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e-Book Equinox: the second book of Ascension download

e-Book Equinox: the second book of Ascension download

by Dirk Strasser

ISBN: 0330357387
ISBN13: 978-0330357388
Publisher: Pan Macmillan; Edition Unstated edition (1996)
Pages: 400
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Rating: 4.3
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Equinox is the second book in the Ascension trilogy – a vivid, creative series which has been packed so far with fantastic world building and fascinating stories

Equinox is the second book in the Ascension trilogy – a vivid, creative series which has been packed so far with fantastic world building and fascinating stories. I had mixed feelings on the first book, Zenith, with it lacking in strong character development, and I also felt like its pacing was hit and miss. That being said, I thought Equinox was a much stronger novel and it had built on any of Zenith’s weaknesses. Equinox by Dirk Strasser builds on the foundation of book one, Zenith maintaining the same atmospheric quality and intensely spellbinding plot, this time ratcheting up the tension with eminent danger from presumably dark forces from within The Mountain.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy. Equinox: The Second Book of Ascension

Science Fiction & Fantasy. Equinox: The Second Book of Ascension. Back to Science Fiction & Fantasy. As Atreu and Verlinden strive to decipher the power of the Talisman that has defined Atreu's Ascent, Teyth and Valkyra are locked in a desperate battle that neither of them can win. At a time when darkness and light are in perfect equilibrium, when Maelir and Faemir must find a way to break the deadlock and avoid annihilation, the world's fate lies in the Book of Ascension.

The fate of the Mountain hangs in balance at the time of Equinox, and even the Keep can no longer remain untouched. The Maelir are desperate to defend it, the Faemir to demolish it, the windriders to claim it. But unknown to them all, a dark force has already emerged from the chaos to seize power.

The Maelir are desperate to defend it, the Faemir to demolish it, the windriders to claim it. But unknown to them all, a dark force has already emerged from the chaos to seize power

Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books and has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. His short story, 'The Doppelgänger Effect', appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under.

Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books and has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement.

Author of the Books of Ascension. Dirk Strasser has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement.

Check out the second book, Equinox, below, and be sure to keep an eye on the site . Originally published in 1993 by Pan Macmillan, Dirk Strasser’s The Books of Ascension went out of print before the final novel was completed.

Check out the second book, Equinox, below, and be sure to keep an eye on the site for additional excerpts from the series. The fate of the Mountain hangs in balance at the time of Equinox, and even the Keep can no longer remain untouched. Two decades later, the entire series-including the lost book -is availble from Momentum in ebook format!

Comments:
Berenn
Not very engaging.

Oppebro
In this second book of the Ascension trilogy, the story keeps the pace and momentum of Book 1. In Book 1, young Atreu followed as best he could in the traditional path of the pilgrimage up the Mountain. Book 2 takes place entirely at the summit--or summits--as the Faemir press their hard-won position despite not knowing exactly how far from victory they truly are. The role of the Grales becomes clear. More secrets of the Mountain are revealed, as are weaknesses in both sides of the conflict at its peak.

In the prologue, a mysterious figure states, "We are all a tale within a tale within a tale." This, for me, underlines the ultimate value of this book, and the entire series. As I mentioned in my review of Book 1, the story is an allegory. Mr. Strasser has constructed a framework of nested self-referencing narratives. I hardly know how to categorize it, except to say he has taken meta-textual referencing to the utmost level.  While this could be a stunt--and I have seen self-referencing texts done as a stunt, and always for humor--Strasser has found a tool to match a sober and earnest purpose. His young heroes must overcome war, pride, the fear of change, and blind institutional inertia if they are to save their lands and people. The alignment with our 'real' story outside this story (a distinction which Strasser blurs beautifully) is as affective as any literary device I've come across. It's so very, very well done.

Civilization itself is in the balance. Opposing forces are led by equally intractable leaders who are blind to the chaos they are causing. Agents on each side must find a way to circumvent their leaders and head off the rush to self-destruction. But first, they must come to terms with the radical nature of that decision. (Note: the ability to evaluate rules is considered a sign of the highest level of cognitive development, see Bloom's Taxonomy, comparable to the post-concrete stage of Piaget's levels of development.)

I think much of the skill in storytelling is in the degrees. Enemies begin to trust, but only a degree at a time. Friends disagree, then come to an agreement by degrees. A guy and a gal are attracted to each other, and get closer by degrees. I admire very much how Strasser handles the degrees in his writing. The dialogue is lucid, grounded in the characters, and no one is a foil--that is, no one is particularly dense or dumb to highlight the goodness or intelligence of someone else.

Now having finished the second of the three books, I am confident with my assessment that the Ascension series is a gold standard for its genre, the epic adventure allegory. I've already purchased Book 3, and look forward to reading it very much.

Onnell
This book follows Zenith, first in the series. In that book, twins ascended the mountain in search of a greater truth, and those who succeeded would become members of the Holy Orders. Our hero had discovered his truth and all seemed well.

So is all well? Not so much. Turns out that after the first judgment, there's a second judgment and those who fail that one are conscripted into an order who constantly circle the holy keep, but are never allowed inside. And with the hero's truth being so out there (Men and women getting along? Never!), it looks like he's going to be one of those failures. If he can rescue his brother, reclaim his talisman, survive the war and, oh yes, if the keep doesn't fall down around them.

This book had more suspense to it than the first, but I liked the first better, because it had a clearly defined goal. While this book had its moments, I was never quite sure what was going to happen and if I needed to put needles through my eyes to keep from reading some of it. Because some of it was that annoying.

Still, a good tale, and complete unto itself. It's clearer from this one how the third must go, but there's still some mystery left, like whether they'll ultimately win.

I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodman
As is so often the way with adventure series, this second novel, Equinox, is so much darker than the first.

Now ascenders Atreu and Teyth have reached the summit and Atreu has controversially completed Zenith, he is taken into the Keep, a glorious city at the top of the mountain presided by the Holy Orders of the Maelir. There, within it’s beautiful walls, he expects to find peace and enlightenment only to discover that his world is ruled by lengthy, archaic conventions which ignore the urgency of the war waging below them and the possible destruction of the mountain.

Meanwhile Teyth fights a sadistic yet passionate battle with Valkyra, leader of the Faemir who want to defeat the Maelir and rule the mountain themselves. But Arteu has discovered that there is another option, a third way. The windriders are rising, the mountain is collapsing and a threat, more powerful than the current war, is showing itself in Arteu’s talisman: the book of Ascention.

Vibrant, complex and adventurous; it’s always a pleasure to read something which is trying something different. Strasser is creating a new folklore within his mountain world – a grasping, ferocious, adult place where trust is hard won and pleasure seldom found. Beneath the new terrain and devilish creatures, lies the oft heard cry of, “why can’t we all just get along?”

review by Nikki Mason on behalf of BestChapLit.com

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