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Shattered Pillars

Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
Series: Eternal Sky, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
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A winner of multiple Hugo Awards and a Locus Award, Elizabeth Bear crafts mesmerizing tales of science fiction and fantasy. The second novel in her Eternal Sky trilogy, Shattered Pillars continues the epic saga of politics, war, and magic that began with Range of Ghosts. Temur the exiled heir and Sarmarkar the Tsarepheth wizard must gather all their strength to fight the dark forces determined to conquer every great empire along the Celedon Road.

©2013 Elizabeth Bear (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Maybe finish it later

I think the plot and subplots are fine. The socially elite characters have their struggles. Nothing wrong with birthing and spawning as trials. It's just, why write 25 words when 35 will do? If you need to know the color of the stripes on the camel's left toe, then this book is for you. I'm changing channels.

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So so tale.

Despite interesting cast there is to much fighting not enough character development. The horse takes the show. Excellent narration.

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An Epic series in the making.

This is part two of a series. Part one is 'Range of Ghosts'. Hopefully Audible will list them as a series soon.

The followers of the Eternal Sky seem to be based on the Mongols, at the time when their empire was being torn apart by a war of succession, and other characters are from neighboring empires based on those along the Silk Road, but in this world, there are hungry ghosts, djinn, ghuls, rocs, clever magicians and dark sorcerers. Bear's characters seem very human, and she's got a real talent for description. Once you're immersed in their gritty, day to day lives enough to almost feel the gait of a steppe pony beneath you, the supernatural seems to fit right in.

Truly excellent fantasy.