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Summary

Before Westeros there was Worlorn....

When Dirk t'Larien is beckoned across space to the distant world of Worlorn by his lost love, Gwen Delvano, a wild hope flares inside him. However, the rogue planet and his long awaited reunion with Gwen are nothing like Dirk ever imagined. Gwen is radically changed from the girl Dirk first fell in love with, and appears to be irrevocably bound to a violent alien savage and his barbaric culture. Worlorn is a desolate ruin of a planet, steadily hurtling through space away from the star system it relies on to support life - each dawn its seven red suns shine a little dimmer.

Once a thriving "festival world", now Worlorn is rapidly falling into decline. Nothing remains but scavengers and their prey. With no laws to govern it, it is a place where the hunters and the hunted are often interchangeable. It is a dying world steadily speeding towards its own destruction. Can Dirk protect Gwen and save her from this decaying planet and its dangerous inhabitants? Does she even want him to try?

Discover George R. R. Martin's acclaimed debut novel Dying of the Light.

©1977 George R. R. Martin (P)2012 Random House Audio Inc

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  • Matt Carter
  • Hastings, East Sussex United Kingdom
  • 29-12-12

Prepare to be drawn in

Anyone who was introduced to George R R Martin through Game of Thrones will find stylistic similarities and the same care taken to develop characters in the plot. Having said that, none of the characters in this book are entirely likeable which makes this writing all the more remarkable. Martin takes us into a decaying world steeped in old traditions and long abandoned heritage and asks the question: Can anything saved from it? Finding the answer to the question will keep you listening to the very end.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Iain Glen really makes this book

I'm going to be honest and say that the only reason I listened to this book was for iain Glen's narration. However I stayed because although the story is a little morose, the narration really bought it to life.

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Beware

This is a great story, but how can anybody seriously write a cliffhanger EPILOGUE?
Lose one star for unsatisfactory ending.

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Kept thinking it would improve

What disappointed you about Dying of the Light?

It was like a Mills and Boon romance

Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

I have listened to other work by him but this has put me off

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

There was no pace in the story

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The original premis was good I kept on with it because I expected it to improve sadly it didn't.

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Random words and ideas flung desperately at nothingness. Time and money I won't get back

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An Odd Ode

A wonderful use of words, almost nordic saga but a pathetic hero. too wordy though.

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Interesting cultures and premise

The author has written an interesting story about a dying world and a very interesting Kavalar society. A number of characters have similar or related names (often they have several names) and, without being able to easily flick back a few pages to check, it was sometimes hard to be immediately clear on who was talking/being talked about.

Also the motivation of one of the important secondary characters was hard to fathom even after the story tried to cover it. This might be related to the point above in forgetting who was who.

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A compelling story of old, brutal chivalry & code

An interesting & absolutely fascinating tale about a dying planet & the evolution of a cruel & viscious code of honour which - though outdated - struggles to survive as relevant & justified. It reminds me of the Samurai!

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  • johnblack
  • 10-09-15

great story with perfect twists

Excitingly wonderful. The characters are amazing with rich history behind them. I especially loved the conversations between Dirk and Gas Iron Jade after the outbond incident.