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The Assassins of Altis (The Pillars of Reality #3) by Jack Campbell

Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion. Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr: the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.

Mari's Mechanics Guild and Alain's Mage Guild have always been enemies, but they are united in wanting to kill their rogue members before Mari can fulfill the ancient prophecy of being the one who will finally overthrow their power. Mari and Alain must risk those dangers because halfway across their world lies a place where truth has long been hidden. A place that could explain why their world's history begins abruptly, with no hints of what came before. A place where they might learn how the Mechanics Guild came to control all technology and how the Mages manage to alter reality temporarily. A place that might tell them how to achieve a task that appears to be impossible.

Never before have a Mage and a Mechanic worked together, and their combined talents offer their only hope. But she and Alain must first survive the deadly and implacable Assassins of Altis.

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Join us in June for this "buddy read".

Please note: This is book 3 and may contain spoilers for books 1 and 2.


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Phoenix (Online Elf) | 4358 comments Reserved.


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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments I'm in!


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I'm in.


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I started this.


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I'm on chapter 3
Have you noticed that Alain's mage skills are useless?
He either can't use them because there are mages around and will notice him if he does or when he uses them he gets so drained and tired that he can't even walk! What's the point of being a mage if they can't use their power all the time? !


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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments I agree, his character is set up in such a way that it makes Mari look better/stronger/more capable by comparison.


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Chapter 4
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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Have you started?


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Chapter
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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments ShoSho wrote: "Have you started?"

Yes, I'm in ch4 now.


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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments Again with the mom thing! Gah! I want to shake Mari so bad!


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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments ShoSho wrote: "Chapter 4."

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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments *hee hee* "transmiter of love" LOL


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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments Ch. 11 (view spoiler)


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Gisela wrote: "Ch. 11 [spoilers removed]"

(view spoiler)


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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments ShoSho wrote: "Gisela wrote: "Ch. 11 [spoilers removed ..."

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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Gisela wrote: "ShoSho wrote: "Gisela wrote: "Ch. 11 [spoilers removed ..."

Yes, but for all that Alain still seems pretty weak to me. I want him to create a Roc or something to help them travel. For all that I ..."


Me neither! My least favorite sub genre is road trip/on the run.
I hope they find a base somewhere and stay for a while!


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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments Which chapter are you in?


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Chapter 13, you?


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I don't like that they happen to see one of their friends wherever they go!


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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments ShoSho wrote: "Chapter 13, you?"

Almost done, I'm glad things finally picked up. The pace was too slow!

ShoSho wrote: "I don't like that they happen to see one of their friends wherever they go!"

Too convenient!


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I finished, it didn't pull me in as the 2 other books. It was repetitive and a lot of things happened that they were convenient. People showing when they were needed didn't work for me at all!
If they had planned to meet it would have worked but not the way it happened.


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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments I agree, plus Mari's mood swings and how the marriage was handled didn't work for me. And I mean both that she tricked Alain into it and Mari's reasoning for it. If the message to teenagers is to wait till marriage for sex then you have to give a reason too. This "lets get married so we can have sex" is weird.


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