by Larry Niven
Book 2 in the Golden Road series (2005)
Publisher: Tor Books
Return to the strange world of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s The Burning City, where the fire god has retreated into myth, leaving the residents of Tep’s Town unprotected for the first time in their history.
Unfortunately, a fiery fate isn’t the only danger the town is facing. From out of the desert come monsters — great birds with blades instead of wings, driven by some unknown force. Although they can be killed, the threat these terror birds pose is worse than death. Danger on the roads means no trade. No trade means that Tep’s Town will be no more.
Sent by the Lords of Lordshills to discover the source of the terror birds, Lord Sandry and his beloved, Burning Tower, must travel into a world where magic is still strong — and where someone or something 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.