a series of fantasy novels filled with adventure, intrigue, and gay romance.
©1995, 2012 Melissa Scott (P)2015 Melissa Scott
"Set in an alternative Middle Ages...this novel offers intriguing looks at guild interrelationships, the uses of hand-cranked printing presses and medieval attitudes toward magic. It also offers considerable delight to those who enjoy intellectual puzzles of the fantastic kind." (Publishers Weekly)
Very good story line and characters. There are way too many repeat passages tho. Could really use better editing
Overall this was a wonderful listen of a really good story... The only problem, and it's worth docking 3 stars for, is that the audio editing needs looking at as the narrator REPEATS a fair section of the story; it feels like what has happened is that the narrator has read to a point... possibly ending a recording session, and then restarts the nexxt session by repeating thhe last sentence from the previous recording session... Given this is a $17US audio book I would expect BETTER. I noticed a similar issue with Point of Knives, also narrated by Matt Leisy....
Let's see if third books the charm with Point of Dreams.
This is a wonderful story but be forewarned. The narration or editing is mediocre. I recommend suffering through the recording or reading the digital version instead so you won't miss the tale. Luckily, the sequels seem to be fine.
The narrator...or an inept editor...kept repeating phrases and sentences. Arrgghh!
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