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The Ascendancy Veil: Book Three of the Braided Path: Ascendancy Veil Bk. 3 (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 19 May 2005


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (19 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575074469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575074460
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 944,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chris Wooding grew up in a small town in the Midlands, where nothing very interesting happened. So he started to write. His first book contract was signed at age nineteen. By the time he left university he was working as a full time author and he has been writing professionally all his working life. Only in his early 30s, Chris Wooding is the author of eighteen books that have been translated into twenty languages. His books have won the Nestlé Smarties Silver Award and the Bram Stoker Award, among others, and have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. He also writes for TV and film, and his first graphic novel is being published in 2012.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Cook on 22 May 2006
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The Ascendancy Veil finishes off one of the best fantasy trilogies I ever read. And what an ending! There's no cop-outs here. Everything is tied up perfectly, and the ending is not your standard hero-walks-into-the-sunset thing we've seen a million times before. The Braided Path trilogy was the most original fantasy story I read in a long, long time, with no dragons or wizards or any Tolkein copycat stuff but a completely new and detailed world that really sucked you in. Brilliant!
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By Hansolo28 on 2 July 2014
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Forgot I bought this!
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Excellent piece of art. After having read the previous two titles, I couldn't wait to get the third one... and I can hardly put it down.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE on 20 Dec 2005
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The cover of the book claims that Wooding brings originality and exotisism to the world of fantasy through "The Braided Path" series. I both agree and disagree with this statement. There is all of the old stuff that deals with psychic abilities that reveal themselves in different manners in different people. What's new here is that many of the "Aberrants" are unlike other people physically. Some of them have gills and others have claws. "Normal" people deal with the physically deviant aberrants as they always have - through burnings, ostracism and other forms of cruelty. The irony of it all is that these aberrants have been created by the "Weavers", normal people who through bearing special masks have the power of entering the "Weave". The weavers are the worst persecutors.
In this book all loose ends are tied. Kaiku, Tsata, Asara, Mishani, Cailin and Lucia all find their paths in life.
Tsata returns to Saramyr, only to discover that the war is going on in full. He has brought with him 1000 Tkiurathi to aid in the rebellion against the Weavers. Kaiku is still with the Red Sisters, where she has increased her abilities greatly. But she is becoming disaffected with the Red Sisters, suspecting them of having less than noble goals if they win the war. Lucia is still in the grip of Cailin (the head of the Red Sisters). She is manipulated into bringing the spirits (whatever they are) into the battle. But this cannot be achieved without great cost.
Mishani and Asara are with Reki (the brother of the previous empress) - Asara as his wife and Mishani as an ambassador. Both feel the need of going back to Kaiku and the Order so they might know how to deal with their paths onward.
While the book was good, it did not bring many surprises.
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Loved it! 31 July 2013
By Pia C. Rasmussen - Published on Amazon.com
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Just like the other books. This series came to my attention because I was looking for something to read until the next Ketty Jay novel comes out and I devoured all three books post haste. Silly, because now I'm out of something to read again, but they were just that good.
Great series 1 Jan 2013
By Nate - Published on Amazon.com
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As a longtime fan of Science fiction/ fantasy when I am reading a new author I look for several things; good character development, a good overall picture of this new world I have entered, a fun plot with some twists, and originality.

Chris Wooding delivers on all counts and I recommend his books to anyone. I take small issue with the price of his books but that's like complaining about the glove box in a Ferrari.
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Great Ending 10 Mar 2006
By Jason A. Myers - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the 3rd book in the series, and the ending is just awesome. He closes out the story with the hint of something bigger coing in the future. He closes all plot points, and the characters issues.

I really enjoyed the entire series, and it is well worth the investment in time for you to read it.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
book #3 & final in a remarkable series 13 Aug 2010
By James@southviewplace - Published on Amazon.com
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This book could stand alone but is certainly an integral part of the finely done Braided Path series. Replent with fascinating, colorful characters, the world within is one of wonder with different life forms and spirits with multi perceptions, cultures and responses to change and the unexpected. What a gem and no doubt the work of a multifaceted, creative mind with innocuous touches of a fine madness. This and the rest of the series have characters and settings that are in constant movement and change with mixes of new dimensions and turns of event that leave the reader wanting for more.
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