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Lawrence Watt-Evans


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Nov. 23 2010 The Fall of the Sorcerers (Book 2)
Anrel Murau, a simple scholar, is secretly the notorious revolutionary Alvos the Orator--the Empire's most wanted man. On the run and nearly penniless, Anrel finds himself forced to seek refuge in the capital city's Pensioner’s Quarter, a den of thieves, murderers, and con men. Barely scraping out an existence on the fringe of respectable society, Anrel never forgets his demands for justice, nor the love of the woman he left behind.

The civil unrest that has long been simmering in the Empire is beginning to boil over into violent protests and Anrel's enemy, Lord Allutar, continues to corrupt the Grand Council.

But Anrel's alter-ego, Alvos the Orator, has taken on a life of his own and many factions of the Grand Council seek a way to harness his followers' political might for their own ends. Which means they need Anrel to take on a surprising new role and gain access to one of the Empire's greatest secrets to stop the rampant evil.

The adventure of Alvos the Orator continues with more action, more intrigue, and more suspense than ever before as Anrel seeks to at last clear his name and seek retribution against his old enemy once and for all.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Nov. 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765322803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765322807
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #780,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Watt-Evans is an accomplished writer in a number of genres, but sword and sorcery is one of his strengths."--The Hartford Courant

“Veteran SF and fantasy author Watt-Evans (The Obsidian Chronicles) displays his command of the fantasy genre in this fast-paced, fluidly told sequel to The Wizard Lord.”--Library Journal on The Ninth Talisman

About the Author

LAWRENCE WATT-EVANS has written more than a dozen fantasy novels. He lives in Maryland.


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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reluctant Revolutionary, Continued!!! May 10 2011
By A. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Here we have the continuation of Anrel Murau's story that was begun in A YOUNG MAN WITHOUT MAGIC. Anrel had been caught up in the beginnings of a revolution against the sorcerous aristocratic class that has ruled the Walasian Empire and seems to be bringing it to the edge of ruin. Angry at the deaths of a good friend by a powerful lord, Anrel had used his natural and unnatural abilities as an orator to incite (somewhat inadvertently) revolution, under the name of Alvos. As a result, some commoners advocating change are elected to the Grand Council--but Anrel, himself, is on the run, a wanted man. He returns to the capital and hides in the most lowly and lawless part of the city, taking on disreputable jobs along with the other disreputable inhabitants there. He doesn't want to overthrow the sorcerers so much as enact a very personal revenge against Lord Allutar, the man who killed his friend. But events conspire to pull Anrel back into the major events of his time.

The shadows of Scaramouche continue to haunt this tale, along with its old-fashioned depictions of honor, romance and adventure. The thing is, I'm not sure I wouldn't be happier reading Sabatini. Anrel is sympathetic enough, but the addition of the paranormal elements isn't quite enough to really distinguish this story, or improve upon the characters and events from the original swashbuckling historical adventures of the early 20th century. However, if you'd rather read a fantasy and dislike old books with their fussier language, then this tale (starting with the first book), could be for you!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the first book of the series a lot, and I enjoyed this one even more Jan. 29 2013
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book picks up right after the events of A Young Man Without Magic, literally the next day. Arriving in the capital city, Lume, Anrel Murau tries to lose himself in the slum quarter of the city, but he quickly finds that the Empire is in more trouble than he ever knew. Events are moving along with a fearful inevitability, and the common people are looking for Alvos the Orator (Anrel's pseudonym) to step forward and help them through the crisis. Anrel has only ever wanted on thing, justice, and he will go on working to get it, but events might just have gotten too large for one man to make a difference.

Well, I must say that I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed A Young Man Without Magic, but I think that in this book the author succeeded in turning up the suspense and the drama. True, with these books obviously being based on the French Revolution of 1789-99, the story has a certain feel of inevitability about it. But, that said, I think that the story is nonetheless very exciting and entertaining.

Yep, I enjoyed the first book of the series a lot, and I enjoyed this one even more. If you liked A Young Man Without Magic, then check this book out, you won't be disappointed! (By the way, I can't wait for the next book in the series!)
5.0 out of 5 stars too--even the bad guys are bad for REASONS and not just 'because ... Aug. 3 2014
By George L. Egger II - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lawrence Watt-Evans is one of the most innovative fantasy writers OUT there--always a new spin on the magic, which is very refreshing. His characters are very believable and are likable, too--even the bad guys are bad for REASONS and not just 'because they are villains' so you generally hate it even when one of THEM gets what's coming to them. This one is another good read out of MANY from him--if you are a fan of his writing this one won't disappoint you, and if you AREN'T then you must not be READING him--so by all means stop depriving yourself of that pleasure!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Lume April 2 2012
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Above His Proper Station (2010) is the second Fantasy novel in The Fall of the Sorcerers series, following A Young Man Without Magic. In the previous volume, Anrel returned to his home town after four years studying in Lume, the capital of the Empire. He took courses in history, law, and rhetoric.

He could not find a job in Lume, but he hoped that Dorias could find him a position within his home province. Valin was waiting for him to return. He too was unemployed.

Valin was so immersed in social discussions in Naith that he was not looking very hard for work. Valin complains that the sorcerers are not giving enough attention to the common people, but he is not going out of his way to provide such services himself.

In this novel, Anrel is an orphan raised by his maternal uncle Dorias Adirane, Bargrave of Alzur. Although his parents were very talented in sorcery, Anrel purposely failed his trials. However, he has some mage talents.

Allutar Hezir is the Landgrave of Aylix Province. He also lives in Alzur rather than Naith, the provincial seat.

Doz is the leader of a gang in the Pensioner's district. He also takes care on some impoverished residents of the district.

Barzal Lord Blackfield is a Gatherman of Quand. He is also an agent of the Lantern Society.

In this story, Anrel flees from the authorities in Beynos. He is thoroughly chilled from his immersion in the Galdin River. The cold winter wind is chilling him even further.

He is stopped by the City Watch at the gates of Lume. He tells them that he is clerk in the city and lives in the Court of the Red Serpent. They allow him to enter the city and he goes to claim shelter from his friends.

Yet none of his friends offer him a bed for the night. The City Watch has clamped down on the students after the Grand Council was subverted by radicals. Alvos was mentioned prominently in the elections.

Since Anrel is Alvos, he has something else to worry about. He finally decides to stay in an inn within the Catseye district. But inns are not very common in that district.

He finally finds food and lodging at the Emperor's Elbow. The stew is bland, but also warm and filling. The red wine is truly abominable.

After eating his meal, Anrel is taken upstairs to his room. A half dozen straw mattresses are laid on the floor. A boy has claimed one already, so Anrel takes one at the other end of the room.

He tucks his coat under his head and falls asleep. Later he awakes to find his coat gone and the boy is leaving the room with it under his arm. Anrel chases after the boy.

Snow is falling on the streets. The boy stays just ahead of Anrel until they enter the Pensioner's district. As they approach a fire, Anrel manages to grab his coat from the boy.

Anrel is surrounded by armed denizens of the district. He allows them to take the few coins in his pockets, but refuses to give up the coat. He tries to build a ward around his body to repel the cudgels and knives.

Doz recruits Anrel into his gang. He wants Anrel to play a wealthy man in various scams. Anrel has no other place to go and has already stolen to survive, so he agrees to work for the man.

This tale reacquaints Anrel with Lord Blackfield. He soon finds himself working with the Grand Council. He also comes into close contact with Lord Allutar.

Anrel survives another social upheaval. The next installment in this series is On a Field Sable, which has not yet been announced on Amazon.

Highly recommended for Watt-Evans fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of various magics, social unrest, and young moderates. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
4.0 out of 5 stars Inchanting , Magical , Breathtaking May 12 2014
By Delshawn Garner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Above His Proper Station is a story of sorcery , swordplay and tragic loss. Anrel Murau is a fugitive of the empire and as been on the run . He is secretly Alvos the Orator . Since his apperance in the city of Benyos , he has been hiding . But, no one will take him in . He has two choices die in the city he was born in or leave to Quand . The characters in the story show few signs of emotion in the story . I think it could have used a little more . It needed more of a better spark . Other than that it was as good as Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

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