Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.Mari s Mechanics Guild and Alain s Mage Guild have always been enemies, but theyTrapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.Mari s Mechanics Guild and Alain s Mage Guild have always been enemies, but they are united in wanting to kill their rogue members before Mari can fulfill the ancient prophecy of being the one who will finally overthrow their power Mari and Alain must risk those dangers because halfway across their world lies a place where truth has long been hidden A place that could explain why their world s history begins abruptly, with no hints of what came before A place where they might learn how the Mechanics Guild came to control all technology and how the Mages manage to alter reality temporarily A place that might tell them how to achieve a task that appears to be impossible.Never before have a Mage and a Mechanic worked together, and their combined talents offer their only hope But she and Alain must first survive the deadly and implacable Assassins of Altis.
The Assassins of Altis Trapped within the dead city of Marandur Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unf
Pushing the series into some new directions, looking forward to seeing what comes next for sure Can t help but grow attached to Mari and Alain, their relationship is actually pretty great and I appreciate how it s handled This one in particular felt transitional, as the plot was a bit muddled and all over the place But the world building is good, history finally being revealed, and what it s all leading up to seems promising Highly suggest this series to those looking for good fantasy YA with st [...]
The Pillars of Reality series continues in The Assassins of Altis to be a great action filled adventure Following Mari and Alain into ever greater danger as they leave the city of Marandur.The Mechanics Guild has always been right on their trail every step of the way and that continues to be the case here, except things get way intense for them because the guild is no longer trying to hide their intent to kill Mari Luckily they encounter a number of people along the way who are willing to help [...]
Re read August 2016 Mari seems less annoying and overwhelmed by her new status in this book Alain seemed a bit like a doormat the first time through, but this time he s really much of a support This may be my favourite of the series mainly because of the things they discover on the island of Altis There are also new characters that join the pair that throw some new personalities into the mix My favourites were Allie and the old couple at the mapmaker s shop Which, by the way, had me laughing s [...]
Re read May 2016 If you ve read my reviews of the previous two books, The Dragons of Dorcastle and The Hidden Masters of Marandur, you know I m crazy about this series and think every fantasy reader should read it as long as you don t mind a bit of romance, of course At the end of the previous book, Alain Mari are trapped in the dead city of Marandur They found some answers they were looking for, but those answers created even questions so Mari decides to travel to Altis, where she hopes to lea [...]
I love where the story goes in this one.
Each one of these is better than the previous, at least so far I m enjoying the series a good bit and am invested in how it turns out.I do, however, find the MC s character flaws a bit obvious in terms of the author s need to have something for the character to grow through It kind of embodies a lot of the things I don t particularly enjoy about YA as a genre Spending time in the head of a teenager isn t enjoyable for me, and watching someone immature allow their own immature baggage to get in t [...]
Oh my God, I get it The two protagonists love each other so much that they would rather sacrifice themselves than watch the other die I understood this the first time they said it And the second And the third All the way through to the 3000th time they said it I really don t need to hear it again, especially not every single time they face a dangerous situation, sometimes up to 3 to 4 times per chapter.That little rant out of the way and I can get on with the rest of this review.Assassins of Alt [...]
Each successive volume in The Pillars of Reality is growing increasingly repetitive Assassins felt like a long sequence of scenes where the main characters introduce themselves to reactions of astonishment and awe, followed by yet another rehashing of the story up until then Placed in between these scenes are reiterations of the romance between the main characters so as to ensure that we never go too many pages without a recapitulation of some sort If these tedious rehashings were edited down to [...]
I cannot believe someone wrote a two star review I have now read and listened to all three books please read them in order The scope of this series is heading toward classic status A world where one part is all science Mechanics another all mystical Mage rules the majority which is known as commons Ahh, BTW this book reveals the reasons behind this But you know you want to read, right
Another good installment in this series I ve noticed that frequently the title comes to play toward the end of the book That was certainly the case here again.I m glad Marie and Alain aren t solo any It was time for this to start moving forward I listened to the audiobook MacLeod Andrews who did Sanderson s Steelheart series is fabulous as always.4 1 2 stars
Find this and many other books at Geekritique The Pillars of Reality, by author Jack Campbell, is a series that continues to engage and entertain me Book 3, the Assassins of Altis sees our heroes, a Mage named Alain, and a Mechanic named Mari, continue their quest to root out what has so clearly gone wrong with the world they live in The two have become unlikely lovers, and this entree sees the two take that dynamic to the next likely step.I cannot stress enough how oddly refreshing it is for a [...]
4.5 StarsOriginally posted at The Bookaholic CatThe Assassins of Altis is the third book in The Pillars of Reality series by Jack Campbell This audiobook is narrated by MacLeod Andrews.The Pillars of Reality is a series that gets better and better with each new book I remember listening to first book and liking it I also remember listening to second book and liking it even I can honestly say it was the same case with The Assassins of Altis.The Assassins of Altis starts right where The Hidden Ma [...]
This series is amazing, and this, the third book, continues with the same excellence of the first two I find the world and the plot to be interesting and not quite like anything I ve read before, and I m enjoying the slow reveal The main reason that the slowness of that reveal doesn t bother me in the slightest is that I m enjoying the ride.It s the characters, see Alain and Mari are both marvelous characters, and their relationship, which makes up the core of the story, is fantastic Mari is str [...]
Book three Massive spoilers for The Dragons of Dorcastle and The Hidden Masters of Marandur ahead.It openes with Mari and Alain fleeing Marandur with their loot of volumes And on the road to the current capital Palandur, because all roads lead to Palandur More trouble with Mechanics and Mages and Imperials along the way as they start to piece together what they can do with the destiny There s rumors of the prophecied daughter some of which they recognize and rumors about a legendary vampiric em [...]
Alain Mari4 starsListen June 2016 Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.Mari s Mechanics Guild and Alain s Mage Guild have always been enemies, but they are united in wanting to kill their rogue members before Mari can fulfill the ancient prophec [...]
Finally things are picking up I thought that this book series was going to conclude as a trilogy but it seems that Jack Campbell is just getting started I believe many books are to come Unfortunately, I ll have to wait This book really begins to start the revolution that the first two books are building up to What I like about this book is that you begin to discover which characters with be in the inner circle of the revolution If I had one complaint, it s that the two main characters lay it a [...]
Sadly, Mari s character is increasingly poorly written After becoming the overly attached girlfriend in book 2, she descended into a spiral of irrationality while carrying the hyperspace mallet What she says isn t making sense half of the time Her dialogue is mainly composed of snapping and yelling with many exclamation marks I get that she has things to say but if only she delivered some of that in a dignified way, I d respect her Many times, she is petty Her reasoning is flawed for someone w [...]
3.5 stars overall for the book and series so far.I m really enjoying this series so far, but it s by no means a favorite I love the world building and characters, but feel the story drags in some places and the romance is often a bit cheesy I do love the romance between Mari and Alain, but find myself rolling my eyes through a lot of their interactions and how overly dramatic their relationship is Oddly enough I find Mari is the cause of s lot of this even though Alain is the one mostly providin [...]
In my opinion, this is the book where the rubber starts to hit the road in Campbell s series He seems rather determined to spend a decent amount of time focusing on Mari and Alain s relationship, especially their continued conversations about it They never seemwrongbut it does start to almost get annoying I m curious as to why he felt compelled to have the two talk about their relationship so much It works, mostly But I also felt many of the conversations could have been shortened or cut altoget [...]
The writing issues in book 2 unfortunately flow over into book 3 The main protagonist is polarizing and portrayed as a whiney immature person who can t control her temper, often resulting in full out childish tantrums This would not normally be a problem , as we are all humans and often weighed down by the stress caused by the burden of what is expected of us The author however takes this to a higher level of annoyance, often distracting from the storyline just to make it absolutely clear as oft [...]
I really like this series I picked it up in an odd order, but now that I m following along in sequence it is coming along well I want to smack Mari in the head a lot, she is reckless, stubborn, and can not see or perceive her own hipocracy so it drives me a little nutty at times She wants Alain to leave her should she fall, be captured, etc This is a common discussion between the two characters by now, and he has insisted since the beginning that No, he would not leave her and he would do his be [...]
It took me a long time to start this series, the blurb on the back of the first book just wasn t that interesting But it kept showing up, and I eventually started to read The whole series as FAST as I could To date I think this has been one of the most masterful uses of dialogue to move a truly spectacular story forward at break neck speed, while also allowing deep insight into the characters themselves There were times in the series when I was excited to find out just how the character s discus [...]
Assassins of Altis is book 3 of the Pillars of Reality The Story Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain are on the run, as the Guilds are trying to find them They head for Mari s home town The romance suddenly blooms.I feel like I would give away too many spoilers to talk about the book See my review of the first novel I d read this book again.
How could I not love a book that involves a secret society of librarians I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, but having the main characters hide out at one point in a secret valley run by librarians made me laugh out loud It was my favorite part.
Really liked the book but I felt the book ending could have been a bit better For some reason lost some of my interest in this series after reading this one.Probably will try to pick next book later to continue the series.
Steamrolling through this series it just gets better and better as the world is revealed, the relationship is tuned and the trek to the prophecy makes sense The journey continues and I m really looking forward to Pirates
I love this series so much
Another great addition to this series.