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Fortress in the Eye of Time by C. J. Cherryh

Fortress in the Eye of Time (original 1994; edition 1996)

by C. J. Cherryh

Series: Fortress (1)

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Title:Fortress in the Eye of Time
Authors:C. J. Cherryh
Info:Harper Voyager (1996), Edition: First Thus, Mass Market Paperback, 784 pages
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Fortress in the Eye of Time by C. J. Cherryh (1994)

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Overall I liked this fantasy epic featuring the innocent Tristan trying to understand his purpose in the world. Sometimes, however, I wish there was a list of characters and their connections as many of the names were similar and I found it hard to keep track of who was who. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Fortress of Eagles. ( )
  krin5292 | Mar 2, 2013 |
This book is one of a series and, like so many, it tends to be unsatisfying and inconclusive when read alone. Unfortunately, the book did not offer me enough to induce me to read another in the series. A well-imagined alternate reality fantasy, with much to recommend it (including a Hugo) the book ran too long and much of the narrative read like "filler."
  turtlesleap | Oct 20, 2011 |
We start with a wizard named Mauryl Gestaurian. He is living in a crumbling tower, and due to various promises he has made and the presence of an undead enemy named Hasufin, he decides to create a Shaping that will solve both of his problems. However, something goes wrong with his summoning, and instead of a great warrior-wizard, he gets a terrifyingly innocent and naïve young man Mauryl calls Tristen.

Despite Tristen at first being a completely blank slate, he quickly learns about the world around him, with Mauryl’s somewhat impatient help. He is still however very childlike and innocent. When Mauryl’s enemy succeeds in defeating him, Tristen is left alone, and wanders to the Zeide, the capitol of the Amefel, where Cefwyn, the Crown Prince of Ylesuin is attempting to navigate the dangerous waters of a restless and rebellious province. Cefwyn becomes interested in Tristen, and befriends him despite the misgivings of Idrys, the commander of his guard. As their friendship develops, Hasufin follows, attempting to gain an entrance into the physical world through Cefwyn’s enemies.

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1 vote RenaMcGee | Mar 24, 2011 |
This book is a marvelous fantasy. The world is a dangerous and confusing place for a full grown man child possessed of such innocence that he captures the heart and friendship of a jaded prince. This tale is full of magical language, compelling relationships, humor, suspense, adventure, and some very unique world building somewhat hidden behind the familiar feudalistic trappings of high fantasy.

I am really quite amazed at the people who don't 'get' this book. It is one of my all time favorites, and while the plot and the story get even better as the series progresses, the first half of this book never fails to delight me when I need a lift to my spirits. Tristen and Cefwyn's friendship is marvelous, and when Ninevrise shows up, that courtship is great fun, too.

There are a lot of interesting magic versus wizardry versus sorcery ideas here; some comparative religion; dark political machinations and treachery; all contrasted with the wonder of pigeons in flight. This series is magical with endless depth and soaring spirit. Try it. ( )
  purplereadinggiraffe | Mar 16, 2011 |
While the character developement holds up to Cherryh's usual high standards, I found the ending abrupt and jarring. I was left with questions about the character of Tristen who's nature is revealed through flashbacks that, at times, seem contradictory. In the end, I did not feel his past was fully clarified and I very much wanted to know. A lot of build up for only a little bang. ( )
  Gkarlives | Sep 20, 2010 |
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High fantasy with an interesting twist as Tristen is Summoned and Shaped to the world and not born there. Politics rules and war comes when lies and deceit are instigated by an evil spirit.
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Deep in an abandoned, shattered castle, an old man of the Old Magic muttered almost forgotten words. His purpose -- to create out of the insubstance of the air, from a shimmering of light and a fluttering of shadows. that most wonderous of spells, a Shaping. A Shaping in the form of a, young man who will be sent east on the road the old was to old to travel. To right the wrongs of a long-forgotten wizard war, and call new wars into being. Here is the long-awaited major new novel from one of the brightest stars in the fantasy and science fiction firmament.C.J.Cherryh's haunting story of the wizard Mauryl, kingmaker for a thousand years of Men, and Tristen, fated to sow distrust between a prince and his father being. A tale as deep as legend and a intimate as love, it tells of a battle beyond Time, in which all Destiny turns on the wheel of an old man's ambition, a young man's innocence, and the unkept promised of a king to come.

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It was a shadow age and a shadow place. Deep in a forest, in a ruined castle, an ancient wizard creates a Shaping, in the form of a young man. The wizard sends the yong man on a journey to right the wrongs of a long-forgotten wizard war, and to call new wars into being.… (more)

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