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The Eye of Night

The Eye of Night [Kindle Edition]

Pauline Alama

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From Pauline J. Alama comes a stirring fantasy tale of three vagabonds in a dying world and their terrifying quest into the heart of darkness...

The Eye Of Night

It is a magical world on the verge of collapse. In the North the Troubles rage. Cities and kings are being annihilated; the very earth is in upheaval, waking even the dead from their graves. All notions of time and space, of day and night, of seasonal change seem fractured beyond repair. But as the chaos moves slowly south, engulfing land after land, three unlikely heroes--an ex-priest, a battered serving girl, and an exquisitely beautiful, refined lady--journey bravely to the dying regions, their only weapon an enchanted stone of enigmatic power and ancient origin.

Jereth, disillusioned with his faith in the Rising God and robbed of his family after a deadly shipwreck, struggles to find meaning in his blighted life, searching the devastated land without direction--until he meets two extraordinary women. Each has her own secrets to keep; both are on a quest to save the world. But they must first save themselves, conquering their demons and rousing their well-disguised strengths. Only then will it be revealed how three penniless, unarmed wanderers can light a darkening world. For one is a prophet, one is a fool, and one’s life is now in their hands.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (10 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,198,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 28 April 2004
By "sfg220" - Published on
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Alama has created an original, fascinating world into which she thrusts three highly unusual characters. This isn't sword-and-sorcery or another Tolkein ripoff. Eye of Night is high fantasy at it's best. The hero and heroine are anything but typical, their relationship develops believably through the course of the book, and the plot has some very unexpected twists and turns. If you like fantasy, you won't be disappointed.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful epic fantasy 6 July 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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Magic is alive in the world but it has insignificant affect on the troubles in the North. Kingdoms are at war with one another; plagues sweep the land; and earthquakes destroy whole cities. The weather plays havoc on the crops; drought is common; and the cattle dies from extreme thirst. The people in the North are traveling but that will do them no good because the troubles accompany them southward.

Three people on a quest are moving against the trend by heading northward. The mystic Hwyn, the beautiful simpleton Trenara, and the former priest Jereth follow the instructions of the Sky-Raven's Egg. Hwyn knows that the Eye of the North is readying itself to give birth and that it could mean the death of civilization or something quite wondrous.

THE EYE OF NIGHT is a beautiful epic fantasy starring three protagonists chosen by the gods to play a pivotal role in the rebirth of a world. Readers will be surprised to realize what these roles will be but it is all tied together in a way that makes sense. This is Pauline J. Alama's first novel but with the talent she displays with this strong tale, the audience will realize there will be more forthcoming. Just having patience to wait will prove nerve wracking.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Effort for a First Book 2 Sep 2004
By Tammerlee - Published on
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An intriguing story about things never being what they seem, with enough of a mystery to make you wonder what will happen at the end of the journey. The character's are definitely not your typical heroes but heroes none the less even if they tend to be a bit dramatic at times. Definitely entertaining, I was not disappointed. Wouldn't mind reading another book about Jereth's & Hwyn's land.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original, almost indescribable, yet very readable 3 Feb 2007
By Elizabeth A Triano - Published on
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Oops, how did it happen that I did not post a review of this highly original book when I first read it? Possibly because it left me with a long-term haunting echo, yet a lack of words to describe it. The characters are real and sympathetic; the setting is well realized and not just another pseudo-medieval-Europe. Perhaps what I liked best about this book was that there was, and remains, a definite sense of meaning and message, yet I cannot identify either; there are not pat analogies. In this day of cloned fantasies and LOTR wannabes, and heavy-handed (if masterful) epics by such as Tepper, a quest such as that found within The Eye of Night evokes more the unpredictability and sense of destiny found within LeGuin's Earthsea books, or some of McKillip's stories.

I am sorry that this review may not be as clear as I usually try to write them. I like to leave the long essays to those who are more gifted at analysis, and share just what I think will be most helpful to other readers. It is hard to describe this book. It is hard to imagine a sequel. I hope Ms. Alama brings us more stories though!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Fantasy 18 Sep 2005
By G. McNutt - Published on
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I checked this book out at the library, intrigued by the cover and the first page was readable. I was so glad I took it home because it was a very good story. The story is told from the point of view of Jereth, a former priest. He runs into Hwyn, a mishapen woman and Trenara, a beautiful woman. They all end up on a quest together to take the Eye of Night where it wants to go, and come across many adventures on the way. There is a little mystery to the story that kept it even more intriguing. Their homeland is interesting and I was amused with the map at the beginning of the book that showed all the directions, North, South, East, and West in the wrong places. They were travelling what would be considered South to us, but they called it North.

I can't handle many fantasy books, but this one is very readable. I highly recommend it!
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