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Fortress of Ice (Fortress #5)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  781 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Sixteen years have passed since the dramatic events of Fortress of Dragons, and Cefwyn, king at last, must rebuild his devastated kingdom. The embattled ruler is aided by his powerful friend Tristen Sihhe and two surprising allies in a struggle he must win: his two young sons. Elfwyn Aswydd, the bastard son of Cefwyn and the sorceress Tarien Aswydd, has spent years unaware ...more
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Eos (first published 2006)
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Aug 22, 2011 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
I really don't like reviewing books. What I have to say almost always falls short of what I'd like to say.

I love this series. There's something about it that makes my heart swell and I get all choked up. Read it! You won't regret it.

In this last installment, there has been 16 years of peace in the kingdom of Ylesuin. Tristan has withdrawn to his tower at Ynefel, King Cefwyn sits on his throne with his queen Ninevrise at his side, his bastard son Elfwyn has come to visit him in the capital and hi
Ian Bott
Feb 20, 2016 Ian Bott rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Although the writing itself was technically good, detailed and atmospheric, I got as far as page 80 - one-fifth of the way through the book - and still had no sense of stakes or tension. There was nothing happening that I could be persuaded to care about and I really had no idea, even that far in, what the story was about.

All the angsty introversion - here, Otter having done something vaguely naughty and trying to second guess what others around might be thinking - worked brilliantly in other b
Apr 10, 2015 Myridian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, e-book, library
I'm bereft! As series go, this has turned out to be one of my favorites of all time. And this is the last book! Not to have more time with these characters feels awful. I hope that Cherryh gets back to them at some point, but given the nine years that have passed since this was published I'm not overly hopeful. I also wonder whether the fact that these books were published when Cherryh was with Harper plays any role. But anyway, if my wishes had any power, Cherryh would pick up her pen again and ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This book is a sequel to Cherryh's earlier four-book Fortress series, which I read several years ago and very much enjoyed. It takes place about 15 years after the conclusion of the fourth book, this time focusing on King Cefwyn's two sons. Aewyn is his legitimate son and heir, and Elfwyn is his bastard son whose mother was from a dangerous and sorcerous family. Cefwyn tries to foster friendship between the two boys, but Elfwyn's first visit to court goes awry.
As with the first four in the serie
Oct 14, 2011 Kathi rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Meredith Galman
Oct 29, 2007 Meredith Galman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Coming on this book was like a chance meeting with old friends. It was great to catch up with Cefwyn, Ninevrise, and their relatives, friends, and enemies. I especially love Tristen, and during the considerable portions of the book when he is absent, I missed him as much as Cefwyn does. As the book goes on, it became clear that it was not a mere coda to the tale that has gone before it, but the start of a new cycle concerning Cefwyn's two sons, his heir Aewyn and the illegitimate Elfwyn. Can the ...more
Jan 11, 2008 Speedtribes rated it it was ok
Well. This was a well written tale. Unfortunately, I had a difficulty immersing myself into it.

The problem is that I'm beginning to suspect my appreciation for Cherryh's fantasies are far below my total love for her science fiction series'. I tend to prefer starting a series from the first volume, but in this case, I was unable to locate a copy and I had heard that this one might as well be a completely different series. (It involving a time skip and the progeny of the series's main characters,
May 22, 2008 Sean rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book was weak. Taking place sixteen years after the events of the first four books, it shifts focus from Tristen and Cefwyn to Cefwyn's illegitimate son, Elfwyn, who turns out to be a less than compelling character. Not only does nothing happen in the first two hundred and fifty pages (out of four hundred and two!) but the story is marred by extensive, glaring inconsistencies with the history established in the books one through four. Whether this is deliberate retconning or a series of clu ...more
Sep 23, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it
The story begins to move to the second generation. Cefwyn's two sons, Elfwyn and Aewyn, approach adulthood and evil things begin stirring. I like this series very much. Lots of quiet moments. Perhaps too much agonizing by the characters but that's what happens when you dwell on characterization more than action shots. But now I realize that I'm trapped in a series that's not complete. I don't know when CJ Cherryh will write another but there's certainly plenty to work with.

It would have been nic
Jul 31, 2008 Tani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the previous books
I enjoyed this for a chance to catch up with some old friends, but it didn't really grab hold of me like I'd hoped it would. I did eventually grow to like Elfwyn and Aewyn, but it took a while, and in the meantime I spent a lot of time wondering just what the point was of everything that was happening. Yes, it did come together in the end, but I still felt like there was a lot of empty space in the middle where things were happening, but I didn't know why they were happening or why they even mat ...more
Rena McGee
Sep 11, 2013 Rena McGee rated it liked it
Fortress of Ice is a difficult book to pin down--I find myself liking the book, but not liking it enough. (Which no, doesn’t make sense. There are books I love and reread endlessly, there are books I like but only read once. This book falls somewhere between those two categories.) The feeling and tone is entirely different because all the
primary characters have become secondary and tertiary, and the next generation is new and very wet behind the ears.

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James Ronholm
Jan 04, 2016 James Ronholm rated it liked it
I'm pretty certain I would like this book better if I had read the previous books in the series. As a stand-alone book it was still quite good but there were a lot of names and background material I had to sort of guess at.
Jo Rhett
Dec 07, 2013 Jo Rhett rated it really liked it
This is an excellent follow-up to the original four books. It is kindof an appendix in ways, but also a unique story in itself. Tristen appears for some crucial bits, but it's really a story about Cefwyn's sons.

One thing is that they actually spell out clearly much of the magic and who is really who in a way that is confusing and vague in the original 4. In short, Tristen is at the height of his knowledge and power and can relate to you in clear words what is happening, although again he does no
Jacob Springer
Jan 10, 2015 Jacob Springer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Excellent continuation of the series with a new generation of characters but the same feel as the original.
Dec 11, 2014 Klanderson rated it really liked it
Worth reading the series! Life is not wasted on the youth! and hope abounds
Jun 26, 2008 Vanessa rated it liked it
This is the latest in a series I've been reading for awhile. It's a fantasy series and I think it's a good one. Better than the average. Cherryh is an author who conjures worlds with a lot of detail and atmosphere. If you enjoy fantasy novels about wizards and magic, then you should give Cherryh a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed. But start from the beginning with this series (Fortress in the Eye of Time).
Jan 25, 2010 sean rated it liked it
The weakest book of the fortress series so far. Far too little happens, and all of it happens at the very end. And what does happen really isn't resolved enough for this to be a standalone book. If the series continues, it might be retrieved by a good followup, but as it stands, this is a frustrating place to leave the characters.
Mar 10, 2012 Katherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
Like many other reviewers, I had many problems with this book, and for many of the same reasons. I didn't like the focus away from Tristen, and the new main character was less interesting. It definitely felt like the start of a new trilogy, since the end of the book was extremely open ended.
Murray Writtle
May 04, 2008 Murray Writtle rated it did not like it
Not unreadable but to much internal monolog and no explanation of what the hell was happening at the end. And if it WAS the thing that was hinted at then I'm completely fed up with the same problem recurring in the books of this series.
Mark Lacy
Nov 24, 2013 Mark Lacy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The first part of this book was slow going at times, and I wondered if it was ever going to pick up. It was interesting enough to keep reading, though. And as the book went on, it did pick up, and was very enjoyable.
Jan 24, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok
It reads almost like fanfic. I can't wrap my head around the fact that C.J. Cherryh used a MacGuffin in a coming-of-age story. I almost wish I didn't read it - there were too many loose ends.
Jul 07, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it
Returns to the scene of an earlier 4 book series by Cherryh set several years later. It is interesting how the characters have changed since the earlier series
Dianne Hartsock
Jan 06, 2011 Dianne Hartsock rated it it was amazing
Amazing series. Absolutely in love with Tristen and will add these books to the one's I read over again every few years.
A Chaos Fairy
Dec 14, 2014 A Chaos Fairy rated it it was amazing
If you liked Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, this is a good series to delve into!
Sarah W
Jun 23, 2012 Sarah W rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fantasy
A reread that stops in an unsatsifying place because so much is still open characterwise.
*Sigh* after nearly one year... I feel like a part of me died.
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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