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Trinity Rising Audio Download – Unabridged

3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 17 hours and 42 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Aug. 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TT22CS
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Format: Paperback
Elspeth Cooper's debut novel Songs of the Earth, grabbed the top spot on my Books of 2011 list. The book had many very familiar tropes and hearkened back to the old-school fantasies of my youth. Reading it gave me warm and fuzzy feelings and just made me plain happy, so I forgave the flaws I did notice. Its basic elements may not have been cutting edge, Cooper wielded them with skill and managed to give them enough of a twist so that I really enjoyed the book. Needless to say, I've been excited for Trinity Rising since reading Songs of the Earth in December and last week my patience was rewarded and I got to return to Gair's world. To do so was a pleasure and it was over all too soon.

Trinity Rising starts by taking us a step back in time, focusing on Savin, Songs of the Earth's villain, and Teia, a Nimrothi clanswoman in separate storylines. Savin's storyline serves both as a further reveal of his motivations and as a temporal anchor for Teia's story; as we recognise events from the previous book in Savin's scenes, we know how far Teia's story has caught up to Gair's. Teia's story is arguably the main storyline in Trinity Rising; in fact, Gair doesn't even make an appearance in book until the middle third of the book. While I really enjoyed Teia's story and her character, the start of her narrative made me wince as it involves her being steered into an abusive relationship. Luckily, Cooper doesn't utilise this relationship to give Teia agency, instead this is done through Teia's visions of an appalling future for her people. Instead, the relationship functions as both a way to have her in close contact to her clan's Speaker, the one that she's foreseen causing her people's destruction and as a way to stress Teia's sense of honour and duty.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A little over a year ago, Elspeth Cooper's Songs of the Earth completely blew me away with its elegant simplicity and neoclassical approach to a very familiar fantasy story; that of a young man with abilities beyond his control, and a story woven around him that will change his life and shape the world, which hangs in the balance.

I'm a big fan of neoclassical. I love it, in fact, and whenever I get the chance to, I talk to writers about it. I did with Cooper and after the interview with her and following the monumental success of Songs of the Earth I had high hopes for Trinity Rising (formerly Trinity Moon).

The best thing about Cooper is that she can write. Maybe it sounds like a bit of a given point with a traditionally published and successful writer, but is it? There are countless writers who are storytellers, yes, but writers; true artists with words? Poets? There are fewer than you think, and to come across one who can weave a tale with one hand, whilst toting an elegant, beautiful prose style in the other is a pretty rare find. Cooper's prose is beautiful. She's a poet of a writer; in a few sentences she's got you by the imagination, by the heart, and she's taking you for a ride through her colourfully populated, eloquently written world.

Naturally, it's not just the prose that's important, but it's rare that the nuts and bolts of a story are good enough alone to really blow some trumpets about.

Trinity Rising does not suffer from "second book syndrome"; it does, however, offer something a little different. Instead of ploughing forwards towards the third book, which would speed inevitably towards the grand ending of book four (yes, The Wild Hunt is now a quartet!
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Although I quite enjoyed the first book, this one is nowhere near as good.

The good majority of the book features a consistent theme of horrific (and graphic) sexual abuse throughout, taking the story to dark places people don't particularly look for when they pick up a fantasy adventure novel and serves as nothing more than an unwelcome distraction from the actual plot.

Aside from this, the few chapters featuring characters that aren't either vulnerable, under-age abuse victims, or violent sexual predators are well-written and on occasion, (towards the end) quite entertaining. Saying that, the book lacks climax and the plot doesn't develop much more than it did at the end of the first novel, so if you've just finished reading that one and feel you need to know what happens next, you're likely to be disappointed.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a solid continuation from Songs of the Earth. You can feel and almost taste Gair's pain after Chapterhouse. He gets more frustrated at Alderhan' s order to accompany him in his quest for the 'Starseed'. To be honest, one of the major news characters - Teia - feels completely wrong within the stories timeline.

The Ravens Shadow is far better, thankfully, but this book has it's moments and it does set the stall for Books 3 & 4.
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I enjoyed the story but the proof readers should be taken out and shot. The punctuation and poor spelling is awful and spoils the book.
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Format: Paperback
The second book for Elspeth and one that continues to expand upon the world presented in her first. It has great characters, a darker tinge beneath the covers and for me when blended with the authors writing style really gives me what I look for in a fantasy.

Back that up with a friendly and engaging use of prose alongside dialogue and you too will find yourself taken into this world that she's lovingly crafted. Finally throw into the mix deeper threads with repercussions for the series as a whole and a number of mysterious players that's hinted at and all in it's a book that really works on so many levels. I just hope that the various threads don't run away with themselves.
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