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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 28 Oct. 2011
It's a long book, but do not be put off. Characterisation and story are excellent. This is a cracking read and he new characters are masterful, especially the old Flydd. Irvine is a master in creating characters who draw you in, but have hidden depths. I highly recommend this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the best bits of the last one, without the slow opening., 28 Mar. 2008
I was very pleasantly surprised by Geomancer, or more accurately I was surprised by most of Geomancer. The opening was necessary to set up the world and characters, but it's lack of plot points did make it a little too slow. However, Tetrach suffers no such imparement, launching us back into the story just minutes after the last book left off and continuing to hurtle along at the same break-neck pace as it's predecessor.
All of the characters surviving from the events of last book are back this time round, with our focus still on the same Tiaan-Nish-Irisis rotation as last time (cruelly sustained cliff-hangers still present and correct), but in Tetrach two new main protagonists are added into the narrative: the titular Tetrach (a new character tied into Tiaan's plot strand but very much playing his own part in events) and, somewhat surprisingly, Scutator Xervish Flydd who was basically a villain last time but manages to almost become the main hero of the peice by the end.
This book doesn't just continue the plot from the last one, but also starts to increase the scale of things, giving us more of a veiw of the situation overall with several major battles and battle-aftermaths being dealt with. Irvine also drops several hints about the true motives and backgrounds to the controlling parties on both sides of the war which are interesting but don't tell us all that much, generally these sections feel more like a set-up for the sequel than something with any major relevance to this installment.
Tetrach has some excellent plot twists along the way, all of which are unexpeced and mainly carry with them a massive impact on not just the events but the meaning of the story.
If you enjoyed Geomancer (and it's essential you read that before you read this) then Tetrach will provide you with a solid fantasy thriller that brings with it all the momentum, drama and exhilleration of the previous installment and manages to utterly out-strip it in terms of pacing, involvement and quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well of echoes series, 6 Nov. 2011
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picked up geomancer from a charity stall and loved it so much went onto buy the other books in the series which was a trilogy but now been extended to a 4 book series. suggest that any sci-fi fan will enjoy reading ian irvine. to read the books in order is a must based on what i have read so far. the characters are very well created and set up in both the first 2 books i have read so far and would exprect no different from the others in the series.
excelent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tetrach, 13 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Tetrarch: Volume Two of The Well of Echoes (Paperback)
This book is an amazing continuation of 'The Well of Echoes' serires, with the storyline going more in depth than any of Irvines' other work. All I can say about this is book is "WOW" and "When is the next one out?"
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