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The Fate Of The Fallen: The Song of the Tears: Volume One

The Fate Of The Fallen: The Song of the Tears: Volume One [Kindle Edition]

Ian Irvine
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The first book in a new fantasy trilogy from the hugely popular author of the View from the Mirror and the Well of Echoes series.

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After ten years of servitude, Nish is about to be released from the blackest prison of the maimed God-Emperor, Jal-Nish Hlar, his corrupt father. Jal-Nish holds the two sorcerous quicksilver tears, Gatherer and Reaper, and with them controls all of the Secret Art. All opposition having been crushed, he has begun to remake the world in his depraved image. The only hope of overthrowing him lies in Nish, whom the oppressed peoples of the world see as a messianic figure. They have named him the Deliverer for, as Nish was dragged away to prison a decade ago, he wildly promised to return and cast down his father. Unfortunately Nish is powerless and without allies. But worse, his father wants Nish to become his lieutenant and become as corrupt as he is. Jal-Nish offers Nish everything he has ever desired and, faced with the unbearable alternative of another ten years in prison, he isn't sure he can resist the temptation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 821 KB
  • Print Length: 619 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (5 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GGM58C
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start to a New Series! 12 Sep 2006
By Jordan
This book starts ten years after the last series, "The Well of Echoes" leaves off. Irvine again has created another masterpiece of fantasy fiction that sits well upon the The Three Worlds universe that he has created.

The God-Emperor Jal-Nish rules the world with an iron fist, but all is not lost, there is one hope (or a few more hidden in the cracks) that will hopefully end this despotic, and savage world.

Irvine's books, and world for that matter, have gradually become darker and more sedistic as the series has gone on. I question the motivation behind this change, as the reference to debauchery in the first series was very minimal, but is quite prevalent in this one so far. It certainly sets the stage for the landscape of this heretical world. I do not find it unappealing, however a cautionary word to parents, this material might be a little too graphic for children, this series is certainly not a substitute for a Harry Potter, or Diane Duane youngster looking for adventure in between releases.

I am a devoted fan of Irvine's and have read all of his "Three Worlds" books knowing that I have to import them from either the UK or Australia. It's worth the cost for shipping and the book just to immerse myself in each of his titles. I commend Ian Irvine for creating an original world with a very unique background. Irvine's twist on Darwinian logic of survival of the fittest works wonders on the progression of his world, and certainly the notion that history is written by the victors.

For anyone that has read his earlier work, I urge everyone to support Ian Irvine's newest book "The Fate of the Fallen" in hope that we can get all of his books published in the United States and expose others to his wonderful and original world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars difficult to recommend whole heartedly 2 Dec 2008
By AnetteF
My first encounter with Ian Irvine's work.

A pretty good read overall and that cliff-hanger ending had me immediately add the next book in the series to my wish list. If this was a stand-alone book, I would have given it four stars however the next one in the series was nowhere near as good and that reflects back on this one which is why I am not sure about recommending it.

My star ratings are the result of the following breakdown:
How difficult was it to put the book down: difficult = four stars
Would I buy the hardcover of this one: probably not = three stars
Am I likely to read it again: not in the near future (influenced by the fact that the next instalment isn't very good) = three stars
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By PeterV
Short summary: This a truly excellent book, so full of excitment, adventure and action that it's almost exhausting to read.

The characters hijack magical flying beasts, attempt to start a rebellion, actually start a rebellion, find lost forms of magic, wander through bizzare alternate planes of reality and escape death so many times you'd think they'd start to get blase about it.

The characters are fascinating, if a little unorthodox, Nish, pining for a his dead lover, mildly comptant Maelys, the raving zealot Vovimond. And of course Jal-Nish one of the best fantasy villans in a long time. Nobody quite as interesting as the Geomaner Gaehilys from 'Well Of Echos' or Tiaan from the same series, though.

A few flaws. The map at the front is 300 years out of date. Why oh why does it not mark Morrelune?

The Cursed Flame is poorly explained and largely incomprehensible.

And it ends on The. Biggest. Cliffhanger. Ever.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The fate of the fallen 25 Jun 2007
Written ten yrs after the events of chimera with Nish as the protaganist.

After being rescued from prison Nish becomes the deliverer to save the world from his father. the memorable world of santhenar has changed for the worse and nish must battle new foes, twisted creatures and attacks from all sides in his attept to achieve his perfect future.

In my opinion one of the better ian irvine books an excellent and engrossing read.

Lacking the constant jumping between characters that so marred his previos books as well as the tedious repititions from other points of view. much more simplistic than the others but this adds to the suspense which the others lacked slightly.

There is less action in than th previous "three worlds books" but i think its a less convoluted and confusing story than the others.

An excellent read and definate page turner filled with excitment and characters from previous books a great start and i can't wait for the next book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fate of the Fallen 9 Sep 2006
By JamesB
This book, i have been eagerly awaiting, being an avid fan of Ian Irvine. I got hooked with 'A Shadow on the Glass' which in my mind is one of the best modern fantasy sequences, with brilliant characterisation and unpredictability, which is sadly lacking in much modern fantasy. 'The Well of Echoes' Quartet which followed did not inspire me to the same degree, although very enjoyable and with a climactic ending, which was incredibly brave. Without giving the story away, it sets the scene for this new novel. Irvine uses a similar approach, with a strong female character in Maelys, who i am convinced is meant to be related to Karan, the brilliantly realised heroine of an age past (and who i hope features again in Irvine's writing). The story however has a central chaacter in Nish, the tortured son of the evil despot, all-powerful Jal-Nish. We encounter many characters, old and new, as Nish embarks on his quest to overthrow his father. In one of these i noted echoes of Gilhaelys from earlier books, and the evil myrmidon Phrune is also wonderfully realised. Later we re-encounter Xervish at the atmospheric Mistmark mountain, who has aged but is clearly agile and as cunning as ever! The brutality of a humbled world is evident in this novel, and like so many fantasy novels, is a journey/quest-driven saga towards redemption. I look forward to episode 2!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Has done another great story all ready want to read the next one. Have got it downloading as I type :)
Published 8 months ago by mr sj lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Irvine
This was a gift for my brother, I personally don't like fantasy stuff, but is catches his imagination which is why ne now owns the complete series.
Published 11 months ago by Madeline Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars The great story continues
Absolutely love this saga, a great read for lovers of fantasy fiction and.can't wait to read the next two installments
Published 17 months ago by Ray Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars feedback
A highly enjoyable start to a new series. A worthy addition to any fantasy readers collection. Am very much looking forward to the rest of the series.
Published 22 months ago by debbie cooper
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Irvines best
For me Ian's latest novel seems to have the feeling of an inferior telling of another tale out there, sort of following similar conventions to the Thomas Covanent series. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2007 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
2.0 out of 5 stars Ghostwriter???
Having read the previous series with great enjoyment I was very disappointed with the start of the new. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2007 by Ornulf Wang Sandaas
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I don't know what it is about Ian Irvine's books that I like but I had this one read in a day and found it as enjoyable as the rest of them. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2006 by Mark Savage
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