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Legacy Of Kings: The Magister Trilogy: Book Three Paperback – 4 Oct 2012

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841495360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841495361
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"C.S. Friedman makes fantastic things -- and frightening things -- seem very real." New York Times bestselling author Tad Williams
"A John W. Campbell Award finalist, Friedman shows herself equally adept at both sf and fantasy with a story that is sure to please her many fans." Library Journal, Starred Review
"Friedman not only delivered, she hit this one right out of the park. Hands down, Legacy of Kings is definitely one of the best speculative fiction titles of the year! ... While everyone is taking about Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and many others, C. S. Friedman wrote one of the very best -- and perhaps the best -- fantasy series of the new millennium." Pat's Fantasy Hotlist" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The final volume in this compelling fantasy series from the author of the critically acclaimed Coldfire trilogy

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Okay, label me baffled. Thoroughly so. . .

To my uttermost dismay, C. S. Friedman's The Magister trilogy remains one of the genre's best-kept secrets. How the heck a quality series by the bestselling writer who brought us the fan-favorite The Coldfire trilogy could remain so underrated for the last couple of years, I think I'll never know.

And yet, for some reason, both Feast of Souls and Wings of Wrath flew so low under the radar that it appears that no one but a selected few have read these novels. Problem is, this is Celia S. Friedman writing at the top of her game. Indeed, the first two installments of series raised the bar to such heights that I felt that, should the final volume live up to my lofty expectations, we might soon refer to The Coldfire trilogy as the author's other fantasy series.

Question was, could Legacy of Kings possibly live up to the promise shown by its two predecessors? Well, let me just tell you that Friedman not only delivered, she hit this one right out of the park. Hands down, Legacy of Kings is definitely one of the best speculative fiction titles of the year! The author brings this series to a close with panache, demonstrating yet again that she deserves her place among the most talented -- and underestimated -- fantasy authors writing today.

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What will future minstrels sing of the days leading up to the final battle?

They will sing of the Souleaters with their stained-glass wings, who feasted upon the life-essence of mankind and brought down the First Age of Kings. And of the army of martyrs that gathered to fight them, led by the world's last surviving witches.
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The concluding novel in the Magister Trilogy and whilst what has gone before has set this one up quite nicely, there were quite a few problems that more than made me pause. The writing felt a little lacklustre, the characters sadly flat and as a reader I was expecting quite a lot more than I received.

Don't get me wrong are some solid action sequences and the author does takes the reader on a journey but it feels that this could have been cut more to a novella length and retained its integrity rather than overextended with what felt like padding with no real explanation as to some of the characters actions that didn't feel right within me as a reader.

All in it was OK but having had such a huge build up, I felt that this ending was more of a damp squib than a real bang for me.
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Three years is a long time to wait between parts of a trilogy, especially one as good as Celia Friedman's Magister Trilogy. I'm not someone blessed with great patience, which has made the wait interminable, but finally I get to find out what happened to Kamala and the other Magisters and to see how Salvator Aurelius is coping with being the first Penitent King.

After the battle against the ikati, the Witch Queen Sideria Amniesta has vanished and none of the Magisters know where she has gone, with even attempts to find her using sorcery ineffective. Salvator Aurelius, a former penitent monk, is on the throne after the death of his brother, but this monk turned king is being tested as many are unsure of his fitness for the job. Magister Colivar is battling the beast inside him which seems to be growing stronger and both Kamala and Gwynofar are dealing with the grief that war often brings.

Despite their victory, it appears there may be more ikati in the South, well away from where they were supposedly trapped behind the Wrath of the Gods in the North. There is also a strange figure who has appeared in Jezalya to assist the invading forces there. The Magisters come to believe these two events may be related, but no Magister alone can find the answers and co-operation between them is very rare. Indeed, the best chance is thought to be had by Kamala, who has broken the laws of the Magisters twice over and is forced to hide her talents for fear of being sentenced to death.

From the beginning of the trilogy, I've loved the dark ideas behind the story and the way Magisters use sorcery. Here, however, Friedman reveals the secret behind their skills and it's deliciously dark.
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Before i read this i re-read the previous two books to make sure "i was in the mood". i think in comparison to the first two books "Legacy of Kings" rattled along at a fair pace holding my attention throughout. On reflection, what stopped this getting 5 stars was that there seemed to be too much rattling along and not as much depth as the previous two books. Another 80/100 pages could have fleshed out the ending much better.
But still overall another cracking read from Celia!
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I have long awaited the third book in this series. I can recommend all of this authors works. This is the most fantastic book, best written, most believable read.
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Finally an author whose high standards of weaving threads of story continue past the climax of the tale. AMAZING READ throughout all three books, truly UN-put-down-able.
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