Geomancer by Ian Irvine(37 ratings)
|Series||The Well of Echoes|
|Submitted by Brys |
The first thing I want to say is this - it's not terrible. The rest of the review may seem pretty negative, but fantasy has worse on offer. It has potential. There are some very good ideas behind it - original, imaginative even. Perhaps not brilliant ideas, but at least a change from the rather tiresome cliches that have dominated epic fantasy for the last few decades. There's a relatively mechanised setting - machines are all important in war, and war, of course, is a central factor in the novel. But the novel begins in a factory which creates these machines, and particular, with our protagonist, Tiaan, who helps to create the crystals that drive these machines. But they begin to fail, and with a certain amount of scheming (rather simplistic I must admit), she is sent to the Breeding Factory. We are given but a glimpse of a rather unpleasant side of society, but as this is, after all, a traditional epic fantasy, the deus ex machina happens, Tiaan escapes and discovers that she is a "Geomancer". Out comes the standard epic fantasy plot, and it doesn't progress any differently than you would expect. The plot may not be an absolute carbon copy of Lord of the Rings in the way that many other fantasy novels are, but it's riddled with cliches. The characters have the barest hints of depth and ambiguity. There are even a couple of slightly interesting revelations. So far, it seems we've got something better than the average fantasy novel. And indeed, that's what I was hoping this would turn out to be. There's even one character in it that shows significant imagination and intelligence to use - someone with hyper-developed senses, who finds the very touch of clothes too painful to bear, the sound of a whisper too much.
|Submitted by Christophe na Champassak |
This book, or perhaps tome as my friends and I have often joked, is quite simply the best book I have ever read. I recieved it as a birthday present in late 2001 and have read it (and the other books from the 'Well of Echoes' quartet) 3 times since.
|Submitted by J. Robson |
I read the Geomancer book almost a year ago, but I can still remember everything that happened [largely due to the fact I am on the last book of the series, Chimera]. I adored this book. It follows the story of Tiaan Liise-Mar, a brilliant young artisan at the manufactory in Tiksi. The novel is set on the world of Santhenar, in which humanity and the lyrinx, great creatures from beyond the void, wage a desperate war for control of the world. Tiaan is set the task of solving a great mystery, and Irisis, her rival artisan, is jealous in the extream. Nish, a young artificer, is highly attracted to Tiaan, but is spurned by her. He is seduced by Irisis and conspires with her against Tiaan. Each has their reason, Nish revenge and Irisis jealousy. But when Tiaan is pronunced mad and sent to the breeding factory, they are informed of the atrocity they have comited and Tiaan is sent for immediately. However, she has escaped and discovered she is a Geomancer. Geomancy is the most powerful, and most deadly of the Secret Art's. Nish and Irisis are sent to find her. I wont spoil the rest for you. Only know that this is the greatest series of books I have ever read. It is the second quartet set in Santhenar, and I have not read the first [The View from the Mirror, which I intend to read], but reading the first is not nesissery to understand the plot or the world in Geomancer, Tetrarch and the others. Mr. Irvine has created a brilliant world in Geomancer, and rumor has it that several more books are coming out as a seperate story, also set in Santhenar. If such books do come out, I fully intend to read them, such is the brilliance of Mr. Irvine's world of Santhenar.