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Fortress of Ice

By C J Cherryh

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| Hardcover | 9780380979042

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Sixteen years have passed since the dramatic events of Fortress of Dragons, and Cefwyn, king at last, must rebuild his devastated kingdom. The embattled ruler is aided by his powerful friend Tristen Sihhe and two surprising allies in a str Continue

Sixteen years have passed since the dramatic events of Fortress of Dragons, and Cefwyn, king at last, must rebuild his devastated kingdom. The embattled ruler is aided by his powerful friend Tristen Sihhe and two surprising allies in a struggle he must win: his two young sons. Elfwyn Aswydd, the bastard son of Cefwyn and the sorceress Tarien Aswydd, has spent years unaware of his parentage, yet now it is his time to emerge and claim the gifted birthright he's been denied for so long.

But a dark, sinister magic has crept close to the young man and seized hold of the kingdom. Nothing is as it seems, and the bonds of family strain against the powerful forces that would see them undone. It is up to an embattled four—Elfwyn; his half brother, Aewyn Marhanen; Cefwyn; and Tristen—to unmask and destroy the dark forces that threaten to unhinge the king's peaceful and fragile reign.

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    Come già per la saga di Morgaine della stessa autrice, questo romanzo conclude un ciclo... senza veramente concluderlo. In questo quarto episodio si aprono molti interessanti sviluppi, ma, purtroppo, non mi pare che vengano portati a debito compiment ...(continue)

    Come già per la saga di Morgaine della stessa autrice, questo romanzo conclude un ciclo... senza veramente concluderlo. In questo quarto episodio si aprono molti interessanti sviluppi, ma, purtroppo, non mi pare che vengano portati a debito compimento; l'impressione che ho ricavato, è stata che l'autrice avesse intenzione di scrivere ulteriori romanzi per questo ciclo.
    Comunque, il finale un poco troppo aperto (e forse anche frettoloso) per i miei gusti è praticamente l'unico difetto che ho rilevato; per il resto, i personaggi sono gestiti in modo convincente, sia quelli introdotti ex-novo, sia quelli già noti, i quali comunque mostrano di aver subito una coerente evoluzione. Mi sembra che l'autrice misceli bene i momenti di intrigo con quelli di azione, ottenendo una trama avvincente a dispetto del ritmo non frenetico. Inoltre, l'ambientazione, già ben costruita, con tutta la sua storia e la magia, nei romanzi precedenti, mantiene intatto tutto il suo fascino. Anche qui, mi sarebbe piaciuto che alcuni elementi introdotti ex-novo fossero stati sviluppati un po' di più, ma ciò nulla toglie alla coerenza di una ambientazione medievaleggiante high magic ben costruita.
    Un libro che dovrebbe conquistare tutti quelli che, come me, ricercano soprattutto personaggi veramente credibili e vivi.

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    I suspect a ghost-writer. The series got progressively worse with each book -- but, the first was really good so, overall, good read.

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    Ericdbw said on Sep 22, 2008 | Add your feedback

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    Best Cherryh I've read in a long time.

    It looks like Cherryh is beginning another section of the "Fortress" series, now going on with Cefwyn's two sons. Though it seemed to take a long time to get things really going, the book was satisfying in the end, bringing back characters we rememb ...(continue)

    It looks like Cherryh is beginning another section of the "Fortress" series, now going on with Cefwyn's two sons. Though it seemed to take a long time to get things really going, the book was satisfying in the end, bringing back characters we remember from the first series, and concluding well. I think Cherryh's weakness is her endings, but she did very well in this book.

    I recommend this book, but be sure to read the others or you will probably be completely lost. If you have read them, you may want to review.

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    KyotoCutie said on Nov 21, 2007 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
    (5)
    • 4 stars
  • English Books
  • Hardcover 402 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0380979047
  • ISBN-13: 9780380979042
  • Publisher: Eos
  • Publish date: 2006-10-24
  • Dimensions: 213 mm x 1,038 mm x 1,515 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , eBook
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