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 #1 New York Times bestseller Footfall. Here 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 Larry Niven’s popular The Magic Goes Away, The Burning City transports listeners to an enchanted and ancient city bearing a provocative resemblance to our own modern society. There, Yangin-Atep, the volatile and voracious god of fire, alternately protects and destroys the city’s denizens. In Tep’s Town, nothing can burn indoors, and no fire can start - except when the Burning comes upon the city. At that time the people, possessed by Yangin-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 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 a fantasy tale unlike any you have heard before.
“The Burning City is a lively book that deftly integrates social concerns of today with the magic and mythology of yesterday.” (
Amazon.com, editorial review)
“The coauthors’ creativity is with them as they build a detailed world containing classical and Native American elements. Whether or not it marks a permanent shift from SF to fantasy for Niven and Pournelle, this is another absorbing book from them and bodes well for yet more of their collaborations.” ( Booklist)
"Niven and Pournelle are in fine form.” ( Locus)
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