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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 478 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPrism; 1st edition (December 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006105710X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061057106
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Fortress in the Eye of Time, the wizard Mauryl Gestaurien summoned his greatest spell and created Tristen, the gray-eyed youth with strange powers. Mauryl's death sends the innocent Tristen out into the world, where he is befriended by Prince Cefwyn, heir to the Marhanen throne. Tristen, armed with a magic sword bearing the words "Truth" on one side and "Illusion" on the other, rides into battle for Cefwyn against the Shadow spawned by Hasufin, Mauryl's greatest enemy. In this sequel, Cefwyn is now king, and he has two intentions: to marry Ninévrisë, the beautiful Lady Regent of Elwynor, and to reunite Ylesuin, the land known in its former glory as Galasien. But even as his wedding approaches, his dreams grow more and more unattainable. His barons want to control him, and they fear Tristen's powers. At Cefwyn's urging, Tristen is lying low to protect himself, hiding his powers and his sword. As war inevitably draws nearer, Cefwyn knows he must not be forced to choose between his friend and his bride. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Bodes very well for future volumes in this series." -- -- Locus

Customer Reviews

The main character in very well developed.
Far too much time developing the characters exactly the way they developed in the first book.
Leah Petersen
Excellent book, I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Jennifer Rudder

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Kimball on June 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book follows the action of "Fortress in the Eye of Time" and marches forward into a new series of unknown length: "Fortress of Owls" and "Fortress of Dragons" follow, and it doesn't end there, so we may have to wait a year or two to get the ending! Fortunately Cherryh writes fast, and we probably will not have to wait as long as we will for the conclusion of Jordan's "Wheel of Time".
Without going into all the Cherryhshly complex history of the world, the situation at the end of "Eye" was pretty much like this. One of the chief protagonists is Cefwyn, newly the king of Ylesuin, his father having died in the course of "Eye". The political situation in his realm is something like 14th-century Britain or France: that is to say that he is not one of those absolute rulers of later centuries, but is trying to reign over a large number of largely autonomous lords who are continually plotting with and against each other and with whom he has to practically renegotiate his sovereignty every time he turns around. Across the river from Ylesuin is Elwynor, to whose young queen, Ninevrise, Cefwyn is betrothed. Most of her realm is in the hands of rebels hostile to Ylesuin, however, as a result of the sorcerous conflict recounted in "Eye". Cefwyn must unify his realm, wage war on the Elwynoran rebels, and restore Ninevrise to her throne. This task will take at least four volumes (depending on how many volumes will follow "Dragons").
Cefwyn's most loyal and problematic ally is Tristen, who is not "of woman born," but a "Shaping" created by Mauryl the wizard (now deceased), raised to adulthood in a few months' time, and still largely naive about the stuff of human life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
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C.J. Cherryh has done it again. I was mesmorized by Fortress in the Eye of Time, and this book has lived up to its predecessor. It is a little slower, but it must be remembered that it covers a very brief expanse of time.
Cherryh's inclusion of the political and religious rivalries of the north, while annoying, are a necessary evil. Our own world is wrought with politics and politicians. Why would another world of Man be any different? Politics are a fact of life, and they do get in the way of doing what is right very often.
This book focuses on the development of Tristen as a Man, yet he continues to be more than a man, a Shaping. It amazes me how Cherryh can convince me of Tristen's continued innocence even while finally beginning to come to his own. Tristen is forced to make some difficult decisions, but it becomes clearer and clearer (to me, if not to him) that he was meant to rule as he becomes more and more comfortable with the use of his extraordinary magical abilities.
I highly recommend this book and this series to anyone that has the patience to watch the transformation of this poweful character. He has much to teach Ylesuin and more to teach us as readers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on May 15, 2007
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Fortress of Eagles (1998) is the second fantasy novel in the Fortress series, following Fortress in the Eye of Time. In the previous volume, Cefwyn, Ninevrise and Tristen led an army from the Southern provinces against the Elwynim rebels in Amefel. During the slow march, Tristen finally discovered how to read the book given him by Mauryl Gestaurien and learned something of the nature of the gray space.

As the Elwynim rebels under Aseyneddin ambushed the Ylesuin column at Lewenbrook, a great Shadow assaulted the vanguard. Tristen rode directly into the light at the center of this Shadow, carrying the magic blade he had created, and slashed the spirit of Hasufin Heltain. Defeated, yet still not dead, Hasufin withdrew from the battlefield. Afterward, Uwen called back Tristen from the gray space and they rejoined the survivors.

In this novel, Cefwin returns to Guelessar with Ninevrise and Tristen. The Guelenfolk who had been at Lewenbrook bring back strange tales of sorcery directed against their king. Of course, the Northern Barons hadn't been there, so they disbelieve the talk of magical forces, but they hear enough about Tristen to fear him.

The Quinalt priests are upset at having a Sihhe Lord among them. The Quinalt Patriarch complains that Tristen is using magic to have the pigeons make a mess on his portico. Then someone introduces a Sihhe coin in the harvest offering and lightning blasts a hole in the roof of the Quinaltine. The Patriarch comes to Cefwyn to complain of sorcery.

Cefwyn becomes exceedingly angry with the Quinalt Patriarch and forcibly reminds the priest of his grandfather's attitude toward the Quinalt Hierarchy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1998
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Once again Cherryh brings to life the idea of time as fluid, rather than set. Anyone who loved Fortress in the Eye of Time or her Morgaine series will love this book. I like how Tristan is a man, yet the opposite of Man. Where Man cannot physically shift through space, but can mentally remember the past and forecast the possible futures - Tristan has been brought physically from the past and has no mental history to easily remember and thus does not have the ability to forecast the future possibilities either. It is a fascinating juxtaposition, and fits well with his innocence and yet knowledge. The only reason I do not give this book 5 stars is because it does not really end, but continues on in the next 2 books. Without an end to look back from, it is difficult to judge.
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I've written sf and fantasy for publication since 1975...but I've written a lot longer than that. I have a background in Mediterranean archaeology, Latin, Greek, that sort of thing; my hobbies are travel, photography, planetary geology, physics, pond-building for koi...I run a marine tank, can plumb most anything, and I figure-skate.

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I also believe a writer owes a reader a book that has more than general despair to spread about: I write about clever, determined people who don't put up with situations, not for long, anyway: people who find solutions inspire me.

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