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The Assassins of Altis is the third book in The Pillars of Reality series by Jack Campbell. This audiobook is narrated by MacLeod Andrews.
The Pillars of Reality is a series that gets better and better with each new book. I remember listening to first book and liking it. I also remember listening to second book and liking it even more. I can honestly say it was the same case with The Assassins of Altis.
The Assassins of Altis starts right where The Hidden Masters of Marandur (second book) ended. Mechanic Mari and her loyal companion, Mage Alain, have gotten the information they needed from Marandur and now need to continue their journey. Their next stop is Altis. To get there, first they need to evade the border patrol around Marandur and find a way to reach Altis, something that becomes more difficult with time. The Mechanics Guild has found a way to follow their steps and will do its best to stop them once and for all. Luckily for them, they find allies in unexpected places.
There is a lot of character growth in this installment. Mari is finally accepting the idea of being The Daughter that will unite the guilds and the commons. She is also coming to terms with her feelings for Alain and what being in a relationship with him entails. In this book, Mari also realizes the many lies her guild told her and the extremes they are willing to go to keep their secrets and the blind loyalty of its members.
Alain continues to grow and evolve. Seeing his transformation for an unfeeling, cold-hearted young man to the funny, caring one he is slowly becoming is a funny treat. I really liked him; I think he is my favorite character in the series. I loved how he is finding his sense of humor and how he is with Mari when she behaves a little bit irrational.
Their relationship really moves forward in this installment. They are where they need to be; seeing them come to that place was not only very sweet but also hilarious at times.
There are new characters introduced in The Assassins of Altis, some are unexpected, some we knew from previous books. Mari and Alain are finding allies and their numbers are rising slowly. This is great because they need all the help they can get.
The world building is further developed in this installment. We not only visit new places and new people, we also learned about the origins of the guilds and how everything started. I can’t say much without giving spoilers away, let me just say I was pleasantly surprised with this new discovery.
As with previous installments, MacLeod Andrews does an excellent job bringing to life the characters and the story. The voices he does for the characters are distinctive and he uses the perfect inflections to convey the intentions of the characters. I can’t imagine anybody else narrating this series.
The Assassins of Altis is a great addition to a great series and one I recommend to fantasy fans, especially if you like your fantasy with a touch of sci-fi. I recommend you to listen to this series instead of reading it. I also recommend you to listen to these books in order to get the full effect of the amazing and very imaginative world Jack Campbell has created.
I’m looking forward to the release of next book (audiobook) in the series.
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Would you listen to The Assassins of Altis again? Why?
Probably. Though I would likely be skipping ahead a lot. I don't think I could take the filler conversation more than once.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Assassins of Altis?
I would say the climax. Although not really exceptional there was something satisfying about it.
Which scene was your favorite?
Won't use the climax twice so instead the meeting of the family anmd what followed after. Really help set my hopes for less annoying conversation.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
This is a book devoid of twists. Everything that happened was not unexpected. This isn't a bad thing. There is something satisfying about listening to a book so predictable once in a while. And although the twists were predictable, the details involved were still varied and original enough not to be boring. What was really good was that the amount of repetitive annoying conversation seemed noticeably reduced. The constant and incessant and utterly identical doubts and "I won't let you endanger yourself! No I won't let you endanger yourself!" and "Oh why does everyone treat me as the leader!" and so on. But more importantly most of these seemed to have been totally resolved so I hope not to revisit them. Though as I suspect its mostly just done to act as filler and pad out the book my hopes aren't that high. Alternatively the authoress felt the need to have the characters show emotion regularly and she just decided to have them show the exact same emotions in the exact same way every time. Either way she could use some more variety but it seemed to be getting better. Less of it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Never tire of this extremely talented pair. Campbell's imaginative and penmanship is equalled only by Andrew's considerable gift for retelling and stellar voices wouldn't work without either one. Compelling, exciting and too nerve wracking!!!
A teenage romp that over explains and too much talking but even with this just a good story