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Fortress of Owls by C.J. Cherryh
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Fortress of Owls (original 1999; edition 2000)

by C.J. Cherryh

Series: Fortress (3)

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Title:Fortress of Owls
Authors:C.J. Cherryh
Info:Voyager (2000), Paperback, 368 pages
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Tristen continues poking around the edges of the Hasufin problem. Sadly , the amount of padding is serious. This volume has little action. This world isn't interesting to explore, with too much made of transport problems. Weakest Cherryh I've ever read. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Nov 16, 2013 |
It started out strong, and just kind of finished poorly. Not my kind of book I guess.
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  Cubbyfan99 | Apr 3, 2013 |
Not her finest hour. A hard slog through descriptions of writs and proclamations, experiments with alliteration etc. Have faith, though, as the fourth book is much better. You might as well read on to the end of the series, having wasted this much of your life. ( )
  sbszine | Dec 10, 2008 |
See Fortress in the Eye of Time. ( )
  TadAD | Jun 21, 2008 |
Definetly the weakest of the series so far., setting up for a conclusion hopefully in the next book.

Tristen is installed as Lord of Amefel and has to wait through winter before Cefwyn will attack the new enemy leading the colalition of the North, to keep his kingdom united. Tristen understands, but it isn't easy. Cefwyn has other problems though, he has to keep his fragile alliance of northern barons together - despite their attempts to subvert his intention.

Enuin is with Tristen adn through him we finally learn some of the details of how magic and wizardry work in the world. Tristen is beginningin to grasp he really is fundamentally different. The plot climaxes (just about) at Midwinter when the Year of Years comes to a close and patterns are set for the next period.

the characters still work well and Tristen is particularly well portrayed as he starts to learn the law of unintended consequences, but the plot is essentially on hold waiting for Spring, and this makes it a fairly slow read.

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  reading_fox | Nov 8, 2007 |
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To my editor, Caitlin,
whose belief in this story carried it to print--

To Jane, who patiently read and remarked,
version after version--

And to Beverly,
who compiled the constantly growing lexicon
out of all these pages--

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Master Emuin had packed in a night, when His Majesty in Guelemara had decreed a new duke for Amefel.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061020087, Mass Market Paperback)

"I Dreamed of Owl. That Means Wizardry is Near."

Tristen is a weapon in an ancient war between wizardry and sorcery. He is a summoning and a shaping, brought to life by a wizard. And his sword is a weapon as well. Its keen blade, marked Illusion on one side and Truth on the other, once helped Tristen win the throne of Ylesuin for the young king Cefwyn, gaining Tristen the stewardship of the brave country of Amefel.

Tristen's rule in Amefel is blessed with two extraordinary friends: one a stalwart and simple warrior, the other a young rebel with royal blood. But the scarlet banners of war are unfolding again, and far more than a kingdom is at stake. Now Tristen must take up the sword--as well as the Sihhë magic he has forsworn. He is destiny's own, created a combatant in a far older and more fearsome conflict than any ever imagined by mere mortal man. And he is about to do battle once more. . . .

Rich with magic, intrigue, and adventure, this high fantasy series from the acclaimed C. J. Cherryh brings to life an enchanting world as real as, yet far more wondrous, than our own.

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The adventures of a swordsman who has been created out of nothing by a magician. As he has been in existence for only a year, Tristen is green in the ways of the world and through his eyes are seen facets of our culture. By the author of Fortress in the Eye of Time.… (more)

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