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Summary

Twenty years after the war that overthrew the Great Guilds, the Empire is vowing to avenge the massive defeat of the Imperial legions at Dorcastle. Aiding the Imperials are renegade Mechanics and Mages still loyal to the old Guilds or employed by the Empire.

But before they can launch an all-out war, the Imperials must eliminate a major threat: Kira, daughter of Master Mechanic Mari and Master of Mages Alain. Kidnapped and imprisoned, Kira has to escape and avoid recapture as the full might of the Empire is aimed at her. Her only hope lies in the skills she has mastered; her indomitable spirit; and the unfailing aid of Jason, her boyfriend from the distant world of Urth.

With the Imperial legions closing in and thousands of lives riding on her efforts, Kira has to use every weapon available to her, including special abilities she has kept secret until now - abilities that may prove to be as dangerous as the enemy forces. Mari and Alain must come to Kira's aid and work to create an alliance against the Empire.

If they fail, a deadlier new war will erupt, with every soldier carrying a rifle instead of a sword or crossbow - and the Peace of the Daughter will end in a bloodbath.

©2017 John G. Hemry (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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A rare turkey, from an otherwise great author

I really enjoy everything Jack Campbell does. Not only the lost fleet and lost stars but also the pillars of reality. This book sits in the latter world and talks about the daughter of the main protagonists of the previous books. Unfortunately there is almost no effort at a new story but a rehash of the previous ones, way too much of "this is just like the time that mother..." yes it is. Anyone who want to know the story of this book so that the hopefully better book 3 will take us can skip all but the last couple of hours. Wait for General Flynn to turn up and the story actually starts.

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  • P
  • 04-12-17

good but not as previous books

good, but it's step down from previous books. Still enjoying listening. A bit disappointed but there is a next book coming, it's worth waiting for

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Swapped between irritated and OK

The storyline between the mother and the daughter became irritating as it's repeated so often. Not for me, even though I love this genre

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 20-08-17

Love this series! I relisten all the time!

The Empire's Crown Prince Maxim is determined to have Kira as his consort, by any means and in any condition. But if he cannot, he is also determined that no one else shall! Even another international war will not deter him. Kira continues to grow in confidence as well as in her mage skills. These come in handy as she and Jacin race to outrun the Imperial Legionaries bent on her capture or death. There is no room to breathe as they elude one trap, and even capture, after another. Exciting escapes and a nick-of-time rescue (gotta love General Flynn) make this another great Dematr tale.

Jacin remains the most interesting character with his humble, self-deprecating manner of using his arcane knowledge of VR gaming and ancient, seemingly useless Urth education.

There is more sex talk than needed-- Watch your hand! It was an accident! Do you want to do it? I want to do it, but not here on the rocks. Are we going to do it? On and on.

There are still some mysteries to be solved in the next, and final book in the series. :(
What is the depth of Kira's mage abilities, and can their development somehow be applied to the attempts to train new mages without the physical abuses of the past? What is that dangerous artifact? Is there more to the vision Alain had at the end of The Wrath of the Great Guilds in which he saw the map of Earth half apocalyptic burning half hopeful glowing, or is that fulfilled in Jacin? More than 10 years have passed on Earth since Jacin's ship set out for Dematr--has Earth perhaps developed an FTL drive and send another ship that will arrive soon? And the Western Continent, so tantalizingly mentioned in several books, what might they find there? Who will Mari's next child be? Sigh. How can this be wrapped up in one final volume? Can we live without the saga continuing?

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  • Jessica M. Henn
  • 05-10-17

A worthy sequel

McLeod Andrews is of course still an amazing narrator and does a fantastic job with this second installment of the Legacy Trilogy. I felt like it started a bit slow, but then we got back into the swing of the usual adventures we have come to expect in Dematr. I enjoyed this book and will be looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • tyler stewart
  • 28-09-17

grreat

great sequel. action packed the whole time. cant wait for the next book in the swries

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  • Ashlea
  • 26-09-17

Short but Sweet.

Great series so far, it manages to play out the whole "passing of the mantle" theme without being overly corny.

There are enough grim and dark stories where all the characters die and you're left saying "Well now what!?" This whole series from the beginning plays out like a 90s TV show where you know all the main characters have long contracts. Pure, satisfying "cheer for the good guys" steam punk & magic action.

Personal Prediction: The power of mages relies on their ability to sleep while conscious. To focus and dream while they are mostly awake. It explains some of how they manipulate the world Illusion. You saw it here first!

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  • Leyli
  • 10-09-17

Another winner!!

I love this storyline the characters are relatable and fun, it is great to see a storyline in which the hero is female, strong and human. The story is well written and the use of imagery on point. It is neither totally cerebral or exhaustingly action packed, a good balance. I also like that is not full of foul language or sex. It just proves that a good story, one that doesn't leave you needing a shower, can be well written. Well done done Jack. And lest I forget, it doesn't matter how good the story is if it isn't narrated well it will die a rapid death. I predict a long life for this story!!!

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  • Aaron
  • 21-08-17

Great

What did you like best about this story?

I love the characters and the blend of Fantasy and Sci Fi

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great as always

Any additional comments?

The only negative thing i can say is that it was too short.... and this installment was a bit of a "middle book" in that there are obviously things that are going to happen that this book didn't have time to even come close to addressing.

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  • Iceworm72
  • 18-08-17

BEST IN THE SERIES SO FAR!!!

This series is truely excellent, with serious, philosophical and humorous moments throughout! The characters are real they have scars, but the move on.

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  • Ernest Edmond
  • 18-08-17

Intense

I'm not gonna lie but the last standby Kira and Jason at that rock brought me to tears when they were rescued and you can just feel the emotion.

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  • Angela
  • 13-10-18

Much better than first book in the series

This story is more like the original series than the first book in this series. Though you still don't get a perspective from Jason, I did like him better and his references of earth culture. There are some good laughs in this book and a number of likeable characters with a number of dislikeable characters (in a good way). I thought the villain here was more menacing than in the first book and there is a sense of real danger and a wonder how the main characters will make it out. The final stand in this book was nearly as good as the holding the wall scene from the last series but it comes kind of early in the series, not sure it can be topped.

I recommend this book and am eager to see if the last book can match it. Which brings in my one little issue with this book. Jason explains the name of that city to Kira and she recognizes it could be important. But before Jason can reveal that to Mari, Alain, and the queen so they can figure out what's going on, they figure it out anyway without the information. Seems like that discovery was misplaced. I think Campbell could have done the setup for the next book better in the epilogue with Kira having Jason tell her parents what the name meant and then having the confrontation with the Librarian. I just would like Jason to be a little more useful to the story.....thank god he figured out the obvious in this book, even though he didn't figure it out as quickly as I would have expected....it made a funny scene when he did get it.

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  • Jacob
  • 04-09-18

Another good one

This series proves yet again what a Greta story line can do to captivate a reader/listener. The narrator is magnificent as this is my 3rd series of books to listen to his voice play these roles. This was action packed and quite funny. Enjoy!