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The Darkling Hills

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A new edition of the evocative fantasy novel!

In the ancient land of the Five Hills, the worshippers of Nialia, goddess of Fate, see the future in fire and wisps of smoke. But the followers of Armas, god of Strength and Power, are grounded in the past and have a practical grasp of the present. They are forbidden to marry among the Nialians, the seers of the future. For a c
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Published (first published April 5th 1988)
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Carol
Nov 18, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The fact that I had a little trouble getting into this story struck me as rather funny when, immediately after finishing reading, I went on line to see how soon the next book will be available. My mind keeps coming up with so many possible scenarios in spite of other tasks at hand.

Dalleena is not only the royal heir, she was chosen by Nialia, goddess of Fat,.herself. Dalleena had readily agreed to follow the goddess and did so for years, Recently, she found herself reluctant to enter Nialia's te
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Cindy
Feb 20, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book on Goodreads, First Read.

Forbidden love, power, war and corruption all play a part in this story. A royal heir by birth, Dalleena is a seer of the future, chosen by the Goddess Nialia. The Goddess of Fate. It is said that those followers of Nialia, are forbidden to marry the followers of Armas, the God of Strength and power. For if they were to bear a child, that child will be so godlike, that death of madness will consume them and that will lead to destruction for all. But as D
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Beth Johnson
Jul 13, 2015 Beth Johnson rated it it was amazing
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I originally read this book when it first came out 25ish years ago, and I loved it. I remember being deeply affected by the story, to the point where when my copy disappeared some years back, I hunted down another one at a used book store. I was, however, always bothered that the story was not finished. When the internet made finding stuff easy, the only information I could find was that a sequel was possibly published, but only in German, it seemed. Last year, I learned that the author was on ...more
Shelley Nass
Sep 27, 2013 Shelley Nass rated it it was amazing
Lori Martin has created an entire world with its own laws, religion, and nature. The incredible details make it possible to know exactly what this world looks like and feels like. I immediately liked the main characters and cared what happened to them.

The book surprised me because, I'm not normally a fantasy lover but it drew me in from the first chapter and kept my interest throughout. As cliché as it sounds, I didn't want to put it down.
Jennifer
Sep 03, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very well thought out fantasy. The mythology that the author weaves in throughout the book is very detailed and beautiful. The characters are very real, caught up in forces beyond their control. I wish I could get the sequel to this book. I've heard rumors of one, but only published in another language. It's a pity. Although the book stands well on its own, I really would love to see how the prophecy pans out.
Terri Blom
Jun 18, 2014 Terri Blom rated it it was amazing
Adore this book - and I'm not a fantasy fiction fan. However, the quality of the writing alone is enough to make this worth the read. The story is engrossing, the characters well-drawn and believable, and the descriptions of the fantasy world very clear. Have read it a number of times since it was first published and it never fails to captivate me.
Firefly_1824
Jan 27, 2016 Firefly_1824 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, owned
This was a little slow getting into the plot, since it's quite obvious what the first part is at the very beginning, but it delivers. It's clearly intended as the first part of two books, but unfortunately the sequel is nowhere to be found. The strength of the people and their beliefs in this book was solid and refreshing.
Helen
Aug 07, 2014 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this book, although it was a little too tragic for my taste. All in all the story was great and the relationships between the characters was written nicely. Most of all, I loved the setting of this fantasy world. It also slightly reflected our own world in it's dynamics.
Miriam Michalak
Aug 29, 2015 Miriam Michalak rated it really liked it
An old fashioned fantasy tale of forbidden love, power, war, loyalty and corruption. Gods, goddesses, myths and men - wonderful!
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (otherwise known as Long Island, New York), Lori Martin was a fantasy author whose first novel THE DARKLING HILLS was published by New American Library and Signet in the 1980s. Falling prey to life’s many distractions, including the necessity of earning a living and raising children, Martin nearly forgot how much fun it is to make stuff up. She has ...more
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