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A Magic of Nightfall: A Novel of the Nessantico Cycle Hardcover – March 3, 2009

4.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Nessantico Cycle Series

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aS.L. Farrell weaves his storylines into a compelling tale.a
aPatas Fantasy Hotlist --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

S. L. Farrell boasts (but generally resists sending out) a resume that includes the obligatory long list of occupations, including a stint as half of a juggling act where a few scars and a grudging appreciation for gravity were acquired. Other interests include music, fine art, history, and the fascinating details of cultures both present and past. S. L. is the author of The Cloudmages trilogy: Holder of Lightning, Mage of Clouds, and Heir of Stone; and The Nessantico Cycle: A Magic of Twilight, A Magic of Nightfall,and A Magic of Dawn. S. L. Farrell currently lives in Ohio and teaches Creative Writing at a local university. He can be found at farrellworlds.com. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Nessantico cycle (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover; 1st edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756405394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756405397
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,049,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The story was disjointed and lacked a center. There was no rise and fall in its progression, no build up. I already knew what's going to happen at 100 pages in and the author did very little to make me wonder.

The main characters lacked focus and often their motives were hard to follow. None of the characters were fleshed out. I was always waiting for one of them to jump out and take charge of the book, never happened. To be honest at the end of the book I really didn't care about ANY of the characters.

Unlike the first novel, A Magic of Twilight, the magical aspect of the novel had no wonder. It often felt like the use of magic was forced and applied to "make" the story magical.

The story was flat and lacked substance. I plowed through it to the end always praying it would get better.

The concept of Nessantico was great and I was hopeful.

2 stars for a good idea.
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Format: Hardcover
This highly ambitious work was very professionally written, and held together where many others would have failed. Like a war on many fronts, this story happens in a very complex political environment, with warring socioeconomic and religious factions. When you add in the foreign-speak, the shear scope of could have become quite daunting. I found myself restarting the first chapter 3 times, while spending time in the appedicies. Without them I'd have been completely lost. I recommend STARTING with a full understanding of the information in the back, as I don't think I could have "picked it up" by just forcing my way through the book. The author manages the cultures and different groups of characters wihtout losing the reader--which is quite a feat considering the magnitude of the tale.

I did, however, expect magic to have more of an impact on the story, but it really didn't. It seemed to be a "trapping" of writing a fantasy novel. I would not say I 'loved' any of the characters, but I certainly came to know them intimately. High marks for making a nearly impossible world understandable.
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Format: Hardcover
Nessantico is the capital of the Holdings, but it is not as large as it once was. Firenzcia has broken away and other states followed forming the Coalition. Audric the ruler is two years away from his majority so continues to rule under the guidance of the Regent Serge Ca'Rudka. However, Audric is also falling into madness, as he imprisons the Regent while heeding the advice of an ancestor who the lad believes is giving him good counsel even though she is in a painting which he believes talks to him.

Sergei escapes heading to Firenzcia where Allesandra Ca'Vorl is manipulating events to enable her to achieve her goals. Allessandra was once a hostage is Nessantico because her father rejected her as his heir choosing her younger brother Fyyn. The lady has the assassin The White Stone carry out her plan for having the counsel place her son on the throne. The Westlanders in the Hellins were invaded by Nessantican forces; they push the outsiders from their country and invade the city. Alexandra wants her son to use his army to help Nessantico, but he has learned about her lies and murders so needs time to decide what to do.

The second Nessantico Cycle doesn't suffer from the middle book syndrome as A MAGIC OF NIGHTFALL takes place twenty five years after the events of A MAGIC OF TWILIGHT. This gives the saga a feeling of freshness yet retains the innovative political intrigue. Each main character maintains their part of the story so that the audience sees a changing POV that makes for a fascinating read; for instance how different mother and son look at Nessantico. Based on a blending of medieval France, Florence, and Venice, this superb fantasy captures the betrayals even within families as Machiavelli would claim S. L. Farrell is more than just a great world-builder; he understand the essence of power is manipulating your opponents and allies to do your bidding.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Hardcover
This book is very much like the first (The Magic of Twilight). The author is constantly changing the spelling of known words to create new and amazing words (snark!!). And adding 'ca & 'cu (etc.) to signify a person's place in society or their rank in their profession. This is very tedious and exhausting to the reader. However, having said that, the story is pretty engaging. There is religion, magic, intrigue, affairs and wars.
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The second in this author's series, things are as one person put it 'predictable'. I would also agree that there is really no subtle sense of rising and falling action, it's just abruptness all around till the end.

5 stars though because of the character's emotions. If you enjoy politics, backstabbing, and deal making I'd read this. However don't expect a very happy ending, because this is a dark book.
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