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Avaryan Rising: The Hall of the Mountain King, The Lady of Han-Gilen, A Fall of Princes [Paperback]

Judith Tarr
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"The lover of strong characterization, mage-kings and high magic, intricate plotting and clear flowing prose, can't do better than Avaryan Rising."--Charles de Lint

"The tale is the kind of accomplished fanatsy--featuring sound chrarcterizations, superior world-building, and more than competent prose--that has won Tarr a large audience."--Booklist

"With elegant prose, Tarr beautifully conveys splendid real settings, realistic politics, convincing cultural details--and cultural clashes. Even when they wield awesome magic energies or manage empires, her appealing characters remain captivatingly human. This is a sweeping saga, spiced with exciting, unexpected plot twists."--Publishers Weekly

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The classic series now in one volume for the first time!

He appeared out of the northern mountain fastness, wielding powerful magics and claiming to be the Sun God's own child. His burning desire was to rule the entire world, and he inspired the loyalty of men who would fight for it with him. But conquering an empire, and ruling it, are two very different things. Even for the children of a demi-God.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Average Fantasy Fare. Yawn. Feb. 22 2001
I read The Hall of the Mountain King back in 1988, and I jotted down my impressions of the novel at that time. The male characters in this novel were very effeminate, and I don't think that's what the author intended. Rather, I got the impression that the author just wasn't skilled in showing how males express deep friendships toward each other.
The plot concerns a youth who's the scion of a sun god. He comes to accept his inheritance of his grandfather's kingdom, but first he has to defeat his uncle. The boy has mind control powers and is a quick swordsman, so he kicks butt through most of the book. However, halfway through the book we find out he's only 15 years old! Suspension of disbelief is shattered at that point.
Save your money. This isn't worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent book! July 12 1998
This was a mastery of writing, without a doubt. Tarr's style is so clear, yet very descriptive at the same time. And the story is absolutely enthralling. I read this entire volume in 3 days! The stories are nicely connected, and she focues more on the interrelationships of the characters than on just plain old magery and fighting. I thought the series was over when I finished this book, but thankfully there are 2 more to go! I'm just starting Spear of heaven now :-) If you love fantasy, you'll love this book - without a doubt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down! June 22 2000
Before this, I've never read any of Judith Tarr's work, but after reading this trilogy, you can be sure that I will be searching for everything she's ever written! At certain points in the story, I found myself breathless. The characters were very well developed and believable. The tapestry of magic, romance, power and sacrifice that Ms. Tarr weaves is complex and beautiful. This is a definite "must read."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing June 25 1998
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Though not entirely unflawed, these books come so close as to make no difference. I read them one by one as they came out; my suggestion to readers is to set aside some time and read them all at once! Tarr's amazing characterization, sense of place, and her unerring dialogue sweep the reader into another world. You won't want to come back!
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