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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 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 force.Meanwhile, 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 Get A CopyKindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple iBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 480 pages Published December 1st 2015 by Orbit More Details Original Title The Rising The Alchemy Wars Book Two ISBN 0316248010 ISBN13 9780316248013 Edition Language English Series The Alchemy Wars 2 Other Editions 10 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Rising, please sign up

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Lists with This Book Books I Plan to Read in 2015 Part 2 54 books 19 voters Jack Daws Condolarthian Roadtrip to Destruction 23 books 1 voter More lists with this book Community Reviews showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 29, 2015 Brad rated it it was amazing Shelves sci fi, 2016 shelf 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 flag 37 likesLike see review View all 10 comments May 26, 2015 Mogsy MMOGC rated it really liked it Shelves fantasy, science fiction, audiobook, steampunk, review copy, alternate history 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 recruit men 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 being fast 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 was subdued but also deeper and cerebral 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 and explosive 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 The I read, the I 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 was amusing 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 and frequent, and if that s what you prefer then you might find you ll enjoy The Rising even than 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 flag 29 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Mar 22, 2017 P42 rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017, 2017 h1 Zegarmistrzowie NADAL k ami ta ksi ka jest tak filmowa, e naprawd nie wiem, na co oni czekaj w tym hollywood nadal zachwyca mnie ta wizja podzielonego ideologicznie pod tym wzgl dem wiata oraz to, e s tylko dwa pa stwa zaskoczy a mnie, tytu owe Powstanie nie by o takie oczywiste autor otworzy sobie drog do nast pnego tomu na ostatniej stronie ratujcie mnie przed perspektyw Longchampa jest TAK NUDNA w por wnaniu do przyg d Berenice i Jax a, e a nie pasuje do ksi ki flag 14 likesLike see review Feb 11, 2017 awn has reading burn out rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fantasy, heros i love, science fiction, will read again, series to read in order, too long, historical fiction alt history, all time favorite, safe for me, steampunk, android robot cyborg ai, no romance 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 flag 8 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 26, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves sci fi 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 featured action 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 featured action 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 flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2016 sir Lancer Cairns rated it it was amazing Shelves sir lancer s recommendations 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 flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 24, 2017 Gosia rated it it was amazing review of another edition Genialne, wci gaj ce i niesamowite Kocham te dylematy moralne, nieoczywistych bohater w i akcje Nie cz sto wci gam si w trylogi , ale w tym przypadku ju czekam na fina flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 24, 2015 Ints rated it it was amazing Shelves december 2015 Al mi u karu pirmo gr matu The Mechanical es aprakst ju jau p rn gada mart o gr matu dab ju laic gi, bet uz las anu nu nek di nesp ju sa emties Vienm r atrad s k da gr mata, kas aizl da rindai priek Bet nekas, janv r pien ca ar s k rta.K jau tas bija sagaid ms, st sts ir velt ts atbr vo an s karam Holandie i zem sava Orand a tro a ir sav ku i visu pasauli Vi i ir domin jo n cija visa pasaul Holandie u hegemonija neaptver vien p ris teritorijas T s, kuras nav piem rotas dz v Al mi u karu pirmo gr matu The Mechanical es aprakst ju jau p rn gada mart o gr matu dab ju laic gi, bet uz las anu nu nek di nesp ju sa emties Vienm r atrad s k da gr mata, kas aizl da rindai priek Bet nekas, janv r pien ca ar s k rta.K jau tas bija sagaid ms, st sts ir velt ts atbr vo an s karam Holandie i zem sava Orand a tro a ir sav ku i visu pasauli Vi i ir domin jo n cija visa pasaul Holandie u hegemonija neaptver vien p ris teritorijas T s, kuras nav piem rotas dz vo anai un t s, kur s valda Jaun Francija.Jax ir aizb dzis no saviem vaj t jiem, tas nebija viegli, ta u br v ba ir t v rta Viena lieta ir, ja tavu gribu apspie Pulkste meistaru ierobe ojumi, kas dedzina pr tu, otra, ja vari doties, kur acis r da dam dump gam klakerim jau nemaz nav daudz t du vietu, vi a m r is ir karalienes Mabas zemes Taj s m tot br vie klakeri, kuriem nav saimnieku un pav u Ar aj gr mat Jax ir centr lais person s diskusij par br vo gribu un par to, kas ir br v ba visp r Jax s kum dom , ka atbr vojoties no saimnieka, vi k st piln gi br vs, un nekas vi u vairs nesp s pak aut Ta u br v ba uzliek ar pien kumus, vi var tu atriebties visiem cilv kiem, var tu censties atbr vot citus savas nelaimes br us, var tu g zt Pulkste meistarus Ta u katra da r c ba rad tu noteiktas sekas, un tikai vien gi vi var izv l ties savu ce u Var tu teikt aj jom Jax ir revol cijas iesp jamais vadonis, ta u vi u loma absol ti nesaista Ta u ir lietas, kuras izdar t var tikai vi.Berenise iepriek galven Jaun s Francijas spiedze Ta u nu vi ai pien ku i gr ti laiki No savas valsts vi a ir patriekta, non kusi Pulkste meistaru g st Ta u g sts un padz ana nenoz m , ka vi a var aizmirst savu valsti Valsts tevi var nodot, bet tu valsti nekad Pat bezizejas situ cij vi a v c inform ciju, kas, ja paveiksies, var noder t Vi ai lieta padodas oti labi, un iet, ka vi as rok s non k nosl pums, ar kura pal dz bu b tu iesp jams izmain t sp ku l dzsvaru pasaul Pulkste meistari savus nosl pumus nevienam neizpau , ta u tas t nebija pirms kumos Tad Pulkste meistari nebija apvienoti ild s, un da s labs bija nopietns eksperiment t js, kas nepak v s industrijas standartam, t d pasaul joproj m ir atrodi artefakti, kuri auj izprast klakeru b t bu un pat izmain t tos K varone Berenise ir ciniska ide liste, vi as intereses tiek pak rtotas valsts interes m, un vi a par karali ir gatava atdot dz v bu Protams, ja vien tas kaut k pal dz tu karalim.Kapteinis Hugo Long amps ir Rietum Marse as aizst v bas organiz t js Jaun s Francijas galvaspils ta jau daudzas reizes ir atsitu i Oran tro a uzbrukumus, ta u oreiz holandie i ir ru ies lietai kl t pa stam Negl bs pat slaven fran u mija, visa Jaun Francija ir iespiesta p d j citadele, un skaidrs, ka ienaidnieks g st nevienu ne ems Hugo ir stens karav rs, vi nepadodas pat, ja kauja ir zaud ta, jo vienm r var nedaudz atk pties un p rgrup ties Visa vi a dz ve sast v no das atk p an s un p rgrup an s, jauniesauktie ir tot li mu i Lai gan ko tur, pat veter ni neko nesp j padar t klakerim, kas ticis uz m ra C as izn kums ir izlemts jau br d , kad Francijas vald bas atliekas nodibin ja Jauno Franciju Amerik Ta u tas nenoz m , ka Hugo piedurkn s neb tu pasl pti p ris trumpji.Gr mata ir aizraujo a, ko gan citu var tu sagaid t no atbr vo anas kara apraksta Nevar gan zin t, kur kuru v l sti atbr vos, bet tas j izlasa pa iem Pasaule ir perfekta ar detaliz ciju un izstr d tiem pamatkonceptiem Autors joproj m pieturas pie re lisma, jo ir tikai alternat v v sture T d lasot iet, j , ja k ds b tu izdom jis klakerus, tad, iesp jams, viss t ar notiktu Tagad visi run tu holandiski no pola l dz polam Man joproj m pat k autora izgudrot alternat v v sture un t s pagrieziena punkts, kura notikumi tiek izst st ti aj trilo ij.Gr matai lieku 10 no 10 ball m Dom jo i meh nismi ar apspiestu br vo gribu, tisko robe u izsm r ana mehaniz jot biolo iskus cilv kus un v l p ris Pulkste meistaru nosl pumi, tas viss padara o gr matu par izcilu pirm s turpin jumu Noteikti izlasiet, patie m laba Pats nepaciet gi gaid u n kamo da u, s gr matas beig s bija nodruk ta pirm noda a, un t patie m bija iespaid ga Beidzot uzzin sim par Pulkste meistariem no pa iem Pulkste meistariem flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 29, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it Shelves fantasy, historical, alternate history, read in 2015 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 flag 4 likesLike see review Feb 16, 2016 Robert rated it it was amazing 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 flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 21, 2016 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it Shelves contemporary, personal favorite, sci fi, smart nerdy, alt history 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 Exactly of 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 flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2016 Fantasy Literature rated it it was amazing 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 flag 3 likesLike see review May 01, 2017 Wied ma rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves my library W pewnym sensie autor niczym nie zaskoczy czytelnik w Wydarzenia rozgrywaj si w dobrze ju znanym uniwersum, wi kszo postaci pojawi a si w poprzednim tomie, a og lna tematyka pozostaje bez zmian Niemniej jednak rozwi zania fabularne, na jakie zdecydowa si Tregillis nieraz zaskakuj czytelnika, i to w pozytywnym sensie W Powstaniu pe no jest zwrot w akcji i og lnej dynamiki, co przek ada si na to, e ksi k trudno jest od o y na bok Ci ty j zyk Longchampa i pe en wulgaryzm w spos W pewnym sensie autor niczym nie zaskoczy czytelnik w Wydarzenia rozgrywaj si w dobrze ju znanym uniwersum, wi kszo postaci pojawi a si w poprzednim tomie, a og lna tematyka pozostaje bez zmian Niemniej jednak rozwi zania fabularne, na jakie zdecydowa si Tregillis nieraz zaskakuj czytelnika, i to w pozytywnym sensie W Powstaniu pe no jest zwrot w akcji i og lnej dynamiki, co przek ada si na to, e ksi k trudno jest od o y na bok Ci ty j zyk Longchampa i pe en wulgaryzm w spos b wyra ania si Berenice mog niekt rych czytelnik w razi , ale prawda jest taka, e bardzo pasuje to og lnego klimatu powie ci i opisanych tam wydarze Ca o na flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2016 Brandt rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, scifi Considering that The Mechanical was one of my favorite novels of 2015, I was surprised at the short shrift I gave the novel in my review This was entirely due to the fact that I was afraid that by discussing the philosophical elements of The Mechanical I would inadvertently blow certain plot points that may damage enjoyment of the first volume of the Alchemy Wars Now that you are reading The Rising, I feel a little comfortable being less obtuse about the book But that s not even where I Considering that The Mechanical was one of my favorite novels of 2015, I was surprised at the short shrift I gave the novel in my review This was entirely due to the fact that I was afraid that by discussing the philosophical elements of The Mechanical I would inadvertently blow certain plot points that may damage enjoyment of the first volume of the Alchemy Wars Now that you are reading The Rising, I feel a little comfortable being less obtuse about the book But that s not even where I am going to start.One of the problems with trilogies is that the second act can be tricky Sometimes, when it works, it really works think The Empire Strikes Back and other times it can be a pointless waste of time is there anything boring than the Entmoot from The Two Towers It prides itself on being a boring, drawn out waste of time Mostly though it exists as some sort of filler to get you from point A to point C, which is where the good stuff tends to happen The Rising, the second novel of the Alchemy Wars falls into The Empire Strikes Back category.When Ian Tregillis wrote The Mechanical we are introduced to Jax, who is a clockwork man that is bound by the geasa instilled in him by the Alchemists who created him Through his travels the geasa are broken and Jax enjoys unfettered freedom Unfortunately he is terrible at hiding his condition and reveals himself to others of his kind, who have a built in alarm from their makers for revealing the rogue mechanical In addition, the Clockmakers Guild has figured out a way to impose the geasa on a human subject, which they do Compelled as he is by the geasa or suffer great pain , he goes on a killing spree that takes out those who may be a threat to the guild Ultimately, however, the core of the Alchemy Wars is whether free will is an illusion The mechanicals are subject to the geasa as a condition of their existence, when one receives free will as Jax does, is free will an illusion to them Conversely, as a Catholic priest, Visser believes in free will, but the Clockmakers impose the geasa on him, the pain of which compels him to go against his nature Is free will an illusion or is it as Visser thinks that he is simply too weak to fight the pain These questions are explored deeply in The Rising But don t take this to mean that this book is a boring by any stretch of the imagination Not only do we follow the adventures of Jax, the French Captain Longchamp and the former spymaster Berenice, but we are introduced to the fact that in any conflict, there are often than two power blocks involved in the overall conflict Also, even though the concept of metageasa is introduced in this volume, discussion of it is far from boring, and helps move along the narrative.Like The Empire Strikes Back, The Rising leaves most of its characters in the shit when it is done I don t think this will come as a surprise to any readers who have made it through The Mechanical But it s the kind of shit the finely textured shit that great trilogies are made of that make this worth the read I was shocked to see The Rising published in calendar 2015 Here s to hoping the final volume drops sometime in 2016, because the cliffhanger Tregillis leaves you feeling the geasa caused pain of a story unfinished flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 13, 2015 Aildiin rated it really liked it Shelves steampunk, novels Very strong second novel in a trilogy.The story has us follow 3 characters Jax the freed Clacker who is trying to reach others freed Clackers Berenice, the former spy mistress for the king of France in exile Hugo, the captain of the defense of Marseilles in the West His is the best role by far, he is full of snarky and desperate humor and makes for a wonderful character.The book is jam packed with action as Marseilles in the West becomes under siege one third of the way in and part of th Very strong second novel in a trilogy.The story has us follow 3 characters Jax the freed Clacker who is trying to reach others freed Clackers Berenice, the former spy mistress for the king of France in exile Hugo, the captain of the defense of Marseilles in the West His is the best role by far, he is full of snarky and desperate humor and makes for a wonderful character.The book is jam packed with action as Marseilles in the West becomes under siege one third of the way in and part of the story focuses on the desperate defense of the city At the same time we learn things on how Clackers are controlled and a new hidden power is introduced.Highly recommended book I was very close to give it 5 stars flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 26, 2016 Patremagne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves audiobook Pretty goddamn good Superbly compelling plot, characters, and world If you re hesitating on this series because it s steampunk, don t It s not like most any other steampunk, and it s very well executed in its historical roots.Chris Kayser is another apparently hidden gem in narrators His French accent was immersive, and he had distinct, believable voices for each character, down to the robotic speech of the mechanicals flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2016 Mikhail rated it really liked it I could live without the war sequences, but interesting book all the same Surprisingly quick read, given its size Tregillis is an excellent author, the words just flow right off the page flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2015 edifanob rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves my books, 2016 reads This is the excellent second book in THE ALCHEMY WARS trilogy.A historical fantasy full of action and philosophical thoughts flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 08, 2016 Joel rated it really liked it Review forthcoming flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 02, 2017 Kamila rated it liked it Shelves usa, alt history A little better than the first one, but still not that interesting To be honest, if I didn t have to read it, I wouldn t even start flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 26, 2017 Philip Shade rated it really liked it A bloody good followup to Tregillis s The Mechanical And I don t mean bloody in the British sense, but in the wow a lot of people die sense.The middle book in the Alchemy Wars trilogy The Rising lacks some of philosophical underpinnings that made the first book so interesting, but it makes up for that by being a page turner of an action adventure that you won t want to put down No really, I was reading by candle light in the back of a bar at one point If you enjoyed The Mechanical g A bloody good followup to Tregillis s The Mechanical And I don t mean bloody in the British sense, but in the wow a lot of people die sense.The middle book in the Alchemy Wars trilogy The Rising lacks some of philosophical underpinnings that made the first book so interesting, but it makes up for that by being a page turner of an action adventure that you won t want to put down No really, I was reading by candle light in the back of a bar at one point If you enjoyed The Mechanical grab The Rising as soon as you can flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 25, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing See my other reviews at Never Enough BooksJax, a rogue Clakker, 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 freedom proves to be 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 force.Meanwhile, Captain H See my other reviews at Never Enough BooksJax, a rogue Clakker, 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 freedom proves to be 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 force.Meanwhile, 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.The Rising picks up almost immediately where The Mechanical leaves off Only a few weeks have passed since the ending of book one and the beginning of book two, meaning the characters have had some time to adjust to past events but not much Like the first book, the pace is fast and furious, moving from one story line to the next Again, each story runs separate of the others only intertwining at the end for a dramatic finish.One thing The Rising is missing is the gore factor In The Mechanical, there were several scenes that were a little dark there were numerous character deaths and none were pleasant There weren t nearly the same amount nor was their description as lurid in The Rising, which personally made it a pleasant read.Like The Mechanical, I enjoyed The Rising a great deal Tregellis has once again done an amazing job of creating a world of characters, some to hate and some to love He makes us question our own humanity and what it truly means to be human Those who loved the first book definitely need to read the second It was an excellent read flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 04, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves sci fi, dude writer, american author, robot protagonist, ai, steampunk, alternate history Even though there were some things I didn t love about this book, I STILL REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK I can t help but love Berenice so much, she s so arrogant and resourceful and clever and really fucking lucky It was nice to get to see Longchamp s perspective as well I wish there d been some about Queen Mab and the Lost Boys I can only hope Tregillis will get into that in the 3rd book, because there s so much there that could be explored This book included a lot of battlingthere were a Even though there were some things I didn t love about this book, I STILL REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK I can t help but love Berenice so much, she s so arrogant and resourceful and clever and really fucking lucky It was nice to get to see Longchamp s perspective as well I wish there d been some about Queen Mab and the Lost Boys I can only hope Tregillis will get into that in the 3rd book, because there s so much there that could be explored This book included a lot of battlingthere were a lot of descriptions of fighting and shooting which either I just can t follow very well or Tregillis doesn t write too clearly I had the same issue in the first book, when Jax is on the airship, where the descriptions weren t enough for me to actually picture what was happening Also, Tregillis likes to repeat certain descriptions explosions tend to rattle people s teeth, the word limned was used at least 4 times with regard to people s eyes as in, panic limned Overall, I think this was a weaker book than the first, but I really love the universe it s set in, and I love the characters we re following, so pretty much anything they did was great to me Plus I know this is 2nd in a trilogy so I m saving my real expectations for the 3rd Though I ll still probably love it even if it doesn t get into all the stuff I want it to flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 16, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, fantasy series the first book had a lot of world building this one was non stop action interesting action battle scenes, but with secret strategies and mechanical soldiers queen mab s neverland of free mechanicals in the far north near escapes, unsteady alliances, unlikely reunions and there were shades of the american civil war, immoral free mechanicals, and the exciting end I d hoped for but still really interested to see how it plays out in the next book great series really original, fascin the first book had a lot of world building this one was non stop action interesting action battle scenes, but with secret strategies and mechanical soldiers queen mab s neverland of free mechanicals in the far north near escapes, unsteady alliances, unlikely reunions and there were shades of the american civil war, immoral free mechanicals, and the exciting end I d hoped for but still really interested to see how it plays out in the next book great series really original, fascinating characters it takes place in an alternate past grappling with the same issues of war, slavery and freedom we experienced in our actual past well, and our present but that affords a chance to do away with the sexism in our past and have women playing high level roles, or even serving as soldiers it manages to be original and very different from our world while still staying locked into relevant moral issues, but with different players at the helm of the world great series flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 30, 2016 Absorbed in Countless Worlds rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves lieblingsb cher favourites Let it be heard, loud and crystal clear Ian Tregillis took another big step on the road to becoming one of my new most loved writers Its no secret, i really liked his Milkweed Trilogy, especially for the very unique worldbuilding , which becomes so vivid in the actual reading experience, one could nearly smell the world and breathe it The first installment of the Alchemy Wars showed already that Tregillis is no One Hit Wonder when it comes to worldbuilding, intriguing characters and fas Let it be heard, loud and crystal clear Ian Tregillis took another big step on the road to becoming one of my new most loved writers It s no secret, i really liked his Milkweed Trilogy, especially for the very unique worldbuilding , which becomes so vivid in the actual reading experience, one could nearly smell the world and breathe it The first installment of the Alchemy Wars showed already that Tregillis is no One Hit Wonder when it comes to worldbuilding, intriguing characters and fast paced action in wonderfully written words.I simply love his imagination.With The Rising his abilities reached the next level Very interesting POV s, fast paced action again, and it s even colourful to dive into this alternative history world.Can t wait for december to arrive, to be able to dive in, one time, into the world of the breaking dutch hegemony, that never actually existed flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2016 Adam rated it really liked it This book, and to some extent the previous book, was driven by one thing going wrong for the protagonists after another, and there are a relatively large number of skin of the teeth escapes from horrific danger These got a bit repetitive, but the world on display here is an interesting one It doesn t quite feel fully developed The focus on Marseille in the West, New Amsterdam, and the French Dutch conflict means that there s really no information about how any of these entities interact with This book, and to some extent the previous book, was driven by one thing going wrong for the protagonists after another, and there are a relatively large number of skin of the teeth escapes from horrific danger These got a bit repetitive, but the world on display here is an interesting one It doesn t quite feel fully developed The focus on Marseille in the West, New Amsterdam, and the French Dutch conflict means that there s really no information about how any of these entities interact with the rest of the world what s up in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the greater American continent, Australia are all left as giant question marks which I find annoying, but I m eagerly awaiting the third book I really enjoyed the disparate ways the French and Dutch use technology, though, and what that means for each society flag 1 likeLike see review May 29, 2016 Tasula rated it liked it I loved the first book in this series The Mechanical but this one not so much I still thought it well written, but for me there was too much detail about the workings of the sentient robots themselves and also too much detail about the bloody battles But it s a great idea the concept of Holland the tulips ruling most of the world because they developed sentient robots clakkers which became obedient servants, almost unbeatable soldiers, untiring laborers, etc made me chuckle The tul I loved the first book in this series The Mechanical but this one not so much I still thought it well written, but for me there was too much detail about the workings of the sentient robots themselves and also too much detail about the bloody battles But it s a great idea the concept of Holland the tulips ruling most of the world because they developed sentient robots clakkers which became obedient servants, almost unbeatable soldiers, untiring laborers, etc made me chuckle The tulips brutality toward rogue clakkers and anyone who opposed their rule was grisly flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 08, 2015 Don Priest rated it it was amazing Every plot strand and character from the first book gets tied neatly together in a wonderful package this time around Berenice and Jax have already shaken the world Now, the Dutch are finally getting serious about eradicating the last bastion of the French monarchy Jax continues seeking freedom, which begins to fail his expectations Berenice is dancing on a knife edge, trying to unravel the secrets of the Clakkers in time to save her homeland Everything comes to a head, and if you thought t Every plot strand and character from the first book gets tied neatly together in a wonderful package this time around Berenice and Jax have already shaken the world Now, the Dutch are finally getting serious about eradicating the last bastion of the French monarchy Jax continues seeking freedom, which begins to fail his expectations Berenice is dancing on a knife edge, trying to unravel the secrets of the Clakkers in time to save her homeland Everything comes to a head, and if you thought the events of The Mechanical changed things, prepare for a wild ride when book 3 comes out Can t wait for it flag 1 likeLike see review May 20, 2015 Kurt Douglass rated it liked it I was not as impressed with the sequel as I was with the original Every chapter of The Rising is comprised of a violent, drawn out action sequence that reads like a screenplay than a novel Missing were the philosophical and existential speculations about free will and determinism that gave the gravitas of good science fiction to the original Many of the new characters were one dimensional and Tregillis frequent, over the top descriptions were annoying Still, it was an exhilarating re I was not as impressed with the sequel as I was with the original Every chapter of The Rising is comprised of a violent, drawn out action sequence that reads like a screenplay than a novel Missing were the philosophical and existential speculations about free will and determinism that gave the gravitas of good science fiction to the original Many of the new characters were one dimensional and Tregillis frequent, over the top descriptions were annoying Still, it was an exhilarating read, and I look forward to the next book in the series flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 09, 2016 George Harris rated it really liked it Sequel to The Mechanical, an intriguing story that was hamstrung by a deep flaw a number of times characters acted with uncharacteristic stupidity in service to the plot Well, I m happy to report that the sequel does not suffer from this crippling flaw Instead, it has an entirely new crippling flaw Alas, The Rising is dependent on extraordinary coincidence for everything to come together in the end Still, enough positive elements to put it on the high side of the 3 4 line flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book 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The Rising (The Alchemy Wars, #2) by Ian Tregillis
Brad

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

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Mogsy (MMOGC)

4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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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

The Rising (The Alchemy Wars, #2) by Ian Tregillis
Lisa

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sir Lancer Cairns

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

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Gosia

Genialne, wci gaj ce i niesamowite Kocham te dylematy moralne, nieoczywistych bohater w i akcje Nie cz sto wci gam si w trylogi , ale w tym przypadku ju czekam na fina

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Ints

Al mi u karu pirmo gr matu The Mechanical es aprakst ju jau p rn gada mart o gr matu dab ju laic gi, bet uz las anu nu nek di nesp ju sa emties Vienm r atrad s k da gr mata, kas aizl da rindai priek Bet nekas, janv r pien ca ar s k rta.K jau tas bija sagaid ms, st sts ir velt ts atbr vo an s karam Holandie i zem sava Orand a tro a ir sav ku i visu pasauli Vi i ir domin jo n cija visa pasaul Holandie u hegemonija neaptver vien p ris teritorijas T s, kuras nav piem rotas dz v

The Rising (The Alchemy Wars, #2) by Ian Tregillis
Cathy

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

The Rising (The Alchemy Wars, #2) by Ian Tregillis
Robert

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

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