The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn Trilogy #1)

The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn Trilogy #1)

by Anne Bishop

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The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop's Tir Alainn Trilogy.

The youngest in a long line of witches, Ari senses that things are changing—changing for the worse. For generations, her kin have tended the Old Places, keeping the land safe and fertile. But with the Summer Moon, the mood of her neighbors has soured. And Ari is no longer safe.
The Fae have long ignored what occurs in the mortal world, passing through on their shadowy roads only long enough to amuse themselves. But the roads are slowly disappearing, leaving the Fae Clans isolated and alone.
Where harmony between the spiritual and the natural has always reigned, a dissonant chord now rings in the ears of both Fae and mortal. And when murmurs of a witch-hunt hum through the town, some begin to wonder if the different omens are notes in the same tune.
And all they have to guide them is a passing reference to something called the Pillars of the World...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451458506
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/09/2001
Series: Tir Alainn Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 212,248
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 10.86(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for The Black Jewels Trilogy. She is also the author of the Ephemera series, the Tir Alainn trilogy, and the Novels of the Others—including Etched in BoneMarked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red. She lives in upstate New York.

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LibraryFan More than 1 year ago
With intriguing characters, epic plotline, and enchanting concepts, The Pillars of the World would make an outstanding movie trilogy (provided someone good took it on, so that the story could be protected). I highly recommend the entire trilogy for everyone who enjoys good fantasy writing.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
I bought this book. Anne Bishop is a master world builder, bringing epic fantasy lands to life with a deft hand. In this trilogy the world is one of elemental magic, where fae and witches come to life and both are threatened by a sinister evil force. In this first book in the trilogy a witch with the gifts of fire and earth gets trapped by a bit of hedge love magic and, trying to avoid being abused, swears to give herself to a mysterious stallion who shares a summer holiday with her. The stallion turns out to be Lucian, the fae Lord of Fire in his animal form. Curious about this woman who sought him as a friend rather than as a breeder, Lucian begins an affair with Ari. In Tir Alainn, the fae are facing their own, much larger crisis. Whole sections of their enchanted land are vanishing, cut off by a mysterious misty nothingness. When Dianna, Lucian's twin and The Huntress, discovers Ari is a witch, whom some of the stories and songs of the land blame for the growing evil in the world, she also begins to foster an interest in Ari, determined to save her home at any costs. The truth of the lost places of Tir Alainn and a foul evil that's spreading through the land, is far more complicated than Lucian, Dianna and Ari know. In this first book three sides are drawn, those for good, those for evil, and those whose egos drive their actions rather than their heads. This is absolutely one of my favorite books. Bishop's world is so thick and sensory that even though I read this for the first time when it was first published around 2002 I continue to read the triology over and over, nearly every year and have yet to tire of it. Bishop's only flaw is a skew toward "Women are beautiful and wonderful and men are wicked and cruel" themes, and of all her work this series balances it out the best. Despite great or little power, Bishop's characters are real people, often gifted with a sense of humor which balances out the darker elements of the stories. Here you will find neither damsels in distress nor super powered Janeways. The balance between male and female, good and evil are maintained delicately, but clearly, making this whole trilogy a pleasure to read and reread.
KMO88 More than 1 year ago
This is a truly wonderful and epic fantasy adventure. Taking the perspective of multiple characters gives the story a whole breadth of adventure and makes the story all the more interesting. The first book sets the stage for the changing of a world so like and yet unlike our own world. The book reminds us of the importance of everyone within the world and of respecting our world and appreciating it. Give back what we take and do no harm, those are the mottos promoted in Anne Bishop's three books. This first book has us fall in the love with the characters and the individual story of one of the Mother's daughters, a witch with a decent amount of power and magic about her. And we hope for her survival as the Black Coats begin their hunt to rid the world of good magic. This book is a wonderful pleasure read with an important message.
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queencersei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ari is the last in a long line of peaceful witches who live in the rural town of Ridgley. The townsfolk tolerate Ari because of the help her abilities and herbs bring, but fear and envy the power of earth and fire that she is able to summon at her command.Lucian, the powerful Fae who is known as the Lightbringer has grown bored with life in the Fae homeland of Tir Alain. He stumbles upon Ari one summer night and they enjoy a brief romance. Unable to commit to Ari, but unable to forget her, Lucian becomes more and more enmeshed in Ari¿s life.Meanwhile the Witches Hammer has traveled far to kill the witches in Ari¿s land, as he brutally did in his own. Hatred of witches and all things females in general drive him to greater acts of depravity. With each witch he kills another road to Tir Alian is closed off, endangering the Fae. As the Fae struggle to understand why the mortal witches are tied to their own realm, they must overcome their own feelings of superiority if they are to save their own lands and lives.
Phoenix333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book "The Pillars of the World", by Anne Bishop, but the reader should be warned- this is nothing like her other books. Many reviewers didn't enjoy this book because they expected it to be like her Black Jewels Trilogy. It is different enough that one might consider it written by another, equally talented, author.This is the first in a trilogy. In this book there are three main groups that we are introduced to. There are the witches, who are being persecuted by the Black Coats. Much like our own history, these witches are being tortured into confessions and then killed for the good of the community. They are, however, only ever accused of serving the Evil One. There is not modern religion to contend with in this fantasy novel.The witches live on ancestral land that has been passed down through the women, generation to generation. When they are driven off their land and killed, the most powerful baron or other local authority figure takes control or their land. As many of these witches live alone or with a few female relatives, they are easy targets. Their creed "Harm None" doesn't allow them to use the magickal powers that they have over the elements in defending themselves. The third group are the Fae. Most of them live in Tir Alainn, a separate place connected to the normal world by shining roads. The emerging problem: those roads or bridges are disappearing with no warning and no one is sure what happens to the Fae in that section (think of them as islands) when this happens. As the witches struggle for their lives, the Fae struggle for their own survival- the answer being connected to the witches themselves.I highly recommend this trilogy, beginning with this book. It would be of special interest to people who are interested in Wicca or Fae related fantasy.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Fae know something is wrong, but not what - something is causing the clan homes of Tir Alainn to disappear. No one knows why, but Dianna, Lady of the Moon is determined to find out why.For Ari, a young witch left on her own after the deaths of her mother and grandmother, life in the Old Place is a tightrope of survival and sustaining the magic. Meanwhile, across Sylvalan a menace grows, stalking and crushing the Old Places and the witches. Can the Fae uncover the secret in time?The opening to the Tir Alainn Trilogy feels a bit ragged and the romance element at the end a bit rushed, but I couldn't put it down in spite of a few loose ends.
supershineygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This first book of the trilogy starts out a bit slow and not as tight as it could be. But by the second book the world is well developed and the characters have unique and interesting voices.
sedelia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is not set in the world of the Black Jewels trilogy, and it is less violent and dark; and the characters are not as deep or engaging as the ones from Black Jewels. Nevertheless, it is a thrilling read.Pillars of the World has a complex well-thought out plot line that twists and bends, much to the reader¿s exultation and surprise. It mostly revolves around Ari, a young witch whose family has died and left her alone in the world. Her friend Neall and her neighbor Ahern help her as much they can; however, Ari¿s life takes a turn when she meets a Fae lord. The world of the Fae is disappearing bit by bit, and the Fae continually visit Ari, because they believe that she is the key to finding out why their world is vanishing.Meanwhile, a man called the ¿Witch¿s Hammer¿ decides to eradicate the witches and their magic from the land. He tortures the witches until they confess and then kills them. I would recommend this book to all Anne Bishp fans, as well as Science Fiction/Fantasy fans, because it is well worth reading.
surreality on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot: Two central threads that connect in the main character. Good pacing for most of the book, although the domestic/romantic plotline has a tendency to meander a bit too much. The truly interesting things happen in the background and don't get enough attention compared to the small stories (something the entire trilogy suffers from). Very predictable ending.Characters: Hello, Mary Sue, how kind and nice and special you are, and what a magnificent lover you've got. What worked in the Black Jewels trilogy doesn't work here, since the story is too focused on the romance and the characters aren't given side plots to flesh them out. Generally a fairly small cast, well-described but not entirely believable as real beings. Style: The prose is a bit too flowery at times. Just the right amount of description, good dialogue and an interesting world that could have done with less obvious parallels to the Inquisition and a good deal less feminism. The balance between the witch plot and the fae doesn't quite level out in this book. Plus: The background is well done. Interesting thoughts on the fae. Minus: Stereotypical villain. Too much domestic romance and Mary-Sue-perfection. Summary: An overall good read that comes with some flaws.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantasy and romance conspire with myth and a touch of darkness, to bring an exciting tale about witches and the fae. A good read for any day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it very much.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book. Dark but at the same time joyous.
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