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Between Worlds: the Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories Kindle Edition
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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!
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!
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.
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