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Between Worlds: the Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories by [Wells, Martha]
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This collection of short stories and novelettes includes the previously published stories “The Potter’s Daughter” (a prequel to the novel The Element of Fire), “Holy Places,” “Rites of Passage,” “Houses of the Dead,” “Reflections” (the Giliead and Ilias stories, prequels to the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy), as well as “Night at the Opera” (a Nicholas and Reynard story original to this collection, set before the Nebula-nominated novel The Death of the Necromancer).

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  • Print Length: 166 pages
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  • Publisher: Martha Wells (April 6 2015)
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  • Language: English
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Martha's characters shine in these brilliant short stories. I particularly loved the Cineth tales, which paint a complete picture of that world prior to The Wizard Hunters. Now I want to go re-read that whole trilogy!
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HASH(0xa530a0a8) out of 5 stars Sampler showcases several Martha Wells worlds! June 10 2015
By Margaret A. Davis - Published on
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This book gathers under one cover stories from the worlds of the novels Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award-finalist Element of Fire [seventeenth-century Ile-Rien] ("The Potter's Daughter"), Nebula-nominated Death of the Necromancer, Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy which consists of Wizard Hunters, Ships of Air, and Gate of Gods [Victorian Ile-Rien] ("Night at the Opera"), and Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy [Cineth] ("Holy Places,” “Rites of Passage,” “Houses of the Dead,” “Reflections”).

Cineth is special to me because the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy had protagonists from two entirely different worlds (Ilias from pastoral Cineth and Tremaine from industrialized Ile-Rien) who suddenly found themselves unlikely allies and both sets of skills (Ilias' foster brother Gilead's god-given powers and Tremaine's sorcerers) were needed to win the day. I loved the juxtaposition of Ilias's and Tremaine's worlds as each was somewhat unfathomable to the other. One of Martha Well's strongest points is her world-building skills and I was thrilled to have two fully-fleshed out worlds in the Fall of Ile-Rien series!

Martha Wells had always intended to write another book giving Ilias' and Gilead's back stories but the publisher had balked after bringing out the third Fall of Ile-Rien book. So she ended up selling these stories to the fantasy adventure magazine Black Gate.

What is so terrific about Between Worlds is that all of these stories from the disparate worlds are published together for fans who may not have realized that they had already appeared in print. Maybe these fans had not been Black Gate subscribers or had missed the 2006 Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology: Stories of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Plus there is the bonus of the story original to Between Worlds "Night at the Opera".

In any case, Between Worlds: the Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories is a solid introduction to Martha Well's work and entirely not to be missed!
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HASH(0xa530a2f4) out of 5 stars Thanks for the visit May 6 2015
By ljl1992 - Published on
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I re-read Martha Well's Ile-Rien books periodically, and am always happy to revisit the characters. This collection is a mix of one original and five previously published short stories, with all based in Ile-Rien and Cineth. Together, they offer a wonderful 'informal' view of Reynard and Nicholas, and then Ilias and Giliead, bringing insight to their lives and the development of their relationships and personalities - before we meet them 'on stage'.

If you have the various magazines where these stories were published, you may not be interested, but at this price, it is totally worth springing for this collection!
HASH(0xa530a2b8) out of 5 stars If you’ve already fallen in love with the Ile-Rien novels by Martha Wells—and March 15 2016
By Rachel Neumeier - Published on
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If you’ve already fallen in love with the Ile-Rien novels by Martha Wells—and, really, haven’t we all?—then you need the stories collected in Between Worlds. How exactly did Ilias become Giliead’s foster brother? What was it actually like, growing up as a god’s Chosen Vessel? What were the experiences that forged Giliead and Ilias into such an effective team? These are the stories that will fill in those gaps for you.

Besides the four stories that show us these earlier adventures on Cineth, Between Worlds also collects a story set before before The Element of Fire and featuring Kade Carrion. Better yet, the all-new “Night at the Opera,” takes place before the Death of the Necromancer and showcases Nicholas Valiarde and Reynard Morane—just the allies you want on your side if you happen to encounter the world’s creepiest blackmailer. And hey, if by any chance you haven’t yet encountered Martha Wells, these stories, all prequels to her various novels, offer a fine introduction.
HASH(0xa530a5ac) out of 5 stars A welcome return to Ile-Rien and Cineth! May 15 2015
By Steven Gould - Published on
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As a fan of all the Ile-Rien novels, ELEMENT OF FIRE, DEATH OF THE NECROMANCER, THE WIZARD HUNTERS, THE SHIPS OF AIR, and THE GATES OF GODS, I was extremely pleased to be able to revisit these settings and characters, reading stories set before and after events we're familiar with from the books. Well worth the very reasonable cost. I intended to stretch these out, savoring them, but of course I gobbled the whole collection down in one sitting.
HASH(0xa530a60c) out of 5 stars Excellent collection with important prequels to her famous works Dec 28 2015
By Captain - Published on
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This collection has many prequels of Martha Wells' most well known novels. So not only do you get great short stories, but also introductions to the main books. While not necessary to enjoy the books, these stories all help to flesh out and enrich the characters you will become familiar with. I especially like short story collections because the authors get right to the point and have more action per page.