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Threshold (edition 2003)

by Sara Douglass (Author)

Series: Darkglass Mountain (prequel 1), Tencendor (novella 6.5)

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Over the hot southern land of Ashdod looms the shadow of Threshold, a massive pyramid which the Magi of Ashdod are building to propel themselves into Infinity, a plane of existence that holds the promise of technological magics and supposedly unimaginable power. For decades, thousands of slaves have lost their lives in the construction of this edifice. Now that this construction is almost complete, the Magi need only to add the finishing touches, and they will let nothing stand in the way of achieving their desire. The Master of the Magi, a young and ambitious man, ready to do anything for power, sees the glassworker slave Tirzah as a plaything, a trifle to relieve the tensions of the day. He senses that under her placid facade Tirzah is hiding something, but try as he may to see beneath her surface, she remains an enigma. What he does not know is that her secret is the knowledge of forbidden magic. That she senses the inherent power in glass and can communicate with it-and that the glass in Threshold screams to her in pain. For it knows what neither Tirzah nor any of the Magi suspect. That something waits in Infinity, watching, biding its time, and when the final glass plate is laid and the capstone cemented in blood, it plans to use Threshold to step from Infinity into Ashdod...… (more)
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Authors:Sara Douglass (Author)
Info:Tor Books (2003), Edition: 1, 448 pages
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After a break in reading, I just could not find it in me to pick up the book and finish it. The concept is interesting, but I could not identify with any of the characters and the pacing was way too slow for what was actually going on in the story. ( )
  Kris.Larson | Sep 13, 2021 |
Starting to feel quite samey from Sara Douglass, misunderstood spirituality with a hero of one world-view converted and then saving the world. Still good world-building and an easy read. ( )
  brakketh | May 11, 2016 |
It was an okay book. The first half was really good and exciting. I really loved the Tirzah - Yaqob - Boaz love triangle. The plot was also exciting. I was really anticipating what evil lurks in Threshold. But after Tirzah and Boaz got together and the evil from Threshold was released everything went downhill. The second part was kind of boring. I wished it was shortened by the author. A lot of unnecessary and silly stuff like the Fetizzah. It was really weird. Also the author made use of a lot of deus ex machina using Fetizzah. Maybe editing the second part would make the story better. A little mystery is also good. This is for mature readers who also loves young adult fantasy books. ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Mar 17, 2014 |
I would have to say this is my favorite Sara Douglass book. I loved the setting and the characters.

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  avidreaderlisa | Jun 1, 2013 |
This is one of the best science fiction fantasy books ever written. ( )
  TraceyLea | Sep 28, 2008 |
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Russo, CarolCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tan, ShaunCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Youll, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Two are better than one; because they will have better reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and hath not another to lift him up. Again, if two lieth together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone?

Ecclesiastes 4:9-11
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Threshold is for Karen Brooks as part thanks for being such a dear friend during one of the very best and very worst years of my life.

Thanks and acknowledgements also go to Rodney Blackhirst for his enthusiastic exposition of the One (and for those fascinating bodily fractions), Terry Mills for his interesting association of infinity with a Big Mac, Cliff Carrington for his knowledge of the pyramids, and Roger Sworder for an illuminating (and refreshingly frank) discussion of the nuptial number. It was fun guys, but I bet you wish now you'd never let me in the front door.

And with deepest apologies to Pythagorus, Plato, Euclid...
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Over the hot southern land of Ashdod looms the shadow of Threshold, a massive pyramid which the Magi of Ashdod are building to propel themselves into Infinity, a plane of existence that holds the promise of technological magics and supposedly unimaginable power. For decades, thousands of slaves have lost their lives in the construction of this edifice. Now that this construction is almost complete, the Magi need only to add the finishing touches, and they will let nothing stand in the way of achieving their desire. The Master of the Magi, a young and ambitious man, ready to do anything for power, sees the glassworker slave Tirzah as a plaything, a trifle to relieve the tensions of the day. He senses that under her placid facade Tirzah is hiding something, but try as he may to see beneath her surface, she remains an enigma. What he does not know is that her secret is the knowledge of forbidden magic. That she senses the inherent power in glass and can communicate with it-and that the glass in Threshold screams to her in pain. For it knows what neither Tirzah nor any of the Magi suspect. That something waits in Infinity, watching, biding its time, and when the final glass plate is laid and the capstone cemented in blood, it plans to use Threshold to step from Infinity into Ashdod...

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