The Wizard Hunters: The Fall of Ile-Rien Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2004
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Top customer reviews
But Tremaine Valiarde is the daughter of a master criminal, and was raised with the most powerful magician in Ile-Rien as her god-father, and her less-than-conventional upbringing has prepared her for the coming battle.
"The Wizard Hunters" has everything you want in a light adventure fantasy - strong characters, snappy dialogue, a rollercoaster plot with edge-of-the-seat action set-pieces, and of course, the whacking great mystery at the heart of the plot - the sinister, nameless enemy - who and what are they, and what do they want?
The action of "The Wizard Hunters" takes place a generation after the action of Martha Wells' last book, "The Death of the Necromancer", but you don't have to have read the previous book to keep up with the plot. (Although if you haven't read it, get hold of it by any means necessary - it's superb!)
There are only three writers whose work I currently buy in hardcover - Robin Hobb, JK Rowling, and Martha Wells - that's how good she is. Read this book!
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
If Death of the Necromancer has parallels to the Victorian era, The Wizard Hunters has clear parallels to World War II. Basically, it’s taking Ile-Rien, a setting I’ve grown to love through Wells’s previous books, and literally blowing it up. For Ile-Rien is under attack from a mysterious and unknown enemy, the Gardier, who’s black airships seem to appear out of nowhere and who display no mercy.
I think The Wizard Hunters would have had a lot less of an impact on me if I hadn’t read Death of the Necromancer. The most emotional part of the book for me was seeing the destruction wrecked on a setting I’d loved and the dire fates of the previous book’s cast.
But The Wizard Hunters itself wasn’t that great. I wouldn’t call it bad, but it falls more in the category of mediocre. What draws me again and again to Martha Wells’s work is the imagination she displays in crafting her worlds, but both worlds of The Wizard Hunters (there’s two) felt like places I’d seen before. I really love the overall idea – mysterious invaders from another world appearing out of no where. It was sort of a fantasy take on alien invasion. However, there wasn’t much I found thrilling about the book. I was mostly tepid on how the plot played out and the new character cast, and I did have trouble remembering who some of the minor characters were.
All that said, I may give the second book in the trilogy a shot at some point, it just won’t be high up on my to read list. So far I haven’t read a novel by Martha Wells that I’ve outright disliked or even not enjoyed enough to finish. And I do have enough lingering interest in the invasion plotline to want to see how everything plays out.
These books are, on the surface, perfect comfort reading. Lots of swash and buckle, brave characters fighting evil, etc., etc., and there's never a dull moment.
But that's not why I was so enthralled-- plenty of swashbuckling adventures don't manage to bring me along for the ride, and i put the book down and never come back to them.
Wells has characters, phenomenal characters. Nobody is really a stereotype. All of her books and even her short stories share this; everyone is three-dimensional, even if drawn in only a few strokes. They all have shadows, they all have their own motivations; nobody's a prop. Even her disposable henchmen are human.
This trilogy has a protagonist, a young woman named Tremaine Valiarde, plus an ensemble cast; POV is primarily Tremaine's, but for other scenes dips into a number of different characters; it is, after all, somewhat epic, and lots of things happen, and Tremaine does not personally witness them all.
I especially enjoyed Tremaine because she is so human. Now, having read the Death of the Necromancer, which deals with the adventures of her father, Nicholas Valiarde, and her mother, Madeleine Denare, it is fascinating to see how skillfully Tremaine is drawn as a descendant of these two, and yet is very much her own person. Wells is an excellent characterizer.
And so, in the years since I first bought this book, I have come back to it again, and again, and again. It's not a comfort reread, it is a visit with some old friends.
This book is the first of an excellent trilogy--I just finished rereading and enjoyed it even more the first time. BUT the first book is somewhat dark--worth working through, but I almost stopped reading because of it. I am so glad that I continued--this is sf, action/adventure, romance, fantasy, many genres in one. There is a single book that is related, "Death of the Necromancer." but I think it is better to read later. It is about the main character's father--and is not necessary to understand the trilogy.
Martha Wells is a great author--I am already pre-ordering her next work.