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The Fall

(Thieves of Fate #2)

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An apothecary clerk and her ex-mercenary allies travel across the world to discover a computing engine that leads to secrets she wasn't meant to know--secrets that could destroy humanity. Eight months ago, Rowena Downshire was a half-starved black market courier darting through the shadows of Corma's underside. Today, she's a (mostly) respectable clerk in the Alchemist's i ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Pyr
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Tracy Townsend Sorry for the slow response to this! Yes, sadly, the new release date of June 11 is accurate. Prometheus (which owned my publisher Pyr) sold Pyr to a …moreSorry for the slow response to this! Yes, sadly, the new release date of June 11 is accurate. Prometheus (which owned my publisher Pyr) sold Pyr to a new publisher (that happened in mid-November 2018), and the disruption to the release schedule that caused motivated a change in the release date. I'm disappointed that people have to wait longer to get the next stage in the story, but happy that the book will still have the same great cover, great print and ebook availability (online and in brick and mortar stores), and strong editorial work. (less)
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Kristen Burns
3 Stars

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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

This was another complex fantasy book in the series with a unique premise and some interesting characters, but I have to admit I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first one.

This series is turning out to be more epic than I generally like. I prefer to focus on one or a few characters so that I can get to know them and really connect with them. Since this was the second in a series, I was
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Lukasz
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gaslamp
The Fall expands Townsend’s alternate universe where science has become a religion and people see God as a great experimenter. Rowena Downshire is one of The Nine - current test subjects of the God who assesses all creation based on their behavior. The problem? No one knows the criteria of the evaluation. Also, scholars assume all nine subjects are human, but why wouldn’t the creator inspect all creation?

In The Fall both Aigamuxa (lethal eye-heeled creatures) and Lanyani (sentient, mobile, and m
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J.D. Grimm
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I would usually like to have some clever opening statement, that would accurately sum up my feelings for a book. I must say that my first encounter with Tracy Townsend has left me rather…. Awestruck. So, in an effort to appease myself, I can sufficiently describe this entire book with one word;

Whoa.

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I’m sure if the book's description was good enough to entice you into reading through reviews, then I’m certain you don’t need me to recount it’s summary just to fill space. Instead, I will foc
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Dark Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

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The Fall is the second installment in author Tracy Townsend's Thieves of Fate series. The Fall starts a few months after the conclusion of events in The Nine. This is a world where three sentient beings (Humans, Aigamuxa, and Layani share the world). Aigamuxa are ape like creatures who have eyes on their feet, while Layani are sentient trees who seem to believe they are at the top of the food chain. The story features several key char
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Laura A.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure – I received a free copy of the uncorrected advanced reader version of this book. Also full disclosure – I hounded the author for a copy after reading her first book. I’ve pre-ordered a copy of the finished version for myself because the uncorrected book was that good. I’ll try to keep this a spoiler-free review for book 2, though there might be some spoilers for book one of the Thieves of Fate (The Nine).

The Fall starts a few months after the conclusion of events in The Nine. R
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Derpa
Aug 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: series, cover-love
Quit 20% in. I am not making any progress with this book and it kills me. Something is lost, the events just move so slowly and the ridiculous, blabber-y prose makes it feel even worse. There are brilliant ideas about the wold building and NONE of that is going anywhere here.

On the other hand we get new, fucking frustratingly UWU SPESHÜL characters, like Jane Arai, who is super magical amazing healing genius and just acts like a Tumblr girl. And of course we have to pretend that women who neve
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J.D. Grimm
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I would usually like to have some clever opening statement, that would accurately sum up my feelings for a book. I must say that my first encounter with Tracy Townsend has left me rather…. Awestruck. So, in an effort to appease myself, I can sufficiently describe this entire book with one word;

Whoa.

description

I’m sure if the book's description was good enough to entice you into reading through reviews, then I’m certain you don’t need me to recount it’s summary just to fill space. Instead, I will foc
...more
Cindy
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on https://midnightbluebookreview.com/20...

The first book in the Thieves of Fate series, The Nine, was one of my favourite reads in 2018. The concept intrigued me and the writing and world building were beautiful and captivating. No surprise then that The Fall got bumped up to the top of my to-be-read pile as soon as I received it. The Fall has a lot of the elements that I thoroughly enjoyed in the first book, but it does have a mild version of middle-book-syndrome.


I’d like t
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Jonathan Ficke
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I got an ARC at Windycon by attending Townsend's reading (and if you ever find yourself with free time at a con when she is reading, I strongly recommend it. You might get an ARC, you might get custom tea blends designed for each of her characters' personalities. Strong reccomend).

Townsend sold me on the concept of her series with the pitch for "The Nine" and carried that concept off in fine fashion in the first volume of the Thieves of Fate series. She created a rich, believable, an
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Erin Cataldi
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
A fantastic follow up to The Nine! Steampunk fantasy and adventure that takes the readers on an incredible journey across continents, through the skies, and in the dark underbelly of the city. The book of secrets, the book that holds the fate of humanity, has been lost and now it's in the wrong hands. It's up to the unlikeliest bunch of people to recover the book and decipher its secrets before their universe is forever altered. Rowena Downshire has no idea how central she is to the book's secre ...more
Henry Lazarus
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Tracy Townsend continues her tale about a world whose creator watches the world through the activities of The Nine (paper). With humans, Lanyana (mobile trees), and Aigamuxa (giant apes with eyes in their feet) sharing the world, the discovery of a book magically noting the activities of the nine, mean that the Creator might be induced to favor one of the three species. The Lanyana decide that wiping out the other species is a good idea. Meanwhile Rowena Downshire, who has been working for the A ...more
Clay Kallam
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
The second book in The Thieves of Fate continues the adventures of a familiar on-the-edge-of-the-law trio -- the brilliant mastermind, the misunderstood warrior and the young apprentice -- in a steampunk setting.

Townsend, to her credit, alters some of the usual tropes, giving the mastermind a fighting background and a heart problem, and casting a young woman as the apprentrice, but the arm of coincidence and blind luck is very long indeed (the apprentice gets knocked off an airship but is miracu
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CR
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although I still did love this one I do have to say that this one was not as good as book one. This one had some major issues for me with the pacing due to the fact that a lot of it was way too detailed. Otherwise this book was still very good, totally worth it, and I can not wait for another one. If you think things will be all tied up at the end of this one be ready for disappointment. This one ends on a killer cliffhanger and I am dying for the next book. Overall, this one is full of religion ...more
D. Palmer
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I loved the gleeful pace, snappy prose, and worldbuilding of The Nine, and The Fall kept the show going while expanding in a way that never failed to delight. Townsend's flawed, well-drawn characters only become more and more solid as we learn more about their sordid pasts, and meanwhile the intrigues, plots, and maneuvers by the growing cast continue to shock, thrill, and even horrify in turn. Just like last time, I'll be waiting with baited breath for the finale of the Thieves of Fate.
Michelle Hauck
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Townsend is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors of epic fantasy. I love her complex and diverse world. Her compelling characters have me tied up in knots with worry for their fate. The next book can't come fast enough for me.
Jummai
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love them, it can't be helped.
I'm glad I saved this.
Joe Karpierz
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uh oh. Stuff just got real.

Okay, I'm being cryptic and I guess jumping ahead a little bit. THE FALL is the sequel to THE NINE, the first book in the Thieves of Fate series and the debut novel from Tracy Townsend, which I reviewed back in May of 2018. If the THE NINE is the appetizer, then THE FALL is the main course, and it is indeed sumptuous. In my opinion it certainly doesn't suffer from "second book in the trilogy" syndrome. Indeed, it takes what was presented in THE NINE an builds upon it,
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Tracy Townsend is the author of The Nine and The Fall (books 1 and 2 in the Thieves of Fate series), a monthly columnist for the feminist sf magazine Luna Station Quarterly, and an essayist for Uncanny Magazine. She holds a master's degree in writing and rhetoric from DePaul University and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from DePauw University, a source of regular consternation when proofr ...more

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