If there was anything at all in the way of a high point for this book it would be the performance but there's only so much you can do based on the material. Do you think Geomancer: Well of Echoes, Book 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not? Obviously it's the first in a series, so a publisher was willing to keep betting on the author.
This just reinforces my belief that others may very well find this author of interest, but I can't see any point in dragging this story out any more, one book was enough to put me to sleep. I was tempted on numerous occasions to just shut it off and move to another book but I kept going in an effort to find some redeeming value in the story.
Sadly it just wasn't there for me. I haven't looked to see if there are other reviews and if so what they are so this is very much just me. I love sci-fi, and futuristic to some point, but I don't like much about stories that are written in a time with no modern conveniences. So this one is an interesting mix of no modernity with some sci-fi tangents. It still didn't do it for me. I hope others enjoy it but I'm going to go back to hoping that JD Robb hurries up and writes the next book in the "In Death" series which I dearly love. Soo good. I ordered book 2 as soon as i was finished with ;book Your world and the characters you have crafted absolutely brilliant.
You made this grown man.. Well done by all.. I do truly thank you. Would you recommend this book to a friend? If they are huge into fantasy like me, yes, if not no. What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting? The way the government is portrayed gives this book a feel.
The least interesting part for ME is the In-depth mechanical aspect. If he narrates a book I'm interested in, but I wouldn't search him out. Was Geomancer: Well of Echoes, Book 1 worth the listening time? This book had some really great ideas and intrigued me just enough to continue the series. Votre titre Audible gratuit. Geomancer: Well of Echoes, Book 1. De : Ian Irvine. Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart. Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval.
It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well: He found a quaint little shop, he befriended the local lord, the village folk loved him, he found a sharp young apprentice to help out, and, best yet, he met a comely young widow with the prettiest eyes.
In an unjust land, the only law is vengeance. Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm?
Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess. They are the fatemarked. Murdered at birth.
Their time to step into the light has come. An ancient prophecy foretold their coming, the chosen few who will bring peace to a land embroiled in a century of mistrust and war. When kings start dying, that hope and belief swiftly turns to fear. Roan Loren is one of the fatemarked, but has hidden his mark of power his entire life, fearing the damage it might cause to those around him. A great evil is coming. He can't hide anymore. DeathWizards have been the scourge of Talohna for over years; they are executed at birth or hunted to the death.
There are no exceptions. Pulled by magic and blood sacrifice into a world he can't possibly begin to understand, Kael Symes soon finds himself the focus of a Talohna-wide manhunt. Desperate and trying to stay ahead of ArchWizard Giddeon Zirakus's execution squad, Kael soon discovers that Talohna's ArchWizard may be the least of his worries. Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade.
The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight Imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit, Kaiden's only hope of early release is in serving as a Warden in the game-world of Nova Online.
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The White Tree book one : In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.
Ash led a very normal life by his own standards. Right up until he was literally pulled into a portal that spat him out into another world. One that was full of martial arts. And martial artists who could use magic. Three years of living his life as one of the citizens, those without power, and Ash has figured out how to survive with his adoptive family and a lot of persistence. His goals in life have become to give back to those who gave to him.
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Except Ash is about to get his life turned around again. Lee is a quiet and unassuming office worker who leads a life of solitude, comfort, and routine. Day in and day out, he shuts off his brain, keeps his head down, and goes about doing his job and minding his own business. That is, he does until a drunken god shows up randomly one day and whisks him off into another world, demanding that Lee serve as his pawn in a game between the gods. Now, trapped in a completely different world full of danger, magic, and creatures, Lee has to figure out how to stay alive long enough to make it back home.
When Dante Galand was just a boy, his father, Larsin, sailed away to make his fortune. And never returned. Since then, Dante has become a great sorcerer. A ruler. A destroyer of kings. And he's just learned that his father is living on a forbidden island at the edge of the known world. Where he's dying of a mysterious plague. In the company of his friend, the swordsman Blays, Dante travels to the island. There, his magic can do nothing for his father. Fletcher is nothing more than a humble blacksmith's apprentice when a chance encounter leads to the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world.
Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel with his demon to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Tiaan, a lonely crystal worker in a clanker manufactory, is experimenting with an entirely new Two hundred years after the Forbidding was broken, Santhenar is locked in war with the lyrinx - intelligent, winged predators who will do anything to gain their own world. Tiaan, a lonely crystal worker in a clanker manufactory, is experimenting with an entirely new kind of crystal when she begins to have extraordinary visions. The crystal has woken her latent talent for geomancy, the most powerful of all the Secret Arts - and the most perilous.
Falsely accused of sabotage by her rival, Irisis, Tiaan flees for her life. Struggling to control her talent and hunted by the lyrinx, Tiaan follows her visions all the way to Tirthrax, greatest peak on all the Three Worlds, where a nightmare awaits her. Get A Copy. First mass market UK edition , pages. Published first published September 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Geomancer , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Executive Summary: This is a book I liked a lot more in concept than in execution. Audio book: Grant Cartwright is the only bright spot of the book, and a large part of me being able to get through the worst parts.
He does a good amount of voices for the various characters and his normal reading voice is clear and easy to understand. Some of his voices are grating, but I think that's fitting w Executive Summary: This is a book I liked a lot more in concept than in execution. Some of his voices are grating, but I think that's fitting with the characters he's portraying. I'd like to see what he does with a better book.
Full Review The start of this book was promising, but things went off the rails. Then, just as they seemed to be recovering, I found the end to be awful. I think my main problem this book is the characters and their dialogue. In part one of the book Mr. Irvine introduces us to several characters that I despised almost immediately.
In part two he seems to be trying to elicit sympathy from the reader via self-pity from internal monologue and sympathetic back story. It might work for some readers, but not for me. At best instead of coming around to like the characters as complex and flawed, I find myself mostly indifferent about what might happen to them. The main character is mostly likable, although some of her thoughts rubbed me the wrong way. I assume this is another attempt to give her depth through flaws instead of being a hero trope.
Maybe my dislike of almost all the characters is just an inability for me to understand their society, but I doubt it. The most likable characters are minor ones who don't seem to stick around very long. It's really hard for me to enjoy a book when I don't like the people I'm reading about.
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The main story is interesting to me though. The world is at war with much more powerful alien creatures. Humanity have built machines called clankers in order to be able to fight back, but they are still mostly outmatched. At first this seems more like sci-fi than fantasy, but the clankers are powered by crystals and there a mostly unexplained magical system based on them and their connection to power nodes around the world.
So really it's some sort of mix that has more of a fantasy feel than sci-fi to me personally. There are a lot of political and social issues that play into things. With so many young men dying in a seemingly endless war, everyone is expected to produce children to essentially provide the next generation of fodder. Anyone accused of a crime is sent to one of two places depending on their gender.
Males are sent to the front lines where they will likely die in short order. Women are sent to "breeding factories" which are exactly what they sound like. Entirely too much time was spent on the breeding factories, and the notion of a society so desperate to survive they force women to sleep numerous partners in the hopes of producing the most helpful offspring as frequently as possible is downright horrifying to me.
This is apparently the second series of Mr. Irvine's Three Worlds sequence. Having never read the first The Mirror Quartet , I'm sure I'm missing some references to things from that series. My understanding is this is set hundreds of years later, and possibly on a different world. Overall it wasn't a very good book that wasn't as well executed as I'd like.
I found myself cringing at some of the writing in places, especially the dialogue.
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I may still continue on with the second book of the series largely because I already have a review copy, but I need to take a break with another book first. The ending of the book really was really off-putting though. It felt like a bad TV Soap Opera.
View all 4 comments. Jan 04, Jess The Bookworm rated it it was ok. This is a fantasy novel, the first in a series, set in a world that is under attack by creatures called lyrinx, who are killing off humanity. Humanity is trying to fight back by using magical crystals to power machines on the front line of battle. Tiaane is a girl who is talented in using the crystals to power the machines and the majority of the story is set at the factory where she works.
The story sounded quite promising, but had some very odd story lines sprinkled throughout such as the bree This is a fantasy novel, the first in a series, set in a world that is under attack by creatures called lyrinx, who are killing off humanity. The story sounded quite promising, but had some very odd story lines sprinkled throughout such as the breeding factories. I don't know, but the writing style and the characters just didn't resonate with me.
I don't think that it was very well written. None of the main characters were likeable, and Tiaane was a special kind of stupid. I won't be reading the rest of the series. View 1 comment. May 20, Rabbit rated it did not like it Recommends it for: no one. This book is terrible.
Like mind-numbingly terrible. The only reason I'm reading it is because I'm desperate to not write my thesis and the library was closed yesterday, so I picked it up off my friend's shelf, but I am very Oh. The only reason I'm reading it is because I'm desperate to not write my thesis and the library was closed yesterday, so I picked it up off my friend's shelf, but I am very seriously trying to just put it down and not pick it back up. The scariest part is that I know there are four more, which means he just kept writing.
Also, if I am still reading this tomorrow someone come save me, because if I have to hear about how the alien lifeform thinks humans deserve to be eaten because they don't let their women fight I may.. I don't know Also, the small amount of sex that has already been written? Not hot. This does not bode well. View all 3 comments. Dec 09, Melissa Pence rated it did not like it Shelves: not-for-me. Jun 22, Petros rated it liked it. Setting and worldbuilding are fantastic. Everything else is meh. The explanations about how magic and crystals work are elaborate, but ultimately take up too much space compared to characters and plot, making you care mostly about the magical system than the ones using it.
The characters are fine as far as personality and fleshing out goes, but they are presented in a very silly way. As someone else described them, they act as someone half their age and belong in a Brazilian soap opera. The story Setting and worldbuilding are fantastic. The story is super slow and works mostly through unsettling atmosphere than as thriller or mystery or adventure.
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The dread of the man-eating monsters from another dimension is ever-present, and the concept of forcing women to become breeding machines for more men to go to war, makes the setting of the Handmaiden a different book to seem tame in comparison. The plot is the one to blame for most of the problems of Geomancer, since its structure makes everything feel like they are there for the sake of exposition and world-building. Nothing is a waste of time, but on the other hand nothing feels naturally-occurring.
Although a lot of things matter to them in-story, as a reader you are left indifferent. That being said, Geomancer is one of the few books that bother to show how lust and by extension the need to mate is one of the most basic and yet powerful motivations for any living being. By the author; not their world. The View From The Mirror was fucking astonishing, but this I dont even know how i could explain what goes on in this book to anyone who hasnt read the previous four books. Theres a vast amount of back story, yet i believe that one could enjoy Well of Echoes without the knowledge of Llian and Karan.
I do miss Karan, she was the first fictional character i ever had extra literary feelings for. Now that Karan is two hundred years gone, theres my sweet sweet Tiaan. I fell in love with her after she escaped from the breeding factory. I honestly cannot understand why Ian Irvine would do the things he does to her. I also have a thing for Ullii, with her being cute and eccentric, its hard not to. I read interview of the author and he said, in response to: Have any characters surprised you?
Oh brother i can attest to that hes probably my favorite below Tiaan and Ullii. The man can dish out some hilarious, cruel, and detrimental insults. So much so that when he first pulls, the insufferable shit eating turd maggot, Cryl-Nish in to his office, I could bearing contain myself from hysterically. Irisis is the foulest CUNT to walk the planet santhenar. I thought that Maigraith was a crust sealed fuck slot never to be topped, yet the wretched whore Irisis fills her shoes completely.
Apr 28, Dawn rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy-scifi. When I started the book I thought it was going to be really good, I liked the characters and the setting but the further I got in the book the more I got bored with it. The descriptions were too long and the "quest" was too strange. I eventually got tired of Tiaan, she acted more like a 12 year old then a 20 year old and the 'woe is me I just want to be loved' routine got tired after awhile. I found that I much prefered her nemisis Irisis by the time I got half way through the book and I wish sh When I started the book I thought it was going to be really good, I liked the characters and the setting but the further I got in the book the more I got bored with it.
I found that I much prefered her nemisis Irisis by the time I got half way through the book and I wish she was the herione. I think it would have been a better book for it and I think her personality would have been better suited to the plot twists than Tiaan's.
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