Across the Face of the World (Fire of Heaven Series #1)

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From a tiny snowbound village, five men and women are about to embark on a journey that will change their lives -and the destiny of their world.

For two thousand years, since he was cast out from Dona Mihst, the fabled Undying Man has been plotting his revenge on the Most High. The Destroyer's plans of vengeance are nearing fruition-and he will allow nothing to stand in his way.

But one man has escaped from the Destroyer's prison, and even ...

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Overview

From a tiny snowbound village, five men and women are about to embark on a journey that will change their lives -and the destiny of their world.

For two thousand years, since he was cast out from Dona Mihst, the fabled Undying Man has been plotting his revenge on the Most High. The Destroyer's plans of vengeance are nearing fruition-and he will allow nothing to stand in his way.

But one man has escaped from the Destroyer's prison, and even though the Lords of Fear ride in pursuit, he will bring word to his people. It will be up to his sons, Hal and Leith, together with a small group of villagers, to warn their world of the coming war.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316003414
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Fire of Heaven Trilogy Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 936,799
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Kirkpatrick's love of literature and a chance encounter with fantasy novels as a teenager opened up a vast number of possibilities to him. The idea that he could marry storytelling and mapmaking (his other passion) into one project grabbed him and wouldn't let go. He lives in New Zealand with his wife and two children. Find out more about Russell Kirkpatrick at www.russellkirkpatrick.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2009

    Fun fantasy to lose one's self in.

    It is a fun escapist read although a bit slow starting off. I encourage anyone to bear with it because the story as it unfolds becomes more and more intriguing. The characters are well fleshed out and the reader is often caught by surprise with twists and turns in the plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    ehh

    Just your typical fantasy. Kids growing up in a small town leave riding horses because the fate of the world is actually in their hands. blah blah yawn. A huge book with two or three more to follow, I see no reason to waste your time with this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2010

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    Much, much too slow and tedious

    A very tedious, slow moving read. The author seems incapable of keeping the plot/action moving, so he digresses into irrelevant minutiae about the landscape and geography. Pages and pages of landscape and geography while the characters travel. Not one to leave a book unfinished, I have attempted this book twice but simply cannot complete it. A very unsatisfying experience.

    Try Erikson's Malazan series or Modesitt's Recluse series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Not bad

    Good, but pretty slow. I felt like I was just reading Lord of the Rings again...

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    Slow but packs a punch

    I have read the entire series of the fires of heaven. It may progress slowly but its well worth the wait. The characters all progress through time. The main character Leith is a very likeable character and to watch him grow and mature with the weight of the world thrust upon him was a fascinating. A band of villiagers embark upon a quest that takes them across the face of the world where they meet interesting people and places. I rarley find a dull moment within the story. The author does a great job of making you actually care about the characters and what happens to them. i disagree with anyone that says the characters are predictable. For they are not. The quest they journey upon brings sadness, laughter, hurt, loss, mercy, triumph and pain. I am a male of 30 years and cried a few times throughout this series. Im saying this to show how much emotion can be obtained just from reading the series. With all this said i must say that book 3 was dissapointing to me. Even with that i highly reccomend this series....PLEASE ENJOY...

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    A story that wants to be great...

    "Across the Face of the World" desperately wants to join the ranks of great fantasy epics, but it disappointingly falls short of the mark. I had picked up the book based on the cover art, which is beautiful and evokes images of Tolkein-like journeys across, well, the face of the world, and the back cover description sounded interesting enough. That's the most positive thing I can say about it, sadly.

    The characters are predictable and boring, there is no aura of mystery or wonder, everything seems culled from one great epic or another (from Tolkein to Jordan) and the plot moves at a pace just short of geriatric. It is a very one-dimensional story, and offers up nothing original or intriguing into the realm of fantasy.

    I could tell that the author was really trying with this, and maybe his other books are better, but this introduction into the Fire of Heaven trilogy was very underwhelming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Good,but sometimes boring

    The book was good but sometimes it seemed to go slow and get boring for a few pages or chapters. its more of a suspense novel since there isnt that much fight, but it is still good i recommend it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Great Read

    I read the book in about 5 days and I found it to be time well spent. The characters are original as are the locations. There are several story lines taking place at the same time which tie into each other quite well. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good fantasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2008

    Couldn't finish it

    I read a little over 400 pages of it and then gave up. Over 200 pages of the 400 I read were geographical information and weather reports, neither of which contributed to the nonexistent story. I'm not sure how this book could be classified as fantasy. There was nothing fantastical about the world or the characters. In 400 pages there were a couple of promising fight scenes, but they were shut down by the author before anything exciting could actually happen. I apologize if the last few chapters are incredible, but personally, I don't want to have to read 400 pages of super-boring to get to something good.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In a remote small village in the Kingdom of Faltha, teenager Leith lives with his mother Indrett and his crippled brother Hal. Mahnum, his father, has not been home for over two years. To their initial pleasant surprise, Mahnum comes home only to tell his wife and two children that he just escaped form two years of imprisonment and they must travel to the capital Instruere to warn the king. He explains that neighboring Dhauria led by the alleged Undying Man infamously known as the Destroyer has begun his nefarious scheme to avenge his exile from Dona Mihst by the Most High with an invasion of Faltha.---------------- However, before they can begin their journey, warriors abduct Indrett and Mahnum before burning down their home with the two children inside. However the village chieftain Haufuth saves the lads and arranges for everyone to assume they died in the inferno. The trio meets with elderly farmer Kurr to discuss whether to rescue the parents or warn the king. Hal insists the rescue is the way to go because kidnapping a Dharia warrior to take with them to the capital is the proof they need to convince the throne. Stella a female teen joins the heroic group as they begin their quest.------------------ This is a quest book but quite different in many ways than most fantasy sagas as much of the tale occurs on the mundane plane rather than the otherworldly realm. Readers will feel they are part of the traveling team as the vivid descriptions of the geography are some of the best around although the pace is slower than most quest thrillers as Russell Kirkpatrick insures realism supersedes non stop action. Each of the prime cast members especially the teens are fully developed and show signs of maturing change during the trek. The first book in The Fire of Heaven trilogy is a fascinating opening gamut that sets the stage for the rest of the saga.--------------- . Harriet Klausner

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