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The Ascendancy Veil: Book Three of the Braided Path: Ascendancy Veil Bk. 3 (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Paperback]

Chris Wooding BA
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19 May 2005 GOLLANCZ S.F. (Book 3)

The war that is tearing apart the ancient Empire of Saramyr is reaching its apocalyptic conclusion. The Weavers have stepped from the shadows and have taken control, the Emperor not even their puppet anymore. The capital is a demon-haunted nightmare, the land ridden by pestilence. New, terrifying demons, immune to everything but magic have been unleashed on the cities and armies of the resistance movement. And the abbarent hordes are seemingly without end.

As the madness of the weavers takes grip their tactics become even more crazed and bloody and thousands are dying on both sides. Someone must stop the weavers, someone must discover the secrets of what lies at the bottom of the massive pits they have dug across Saramyr.

This is the final volume of what has proved to be one of the most original, exotic and exciting epic fantasies of the 21st century. Chris Wooding melds an extraordinary imagination to deft characterisation and flair for gripping plots.

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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: 977,045 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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"A mixture of the schlock world of Clive Barker and the more widescreen playground of Tolkien. Very well written and packed full of imagination." (DREAMWATCH)

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The final part of the critically acclaimed Braided Path trilogy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 22 May 2006
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 2 July 2014
Forgot I bought this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The third book exceeded my expectations 26 Jun 2012
By Milano
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A good ending to this series 20 Dec 2005
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 31 July 2013
By Pia C. Rasmussen - Published on
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 1 Jan 2013
By Nate - Published on
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ending 10 Mar 2006
By Jason A. Myers - Published on
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book #3 & final in a remarkable series 13 Aug 2010
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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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