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Author: C. J. Cherryh
ISBN13: 978-0380979042
Title: Fortress of Ice
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Publisher: Harper Voyager (October 24, 2006)
Pages: 416

Fortress of Ice by C. J. Cherryh



Fortress of Ice. Cherryh C J. Categories: Fiction. Printed in the United States of America. For information address HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022. HarperCollins books may be purchased for.

fortress in the eye of time, fortress of owls, fortress of eagles, fortress of dragons. a very long time ago, long before the time of men, galasien ruled. its world was wide with trade and commerce, and sustained by wizardry. But besides wizardry, there was native magic in the world. Elfwyn was the elder, nicknamed various things, but his caretaker, in the distant countryside of Amefel, had called him Otter, that being a safer name than the one his mother had given him. So Otter he had been for all his life, and the name well fi tted him: a dark, quick boy, wary and wild, as free and merry as an otter in a brook: Cefwyn had seen all that before the boy had ever crossed the river or taken up residence under his roof- much as he had restrained himself from loving this boy

Fortress of Ice book. But the main reason I didn't rate this book higher is because it ends so unsatisfactorily. Fortress of Dragons, perhaps because it wrapped up the major story arcs to that point, was more satisfying. The fact that this book is so open-ended tells me there will be more, but the wait may be long, from what I understand. Feb 18, 2016 Ian Bott rated it it was ok. Shelves: did-not-finish

Book's title: Fortress of ice . Library of Congress Control Number: 2006043724. International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 0380979047 (alk. paper). International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 9780380979042. System Control Number: ocm70061090. Dewey Decimal Classification Number: 813/. Physical Description: 402 p. ;, 24 cm.

Read "Fortress of Ice" by C. J. Cherryh with Rakuten Kobo. Two surprising allies have emerged to aid the embattled ruler in a struggle he must win: Cefwyn's two young sons. Fortress of Ice. by C. Cherryh.

For Fortress of Ice, Ms. Cherryh pickes up the pieces in her Fortress series and ages them 16 years older so that Cefwyn is now dealing with his son Aewyn and his bastard son Elfwyn (also called Otter in the book). The primary focus is from Elfwyn's perspective as he tries to blend with his father's people and develop a relationship with his half-brother (he has one and a good one) before magic and events take control of things. As with all of Ms. Cherryh's books, the characters are very active with one another and we see many differnt perspectives. If there is one weakness with this book it's the lack of a map. This would have been very nice to have while reading when Ms. Cherryh referenced different locations. As always, the descriptions are rich and deep and makes for a good follow-up on the earlier books.

Fortress of Ice. (2006) (The fifth book in the Tristen series) A novel by C J Cherryh. Sixteen years have passed since the dramatic events of Fortress of Dragons, and Cefwyn, king at last, must rebuild his devastated kingdom. The embattled ruler is aided by his powerful friend Tristen Sihhe and two surprising allies in a struggle he must win: his two young sons. Elfwyn Aswydd, the bastard son of Cefwyn and the sorceress Tarien Aswydd, has spent years unaware of his parentage, yet now it is his time to emerge and claim the gifted birthright he's been denied for so long. October 2006 : USA Hardback. July 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback.

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Sixteen years have passed since the dramatic events of Fortress of Dragons, and Cefwyn, king at last, must rebuild his devastated kingdom. The embattled ruler is aided by his powerful friend Tristen Sihhe and two surprising allies in a struggle he must win: his two young sons. Elfwyn Aswydd, the bastard son of Cefwyn and the sorceress Tarien Aswydd, has spent years unaware of his parentage, yet now it is his time to emerge and claim the gifted birthright he's been denied for so long.

But a dark, sinister magic has crept close to the young man and seized hold of the kingdom. Nothing is as it seems, and the bonds of family strain against the powerful forces that would see them undone. It is up to an embattled four—Elfwyn; his half brother, Aewyn Marhanen; Cefwyn; and Tristen—to unmask and destroy the dark forces that threaten to unhinge the king's peaceful and fragile reign.

Reviews: 7
Blackredeemer
C. J. Cherryh wrote the first four books of the Fortress series from 1996 through 2000. There was a pause until this,the fifth book was written in 2006. The difference is noticeable as the writing is smoother, better all around. Cherryh is one of my favorite fantasy writers so why is she not more well known? I'll tell you a secret,excellent writing but slow moving plots. One reviewer went as far as to call them glacial. When something does happen you are quite aware of the reasons, background and all the necessary facts. I have finished rereading the excellent 21 book Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian for the third time as my go to for winding down from a active day in the last few minutes before I go to sleep. Something well written, positive,but not mentally strident,a bit like a text version of an NPR broadcast so I can slip off into the land of nod. Cherryh's Fortress series and now her Foreigner series has replaced them as my standard unwinder for sleep.
Uleran
If I'm nitpicking, the thing about this book that I didn't like was that the characters that we are most familiar with aren't given any real development. Though they are present in the story and even given whole chapters in their point of view, there is no real development for them as characters in this story. Instead, all of the character development is for the two sons of Cefwyn. But make no mistake, I liked the book and though this did feel a little odd at the end there might have been no other way to so clearly highlight the changes in the two sons throughout the story.
Llbery
I really enjoy this series and I enjoyed this book. That being said, this was the worst one in the series. The plot was kind of boring and the transition to the new characters didn't draw me into them with the same connection that I had in earlier books.

My biggest gripe is that the Main Character of the first four books is left as a supporting character, which makes sense for the book, but is disappointing for someone who enjoyed his role. I was very disappointed with the direction that the author took the series and I had hoped for something different.

It's good reading if you are a fan of the series, just understand that things have changed a great deal and you may find yourself missing how things were.
Water
I loved every single book. I really didn't know that I would in the first book; but the author took his skill and time to fully flesh out the characters. I really got into this series and hate to see it end.
Golkree
Ms. Cherryh's Fortress series has been one favorites of her series. For Fortress of Ice, Ms. Cherryh pickes up the pieces in her Fortress series and ages them 16 years older so that Cefwyn is now dealing with his son Aewyn and his bastard son Elfwyn (also called Otter in the book). The primary focus is from Elfwyn's perspective as he tries to blend with his father's people and develop a relationship with his half-brother (he has one and a good one) before magic and events take control of things. One character I loved in this book (athough only a minor role) was Master Crow.

As with all of Ms. Cherryh's books, the characters are very active with one another and we see many differnt perspectives. If there is one weakness with this book it's the lack of a map. This would have been very nice to have while reading when Ms. Cherryh referenced different locations. As always, the descriptions are rich and deep and makes for a good follow-up on the earlier books. My initial reaction would be to rate this as a 4-4.5 star book, but I loved how Ms. Cherryh hints at more of Lord Tristen's Power and background. Because of this, I give it the extra half star nod and round it up to a 5 star book because Elfwyn reminded me of my son and Lady Tarien of my ex-wife. Very good work Ms. Cherryh! I look forward to more like this one. Btw, there is room for more in this series...
Cordanara
A final conclusion to the Gate cycle? It has carried well, despite some early reader comments expecting (or sullenly demanding) early conclusons at the end of the second, and third volumes. I enjoy the diversion, entertainment and the flexibility of Cherryh's works, own many of them and have found interesting nuances even on the second (or third) reading. Reads well and engages the willing suspension of disbelief without demanding total disengagement of the forebrain.
Yadon
If you've only read the first 'fortress' book, stop there. None of the rest of the series match up 'fortress in the eye of time', which is one of Cherryh's best books.

On ther other hand, the fouth (and I had assumed final), 'fortress of dragons' is one of Cherryh's worst; so this is a vast step up from there.

This books starts very slowly, and Cherryh's choice to attempt the langauge of her teenage protagonist isn't a good one; she can't convincingly do the voice, and the choice to do so is very distracting. However, once it gets past the first quarter, this book suddenly turns into classic Cherryh. All the things that made the Fortress series work are here; politics, complex magical systems, a vague sense of menace, and the tightrope feeling that anything the characters do could send them into the pit one way or ther other. It ends rather suddenly (So I'm assuming she's got plans for another if not two more), but it ends well, and I wanted more of it, which is always a good sign particularly after 'dragons' weak ending.

After several serious stumbles (with the 'gene wars' books (were were awful) and with 'fortress of dragons'), it's a good sign that Cherryh can still do this. This is far from Cherryh's best book, but it's a large step above her worst, and that's encouraging.
Value for money