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Two hundred years after the Forbidding was broken, Santhenar is locked in war with the lyrinx - intelligent, winged predators who will do anything to gain their own world. Despite the development of battle clankers and mastery of the crystals that power them, humanity is losing. Tiaan, a lonely crystal worker in a clanker manufactory, is experimenting with an entirely new kind of crystal when she begins to have extraordinary visions.
The crystal has woken her latent talent for geomancy, the most powerful of all the Secret Arts - and the most perilous. Falsely accused of sabotage by her rival, Irisis, Tiaan flees for her life. Struggling to control her talent and hunted by the lyrinx, Tiaan follows her visions all the way to Tirthrax, greatest peak on all the Three Worlds, where a nightmare awaits her....
©2001 Ian Irvine (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Ian Irvine is arguably the most inventive fantasy author to emerge in recent years.... A page turner of the highest order. Formidable!" ­( SFX)
"Ian Irvine has produced one of those rarities in the fantasy genre, and that is a unique, well-thought-out world coupled with a well-written storyline. A gripping read for Irvine fans or a fresh new series for any other readers." ( Enigma [UK])
"Readers of Eddings, Goodkind, and Jordan will lap this one up." ( Starlog (UK))
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By Craig G. Clark on 07-26-13

About As Satisfying as Coitus Interruptus

The good writing and excellent narration of this book portends a great deal more satisfaction than it delivers. Almost to a person the characters are duplicitous, self-serving and deeply flawed. The central character — a rather Justine-like innocent (for those familiar with the Marquis de Sade) — is so self-depreciating that one becomes inured to her travails. I kept looking for some resolution, some justice or some internal morality right up to the non-climax. The book had its moments, strung together in a promising narrative that never delivers. I am not tempted to continue the series of which this is the first book. A wasted credit.

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By Jack on 08-04-13

Pre-teen Drama

Would you try another book from Ian Irvine and/or Grant Cartwright?

No

What was most disappointing about Ian Irvine’s story?

Too much teen age angst

Would you listen to another book narrated by Grant Cartwright?

yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed in the characters.

Any additional comments?

The premise is pretty good but the story arcs are too high/low.

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12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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By NinjaNoel on 03-27-14

disappointing

Would you ever listen to anything by Ian Irvine again?

no, it's the second book of his that has dissappointed me.

What three words best describe Grant Cartwright’s voice?

mediocre

Was Geomancer: Well of Echoes, Book 1 worth the listening time?

not really

Any additional comments?

"too much teenage angst" said another reviewer. I just found the characters behaving in unconvincing ways.

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2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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By Nina crause on 06-11-16

Good story

Great narration as per usual. The story was good; however, even with the lengthy descriptions of all the objects I sometimes found it hard to imagine what they looked like.
I enjoyed this, but for me it isn't as good as the 'view from the mirror quartet'

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