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The Burning Realm (Orbit Books) Paperback – 7 Jul 1988

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Futura Orbit; 1st Futura edition (7 July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708881963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708881965
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,286,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2001
Format: Paperback
Set on a world that a millenium ago was shattered into a thousand pieces and is only held together by great spells, this book continues the tale of The Shattered World. Lady Trisandela, one of the evil Cthons, seeks to resurrect a long-dead leader, Yasothoth, in order to overthrow the current leader and gain control of the whole of the shattered world, not just the Cthons' fragment of Xoth. The great sorcerer, Pandrogas and his lady Amber are the only ones who can stop this from happening, but Pandrogas is outwitted by Yasothoth and placed under a geas to do his will. This leaves only Amber to save the world.
I enjoyed this book. Although it is not great literature, the story moves along at a good pace ensuring that one is keen to know what happens next. The main characters are reasonably well developed and the visualisation of the shattered world is sufficiently well done to maintain one's suspension of disbelief. The book ends in such a way as to suggest a third volume, but I have never yet seen one...
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Lovers Parted by Demons 23 May 2003
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Burning Realm (1988) is the second Fantasy novel in The Shattered World series. In the previous volume, Pandrogas has found the Necromancer and learned both his true history and his source of magic. While saving Pandrogas and Amber, Beorn has shapechanged too long and lost himself to his bear persona. Pandrogas and Amber take Beorn's bear-form to Tamboriyon and set him free in the forest. They agree to part for a commonyear, Pandrogas to return to Darkhaven to guide the new students of necromancy and Amber to stay on Tamboriyon to learn how to use her own powers.

In this novel, the commonyear has passed and both Pandrogas and Amber prepare for their rendezvous. Pandrogas takes ship from Darkhaven, but is intercepted by Trisandela, the Lady of Bats. Amber has obtained the rank of Conjuress in the Taggyn Saer system and is uncertain about her feelings for Pandrogas, but returns to the meeting place. When she arrives, Pandrogas is not there and does not come that day. After some soul searching, Amber leaves Tamboriyon to hunt for him.

Meanwhile, Kan Konar, cloakfighter from Typor's Fist, has escaped from the web of Zhormallion, the Spider Lord, on Xoth. After reaching the surface, he cannot find his cloak (which has been claimed by Tahrynyar) but does find a damaged dragonship, a chase boat from one of the huge hunting ships. He hears someone, or something, coming and hides within the boat, which is hurled into the Abyss by a cacodemon. After a while, he comes out and looks around, only to find the Lady of the Bats in the boat with him. He learns that she has eased his escape after he has freed himself from the web. Apparently she is just playing Chton politics.

Mirren, a werewolf and thief, has survived the sinking of a ship from the tsunami caused by a lesser fragment plunging into the Ythan Ocean on Rhynne. She washes ashore on a small island with an abandoned wizard's tower, former home of Stonebrow, deceased leader of the Circle. She finds seawater stains, fish, and damp everywhere from the tsunami, but also some dry food and clothing. She gathers some money and jewelry and convinces a pair of would-be plunderers to take her to the mainland.

Kyra is an assassin on Zarhenna who bungles an assignment. When Mirren applies to be an assassin, Kyra is assigned as her instructor. Since this is a demotion in status, Kyra is determined to make Mirren into a successful assassin. However, Mirren also bungles her first assignment and flees from the Guild With No Name into the labyrinth of Chton tunnels within the fragment. Kyra is given an final assignment, find and kill Mirren or never come back.

This novel is a mystery quest with several storylines. Most are soon intertwined with the Lady of Bats in her effort to dominate the Chtons. However, Trisandela's plan encounters a setback as a third party joins the competition for Chton leadership.

Recommended for Reaves fans and anyone else who enjoys high sorcery and low politics, with a smidgen of romance.

-Arthur W. Jordin
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Unfinished, Brilliant Work 2 Sep 2007
By Judah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's hard for me to put down my feelings about this novel. I first read it fifteen years ago when I was still in high school, and I promised myself someday I'd track down the other volumes in the trilogy and finish the story. This summer I ordered the non-anthology, non-Star Wars novels written by Michael Reeves from Amazon. This novel was amazing enough that I wanted to know what happened fourteen years later, AND it made me want read what else Reeves has done.

What did I remember about "The Burning Realm" that stuck with for over a decade? A tenth order orange magic starbust called the Devastator. Triskendelka, Lady of Bats. The monstrosities living in fragement of Xoth. The fate of a Cloakfighter. That I really wanted to know what happened before and after this novel.

"The Shattered World," is the first novel in the series, and it exceeded my expectations. It was better than "The Burning Realm," and written in the same style too. I've never found another fantasy work that captures an ambiance similar to what the this novel and it's predecessor evokes, in part because Reeves uses obscure words that *sound* like they belong in a fantasy novel. Editors of today would probably cut them, but they worked for me. Totally added to the story experiences.

Despite my search, and my hopes, there is no sequel. The ending leaves off with a holocaust on the horizon. No solution has been found for the Runestones of the World Fragments decaying in magic power. I'm not giving anything away, as this is basically the impetus for the original meeting of the characters in "The Shattered Realm." The original plot. I want to know how this story ends, and I don't think I ever will.

The plot was five stars, pacing is excellent. Characterization is subsumed in part by the action, but it is there. Parts of me want to give this novel a one star because I absolutely hate that I'll never know what happens in the never written final book. It's got four because I realize waiting years hoping to finish this story means I liked it.

As for whether or not you should buy it? It is brilliant fantasy action. It is unfinished. You've been warned.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Review of "The Burning Realm" 13 Dec 2000
By S. Kirkwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this sequel to "The Shattered World", Reaves once again takes us back to a world literally torn apart, whose fragments have been set in a precarious, decaying orbit by the efforts of long-dead sorcerers. One sorcerer, Pangrogas, seeks to master the art of Necromancy to save these fragments, while becoming embroiled in the plots of the Chthons - ancient demonic enemies of Mankind.
This sequel doesn't live up to the high standards set forth in the original, with somewhat underdeveloped and predictable characters, but Reaves still spins a good yarn. I recommend it for most fantasy or sword-and-sorcery fans.
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