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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Initiate by Louise Cooper. The Seven Gods of Order had ruled unchallenged for an aeon, served by the Adepts of the Circle in their bleak Northern stronghold.
But for Tarod — the most enigmatic and formidable sorcerer in the Circle's ranks — a darker affinity had begun to call. Threatening his beliefs, even his sanity, it rose unbidden from beyond Time; an ancient and deadly adversary that could plung The Seven Gods of Order had ruled unchallenged for an aeon, served by the Adepts of the Circle in their bleak Northern stronghold.
Threatening his beliefs, even his sanity, it rose unbidden from beyond Time; an ancient and deadly adversary that could plunge the world into madness and chaos — and whose power rivalled that even of the Gods themselves.
And though Tarod's mind and heart were pledged to Order, his soul was another matter Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 11th by Tor Books first published More Details Original Title.
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The fantasy world lost one of its brilliant lights, Louise Cooper, last year. I've been an old fan of hers from the moment I spied the classic Robert Gould cover and after all these years, this tale of clashing dualities, of love and loyalty remains a very special place in my heart.
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 sev 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.
Tarod finds himself at The Star Peninisula, a mysterious spot of land magically cut off from the rest of the continent, he is taken in as an Initiate by Aeoris' group of acolytes known as The Circle, a place where Tarod finally feels he belongs. 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.
My copies of all three books are dog-eared from the many times I've returned to this world. 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. May 05, Joseph rated it really liked it. This is one I initially discovered via a very positive review in Dragon Magazine back in the spring of At the book's beginning, Tarod is a small boy of uncertain pare This is one I initially discovered via a very positive review in Dragon Magazine back in the spring of At the book's beginning, Tarod is a small boy of uncertain parentage who, in a fit of anger, unleashes powers he didn't know he had and, eventually, finds himself made an initiate at the Castle of the Star Peninsula, the seat of power of the Circle, the servants of Law.
Once, many ages ago, Chaos ruled the world and things were But as Tarod rapidly rises through the ranks, it becomes increasingly obvious that there's more to him than was known, especially when he begins having visions of a disturbing yet oddly familiar figure called Yandros.
The struggle of Order vs. Chaos, even in , was far from a new feature in fantasy literature; what made Louise Cooper's Time Master trilogy so interesting, though, was the way it inverted the usual set-up -- in this case, Law has decisively won, to the detriment of everybody, although they may not actually realize it.
And now the lords of Chaos have found a chink in the armor of the world and think it's high time they made their way back Jan 08, Alytha rated it did not like it. 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. 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 an 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. Although he uses his powers to banish Yandros, the others don't feel so thrilled about this. A Council meeting is called to decide Tarod's fate.
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.
So, although you are told that he's generally a nice, easy-going guy and good friend, all you actually see about his emotions is either rage or self-pity. I had a hard time caring about him. It also made the love story pretty unbelievable. The morality of the main characters is pretty weird, and I'm not too sure about the author's opinion on this.
Here, the chaotic characters appear, if not nicer, at least more honorable and loyal than the "good" ones. Keridil and Sashka are nominally good, but don't have the slightest concept of honour. It takes Keridil all of 10 seconds to decide between friendship to Tarod and his duties to the Circle, and the chance to get into Sashka's pants. Even worse, he doesn't even have the guts to tell Tarod, but pretends to be his friend while at the same time despatching two assassins towards him.
Sashka does pretty much the same, spineless socialite hypocrite bitch that she is. They're the perfect match really, and no doubt will have many happy spineless children.
El Iniciado by Louise Cooper
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