The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop

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Posted August 1, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

The Pillars of the World by Anne BishopThe Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop
Series: Tir Alainn #1
Published by Roc on October 1, 2001
Genres: Dark Fantasy
Pages: 436
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: The Black Jewel Trilogy, Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Written In Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver

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...

I really didn’t know what to expect with The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop. I understood that it was somewhat of a Fae story but I could not have comprehended how vast the world Bishop created could’ve been.

We don’t start this story off learning about the main female character mentioned in the synopsis. We instead begin to learn about the villains and the conflict that all the characters within The Pillars of the World will battle against.

I found myself battling a slew of emotions while reading this story. I went from excited about where the romance and mystery would go, but Bishop did a great job of stringing me along and then abruptly, yet smoothly, introduced a sharp curve that then took the story onto new grounds.

The Fae in this story were unlike any I’ve read before. Of course they were arrogant, entitled, and completely oblivious to others, but their characters and storyline were so well told that I couldn’t help but continue reading.

Fae stories haven’t always been a favored reading selection of mine, but I trust Bishop’s writing that I trusted she wouldn’t give me a story that wouldn’t engage me on every level. She definitely delivered a story that I can see myself visiting yearly as I do her Others series.

I’ve only just finished book one, The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop, but I am so ready and excited to begin reading the pages of book two, Shadows and Light. I’m also slightly beating myself up, mentally of course, that I didn’t purchase the third book when I saw it at my local Half Price Books store.

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About Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel, Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestseller list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Crawford Award (2000)


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