The Burning City : Golden Road

  • by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • Series: Golden Road
  • 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 AwayThe 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.


What the Critics Say

“The Burning City is a lively book that deftly integrates social concerns of today with the magic and mythology of yesterday.” (, 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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Master Storytelling

First the basics if you want a great self contained story you're at right place. However if you want your stories to say something to be an investigation of the human condition, to discuss morality from different view points, to examine class, family and question what power is, then this is a book is an essential read.
It contains Niven's ability to create a fully realised world and Pournelle's ability to create characters with motives and growth. It helps that this world is on edge between myths and the world we know.
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- Ian Warrender

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-09-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.