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Trinity Rising (Wild Hunt) Hardcover – 19 Feb 2013

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Elspeth Cooper was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England.

Her parents read her 'Ivanhoe' as a bedtime story, which was, she says, their first mistake. Then an inspired primary school teacher introduced her, at age 8, to 'Beowulf', and by age 11 she'd worked her way through every book in the house, including her Dad's Penguin Classics editions of 'The Odyssey' and 'The Iliad'. 'The Lord of the Rings' was pretty much a natural progression, and an epic fantasy adventure fan was born.

Elspeth describes herself as a voracious reader, and cites amongst her influences Susan Cooper, Alan Garner, Guy Gavriel Kay, Robert Holdstock and Tad Williams. She currently lives in Northumberland with her husband and cats, in a house full of books.

'Songs of the Earth' was her first novel, and the first in The Wild Hunt series. The adventure continues in 'Trinity Rising', out now.

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This sequel to "Songs of the Earth" by Elspeth Cooper continues the story of a young man who has been sentenced to death, and then exiled, for his magical abilities. As Gair struggles with grief over the loss of the only home he had known, and

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Huge letdown 20 Mar. 2013
By Donald Hendrix - Published on
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I'll start this by saying that I loved the first book. I've re-read it servral times and was eagerly waiting for the second book. I loved the main char. and the leading lady so far in the book. (The healer) So when the second book came out I could hardly wait to get my hands on it. Imagine my letdown when the chars I loved from the first book barly made an appearrance in this book, think they got 5 or 6 chapters total in the whole book. Instead we get a bounch of chapters from BBEG's pov. And the introduction of a new female char that I still cant figure what purpose she has in the book. Aside from all that the story in this one didn't make any sense to me. The story telling was still good, but was totally divorced from the orignal story that I like. But even with the great writing all the things it wasn't ruined the book for me. I'll still wait and read the thrid book and hope it gets back to being a great series. But I just couldn't rate this one higher then I did.
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Disappointing second effort 17 Mar. 2013
By David Moran - Published on
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After a flawed but promising first book, this novel disappoints in many ways. If you hope to jump back into Gair's life and see what's going on, you will be disappointed as the author all but ignores him for the first 14 chapters and 181 pages, choosing instead to focus on a new character, Teia, and that of the antagonist, Savin. I absolutely can't stand Teia. Not only is her character completely uninteresting, but she spends a majority of the time stomping around like a petulant child. A closer glimpse of Savin and what he is actually trying to accomplish could be interesting but nothing really new is gleaned from having the opportunity to see what he is thinking about. In fact, his inner dialogue is identical to his actions in every way i.e. "I'm an arrogant and evil jerk who takes pleasure in destroying the world". Wow.

Gair, like Teia, also spends a majority of his time whining and complaining. Yes, I get it, he lost someone close to him. Grief is normal but his attitude just grates on the nerves. Surprisingly, he still doesn't seem to have learned much about this whole Song magic, even though he spent quite a bit of time in the first book getting instruction from the teachers (but Teia seems to pick it all up in about 10 minutes with very little teaching). The author doesn't bother to go into a lot of detail about the whole magic system with every ability just having some random connection with being able to use the Song to "do stuff".

There are also quite a few "bedroom scenes" in the novel that don't really add to the story in any way. The author seems to prefer to write lusty romance novels or dirty taboo comics but chooses the fantasy genre as her outlet. I'm not offended by the material but some people may be. I'm actually more offended that she thought that this was in any way good writing.

The action actually does pick up in the second half of the book as we actually get to hear about characters that we like such as Ansel. But even after finishing the book, I can't understand what the second book was supposed to accomplish. I mean, things happen, events occur, people do stuff. But there isn't any real rhyme or reason behind it, no climactic finish that you are actively trying to reach. Is the book just a place setting to get everything ready for some final showdown? If it is, I don't think that I have the patience to continue the journey.
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Good not Great. 14 Mar. 2013
By Dustyn Cornell - Published on
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I definetely enjoyed the fist book more. The first 40 percent of the book simply takes place during same time period as the first book, just from other points of view. I spent most of the book waiting for it to get back to the main story of Gair and pick up where it left off in book 1. I was a little dissapointed when it kinda meandered through the first part of the book. For a sequal it was pretty good and i recommend reading it if you are a fan of the series, just dont expest as much excitement as the first one.
quick change artist 17 Sept. 2013
By Kitiri - Published on
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The first book was interesting. I enjoyed the religious analogies between fictional and real. It was fairly well-written and character development was satisfying enough to want to read the next book. I prefer trilogies that have some resolution but this had only cliffhangers. However, this second book could have been written by a different author. While the first book was tasteful and I almost recommended it to an elderly friend, the second starts out like a Game of Thrones wannabe with degrading sexual assault on a young girl and a couple scenes where the antagonist commits explicit vile atrocities only to not appear again in the rest of the book. This installment is quite disconnected from the previous one apart from some retelling that seems to be inserted just to increase the sexual, violent content missing from the first. New characters are introduced immediately and prominent previous ones are not developed with no link between the two.
I am not an author and feel bad giving this a negative review after the author worked hard but it was not an enjoyable read. I will not finish the series.
Fantastic! 7 July 2013
By Pamela A. Moses-Laramore - Published on
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This sequel definitely rose to meet my expectations. It was a wonderful adventure. I can't wait for the next book.
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