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The Fate of the Fallen (The Three Worlds Cycle #9)

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‘This precise and beautifully crafted novel blooms from its ascetic opening to a resonant and rewarding climax. Makes what’s currently available on fantasy shelves seem hackneyed and formulaic. Utterly absorbing.” Stephen Davenport, Independent Weekly.

After ten years of servitude, Nish is about to be released from the blackest prison of the maimed God-Emperor, Jal-Nish Hla
Paperback, First UK edition
Published by Orbit (first published 2006)
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I don't like this 5-star-review system! I've rated this book at 3 stars along with some of the books from the previous View from the Mirror and Well of Echoes series, but I certainly would call this book a low 3 stars and those a high 3 stars (but I don't think this book only deserves 2 stars), so far I am not liking this series as much as either of the previous two. One of the things I enjoy about Ian Irvine's fantasy novels is that they are a bit gritty, characters have to walk places and it ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Maggie rated it did not like it
Shelves: burn-it
So I've been reading fantasy novels since I was in second grade starting with Tolkien's famous "The Hobbit" and more recently reading my way through George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire". I admit to not having read Irvine's previous series so I don't have the background knowledge. However, I've read follow up series before with no problems and loved them. This book, sadly, does not fall in that category. Halfway through it, I'm about to throw in the towel because I don't believe in ...more
Loren Harway
Aug 05, 2007 Loren Harway rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
I was eagerly looking forward to this after the excruciating ending of the last series. This latest installment was very Irvine-deeply depressing, making you want to curl up and cry on the floor at the hopelessness of their situtation.
Still it is a masterpiece perhaps not as enthralling as the previous but these are early days, the next book promises to expand the cast (and bring back old and very old characters).
Gory and sexy as always the writing makes you want to stab yourself again and again
Mar 05, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Utterly riviting! I feel like I waited for this book to come out forever. Recommended for any fan of fantasy, Ian Irvine is a fantastic writer.
Oct 22, 2011 Peter rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
After 120 pages in the company of complete idiots I gave up. Shame really: the plot had promise but the characterisation and storytelling was so naive.
Sorry :(
Nov 02, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
So I will admit this review and my opinion is a little strange but bear with me.

I absolutely loved this book. It had all the elements of a fantasy book that I absolutely love, rich story, characters you can fall in love with an amazing world and an epic cliff hanger!
When I went to buy the next in the series I was genuinely surprised to find it was actually the 9th book of a huge saga!
I quickly bought the other 10 books and set out to read it from book one, only to be thoroughly disappointed wit
Aug 16, 2010 Maya rated it liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I picked up this book because, well, I've read the rest of them and I can't very well stop now. I didn't enjoy the Well of Echoes as much as the Tale of the Mirror and wasn't sure how well this one would measure up. Irvine's books are characterised by the hardship the protagonists endure. They are met by challenge after challenge, nothing falls easily into their laps and they work for their rewards - and this is part of their charm. Its a refreshing take on fantasy. However, my first impressions ...more
Alex Boon
Sep 06, 2014 Alex Boon rated it liked it
Ian Irvine is one of the most frustrating authors I have read. He writes utterly unlikeable characters (with a couple of exceptions) and then makes them seem like idiots by supplying the reader with the obvious but ensuring that the characters fail to see it. Along with the irritant "he, Nish," and in this book "the zealot" as a singular description of a character, the narrative becomes increasingly annoying. In earlier books, Irvine " tells" rather than "shows" but this one takes it to a new ...more
May 25, 2011 Alec rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Only a little way in, but liking it so far...

... some days later ...

Ok, I seem to be having a run of books that are a real mixture of both promise and poor realisation. On balance, a reasonable story that moves along at a good pace.

Perhaps I suffer from lack of reading the previous 8 books in the series. There are several oblique back-references to previous battles undertaken by some of the characters and I think I certainly would need more of the background to understand why one of the main p
Apr 21, 2012 Kirsty rated it liked it
I liked this book it is a good fantasy adventure book, unfortunetely having recently read the game of thrones this book doesnt quite match up to standards and the way it leaves the ending was frankly annoying having said that i do need to read the rest of the seris, in order to find out what happens to the characthers who are well written. The only thing i would say is don't read this book unless you are willing to put a lot of time and effort into it and have the curse on the choosen to hand to ...more
Sep 30, 2010 Jason rated it liked it
All finished, and rather felt let down by this one. It's some time since I read Irvine's preceeding series, and I felt that this volume assumed too much familiarity with what went before. That said, it also didn't seem to do much in the way of setting up the next book in the sequence which I plan to start soon.

Irvine does do a good job of maintaining his own style of writing with some quite gruesome descriptions of painful events, and isn't aimed at younger readers!

I am still looking forward to
Aug 22, 2013 Ann rated it liked it
I could not finish this book! The reason why I gave this book 3 stars is because the plot is well written, however the characters are all a bunch of idiots who have no idea what they're doing I cannot even begin to tell you how annoying they are! The only reason why I started reading this book is because I have been other works by the author and really enjoyed them. Come to realize this book is really bad and I do not recommend this book for anyone however, I do recommend way between the worlds ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Skyemberr rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book, even with the cliff hanger ending. The thing about this series that is interesting to me is that the first series had almost zero governance and limited magical ability. It was more pure fantasy.

From then on the books started to include technology and psi in varying rates, and reflected change in governance in the world, with all of the people evolving in crisis. I can hardly wait to see how Santhenar ends.
Mateen Ar
Aug 02, 2014 Mateen Ar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent adventure fantasy. I appreciate the excellent setting, great imagination involved and absurdly strong atmosphere. There could however have been better characters throughout the story, and better detail recognition. The character development is fine but could be better. Overall I enjoy the story but not the characters and I look forward to the adventures. There is a strong hint of despair in the story that would be unfair to overlook.
May 08, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
After Reading The Well of Echoes still found it hard to get in to this follow on series and was halfway through before I began to really get into the book. Ian Irvine is not the easiest author to read but his charactors are really well written and soon found I wanted to find out what would happen to them and by the end of the book couldn't wait to read the second in this series
Nov 18, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book i have read of Ian Irvine's and i am very impressed. The Fate of the Fallen is the first book in the trilogy and i cannot wait to read the other two. I wont say anything about the story except to say that the characters develop well during this book and there are some great characters in this story, including the baddies!! Brilliant book. Well worth reading.
Feb 19, 2014 Hellyhaye rated it did not like it
A quarter of the way through the book, I put it and the rest of the series on the charity shop pile.
Nov 21, 2013 Rick rated it liked it
i read this but it was called "torment of the traitor, very confusing as I'm trying to work out which book i need to read next. anyway the writing keeps getting better! nice.
Jun 05, 2012 Xtinarawr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i absolutely love this book, one of my favorite series. I love how just when you think there is no hope or how can this situations get any worse it manages to get worse. :D
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I'm an Australian author of 32 novels, mainly fantasy. They include the bestselling Three Worlds epic fantasy sequence, which has sold over a million print copies and has been published in 11 countries. It comprises The View from the Mirror quartet, The Well of Echoes quartet and The Song of the Tears trilogy. I’m currently writing The Gates of Good and Evil, the long-awaited sequel to The View ...more
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