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A Fortress of Grey Ice [Anglais] [Poche]

J. V. Jones
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  • Poche: 624 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books; Édition : Reprint (1 octobre 2004)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0765345498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765345493
  • Dimensions du produit: 2,6 x 10,8 x 17,1 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Par Kallisthène TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
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Dans l'opus précédent, Cavern Of Black Ice, Ash et Raif n'avaient pas pu, malgré leurs efforts, sceller la faille séparant le monde des Morts et des Endlords du monde des Vivants. Pour cela il leur faut trouver la Forteresse de glace grise et y affronter une puissance inconnue. Pourtant, Ash et Raif, les deux seuls êtres semble-t-il destinés à l'affronter, vont se séparer au début du livre. Il faut dire que les deux Sulls qui les avaient sauvés à la fin du premier tome ont proposé à Ash ce qu'elle désire le plus au monde : une famille et un peuple. Son voyage avec eux la transformera en Sull et l'amènera dans les derniers lopins de terre restant à ce peuple si fier. Raif est donc désormais entièrement seul, sans famille et sans clan, aux mains d'un destin cryptique. Il se dirige alors vers l'ultime refuge des gens qui ont rejeté leurs racines : les Hommes Mutilés, un groupe disparate sans foi ni loi ni solidarité qui vit auprès d'une énorme fissure dans la terre et le réel. Charge à lui seul de sauver le monde. Un drôle de roman où l'intrigue principale passe vraiment au second plan (le final est assez décevant).
Il faut dire que J. V. Jones a trouvé d'autres joujoux plus intéressants : la guerre des clans !Souvenez-vous, celle-ci avait été initiée par Penthero Iss au moyen d'assassinats et d'aides magiques aux héritiers et chefs un peu trop ambitieux de ces clans. Plus moyen de faire marche arrière maintenant.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Book II...the quality of the story and the writing continues 17 avril 2009
Par R. Nicholson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Even better then the first book!

J.V Jones' 2nd book in the 'Sword of Shadows' series is simply a great fantasy/adventure read.

The story continues where book I left off and follows sequentially Raif, Ash and Effie; their stories take some interesting twists and turns throughout the course of this book. The terrain is the same basic bleak winter tundra (although spring appears to be coming) of the first book.

One of the many strong points of this novel is the deliberate pacing of this story and its telling. Then add to this a great basic story, plus an author's with the ability to weave a good tale, and you end up with a memorable fantasy work. And although different in various ways, this work, at times, conjures up memories of the writing quality and techniques found in George R.R. Martin's 'Iced and Fire' series and Joe Abercrombie's 'The First Law' trilogy. (see P.S. below)

The only niggling complaint would be that the map (and in fairness, the one provided is fairly good) could have provided a little more detail; details that give some names or markings as to where our protagonist were located during some of their journeys. I realize this is probably a 'personal' concern, but I've always liked to have a sense of position and of distance/proximity to other geographic locales when reading fantasy/adventure; it just makes the prolonged treks easier to visualize in my mind.

Conclusion:
A 2nd book in this series that is of the highest order; a great story, superbly told. 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson

P.S.
I defy anyone not be moved to the point of being emotionally distraught by chapter 5 in this book. A subjective opinion...certainly; but read this one chapter and see how it affects you.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Series...... pretty great anyways... 23 novembre 2006
Par M. Day - Publié sur Amazon.com
Love the series and have even re-read the first 2 books while waiting for the sequel... Waiting 2 years now! I would highly recommend Sword of Shadows to pretty much anyone looking for depth of character, great story lines and some of the best descriptive writing around. I would highly recommend you find another few writers too if you want to pass the time waiting for the sequel. Sword from Red Ice has been advertised for like 3 years and you still can't get it.... a word to the publisher, you aren't the only game in town. If you want loyalty, don't make us wait a decade....
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Epic fantasy at its finest 12 septembre 2011
Par Chip Hunter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
This second volume in the Sword of Shadows series (now up to 4 books) continues the emotionally-intense, hard-hitting epic style that so impressed me in A Cavern of Black Ice. Here, J.V. Jones takes advantage of the already established setting to focus more on character and story development. Raif, Ash, and the rest are helplessly swept along towards their destinies, facing daunting trials but growing throughout this book into remarkably fleshed-out characters, something that was arguably missing from the first book. At the same time, the story maintains the same level of intensity in this book as it had in the first, as Jones continues to elevate the plot and build up towards a still-mysterious climax that I can't wait to reach. She puts her characters through absolutely terrible scenarios, described in a no-holds-bared way that may be too much for some readers. She is among the best at evoking emotion in the reader, and utilizes that talent frequently during this book to create some frankly disturbing scenes. Even a hardened veteran of dark fantasies like me couldn't help cringing at parts of this book (the fate of the old Shankshound), another thing this one had in common with its predecessor, and one of the reasons these books are so powerfully captivating.

The cast of POV characters has changed a bit since the first book, and now includes: Raif, Ash, Effie, Penthero Iss, the Dog Lord, Raina, Bram Cormac, and Crope. Bram is half-brother to the would-be Dhoone King, Robbie Dhoone, and mostly just serves as another eye in the Clan Wars, but is starting to develop into an interesting/important character in his own right. Crope is a great new character that starts as a slave in a diamond mine but soon escapes and sets out to rescue his old lord, the Bound One. He'll be loved by all readers, and his story is sure to continue and be very impactful on the overall arc in the next couple of books. I would actually say that Jones did an even better job in this book than the first in selecting her POV characters and in pacing the novel to each of their individual stories. And they really do remain individual in this one, but will almost surely start coming together in the next? And as is stands now, you don't get the feeling that Jones has overreached with too many stories or characters here. For the most part, each of the individual stories and characters seem to be heading towards a single, uniting goal.

With this second novel, the series firms up its position amongst my favorite epic fantasies. Can't wait to read more adventures in this cold, gritty, and unforgiving setting! Highly recommended!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Still good, weird writing at the end 3 juin 2010
Par cincin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Well, I've read the second book now. No waiting for me, as I just discovered the series. It was still good. The writing is still ...immersing. She separates completely the stories, and I did as others have done, and skipped to and fro to finish each story line, except for Raif and Ash. It was all worthy, all good, no problems, very exciting.

And that brings us to the end, the very end (not counting Angus Lok and the firehouse). Raif's bit. So, after all that build up, he kills the monster, it falls on him, and he's like "oh better get up! time to start a new nice life." and his pony runs to meet him and they ride off into the sunset, no problems. Like he just read the Sunday newspaper. Like that. In like 4 sentences.

A whole book of amazingness, and then wraps it up in a little bitty paragraph that makes no sense to what went before. THAT was SO weird. I'm not sure how to take that. Did she just get sick of it and want to go to bed? I dunno. Despite that, the whole damn book is written fantastically, so still gets 5 stars in my eyes. Looking forward to the next, that everyone says is "filler". That's ok with me. Still: Weird, almost contrived and unpleasant ending.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sophomore Jinx 17 août 2003
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
It's almost impossible for the second book in any series to live up to the expectations created by such an excellent beginning, and Fortress of Grey Ice is no exception to the rule. However, that needn't condemn what is still a very good book. Considered on its own merits, this is still better than 90% of the fantasy that's out there, and it's a piece of something even greater.
Some of the plot consistency I mentioned in my review of CoBI is missing, with events a bit less connected and motivations a bit less clear. Almost every character at some point seems just a little too willing to trust a stranger, jump to a conclusion, or embark on a quest for no discernible reason. Some storylines seem to rush ahead at a breakneck pace, while others that will surely connect with them seem adrift.
On the plus side, all of the atmosphere and strong characterization that made the first book such a wonder are still there. The world though which they move is rich and detailed. There are new characters, new places, and new connections. There's every reason to believe this second installment is just a lull before the other side of the storm hits in the third book. Even LotR had sections that dragged a bit, but those are often necessary to set things up for the grand sections that follow.
The one thing I truly hated about the book was the cover, and that can't be blamed on the author. I don't think I'm giving anything away when I say that whatever's depicted on the cover is totally unrelated to anything in the book itself, and the art is simply not very good besides. Don't let the third-rate cover fool you into thinking this is anything but a first-rate book.
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