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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (450 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Golden Road Series Release Date:
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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 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 read before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Niven and Pournelle are in fine form.”

    Locus

  • 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

  • “Vivid and unusual.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Genevieve's Human | 1/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this story quite a bit. It's classic fantasy with a little social commentary thrown in and a bit of too obvious character development to turn our hero into an economically independent free-thinker of the repressed civilization. Nevertheless, the world is interesting and the writing solid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Davea | 11/18/2013

    " A very good book. It kept my attention and interest throughout. But, it just doesn't come up to the level of greatness like other Niven/Pournelle books like "The Mote in God's Eye" and "Legacy of the Heorot" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave | 10/24/2013

    " More an exploration of an imaginative fantasy world based in western North America, and less a plot-driven novel. Interesting premise, but lacked dramatic tension, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Devowasright | 9/22/2013

    " acquired this randomly.. was the first fantasy-esque book id read in years, and i've got to say, i enjoyed the hell out of it. :) "

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