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Fortress of Ice (Fortress Series #5)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    King Cefwyn raised his son and heir Aewyn at the royal court at Guelemara while his older child by a few months, illegitimate offspring Elfwyn, was raised by Gran the hedge-witch in the countryside of Amefel where she called him Otter. The two royals visited Otter often and now the sixteen years old Elfwyn has been brought to Guelemara to live with his sire and half-brother though the monarch realizes that the two siblings could become adversaries. He believes with his guidance Elfwyn will be loyal and helpful to Aewyn once the younger is on the throne.---------------- Both teens admire their father and become friends as well as brothers in spite of all that divided them. However, out of love and good intentions inadvertently King Cefwyn has brought trouble to his kingdom. The Quinalt religious sect demand that Otter leave the court as his maternal breeding is an abomination to these purist fanatics they will do what it takes to insure this happens including assassination if need be. Worse, Otter's mother, one of the Aswydd sisters and an outraged perhaps insane sorceress, has escaped her incarceration and is coming for her boy and to kill her former lover.---------------- The fifth ¿Fortress¿ fantasy is a terrific relationships drama that fans of the series will fully appreciate as everyone will wonder whether Elfwyn will choose his mother or his father. Though a short introduction will help newcomers understand the back story, this reviewer recommends obtaining the four previous novels to better savor this exciting saga especially the interrelationships between the various key players all are fully developed, but their conjoining pasts are critical to this plot. C.J. Cherryh provides a fabulous tale testing the loyalties of the two teenage brothers.------------------ Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

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    C.J. is brilliant, she's done it again. I've read alot of Sci-fi/Fantasy, and this series, in my oppinion is the epitome of the genre.

    I usually get bored, and lose interest after the 3rd or 4th book in a series, but not so with this one. Every time I think I know where this one is going, and have it figured out, the story takes another twist off in another completely unexepected direction. It's fresh with every turn of the page, and always leaves me in anticipation of my next opportunity to nestle in by the fire, feed the pigeons on the ledge, and lose myself in the world of a bygone era.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    Excellent continuation of an excellent series

    Given that this is only the newest book in a series I cant say very much without giving away previous plots. Suffice it to say that C.J. Cherryh is every bit as good with fantasy as she is with Science Fiction. This series of books remains one of my favorite of all time and I can not wait for the next in the series.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    OK

    the story continues but is too wordy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    Wow!

    I can't believe it's finally here, it's like another Ruins of Ambria book coming out or something. Woooopeeeee!

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