The Hidden Masters of Marandur : The Pillars of Reality

  • by Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • Series: The Pillars of Reality
  • 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's Book 2 of "The Pillars of Reality", the exciting epic fantasy series written exclusively for Audible by New York Times best-selling author Jack Campbell!
Someone wants to kill Mari, a young Steam Mechanic in the Guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization, and that Mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young Mage who has learned that Mechanics are not frauds as his Guild teaches, and that Mechanic Mari is the only person who can prevent the oncoming disaster.
Narrowly escaping death, the Mechanic and the Mage stay alive thanks to their combined skills, an alliance never before seen. But it becomes clear that both of their Guilds, the most powerful forces in the world, are trying to destroy them. Other powers, like the great Empire and a mysterious secret Order, also seek to kill or capture them, using every weapon from Imperial Legions to Mage-created trolls, dragons, and rocs.
Trying to survive and learn the truth about their world so they will know how to save it, Mari and Alain realize that the answers they seek may lie in the dead city of Marandur. But Marandur is guarded by the legions that have sealed it off from the rest of the world for more than a century. Mari and Alain's only hope may rest with the unseen Masters of Marandur.

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Quintessential middle book

I love this series - the characters, the world & the story are amazing & I totally recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy - but this book was paced kind of oddly, the whole thing felt like the middle of a book & the character interactions took on a total teen realism, 'Romeo & Juliet' like quality. The drama felt kind of silly in the face of all of what was going on around them. I just hope that a real teenage would ditch the drama in the face of death & saving the world....
Still an amazing read & the drama does make the characters increasingly real, if rather annoying.
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- susan

If you like dragons and steampunk

If you could sum up The Hidden Masters of Marandur in three words, what would they be?

A really good story, but a bit too much of meditation.The actions scenes are really well made and thrilling (not then I'm a big fan of action books but still), but the long dialogues repeating the same things over and over again are a bit boring, as well as the characters' meditations on "should I do this or shouldn't I? maybe I should, but it all seems so wrong! but if it is wrong why it seems so right? maybe it is right then. But what if it is wrong? Maybe I shouldn't do it after all? But then what should I do?.. and so on and on through the book. These parts really made me want to increase the narration speed.


Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but the narrator is really good


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, because of the long dialogues and long hesitatio scenes I've mentioned above. However I did want to listen to this story to the end and will buy the 3rd book as well.


Any additional comments?

It's not bad at all, all in all, I've enjoyed it, but it is really a young adult book. I never knew what was wrong with the young adult genre, but now I think I know that this teenage romance is a bit too all-sweet-fairytale-like lovestory and not actually realistic. I mean not the fantasy world setting, but the characters themselves and their relations.

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- Anna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios