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Myst: The Book of Ti'ana (Myst #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  3,056 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Published to coincide with the release of the new Myst CD-ROM, an atmospheric fantasy tale chronicles the desperate struggle of Ti'Ana, the grandmother of Atrus, against the evil schemes of Veovis, the architect of the destruction of the D'Ni.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 7th 1996 by Hyperion (first published 1996)
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Artemas
I really enjoyed the first Myst book and was excited to start this one. My high expectations diminished quickly as I struggled through the first 200 pages of the book where it felt like absolutely nothing happend. However, one thing I learned is that the author is clearly either a geology professor or someone who has a passion for geology; as made evident by the numerous digging/excavating scenes loaded with geological terminology = boring.

I never played the PC game, so there was zero nostalgia
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Jillian
Nov 06, 2010 Jillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This story takes you back even further than Atrus and his beginnings - to that of Anna - his grandmother. It starts as her father dies and leaves her in the desert at the end of their geological survey. Its there she discovers the lava tube tunnels that leads to her greatest discovery that alters her life forever.

This is a sad story for it covers the fall of D'ni as we know was thrown into ruins. You can feel the loss under your skin as you watch it take place. I think this one is the most power
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Kathi
May 26, 2009 Kathi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Adam
Jan 27, 2011 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Needless to say after finishing "The Book of Atrus" I had fairly high expectations for this series going forward. At the end of "The Book of Atrus" we think the story is going to continue forward from that point, but there is a major story that has not been told yet. The fall of D'ni. This tale is frequently alluded to in the game and the prior book. In fact most of the prior book is trying to rework what was lost during the fall of the D'ni Empire.

Journey with us to a long ago time when Atrus'
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Taylor Kinnicutt
Love, Trouble, and shaken foundations are highlighted in this wonderful book.The web of fantasy and science run deep in the vivid back ground story of the world and civilization of Myst.I chose this book because I've been playing the game since before I could comprehend what the games were about. This book stays true to the intrigue and mind bending puzzles that the games held in high regard. The book of Ti'ana, being a prelude to the following of Artus, paints the background of not only the his ...more
Amanda
Feb 12, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband, who is a huge fan of the Myst PC games, introduced me to this series a few years ago. I read the book of Atrus the year we got married (2008), and just finished reading The Book of Ti'ana yesterday. I've never played the games, but I can really appreciate the beauty of these stories -- they've left me intrigued, and extremely interested in playing the games. In both books I love the characters's appreciation of geology, physics, and problem solving skills. I also think the love stori ...more
Christa
Jun 14, 2009 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Followed the first book nicely and really gave you a look into the characters. While I feel these books are a slow read, it's totally worth it once you are able to let the Age absorb you and take your mind to places you've never dreamt of being. Likable (and hateable) characters, colorful landscapes and so much imagination flood these books. I'm glad I read it slowly and I can't wait to sink my teeth into the third one!
Breezy
Mar 30, 2012 Breezy rated it it was amazing
I was surprised at how much I liked this book. The way you're forced to use your imagination and the creativity involved in these worlds is amazing.

When I started reading these books, I wasn't entirely sure I would like them, as they are based on a video game. In my mind I guess I expected them to be underdeveloped as far as writing goes, but I found that they are not at all. The writing is smooth, the characters are wonderful, and the story is truly entertaining.
Coco
Aug 14, 2011 Coco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part of my favorite trilogy of all time. These books are as beautifully written as the games are made. The D'ni have rich culture and beautiful worlds to explore. Even though this was book two, I read it first unknowingly and I was glad I did. Chronologically, this is the first story.
Rich Zowaski
Jul 05, 2012 Rich Zowaski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Learn the history of the great D'ni Empire. Find yourself walking the streets with the rest of the D'ni citizens and discover the timeless stories of a people betrayed. Excellent book!
Amanda Lubyk
Apr 15, 2014 Amanda Lubyk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I named my daughter after Ti'ana :-)
Mara
Nov 04, 2011 Mara rated it really liked it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Yes!!!! Yes, yes, and yes! It’s gorgeous! It’s mysterious! It’s just absolutely wonderful! They simply don’t do cover art like this anymore.

Characters: I’m saying this right off: If The Book of Ti’ana ever gets turned into a movie, Tom Hiddleston has to play Veovis. A lord’s son who commands the respect of the elder councilors, who always gets what he wants, and who is a good friend when he has an invested interest in being your friend. But also more than a little eaten u
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Sheri Yutzy
Dec 01, 2016 Sheri Yutzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like to read this one first in the Myst series, since it gives a deeper look into D'ni culture. This is the fascinating tale of the fall of D'ni. What caused so great a city to fall? Will it ever rise again to write the Books that link to other worlds? Learn the background of Ti'ana and how she shifted history.
And of course, link to endless worlds of possibility.
Molly Gawedzinski
For my Goodreads book I chose the book Myst: the book of Ti'ana. Now, I really did not understand this book, and the reason that I did not understand it is because this book is the second book of the series. I did some digging and I found out that while this book is the second book in the series it comes before the first one chronologically. That being said the authors purpose for writing this book is kind of short and to the point. The authors purpose for writing the book Myst: the book of Ti'a ...more
Malcolm Little
Dec 16, 2015 Malcolm Little rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sf-gems
For the record, I was a big Myst video-games fan growing up. Riven was especially dear to me. I hadn’t realized there were a trilogy of companion books, and I might have sneered at such tie-ins when I was younger and full of my uninformed opinion.

So it was with great relish that – after greatly enjoying Book of Atrus – that I poured through the gripping tale of Anna in Book of Ti’ana. To make a long story short, I loved it. I loved the characters that lead, the characters that followed, and the
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Marty
Jan 07, 2016 Marty rated it liked it
I remember playing the Myst games and feeling the thrill at how immersive the world was. It was so rich with history and detail. It isn't an exaggeration to say that the entire experience of the Myst world is lush. It was wonderfully fun. When I got the books, I had my hopes high it would be a similar enjoyment.

So after sitting them on the back of my to-read list for such a long time, I decided to make them a priority. I went in with the most positive outlook for all three books. I think they a
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El Templo
Puede que nuestros lectores más veteranos hayan conocido la saga de Myst en sus inicios en 1993 bajo su formato original: un juego de ordenador en primera persona desarrollado por los hermanos Miller, Rand y Robyn. Su éxito fue tan fulgurante que, junto con sus secuelas, se proclamó como uno de los juegos más vendidos de los tiempos hasta 2002, desbancado por Los Sims.
Cuando los hermanos Miller empezaron el desarrollo del juego, escribieron pequeñas partes de historia para poder situarse en ella
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Mark D'aprile
Sep 02, 2010 Mark D'aprile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had very little in the way of positive expectations for this book. Like many others, I felt it was owed the gamble simply because of the glory that is the Myst games.

For the first dozen pages my initial misgivings seemed to be verified. Not a bad story shaping up, but nothing spectacular was evolving either. I am not sure when I realized that this book had gotten hold of me, but am I glad that it happened. The story told here is fascinating. The world of D'Ni and the Ages described herein are
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Déborah Muñoz
May 04, 2013 Déborah Muñoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Hay que decir que, cronológicamente hablando, este sería el primer libro, porque es lo que ocurre antes de que Dni cayera. Me ha gustado bastante, más que la anterior. Me cayó mal Veovis desde el principio, pero claro, con el anticipo del primer libro (que sería el segundo) ya sabía por dónde iban los tiros. Adoré el personaje de Anna desde el primer momento (en el primer libro no se decía mucho de ella, no era más que la abuela), y Atrus me
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Zophie Young
Like the first book in the series, this did fill me up with some wonderful nostalgia for the ages of Myst, however a lot of parts were boring...literally, it's a book about making tunnels in rock! It needed more Ti'ana if she was going to be the title character, and really focused heavily on Aitrus which was disappointing. D'ni culture is shockingly more patriarchal than our own -eye roll- . Still the scenery is powerful, and if you wanted to explore D'ni some more after playing the games, this ...more
Keith Bryan
Oct 05, 2010 Keith Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good overall. This book started out very (almost excruciatingly) slowly, giving the reader more questions than answers. This I found extremely frustrating, however, the author finally explained the portions that did not make any sense while reading. His world will take some time to comprehend at least from a rational reader’s mindset so be prepared to wait for further explanation while reading. Eventually the world of D’ni along with its inhabitants redeemed themselves, giving the book some meri ...more
Adam Fehr
Jan 26, 2017 Adam Fehr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! A must-read for Myst fans. One cool thing about the book, is that it details much of D'ni culture. It shows a society based on order and strong moral principles. After reading it, you suddenly realize the significance of many places in the Myst Games (especially Uru). This story is also one of the few truly good tragedies. The themes of selflessness and selfishness were prevalent throughout the story. While Veovis and Agairus selfishly and bitterly destroy D'ni, Aitrus sel ...more
Jeff
Oct 28, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prequel to the first Myst book, set when the D'ni are in full splendor. Ages abound and Anna meets Aitrus. I enjoyed how the authors created intrigue in a multi-millennial peaceful people. This story tried to explain that the Books are written in such a way that they link to actual worlds, or Ages. However, the writing of such books seems to also affect the Ages to which they link and can even throw them into destructive cycles. So, I am a little confused about the mechanics at play here. Ne ...more
Karen Heart
Jan 11, 2009 Karen Heart rated it it was amazing
The first time I read this story, it amazed and entranced me more then anything I had ever read before. As fantastic and captivating as the first book in the series was, this book actually managed to reach a rank and place in my heart few books have been able to touch.
The years have not changed my love and devotion to this book or the rest of the series. It seriously pains me that it is so unknown and overlooked.
I hope Rand Miller decides to take up the pen again someday.
Ross Bradfield
As a long-time fan of the CD-Rom games, I was very happy to find out that there was an accompanying book series. The books themselves feel great to hold in the hand, looking quite like one of the many linking books from the series. And these books are just that - links to another world entirely.

The book of Ti'Ana is a wonderful tale of discovery, friendship, love, and betrayal. I highly recommend reading all of them!
Flytape8490
Mar 27, 2012 Flytape8490 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decently written, not by any means a difficult read, although every now and then a word pops up that seems out of place with the rest of the vocabulary and feels a bit forced. My biggest issue with the whole book is that Anna (ti'ana) seems to be a bit of a mary-sue. Her character structure is highly idealized and any personal flaws she has do very little to affect any of her actions up until the event that sets in motion the entire ending.
Paige
Oct 25, 2012 Paige rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was 10 or 11. I remember I picked it up from the library because it was such a pretty book. I absolutely loved it - until the end. I was so distraught- so grief stricken that I remember crying and crying. I hated it. I couldn't believe what they did to my beloved characters. I was angry who survived. Anyway, I'm older now, and from what I remember, it wasn't a bad book, if still an unhappy one.
Jon
Jan 07, 2017 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few minor quibbles over loose ends, but all in all a fascinating and, at times, thrilling read. I loved learning the backstory of D'ni, and the world building, character descriptions and development, and story in general were right up there with Harry Potter for me. I'm reading/playing the whole franchise in chronological order, and having just finished the first book, I already know I'll want to do it all over again some day.
Alexandra
Sep 16, 2007 Alexandra rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of the game "Myst" and "Riven"
For fans of the Myst series of computer games who want to know more about the history of the D'ni and the backstory of Atrus this is great, although the beginning of The Book of Ti'ana is dry and slow going.

For those who have not played the Myst games these stories probably would not hold much interest as stand alone stories.
Margot
Sep 12, 2009 Margot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took some time to get into, but once you get over that first hurdle the book has all the good stuff. Love, adventure, mystery, and good (mostly) triumphing over evil, with some "what is evil anyway" type stuff thrown in. Some things may be a little confusing if you're not already familiar with some basic Myst ideas though. Yes this is a book written (sort of) from the computer games.
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Robyn Charles Miller (born August 6, 1966, in Dallas, Texas) co-founded Cyan Worlds (originally Cyan) with brother Rand Miller. After releasing a number of children's adventure "worlds," the brothers finally hit on a success with the computer game Myst, which remained the number one-selling game for the remainder of the 1990s. The brothers also acted out parts in the game, with Robyn as Sirrus and ...more
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