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Fortress of Eagles by C. J. Cherryh
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Fortress of Eagles

by C. J. Cherryh

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Series: Fortress (2)

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This is a more interior book than the first volume but the series does continue to visit territories not often covered in Fantasy. Tristen is a tortured hero, and Cherryh's take on him is intelligent. What does a creature not sure of its prior existence, or even the reason for that existence, think about? The usual fantasy book tries not to visit the interface between magic and religion, often left safely vague, but CJC brings it out. I'm up for the next three volumes at this point. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Oct 15, 2013 |
It had periods of moving the action forward, but a whole lot of verbage that didn't seem to accomplish anything. I liked the first book, I hope the third is better.
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  Cubbyfan99 | Apr 3, 2013 |
See Fortress in the Eye of Time. ( )
  TadAD | Jun 21, 2008 |
Continuing the adventurea nd life of the magically summoned Tristen. It was thought that perhaps Mauryl's shaping was only aimed at Hausfel but as Tristen is still here after his great battle, maybe Mauryl had other aims in mind.

Still armed with his sword of Truth and Illusion and the Edge to divide the two, Tristen learns a new word - Apperances. How important they are in the society of man and religion, even if somewhat ephemeral in nature. Fortress of Eagles covers a two week period after the Eye of Time, when the court with King Cefwyn has reconviened in the capital Guelmarra, but before the official wedding to his "foreign" bride the intelligent, beautiful and slightly sorcerous Nervaise. The dogmatic and conservative barons are not impressed and try every tactic to prevent this change in royal policy. Then lightening strikes the holy Quinaltine roof, and they have the lever they require. Tristen is sent on his own, to take charge of the provinence of Amefel. Can he cope, when he has never seen the falling of autumn leaves or snow in Winter?

Another good read from Cherryh, maybe not her best, but still gripping fantasy with questions about being human. ( )
1 vote reading_fox | Nov 5, 2007 |
Tristan follows King Cefwyn back to the capital in Guelemara and gets mixed up in the political intrigues of the lords there who want to control Cefwyn and sabotage his marriage plans. Eventually Tristan has to be sent back to Amefel to become Lord there in order to stabilize things for things for Cefwyn. A disappointing book, which is almost all conversations and introspection about politics. It is well over 200 pages into the book before any kind of action takes place. The whole setting of Ylesuin does not really seem to offer anything new. Cherryh is a good enough writer that the book is not terrible, but after reading the first two books, there is not enough of interest to inspire me to read the rest of the books in the series. ( )
  sdobie | Jun 21, 2007 |
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Edwards, LesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 006105710X, Mass Market Paperback)

In Fortress in the Eye of Time, the wizard Mauryl Gestaurien summoned his greatest spell and created Tristen, the gray-eyed youth with strange powers. Mauryl's death sends the innocent Tristen out into the world, where he is befriended by Prince Cefwyn, heir to the Marhanen throne. Tristen, armed with a magic sword bearing the words "Truth" on one side and "Illusion" on the other, rides into battle for Cefwyn against the Shadow spawned by Hasufin, Mauryl's greatest enemy. In this sequel, Cefwyn is now king, and he has two intentions: to marry Ninévrisë, the beautiful Lady Regent of Elwynor, and to reunite Ylesuin, the land known in its former glory as Galasien. But even as his wedding approaches, his dreams grow more and more unattainable. His barons want to control him, and they fear Tristen's powers. At Cefwyn's urging, Tristen is lying low to protect himself, hiding his powers and his sword. As war inevitably draws nearer, Cefwyn knows he must not be forced to choose between his friend and his bride.

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Created by a deceased wizard and endowed with supernatural powers, Tristen must find his purpose and aligns himself with the King, who protects him from the selfish barons who want all wizards and foreigners destroyed, and together they plan for a battle that will either bring peace and serenity or destroy them all.… (more)

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