The Pillars of the World : Tir Alainn

  • by Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by Erik Synnestvedt
  • Series: Tir Alainn
  • 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The youngest in a long line of witches, Ari senses things are changing for the worse. For generations, her kin have tended the Old Places, keeping the land safe and fertile. Now, she finds herself torn between the world of mortals and the world of Fae, who ignore what occurs in the mortal world, for the roads between the two lands are vanishing into thin air.


What the Critics Say

"Bishop only adds luster to her reputation for fine fantasy." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Just can't finish it

Make sure to listen to the sample before purchasing this. I did not and really regret it. While some may not be bothered by the narrator, I was. He has a strange way of ending the sentences that makes every sentence almost sound like a question. I found it very distracting and unfortunately can not finish this. I've enjoyed every other Anne Bishop book I've read, or listened to so I know it's the narrator.
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- John

Fans of the Black Jewels Trilogy should listen.

Would you listen to The Pillars of the World again? Why?

I have loved the Tir Alainn trilogy since I was a teen, and the audiobook version doesn't disappoint. The reader reminds me of John Sherian (sp?), who narrated all of the Black Jewels books. He has a little less variety as far as character voices are concerned, but his accent is the same, and he still seems to -perform- the book, more than -reading- it.

Give it a shot, especially if you liked the BJT. You won't be disappointed. Another review said it sounded like every sentence read was a question. I respectfully disagree. The Dune narrator had that problem for me and I couldn't listen because of it. I didn't have that issue here at all.

What other book might you compare The Pillars of the World to and why?

The Black Jewels Trilogy, and the Crucible. It's got all the mingling whimsy and brooding darkness of the BJT, and is a fantastical sort of rendition of classic witch burning drama.

What about Erik Synnestvedt’s performance did you like?

His tempo is perfect. There are some scenes where a seamless transition is absolutely warranted, and he aced them all. He lets silence linger when it ought to as well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but I fear I'd be spoiling it a bit much if I said what. Let's just say it involves Morag and a bargain.

Any additional comments?

Like any of Bishop's books, my one criticism is that she draws from obvious sources. This is not at all disguised fluffy pagan, "Wiccan" type fantasy. If that doesn't bother you, it's a good read. If you're bothered by constant references to earth as "the Mother," references to four branches of magic, the regrettably titled "Wiccanfae" and blatant references to the Wiccan rede and the Christian Bible, stay away.

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- Nik

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio