The Ruins of Ambrai (Exiles Series #1)

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The isolated world of Lenfell seemed the perfect refuge for the Mageborn--a people persecuted for their magic powers. But the greater the magic, the greater the peril--and Lenfell was soon devastated by a war between rival Mage factions. Now, long after the war, three Mageborn sisters will find themselves on opposing sides in this world-shattering conflict. HC: Daw.

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Overview

The isolated world of Lenfell seemed the perfect refuge for the Mageborn--a people persecuted for their magic powers. But the greater the magic, the greater the peril--and Lenfell was soon devastated by a war between rival Mage factions. Now, long after the war, three Mageborn sisters will find themselves on opposing sides in this world-shattering conflict. HC: Daw.

The isolated world of Lenfell seemed the perfect refuge for the Mageborn--a people persecuted for their magic powers. But the greater the magic, the greater the peril--and Lenfell was soon devastated by a war between rival Mage factions. Now, long after the war, three Mageborn sisters will find themselves on opposing sides in this world-shattering conflict.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The first volume in Rawn's newest fantasy trilogy, which revolves around a long-standing rivalry between two opposing groups of magicians. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Once ravaged by wars between rival factions of mages, the land of Lenfell now strives to maintain peace through the careful restriction of magic. A conspiracy, however, born of the political aspirations of the now-exiled mage-born Lords of Malerris, threatens to plunge the world into chaos once again. Against this background, the author of the popular "Dragon Prince" and "Dragon Star" trilogies begins a new epic adventure that focuses on the destinies of three sisters of unlimited power. Rawn's talent for lush descriptions and complex characterizations provides a broad range of drama, intrigue, romance, and adventure. Her depiction of Lenfell's unique matriarchal society adds further texture to this densely woven fantasy tapestry. Most libraries should consider multiples of this title.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886776688
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Exiles Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 387,005
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2007

    Enjoyable, yet profoundly disapointing

    I did enjoy this book, particularly the earlier sections. The plot and characters are initially intriguing, but overall fails to excel. While the book holds great promise, it never manages to fulfill it. In previous works, Ms. Rawn demonstrates laudable technical and creative talent, but in this novel the prose gradually devolves from merely verbose to outright bombastic, while the plot becomes overly tortuous and unwieldy. Ruins of Ambrai would have greatly benefited from a competent editor, who could have streamlined this behemoth by 300 pages and 25 superfluous characters. Others issues with the novel include a poorly constructed matriarchal society. While Ms. Rawn attempts to give justification for this inversion, she is clearly neither a sociologist nor an anthropologist, and fails to depict this society as even remotely plausible. Ultimately it comes across as a somewhat ridiculous feminist harangue. Ms. Rawn is certainly entitled to her opinion, and the premise could have been extremely interesting, if only it had been properly done. The primary protagonist, Sarra Liwellan (née Ambrai) is overly idealized, with her imperfections being unreasonably romanticized, such as vulgar language demonstrating her refusal to blindly follow social mores for a Blooded Lady. In contrast, her sister and rival, Glenin, refuses to stoop to such behavior, which somehow demonstrates her moral deficiency. In the course of the novel, Sarra becomes what I believe is colloquially referred to as a `Mary Sue,¿ and in my opinion, severely annoying. Ms. Rawn peppers her cast with trite stock characters, detracting from those who have the ability to become fully inventive, well developed, interesting ones. I did find this to be a pleasant read, I was just disappointed that with her vast talent, Ms. Rawn chose not to develop it into a work of literature. Reading this book was like listening to Beethoven play chopsticks.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Melanie Rawn has been one of my favorite authors since the first

    Melanie Rawn has been one of my favorite authors since the first time I read Dragon Prince. All the proceeding titles in that series enchanted me. I almost enjoyed the two titles in this series as much. However, it doesn't seem like there will another and it saddens me. I looked forward to the next novel and my excitement is a distant memory only recovered upon searching for new titles. However, the Dragon Prince series is still a good read and it does come to an acceptable conclusion.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Best book I have ever read, including classics!!

    A must read. The only problem is that I've been waiting for the final book in the series for LITERALLY more than half my lifetime. If I didn't love this author's stories I would hate her for the wait. Now I just pray she'll eventually write the ending... Melanie, are you reading this?

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

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    Ruins of Ambrai

    This is going to be a short review, not because I don't like the book. I actually love this book which is the first in the Exiles Trilogy by Melanie Rawn. The review will be short because I'm not very good at reviewing Epic Fantasy of which this is a beautifully written example of. Epic Fantasy has so much going on with world building and history, magical systems, societal structures, and a cast of hundreds that it's hard for me to seperate in my head in order to talk about it in a blog format. I could discuss this book for hours and touch on maybe half of the relevant points I would want to get across. All I will say is if you like fantasy and enjoy richly developed stories, I would highly urge you to pick this book up and lose yourself in world filled with magic and intrigue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2008

    pretty good for me

    i like the book it is outstanding, but not for people who don't like putting things together

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2005

    Amazing book. Must read.

    this book is a must read for anyone who would enjoy a story of mages and warriors. the detail in most of the book is amazing as are the characters that you are sure to fall in love with. if you want a place to chat about this book and many others run a web search for a bulletin board dedicated to this author and good books in general

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    This is the best book ever!!!!

    I loved reading this book. I could not put it down after I started it. The book is a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2004

    awesome classic-y book :)

    This is such a good book! the characters are so classic, they're the type of people that jump out and remind you of people you know, or of other characters from movies. And the whole book is like a pun, because the roles of men and women are completely reversed, but the society still makes sense. Anyway, this is definitely worth $7 and carrying around all that weight. :):):P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    great and long

    This book is great I read it over the summer and have started reading the mage born trator and can't put it down and can't wait for the next book the capitals tower. it was recomened by my friend. If you liked the lord of the rings you will love this. The only problem is that it took a while to get into it, About two hundred pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    Wonderful! Exciting!

    I have one word for this book: Human. The characters were wonderfully believable in themselves. The conflict is less of a story of good and evil, but more of a story of two rival factions, both consider themselves right and could be depending on your own personal beliefs. The characters felt real, they felt like they actually lived. The problem I had with such books as Lord of the Rings is that the characters were unmistakably noble. Too noble, too unreal. In this wonderful book by Ms. Rawn the characters are noble and want to do good, but they still have their flaws and foibles. Wise Gorynel Desse with all his wisdom and power could still make mistakes, could still make the wrong choice, and he did from time to time. Sarra, unmistakably noble still had that impetuous 'bloodedness' about her. She still believed she was better than most people. All characters had their flaws or humanism, which made the book all that more real. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2001

    A Great Book that everyone should read!

    This was an exceptionally written book. I couldnt put it down, the first, second, and thrid time I read it. When you read this, make sure you have the sequel, 'The Mageborn Traitor' with you. My only warning is, these two books are so addictively wonderful that you might go a little banana's waiting for the 3rd book. I know I can hardly wait.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2001

    Couldn't put it down!

    awsome book. it was one i couldn't put down. i have read it at least 3 times now, and still love it. i also loved the sequal and can't wait for the third one to come out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    duddddddde

    dudde i read this book last year and i have to say that i think it's one of the best i have ever read! it's just awesome, it's got everything you need: romance, battle, magicks, conspiracies...all the good stuff. the author is also really apt in her descriptions, it's just amazing! i love this book to no end and am in fact reading it again because it was sooo good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2000

    Great Work

    I didn't know what fantasy was until I read this. This is a wonderful mix between Magic, Politics, and Love, with a little War added in. Great story line that is fairly easy to follow but still interesting and challenging enough to keep you turning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    The Best Book Ever!

    I couldn't put this book down! It was fantastic and just breath-taking. I have read many other books of this kind but none like The Ruins of Ambrai. It was phenomenal! The Mageborn Traitor is a satisfying second part and I can barely wait for the third and final part of this story! You must read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    A Truly Spellbinding Tale!

    Usually when I get a book for Christmas... I groan. Considering how usually they are either too small, too shallow, or just not fantasy enough! However. This one met all of my requirements and more. If there's one thing I admire about any author, it's the rare ability to take something totally unreal and unbelievable... and make it real and believable to the reader. This book did that in such an entirety that I was EXTREMELY upset that I didn't have the next book when I was finished. I assume that any other reader will feel the same.

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