Ile-Rien is in peril. A mysterious army known only as the Gardier has surrounded the country, attacking in ominous black airships. Hope is not lost though, for a magical sphere created by Ile-Rien's greatest sorcerer may hold the key to defeating the faceless enemy. But the sphere is unpredictable and has already claimed several lives. When a magical spell goes disastrously awry, young Tremaine Valiarde and a brave band are transported to another world-a world of rough magics, evil mages, honorable warriors, and a secret Gardier base.
"The subsequent story seems intended to combine elements of high fantasy and cross-time travel, as if it were a collaborative work by Andre Norton and S. M. Stirling. Thanks to Wells' narrative skill and considerably above-average characterization, it largely succeeds in those intentions." (Booklist)
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skip the listen, read the book
One of my favorite books
I love this story. The books in this series are three of the most worn-out books on my shelves, and I was excited to get it on audio book. The worldbuilding is rich, and done so effortlessly by the author. The characters come alive, and will often surprise you - the characters and plot keep the story moving at the perfect pace.
I don't think I could pick a single moment. The best element of the book - it's a toss-up between the way the various culture clashes are navigated, and the unfolding secret of the Damal sphere.
Decent. Warm. Over-enunciated.
Yes! I've read it countless times, but I still had to force myself to save it for my work commute instead of listening to it all in one go.