Fortress in the Eye of Time (Fortress Series #1)

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Deep in an abandoned, shattered castle, an old man of the Old Magic muttered almost forgotten words. His purpose ? to create out of the insubstance of the air, from a shimmering of light and a fluttering of shadows. that most wonderous of spells, a Shaping. A Shaping in the form of a, young man who will be sent east on the road the old was to old to travel. To right the wrongs of a long-forgotten wizard war, and call new wars into being. Here is the long-awaited major new novel from one of the brightest stars in ...

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Deep in an abandoned, shattered castle, an old man of the Old Magic muttered almost forgotten words. His purpose — to create out of the insubstance of the air, from a shimmering of light and a fluttering of shadows. that most wonderous of spells, a Shaping. A Shaping in the form of a, young man who will be sent east on the road the old was to old to travel. To right the wrongs of a long-forgotten wizard war, and call new wars into being. Here is the long-awaited major new novel from one of the brightest stars in the fantasy and science fiction firmament.C.J.Cherryh's haunting story of the wizard Mauryl, kingmaker for a thousand years of Men, and Tristen, fated to sow distrust between a prince and his father being. A tale as deep as legend and a intimate as love, it tells of a battle beyond Time, in which all Destiny turns on the wheel of an old man's ambition, a young man's innocence, and the unkept promised of a king to come.

A tale as deep as legend and as intimate as love, it tells of a battle beyond Time, in which all Destiny turns on the wheel of an old man's ambition, a young man's innocence, and the unkept promise of a king to come. This is the long-awaited major new novel from one of the brightest stars in the fantasy and science fiction firmament.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061056895
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Fortress Science Fiction Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 616,495
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

C. J. Cherryh—three-time winner of the coveted Hugo Award—is one of today's best-selling and most critically acclaimed writers of science fiction and fantasy. The author of more than fifty novels, she makes her home in Spokane, Washington.

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Chapter One

Its name had been Galasien once, a city of broad streets and thriving markets, of docks crowded with bright-sailed river craft. The shrines of its gods and heroes, their altars asmoke with incense offerings, had watched over commerce and statecraft, lords and ladies, workmen and peasant farmers alike, in long and pleasant prosperity.

Its name under the Sihhë: lords had been Ynefel. For nine centuries four towers reigned here under that name as the forest crept closer. The one-time citadel of the Galasieni in those years stood no longer as the heart of a city, but as a ruin-girt keep, stronghold of the foreign Sihhë: kings, under whom the river Lenúalim's shores had known a rule of unprecedented and far-reaching power, a darker reign from its beginning, and darker still in its calamity.

Now forest thrust up the stones of old streets. Whin and blackberry choked the standing walls of the old Galasieni ruins, blackberry that fed the birds that haunted the high towers. Old forest, dark forest, of oaks long grown and sapped by mistletoe and vines, ringed the last standing towers of Ynefel on every side but riverward.

Through that forest now came only the memory of a road, which crossed a broken-down, often-patched ghost of a bridge. The Lenúalim', which ran murkily about the mossy, eroded stonework of the one-time wharves, carried only flotsam from its occasional floods. Kingdoms of a third and younger age thrived on the northern and southern reaches of the Lemialim, but rarely did the men of those young lands find cause to venture into this haunted place. South of those lands lay the sea, while northward at the source of the Lentialim,lay the oldest lands of all, lands of legendary origin for the vanished Galasieni as well as for the Sihhë: the Shadow Hills, the brooding peaks of the Hafsandyr, the lands of the legendary Arachim and the wide wastes where ice never gave up its hold.

Such places still existed, perhaps. But no black-sailed ships from the north came in this third age, and the docks of Ynefel had long since gone to tumbled stone, stones slick with moss, buried in mud, overgrown with trees, indistinguishable at last from the forest.

Call it Galasien, or Ynefel, it had become a shadow-place from a shadow-age, its crumbling, weathered towers poised on the rock that had once been the base of a great citadel. The seat of power for two ages of wizardry had become, in the present reign of men, a place of curious, disturbing fancies. Ynefel, tree-drowned in its sea of forest, was the last or the first outpost of the Old Lands ... first, as one stood with his face to the West, where the sea lords of old had fallen and new kings ruled, so soon forgetful that they had been servants of the Sihhë: or the last edge of an older world, as one might look out north and east toward Elwynor and Amefel, which lay across the Lenúalim windings and beyond Marna Wood.

In those two districts alone of the East the crumbling hills retained their old Galasieni names. In those lands of upstart men, there remained, however few and remote in the hills, country shrines to the Nineteen gods Galasien had known - while in Elwynor the rulers still called themselves Regents, remembering the Sihhë: kings.

Nowadays in Ynefel birds stole blackberries, and built their nests haphazardly in the eaves and in the loft. A colony of swifts lodged in one great chimney and another in the vaulted hall of Sihhë: kings. Rain and years eroded the strange faces that looked out of the remaining walls. Gargoyle faces - faces of heroes, faces of the common and the mighty of lost Galasien - they adorned its crazily joined towers, its ramshackle gates, fragments of statues seeming by curious whimsy to gaze out of the walls of the present fortress: some that smiled, some that seemed to smirk in malice, and some, the faces of Galasien's vanished kings, serene and blind.

This was the view as one looked up from the walls of Ynefel. This was the view over which an old man gazed: this was the, state of affairs in which he lived, bearded and bent, and solitary.

And, judging the portent of the season and the clouds, leaden-gray at twilight, the old man frowned and took his way in some haste down the rickety steps, well aware of danger in the later hours, in the creeping of shadows across the many gables and roofs. He did not further tempt them. Age was on him. His power, which had held the years and the shadows at bay, was fading, and would fade more swiftly still when this night's work was done: such strength as he had, he held close within himself, and guarded, and hoarded with a miser's single purpose.

Until now.

He reached the door and shut it with a word, a tap of his staff, a touch of his gnarled hand. Thus secure, he caught a calmer breath, and descended the steeply winding stairs with a limp and a tapping that echoed through the creaking maze of stairs and balconies, down and down into the wooden hollowness of Ynefel.

He lived alone here. He had lived alone for - he ceased to count the years, except tonight, when death seemed so close, so ... seductive in the face of his preparations.

Better, he had long thought , to fade quietly.

Better, he had determined unto himself, to deal no more with the shadows and to stay to the sunlight. Better to listen no more to the sifting of time through the wood and stone of this old ruin. He owed nothing to the future. He owed far less to the past.

We deserved our fate, he thought bitterly. We were too self-confident. Fortress in the Eye of Time. Copyright © by C. J. Cherryh. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    Confusing and Long Winded

    I really love Cj.Cherryth and her desciptions in all her novels, but I found this book confusing and very boring. There is great character development but the plot is too dry and doesnt have a fast pace. ithis book just moves much too slowly for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2004

    A tale that pulls you in

    About a young man's uncertainty as he finds out he can do things no normal person can do. It is my favorite novel and once I was in I was up all night reading the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2002

    Riveting from beginning to end

    The development of the main character is extremely interesting and heartfelt. I read this book in two days, and i must say the only reason it doesn't merit 5 stars is because the ending did not pack as much punch as it might have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Still a favorite read!

    This book has an amazing story line that continues throughout the series. There is an abstract quality to the story, which can daunt some readers; however, this allows the story to unfold and for the reader to really think about how things are presented. In some ways this is as complex fantasy as it gets, similar to complex sci-fi concepts. Tristan is complex in his simplicity, and as he loses this, his depth increases!

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    Posted October 13, 2012

    Transformers

    Aero sighs and unsheaths her claws. She works on her defense moves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    good beginning

    the story evolved well and you get hooked!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    Totally Awesome

    I really liked this book. I read it in less than a week; I couldn't put it down! The detail given is amazing. I just loved the setting and the characters. :)

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    Posted October 19, 2000

    A great epic tale!

    This a great book it tells the tale of midevil times.

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