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on 1 February 2009
3rd book in the series, Robert Newcomb returns with yet another plot within the kingdom of Eutracia.

Tristan his sister Shailiha are the Chosen Ones, long prophesied to unite the opposing magics of the dark Vagaries and the benign Vigors. The destruction of the Gates of Dawn has given the ravaged kingdom of Eutracia the chance to heal - and the Chosen Ones the opportunity to fulfil their destiny.

But Fate would have it otherwise. For there is, it seems, another who unwittingly possesses magic in his blood - a magic that, in the wrong hands, could unleash unspeakable evil. It is imperative that the Chosen Ones find this unsuspecting soul before it is too late.

If you have read the first two books in the series, then hopefully you are accoustom to Robert "pulling a rabbit out of the hat" story line. Once AGAIN the world is in peril, things get really bad, then last minute the wizards come up with a solution and saves the day. Tristan still has not learned any magic and the closest he does to doing so, does not occur until book 4 & 5.

Overall I would say this series serves as a filler if you are bored and nothing better to do.
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on 15 April 2006
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and was not dissapointed by the third. Newcomb carries on the development of the main characters whilst introducing new ones to the ever suffering band of heros. More secrets are revealed by Wigg making Tristans situation ever more desperate. Perhaps Wigg should just come clean and reveal ALL his secrets in one go instead of drip feeding them in moments of crisis - but then we wouldn't have a story would we! Looking forward to the next one.
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on 1 October 2013
Having just finished reading this second trilogy, I've just found out that the story isn't finished, but the final instalments are not going to be published. These books are good, but what's the point of starting of the story if you can't finish it? So now it looks like I will never find out what happens. Thoroughly disappointing.
I won't be buying any of this authors books again for fear of the same thing happening again.
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on 1 August 2004
Nice follow on to an already great series. Robert is slowly expanding his world and adding wonderfull background to an already colourfull canvas. He seems to be keeping all the little threads together sucessfully and weaving them into great stories.
Looking forward to the next book!
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on 28 February 2005
Having read both previous volumes of the Chronicles of Blood and Stone - the Fifth Sorceress & the Gates of Dawn - and enjoyed them immensely, I had been eagerly awaiting the third instalment to the series. Sadly, though, I was disappointed. I found it possibly the dullest fantasy novel I have ever read. The only thing going for it is that the story is actually ok, just so long as you can keep reading without becoming too bored.
Hopefully Mr. Newcomb will provide a more entertaining story next time.
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Having read a large number of reviews that weren't favourable to this author I was a little worried about how his writing was in reality. Although this is his third outing in this series its clear to see how he's developed since the first offering of the Fifth Sorcerer. The protagonists around whom the tale is set have constantly developed as people do in the real world and as theyve changed my perceptions of thier roles have changed, which in reality is something that really is worth looking at and something that the author also needs to be congratulated on. That said the tales is carrying on in its own merry time and at times has been a little slow in places but nether-the-less does show that this author has listened to the critics as well as the fans and has presented something for everyone. Will be eager to see how the next novel progresses.
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on 14 January 2008
I would recommend this to any one in to magical fantasy. However, I believe that the story is over come with too much detail which is not needed. Can been good if you can scan read :D
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