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E the dangers of the hostile desert tensions within the caravan and his own excruciating doubts Marak miraculously reaches his goal only to be given another even impossible mission by the strange people in the towersAccording to these beings who look like him yet act differently than anyone he has ever known Marak has a slim chance to save his world's people from the wrath of the Ilas enemies But to do so he must convince them all warring tribes villagers priests young and old as well as the Ila herself to follow him on an epic trek across the burning desert before the hammer of the Ila's foes falls from the heavens aboveWritten with deceptive simplicity and lyricism this riveting fast paced epic of war love and survival in a brave new world marks a major achievement from the masterful CJ Cherry. Cherryh is a fantastic writer but this is not one of her best works It started out well enough and drew me immediately into the mystery of the mad but once the answer to the riddle was delivered the story fell apart Despite pages and pages of desert danger it was really boring I found myself skipping pages and pages of the book to get to the part that actually advanced the story line Sadly these parts were limited to about 25% of the book I think she also missed opportunity to flesh out characters and relationships In most cases she simply threw people into the story and told us how great they were instead of taking the time to show us Considering the amount of filler in the book it could have been put to better use The Black Painting us how great they were instead of taking the time to show Fire and Desire us Considering the amount of filler in the book it could have been put to better The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox use

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Ess his entire life He is a prince and warrior strong and shrewd and expert in the ways of the desert covering his planet In the service of his father he has dedicated his life to overthrowing the Ila the mysterious eternal dictator of his world For years he has successfully hidden the visions that plague him voices pulling him eastward calling Marak Marak Marak amid mind twisting visions of a silver tower But when his secret is discovered Marak is betrayed by his own father and forced to march in an endless caravan with the rest of his world's madmen to the Ila's city of OburanInstead of death Marak finds in Oburan his destiny and the promise of life if he can survive what is surely a suicidal mission The Ila wants him to discover the source of the voices and visions that afflict the mad Despit. I adore CJ Cherryh s Faded Sun Trilogy for its sparseness and portrayal of a plausible alien warrior culture Hammerfall has many similarities but is a much different work It s like Walking Drum and Dune rolled into one story In the book Marak Trin Tain is a desert raider and would be revolutionary who finds himself in an unlikely alliance with his former nemesis as his madness barely allows him to function in the world Both he and the God ueen Ila are searching for the source of this madness and Marak discovers it with her material assistance Some of the mystery is taken away when we discover the madness is simply nano technology being employed on the world s citizens but the ensuing struggle of a world full of people crossing the desert to safety the nano technology was essentially an early warning indicator of planet wide destruction keeps the reader going This book isn t for everyone It is no fast paced action packed space opera But if you like well fleshed out worlds lean desert warriors and constant unresolvable tension then this is your book Not uite the literary uality of Dune and admittedly I slowed down in the last half of the book but still well worth the read Solid 4 stars

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One of the most renowned figures in science fiction C J Cherryh has been enthralling audiences for nearly thirty years with rich and complex novels Now at the peak of her career this three time Hugo Award Winner launches her most ambitious work in decades Hammerfall part of a far ranging series The Gene Wars set in an entirely new universe scarred by the most vicious of future weaponry nanotechnology In this brilliant novel possibly Cherryh's masterwork the fate of billions has come down to a confrontation between two profoundly alien cultures on a single desert planetThe mad shall be searched out and given to the Ila's messengers No man shall conceal madness in his wife or his son or his daughter or his father Every one must be delivered up The Book of the Ila's Au'itMarak has suffered the madn. I m back Some health issues and a volunteer project had delayed reviews You didn t think you were going to get rid of me THAT easily did youMarak had always known he was mad since his sixth years he had heard voices in his head Marak Marak Marak and the compulsion to go eastAs the son of a chief his mother proected him and his father pretended to ignore it Then the secret came out Marak s father disowned him surrended him to the Illa s menAfter a long walk across the desert a prisoner along with other mad ones Marka is brought before the powerful Illa the ruler of the world To his surpise Marak is not to dieThe Illa strikes a bargain with him She wishes to know what is causing this epideic of madness Marka will use his warrior skills and go east to see wy the voices always urge the mad to go east In return the Illa will protect his mother and sister his father threw them out also for the sake of his mother and sister Marak agrees to seek the source of the madness and heads east where no caravan has ever goneThis is a good beginning of a new world built by C J Cherryh I rate it a solid three stars Not as outstanding as some of her series but well worth your time The characterization is four stars Marak Hati and Norit are really well drawn as well as many of the secondary characters The worlds is well designed The pace drages a bit in spots For example Marak has to make a desert crossing three times Cherryh tries to vary the description a little but the details are the same desperate for water stop at noon travel at night trouble with the beasts etc etc get a bit repititious after the second time The ending also seemed a bit rushed in the last chapter We skip through a lot of events Marak has grandchildren We missed some years in between here Possibly left out on purpose because of a planned next bookNevertheless a three star by C J Cherryh is worth a four star for many other authors Interesting characters and a new world for her will create a enjoyable experience Recommended for all SF fans fantasy fans would still enjoy it also


About the Author: C.J. Cherryh

Currently resident in Spokane Washington CJ Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field She is the author of than forty novels Her hobbies include travel photography reef culture Mariners baseball and a late passion figure skating she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track She began



10 thoughts on “Hammerfall

  1. says:

    I'm back Some health issues and a volunteer project had delayed reviews You didn't think you were going to get rid of me THAT easily did you?Marak had always known he was mad since his sixth years he had heard voices in his head Marak Marak Marak and the compulsion to go eastAs the son of a chief his mother proected him and his father prete

  2. says:

    Bedouins travelling on what is obviously camels repeatedly through the same desert doesn’t need 478 pages Not even if they do it 3 times SciFi? Not so muchEverybody who reads this book will be absolutely certain Marak is

  3. says:

    I found this a little disappointing given the uality of the author's other books While it started off well with the intriguing mystery of the call that pulled the various disparate travellers across the desert the explanations that were offere

  4. says:

    This is the second sci fi book I read where the journey in this book journeys went on way too long Oh the sand and the water problems and the vermin and the wind and the sand and the water problems and the vermin and the wind and so on I know this book has been out for awhile but maybe just saying that the same thing happened for 30 days i

  5. says:

    I expected to love this book The first 130 odd pages flew by in what seemed an instant Then it got repetetive Expected revelations

  6. says:

    I adore CJ Cherryh's Faded Sun Trilogy for its sparseness and portrayal of a plausible alien warrior culture Hammerfall has many similarities but is a much different work It's like Walking Drum and Dune rolled into one story In the book Marak Trin Tain is a desert raider and would be revolutionary who finds himself in an unlikely alliance with his former nemesis as his madness barely allows him to function in the world B

  7. says:

    Cherryh is a fantastic writer but this is not one of her best works It started out well enough and drew me immediately into the mystery of the mad but once the answer to the riddle was delivered the story fell apart Despite pages and pages of desert danger it was really boring I found myself skipping pages and pages of the book to get to the

  8. says:

    Premise Marak Trin is a madman Like many he tried to hide it did successfully hide it for years But finally the visions and the voices were too much and when the Ila's men came rounding up the mad his father the rebel leader surrendered him to the soldiers and made a kind of peace with the Ila All the mad are being brought across t

  9. says:

    For those that don't read sf they might find the first 5 10 pages of most sf novels hard to deal with because most sf authors make assumptions about the reader And subseuently most sf readers know to hang in there because

  10. says:

    I have enjoyed Cherryh in the past but maybe I was flexible back then I am finding her less satisfying lately I don't understand why these societies of hers must have for example slaves Why can't the people who arrive in these feudal

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