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Summary

Second novel in the chilling and epic new fantasy series from the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of Prince of Thorns and Red Sister.  

On Abeth there is only the ice. And the Black Rock.

For generations, the priests of the Black Rock have reached out from their mountain to steer the ice tribes’ fate. With their Hidden God, their magic and their iron, the priests’ rule has never been challenged.

But nobody has ever escaped the Pit of the Missing before.

Yaz has lost her friends and found her enemies. She has a mountain to climb, and even if she can break the Hidden God’s power, her dream of a green world lies impossibly far to the south across a vast emptiness of ice. Before the journey can even start, she has to find out what happened to the ones she loves and save those that can be saved.

Abeth holds its secrets close, but the stars shine brighter for Yaz, and she means to unlock the truth.

To touch the sky, be prepared to climb.

©2021 Mark Lawrence (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Dark, passionate, tense, with a female hero anyone could relate to - I was utterly fascinated! This is no pretty, flowery tale, but one of vastly different people struggling to survive when a hostile government comes to power." (number-one New York Times best-selling author Tamora Pierce)

"If you like dark you will love Mark Lawrence. And when the light breaks through and it all makes sense, the contrast is gorgeous." (Robin Hobb)

"An excellent writer." (Number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin)

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Not great sadly

I hate to say but this is fairly poor fare from the author, which is a shame. It, and the previous book, are written in some ways as if they are teen novels and come across as rather cliche and two dimensional in their themes and quite ham fisted in their execution. The story arc and the delivery of exposition are particularly poor and the latter seems to represent a vomiting forth of arcane lore. All in all, they are quite unconvincing and tedious even within the parameters of the world of Abeth. So my recommendation is don’t bother with this series and instead read Red Queen’s War, which is far superior and at least has humorous protagonists.

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Such an Adventure

This is a magnificent book well written and beautifully narrated and I can't wait for the next instalment The Girl and the Moon

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Even better than the first book!

Wow! I thought The Girl and the Stars was amazing but this book... I wasn’t able to turn it off. The audio narration provided by Helen Duff was as always very enjoyable. Amazing! I know I’ll listen to this a couple more times before the next one comes out.

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Ooh connections

Personally I loved this book, I'd split it into two sections. The first part is an continuation of the previous. But what I really loved was getting to see some old friends mentioned or in the time of Nona Grey in the second half.

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exceptional

once again I am awed and entranced by Mark.
So many juicy twists and turns in an amazing story.
The narrator does a really good job and characters are easily distinguished.

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Looking forward to the next one

A great sequel to the girl and the stars and just as good. Great that we didn’t have to wait years for the next episode, Hope the same is true for the next one!

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fantastic. cant wait for the next one.

I love this author and this narrator. Brilliant story and brilliantly read. every bit as good as the book of the ancestor trilogy