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The Eye of Night

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  84 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
From Pauline J. Alama comes a stirring fantasy tale of three vagabonds in a dying world and their terrifying quest into the heart of darkness...

The Eye Of Night

It is a magical world on the verge of collapse. In the North the Troubles rage. Cities and kings are being annihilated; the very earth is in upheaval, waking even the dead from their graves. All notions of time and
Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 25th 2002 by Spectra
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Ann Aguirre
Jun 02, 2010 Ann Aguirre rated it it was amazing
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This is the most underrated / unknown fantasy novel of the decade. It is, quite simply, astonishingly beautiful. When was the last time I read an epic fantasy that felt truly epic? When was the last time a book like that reached into my chest, grabbed hold of my heart, and squeezed until I laughed, smiled, wept, and utterly forgot the world? I cannot recall, to be honest.

Rarely, after I read something, I’m left just aching. This is one of those books. I have to write about it; I have to try to a
Jul 03, 2014 Eugene rated it it was amazing
One of the things that struck me about this book was the way it acknowledges the difficulty of questing. In most other stories, the heroes simply get up and walk across the continent. Alama's characters don't just simply load up their packs with food and weapons and start tromping. In each city they come to, they have to figure out how they're going to get the money to get the supplies to keep going. They're very much on their own, without the support of nobility and easy cash.

The cosmology was
Christy Stewart
I love romances where the characters are emotionally crippled or physically disfigured (Ya, call me a romantic), and this story had both.
Apr 30, 2009 CD rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all fantasy lovers.
Recommended to CD by: ann aguirre
It starts with a prophet, a fool and a priest. While you might think that is the start of a joke, it isn't. I first heard about this book from author Ann Aguirre and she was right on the money with her high praise. Pauline Alama has created a stand alone epic fantasy that is quite enjoyable.

The Troubles have come and people are fleeing the North. All except Jereth, Hwynn, and Lady Trenara. One is a prophet, one a fool and one a former priest. These three have in their possession a mysterious or
Caroline Berg
This book has everything I love in a good story: characters that truly suffer, fantasy setting with just enough Medieval influences to seem like it was a part of history, magic, gods, an epic quest.

One thing I love about the book is that there are four main deities, all based on the seasons and on the Medieval Wheel of Fortune. This is nothing like the game show. The Wheel of Fortune was the wheel of your life, the seemingly random ups and downs - the belief that good things come to those who de
May 01, 2009 Kerry rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 9, fantasy, 2009
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Feb 10, 2015 David rated it really liked it
What I love about this book is the uncertainty it conveys. It's not unusual, in well-written high fantasy, to wonder whether the heroes will succeed in their quest, or whether they will survive even if they succeed. But in the Eye of Night, Pauline Alama takes it a step further and writes a very compelling tale of unlikely heroes on a quest where they don't even know why they're doing what they are doing, or whether they will destroy the world they are trying to save. And yet, you're with them, ...more
Angela Grabe
Mar 10, 2015 Angela Grabe rated it it was amazing
I've lost track of how many times I have read this, my copy is WRECKED. It is one of the best books I have ever read, every time I re-read it I HAVE to know what happens.
Sep 28, 2014 Dawn rated it did not like it
I found this book in a used book store and as soon as I finished it it went straight back. The plot was fairly original, but the characters were unmemorable and the writing style long-winded and boring. The climax was anti-climactic and the end of the book was just drawn out and unnecessary. It wasn't the worst fantasy I've ever read, but it was close.
Apr 12, 2016 Maryann rated it liked it
Admittedly, I did not complete this. The worldbuilding was great, the characters were interesting, but the over all story was kind of dull.
Apr 26, 2011 Summer rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into this book even though I'd heard good things about it and it had some interesting elements to it. Just one of those things :P
Mar 03, 2011 Sky added it
Bizarre book with a somewhat Irish folktale feel about it.
May 14, 2009 Debbie marked it as to-read
I will be reading the Kindle version of this book.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Interesting premise but not my thing.
Apr 08, 2010 Taelyn rated it liked it
Entertaining but a little predictable.
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My quest fantasy The Eye of Night was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. I've published numerous short stories in anthologies such as Sword & Sorceress 30, It's Come to Our Attention, Witch High, Trafficking in Magic: Magicking in Traffic and magazines such as and Fantasy Scroll.

For a wild, misguided time in my life, I thought I would be an English professor, so
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