The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn Series #1)

The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn Series #1)

by Anne Bishop
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The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn Series #1) by Anne Bishop

The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop's Tir Alainn Trilogy.

The youngest in a long line of witches, Ari senses that things are changing—changing for the worse. For generations, her kin have tended the Old Places, keeping the land safe and fertile. But with the Summer Moon, the mood of her neighbors has soured. And Ari is no longer safe.
 
The Fae have long ignored what occurs in the mortal world, passing through on their shadowy roads only long enough to amuse themselves. But the roads are slowly disappearing, leaving the Fae Clans isolated and alone.
 
Where harmony between the spiritual and the natural has always reigned, a dissonant chord now rings in the ears of both Fae and mortal. And when murmurs of a witch-hunt hum through the town, some begin to wonder if the different omens are notes in the same tune.
 
And all they have to guide them is a passing reference to something called the Pillars of the World...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451458506
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Series: Tir Alainn Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 215,545
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 10.86(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for The Black Jewels Trilogy. She is also the author of the Ephemera series, the Tir Alainn trilogy, and the Novels of the Others—including Etched in BoneMarked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red. She lives in upstate New York.

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LibraryFan More than 1 year ago
With intriguing characters, epic plotline, and enchanting concepts, The Pillars of the World would make an outstanding movie trilogy (provided someone good took it on, so that the story could be protected). I highly recommend the entire trilogy for everyone who enjoys good fantasy writing.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
I bought this book. Anne Bishop is a master world builder, bringing epic fantasy lands to life with a deft hand. In this trilogy the world is one of elemental magic, where fae and witches come to life and both are threatened by a sinister evil force. In this first book in the trilogy a witch with the gifts of fire and earth gets trapped by a bit of hedge love magic and, trying to avoid being abused, swears to give herself to a mysterious stallion who shares a summer holiday with her. The stallion turns out to be Lucian, the fae Lord of Fire in his animal form. Curious about this woman who sought him as a friend rather than as a breeder, Lucian begins an affair with Ari. In Tir Alainn, the fae are facing their own, much larger crisis. Whole sections of their enchanted land are vanishing, cut off by a mysterious misty nothingness. When Dianna, Lucian's twin and The Huntress, discovers Ari is a witch, whom some of the stories and songs of the land blame for the growing evil in the world, she also begins to foster an interest in Ari, determined to save her home at any costs. The truth of the lost places of Tir Alainn and a foul evil that's spreading through the land, is far more complicated than Lucian, Dianna and Ari know. In this first book three sides are drawn, those for good, those for evil, and those whose egos drive their actions rather than their heads. This is absolutely one of my favorite books. Bishop's world is so thick and sensory that even though I read this for the first time when it was first published around 2002 I continue to read the triology over and over, nearly every year and have yet to tire of it. Bishop's only flaw is a skew toward "Women are beautiful and wonderful and men are wicked and cruel" themes, and of all her work this series balances it out the best. Despite great or little power, Bishop's characters are real people, often gifted with a sense of humor which balances out the darker elements of the stories. Here you will find neither damsels in distress nor super powered Janeways. The balance between male and female, good and evil are maintained delicately, but clearly, making this whole trilogy a pleasure to read and reread.
KMO88 More than 1 year ago
This is a truly wonderful and epic fantasy adventure. Taking the perspective of multiple characters gives the story a whole breadth of adventure and makes the story all the more interesting. The first book sets the stage for the changing of a world so like and yet unlike our own world. The book reminds us of the importance of everyone within the world and of respecting our world and appreciating it. Give back what we take and do no harm, those are the mottos promoted in Anne Bishop's three books. This first book has us fall in the love with the characters and the individual story of one of the Mother's daughters, a witch with a decent amount of power and magic about her. And we hope for her survival as the Black Coats begin their hunt to rid the world of good magic. This book is a wonderful pleasure read with an important message.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Enjoyed it very much.
PollyBennett 9 months ago
A wonderful book. Dark but at the same time joyous.
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Ravenshorn More than 1 year ago
The Author is very good at describing the characters, surroundings in the story and of the people themselves in this book. You won't want to put it down! I am excited to get on to reading the next book in the series!
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