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Ile-Rien is in peril. A mysterious army known only as the Gardier has surrounded the country, attacking in ominous black airships. Hope is not lost though, for a magical sphere created by Ile-Rien's greatest sorcerer may hold the key to defeating the faceless enemy. But the sphere is unpredictable and has already claimed several lives. When a magical spell goes disastrously awry, young Tremaine Valiarde and a brave band are transported to another world-a world of rough magics, evil mages, honorable warriors, and a secret Gardier base.

©2003 Martha Wells (P)2013 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The subsequent story seems intended to combine elements of high fantasy and cross-time travel, as if it were a collaborative work by Andre Norton and S. M. Stirling. Thanks to Wells' narrative skill and considerably above-average characterization, it largely succeeds in those intentions." (Booklist)

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skip the listen, read the book

Martha Wells has been fortunate to have such fine narrators for her previously issued audiobooks: Derek Perkins for "Death of a Necromancer" and Christopher Kipiniak for "Cloud Roads" and its sequels.

I was really looking forward to the Fall of Ile-Rien books being recorded.

I listened to the little sample of "The Wizard Hunters' and thought "what an odd choice for a narrator", and bought the recording anyway. Mistake. I've stopped listening. The recording is too juicy, the intonation too Valley (phrases ending higher then they began), the emphasis unnatural, and the whole effect incomprehensible.

The "Fall of Ile-Rien" trilogy is great fun. Read the books and listen in your head.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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One of my favorite books

What made the experience of listening to The Wizard Hunters the most enjoyable?

I love this story. The books in this series are three of the most worn-out books on my shelves, and I was excited to get it on audio book. The worldbuilding is rich, and done so effortlessly by the author. The characters come alive, and will often surprise you - the characters and plot keep the story moving at the perfect pace.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wizard Hunters?

I don't think I could pick a single moment. The best element of the book - it's a toss-up between the way the various culture clashes are navigated, and the unfolding secret of the Damal sphere.

What three words best describe Talmadge Ragan’s performance?

Decent. Warm. Over-enunciated.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I've read it countless times, but I still had to force myself to save it for my work commute instead of listening to it all in one go.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • 10-25-17

Great story, awful to hear

I love this author and this series and was looking forward to listening to this book instead of just enduring interminable rush hour traffic. Unfortunately the narrator has made sitting in rush hour seem even longer with her over enunciated and oddly emphasized reading. I an trying to finish this but don't know if I can.

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  • Carole
  • 11-10-13

Story great reading awful

If you could sum up The Wizard Hunters in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant wonderful plot

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wizard Hunters?

hard to say as its all good

Would you be willing to try another one of Talmadge Ragan’s performances?

The reader is rubbish - can't even speak English properly - i.e. bad pronunciation and no expression in the voice at all. Why do we have all these american speakers?

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  • Suzanna
  • 05-31-16

A compex fantasy with interesting magic

I didn't like this book in the beginning, mainly because I found it difficult to sympathise with the main protagonist. However, as this complex fantasy began to develop, I became more and more interested. Ile-Rien is under attack by nameless raiders who appear out of nowhere, crossing from another world. Magician scientists of Ile-Rien manage to work out how to travel between worlds. They make contact with othes who are also under attack. The complexities of the two cultures makes for interesing reading. By the end of the book I wanted to know more.

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  • shadowfires
  • 08-23-17

The book is awesome. The narration is awful

Would you be willing to try another one of Talmadge Ragan’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

I love this book and got the audiobook so I could listen to it while cleaning or whatnot. I HATE the narrator. The emphasis is not at the right points in sentences, there are long pauses, and I personally don't like how she pronounces some of the names, although I bet that has more to do with me reading the books first. I couldn't even finish the audiobook. I had to stop after 20 minutes, and I returned the book.<br/><br/>Do yourself a favor and read the book, don't listen to it unless they get a better narrator.

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