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Fortress of Dragons (Fortress Series) Kindle Edition

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"Cherryh keeps the story sharp and tense, building mood and weaving from it an eerie tale of magic used and misused, that culminates in vigorous battles both military and magical."
--"Locus
"Cherryh writes with great power, conviction, and clarity."
--"Kirkus
"All the loving detail Cherryh develops makes for scenes of great power."
--"Booklist
"Cherryh weaves a spellbinding tale pitting magic against magic in a battle for the world...a classic must-read for anyone who appreciates the fantasy genre."
--"Denver Post

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Long after the Shaping Tristen turns back an evil sorcerer and places his friend Cefwyn on the throne, Cefwyn is once again threatened by the forces of evil, a situation that brings Tristen unexpected challenges.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 827 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061020443
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1S9K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #396,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This book is the final book in the series, after Fortress in the Eye of Time, Fortress of Eagles and Fortress of Owls. In this book, all of the plots and treasons from the previous books come to fruition. Enemies exist all around, and Tristen must help Cefwyn, lest all be lost. Action, magic, and dark deeds abound.
Like the previous book in this series, this book contains a prologue to remind the reader of the story so far, and lexicon describing all of the people and places in the story. The story is exciting, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the final conclusion. The ending was somewhat abrupt, but the lose ends means that there may yet be more stories to follow!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book ends the series started with Fortress in the eye of time. In this book Tristan comes to terms with what he is and what it is that he must do so that his friend, the king survives the coming conflict. It is a well written book that possibly leaves room for more to be written in this world.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
All the Tristram books are brilliant and after discovering the first one I sent off for all of them. They're not your average sci-fi fantasy fiction, as Cherryh makes you work quite hard, but they're all the more rewarding for that.
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Tristan's epic journey of self discovery continues to unfold as he tries to protect the people he loves in this well written, fast paced, fantasy.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x964f3114) out of 5 stars 41 reviews
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96374c90) out of 5 stars Could've been a great series, but.... 21 May 2000
By mabro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This series had the potential to be great but after finishing the concluding volume, 'Fortress of Dragons', I feel very frustrated. The concept of Tristen being a reborn Sihhe opened the door to a ton of possibly great storylines but instead Ms Cherryh chose to have him do basically the same thing in every book; that being Cefwyn struggles with mundane political machinations while Tristen fights a big Shadow. The end of the book is horrible. None of the interesting plot lines are even remotely resolved. Does Tristen become High King? Will he have to fight his best friend, Cefwyn, because of that? Will Tristen learn the origins of the Sihhe? What's the significance of Tarien's baby, Elfwyn? Is he the reborn last Sihhe King of the same name? If so will he fight Tristen for the Kingship? Who knows and I can think of a couple hundred more questions like those. The basic concept of the Fortress Series could've allowed it to rival the best that fantasy has to offer but now it's ended without living up to anything even near it's potential. It's just sad.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x963770b4) out of 5 stars Fortress of Dragons well worth waiting for 5 May 2000
By P. Vicenti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've waited a year for this book and was not disappointed. This is a wonderful conclusion to the series. It contains intrigue, adventure, romance, loyal friends. Many questions are answered, and we learn more about Tristram, Cefwyn, Ninevrese, and are introduced to new characters. Ms. Cherryh's strongest points as a writer are her ability to develop characters so well that I feel as though I know them. This, of course, means that I care about what happens to them. Along with her character development, she also keeps you in suspense about their fate. This book, like the previous 3 in the series is no exception. I kept having to resist the urge to turn to the back and read the end. Do resist that urge. Getting there is well worth it with this book.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96374ea0) out of 5 stars Speeding toward disappointment 11 May 2000
By Jason Gitler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having bought and read this entire series as it was published, I'd come to expect Cherryh's attention to trivial minutia and insignificant detail. What I didn't expect was that the conclusion of what has been hyped to be a Grand Fantasy would boil down to such unworthy things.
That this book would have been reduced to perhaps 20 pages if the main characters had ever decided to act with conviction against other characters whom they knew to be enemies and dangerous to entire nations and dynasties has become a cliche; that Cherryh has been reduced to using such artificial conflict to create drama is merely sad. Her characters are always conflicted; in previous books, they were at least conflicted about matters worth being conflicted by.
Cherryh's science fiction has always been superior (vastly superior, in this case) to her dabblings in fantasy; as a fan of this author, I can only recommend interested readers purchase "Cyteen" or "Rimrunners" to truly see how good a writer this woman can be.
"Fortress of Dragons" is a hurried, disappointing end to a series that showed greater promise than was delivered. Too many questions were left unanswered, and the answers that were supplied were more often smoke-and-mirrors hand-waving than substantive, thought-out (and thought-provoking) conclusions.
That these characters are able to go on to provide more stories is not in doubt; that they should is the real worry. Judging from "Fortress of Dragons", it's well past time to say goodbye to Tristen, Ylesuin, and Elwynor forever...and high time to wonder where the sequel to "Cyteen" might be.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x963770f0) out of 5 stars PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS NOT THE LAST BOOK! 28 Jun. 2000
By lindsay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have never written one of these before, so bear with me. I have read hundreds of fantasy novels, and out of all of those, the Fortress series is one of the best series I have ever come across. I read the first two novels when they were in paperback. I was hooked! I then did something I have never done before, I bought the third book in hardback. I could not wait for it to come out in paperback. I finished each of these books in only 2 days. After finishing the third book, I ordered Fortress Of Dragons before it was even published. I loved it when I finally got it. However, there were some problems I did not like about the fourth book. Cefwyn was becoming a floor mat to be walked all over. I wanted to hit him in the head and say "You are the King, if you know someone is plotting against you DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! If you want to be with certain people DO IT! " I loved Tristen like I have always loved him(he is the only "main" character to me). However, I do not feel he was challenged, magically, at all. I wanted to see a huge battle, both physically, and magically, for all to see. I wanted to see him grow both magically and politically. I wanted to see him become High King (after all, the best Kings are the ones who do not feel the are good enough). There was also many, many questions from all the way back to the first book, that have been left unanswered.
What was Mauryl's purpose when Shaping Tristen? Is Mauryl dead? Who and what is Owl? Who and what were the Sihhe? Are they dead or just in the "grey place". Where did they come from? Was Tristen Barrakketh? Why did his past not Unfold to him? Is he going to become High King(I hope so)? How is everyone going to take that? What is going to become of Cefwyn's two sons? Can, and will Tristen fall in love and have children? If so who would she be?
If I knew this was not going to be the last book I would give this book 5 stars. Ms. Cherryh, PLEASE write more books. This series has so many options on where it could go. Think of the POSSIBILITIES! I love reading a series over and over again, but I do not want to come away from it every time feeling like it is not done. THIS SERIES IS NOT FINISHED!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96377528) out of 5 stars The Plot Summary is a Must 9 May 2000
By Dianna Deeley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have this whole series, and fortunately re-read all three not too long ago. I have an elephant's memory, and generally don't have trouble remembering who did what to whom when. In this particular case, though, read the several page plot summary. Really.
Cherryh does love baroque plots. This one, though, verges on roccoco.
When a character thinks about a situation or circumstance, they don't think just of the surface. The character thinks of iterations and implications and alternatives and ... you get the idea? Read the summary, even if you've read all three previous books.
The book itself is excellent. The prose is nice and clean, the book moves along at a great pace, while not over-running itself. In the past few books she's published, Cherryh has managed to overcome her tendency to lose the reader in the last couple chapters with unclear action. Yeah, the denoument involves a lot of fast moves, sometimes moving contrary to each other, but you're clear on who's doing what.
There is one persistent fault of diction I have noted consistently through the past few books. For some reason, Cherryh or her proof-reader is using "principle" for "principal." Small, but if you notice it once, you keep noticing it.
Good book, good series, but read the plot summary.
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