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Beneath the Vaulted Hills (1997)

by Sean Russell

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Series: River into Darkness (1)

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The last of the world's great mages, the enigmatic Lord Eldrich has dedicated his life to eradicating all remaining vestiges of magic in the world. But the fanatical Tellerites--followers of a long-dead mage-apprentice--oppose Eldrich, desiring the hidden knowledge of the magical arts and with it the coveted key to immortality. Drawn into this conflict against his will is Erasmus Flattery, who as a boy dwelt with Eldrich, and is still haunted by the memories of what transpired during his stay with the mage. Now Erasmus must lead as expedition to search for a secret that has remained hidden since the time of the first Mages!… (more)

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The last of the mages who is determined to end magic. A schism of mages who want to revive magic. And all the people who are drawn into this battle. Basically follows several people as they attempt to find the entry way to Faery, the source of the mages power and the source of the mages themselves. Ends up with everyone trapped in some caves and finding their way out.

As in The Swan's War, this was slow, understated and more about the characters than anything else. Unlike The Swan's War, this was bone dry, boring and the characters came across as cardboard. Maybe I had too high expectations from earlier Russell... ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Moderately fun story which is a much slower paced one than most fantasy novels. Nothing outstanding but still was enjoyable. ( )
  briandarvell | Jun 26, 2011 |
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Ostrop, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The journey out through darkened lands /
A way beneath the vaulted hill /
The tidal years sound elder bells, /
Though falcons cry and thrushes trill.
Men of such stature, of such undeniable greatness, cast shadows beyond our limited world. - HALDEN: ESSAYS
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I'm sure that every writer, at some point, has received encouragement and advice from kindly teachers, and in this I'm no different. This book is dedicated to them (for teachers receive so little credit for their work), especially the late Helen Fawcett, Chris Evans, Catharine Jones, and Larry Kendal, wherever he is.
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He sat before a window which stood slightly ajar and read by starlight.
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It is, perhaps, less than true to say it all began in a brothel, but I found Samual Hayes hiding in such an establishment and this marked the turning point if not an actual beginning. How Samual Hayes had become misfortune's whipping boy, I will never understand. - the journal of Erasmus Flattery
Memory is fiction, a narrative we write and rewrite to explain an ever-changing present, a story in which we are the hero, the victim, the wronged or the incomparable lover. And if memory is fiction, what then is history? - HALDEN: ESSAYS
He has escaped from memory.
A man may move either westward through life, following the light, or eastward toward the gathering darkness. It is a kind of orientation of temperament that is set in our earliest years; an emotional compass. One either pursues one's dreams or one's memories, and it is an exceptional man who, once his compass has been set, can alter it even a point or two. - HALDEN: ESSAYS
Memory is nothing more than a receptacle of our past; the future is a fabric of dreams. And the much vaunted present, that which we are all to seize with a passion, is but the smallest measure of an instant, the single tick of a clock, a medium for translating the future into the past, dreams into memory. - MARIANNE EDDEN: A REFLECTION ON THE DEATH OF MICHAEL VALPY
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The last of the world's great mages, the enigmatic Lord Eldrich has dedicated his life to eradicating all remaining vestiges of magic in the world. But the fanatical Tellerites--followers of a long-dead mage-apprentice--oppose Eldrich, desiring the hidden knowledge of the magical arts and with it the coveted key to immortality. Drawn into this conflict against his will is Erasmus Flattery, who as a boy dwelt with Eldrich, and is still haunted by the memories of what transpired during his stay with the mage. Now Erasmus must lead as expedition to search for a secret that has remained hidden since the time of the first Mages!

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