The Burning City (Golden Road, #1)
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The Burning City

by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
Release date: 2000
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy

Each an acclaimed author in his own right, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle have collaborated on some of the biggest bestsellers in science fiction history, including the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Footfall, as well as Lucifer's Hammer, Inferno, Oath of Fealty, and The Mote in God's Eye. Now Niven and Pournelle have combined their award-winning talents and imaginations to produce a masterpiece of epic fantasy that rivals the works of Robert Jordan and David Eddings.

Set in the world of Niven's popular The Magic Goes Away, The Burning City transports readers to an enchanted ancient city that often bears a provocative resemblance to our own modem society. Here Yagen-Atep, the volatile and voracious god of fire, holds sway, alternately protecting and destroying the city's denizens. In Tep's Town, nothing can burn indoors and no fire can start: by accident – except when the Burning comes upon the city. Then the people, possessed by Yagen-Atep, set their own town ablaze in a riotous orgy of destruction that often comes without warning.

Whandall Placehold has lived with the Burning all his life. Fighting his way to adulthood in the mean-but-magical streets of the city's most blighted neighborhoods, Whandall alone dreams of escaping the god's wrath to find a new and better life. But his best hope for freedom may lie with Morth of Atlantis, the enigmatic sorcerer who killed his father!

Both gritty and exotic, The Burning City is unique fantasy vision unlike any you have read before.

(updated 2010-09-07)

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For the whole book I was waiting for something to grab my attention. Something to make interested. Something to start liking the main character. It didn't happen. The main character remained distant. Like skimming the water without getting in to it. Feelings were thin, so felt the other characters. The story also had long time jumps that distanced the feeling even further. It was long wait of "end already".
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