Hammerfall

Hammerfall By C.J. Cherryh, Hammerfall One of the most renowned figures in science fiction C J Cherryh has been enthralling audiences for nearly thirty years with rich and complex novels Now at the peak of her career this three time Hugo
  • Title: Hammerfall
  • Author: C.J. Cherryh
  • ISBN: 9780061052606
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hammerfall By C.J. Cherryh, One of the most renowned figures in science fiction, C J Cherryh has been enthralling audiences for nearly thirty years with rich and complex novels Now at the peak of her career, this three time Hugo Award Winner launches her most ambitious work in decades, Hammerfall, part of a far ranging series, The Gene Wars, set in an entirely new universe scarred by the most viciOne of the most renowned figures in science fiction, C J Cherryh has been enthralling audiences for nearly thirty years with rich and complex novels Now at the peak of her career, this three time Hugo Award Winner launches her most ambitious work in decades, Hammerfall, part of a far ranging series, The Gene Wars, set in an entirely new universe scarred by the most vicious of future weaponry, nanotechnology In this brilliant novel possibly Cherryh s masterwork the fate of billions has come down to a confrontation between two profoundly alien cultures on a single desert planet The mad shall be searched out and given to the Ila s messengers No man shall conceal madness in his wife, or his son, or his daughter, or his father Every one must be delivered up The Book of the Ila s Au itMarak has suffered the madness his entire life He is a prince and warrior, strong and shrewd and expert in the ways of the desert covering his planet In the service of his father, he has dedicated his life to overthrowing the Ila, the mysterious eternal dictator of his world For years he has successfully hidden the visions that plague him voices pulling him eastward, calling Marak, Marak, Marak, amid mind twisting visions of a silver tower But when his secret is discovered, Marak is betrayed by his own father and forced to march in an endless caravan with the rest of his world s madmen to the Ila s city of Oburan.Instead of death, Marak finds in Oburan his destiny, and the promise of life if he can survive what is surely a suicidal mission The Ila wants him to discover the source of the voices and visions that afflict the mad Despite the dangers of the hostile desert, tensions within the caravan, and his own excruciating doubts, Marak miraculously reaches his goal only to be given another, even impossible mission by the strange people in the towers.According to these beings who look like him yet act differently than anyone he has ever known, Marak has a slim chance to save his world s people from the wrath of the Ilas enemies But to do so, he must convince them all warring tribes, villagers, priests, young and old, as well as the Ila herself to follow him on an epic trek across the burning desert before the hammer of the Ila s foes falls from the heavens above.Written with deceptive simplicity and lyricism, this riveting, fast paced epic of war, love, and survival in a brave new world marks a major achievement from the masterful C.J Cherryh.
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    1. C.J. Cherryh

      Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field She is the author of than forty novels Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track She began with the modest ambition to learn to skate backwards and now is working on jumps She sketches, occasionally, cooks fairly well, and hates house work she loves the outdoors, animals wild and tame, is a hobbyist geologist, adores dinosaurs, and has academic specialties in Roman constitutional law and bronze age Greek ethnography She has written science fiction since she was ten, spent ten years of her life teaching Latin and Ancient History on the high school level, before retiring to full time writing, and now does not have enough hours in the day to pursue all her interests Her studies include planetary geology, weather systems, and natural and man made catastrophes, civilizations, and cosmology in fact, there s very little that doesn t interest her A loom is gathering dust and needs rethreading, a wooden ship model awaits construction, and the cats demand their own time much urgently She works constantly, researches mostly on the internet, and has books stacked up and waiting to be written.

    287 thoughts on “Hammerfall”

    1. I m back Some health issues and a volunteer project had delayed reviews You didn t think you were going to get rid of me THAT easily, did you Marak had always known he was mad since his sixth years he had heard voices in his head Marak Marak Marak and the compulsion to go east.As the son of a chief his mother proected him and his father pretended to ignore it Then, the secret came out Marak s father disowned him surrended him to the Illa s men.After a long walk across the desert, a prisoner alon [...]


    2. Bedouins travelling on what is obviously camels repeatedly through the same desert doesn t need 478 pages Not even, if they do it 3 times SciFi Not so much.Everybody who reads this book will be absolutely certain, Marak is not mad From the very start So, why insist, he s battling insanity Some persons, who obviously got to this world on some kind of starship and manipulate the world via nanotech force the entire native population to a month long trek through the desert Why The Ila To the main ch [...]


    3. I found this a little disappointing, given the quality of the author s other books While it started off well, with the intriguing mystery of the call that pulled the various disparate travellers across the desert, the explanations that were offered midway through the story were less than satisfactory Given the technological advances available to the visitors who presumably were able to ward off the planet wide catastrophes, why was it necessary to compel the planetary population to migrate acros [...]


    4. I expected to love this book The first 130 odd pages flew by in what seemed an instant Then it got repetetive Expected revelations weren t Paragraphs started to seem too similar to what I d already read Characters relationships didn t change The urgency was lost I was sad If you ve never read Cherryh before, I would recommend starting with Cyteen or the Faded Sun trilogy for SF lovers, or the Fortress trilogy for fantasy lovers.


    5. Cherryh is a fantastic writer but this is not one of her best works It started out well enough and drew me immediately into the mystery of the mad , but once the answer to the riddle was delivered, the story fell apart Despite pages and pages of desert danger it was really boring I found myself skipping pages and pages of the book to get to the part that actually advanced the story line Sadly these parts were limited to about 25% of the book I think she also missed opportunity to flesh out chara [...]


    6. This is the second sci fi book I read where the journey in this book journeys went on way too long Oh, the sand, and the water problems, and the vermin, and the wind, and the sand, and the water problems, and the vermin, and the wind, and so on I know this book has been out for awhile but maybe just saying that the same thing happened for 30 days instead of giving us a blow by blow would have made this book better The dialogue action parts except for the journeys was good but the monotonousness [...]


    7. Premise Marak Trin is a madman Like many, he tried to hide it did successfully hide it for years But finally the visions and the voices were too much, and when the Ila s men came rounding up the mad, his father the rebel leader surrendered him to the soldiers, and made a kind of peace with the Ila All the mad are being brought across the desert to the holy city, for the Ila herself to judge The Ila knows an opportunity when she sees one, and Marak will have a chance to solve the riddle of the vi [...]


    8. For those that don t read sf, they might find the first 5 10 pages of most sf novels hard to deal with because most sf authors make assumptions about the reader And, subsequently, most sf readers know to hang in there because soon enough it will start to make sense Cherryh probably takes this assumption about the reader and extends it double or triple.It really took a lot of hang in there to get to the point where I felt like I knew what was going on Having finished the story, there is still a l [...]


    9. I have enjoyed Cherryh in the past, but maybe I was flexible back then I am finding her less satisfying lately I don t understand why these societies of hers must have, for example, slaves Why can t the people who arrive in these feudal ish places, desperate to save the world from destruction, take the short cut of sending, say, sir questing person on some kind of flying machine with his message, instead of sending him all the way back the way he just came via camel ish beast, whereupon he must [...]


    10. Found her through Sargent s sci fi collections Cherryh is one of the few female hard military sci fi writers see Downbelow Station This one is not though and may even be considered fantasy on a desert planet, an unlikely group of people plagued with voices and visions of similar ilk, heading east to seek the source of their madness Cherryh s prose is unique, something I have found on the back of nearly every book of hers I pick up as well as reader reviews here and other book sites It is lovely [...]


    11. I adore C.J Cherryh s Faded Sun Trilogy for its sparseness and portrayal of a plausible alien warrior culture Hammerfall has many similarities, but is a much different work It s like Walking Drum and Dune rolled into one story In the book, Marak Trin Tain is a desert raider, and would be revolutionary, who finds himself in an unlikely alliance with his former nemesis as his madness barely allows him to function in the world Both he and the God Queen Ila are searching for the source of this madne [...]


    12. This author lost me here, I was looking for Science fiction, but after that orgy in the desert,no thanks What did any of the things that has happened sexually has to do with SCI FI Why is that the black woman always a barbarian, uncooth and demands to have another woman in bed with them I mean really, I was truyly enjoying this book until that episode in the desert I thought it was going to be the strong woman having her mans back once they got together, but spoils it with what was a menage I st [...]



    13. Cherryh s Gene Wars series is made up of Hammerfall and Forge of Heaven It is a universe updated due to scientific changes since the creation of her Alliance Union construct, however, it is still very indebted to the original concepts of Stationer culture What has changed is gene engineering and alien contact Hammerfall is basically a cross between Lawrence of Arabia, Dune, and the Exodus The author explores a desert based culture with a deus ex machina embedded in the genetic substrate A harsh [...]


    14. I m about two thirds in the book, and I keep trying to finish it After all, this writer is supposed to be very good, so why do I find this book so boring I may decide to forego the caravan trip, and choose an instant death from the vermines instead of suffering this endless repetition


    15. Fascinating concept I m not sure it always executes well The characterization and world building are, however, first rate, as usual, and it adds to one s understanding of The Alliance and The Union





    16. I have just a few days ago finished this book for the 2nd time and I salute Ms Cherryh for what I believe is some of her best work She takes on an interesting challenge in a story which at it s core is science fiction, yet so much of the outer layers are pure fantasy as she explores a desert culture and environment rife with superstition, religion and intolerance The nominal ruler of the very human population is a god than a normal ruler apparently long lived in the extreme if not immortal and [...]


    17. This is sf written very much like a fantasy The technology might as well be magic, for the extent to which Marak Trin Tain and his companions understand it What it really is, of course, is nanotechnology, and spaceships, and tossing asteroids and comets around as needed Only a small portion of this world, the Lahkt, is really habitable, and that s due mainly to nanotechnology, and conditions are still at best very harsh.Marak and most of his companions are mad, or what is called mad on the Lahkt [...]


    18. A novel of excellent world painting as Cherryh s always are, although my predisposition toward single biome planets may have made her lyrical, lengthy desert trek a quicker read than it was for others The reviews that say this book is simply a zig zag road trip are true, but it s an immersive road trip For a story essentially about two superhuman women warring with one another, the gender stuff is thorny I was expecting the rather unbalanced polyamory after reading the reviews, but not the sort [...]


    19. The plot is one long race against time, so if ticking clocks drive you batty, this is not the book for you Cherryh as always does an excellent job presenting her fictional culture and keeping everything from their point of view, with the dramatic irony that we, as readers, know there are aliens and nanotech and an asteroid hurtling toward the planet The Hammer will fall A sphere strikes a sphere It will hit in the bitter sea and the world will crack C.J Cherryh is my FAVORITE author, caveat I mi [...]


    20. I am a huge fan of C J Cherryh only the trulyi fi and not fantasy and am catching up with older titles I had missed in earlier years This one won her a Hugo and I can see why As with most of her works, I was pulled and addicted to this new world and intriguing characters, flipping pages to find out what happened next, even though you know all along what s coming In a most basic way it isn t science fiction because the characters don t know of anything but their desert world, how to manage a cara [...]


    21. I found it interesting to go from C.J Cherryh s Morgaine Saga written early in her career to the relatively recent Hammerfall The books feel similar enough that I can tell they were written by the same author, but the writing in Hammerfall is much better C.J Cherryh s style is simple and evocative It s a real pleasure to read a book written by someone so skilled with words The story of Hammerfall is simple our protagonist, Marak, is on a road trip Against this background, we watch Marak struggle [...]


    22. I read Hammerfall when it first came out in hardback Our Hero is Marak Trin Tain, a warrior who finds himself in a mass of people being herded to the holy city He is one of a group of people who have been infected by a peculiar madness that the Ila the immortal ruler of the holy city finds interesting Marak Trin Tain is also someone the Ila finds interesting, and despite the fact that Marak is the son of one of her enemies she puts him in charge of an expedition to discover the source of the mad [...]


    23. This was an odd sort of book Mostly it was about the world the author created and how it got that way It mixed travelog, hard science fiction, together and stirred them together The result was not altogether good Part of the problem, I think, is Cherryh s style of storytelling she plops you down in her environment and lets you figure it out as the story progresses That s ok, but it takes some time and the reading is kind of boring and tedious while the reader catches up enough to know what s goi [...]


    24. George RR Martin has spoiled me This book has some pretty good characters, but it was almost unbearably slow Here s why some spoilers This book follows it s characters through the desert, and back again, and back again There are no cuts through time at all, except the very last chapter which skips maybe 100 years In other words, after three treks through the desert, they are finally going to reach their goal, and then suddenly it s 100 years later I feel like the author really cheated, taking fo [...]


    25. Marak is mad, yet he is a warrior and experienced in the ways of the desert covering his planet He has kept his madness a secret for all is life, but he is found out and betrayed by his very own father He is forced to march in an endless caravan with the rest of the world s mad to the Ila s city of Oburan Instead of death, Marak finds his destiny and the promise of life But that comes with a cost and the Ila will see to his ruin if he fails her She wants to know the secret of the madness and whe [...]


    26. This is a really tough call It has a Dune Bedouin flavor that is not easy to get interested in Lots of wandering in the desert for hundreds of pages On the verge of putting down several times, I kept at it to the end Cherryh makes you work hard at figuring out what is going on It is hopefully just a very long prologue to a series that will get better The last 50 pages were good but, as in all Cherryh books, the action is very short and sweet The culture is not so alien as in her other series, it [...]


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