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Heresy (Aquasilva Trilogy) Paperback – 7 May 2002

3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Earthlight; New edition edition (7 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743414845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743414845
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,822,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inquisition is as effective a second volume of a trilogy as Heretic was an opener; Anselm Audley recomplicates his take on political intrigue and the role of religion with some real understanding of the mechanics and psychology of power. His Hamlet-like narrator-hero Cathan is ineffectual because of his rational virtues, but some of the villains who walk all over him have hardly less brilliance; his friend turned fanatic enemy the Inquisitor Sarhaddon is a gifted orator whose subtle misrepresentation of historical fact, backed as it is with overwhelming brutal force, provides a goodish reason for many minor characters to capitulate to his church. The magician/emperor Orosius sneers at Cathan as he tortures him from afar for indecisiveness and respect for others--Cathan's reaction is to worry about whether his family resemblance to Orosius indicates some moral corruption yet to surface in him. Even Cathan's female allies, Palatine and Ravenna, get irritated with his reasonableness from time to time. Audley's sequence works some interesting spins on stock sf and fantasy tropes; what makes it interesting, though, is the worried sceptical tone of its narrator. Not only the plot here, but the style, are effectively character-driven. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Anselm Audley was eighteen in June 2000. Having studied at Millfield School, he is now at St John's College, Oxford, taking a course in Ancient and Modern History. He lives in Dorset. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
I had so much fun reading this book I can't begin to tell you. I could relate to the characters and their emotions that to adults might seem overdone, but to those of age, are not. The plot was entertaining and the settings were all believable.The water world of Aquasilva was fascinating and the Heroine Ravenna was a character that I can't wait to hear more about. Cathan was charming and in the beginning of the book had a regard for work that was parallel to myself and others I've know.Palatine was an interesting twist, especially at the end. As for other reviews I have read about the improbablitity of swords and crossbows when people also have weapons like torpedos on livable submarines, I say only... isn't it obvious? In a society built around people that live on islands it's not only believable but probable that weapons used underwater are more advanced technology wise. This people has to focus on war in water, not on land. I thought this was a social quirk that strengthened the importance of water to this people.
The plot was great and Audley built different races and peoples up until I could believe them all. He even gave people in different cities different views of life and had some astute observations of what power can do to people.I can't wait for this talented teenager's next book to come out.
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A fanatic church with power of the mind and fire, a war of faith, mages on the run and an unusual twist.
It's unusual to have people in charge actually rising to be the hero of a fantasy novel. Then again I'm not sure if I can rate it as a fantasy novel at all, some elements of science fiction have been dwarn in.
A world of submarines(mantas), satellites(eyes in the sky) and ocean probes, added with swords and magic.
This book is a must if you think you've read it all. It'll challenge how you look upon fantasy, and it proves that there are still people out there who can spin a great tale.
You'll notice that I only gave the author four stars, this is because in some cases I feel the use of language rips you out of the story, hvaing to plunge into it again. I don't particularly like these "breathers", but they are perfect if you don't eat a book a day like me.
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From the very first sentence through to the thrilling denouement, this book had me enthralled. I followed every twist and turn of the plot with bated breath, as the fate of the world hung in the balance.
When the hero, Cathan, embarks on a long and dangerous journey to carry important news to his father, Count Elnibal of Lepidor, little does he suspect that his travels will lead him into the very heart of the Citadel of the Order of Shadow. There he joins forces with the enigmatic Ravenna, and learns the truth about the evil deeds of the Domain, committed in the name of the fire-god Ranthas. Cathan, Ravenna and their companions quickly become involved with a seemingly impossible mission to overthrow the oppressive power which has controlled Aquasilva for centuries.
The subtle interweaving of storylines and the sheer power of Anselm Audley's razor-sharp, lucid prose are all the more astounding when we consider that this breathtaking masterwork was written at the tender age of eighteen. Such inspiration is a rare and precious talent possessed only by a gifted few in each generation. The author of this book, in my opinion, is one of those gifted few who will continue to amaze and inspire his readers for many years to come.
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The best thing about this book was the cover. The cover artist deserved better writing put between the stunning artwork he created for this book's cover. (The artwork for the rest of the trilogy, and general design of the cover art, is a tour de force.) Unfortunately, the novel itself is so bad that I only keep this book now because it looks so wonderful on my shelf (I very rarely part with my books). The main character is lifeless and so 2D he'd be at home in Catherine Banner's recent effort (another shockingly awful fantasy novel 'written' by an adolescent).

The main problem is that the book is dull, with too little action and very poor pacing. It would've benefited from severe (self-)editing. I'm afraid there is very little else to say. This was grey and drab, and failed to live up to the atmospheric picture so skilfully portrayed on the book's jacket.

Buy David Gemmell, or Weis and Hickman, or Michael Moorcock - writers who know how to draw characters and to pace a story.
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