The Wizard Hunters
Martha Wells
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Buy *The Wizard Hunters (The Fall of Ile-Rien, Book 1)* online The Wizard Hunters (The Fall of Ile-Rien, Book 1)
Martha Wells
464 pages
June 2004
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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The Wizard Hunters is the first book of the "Fall of Ile-Rien," an epic fantasy trilogy from the same author who gave us The Death of the Necromancer, a Nebula Award nominee.

The plot of The Wizard Hunters revolves around the danger that Ile-Rien finds itself in as a mysterious army known only as the Gardier has surrounded the country and begins attacking in their dangerous black airships. The Ile-Riens still have some hope left, however, because of a magical sphere created by Ile-Reinís greatest sorcerer that may hold the key to defeating this terrifying faceless enemy. The only problem is that the sphere is unpredictable and has itself already claimed several lives.

When a magical spell goes disastrously wrong, noble and brave young Tremaine Valiarde and an equally brave band are transported to another world, a world of rough magics, evil mages, honorable warriors ó and a secret Gardier military base. With the fate of Ile-Rien in her hands, Tremaine must explore this strange and frightening new world quickly, uncover the secrets of the sphere, and find a way to stop the evil Gardier before it is too late.

Martha Wells immerses the reader into the world of Ile-Rien so thoroughly that one forgets it is not real. The plot is believable even though the setting is fantastic. The characters are sympathetically drawn and, for the most part, likeable. Wells uses dialogue very effectively to move her plot along and to indicate the emotions of her characters.

For fantasy lovers, The Wizard Hunters is a feast. Go out and gobble up a copy as fast as you can.

© 2004 by Camden Alexander for Curled Up With a Good Book

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