- Series: Beyond Armageddon (Book 1)
- Paperback: 281 pages
- Publisher: Bison Books (April 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080329851X
- ISBN-13: 978-0803298514
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Breaking of Northwall: The Pelbar Cycle, Book One (Beyond Armageddon) Paperback – April 1, 2005
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To the Pelbar, the sentence seemed a living death -- exile to distant Northwall for a year, facing barbarian tribes, isolated from the security and order of Pelbarigan society.
But the rebellious Jestak embraced his punishment -- for only with the lore of Northwall and the battle-craft and bravery of the wild tribes could he free the woman he loved from the slaveholding Emeri. This he swore to do -- even if he had to destroy utterly the power of the Emeri . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
* the 7 book Pelbar Cycle.
* The Gifts of the Gorboduc Vandal, since republished with a sequel in an omnibus volume called Man from Far Cloud.
Gifts is the only book that I've ever read more than a couple times, and it remains among my favorite novels of all-time. The Pelbar Cycle IMO is a highly underappreciated work, with highly original sequels that explore various aspects of that world. In essence, I think Book 1 can be read as a standalone but the rest of the books form a unified story.
Williams was not just your usual churn 'um out fantasy/sci-fi hack (sorry - I didn't feel this way before in my 20s but as I've gotten older I have far less tolerance for this stuff than I used to). He was an english professor (as the new introduction to the trade paperback Breaking of Northwall reveals) who happened to get an idea for book and submitted it, unsolicited, as a completed work to Del-Rey. They accepted, and the series then followed.
Let me add one little note - these are mature works. Pelbar (and Gorboduc, which essentially has many of the same elements in a new setting) is not only one of my all-time favorite series but also my father's. There is a depth to some of these characters that could have only come from the author's own inner strength, intelligence, and maturity. In essence, though I don't personally know Mr. Williams I wish I did. I think he'd be a terrific friend.