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Circle at Center (Seven Circles #1)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  259 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
With his acclaimed Watershed Trilogy from Ace -- and his phenomenally successful "Dragonlance" series from TSR -- Douglas Niles became one of the most promising stars of epic fantasy adventure. Starlog magazine raved that Niles "writes so well that his characters come to life after only a few sentences". Now this gifted storyteller has created a rich and complex new trilog ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published July 12th 2000 by Ace Trade (first published July 1st 2000)
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Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was ok

Just a heads up—this review doesn’t really say anything regarding what the book is about. If you’re looking for a basic summary of this book, don’t bother reading this review.

Let’s see. If I had to describe this book in one word, I’d choose: FRUSTRATING.
First of all, the book takes a very long time to get interesting. In the beginning it is very slow paced. It actually took me about three months or so to get past the first 200 pages. I kept putting it down and picking up other books in the me
Jen • Just One More Page
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: war

This review is also posted on my blog.

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Dec 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Isn't the cover beautiful!?!

I do not fully agree that a cover doesn't make a book. I think in general a title or a cover does peak our interest because when you see a million and one books all staring back at you ... where do you begin? "at the beginning ..." I don't do that.

I enjoyed the story however the book centers on a war and it lasts for 25 years. In a blink of an eye you jump from the start, which peaks your interests and brings the characters together, but quickly jumps to 25 yrs later.
Sylvie Dale
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Big concept, great creatures. I am a sucker for fantastic creatures like dwarves, elves, centaurs, etc. I liked the concept that the worlds can be traversed by level, literally climbing up into the next level. The level of the dwarves was genuinely scary, but the dwarves themselves were strong and brave. I also live how the worlds are interconnected so that a problem on one can disrupt the well being of another.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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Pretty basic fantasy fare. Very entertaining but basic. I did like that they did draw characters in from primitive Earth. We get a Viking, a Celt and an American Indian as part of our hero party in addition to the staple dwarf/elf mix. I also love how the goblins are recasted as well. Overall, I look forward to the next book.
Dec 31, 2009 rated it liked it
i enjoyed this book quite a bit. it's one of those fantasy books that really captures you and doesn't let go. when i finished i wanted to get started on the second in the series immediately. i would recommend it if you're looking for a fun but captivating read.
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book I was really suprised currently reading the 2nd now
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
It was okay. A little too heavy on war and battle description.
Jaime Hudson
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Very slow to start, enjoyed reading about certain characters over others.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it liked it
It was ok I have read better books
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Feb 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Maybe I'm just not in the right frame of mind, or this isn't the book I want to read right now, but it just didn't hold my attention well. I like the plot, but the writing didn't do it for me.

Maybe I'll give it any go after enough time has passed. Or maybe I'll forget about it.
Nov 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Circle at Center begins with a promising concept that quickly dives into the waters of the mundane. While Niles excels at world-building (as the numerous blurbs on the book cover attest), I found most of the characters to be two-dimensional and many of the battle scenes unnecessary. Plus, there's a bizarre 25-year time jump two-thirds of the way through the book.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is rated R for mature readers only. The plot is intriguing but there is graphic sex, rape and cannibalism. I am not recommending this for teens at all. If the author toned down these parts it would of been a great story.
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: male-author, fantasy
A friend lent this to me back in high school for silent reading. That was a few years ago. I distinctly remember the book opening with some kind of sex ritual, an Aztec human sacrifice, and...

No, that’s about it. I think I still have the book report somewhere.
Kathy Sebesta
Apr 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Way way too much set-up. Way way too meticulous. Took forever before something actually happened. Think I made it to page 60 before I gave up.
You can always tell when some fantasy author needs to get laid because there are too many creepy sex/rape scenes.
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Douglas Niles is a fantasy author and game designer. Niles was one of the creators of the Dragonlance world and the author of the first three Forgotten Realms novels, and the Top Secret S/I espionage role-playing game. He currently resides in Delavan, Wisconsin with his wife, Christine, and two Bouviets, Reggie and Stella. He enjoys playing his guitar, cooking, and visiting with family.

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