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The Ghosts of Blood and Innocence: Bk. 3: The Third Book of the Wraeththu Histories: UK Edition Bk. 3 [Paperback]

Storm Constantine
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5 Jan 2005 Wraeththu Histories (Book 3)
As Wraeththu struggle to uncover the secret of their origins, it is now time for second generation hara of this hermaphrodite race to make their mark on history. Darquiel har Aralis lives among the hidden tribe of Olopade, in ignorance of who his family is. All he knows is that he was brought to Samway even before he emerged from his pearl, and that his parents might be dead or disgraced - but were surely famous. As he grows up, Darq realises he is different to any other har. After a disastrous attempt to incept his closest friend, the human girl Amelza, he attracts the attention of the mysterious and powerful Thiede, and learns that his origins are more astounding than he imagined. Shadowy factions and bizarre entities wish to take control of him, and he must disappear into the ancient landscape of Anakhai until his powers have developed and he is strong enough to confront these dangerous forces. Among the Nezreka, a tribe steeped in wolf magic, Darq begins to learn of his destiny and meets his match in a har who was a prime mover of Wraeththu when they first erupted into the world. Loki har Aralis is the favoured son of the Tigrons in Immanion, but he too is unaware of his real heritage, or the secrets that surrounded his creation. He is abducted from home to the stark realm of Thanatep, where forests of ancient towers are all that remain of a race that once controlled the life essence of multiple realms. Geburael har Teraghast is the high son of Tigron Pellaz, but holds his family in contempt. Living in exile with his half brother, the peculiar Diablo, Geburael believes that the great Aralisian dynasty in Immanion must fall, and he is more than prepared to be instrumental in its destruction. His first and perhaps greatest task will be to convince Loki he should feel the same way. Meanwhile, the Kamagrian Lileem uncovers the greatest secret of all in the realm of the Black Library, and catalyses events that will bring the three young hara into conflict, the outcome of which will decide the fate of all Wraeththu on earth

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Immanion Press (5 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954503678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954503673
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,509,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel to Wraeththu! A Must! 2 Aug 2005
By A Customer
This has been an exhilarating few days for me as I finish the Wraeththu Histories. Like some of the reviewers I was a trifle dismayed yet hopeful when I learned that Storm wished to write a sequel to Wraeththu. It has been more than 15 years since the conclusion of Wraeththu. Yes I could still recall the last part of Wraeththu being rushed and there could have been much more in the reunion of Calanthe and Pellaz. But how does Storm hope to redeem this small but significant fault in Wraeththu, least of all equal the brilliance of this masterpiece. I do not doubt her story telling skill but there is a haunting originality, a sensuality, an innocence in Wraeththu which is not possible to duplicate or match. My fear grew when I found Book 1 of the Wraeththu Histories a sort of a "fill-in-the-blanks" which does not feature and if so, limited roles of the enchanting and alluring characters in Wraeththu. And it was not written in the first person view which I love so much in Wraeththu. However my fear was unfounded a third through Book 1. Storm has not lost her magic though I still miss Calanthe, Rue, Cobweb and more of Pell of course. Happily these endearing characters reappear in Book 2 which is just brilliant. My favorite characters take center stage again as Storm continue from where she left off in Fulfilments of Fate and Desire (3rd book of Wraeththu). I no longer miss the first person narration. Storm does not need that to inject emotions, intensity and life into her story and characters. Her characters have grown and I like the maturity in Cal, Pell and Cobweb. New characters appear, Moon, Snake, Raven just to name a few, and Storm weave them seamlessly into her magical tapestry of intriguing plots and sub-plots. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent finale, absolutely satisfying 28 Mar 2005
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Seldom you see a fantasy trilogy conclding itself in a manner so rich and satisfying. All the threads come to end in a stunning yet convincing way, and the plot unfurls in an intriguing, fascinating way. Seven years after the war on Fulminir, we witness the predicaments of three second-generation hara conceived during the fateful eventsin Shades: the proud and troubled Darquiel, growing in the far nothern realm of Olopade, the pampered and naive Loki, the favoured son of the Tigrons Calanthe and Pellaz,and the devious Geburael, son of the enemy of the Tigrons, Ponclast, andof the traitorous son of Pellaz, Abrimel. Geburael lives in the dark dimension of Thanatep with his brother Diablo, that teached him only hate and desires of revenge. The lives of Geburael, Loki and Darquiel will come at a crucial point in the magic land of Anakhai. Meanwhuile, the Kamagrian Lileem, in the realm of the Multiversal Library (in which one hears the echo of the Infinite Library of Jorge Luis Borges), will discover the very secret of the birth and meaning of Wraeththu. And even the all-powerful Thiede will have a part in this final disclosure.
Magnificently narrated, rich in details of strange and arcane realms, with charachters described in a so vivid and superbly detailed manner, that the reader will never forget them, this novel is a worthy conclusion of a trilogy that I think is no less magical and beautiful than the first Wraeththu Trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even greater than my expectations 4 April 2005
By H. Kim
The first reaction when I received this book was, "NO! it's not long enough!" and at 440 pages, I confirmed this reaction as I was reading.
Here, in the third book of the Wraeththu histories, is the conclusion of the series, and what a conclusion it is.
For even first time readers of Wraeththu, this could be a volume to start on. Enough of the plot is explained, enough focus on new characters not to be disoriented. You have to start somewhere, and believe me, after this volume, you will be desperate for the rest.
For long time readers and fans, it takes up the story of the second generation with a good helping of our favorite characters, Cal, Thiede, Pellaz, and yes, even Galdra, as well as some surprise returns of old Wraeththu legends. If the reader is apprehensive about the younger new characters taking spotlight from our old favorites, rest assured. Remember Moon, in book 5. From the stolen harling, to Ponclast's hidden son, to the changeling son of Galdra brought up in Immanion, all of them grab hold of your heart and run away with it, not least because they fulfill, extend, and resolve their parent's dilemmas. If I thought Cal's resolution in book 5 was somewhat lacking, this volume brings his journey of understanding to full circle, dramatically, emotionally, fervently. Even the ever brooding Pellaz has a resolution of sorts.
And how the elements of long-running characters, destiny, cosmic influences, and eco-philosophy are brought together, are nothing short of breathtaking.
The Cosmic plot, of the mysteries behind the creation of Wraeththu and the warring factions of higher powers, only exemplifies the personal and wrenching journeys of self-discovery that so characterized the original trilogy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Finale 4 April 2005
By Darq
Having developed an affinity for Cal and the Wraeththu gang from the other 5 books, I had been worried that the 2nd generation would be annoying or even worse, boring. These concerns can be put to rest. Storm has done a brilliant job of developing the 2nd generation and setting up their role in the cosmic play in the Wraeththu mythos. For many readers I would expect the greatest reason to read this installment is for *The Answers* which Storm finally explains - the true origins of the Wraeththu, their relationship with the Kamagrians and their role in the interdimensional power struggles. Personally, I was astonished how fast I grew to like the 2nd generation, especially Darquiel and even more this book shows how Cal and Thiede and Pel mature to be leaders and diplomats. There are a few loose threads which probably could have been edited out such as Nimron, but overall the story was quite well done...and if anything I would have wished for another 400 pages :)
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