Black Eagle Rising: The Third Book of Elita Paperback – 20 Jul 2000
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The third volume in a glorious fantasy epic of political intrigue and sorcery
About the Author
Kate Jacoby has lived and travelled all over the world; she wrote EXILE¿S RETURN, the first in the ¿Elita¿ quintet, whilst backpacking through the Middle East.
Top customer reviews
I really like the way Kate Jacoby writes. There's this complex story based on complex people and a situation involved enough to almost be real. This is no fairy tale, and though it would qualify as classic fantasy, there are no monsters and goblins and certainly no talking trees. Instead, there's this sorcery that Robert and his friends have, and there are people who want to destroy them because of it. There are a lot of very adult themes in these books; prejudice, alienation, patriotism and some interesting questions about faith and religion.
But no matter the parts - pulled together, they make one compelling book, and I can't wait for the next to come out.
There is some excellent writing and some inventive plotting in this installment. Elita is a pseudo-Medieval world complete with evil guilds which control trade and commerce, a king who is greedy, a church which is sidelined and corrupt, and an aristocracy that hides secrets. The biggest secret is the existence of magic, which is now reviled, and a war between the sorcerers and the evil magic users, the Malachi.
Following a number of characters in different locations this book examines how they react as the king clamps down and evil begins to rule. The long-running saga of why Robert and Jenn can't get together does wear a bit thin here as does Robert's self-loathing but they are strong and interesting characters and they behave in a logical and realistic way.
If you like this sort of epic fantasy this is a less well known series but well worth a read.