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The Empty Crown (Twelve Treasures #1-3)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Omnibus edition of the first three (The Sword of Maiden's Tears, The Cup of Morning Shadows, and The Cloak of Night and Daggers) of what was intended to be twelve novels in the author's Twelve Treasures series. An elven mugging victim appears in modern-day New York City, drawing Ruth Marlowe and four of her fellow library school students into an epic adventure involving co ...more
Hardcover, 829 pages
Published 1997 by Guild America
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Oct 20, 2008 Werner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of both epic and urban fantasy (with a bad language warning)
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
Normally when I read a trilogy (which I mistakenly thought this book was back in the 90s, when I got it from the Science Fiction Book Club), I review each novel as I read it. The three novels collected here don't lend themselves to that approach, however; none of them can stand alone, and they all involve major plot threads that aren't resolved until the end of the third book. Indeed, although some of the major threads here do have a basic resolution of sorts there, several of them do not, and w ...more
I first read this as a teenager and I couldn't put the series down. I loved it. I loved the depth and character development, in both our world and the elf world. My only complaint is that she didn't make more books in the series.
Feb 24, 2009 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Loved it - have read it three times at least. Hey, it's about librarians and elves, so how can I lose?
Jan 09, 2008 Aaron rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy
Recommended to Aaron by: magnus
Shelves: fantasy
I LOVED the first two stories in this series sbut the third is too much like the first I love tha character but she is just to similar to the first woman all in all this is a great group of stories you are really drawn into this captivating story
Oct 20, 2010 Dawn rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of my absolute favorite books
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Cindy Smith
Feb 10, 2017 Cindy Smith rated it it was amazing
What a great book! Actually three books in one. This is not the sort of book that I would have picked up with elves and such, but I am so glad I did. This was one I could not put down.
This is a classic of urban fantasy. One of the first to introduce elves interacting with the modern world. It is a bit dated as it was written before WI-fi, cell phones and the destruction of the Twin Towers BUT the story is still enjoyable.
Jan 16, 2009 MarsianMan rated it it was ok
Eh, I don't really know why I read it. I was probably just desperate for books. The pace is uneven and the plot had serious potential.
Jessica Smith
Feb 19, 2011 Jessica Smith rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Eh, no one.
Mediocre, boring, unoriginal. Nothing else to say on this one.

(Note how long it took me to get through this book. That should be more than enough evidence as to what I thought about it.)
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Other Books in the Series

Twelve Treasures (3 books)
  • The Sword of Maiden's Tears (Twelve Treasures, #1)
  • The Cup of Morning Shadows (Twelve Treasures, #2)
  • The Cloak of Night and Daggers (Twelve Treasures, #3)

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