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"The sinister threat to the Seven Circles has been defeated by the work of Miradel, the druid priestess. But in saving her world, she broke the sacred law of her order - and is banished to live seven lifetimes as a human before she can return to her home. When she returns, however, she is a changed being. She has seen how hard life is for the other races, and feels unworthy to live in such harmony." "But she must overcome her doubt if she is to face the evil that threatens her circle once again. Except this time, she cannot stop the darkness with ...
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"The sinister threat to the Seven Circles has been defeated by the work of Miradel, the druid priestess. But in saving her world, she broke the sacred law of her order - and is banished to live seven lifetimes as a human before she can return to her home. When she returns, however, she is a changed being. She has seen how hard life is for the other races, and feels unworthy to live in such harmony." "But she must overcome her doubt if she is to face the evil that threatens her circle once again. Except this time, she cannot stop the darkness with one lone warrior from the wilds of Earth." This time, Miradel will need an army.
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Fans of the first book in this high fantasy trilogy, 2000's Circle at Center, will welcome this sequel, set in the realm of the Seven Circles with its host of mythological creatures dwarves, elves, griffons, harpies, centaurs, giants, pegasi, dragons, trolls, golems, even angels who in their exotic variety contrast with the novel's formulaic human characters. One soon picks out the good guys from the bad. As 19th-century vintage airships float in the sky above the city of Nayve, Miradel, a human druidess who has lived many lives, prepares with her warrior husband, Natac, to battle Karlath-Fayd of Loamar, the Fifth Circle, who has created a great rift ("Riven Deep") dividing Nayve. The evil Karlath-Fayd is planning to conquer all the circles with armies of the dead, many from earthly wars. Meanwhile, in an interlude drawn from the American Civil War, a Nayvean woman uses a magical device to observe a Confederate soldier with whom she falls in love. When the soldier is bayoneted, she wafts him, surprised but happy, to her bed. Niles (the Watershed Trilogy) regularly repeats a Yogi Berra-ish metaphor, "the direction that is neither metal nor wood," much as Lord Dunsany used "beyond the fields we know" in The King of Elfland's Daughter. More familiarly, he also tosses in Tolkienian gems of power. A surfeit of action and characters will tire those who prefer more serious, thought-provoking fantasy, but others will be left wondering how it will all turn out in volume three. (Sept. 4) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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The second in the Seven Circles Trilogy, this volume witnesses the crash, the world fall, of the separate seven circles that had kept dragons apart from trolls, angels apart from elves, and humans away from the harpies and the DeathLord. The circles tremble, and storms rend the ground. Miradel the druid priestess sees the love of her friends, and wonders if she will experience that feeling—only to find it in the front lines of the Confederate Army as she crosses time. When her country folk are threatened with world annihilation, she calls upon the aid of her soldier lover, her friends, other warriors who crossed time, and even dragons and former enemies such as trolls. Can they join forces to overcome evil? The first volume of this fantasy has more depth. This second volume deals more with the varieties of conflict than character development, and the abrupt ending makes the reader hope that the final volume will be more satisfying. Even the love interest is more about clothes-ripping and tonguing than emotional bonding. Fortunately, the dragon is featured on the cover, for he has the most interesting nature of all the figures in this book. (Seven Circles Trilogy, bk. 2) Category: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Berkley, Ace, 359p., Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Dr. Lesley S.J. Farmer; Lib. Media/ Teacher Svcs., Cal. State Univ., Long
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Though her actions saved the realm of the Seven Circles, the druid priestess Mirandel achieved victory by breaking her order's sacred laws. Newly returned from her lengthy exile in the human realms, she finds the safety of her world threatened once again and must use even more drastic measures to protect her universe. Set in a universe of many dimensions and peopled with a variety of fantastic creatures as well as heroes and villains from a several of Earth's historic eras, this sequel to Circle at Center provides a fast-paced tale of epic adventure that belongs in most fantasy collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Roaring in rage, the great dragon Regillix Avatar sees a surging storm monstrous as the Sixth Circle, "a disturbance that clearly bridged across worlds," a storm called Hillswallower whose chaos and massive cataract keep Regillix aloft for three days to avoid engulfing darkness. "It's a worldfall . . . My world is spilling over the brink and pouring into Nayve." Such is the turning event of Niles's second volume in his Seven Circles Trilogy, begun with Circle at Center (2000). All druids and enchantresses serve the One True Goddess Worldweaver, but when evil Delver dwarves destroy her worshippers' city of Axial, human warriors from all periods of Earthtime are called upon to battle the Delvers. Unjaded fans should find this awesomely cool.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441008551
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Seven Circles Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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    Fans of Tolkien and Brooks will love this epic fantasy

    The world is composed of seven circles with the last one known as Earth and the fourth one called Nayve, a bucolic poster world. Harmoniously co-existing with no knowledge of war in Nayve are druids, fairies, elves and other creatures. Three centuries ago, it was foretold that Nayve was going to come under attack so the druid Miradel called a dying warrior Natac from Earth so he can assemble an army and then fight a war. Although they were victorious, Miradel was killed and was sent back to the seventh circle where she had to live seven lives before she was allowed to come back to Nayve and Natac. <P>In this time and place, the realm of the lord of the Death threatens the circles. Karlath-Fayd, whose minions are the souls of people who died by violence, wants to extend his dominion. To that end he has under control, although they don¿t know it, the evil arcane dwarf Zystyl and the leader of the harpies in the sixth circle known as Overworld. Miradel and Natac team up once again with their allies, both old and new to stop the latest threat to their world. <P> In this second installment of the Seven Circles Trilogy, readers will become reacquainted with friends (and enemies) they met in CIRCLE AT CENTER. Douglas Niles so eloquently describes each circle readers will have a vivid visual image of each land. Fans of Tolkien and Brooks will love this epic fantasy and eagerly await the next book in this series (which can¿t come too soon for this reviewer). <P>Harriet Klausner

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