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Trinity Rising

(The Wild Hunt #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  894 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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. If she cannot turn them from their course, her only hope of saving them will be to betray them to their sworn enemies.

Gair is mourning his past . . . but
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published July 26th 2012 by Gollancz (first published 2012)
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Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, I am binge reading this series and another one !
I have to wait on book 3 of this series, so am going to have to read something else (dramatic music) until it comes in !

Excellent books so far....nasty villains whom I despise and a hero who isn't perfect that I love !
And majick..lots and lots of majick and swordplay ! Huzzah !

Hang in there Gair...I am on my way !!
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
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 exci ...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
Leontiy Cristea
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Yip,finally got round to finishing this one.I don't really know why I waited so so long.Another great book featuring Gair,and Teia this time,both really good characters,.
Ms Cooper has a great ability to get her point across and make you feel part of the story as well.
Looking forward to part 3.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 ...more
Abu Bakar
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the reviews, the song of earth (trinity rising) is not in the same style as wise men fear. The language is simpler and an easier read. Overall it still capture my imagination and I quite like it. I am half way to to the third book.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Read my review here. ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book - I loved the new characters and their points of view, and the ways the different peoples used the Song. I can't wait to see how all these threads are tied together. ...more
Dark Matter
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Randy Smith
Sep 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This Book series is started so good with the first book been excellent. But the second one hit the bottoms. If I wanted to read stuff about young girls being raped repeatedly and sadist killing people freely i'd find something else. This book was just downright sick. The only thing I can hope is that to the main character is actually dead at the end of this book. You can bet I'm not reading anymore of this series and I'm going to take a careful look at anything else this author writes before rea ...more
Julie-Ann Amos
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first book, which was amazing. Also the author seems to have given the main character a bit of a personality transplant to book 2. Turning him from a likeable heroic young man into a petulant whining Grinch. I also didn’t like the graphic and violent sex scenes in book 2. They were fine for me, but would definitely surprise younger readers and I didn’t think they were necessarily required to be quite so detailed
Abbie Hartley
Second book down. I enjoyed this one as much as the first, maybe a bit more just because her character development has improved, along with the conversations.

We'll see what book three has in store.
Ben Shirley
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing continuation of the series, i cant recommend this series enough.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
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
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy the first book in this series, though there were a couple of major things that bothered me (particularly what happened to Aysha). I went into this one with high hopes and, well…the ending wasn’t too bad. It’s just a shame it took so long to get there. In Songs of the Earth, we met Gair after he’d been tortured. We knew he’d been physically and mentally scarred, but by the time we got there, he was about to move on to his new life. We didn’t have to watch the torture and we didn’t nee ...more
Austral Scout
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished, fantasy
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
Jo Oehrlein
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Marcel Baumgartner
The change of perspective from book 1 made it hard to read at first. I got through it because of my attachment to book 1. Once you understand who the new characters are it picks up.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
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
Clay Kallam
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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
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
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Neill Smith
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, attic
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
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Author of The Wild Hunt Quartet (SONGS OF THE EARTH, TRINITY RISING, THE RAVEN'S SHADOW and the forthcoming THE DRAGON HOUSE). Reader, writer, tea drinker, sword owner, cat slave.

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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)
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