Burning Tower

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Pocket Books, 2005 - Fantasy fiction - 430 pages
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Return to the "vivid and unusual" ("Kirkus Reviews") world of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's "The Burning City," where the fire god Yangin-Atep has retreated into myth, leaving the residents of Tep's Town unprotected for the first time in their history.

But fires aren't the only danger the residents of Tep's Town are facing. From out of the desert come monsters -- great birds with blades instead of wings. Magical birds, driven by some unknown force for some unknown reason. Although they can be killed, the danger these birds pose is greater than mere death. Without their god, the people of Tep's Town can no longer stand alone. Danger on the roads means no trade. No trade means that Tep's Town will die.

Sent by the Lords of Lordshills to discover the source of the aptly-named terror birds, Lord Sandry and his beloved, Burning Tower, must travel beyond the walls of their home into a world where the manna that fuels magic is still strong -- and someone or some-thing waits to destroy them!

Filled with the sweeping adventure, memorable characters, and imaginative world-building that have defined the novels of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, "Burning Tower" is another triumph from one of the genre's most popular collaborations.

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User Review  - bespen - LibraryThing

Burning Tower picks up a year after Burning City concludes, Yangin-Atep is myth, the Greenroad is open, and no one knows how Tep's Town will survive exposure to the outside world. The focus of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - lewispike - LibraryThing

This book purports to be a pseudo-history of meso-america, with proto-cultures where magic is still (just about) real and the things we currently consider to be legend - flying snakes, rain arrows and ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Larry Niven received his B.A. in mathematics in 1962. His first novel, World of Ptavvs (1966), was a success and launched his career. Niven has won five Hugos and one Nebula award, testimony that his colleagues in the science fiction world respect his work. Perhaps Niven's most well-known creation is Ringworld, a distant planet that may be taken as a metaphor for Earth, as it was once great but has since fallen into decay.

Jerry Pournelle (right), a past winner of the John W. Campbell Award, has collaborated with Niven on numerous bestsellers. He has also written such successful solo novels as "Janissaries" and "Starswarm". He lives in Studio City, California.
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle were the joint winners of the 2005 Robert A. Heinlein Award.

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