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Empress of Dreams (Temple of the Traveler Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Rhine
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Priest, eunuch, and history teacher, Pagaose is rewarded by the gods for his good deeds at the conclusion of the epic fantasy “Dreams of the Fallen.” Reshaped into the perfect image of an emperor, Pagaose is dropped from the sky and given three miracles to guide mankind through the three generations with no contact from the gods. While the College of Wizards plots to discredit or kill him, Pagaose must rally the aristocrats by picking a suitable Empress candidate from each country. Each woman offers him alliances as well as enticements that disturb his dreams—each woman, that is, except the one he wants. Meanwhile, the ruler of the north plans to invade the island of Center, and a nightmarish dragon terrorizes the Inner Sea. After the first few days, this doesn’t feel like a reward anymore.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480102466
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  • Language: English
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Scott Rhine wanted to find a job that combined his love of reading with math problem solving, so he studied both short stories and computer languages. As a techno-gypsy, he worked on optimizing some of the fastest and largest supercomputers in the world. A couple of degrees, patents, and children later, at forty-eight, he still didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. When his third publication, "Doors to Eternity," hit #16 on the Amazon epic fantasy list, he decided to become a full-time author. Since then, each book of his "Jezebel's Ladder" series has hit the high-tech science fiction top 100. His highest rated book is the contemporary fantasy "Foundation for the Lost."

Humor is a part of every story he writes because people are funny, even when they don't think so. In the real world, something always goes wrong and people have flaws. If you can't laugh at yourself, someone is probably doing it for you. Strong female characters also play a major role in his stories because he's married to a beautiful PhD who can edit, break boards, and use a chainsaw.

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By Killie
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“Empress of Dreams” is the third and final novel in Scott Rhine’s epic fantasy series, “The Tales of the Traveller”. It picks up from the ending of the 2nd novel although due to the nature of that ending I found that this book did have a different feel to the previous novel. In the end though it did close out the open plotlines in a satisfactory and enjoyable manner so is without doubt in my opinion a successful conclusion to the series.

In regards to the plot of this novel, Jotham, the priest of the Traveller who helped close that the final Door to Eternity is transformed by his actions into a new body complete with the six fingered hands of the Imperial race and a new name, Pagaose. His arrival at the heart of the Empire results in him being proclaimed Emperor and so begins a new adventure for this former priest. He must gain the acceptance as Emperor, find a wife and defeat the pretender to his new throne.

Again, we have an intelligent, complicated story that really delves down into the mythos and culture of the world which Rhine has created. Rhine has tried to tone down the pacing even more in this novel which ensures the reader can really digest and understand what is going on. Personally, I really hope Rhine continues to try and slow his stories down like this as it allows the reader to get immersed in the world he has created and appreciate the story that is being told.

In regards to characters, well I have two main points to make, the first of which is that the characters we have grown to know continue to evolve and mature in this novel. It was wonderful seeing Pinetto grow from student to teacher and Pagaose/Jotham really blossoms as he uses his knowledge, morality and experience to become a great Emperor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, has a lot more sexual situations in it that the first 2 books. 4 Jan. 2013
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It's an ok book as far as I'm concerned. Paganose, who in the first 2 books was known as Jochim, ends up in a new body, ends up the emperor, and as both the emperor AND now no longer a eunuch, has to deal all the women who want to, of course, bed the emperor. This whole emphasis on character development of Paganose now having sexual urges and how he deals with it, taking up more than half the book, is what makes this book "Ok".

Things do get a little better towards the end, but overall, compared to the first 2 books, this is by far the weakest book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This series is a must-read 15 Oct. 2012
By K. Sozaeva - Published on
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Book information:
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Reading level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Epic fantasy, fans of this series

Disclosure: I edited this book. I do not receive remuneration based upon sales, nor did that fact affect my opinion of this book.

Synopsis: Priest, eunuch, and history teacher, Pagaose is rewarded by the gods for his good deeds at the conclusion of the epic fantasy "Dreams of the Fallen." Reshaped into the perfect image of an emperor, Pagaose is dropped from the sky and given three miracles to guide mankind through the three generations with no contact from the gods. While the College of Wizards plots to discredit or kill him, Pagaose must rally the aristocrats by picking a suitable Empress candidate from each country. Each woman offers him alliances as well as enticements that disturb his dreams--each woman, that is, except the one he wants. Meanwhile, the ruler of the north plans to invade the island of Center, and a nightmarish dragon terrorizes the Inner Sea. After the first few days, this doesn't feel like a reward anymore.

My Thoughts: This is the third book in the Temple of the Traveler series, following Doors to Eternity: Book One of Temple of the Traveler and Dreams of the Fallen: Book Two of the Temple of the Traveler (Volume 2). If you read and enjoyed this first books, you will not want to miss this one! Rhine continues to provide new information and build on existing to make this a world you would love to live in. Humor abounds in this, and it is a bit more "naughty" that previous books, although I believe it could still get a PG-13 rating.

I particularly loved the dragon - she's an awesome character. She is conflicted but loyal, and always true to her word. The Pretender is pretty vile, and so is Humi - the two of them really add to the tension of the story. Pagaose (FKA Jochim) is just so confused through a lot of this book, having to deal with women for the first time and that lends a lot of the humor to the story.

If you enjoy strong women, epic fantasy, humor and action in equal measures, and/or have read the previous volumes in this series, you won't want to miss this!
4.0 out of 5 stars the series was a good read, except for the gramer 1 July 2014
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the series was a good read, except for the gramer, excesive word use and spelling issues that took me away from the story to figure out.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up to the Dreams of the Fallen 21 Mar. 2013
By R. E. Saunders - Published on
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This book is a bit different from the first two of the Temple of the Traveler series.

It is a book of political intrigue in a fantasy world as the emperor attempts to gain enough allies to cement his position in the kingdom that had not had contact with the gods for three generations.

Scott does a good job of tying up loose ends but still leaving enough room to return to the characters we have come to love. Not to give to much away I loved the ending with the dragon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Series Ending to a Landmark Series 30 Oct. 2012
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Rhine's novel Empress of Dreams is the third book in the series Temple of the Traveler - the first book in the series is Doors to Eternity, the second is Dreams of the Fallen. This is one of my favorite series of his so far, and it combines mysticism, magic, dreaming, and a pantheon of Gods in a such a creative way that all of it seems new - never written about before, in a world wholly his own. While there are people called wizards, they do things far differently than your average cloaked and pointy hatted fantasy trope wizard does. You will find nothing stale here, no elves or dwarfs either, just an exotic world after a cataclysm caused by a God. This is the last book in the series, which wraps up the ends of things quite nicely. This is a landmark series you will always remember.

THE PLOT: When we left out heroes, they were closing the last Door to Eternity, so the Gods could no longer get through, and mankind would get a chance to rebuild their own world without interference from above. Jotham, the former priest of the Traveller, while closing the last door, ended going through it, and came out Pagaose, the Emperor - with Jotham's face, but a totally new Imperial body, which was very tall and had six fingered hands of the Imperial race. Anna the Brewer, was the first to declare him Emperor, as he came out of the door in the Imperial City. The story is about his testing and investiture as Emperor, his dance of purity to select a wife, as well as the war with the Pretender and Humi Kragen on one side, and everyone else on the other. Sarajah and Tashi have their own story, as do Pinetto and Sajika. Overall, it was tightly plotted, well executed, with many surprises along the way, with the biggest surprise being who the Empress of Dreams turns out to be. For plot, I give the novel, a 9/10.

CHARACTERIZATION: As in all Rhine's works, the characterization is in-depth, he continues this trend with this novel. While we think we already know Jotham, Tashi, Sarajah, Pinetto and Sajika, we find new facets to their characters even now, in this third novel. For example, Sarajah truly finds her own strengths and footing in this novel, and becomes the thing she deserved to be all along - a Queen of her own domain, where she gets to define the rules and laws for both religion and life. She is a strong character that I truly enjoyed watching in this novel. Jotham, as Pagaose, too, blossoms into his ultimate form of Emperor, using his skills and prescience for the greater good. Pinetto instead of a student is now creating new types of magic and is head of the Imperial College of Teaching - where he passes on his unique knowledge of magic to Imperial wizards. All the characters evolve in this novel, even Serog the dragon goes through quite a change over the course of the novel. The new characters were equally strong, and a good match for the existing cast. For characterization, I give the novel a 10/10.

IMAGERY: As ever, Scott uses every tool in his tool box to put together rich imagery so that you can see every detail of what is going on. Whether is it a comment about a dress, a description of a room, a lustful look at a well formed thigh, or an action sequence that goes on to describe the buff body parts as they move and flex gracefully, he simply does an amazing job of using everything to build those images without resorting to excess adjectives and adverbs. Because this book was set in the Imperial Palace for much of the time, everything was sumptuous. The rooms, the clothing, the transportation, the dreams, the food - literally everything was over the top in grandeur, and it came through loud and clear in the images that Scott provided. His mind must think like a director, because his prose is written that way - highlighting those details that you would if you were creating a movie instead of a novel. For imagery I give this novel a 10/10.

THE GORE SCORE: Though there was some violence in this book, it was minimal, and was not described in detail. It was not gratuitous in the slightest, and so the gore score for this book will be low. The gore score for this novel is 2/10.

DIALOGUE: Rhine uses dialogue to add wit and humor to his novels along with adding to the imagery and characterization, plot and basic passage of information with his dialogue. He has quite a cast of characters who all speak in this novel, and each has his or her individual voice, which is quite a big job. He makes it look easy, which is the sure sign of a good writer. Because of all the sneaky plotting and stealth in this novel, there is much innuendo, and double entrendre in the dialogue, which makes it more entertaining. At one point, they have to keep all his future prospective wives virgins, before the dance, so the double entendre gets pretty thick, because they can't physically do anything before the dance - though they can talk dirty in an off-hand way. It is so funny, and the Emperor gets so flustered he resorts to cold showers. For dialogue, I give this novel a 10/10.

PACING: This novel did not barrel along at the speed of light like most of Rhine's other novels, more like the speed of sound - just a bit slower than light speed. It was definitely a page turner from beginning to end. I read it in a single sitting - completely immersed in his world. If worldbuilding was a category, he'd get a 10 for that too. You move from one character to another so smoothly, that it's almost like you are the one in the dream world, as the pages fly by, you don't notice that your actually reading, you are so immersed in the story itself, my thumb just automatically hit the arrow to turn the page (ebook version) so that I could continue on my journey until I reached its conclusion. This book builds dramatic tension throughout the entire book, until finally at the end, things seem to speed up, but that is only because I was reading faster to find out what was going to happen to my favorite characters. For Pacing, I give this novel a 9/10.

THE ENDING: The ending of this book came as a total surprise to me, never did I once suspect that Pagaose had this planned, there were clues in the novel, if I had cared to think about it deeply, but I was so caught up with what was going on in the story I did not stop and contemplate what these things might mean. Instead, I kept reading because I could not stop myself, the prose and the story were just too good to stop. I was enjoying myself immensely, and frankly, how many novels come along when you completely leave yourself behind, and lose yourself in the story. I have been lucky this year to have found a number of novels that have done that, and a quite a few have them have been by Mr. Rhine. The ending tied everything together and answered the question: Who is the Empress of Dreams? This is what endings are meant to do, make the book complete, wrap things up, and if they are really good, leave you with a smile on your face, while making you think about them for weeks afterword. They don't always have to be happy endings, but the thinking part is essential. For the ending, I give this novel, a 9/10.

THE UPSHOT: I loved this novel, in fact I loved this whole series. It was equal mixes of a new religion, a new world, a new magic system, a new people, and a new history. Mix that all together and shake, and what you have is an intriguing set of novels that do not depend on old tropes for support, but create completely new systems of Gods, magic, religion, and government to populate the post cataclysmic world. Now put in uniquely, well-defined characters a goal of independence from their capricious Gods, and the former government and you have one powerful story - especially when these characters are strong and have unique powers of their own, and the Gods are trying to stop them. All in all, this was a wonderful series, and one of my favorite of all time. There are no parallels to other books that I've read, and I've read over 3K books, so it's definitely original in it's concept and execution. The final score for this novel is 57/60, a high 5 stars, and truly deserved.


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