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3.00047988505747 out of 53.00047988505747 out of 53.00047988505747 out of 53.00047988505747 out of 53.00047988505747 out of 5 3.00 (3,480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Bishop Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tir Alainn Trilogy Release Date: October 2001 ISBN: 9781101195970
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The youngest in a long line of witches, Ari senses things are changing for the worse. For generations her kin have tended the Old Places, keeping the land safe and fertile. But with the Summer Moon, the mood of her neighbors has soured, and Ari is no longer safe. Now she finds herself torn between the world of mortals and the world of Fae, who ignore what occurs in the mortal world, passing through on their shadowy roads just long enough to amuse themselves. But the roads between the two lands are vanishing into thin air, leaving the Fae isolated and alone.

Where harmony between the spiritual and the natural has always reigned, a dissonant chord now rings in the ears of both Fae and mortal. When murmurs of a witch-hunt hum through the town, some begin to wonder if the different omens are notes in the same tune. And all they have to guide them is a passing reference to something called the Pillars of the World..

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greymalkin | 2/20/2014

    " Ahhhh that's more like it. I love Ms. Bishop's Black Jewels series but really disliked the Ephemera series. But this is very enjoyable. The start was a little slow due to characters just dithering around not realizing what was about to happen, but once things started, the pace clipped along nicely and the characters became more complex and interesting. As always, her world building feels solid and incredibly detailed. I also enjoyed the way she dealt with the Fae/human/witch issues. Not totally unique but a nice twist that made a lot of sense to me. I also particularly liked the way the romance went, but I'm a fan of that sort of thing and see it all too rarely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra Lee Wiebke | 2/18/2014

    " Bishop brings the characters to life beautifully. Even the bad guy is written so that, while you know he's bad, you also know how he thinks and why he thinks that way, and you almost sympathize with him. And the main girl, you know what she's going through so you connect really powerfully with her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 2/14/2014

    " This is the first of Anne Bishop's faery series and, though this first book seems a little slow (especially in comparison to her Black Jewels books), the series picks up and, on the whole i really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarai Lillie | 1/13/2014

    " The Tir Alainn trilogy may not be as exciting or sensual as the Black Jewels series or the Ephemera duology (soon to be trilogy), but it is a favorite of mine. The Fae and the House of Gaian are some of my favorite fantasy characters. Especially the Fae. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana_h | 1/8/2014

    " C [return][return] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/7/2014

    " This series is not as good as the Black Jewels series. But it is worth reading. Again it took a little while to get into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 1/2/2014

    " As usual with Anne Bishop, I totally breezed through it. I love the dynamics and the cliffhangers. Already in the middle of the second one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 10/21/2013

    " The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn Trilogy) by Anne Bishop (2001) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 10/3/2013

    " This book has more depth than the Black Jewels Trilogy and is less fan-fiction-y but that makes it less fun. The characters were harder to get into, though I like what she did with them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 9/19/2013

    " Cool world. I like that the Fae have lots of differing perspectives and attitudes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/9/2012

    " I love all of bishop's books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 11/27/2012

    " Though I did not enjoy this as much as the Black Jewels Trilogy, it was a solid fantasy about witches and fairies that was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/27/2012

    " I really liked it. Very interesting interpretation of the Fey and Greek mythology. Pretty much had a bit of every freaking thing in there. Enjoyable and I reread every so often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ari | 9/22/2012

    " Not as dark as her "Dark Jewels Trilogy", but still very intense. I couldn't put this book down. This is a true fantasy novel for feminists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 9/22/2012

    " The concept for the Tir Alainn series is great. The only problem is that as I read, it felt like deja vu. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story and finished the entire series but honestly I don't think I have any intentions of reading any 'new' series Bishop decides to write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 8/5/2012

    " Was expecting a little bit more...Anyway it was a good readind, with the style of Bishop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel Mansfield | 6/27/2012

    " Worth reading again "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wealhtheow | 5/1/2012

    " Admittedly, I barely got through the first few chapters of The Pillars of the World, but it was awful. Oh noes! Those evil mens are burning the kind, peaceful, beautiful witches! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/27/2012

    " An enthralling start to a great trilogy. Bishop's characters could step right off the page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 1/4/2012

    " I couldnt put it down, had me hooked 20 pages in! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann Jordan | 10/10/2011

    " These are very good fantasy books, however, after the Black Jewels series they are not quite as memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann | 5/31/2011

    " These are very good fantasy books, however, after the Black Jewels series they are not quite as memorable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaime | 2/13/2011

    " I loved the Black Jewel Trilogy so I wanted to give this series a try. I just didn't get into characters as much and the storyline didn't capture me the way the Black Jewels did
    Not as good as the Black Jewels Trioogy
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/1/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, the first of the series. I am having trouble finishing the second book of the series. It is sort of a let down from the first book. Maybe this book should have stood only no book 2 and 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/30/2011

    " This series is not as good as the Black Jewels series. But it is worth reading. Again it took a little while to get into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/19/2011

    " I really liked it. Very interesting interpretation of the Fey and Greek mythology. Pretty much had a bit of every freaking thing in there. Enjoyable and I reread every so often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 7/14/2010

    " Trashy, not super well written, with a mix of likable and obnoxious characters. Perfect for some brain candy while sick the past two days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/16/2010

    " Typical Anne Bishop. Well crafted characters that I could identify with. Engaging and often frustrating plot lines with people you just want to grab by the shoulders and shake. Interested to see where the trilogy goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 6/13/2010

    " Though I did not enjoy this as much as the Black Jewels Trilogy, it was a solid fantasy about witches and fairies that was enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/14/2010

    " I love all of bishop's books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/26/2010

    " An enthralling start to a great trilogy. Bishop's characters could step right off the page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 2/8/2010

    " Excellent story, in a world much like our own. If you like witches, in a classic sense you will love this series. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dianne | 10/15/2009

    " Needed to read something relatively light after Book on Fire!

    Not as bad as that atrocious Elizabeth Haydon book-but not very interesting at all. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop is the New York Times bestselling author of Bridge of Dreams and a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award for her Black Jewels trilogy. She lives in Upstate New York.

About the Narrator

Erik Synnestvedt has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers as well as for the Library of Congress Talking Books for the Blind program. They include The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak, A Game as Old as Empire edited by Steven Hiatt, and Twitter Power by Joel Comm.