Series: The Pillars of Reality #3
Published by Audible Audio on July 14, 2015
Genres: Adult SFF, Fantasy, Romance
Length: 12 hours, 7 minutes
Narrator: MacLeod Andrews
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My Reviews in this series: The Dragons of Dorcastle, The Hidden Masters of Marandur
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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 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 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 more 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 them.
I really enjoyed how much more I learned in this third novel about the background of Dematr and how all the people came to be there. It was just as I suspected. 🙂
Things get moving pretty fast, action wise, on their journey and yet there is still plenty of time for the romantic development between Mari and Alain to progress. Tinge is also spent delving deeper into the building of the characters themselves. I felt as if there was much more time given over to their character building this time around as compared to the first two books. Mari seemed to get even more of the spotlight, or maybe that is because she has such a stronger alpha personality. She can be quite the temperamental missy. Thank goodness for Alain or I would be beating my head against a rock. In case anyone didn’t already know I think this series is most definitely a romantic fantasy. The flame burning between these two is a major part of the plot, which I’m seriously enjoying because of how inexperienced yet earnest both characters are in their feelings.
Major developments take place and we are set up well for the next big step in the series and things end off hate at a good stopping point. So many exciting things happen that I can hardly wait for the next book to be released.
Thoughts on the Audio Narration
The narration by MacLeod Andrews was again superb. He has such a way of moderating his voice that really makes me feel the differences in the characters personalities and presence. Mari comes across so hot headed and moody (which of course she is and annoys me about her sometimes) and Alain just as reasonable, mild mannered as I picture him. The excellent narrating makes me enjoy these books all the more! If you enjoy a good romantic action adventure fantasy give these books a go.