The Rising MOBI å Paperback

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The Rising ➫ [Ebook] ➦ The Rising By Ian Tregillis ➶ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk The second book in the Alchemy Wars trilogy by Ian Tregillis, an epic tale of liberation and war Jax, a rogue Clakker, has wreaked havoc upon the Clockmakers Guild by destroying the Grand Forge Reborn The second book in the Alchemy Wars trilogy by Ian Tregillis, an epic tale of liberation and war Jax, a rogue Clakker, has wreaked havoc upon the Clockmakers Guild by destroying the Grand Forge Reborn in the flames, he must begin his life as a free Clakker, but liberation proves its own burden Berenice, formerly the legendary spymaster of New France, mastermind behind her nation s attempts to undermine the Dutch Hegemony has been banished from her homeland and captured by the Clockmakers Guild s draconian secret police forceMeanwhile, Captain Hugo Longchamp is faced with rallying the beleaguered and untested defenders of Marseilles in the West for the inevitable onslaught from the Brasswork Throne and its army of mechanical soldiers.


10 thoughts on “The Rising

  1. Bradley Bradley says:

    You know, I just can t tell whether this novel just happens to have solved any of the issues of the one directly prior to it, whether I preferred it because it was filled with a lot less outright torture, whether this just happened to tickle all my funnybones at exactly the right time, or whether I ve just gotten used to the writing style and it just doesn t bother me any.Any way I look at it, though, I loved this second novel I had no issues with any of the main characters, even if mr rob You know, I just can t tell whether this novel just happens to have solved any of the issues of the one directly prior to it, whether I preferred it because it was filled with a lot less outright torture, whether this just happened to tickle all my funnybones at exactly the right time, or whether I ve just gotten used to the writing style and it just doesn t bother me any.Any way I look at it, though, I loved this second novel I had no issues with any of the main characters, even if mr robot suddenly changed his name to Daniel Wtf Anyway It doesn t matter He s still awesome.Longchamp turns out to be one hell of a military leader and the blood and guts sections are mercifully spread out and don t overwhelm the flow of the text That being said, it injected quite a bit of life in the tale.Berenice, as untrustworthy as she is, made a truly interesting and wonderful addition to this novel I liked her much better here than in the first, but that may be mostly because she redeemed herself by the end of the first, at least as a cool character More than anything, the denouement of this novel was truly fantastic It s one thing to have disparate characters doing their own things for wildly different reasons, but it s essential that the whole package gets giftwrapped and handed to us, the eager readers What can I say The payoff was DELICIOUS There were a TON of great reversals and high tension moments throughout the novel It is a gem of pacing.But most of all, the end of this novel was what I expected to happen at the end of the first novel, so now, all my faith has been restored Hell, I wouldn t have minded at all if The Mechanical and The Rising get re released as a single novel Or who knows, include the third in as well, once it gets released And then we ll all sigh a grand sigh of relief


  2. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum loved Ian Tregillis The Mechanical, and I m pleased to report the sequel does not disappoint Although I still have to give edge to the first book mainly because the impact it had on me was so profound and unexpected The Rising takes up the baton and carries on running at full throttle, ramping up the action while still keeping the themes of historical fantasy and existential philosophy at the forefront.The Alchemy Wars 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum loved Ian Tregillis The Mechanical, and I m pleased to report the sequel does not disappoint Although I still have to give edge to the first book mainly because the impact it had on me was so profound and unexpected The Rising takes up the baton and carries on running at full throttle, ramping up the action while still keeping the themes of historical fantasy and existential philosophy at the forefront.The Alchemy Wars series is part fantasy, part alternate history and part steampunk, bringing together magic and mechanical men before a backdrop set in the early 1900s France and the Netherlands are at war, with the Dutch having the upper hand thanks to the might of their clockwork automaton army The Rising picks up where The Mechanical left off, with former spymaster Berenice exiled in disgrace and Jax the rogue Clakker on the run from his mechanical brethren who are still enslaved to their Dutch masters Meanwhile, Captain Hugo Longchamp has taken over the defenses of Marseilles in the West, France s stronghold in the new world.Most of the story in this second volume is told through the perspectives of these three characters, following the development of the conflict on multiple fronts The war takes center stage, with the Dutch army of mechanicals preparing a full on assault Berenice is an escaped prisoner fleeing from enemy lands while attempting to uncover the secrets of the alchemical sigils that power the Clakker geasa Longchamp s chapters throw readers in the thick of things, following his efforts to protect the French king and to recruitmen and women to the cause However, it is Jax with the most bizarre quest of all, as he makes his way deeper into the northern wilderness and stumbles upon Neverland, the fabled community of rogue mechanicals ruled by their leader Queen Mab.The Rising distinguishes itself from its predecessor by beingfast paced and action oriented The intrigue and violence comes at you nonstop, and in fact, almost all of Longchamp s sections are characterized by heavy, protracted battle sequences I m all for action, don t get me wrong but ironically I can t help but feel that this was what made this sequel comparatively less compelling than The Mechanical, which wassubdued but also deeper andcerebral Still, I loved The Rising because of its strengths in different areas I for one greatly enjoyed how this novel takes us on a detour down a wilder andexplosive path.But that doesn t mean we don t get any of the heartfelt philosophical questions and existential discourse, because we do and that s most apparent when you look at the transformation in Jax s character as he examines his own identity and purpose TheI read, theI m starting to think of The Alchemy Wars as being Jax s series, even though he is only one of many key players From the moment he achieved release from his geas, his journey has been an exploration into the meaning of free will and its significance for moral responsibility Discovering Neverland in this book is another turning point for his character, and this eye opening experience subsequently leads to many far reaching consequences.Finally, we have Berenice, who is a classic Tregillis protagonist By that, I mean she is fascinating, complicated, and wonderfully flawed And like a lot of Tregillis characters, she has also been put through the wringer Berenice s motivations have been shaped by an extremely painful and traumatic experience from the first book, and the guilt from that event drives her still So when the dark side of her personality emerges, it s hard not to sympathize even if you disagree with her methods Though her investigations into horologist secrets may ultimately help Clakkers gain their freedom, never doubt for a moment that this is a lady with violence on her mind and vengeance in her heart Complex characters like her are what makes Ian Tregillis books such fun to read.Additional thoughts on the audiobook I opted to try the audio edition of The Rising because of the positive reviews I saw for The Mechanical audiobook This is the first time I ve ever listened to an audiobook read by narrator Chris Kayser, and for the most part I think he delivered a good performance, other than a few words he kept mispronouncing I ve never heard someone say chimera like that I also found it jarring that he would say almost all the French names and other French words in the correct accent and pronunciation, with one major exception Longchamp I m from Canada, I can t help but notice these things It s probably an intentional choice, and in truth it wasamusing than annoying overall it didn t impact my enjoyment of the book, but it was distracting enough that I m torn as to whether or not I want to continue with the audio for the next installment I m just being picky though, and I m sure it ll be fine for others.In short, I can t find too many faults with this book Tregillis bides his time in this second act, bringing things slowly to a boil, yet action scenes are heavier andfrequent, and if that s what you prefer then you might find you ll enjoy The Rising eventhan The Mechanical The ending s cliffhanger was expected, but no less powerful and effective in making me yearn for the next in the series The Alchemy Wars is not to be missed


  3. Dawn-a very sensitive romance reader Dawn-a very sensitive romance reader says:

    SPOILERS 4.5 stars revised from 3.5 after further reflection 2 14 2017 Good but a bit slower than the first book I m glad that bitch Bernice s plans got foiled in the end, and I was happy to see Lillith back I hope she returns in the next book too.What put me off was the long winded battle scenes, I skimmed alot of them I had no love of the Captain, and was exasperated about hearing about him so much.Was it really necessary to have so much cursing all the time I mno prude, but it just se SPOILERS 4.5 stars revised from 3.5 after further reflection 2 14 2017 Good but a bit slower than the first book I m glad that bitch Bernice s plans got foiled in the end, and I was happy to see Lillith back I hope she returns in the next book too.What put me off was the long winded battle scenes, I skimmed alot of them I had no love of the Captain, and was exasperated about hearing about him so much.Was it really necessary to have so much cursing all the time I mno prude, but it just seemed overdone It also seemed like everything smelled of sour milk, and people lost bladder control all the time in the face of fear.I was amazed at how Bernice went from having a crushed windpipe to talking so soon after.Bernice I hate that character, she is such a c nt I think she is what I hear so many people call an anti hero heroine Or is she an antagonist I m not sure.Anyrate, the book was good, I plan to read the next.Safety violence detailed and gorey, cursing


  4. Lisa Lisa says:

    Full review at Tenacious Reader Rising by Ian Tregillis continues to explore the rights of the mechanicals and the war between France and Netherlands continues In fact, the war dominates This book is much faster and I feel like it featuredaction than the first book While action is good, I have to confess that is not what made me love The Mechanical I love the exploration of freedom and free will and how that relates to the Mechanicals, I als Full review at Tenacious Reader Rising by Ian Tregillis continues to explore the rights of the mechanicals and the war between France and Netherlands continues In fact, the war dominates This book is much faster and I feel like it featuredaction than the first book While action is good, I have to confess that is not what made me love The Mechanical I love the exploration of freedom and free will and how that relates to the Mechanicals, I also loved the concept of deciphering at what point a machine may have enough independent thought of its own to be declared a sentient being deserving of its own rights and privileges I did miss that a bit in this book, but not too much as the groundwork was laid in book one, and it continues to a driving force in book 2 I guess its the difference between the introduction of new ideas which takes longer and the continuing pursuit of them, which relies on your knowledge from the previous book So while my overall experience with this book was a bit different from the first, it was still very good.As much as I enjoyed the entire book, I have to say I found the ending of this book to be phenomonal I m definitely looking forward to the third novel in this trilogy


  5. Lancer Lancer says:

    Wow, this took everything that was great about the first book and made even greater The three way battle over free will continues ad the Dutch, French, and mechanicals clakkers go for broke This book really ups the tension and action which continues to the final words in the book This is absolutely one of my favourite new universes or settings With strong male and female and mechanical characters on all sides of this conflict, all fighting for control of the mechanicals including the Wow, this took everything that was great about the first book and made even greater The three way battle over free will continues ad the Dutch, French, and mechanicals clakkers go for broke This book really ups the tension and action which continues to the final words in the book This is absolutely one of my favourite new universes or settings With strong male and female and mechanical characters on all sides of this conflict, all fighting for control of the mechanicals including the mechanicals fighting for control of themselves this entry really sets up the third book I don t want to add any spoilers but I will say this read these books, you won t be disappointed


  6. Cathy Cathy says:

    I haven t been a tremendous fan of historical fiction or alternate histories in recent years, but this series has me captivated The alternate history that Tregillis has created with the Dutch ruling much of the world through the power they ve commanded through controlling their mechanical servants has so much depth and breadth, it s fascinating This book was quite different from the first The first set everything up, it established who the characters were and what they wanted and brought thin I haven t been a tremendous fan of historical fiction or alternate histories in recent years, but this series has me captivated The alternate history that Tregillis has created with the Dutch ruling much of the world through the power they ve commanded through controlling their mechanical servants has so much depth and breadth, it s fascinating This book was quite different from the first The first set everything up, it established who the characters were and what they wanted and brought things to a crisis point In this book things went wild It had so much energy, so much desperation and motion and emotion Seldom have I felt such a sense of jeopardy in a battle situation as with the New French besieged by the Dutch and the Clackers Really just the Clackers, the Dutch people didn t do any of the fighting Those military Clackers are truly intimidating They re ridiculously hard to stop, incredibly strong and capable of killing with tremendous speed and violence, they don t need to sleep or rest, weather doesn t effect them, they can jump over or climb over almost any obstacle They were pretty darn terrifying at any technology level, much less with the limited resources available at the time of this book It was interesting to see all of the ways in which the French fought back, Tregillis certainly thought it through Normally I get bored during battles in books and end up skimming through them, whether it s hand to hand or big armies But I read all of the scenes in this book, they were compelling.I missed the historical and scientific elements that were in the first book, the way the author wove real historical events and peoples work into the story Those elements became much of the foundation for the series But that was already established, and this was the next step I m glad he didn t try to force references to historical figures or events to try and sound like an intellectual Some authors might have thought that was they re calling card, so to speak, and felt obligated to stick with that style But if it didn t serve the story then it didn t need to be in there, he made the right choices Even the philosophical musings and debates that the first book generated weren t explored as much in this book Questions about free will versus determinism, and freedom versus slavery, and power corrupting, were only briefly touched upon It was like a snowball effect, or maybe an avalanche Jax Daniel and Berenice got the ball rolling so strongly by the end of the first book that now there was no stopping it, everyone just had to try to manage the crisis, and that superseded all else As Hugo said, Make it quick I ve got dying to do This is definitely not a stand alone book, I d highly recommend reading The Mechanical first There wasn t a lot of recap and understanding the characters and the storylines in this book was strongly dependent on having read the first book and having the depth of knowledge that provided But it was an exciting story When I think back on it, I can t really think of what all went on that too 450 pages to tell it, other than the siege and battles, but like I said, I was never bored And it was a fast read, it didn t bog me down at all And it had a decent sized font, that was a nice thing And the end, whew, that s another game changer I m very interested to see what goes on in the next book, very interested


  7. Bob Bob says:

    An intense, action filled, powerful second volume in the Alchemy Wars trilogy A great read REALLY looking forward to the October release of The Liberation


  8. Jason Pettus Jason Pettus says:

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Last month I gave a favorable review to Ian Tregillis The Mechanical, part 1 of a coming alt history trilogy that imagines what the world would be like if the Dutch Empire had managed to invent robots in the 1600s so that s why I don t have much to say about volume 2 of the series, The Rising, that I did Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Last month I gave a favorable review to Ian Tregillis The Mechanical, part 1 of a coming alt history trilogy that imagines what the world would be like if the Dutch Empire had managed to invent robots in the 1600s so that s why I don t have much to say about volume 2 of the series, The Rising, that I didn t already say in that original review Exactlyof the same, it s perhaps best not to think of these as three different books in the first place, but rather one super long three part saga that is well worth any alt history fan s time, one of those perfect genre exercises that combines thought provoking philosophical issues with fast moving action set pieces, all within a deeply well thought out alternative universe that will make minds race with the possibilities A strong recommendation for sci fi fans although as always with genre novels like these, it can be easily skipped by those who aren t already aficionados.Out of 10 8.9, or 9.4 for fans of alt history novels


  9. Fantasy Literature Fantasy Literature says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Ian Tregillis The Mechanical, the first book in his THE ALCHEMY WARS series, and I m happy to say that book two, The Rising, continues the story in strong fashion, showing not a whit of sopho slump.The series is set in an alternative history world where Christiaan Huygens discoveries led to the Netherlands dominating the world via a mechanical army of Clakkers The sole resistance is led by the French in North America s New France, old France has already been conq I thoroughly enjoyed Ian Tregillis The Mechanical, the first book in his THE ALCHEMY WARS series, and I m happy to say that book two, The Rising, continues the story in strong fashion, showing not a whit of sopho slump.The series is set in an alternative history world where Christiaan Huygens discoveries led to the Netherlands dominating the world via a mechanical army of Clakkers The sole resistance is led by the French in North America s New France, old France has already been conquered whose capital, Marseilles in the West Montreal is under siege.As with The Mechanical, Tregillis splits the story of Read More


  10. Peter Peter says:

    A solid sequel in one of thememorable series I ve started recently It might have been cursed with the usual story issues that tend to come with middle books of trilogies, but even though the conclusion here was on the predictable side, getting there was still a fun ride Knowing what to expect from the writing also helped with my enjoyment this time around and the sharp drop off in the number of info dumps also helped We obviously learned a bitabout the world and it s clockwork inh A solid sequel in one of thememorable series I ve started recently It might have been cursed with the usual story issues that tend to come with middle books of trilogies, but even though the conclusion here was on the predictable side, getting there was still a fun ride Knowing what to expect from the writing also helped with my enjoyment this time around and the sharp drop off in the number of info dumps also helped We obviously learned a bitabout the world and it s clockwork inhabitants, but unfortunately, those new details were rather uninspired and mundane compared to the creativity shown in coming up with the world initially That s obviously quite a biased opinion on the matter, but I can t deny that I was hoping for a bitfrom the finer details The couple of new locations and characters introduced to the story were well handled and added some entertaining new aspects which worked in keeping the story relatively well paced, even though the first half was noticeably slower than the second.We once again got three distinct perspectives, with two returning and one new one I wasn t the biggest fan of the new pov character, although he was quite entertaining at times His part of the story was quite dull and repetitive though, especially in comparison to the other two pov characters Speaking of which, I enjoyed the development of those two with each getting a good chunk of time to flesh out their personalities and their gradual transformations I still think a pov from the Dutch side would have added a lotdepth and nuance to the conflict though since their side is portrayed like a bunch of evil bastards who are easy to dislike I suspect that might have been the goal, but I tend to prefer antagonists to have better motivations than to be the bad guys in a story.The writing was very similar to the first book unsurprisingly , although it was a bit easier to follow now that I actually knew what most of the foreign and made up words actually meant The action scenes did end up getting quite repetitive and you kind of got the sense that certain characters were living off extraordinary luck considering their inferiority in battles The few twists were relatively minor and not too surprising, but I did enjoy the unpredictability of the journey s some of the characters took This probably wasn t as good as the first book, but I m quite happy to round this 3.5 upwards It took a while to get going, but by the third act, I was quite enjoying it, despite pretty much knowing what the outcome would ultimately be If you enjoyed the first one, you rethan likely to enjoy this one too It still has its issues, but they re relatively minor in the context of the entertaining story, interesting world, solid characters and unique writing I m looking forward to finishing the series


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