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The Shining City (Rhiannon's Ride) [Mass Market Paperback]

Kate Forsyth
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 531 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (4 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451460804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451460806
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 14.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reading 24 Jun 2013
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i normally read wheel of time series by robert jordan, but whilst waiting for the final book in the series i opted to read this series and found it most enjoyable, not so intense as jordan and sanderson but i am now going to buy the next in this series.i have also pased them on to my 23 year old old daughter who also cant wait for me to finish the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great second book! 3 Mar 2011
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Imprisoned in Sorrowgate tower, Rhiannon awaits her trial for murder and treason. Alone and in terrible fear for the future, she is haunted by the malevolent ghost of a dead queen who has a hunger to live again.
Meanwhile, Lewen must resume his studies at the tower of two moons with the other apprentice witches, among them the banprionnsa Olwynne NicCuinn, who desires more than friendship from Lewen. Drawn back into the intrigues of the court Lewen finds his loyalty to Rhiannon tested to the utmost limit.
Preoccupied by the upcoming wedding of Donncan and Bronwen, Isabeau the keybearer fails to investigate Rhiannons tale of necromancy and ghosts. By the time she realises that dark spirits have indeed been disturbed, it is too late, and the royal family is brought face to face with She Who Cuts The Thread.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb follow up to Book 1 28 Jun 2008
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After reading the first in the trilogy, I could hardly wait for the second and third to arrive. I was not disappointed, the Shining City kept me captivated totally, unwilling to put it down, even at the risk of being late for work! If you enjoyed the first book, you will also enjoy this one. Lots of new characters and quite a lot to get your head around, but totally worthwhile. I am part way through the final book now and don't know what I will do with myself when I have finished!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More questions, and a cliffhanger ending. Hang on folks, the ride isn't over yet 21 Mar 2006
By Lilly Flora - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, Kate Forsyth is a fantastic writer, and not just of fantasy. She has brilliant command of language and imagery and I almost wish she would branch out and write a non-fantasy novel to explore her skills. In the meantime though, this is one dozy of a book that I heartily recommend, even if you didn't love her previous novels.

The Shining City is the second book in Rhiannon's Ride (pronounced Ree-annn-on) which is a trilogy offshoot of the Witches of Eileanan series. In this book Rhiannon is taken captive to the shining capital city and held on trial for murdering one of the king's guards, Connor the just. In the last book it was reveled that she killed him, but she also feel in love with Lewen, who is also part fairy and desperately in love with her despite her being half wild. The book starts as she's taken to prison.

Of course Lewen has his own life in the city as a student witch a squire for the king. He's also best friends with the king's daughter, Olwynne. She's been in love with him her whole life and upon hearing about his new loves, decides to concoct a love potion (which are illegal in this world) to win his love away.

All this is happening while evil forces gather in the background with some very peculiar helpers we know from previous books. Soon a terrible thing will happen. Will Rhiannon be hung for her crime? Will Lewen fall for the love spell? If he does it mean that he and Rhiannon can never be together again? Will the evil necromancers from the last book be reveled as having an even more sinister purpose? Can this all end happily?

I don't know-there's one book left in the series called the Heart of Stars which should come out next year. I await it eagerly. This book is fantastic and edgy and romantic and you'll be on the edge of your seat the whole time cheering for the good guys and booing the bad ones (particularly Olwynne who seems inoccent and good because she's in love with Lewen-not that that's an excuse for what she did) until it ends...with a cliffhanger. I will count the days until the next book and hope for a happy ending. I actually ordered the last in this series from Australia! I'm happy to share info with anyone, who, like me, needs reasurence that everything ends well. Email me for details at lsdstitch@aol.com.

Five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars who are these people and am I supposed to care? 27 May 2006
By moria2 - Published on Amazon.com
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3 and a half stars. The Shining City is book 2 of Rhiannon's Ride. Rhiannon, Lewen and crew have finally reached the city (Lucescere), and Rhiannon and Lord Fettercain are taken directly to prison. Both are charged with murder, and he has an additional charge of necromancy against his person. Rhiannon spends most of the book helpless in jail. While the servant of Lord Fettercain (Dedrie) somehow fools everyone, gets out of jail, and starts to ingratiate herself with members of the Theurgia. Lewen seems to forget about Rhiannon as she remains behind bars, and the intrigues of the royal family and their court take the floor, including plans for the wedding of Bronwen, the daughter of Maya the Ensorcellor, to Donncan, the heir apparent to the throne.

I really enjoyed the first book of this series. However, this book didn't seem to always make sense to me. I haven't read the Witches of Eileanan series by Ms. Forsyth. So, a lot of the characters and the subjects that come up while the setting is in Lucescere don't mean boo to me. This wasn't the case with the first book of this series. I'm fairly sure that someone who has read the Eileanan books would understand all that is going on. On the bright side, at least for those like me, it looks as though they leave the city behind at the end of this particular segment. Hopefully, the backfill from the first series will fade as they leave the city behind or perhaps I'll have time for the 6 Witches of Eileanan books before the next in this series is ready.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly frustrating, but an excellent read! 2 Jun 2006
By katie - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want a plot summary, look that the other reviews, but I'm just going to write my reaction to the novel. This was an excellent read but at times frustrating. I loved The Tower of Ravens and found this book to be excellent as well. The reader is pulled into the plot right away, and the ending is pumped full of action, but I found the middle pages to be a bit slow. Rhiannon is in jail for the entire legnth of the novel and there is a lot of side tracking to the other characters in the novel. I find that I am most engrossed when the author is talking about Rhiannon though so found myself waiting until Forsyth returned to Rhiannon's plight. Another frustrating aspect of the novel was that everything that possibly could go wrong for Rhiannon does. Still, this novel was an excellent read and I can not wait until the next novel "Heart of Stars." Forsyth is an excellent writer who creates an enchanting and engrossing world.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Stressful, Yet SO Great! 9 Aug 2006
By Gladys White - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was even more gripping than the first. It made me angry, distressed, sad, relieved, excited, and more. I fell in love with the characters even further. I was glad to see some of the original relationships from the original series still existing. Although an angsty plot, I adored this book and am chomping at the bit for the release of the final book. I need to know the consequences and the outcomes! Can't wait. Kate Forsyth has become my favorite author, hands down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get much better than this 15 Jun 2007
By Natalie - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've read the first novel in this series and are uncertain about getting the second one, trust me on this: GET IT. You will love it. And if you've never read any of Kate Forsyth's work before, get it too - it's a great introduction to her richly imagined world of witches, faeries, and lords.

Rhiannon is a half-satyricorn who unwittingly gets herself caught up in the affairs of the country of Eileanan when she flees her tribe. Found to possess strong magic, Lewen, a young man who finds her hurt in the forest on a winged horse, urges her to cultivate her powers at the Tower of Two Moons. But first she must face charges of murder and treason: Rhiannon has killed a Yeomen of the guard.

We get to really delve into all the characters in THE SHINING CITY. From Lachlan, the ruling Rìgh of Eileanan, to seemingly flighty Bronwen, engaged to the heir, every single character is driven by their own beliefs, ambitions, and wants. The best part of it all is that it's all completely believable, and when I say "completely," I mean it. Forsyth is gifted with the ability to really get to the heart of every single driving force in her characters.

The constant change in perspective Forsyth provides us with gives us a better look at the bigger picture, and it really works to illustrate the scope and depth she has imbued her world with. Some authors might stumble here, but she does it with grace and careful attention to detail.

Speaking of detail, the characters all speak in dialect, something that becomes a fun sort of "secret language" that only Forsyth readers know.

This is that rare sequel that is better than its counterpart. While THE TOWER OF RAVENS was wonderful in and of itself, I find that it worked much better as a set-up to all the events in this second book. THE SHINING CITY is jam-packed with adventure, intrigue, romance, drama, and a rich, well-imagined history and fantasy world. This is a book to enjoy!
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