The Hidden Masters of Marandur : The Pillars of Reality

  • by Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • Series: The Pillars of Reality
  • 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's book two of The Pillars of Reality, the exciting epic fantasy series written exclusively for Audible by New York Times best-selling author Jack Campbell!
Someone wants to kill Mari, a young steam mechanic in the guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization and that mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young mage who has learned that mechanics are not frauds, as his guild teaches, and that mechanic Mari is the only person who can prevent the oncoming disaster.
Narrowly escaping death, the mechanic and the mage stay alive thanks to their combined skills, an alliance never before seen. But it becomes clear that both of their guilds, the most powerful forces in the world, are trying to destroy them. Other powers, like the great empire and a mysterious secret order, also seek to kill or capture them using every weapon from imperial legions to mage-created trolls, dragons, and rocs.
Trying to survive and learn the truth about their world so they will know how to save it, Mari and Alain realize the answers they seek may lie in the dead city of Marandur. But Marandur is guarded by the legions that have sealed it off from the rest of the world for more than a century. Mari and Alain's only hope may rest with the unseen masters of Marandur.


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Way to ride the Stereotypes!

This had tons of potential: for character development, a chance to explore the development of solutions to problems set up in book 1, a chance to model better relationship skills.
NOPE. x3
Instead it became an irritating rehash of "insecure girl who is emotional - and unwilling to discuss why, jealous, and incapable of accepting praise."
"Logical, unemotional boy who is long-suffering with the even keel that keeps the relationship and story moving"

And on top of all that, the girl was made the gatekeeper for all physical aspects of the relationship.

They went some places and did some stuff, but that got buried under these choking stereotypes. The narration was just as good - but I have no interest in following this pair through any more adventures.
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- Greta "artsy mama"

an intricate spiderweb of a story

The Hidden Masters of Marandur is the second book in an epic science fiction young adult fantasy series. Please listen to the first book as there may be spoilers here.

Here we are rejoined with our favorite Mage and Mechanic only a few months after we left them in the first book. In pure Campbell style we get huge action and tension right away. Then the next third of the book is nothing but Alain and Mari reconnecting, exploring their feelings for one another and battling the internal and external conflicts with their relationship.

Slowly Mari puts together what she must do, while it seems everyone wants her dead, and Alain follows to protect her. They are able to find members of their guilds that are willing to help them along their journey to discovering the truth. Secrets that have been hidden for so long there is almost no one left that knows what the truth really is.

While there was only one or two more very exciting scenes. This book was almost nothing but Campbell crafting an intricate spiderweb of a story. Fleshing out many of the future players and exploring what once was. Making my mouth water for the next installment.

Once again and no surprise, MacLoed Andrews delivers a stellar performance. He had many characters to deal with, yet somehow he managed to give every single one of them their own voice. Using different vocal ranges and accents to make it easy for the listener to differentiate them all with ease.

This still time to get engulfed by this series before you feel like you will never catch up to the current book. If you enjoy young adult fantasy, you will not be disappointed.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios