Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion. Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr: the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.
Mari's Mechanics Guild and Alain's Mage Guild have always been enemies, but they are united in wanting to kill their rogue members before Mari can fulfill the ancient prophecy of being the one who will finally overthrow their power. Mari and Alain must risk those dangers because halfway across their world lies a place where truth has long been hidden. A place that could explain why their world's history begins abruptly, with no hints of what came before. A place where they might learn how the Mechanics Guild came to control all technology and how the Mages manage to alter reality temporarily. A place that might tell them how to achieve a task that appears to be impossible.
Never before have a Mage and a Mechanic worked together, and their combined talents offer their only hope. But she and Alain must first survive the deadly and implacable Assassins of Altis.
The Assassins of Altis is one of many books written by Jack Campbell. The novel was originally published by Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio but has since become available in e-book and paperback formats. It is the third book in the six-part series, The Pillars of Reality and the sequel to The Hidden Masters of Marandur. Campbell is wonderful at creating interesting and unique action sequences in his books and this was no exception. The third book picks up where the second left off with Mari and Alain being hunted by their enemies and trying to escape the dead city of Marandur.
The character building in this book was spectacular especially for the beautiful Mage Aja. Alain with Mari and Alain the reader is introduced to some new mages and mechanics. New foes are introduced in this novel as well. I really enjoyed the hilarious dialogue in this installment of The Pillars of Reality. The Assassins of Altis continues with both a person vs self and a person vs society conflict. Like its two sequels The Assassins of Altis is a combination of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy and Romance written for a New Adult audience. The character chemistry is well done throughout the book. Mari and Alain teach the reader that anyone can change and that sometimes change is necessary to grow.
The dialogue between Mari and her peers is engaging, especially in this installment that combined with the all-around fascinating story makes for a book the reader will not be able to put down. The third book is original and interesting. It is action packed and suspenseful while still able to establish funny or serious scenes when it is appropriate. My favorite part of this novel was by far Mari and Aja’s interactions, it was interesting to watch Mari gain allies and friends throughout the story.
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