By Ian Irvine
With this gorgeous and unique debut, Ian Irvine starts the saga of The View from the replicate, an excellent epic fable that competitors the works of Robert Jordan and J. V. Jones. "Once there have been 3 worlds, every one with its personal human race. Then, fleeing from out of the void got here a fourth race, the Charon. determined, at the fringe of extinction, they replaced the stability among the worlds forever..." the story of the Forbidding In precedent days the way in which among the Worlds used to be shattered, leaving bands of Aachim, Faellem, and Charon trapped with the outdated people of Santhenar. Now Llian, a Chronicler of the nice stories, uncovers a 3,000-year-old mystery too lethal to be revealed-while Karan, a tender delicate, is forced through honor to adopt a deadly challenge. Neither can think they're going to quickly meet as hunted fugitives, snared within the machinations of immortals, the vengeance of warlords, and the magics of robust mancers. For the swelling deluge of a millennial conflict is emerging, negative as a tsunami, able to solid torrents of sorcery and devastation around the land...
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At dawn she rose, dressed in baggy green trousers and an oversized shirt that were of good quality but much repaired, splashed her face with water and forced a bone comb through her hair, though after it was done it looked much as it had before. She sprinkled a few drops of lime-blossom perfume on her fingers, rubbed it through her hair and her toilet was complete. Breakfast was part of a loaf of hard bread and two apples, for money was so scarce that she begrudged even the copper grint they charged in the dining room.
As he spoke Llian scanned the stolid figures, searching for a crack in their reserve, something to inspire him to that ultimate peak of the storyteller’s art. He was sure that they approved of the telling so far; but would they accept the new ending? And then he found what he was looking for. At the back he made out a single pale face in the crowd, a young woman staring at him so hard that it burned. He had moved one person, at least. Llian used all the magic of his voice and spoke directly to her.
They were not physically strong, but skilled at deception and illusion. The three off-world species were much longer-lived than humans, and they had turned Santhenar upside down, but that time was past. Now only old humans were numerous on Santhenar. The Charon were all gone, one way or another, while the surviving Aachim and Faellem had long hidden themselves and concealed their differences. Matings between the different species seldom resulted in children, and when they did, such blendings were often mad.