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The Oracle's Queen
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I fell in love with The Bone Doll's Twin when I first read that a year or so ago, and then the second book was just as good as - if not better - than that. I've been looking forwards to the finale ever since.

The plot took a fairly predictable course. There weren't many surprises there, though the way some of the characters are dealt away with was unexpected. Not everyone gets a dramatic and heroic death.

My biggest gripe with book three is that it truly did feel rushed in parts. I got an almost dizzying sense of having been rushed through some events too quickly. There feels like there's more there, and I found myself thinking that the series would have been better, and worked just as well, in a four book series. I also felt that there were a few chapters and places in the book that didn't actually really serve a point, and the book would have been just as good without. Not a major issue, since that was a minor occurance, but I did notice it. In other places, the writing did feel slightly forced.

As always, Flewelling's strength lies upon her characters, which are as wonderful as ever. I loved the relationship between Tobin/Tamir and Ki, and felt that the development of it was very believable.

This book was by no means a poor book, it just seemed that perhaps it wasn't written as well as it could have been in places. The plot is fairly simple, and the resolution resolved without too many complications. It's a shame I couldn't give it five stars, but the pacing of the book really did leave me feeling there should be "more", and that's a big shame - especially from this series' last book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2006
I've been waiting for the third and final book in this series for some time and it was worth the wait! In this book we see the final stretch of Tobin's transformation into Tamir, find out what happens to her demon twin 'Brother', see the difficulty Ki has with Tamir's strong feelings for him and how this plays out and witness the outbreak and conclusion to the civil war in which Tamir hopes to get her cousin, Korin, to give way to the throne so she can be the rightful Queen of Skala. It is quite a ride to the end and is fastpaced and action-packed, but this meant I literally had the book stuck to my hands for 3 days. Even my brother who has never read a fantasy type book in his life is on book 2 of the Triad!

I so wish there was a fourth book....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2006
I wont say what this book is about as that is pretty much summed up in the synopsis above, but i will say that this is amazing. The development of the characters is really good especially the relationship between Ki and Tamir. I waited a long time for this book and I was not disappointed, the only down side was at the end. Before the epilogue I thought there was at least one or two more chapters so i was quite surprised when it finished where it did. It left you wanting to know more about what happened in the future, although saying this the epiloge did explain some things. Fantastic book and while the ending was quite sudden this book still definitely deserves 5 stars.
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on 6 July 2006
I had been waiting for this third book for some time and as fan of the first two I can honestly say that I wasn't disappointed at all. Tamir's journey and struggles were portrayed perfectly and we are able to accept easily all her decisions and understand her more. I felt that everything that happened was just as it should have. The few new characters were central to the storyline and didnt take away from the others.

The only small disappointed was that there were very little surprises throughout...and yes it did leave me wanting to know what's the mystery of that wretched bowl Arkoniel was guardian of? I guess I wil be reading her other books. If you read the first two then this third is a must.
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on 17 February 2007
When I finished this book, I was sad, because I could happily have read lots more adventures with the same characters. Everything about this series was good: the plot, the well developed, interesting characters, the mix of drama and humour in the writing.

In my opinion, this series is up there with Robin Hobbs' Farseer and Tawny Man books. Original, character driven fantasy at its best.
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on 4 January 2015
absolutely marvellous worth every penny. I knew my daughter would like did not want to put it down
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