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Publisher's Summary

Nicolas Rathe is a pointsman, a dedicated watchman in the great city of Astreiant. During the annual trade fair, with a city filled with travelers and merchants, someone is stealing children. The populace is getting angry and frightened and convinced that a foreigner must be to blame. Rathe calls on the aid of both an out-of-work soldier, the handsome Philip Eslingen, and the necromancer Istre b'Estorr.
The art of astrology is a very real power in the kingdom and plays as much a role in politics as greed and intrigue. Rathe finds himself struggling to find the children before a major astrological event brings about catastrophe.
The first in a series of fantasy novels filled with adventure, intrigue, and gay romance.
©1995, 2012 Melissa Scott (P)2015 Melissa Scott
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Critic Reviews

"Set in an alternative Middle Ages...this novel offers intriguing looks at guild interrelationships, the uses of hand-cranked printing presses and medieval attitudes toward magic. It also offers considerable delight to those who enjoy intellectual puzzles of the fantastic kind." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Dona on 11-25-15

Better editing.

Very good story line and characters. There are way too many repeat passages tho. Could really use better editing

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By Kindle Customer on 03-23-16

Audio Editing really needed

Overall this was a wonderful listen of a really good story... The only problem, and it's worth docking 3 stars for, is that the audio editing needs looking at as the narrator REPEATS a fair section of the story; it feels like what has happened is that the narrator has read to a point... possibly ending a recording session, and then restarts the nexxt session by repeating thhe last sentence from the previous recording session... Given this is a $17US audio book I would expect BETTER. I noticed a similar issue with Point of Knives, also narrated by Matt Leisy....
Let's see if third books the charm with Point of Dreams.

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By Dix on 04-30-17

Absorbing adventure

The world created by the authors is believable and interesting. The characters are well developed and appealing. I like the minor characters as well as the two mains - A nice feeling of friendships and colleague relationships and caring for others bound up with a complex but well constructed story - I'm a real fan of Melissa Scott's work in general so was very glad to discover this series. The reading is well paced and clear.

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