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New York Times best-selling author Jack Campbell's epic series, The Pillars of Reality, reaches its exciting conclusion.

The Great Guilds, fearing the loss of their control of the world of Dematr, have gathered their power and joined it with the relentless legions of the Empire. The full might of that host will fall upon the fortress city of Dorcastle. If Dorcastle falls, the revolt led by Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain will fail, and their world will soon descend into chaos.

Only Mari, believed to be the daughter of an ancient prophecy, can inspire the people and lead the defense of Dorcastle. The prophecy says she has a chance to win, but it doesn't say she will survive. Alain will stand by her, both willing to die for the other, but neither one knows if their sacrifices will mean victory.

As they battle the Imperial legions and see friends fall, Mari and Alain face their greatest challenges. And if they somehow win in the face of impossible odds, neither one can be certain what sort of world that victory will produce.

©2016 John G. Hemry (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Great stopping point, but not a conclusion

The narration by MacLeod Andrews was superb. He moves from voice-to-voice effortlessly.

The story by Jack Campbell continues the engaging mission of Mari and Alain to save the world. This last book is a bit darker than the earlier ones; it is certainly more than a YA novel, and captures (sometimes depressingly so) the horror of war -- both to the characters as well as the reader. The story is brought to a stopping point, but not a conclusion -- there is plenty more to be told and revealed.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great Conclusion

So first to those who have made it this far with the Series, this book is great conclusion to this series.

The narrator MacLeod Andrews continues the great job from the rest of the series. Very well done on a production stand point without any noticeable problems. One issue might the speaking speed was a bit slow I listened to the book at 2.65x by the end which sounded like the regular 2x from other narrators. Most narrators speak roughly at 2 minutes a page, so either MacLeod Andrews is a great narrator who can be listened to at high speeds or this book is artificially longer from a listening standpoint.

The story takes place right after the last book took place, most of the book was the defense of Dorcastle, that city has so many damn walls. I actually liked for me after all the carnage the author took the time to conclude the story that started in Dragons of Dorcastle, often times books have Big Battle short discussion with survivors .. THE END. Jack Campbell also sets up plot for possible future series that will take place in this Universe without resorting to Cliff-hangers.

The characters were very likable in this iteration.. except the ones that were purposefully annoying.

So for those who have been listening to this series up to this point this is a great way to end this, and hopefully in the future we will see more from this Universe in form of a sequel series.

Thank You Jack Campbell for writing this great series, and MacLeod Andrews for its Performance.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Campbell has another "Force"!

What I love best:
1. The Daughter of Jules is not magical or super anything. She is a normal person who is honest with herself and others. Her strengths are keeping her promises, never leaving anyone behind, and humility (sometimes to a fault). However she is my least favorite character because she is too whiny about being called The Daughter, and is too soppy with "my Mage" all the time.
2. The future necessity of mages in the world is discussed. This is something I wondered about in the last book--when the guilds are overthrown, will there be any place for mages in the new society? What purpose do they fill anyway? This is discussed by mages as well as by the other people.
3. There are strong female roles without emasculating the male roles. There are governors, military officers, professors, mages, mechanics, men and women, without condescending or undermining either, true gender equality.
4. Great supporting characters (whom I love more than Marie). Ali, Kayloo, Capt. Banda, General Flynn, Princess Cean (or whatever), and Alain. And some others whose deaths we truly mourn. These people are well-fleshed and realistic.
5. The Great Battle (re: the Battle for Helm's Deep) was very long, but there were distinct personalities all through it to bite your nails rooting for, and some to cry over. Although not as grand as Tolkein, there is much the same feeling of "Death! Death! Death!" and "Not this day!" and true deep loss for the cost of the victory.
6. So many things happened! The struggles and triumphs keep coming and keep the tension high, yet is all so possible. Ousting bandits and warlords, outfighting assassins, flying on a roc, traveling by submarine, sneaking past Imperials and Mechanics to get fuel, blasting through the sea blockade, knocking down scaling ladders, blowing up enemy weapons carts and trebuchets, dueling a would-be king, on and on, it is just amazing.
7. No Utopian society has been established. There is honesty that there will still be further conflicts and "storms" since people are still people. And they will all have to sort out how to live together now that Commons are equal to the Mages and Mechanics. And then there is still the Empire that is not really part of the new world. No one is expecting a conflict-free world.
8. The sci-fi hints that grew from the very first book have been satisfied here, although not concluded. The story can end here, or Campbell can decide to write the next series.
9. MacLeod Andrews. He's just wonderful. I corrected a few things as he read, but he is outstanding. He brings the characters to life; he keeps track of voices and accents; his women don't sound falsetto; he can do youths as well as old folks. He is delightful.

What I disliked:
1. Gratuitous sexual references that did not add to the story, and reduced its YA appropriateness. Despite sexual abuses alluded to by Mages mainly, the two main couples did not have relations till after they were married, but Dov and Azha are hooking up wherever they can, even leaving Alain outside the bunk room in his dripping robes. There is a discussion of the merits of gelding horses but not men, and an admonition to "bring back my husband in one piece with all his parts because we were hoping to have a family." All of this lowered the quality of the writing my view.
2. Despite listening at least 5 times to the book, I cannot find when the train was actually used. I know when it was booby-trapped, and what the result was, but I cannot locate the part that tells when it was actually used.
3. The Capt of the Gray Lady never had a name.

It is obvious that the merits of the story and series far outweigh my piddling complaints. I love this series, and will continue to listen to it repeatedly. I do hope there is more that will continue the saga if it can maintain the same interest and action.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

This has been such an awesome series. Jack Campbell has hit a home run with this collection. The story continues with Mari heading into battle and the entire book deals with the great showdown of Imperial troops as well as the Great Gilds seeking to eliminate the heroes of these stories.

I loved the passion and the emotion that came from these pages. Andrews has done such a fabulous job portraying the various voices and the way the emotions came out. I don't get too emotional but this had me misty. I was laughing and it just felt like a great conclusion.

The book leaves you wondering if there will be more to come but I did sense that it could leave off right here. I hate leaving these characters though.

Great job!

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Too much repetition

At times, this was a struggle to finish. The tendency to repeat the same information the same way as all the previous books in the series caused me to stop listening at multiple points in disgust. Jack again has a shown us a decent overall series with good enough characters - but the way they wrestle with their morals and decision making, and are constantly reiterating themselves to beat a personality trait into my head with a hydraulic press leaves me disgusted at times. I feel like after reading this series that I have learned 27 different times Marie hates being the daughter or being elevated due to her deeds. Sometimes, there is such a thing as too humble. Also, the way that multiple people refer to it as the daughter 'job' just was silly. It may be 'a job that needs doing', but the way its referred to like a 9-5 hourly job is ridiculous. The Daughter of Jules is almost a religious figure on this planet, and Jesus sure wasnt stuck with the 'Messiah job'. Learn better ways to express your point. The author needs to show improvement in moving beyond superficial character traits and learn not to repeat himself ad nauseam like the reader is a recruit at bootcamp learning what not to do with a weapon if he wants my credits again.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great Conclusion with a hint of more to come

An exciting end to the series. Plus plenty of hints that there is more to come.

Well written and well read, as has been the case throughout the series.

I look forward to the next series in the same world with the same characters.

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MOAR!!

Just so happy this ended happily!
Feared a sad ending... PLEASE CONTINUE THIS SERIES MR. CAMPBELL! There is SO MUCH more to explore with these characters and their world(s)!!!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great end to a great series

A great Sci-Fantasy series with well defined characters, conflicts, and resolutions.

i was sorry to see the series end but felt that it ended well and left open the possibility of a second series several years in the story future.

if you liked the others in the series you should enjoy this ending.

thanks for the fun, clean, ride.

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fantastic ending with a hint of more to come

Jack Campbell's ability to write realistic and engrossing battles continues to be fantastic. This (apparent) end of the series excellently crafted. I have loved all 6 books and can only wish for more! The narration was superlative! The characters, the story, the setting are all original and fantastic. Who would think you could combine fantasy, steam punk and sf in one story! Well done Jack!!

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  • Ed
  • 11-20-16

enjoyed the entire series, great ending to it.

I really enjoy the entire series. The ending this final book was very good and the performance it was excellent

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  • Krzysztof
  • 08-05-16

Strong! Ending?

I could just copy mine previous review of any book in this series.
Very good ending (?) or there will be more.... I hope ;) there was no surprise in this book but it doesn't mean it was bad - it's good and very creative in a way that your mind can enjoy this universe. Do I have to say that you should read it? You will enjoy it! And there is hope for more:) If this world will continue to evolve...(and I hope it will) it will be great I'm sure of it.

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  • Richard McLaughlin
  • 04-03-17

Good listen

The narration was very good and the story was entertaining. If you want to escape somewhere then this is the book for you.

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  • LexZ
  • 02-11-17

great series

great series, definitely recommend. nice mix of sci-fi and fantasy. easy going and entertaining.

good stuff

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  • Mordy
  • 01-25-17

Kinda lacks the fire of the earlier books for me.

I really liked the earlier books but enjoyed them less as the series progresses. It seems to go a little bit twee in the larger books where everyone is a nice person and sees what a nice person Mari is and that they should now be friends because they are such nice people. I'm probably just cynical and jaded but I was hoping for something a little grittier.

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  • R. Sora
  • 09-16-16

Best since the first 2 in series

This book ties things up nicely. It may be a little predicable but you get what you want. I felt like the series was going down hill a little in the last few books but this is up to the same level as the first 2 books.

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  • M. WILLIAMS
  • 08-14-16

A very satisfying conclusion

I read book five and six back to back, which I recommend. The roles forward at a brisk pace with little retrospective to spoil the flow. Major characters are sorted out and joined together very well.

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  • Skywise
  • 08-10-16

Amazing finale (?) to a wonderful tale!

I fell in love with the first book right away and immediately picked up each one since. Mari an Alain are engaging heroes in a story that manages to feel fresh and it keeps one spellbound! :)

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  • Stefan
  • 10-12-16

The conclusion of a great saga

Jack Campbell sure knows how to write a great story, full of charm, humour and thrills. MacLeod knows how to tell a great story, bringing the characters to life. The whole 6 books are well worth a listen

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  • Katy
  • 10-06-16

excellent series

loved the whole series. so glad to have discovered a great author. no swearing or blasphemy. very suitable start for young adult readers into fantastic adventure /scifi. author does a great job of telling the story with a young female heroine. lots of action and storyline builds well thru each novel in the series with a satisfying conclusion that leaves a small opportunity for a possible extended series yet still finishing the current saga.

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  • Craig
  • 09-09-16

Wow

Jack Campbell matures as a writer with this book in a big way.
Detail and passion really shows.
I could not stop listening till the end.
Thank you for a wonderful series .