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4.0 out of 5 stars Third in the Palins series: return to the War Plains
"Destiny's Star" is the third book in the Palins Saga, a new fantasy series set in the same Universe as the author's "War Prize" trilogy. While the first two books in this series were set in the Land of Palins, many miles to the South East of the Plains and on the other side of a mountain range, in this story two of the main characters from the Palins Saga find themselves...
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by Marshall Lord

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3.0 out of 5 stars Problem with size
Be careful, the size of this book is double the size of a 'normal' paperback. It makes it awkward to handle, heavy to hold and does not fit in a handbag, so you can't read it on the train.
Published on 25 May 2010 by KW


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4.0 out of 5 stars Third in the Palins series: return to the War Plains, 20 Aug 2010
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Marshall Lord (Whitehaven, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Destiny's Star (Paperback)
"Destiny's Star" is the third book in the Palins Saga, a new fantasy series set in the same Universe as the author's "War Prize" trilogy. While the first two books in this series were set in the Land of Palins, many miles to the South East of the Plains and on the other side of a mountain range, in this story two of the main characters from the Palins Saga find themselves transported to the Plains.

The books of the Palins saga should, if at all possible, be read in the right order. All three published to date have surprise endings, and if you read a later book first it will give away the endings of the earlier ones.

The first three books in this series are

1) Red Gloves (also published as Dagger Star (Berkley Sensation))
2) "White Star"
3) This book, "Destiny's Star".

I suspect from the ending of this third book that there will be at least one more.

You do not have to have read the "War Prize" trilogy to understand or enjoy this series. There was no direct overlap between that trilogy and either "Red Gloves" or "White Star." However, this book being set in the Plains, there is some overlap of places and characters: the hero and heroine of "Warprize" are referred to quite a few times by other characters in this book but do not themselves appear in it. If you are interested in reading the War Prize trilogy it consists of

1) Warprize
2) Warsworn
3) Warlord

The hero of "Destiny's Star is Lord Ezren Silvertongue, who had been the leading storyteller of the land of Palins. When he refused to use his skill to support the trannical former regime, despite being tortured within an inch of his life, they cut out his tongue and sold him at a slave market as dogmeat. Rescued and partially healed, his body has become affected by wild magic which he cannot control, and which the Mages of Palins regard as extremely dangerous.

The heroine of the story is Bethral, a former mercenary and partner of "Red Gloves." It was Bethral who rescued Evren in the first book and nursed him back to health (with help from High Priestess Evelyn, whose healing magic restored Evren's tongue but could not entirely repair his formerly beautiful voice).

This book starts by recapitulating an incident which took place towards the end of the previous volume, "White Star." In the courtyard of the royal palace, Evren Silvertongue meets one of Orrin Blackhart's men, who turns out to be a warrior-priest from the Plains. Their meeting causes the wild magic inside Evren to flare out of control with explosive force, threatening the lives of everyone in the courtyard.

As the only way to save those lives without killing Evren, Bethral quickly persuades the Kingdon's two most powerful mages, High Priestess Evelyn and her father Merlon, to open a portal to somewhere as far away as possible. Then Bethral grabs Evren, puts him onto her horse, and rides with him through the portal.

The portal takes Bethral and Evren to the War Plains. It is a very different place to Palins, and a very dangerous place, both because of the different customs of the people and because the tribes of the plains are on the verge of civil war.

Some of the people of the Plains offer hospitality to Bethral and Evren with honorable intentions, but a faction of the warrior priests have a very different agenda ...

A charming, easy to read fantasy of magic, love, and honour. Quite funny in places, tender and moving in others.

I can recommend this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read and piece of wonderful escapism., 8 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Destiny's Star (Paperback)
Having loved Red Gloves by Beth I really had been looking forward to this title. As with the former the lead characters stand out, there's an epic battle and the emotional journey is just as gripping as the physical as the tales two lead characters take the reader back to familiar territory in this no holds barred story.

As usual with Beth, in addition to strong characterisation, the plotline is fast paced, the battle sequences gripping and when backed with a colourful turn of phrase alongside solid storyline, the reader is kept up in the maelstrom from start to finish.

All in a satisfactory title to enjoy and whilst I haven't yet had the pleasure of Warprize, I think it's going to be a title I'm going to have to obtain and devour when time allows. Thanks for a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Destiny's Star, 7 Feb 2013
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I have been trying to obtain a copy of this for some time and it was worth the long wait
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars destiny`s star, 24 July 2010
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R. G. Pask (Nottinham, ENGLAND) - See all my reviews
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beth vaughan has captured my attention since her first series and this book lives up to that attention to detail a good read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story teller, 10 Jun 2010
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Another great book from Beth Vaughn, those that have read the WarPrize trilogy, will love this story set back in the plains!
Very good read- BUY IT!
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Problem with size, 25 May 2010
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KW (London, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Destiny's Star (Hardcover)
Be careful, the size of this book is double the size of a 'normal' paperback. It makes it awkward to handle, heavy to hold and does not fit in a handbag, so you can't read it on the train.
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