Tarod and Cyllan will always be one of my favorite romantic couples. The Initiate introduces us to a world where Order rules over Chaos after having been vanquished in a titanic battle which reshaped the land. The The fantasy world lost one of its brilliant lights, Louise Cooper, last year. The seven gods of Order, led by Aeoris, keep a tight grip upon their control and their believers. But to borrow a quote from Princess Leia "the more you tighten your grip, the more star systems in this case people will slip through your fingers". Into this eternal battle for supremacy comes Tarod, a dark-haired outcast with a power he does not understand.
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Tarod and Cyllan will always be one of my favorite romantic couples. The Initiate introduces us to a world where Order rules over Chaos after having been vanquished in a titanic battle which reshaped the land. The The fantasy world lost one of its brilliant lights, Louise Cooper, last year. The seven gods of Order, led by Aeoris, keep a tight grip upon their control and their believers. But to borrow a quote from Princess Leia "the more you tighten your grip, the more star systems in this case people will slip through your fingers".
Into this eternal battle for supremacy comes Tarod, a dark-haired outcast with a power he does not understand. During an innocent game, he accidentally uses this power against his cousin, killing him instantly and arousing the wrath of the populace who chase Tarod through the streets and right into a warp storm.
A warp storm is thought to be the last vestige of power of Chaos and the belief is one who is taken by a warp is never seen again.
Thus sets in motion events which will have shattering reprecussions not just for Tarod, but for everyone he knows and loves. As Tarod begins to discover the dark secret behind his powers, he must also face treachery from those he considered friends and even a lover. He also discovers the unwavering loyalty of Cyllan, a peasant driver-girl with unusual amber eyes, whom he befriends at at a celebration at The Star Peninsula.
It never feels dated, and the deeper message about the dangers of any sort of religious orthodoxy is one that no one should ignore. It should be all about the Balance. Thirteen year old Tarod, already an outcast in his society due to his unknown father, is in deep trouble after having accidentally killed his cousin by magic, a talent of which he never knew before. About to be tried for murder, he escapes The plot: Contains spoilers For thousands of years, the Lords of Chaos ruled the world, but then the seven gods of Order took over in a bloody war , and have ruled unchallenged for a couple of centuries, represented by a circle of sorcerers, the Initiates.
About to be tried for murder, he escapes and runs out into a magic storm, which somehow transports him across the continent. He saves a group of travellers by blasting some bandits. The travellers turn out to be Initiates and members of a connected Sisterhood, and they take the boy to the castle of the Circle. Ten years later, Tarod is an Initiate of the seventh rank, the first one in hundreds of years, which causes some jealousy among the Circle.
At some point, he starts having bad dreams, where a voice starts telling him to come back. In an effort to find out what is happening, he does a ritual, and accidentally summons a man who looks like his negative image, and who is clearly more than human. Tarod takes an overdose of a narcotic plant, and almost dies. The mysterious man, who calls himself Yandros, proposed to save his life in exchange for another life. Tarod agrees, and the next day, the High Initiate, the father of his best friend is dead, which makes him realise that Yandros is not really a nice trustworthy guy.
At the festivities for the inthronisation of the new High Initiate, his friend Keridil, he meets the socialite and novice Sister Sashka, and they fall in love. When she leaves to prepare the wedding, the bad dreams return. With Keridil and his surrogate mother Themila, Tarod attempts a ritual. Yandros appears and reveals that Tarod is not actually human, but a Lord of Chaos.
An old rival provokes a confrontation, and Themila is killed accidentally. In revenge, Tarod murders her killer, his main rival, which in turn makes Keridil turn against him, and attemot an assassination, which, predictably, backfires. Tarod escapes and rides off to find Sashka, hoping that she would go into exile with him. However, Sashka, having been informed by letter about what happened, also betrays him, and Tarod is carted back to the castle to be executed.
He managed to escape through several planes of existence, and eventually stops time itself. End of volume one. What to say about this book I found it really hard to emotionally connect with Tarod, as all the events which define him and his personality, like his sorcerer training and his courtship with Sashka, happen in a line of stars between two chapters.
I had a hard time caring about him. It also made the love story pretty unbelievable. Here, the chaotic characters appear, if not nicer, at least more honorable and loyal than the "good" ones. Sashka does pretty much the same, spineless socialite hypocrite bitch that she is. Worst of all, this behaviour seems to be accepted as perfectly normal and acceptable by most people in the Circle and the Sisterhood, except by the herbalist, who is herself despised by a lot of people.
The style made it quite hard to get into the book. The point of view shifts randomly, often from one line to the next within a chapter, which can be quite confusing, and breaks up the flow of the narrative. The style is very serious, which often makes it appear pompous.
Even classic like The Lord of the Rings have lighter passages. I have some faint hopes that things might move easier now that the cards are on the table.
El iniciado | Louise Cooper [Bajar ePub] [Gratis]
Dadal A trilogy I often wish I had not read, so I could read again anew. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Consider this a review of the entire trilogy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. When she leaves to prepare the wedding, the bad dreams return.