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The wall of time has fallen and the Gods are free to ravage the world. The few that know of their escape into mortal lands are under the control of the malevolent Husk. Stella, a queen in hiding, makes a deal with the Undying Man even though she knows his agenda comes first. Noetos seeks revenge for the deaths of his loved ones, not yet realizing the enemy is closer than e The wall of time has fallen and the Gods are free to ravage the world. The few that know of their escape into mortal lands are under the control of the malevolent Husk. Stella, a queen in hiding, makes a deal with the Undying Man even though she knows his agenda comes first. Noetos seeks revenge for the deaths of his loved ones, not yet realizing the enemy is closer than even he can imagine. And the unconventional cosmographer, Lenares, is the only one with the power to prevent the Gods from destroying the world - if only the others would believe her. The queen, the fisherman, and the cosmographer must travel to Andratan to confront Husk. But whether they can break free of his hold on them, and defeat the Gods, is another matter entirely.

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The wall of time has fallen and the Gods are free to ravage the world. The few that know of their escape into mortal lands are under the control of the malevolent Husk. Stella, a queen in hiding, makes a deal with the Undying Man even though she knows his agenda comes first. Noetos seeks revenge for the deaths of his loved ones, not yet realizing the enemy is closer than e The wall of time has fallen and the Gods are free to ravage the world. The few that know of their escape into mortal lands are under the control of the malevolent Husk. Stella, a queen in hiding, makes a deal with the Undying Man even though she knows his agenda comes first. Noetos seeks revenge for the deaths of his loved ones, not yet realizing the enemy is closer than even he can imagine. And the unconventional cosmographer, Lenares, is the only one with the power to prevent the Gods from destroying the world - if only the others would believe her. The queen, the fisherman, and the cosmographer must travel to Andratan to confront Husk. But whether they can break free of his hold on them, and defeat the Gods, is another matter entirely.

30 review for Beyond the Wall of Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    James Cox

    A good addition to the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Jokester

    The author is clearly a talented writer, however I found the story L

  3. 4 out of 5

    Soho_Black

    A couple of aspects have summed up Russell Kirkpatrick's ''Broken Man'' trilogy for me so far. There has been a fascinating story with some wonderful character building that has made it highly enjoyable. There have also been some of the most detailed maps I have ever seen in a fantasy series, offering more variation than I've seen in maps before and actually adding detail to some parts of the story, not merely acting as a guide. I was expecting more of the same from the final part, ''Beyond the A couple of aspects have summed up Russell Kirkpatrick's ''Broken Man'' trilogy for me so far. There has been a fascinating story with some wonderful character building that has made it highly enjoyable. There have also been some of the most detailed maps I have ever seen in a fantasy series, offering more variation than I've seen in maps before and actually adding detail to some parts of the story, not merely acting as a guide. I was expecting more of the same from the final part, ''Beyond the Wall of Time'' and very much looking forward to it. Husk is still trapped in his tower, drawing towards him those people he needs to gain revenge on his captor, the Undying Man. Unfortunately for him, the three people he is controlling have become aware not only of his presence, but also their shared experience and are working to banish Husk from their minds. As the gods exert greater influence over the group in their battle for control of the world, so Husk's grip on his spikes weakens further. Lenares is still trying to lead the group, but is worried that as she becomes a more rounded person, she is becoming less of a cosmographer and losing her ability to read the numbers in the world. Her concerns over the health of Torve, her beloved, are also distracting her. Noetos, meanwhile, is driven only by his own thirst for revenge against the Undying Man, little realising that the object of his wrath travels alongside him. As they near their destination, the forces acting on the group manifest themselves in many ways. In terms of the story itself, ''Beyond the Wall of Time'' is the weakest of the trilogy, but that's akin to choosing the least sweet spoonful of sugar. It does feel like Kirkpatrick maybe brought the characters a little too far with the earlier books, which were sizable tomes, not leaving himself enough of their journey to fill the final part. There is still a lot happening here, but the group seem to be lurching from one set piece to another, without really making progress. This is no bad thing, but after the earlier parts, it feels less convincing. One thing that remains the same is Kirkpatrick's inventiveness. He always manages to find ways of keeping his characters and his readers off balance. Unfortunately for the characters, he usually achieves this by springing nasty surprises on them. This time, Kirkpatrick doesn't just stop at physically tormenting his characters, as both Husk and Lenares have psychological issues to deal with and the group have to contend with the loss of some of their number. But thanks to Kirkpatrick's fertile imagination and the magic that abounds in this world, sometimes even death doesn't prove to be the end. The reason this matters so much to me hasn't changed, either. Kirkpatrick has built some wonderful characters into this trilogy that I've come to know well. They're not always likable and they don't always act with the purest of motives, but the major characters are wonderfully drawn and each one is distinctive. From the beginning of the trilogy, it has been easy to separate one from the other, so well are they all written and it's tough not to pick favourites and to feel a little something for them when they are in danger. Indeed, such is the quality of Kirkpatrick's writing, it's often difficult not to feel things alongside them, as well as for them. Although the world has always been well drawn, in ''Beyond the Wall of Time'', it appears especially so. It could be that Kirkpatrick has made the scenery a larger part of the book here as there wasn't quite enough story to go around, but for whatever reason, you get to see the huge contrasts in the land here. One moment the group is in the forest canopy of Patina Padouk, not long after they are deep underground in the hidden mining community of the Zizhua Valley. You can almost feel the trees swaying in the breeze before worrying that the mountains above are going to fall down and bury you alive once you follow the story into Zizhua. The writing is as powerful as ever, even if some other aspects of the book fall a little short. I may have called this book weak, but this is only in comparison to the previous volumes of the trilogy. It's a slightly disappointing end, given the high quality of what has gone before, but viewed in isolation this is still an impressive piece of writing. The quality of the characters and the descriptive writing has this book head and shoulders above more or less anything but Kirkpatrick's own high standards. This is well worth a purchase if you've read and enjoyed the previous books in the trilogy and if you haven't, I suggest any fantasy fan goes and does so, as it's a wonderfully written and crafted story all the way through. This review may also appear, in whole or in part, under my name at any or all of www.ciao.co.uk, www.thebookbag.co.uk, www.goodreads.com, www.amazon.co.uk and www.dooyoo.co.uk

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    An amazing ending to one of the best series I've ever read. The characters continued to change and learn, growing in reaction to the events that surround them. Even better, the conflict was resolved slowly rather than suddenly. The ending was shocking to me, and I was really upset when my favorite character died. As much as I like the ending, I wished it had been resolved differently because my two favorite characters did not reach the end I had being hoping they would. However, up until around An amazing ending to one of the best series I've ever read. The characters continued to change and learn, growing in reaction to the events that surround them. Even better, the conflict was resolved slowly rather than suddenly. The ending was shocking to me, and I was really upset when my favorite character died. As much as I like the ending, I wished it had been resolved differently because my two favorite characters did not reach the end I had being hoping they would. However, up until around half way this book was starting to get really redundant, especially after the events that took place in the second book. Yet about halfway through the book, the conflict deepened immensely and you knew that nothing was going to end how you'd thought, and you had no idea what was going to happen. Hence, the book again refused to leave my hands for more than a few moments.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    The overall story was ok. It seemed to me, Kirkpatrick was trying to hard to string together these long sentence structures and use big flowery words where those things were not needed. Character development was a bit week. He had a couple main characters and a bunch of secondary characters who continued to stick around and somehow make it to the end with significant roles. This was book three and towards the end of the book I would read something and go who was that guy again and what is their The overall story was ok. It seemed to me, Kirkpatrick was trying to hard to string together these long sentence structures and use big flowery words where those things were not needed. Character development was a bit week. He had a couple main characters and a bunch of secondary characters who continued to stick around and somehow make it to the end with significant roles. This was book three and towards the end of the book I would read something and go who was that guy again and what is their relationship to the whole story. I think by biggest complaint is that there were some definite elements of Dune that were used in these stories and I did not care for that. Dune is one of my all time favorite reads. Don't think I would read this series again. :(

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peter Smith

    I thought the conclusion of this series was well done, I really liked the aspect of tables being turned on someone who thought he was the most important realizing he was a bit player. I'm not sure the godhood part was necessary, but it didn't detract from the ending. I'd recommend this series to most fantasy readers, is enjoyable, and didn't at least to me seem to bog down as much as Kirkpatrick's first series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matti Tornio

    Between the universally unlikable characters (both humans and gods alike) and poor writing it was a struggle to finish this book. The few interesting ideas made me finish the book (and the series), but unfortunately the ending turned out to be a massive letdown too. In other hands this may have been a great read, but sadly author's skills simply aren't sufficient to write the story he's trying to tell. Still gets the second star for the more promising first part of the book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This barely made 2 stars. I always support NZ writers but this was too drawn out in the first 3/4 of the book and somehow the deus ex machina processes became a little tedious. The characters didn't develop any more from the first 2 in the series, which is a pity as I had looked forward to the denouement. The plot make a loose and a point pointless. Rather disappointing end to the trilogy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scott Soefje

    This second trilogy was not as strong as the first one. The some of the characters were interesting, but others I found I could not "root" for in any way. The plot was convoluted and disjointed. All in all, I think the first trilogy was the better of the six books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    c2009. This was a great ending to the trilogy and to the trilogy before that as well. Everything came together well and it did not seem at all rushed. There was still a few passages that could have been done away with but overall a satisfying read. Recommended

  11. 4 out of 5

    Felicity Fozard

    Conclusion to the Husk trilogy. Kirkpatrick does great world building, but I think that the trilogy could have been just a two parter. There also seemed to be a number of characters that had no point to them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    The series itself was fantastic. This book however, was so cheesy. I hate it when authors end books just to end them.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

  14. 4 out of 5

    George

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jean-francois

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nick Galley

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dario

  20. 5 out of 5

    Boyd

  21. 4 out of 5

    Warren Paul

  22. 4 out of 5

    Graham Roberts

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Hart

  24. 5 out of 5

    David Chantler

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bert

  26. 4 out of 5

    DarkKnuWayve

  27. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Simons

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Wexler

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jay C

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