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Trinity Rising (The Wild Hunt #2)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  528 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Trinity Rising is the sequel toSongs of the Earthby Elspeth Cooper, and continues the story of a young man who has been sentenced to death, and then exiled, for his magical abilities.

As Gair struggles with grief over the loss of the only home he had known, and his beloved, he is walking into a conflict that's greater and more deadly than he or his mentor ever anticipated.
Paperback, 501 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2012)
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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 excite ...more
Craig Slater
I liked the first book of this series quite a lot. Didn't love it, but then it was not the type of book that I would normally slip in to the LOVE category. (I tend to LOVE only seriously dark, funny, epic, raw, original, well written fantasy - and that's a big ask) All of that said. I liked it enough to want to read the next.

So, book two, Trinity Rising....

It took me a bit to get into this one, mainly because we don't see the main protagonist of the first book (Gair) for a fair while. I found t
Leo Elijah Cristea
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

Enjoyed this more than Songs of The Earth, which is still a great story. I don't know if that was for the fact that this was an audio rather than ebook, or that it is simply a better book. Not an easy feat for a mid series novel. Apologies therefore for any errors in spelling :)

Any assertions of YA have been left behind, featuring explicit, and often very abusive sexual scenes. This story is grown up in a lot of other ways too - the secondary character of Tanith is being explored and developed,
Nair Núñez
Much like the previous title on the Wildhunt Trilogy, Trinity Rising is a well written fantasy story. Nothing more.
***You might want to read my review on Songs of the Earth***

The main problem with this book -the past entry suffered from it in a minor scale- is the structure. The first third of the book we encounter a new protagonist Teia with her own story -the best story up to now in the series- and Savin's -the villain from the first book- point of view of the former title. More or less about
It was OK, as the two star rating says.
I absolutely fell in love with the first book, it's actually in my top 3 probably.
I actually really liked the story of Teia. It was very different than Gair's and really added to how the Song could be very different with different people. Plus I was actually kind of waiting for a first person perspective of someone else who heard the Song.
Though Gair's story kind of dissapointed me. I was waiting for more assest to characters he interacted wi
This is one of those mid series books where we follow some plotlines a bit further but nothing much happens. To be fair, a new character is introduced and we get a bit of her story, but it would be nice to have something to knit the characters together in each of the books ... A desperate defence at the end of the first book (which we got), perhaps a building of an alliance in the second (which was only hinted) and the final tirumph in the third. The author did write a note about how hard she fo ...more
I saw Elspeth Cooper in action at Fantasycon, where her sharp wit and even sharper intelligence were evident in the panels she took part in. So I was delighted when I saw this offering on the shelves and immediately scooped it up, despite the fact that it was the second in the series.

The future holds nothing but blood and death and Teia fears there is nothing she can do about it. Her clan is riding to war, but her secret, untrained gift of foretelling has shown her they are riding to their doom.
Elspeth Cooper in is book two of her series, The Wild Hunt, and “Trinity Rising” (Tor, $25.99, 488 pages), and not surprisingly, there’s no synopsis, and even worse, no map. Cooper constantly refers to geography, and her characters are wildly scattered on a pre-industrial world with magic, but the effort to sort out who is where and how close they are to someone else is not only frustrating, but unnecessary.

And Cooper is a relative newcomer to the writing biz, so she doesn’t quite have the fines
I really enjoyed the first book and felt this one was worth reading. the book didn't quite do it for me though the new character point of views were well done, but the story was slow and at the end I felt that there was little plot or character development. Othee than have a new main character introduced I felt a little disappointment
The first book was an introduction and now the stakes have risen very high. Gair is no longer a slightly naive boy but a grieving man. He knows loss now and is shown to have fire in him. He is too rash sometimes but he is strong and he will need that strength as events have shows. While people are busy with politics and day to day life a war is brewing in the desert and religions keep clashing(which echo's real life at the moment). But this is nothing in comparison to the wild hunt coming as one ...more
Definitely not as exciting as the first book. There are a lot of characters to keep track of. I usually don't mind that but you don't get to know many of them very well before they disappear again. Gair is a dope. Teia is essentially a teenager with all a teenager's inconsistencies and insecurities. The beginning was confusing because some events from the first book were repeated just from the perspective of a different character. All the characters are on various journeys by the end of the book ...more
Read my review here.
Ei ihan samanveroinen kuin eka kirja. Useampi seurattava henkilö ja näiden välillä hypittiin hieman liian nopeasti joissakin osin kirjaa. Hauska juttu oli tosin se, että toinen kirja alkaa aiemmasta vaiheesta kuin mihin eka kirja loppuu ja alussa seurataan henkilöä, joka oli ekassa kirjassa päähenkilön vastustaja. Meni tosin hetki, ennen kuin tajusin, että tarina ei jatku siitä kohdasta mistä luuli. Ensimmäinen osa oli selkeämpi kokonaisuus ja sillä oli selkeä päätös, tämä toinen osa on selkeä v ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Another great book by Elspeth Cooper. For the most part I can say that this novel was able to confirm for me that Cooper is an amazing story teller. The only real problem I had, and it's why the book is only getting three stars, is that after reading the first book and falling in love with Gair as the main character I didn't see hide nor hair of him until I was nearly 200 pages in. Not that I didn't love the the other character that is introduced ,because I do, it's just that I felt that after a ...more
Dark Matter
This review was written by Nalini Haynes for Dark Matter Zine. This and more reviews, interviews etc are on Dark Matter Zine, an online magazine.

Trinity Rising is the second book in a quartet by Elspeth Cooper that began with Songs of the Earth. Songs of the Earth was nominated for a Morningstar Award, which “celebrate[s] the newcomers to the fantasy genre, whose first book published in English.” I reviewed Songs of the Earth; if you haven’t read Songs I recommend
All in all I liked this book although if I'm being totally honest the beginning of the book was quite long and drawn out and although it was fun to get to know Teia as a new character all I really wanted to know when I opened the book up to its first wonderful page was, what was happening to Gair. It took almost half the book though before we even really got to see his name in print and then we were still dealing with things that had already happened in the first book that we now had to read abo ...more
You can read the full review over at The Founding Fields:

Shadowhawk reviews the second novel in the Wild Hunt series, published by Gollancz.

“An interesting novel that takes a greater look at the setting and introduces several interesting characters, but fails to excite and entertain as much as the first novel in the series.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Sequels, as I’ve mentioned before, are tricky to get right. There needs to be a clear progression of
Jo Oehrlein
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First, I must preface my comments about Trinity Rising by saying Cooper sure can write -- her prose is, in fact, so eloquent, it is bordering on cumbersome (with the screeds of service paid to names for people and places in quick succession, in particular). For the most part, however, it is rich, oftimes reminiscent of Rothfuss. Furthermore, Songs of the Earth bears plenty of semblance to The Name of the Wind; it is a heroic fantasy with a young male protagonist with tortuous memories fuelling h ...more
3.5 or so... Say that you found a really cool trail you enjoyed hiking on a year ago and you get the chance to revisit that trail and go further this time. Well, as soon as you reach that point you left off, suddenly the path becomes completely different - extreme, like the difference between forest and desert - and you're second guessing whether or not this was really the path you had started on in the first place (as, unfortunately, this "second" path doesn't enlighten you at all as to what ha ...more
Elin Nilsson
The Wild Hunt: Trinity Rising is the second novel in The Wild Hunt series. I like how the first part of the book tells us what happened in the last book, but through the eyes of Savin and Tanith rather than Gair's. Gair doesn't play as big of a role in this second book as he did in the first, but there's enough of Gair and Alderan to go around. Rather this book is more about Teia. Teia is introduced to us in this book and she's basically amazing. While Gair is the standard "why me?" character of ...more
Jaron Harris
This book is unfortunate. I so greatly enjoyed the first book in this series that the let down that is this followup is almost overwhelming. Firstly, it takes place concurrently in time with the first book so the plot is as boring as I have ever read in any book. Secondly, it's really just the villains who are supposed to shine in this book but they are like paper cutouts of real villains. Disappointed.
Disclaimer: received through goodreads giveaway.

Trinity Rising returns with many of the characters from songs of the earth and leads us further into the veil and the world beyond it. We get to see more from Savin's side and his drive, go off on another adventure with Gair and Alderin, pick up from the end of the songs of the earth and follow Tannith back to her people and court and are introduced to another character Teia and her clan.
I enjoyed the jumping around between characters and places as
Okay but weaker than the first book. The first 200 pages were set at the same time as the first book, and much of it (Savin's perspective) was unnecessary because it could have been deduced. Once it finally caught up, not a lot happened. Pieces are being put in place for interesting things to happen but we're waiting. And it ended on an over the top cliffhanger.
Michaella Morrison
The story and action of the first book carried through well into the sequel. It was interesting to read from the point of view of other characters narrating events of the first novel. I enjoyed the addition of Teia into the story, as she is a very endearing character and I love how Cooper describes the most mundane of things so eloquently and thoroughly. I'm never bored reading this series and I have high hopes for the last in the trilogy.
Neill Smith
Savin has continued to attack Gair and Alderan and has implanted a demon into Gair. Gair and Alderan struggle to find the means to fight Savin by using the books from the convent to protect the Veil from Savin. Teia, left bereft by the death of the chief of the Crainnh, Drw, has been selected by Drw's son, Drwyn, a much more base and cruel man, as his new lover at the encouragement of Ytha, the tribe Speaker. The Clans are assembling to decide if the time is right to join together in the Wild Hu ...more
A gentler, slower start than its predecessor, but once this book got going, it fairly tore alone. Some interesting new characters were introduced, meaning the focus of the storyline was more widely spread. Savin is a spoilt brat with unpleasant tastes who should be spanked on a regular basis - but he'd probably kill you for it.
I did like this book but I have to say that additional characters did make this confusing at times. I felt that the story didn't grab me quite as much as the first book. Still at the end I did find that I wanted to know more--so i certainly hope there is a book 3!
Kirsten Macdicken
Yes, I read the whole book in 1 day. About 3.5 hours, to be precise. Now I am waiting for book 3, The Raven's Shadow, which is on hold at the library.

If you like epic fantasy, with multiple narrators, then this a great series!
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Elspeth Cooper was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England. Her parents read her Ivanhoe as a bedtime story, which was, she says, their first mistake. An inspired primary school teacher introduced her to Beowulf, and by age 11 she'd worked her way through every book in the house, including her Dad's Penguin Classics editions of The Odyssey and The Iliad. The Lord of the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Wild Hunt (4 books)
  • Songs of the Earth (The Wild Hunt, #1)
  • The Raven's Shadow (The Wild Hunt, #3)
  • The Dragon House (The Wild Hunt, #4)
Songs of the Earth (The Wild Hunt, #1) The Raven's Shadow (The Wild Hunt, #3) Der Schleier der Macht: Die Lieder der Erde 3 - Roman Bajo la hiedra (Fantasía) Le Lever des Lunes: La Chasse sauvage, T2 (Fantasy)

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