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Once there was magic in the world. But hordes of selfish, short-sighted magicians have used up the mana that moved the world, and the magic goes away. Even the most powerful spells are fast becoming futile, and so Orolandes, sad Achaean with half a sword, goes on a quest in search of the lost power.

But all the gods and Fair Atlantis are dead. The creatures of spirit, the unicorns and centaurs, are dying. Soon all the sparkling things will be gone from the world and only clay will remain -- and those damned stupid barbarians with their damned stupid swords will win after all....

©1978 Larry Niven (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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THE COLD BECAME WET COLD

I am more Science Fiction then Fantasy, but this little novel grabbed my attention. It is certainly not a great book, yet I found it to be different. I guess I am a sucker for talking skulls, such as in Butcher's Dresden books and Kadry's Sandman Slim books. Niven wrote his book before those two. I enjoyed the attempt to capture the Moon and the whole book was an escape.

I may continue the series, just to see if it improves. The last book in the series just recently came out.

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  • Ian Warrender
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Fast paced, character focused

Niven uses his strength of character development to explore this world of magic. It's short, fast paced but if you're anything like me you'll be thinking about the themes within this book a lot longer than it took to listen to.