The Assassins of Altis (Pillars of Reality #3)

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Title: The Assassins of Altis

Series: Pillars of Reality

Author: Jack Campbell

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 329

Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Mari and Alain have escaped Marandur. But they are constantly on the run from the Guilds. They must make their way to the Tower of Altis, where there are records that can help Mari, who has now accepted her role as the Daughter of Jules, decide how she will proceed to stop the Storm and save Dematr.

And she and Alain get married.

 

My Thoughts:

Each time I start these books, I wonder if I’m going to like it and that maybe THIS is the time that Jack Campbell lets me down. I don’t know why. I suspect some of it has to do with it being young adult and I’m just naturally suspicious of that label.

However, THIS book was not THAT book. It did not disappoint.

In fact, I would describe this as a madcap flurry of fights and “barely made it” escapes. It also showcases Mari coming into her own as the Daughter of Jules and how she actually IS bringing Mechanics, Mages and Commons together.

With the political situation here in the US, I realized that this book is about Hope. Not about someone who will promise you what you want or even say they agree with what you believe. I think that spoke to me more than anything because I am fast losing hope that humanity can keep on muddling on without catastrophic consequences.

On a completely different note. With the revelations about the origins of the Mechanics, it was made evident that this whole series is based on one of Campbell’s short stories in his book Ad Astra. In that story, a spaceship emergency lands on a planet, where the crew turn the ship rules into a religion and force the passengers to be their servants. It was one of those “ah ha!” moments that I do enjoy so much.

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The Hidden Masters of Marandur (Pillars of Reality #2)

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Title: The Hidden Masters of Marandur

Series: Pillars of Reality

Author: Jack Campbell

Rating: 4 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 369

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Mari and Alain come back together, after their respective guilds attempt to kill them, rather directly in fact.

While Alain accepts that Mari is the Daughter of Jules, Mari hasn’t made her mind up just yet. She just wants to help make things better.

They go on a couple of adventures, the final one being to find old records that might give them an edge, technologically. Because they need an edge of some sort if they’re going to go up against the two most powerful Guilds in the world plus an Empire!

 

My Thoughts:

When I read Firefight by Sanderson last month, I stated that even Sanderson couldn’t make me like YA. Well Sanderson, meet Campbell. He’s made me like YA for 2 whole books AND had me rate them pretty high.

This was a great continuation from Dragons of Dorcastle. It wasn’t quite as gripping, as we know the characters and some about the world, but the growth of the characters was done so that I liked it, which is hard to do. I did like the action scenes and the time in the forbidden city of Marandur was good.

I also like the fact that Campbell doesn’t dance around the whole super attraction between 2 young people. Mari and Alain want to get it on! Pretty bad. But instead of promulgating the false idea that sex equals love, or some such tripe, Campbell has them act like thinking adults. And controlling themselves. Too many times ya characters don’t control themselves, probably because the author is as hormone ridden as the characters, but Campbell holds up something better. I liked that.

In the little section of “Also by Jack Campbell” it lists the name of the 3rd Pillars of Reality book and then under that states “Books 4-6”. Which means he’s got 6 books worth for this series. Given his penchant for 6 [ie, Lost Fleet, etc], I trust they will all be good.

The Dragons of Dorcastle (Pillars of Reality #1)

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Title: The Dragons of Dorcastle

Series: Pillars of Reality

Author: Jack Campbell

Rating: 4 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 336

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The Mechanics Guild and the Mages Guild have run of the known world. And they hate each other and teach their acolytes to act as if the other guild is nothing but a fraud.

So what happens when a young Mage and a young Mechanic have to rely on each other to survive? Why, this excellent story is what happens.

 

My Thoughts:

I really like Jack Campbell’s SF. So I wasn’t sure what to expect when I realized he’d started another series that was SF, Fantasy, Steampunk’ish and YA.  I went into this with almost zero expectations of enjoying it and not a little trepidation.

Thankfully, I enjoyed myself immensely.

A lot of adventure, a lot of action, lots of hints about big bad things in the Future and a nice little bit of teens falling in love for the first time. That can be real nice if handled with a deft hand and not with buckets of emotional slop.

I’d really like to write more because I had such a fun time reading this. But honestly, I don’t feel the need to express WHY I enjoyed something. I simply note that I did enjoy it. Now, the opposite isn’t true. If I don’t enjoy something, there is a much better chance of me detailing the WHY of that.  I know part of it is that I don’t need to remember why I liked a book, just that I did. I do like to know why I didn’t like a book however, as in most cases in 10 or 15 years I forget what the book was about and if the premise sounds interesting, I need to know why not to try it again. Sometimes my mind is a funny place.

Looking forward to the already written sequel already.