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The Rising

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Publisher's Summary

The second book in the Alchemy Wars trilogy by Ian Tregillis, an epic tale of liberation and war.

Jax, a rogue Clakker, has wreaked havoc upon the Clockmakers' Guild by destroying the Grand Forge. Reborn in the flames, he must begin his life as a free Clakker, but liberation proves its own burden.

Berenice, formerly the legendary spymaster of New France, mastermind behind her nation's attempts to undermine the Dutch Hegemony, has been banished from her homeland and captured by the Clockmakers Guild's draconian secret police force.

Meanwhile, Captain Hugo Longchamp is faced with rallying the beleaguered and untested defenders of Marseilles-in-the-West for the inevitable onslaught from the Brasswork Throne and its army of mechanical soldiers.

©2015 Ian Tregillis (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 04-29-16
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 04-29-16 Member Since 2007

    The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history

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    "too much fighting"

    Continues the story begun to such good effect in The Mechanical, but I gave it only three stars (versus five for The Mechanical) because there was just too much fighting. Two things saved it for me: first, that the battle chapters alternated with other scenes taking place elsewhere. Second, that the main character in the battle scenes, Captain Longchamp, was highly likeable and the best cusser I have ever encountered in literature. I mean that in the best possible way! if you don't believe me, check out the book's page on Goodreads, go to the quotes section, and read a few of them. Be sure you don't have any liquid in your mouth at the time or you may do a spit-take from laughter.

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    Mark Patterson 12-14-15 Member Since 2003
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    "A Decent Mid-Trilogy"

    Tregillis balances imagery, action and insight well. He’s a bit heavy on the foul language, though. Kayser is good with distinct voices and tone. He’s a bit slow, though, and mispronounces a few words repeatedly.

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    Mrs. D 12-06-16
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    "Amazing"

    This is an amazing story of corruption and greed . Of the fallen nature of man. I kept hoping the heroin would learn from her mistakes, but alas power corrupts.

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    john c haanraadts 2 EAST ISLIP, NY, United States 10-18-16
    john c haanraadts 2 EAST ISLIP, NY, United States 10-18-16 Member Since 2013

    Love stories.

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    "Awesome story"

    Ian Tregillis is one of my favorite authors. Listening to this book was a pleasure. This helped me through some personal issues. Thank you Ian. You helped me out with this book. The narrator was fantastic. Perfect. Thanks for a great experience.

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    W. elliott 10-11-16
    W. elliott 10-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Poor character development"

    Interesting extension of the concept, but a little dramatic/pedantic in terms of the characters (caricatures?).

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    Jim 09-26-16
    Jim 09-26-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Same narrator, different reading"

    I hate inconsistencies and Thai narrator had it in spades between book 1 and 2.

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    Myssi Somerville, MA, United States 08-21-16
    Myssi Somerville, MA, United States 08-21-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Still worth reading"
    Any additional comments?

    This book I found not to be AS engaging as the first in the series. I wasn't terribly interested in the battle at New France and I skipped through most of it. I'm not really sure why the author chose to take the Visser out as a viewpoint character because I thought that would have been much more interesting. I'm wondering if there is an edit of this novel where his journey IS included. Berenice still totters on whether she's going to be a good person or not. Jax/Daniel is funny as ever! I'm a little disappointed at how clunky, fast, and shallow his time with Queen Mab is, but I guess the author had to get him to the culmination of the battle. I'm hoping book three is better!

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    Christopher 07-22-16
    Christopher 07-22-16
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    "Is egregious and repeated mispronunciaion a crime?"

    If you have a French main character with a French name in a book you are being paid to read--maybe learn to pronounce it. It isn't like the two English words "Long" "champ". Jesus Christ! I lasted all of 40 minutes before returning this. Strangely, there wasn't this issue in the recording of the first book with the same narrator.

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    J. Moorhead, MN, United States 07-05-16
    J. Moorhead, MN, United States 07-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "More of the same --hurrah"

    Not your children's steampunk. The series continues and we are left waiting for more. No doubt there will be more.

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    Labor Lawyer Atlanta 06-30-16
    Labor Lawyer Atlanta 06-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Even better than first book."

    Outstanding series. Be prepared for moral ambiguity and wholesale slaughter of decent people and characters.

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