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Legacy of Kings (The Magister Trilogy #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  2,143 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews

"C.S. Friedman makes fantastic things-and frightening things-seem very real." -New York Times bestselling author Tad Williams.

The young peasant woman Kamala has proven strong and determined enough to claim the most powerful Magister sorcery for herself-but now the Magisters hunt her for killing one of their own. Her only hope of survival lies in the northern Protector

Kindle Edition, 467 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by DAW
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Aug 25, 2011 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Legacy of Kings is the final book in C.S. Friedman’s Magister trilogy. Legacy picks up immediately following the events in “Wings of Wrath”. King Salvatore is building his army to make a final stand against the Souleaters all the while trying to come to grips with his lyr blood and how that will affect his faith. Queen Gwenifar is racing against time to train as a guardian and decipher the series of events after her sacrifice on the Throne of Tears in order to unite the lyr bloodline in her son’ ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Viridian5 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In C.S. Friedman's Legacy of Kings, the conclusion to her Magister Trilogy, the Souleaters have become such a major threat that former enemies are considering becoming allies to end it. Can Salvator reconcile his Penitent faith with the people and powers he might have to work with to save the world from the Souleaters? (Also, is it possible the Souleaters are part of God's plan and he shouldn't get in their way?) Can the Magisters set aside their selfishness and all-consuming urge to protect the ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
c2011: Look away now! Not sure what is wrong with me but i found this book - boring in places!! I know - sacrilege!! I thoroughly enjoyed the first two in the series and was really looking forward to the conclusion. I found the whole Magister secret thing a bit overplayed and extended. And the more that I thought that it was boring the more guilty I was feeling. If I enjoyed the first 2 how could I not like this one?! Anyway, so it was for me. The final wrap up was a bit unsatisfying for me as w ...more
Ahhhh, this series had so much potential...

I really enjoyed the first in the series, mostly because of the anti-heroes and moral dilemmas. I thought it was an interesting look at power and what some people are doing for power.

The second book was not great but not bad, just kinda somewhere in the middle.

This last one, sadly, ended being a bit disappointing. The "surprise" was not much of a surprise and the build up to the reveal felt too drawn out and, honestly, it just got annoying. Then the en
May 14, 2012 Pewter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very weak ending to a trilogy that held such promise. I really enjoyed the first book when I read it over 4 years ago. However this book seemed to sideline characters I felt were central in favour of sex-as-redemption. Both aware of the difficulties that women face in patriarchal societies, while falling prey to the typical tropes of the genre. Rather than breaking new ground, this is same old same old in the fantasy stakes.
Dec 27, 2012 Kanani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jiny S
Jun 14, 2013 Jiny S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
As I turn over the last page of the epilogue, I am taken over by a complete and utter sense of satisfaction and fulfilment. When was the last time I picked up a book so enticing that I absolutely could not put it down? When was the last I was so mesmerized by a story that it felt like I was there and witnessing the events myself? I can't remember while basking in the warm after-glow of the pure awesomeness of this piece of writing.

The third of the trilogy really tied up the loose ends. It answer
Jun 13, 2012 Claire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, from-library
This is the third book of a trilogy but I didn't get the impression that I'd missed out on much so either Friedman is the master of stand-alone but linked books which is possible not having read any other stuff by her, or we didn't need the previous two books. Basically this is what happens when the dragons of Pern and their riders go bad and start sucking life force out of humans in order to survive, and the plot wasn't helped much by the fact that the dragonriders were actually more sympatheti ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Brad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like C.S. Friedman and have enjoyed most of her books. But the Magister Trilogy was kind of disappointing. In this third book, even the editing seemed to get lazy, with almost whole sentences being repeated with half a page of each other. Rewrites of passages seem to have been poorly done.
In addition to that though, it seems like somewhere along the way this series lost direction. The story was told, but there weren't any interesting plot turns, or even particularly interesting character growt
Blodeuedd Finland
I fiiiiinally learnt what Colivar had been hiding. Thanks a lot Colivar, you could have told us before...haha, I love him.

Right, the beginning was a bit confusing and jumpy but then it got better. Colivar is thinking about saving the world. Salvatore is the same religious ass as always, queen Gwen kicks some serious butt, Kalima is conspiring with Colivar and the witch queen is being a real witch.

The whole book is leading up to the final battle and the whole what are magisters thing. There will
Miki Garrison
Dec 31, 2011 Miki Garrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had actually avoided this one for awhile, because after loving the first book, and moderately enjoying the second, I'd seen too many reviews which suggested that this last book in the trilogy would be another step suckwards. But it was on the "good new reads" shelf as I walked by at the library, so I grabbed it - and so very, very glad that I did. It was the kind of compelling read that begged me to skip a night out on the town, I just had to finish the book. Satisfying all the way thru to the ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to give this book four stars but I feel it deserves more than three. The plot is great and the characters interesting. On the other hand I often found myself frustrated with the pace of the book, wanting it just to be over with. And about that time something interesting would happen and I would be hooked again.
Mar 29, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book with some very novel creatures, Souleaters. Very good characterisation with Magister Colivar heading up a strong cats. Kamala is a great introduction and breaks all the rules. Lots of intrigue and plots. it's a complete story in a novel with enough remaining for a follow up tale. Good in depth history behind the tale. Good read!
Oct 08, 2011 Risa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Not as good as most of her other ending works, but still surprisingly satisfying. More thorough review pending a sleep on it.
Dec 31, 2014 Soho_Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
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
The plot basically centers on Gwynofar, Salvator, Kamala and Colivar as preparations are made and plans hatched not only to confront and finally vanquish the Souleaters that have trespassed the Wrath, but to come to peace with their past, their beliefs, and their future. It is mostly this group whom we follow through the novel, thought now and then we fortunately get glimpses from Siderea, who now stands in direct opposition to them.

As the last book in the trilogy, LoK is supposed to be the cli
Oct 13, 2012 Alytha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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S.E. Lindberg
C.S. Friedman writes easy-to-read, engrossing fantasy with an emphasis on character development. She also writes at a nice pace, publishing every ~1.5yrs, while still delivering rewarding reads.

Regarding the Magister and Coldfire Trilogies, I rated (not reviewed) 5 of the 6 books well ( 4+ stars), but Legacy of Kings gets only three. Here is why:

1) Character Focus: In both trilogies she has a powerful sorcerer (Tarrant or Colivar) aide other protagonists keep an imbalance of magic from ruining t
Legacy of Kings is something of a letdown for a series that started with so much promise. Friedman doesn't quite reach the same depths of darkness that are shown in the best of her prior work, but the background and premise are intriguing enough to be worth reading.

This third volume, as with the second, to some extent, just doesn't seem to have gotten as much authorial or editorial attention as one might hope. The copy editing is occasionally sloppy (typos, word order, punctuation), and that see
Steve Westenra
Although I enjoyed the conclusion to Friedman's Magister Trilogy, there was something missing from the book that I felt the previous entries in the series had brought to the table. Fans of both Friedman and this trilogy should be pleased, I think, with the conclusion, which answered all the questions one might have had throughout, but ultimately I felt certain developments lacked the emotional depth or weight that events in the previous books had offered.

The writing was sharp throughout, and
Steven Montano
Jul 08, 2013 Steven Montano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 out of 5 stars.

C.S. Friedman may be one of the most underrated fantasists working today. Her original and compelling settings, fantastically developed characters and ability to keep a story moving while never taking it exactly where the reader expects makes every one of her works an absolute pleasure to read.

As the war between humankind and the Souleaters continues to develop, strange alliances are forged and new dangers come to the surface. King Salvator will have to reconcile himself with
Sep 20, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book in the Magister trilogy was good, but it did leave something to be desired. A large portion of the story was over very quickly ie. someone's death, and the ending was very unfinished. I don't know if the author intends to write more in this series or not but she certainly left the door wide open to do so.
Most of the loose ends were tied up. This book revealed some interesting plot points that were certainly being led up to through out the first two books. There were a few things t
Sep 05, 2013 Anneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't like book one and I didn't like book two much either. The Magisters are fascinating and I very much like the whole idea that magic costs life essence. But liking the world wasn't enough for me to enjoy the story. There were so little likable characters for me. I didn't care much about what would happen to most of them and that took away a lot of reading pleasure. Only halfway through book two started things to get really exciting and at the end I really was curious how things would cont ...more
Lydia Wednesday
Sep 27, 2016 Lydia Wednesday rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: backburner
I would have given this a higher rating but there was a completely unnecessary and disturbing sexual assault scene midway through the book.

I loved the concept of magic in this book. It's ties to life essence and how that affects how much a person is willing to sacrifice to cast a spell. There are a multitude of religions in the book, some were more on the nose than others, but they made sense in the world. The juxtaposition of magic and religion wasn't overly explained and felt natural. I appre
Sep 27, 2016 Narilka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Legacy of Kings is the final book in C.S. Friedman’s Magister trilogy. Legacy picks up immediately following the events in Wings of Wrath. Souleaters are threatening to destroy the world under the guidance of witch-queen Siderea Aminestas. Recently crowned King Salvatore is building an army to fight against the monsters while coming to grips with his lyr heritage and how it interacts with his Penitent faith. Even the Magisters have been forced to set aside their preconceived notions and rethink ...more
To say I enjoyed this would be a grave understatement, whomever it may concern. As I was nearing the end of this final installment to the glorious Magister Trilogy, I was feeling more and more convinced I'd rather not finish it at all but I also hungered for knowledge, to know how it would be written to the very end. It is no easy task to complete a trilogy; starting it is quite easy if you have a concept and some creativity to pursue further with the first. Then you are expected to elaborate an ...more
Doc Opp
I don't think I'm being fair to Friedman with this rating. Because, I'm sure if it was another author, or another series where I didn't have such high expectations, I would have thought this was a 4 star book. It's just... well... I've come to expect such great things from her in general, and this series in particular was so strong through the first books, that I was caught off guard by the rather mundane ending. This book was a perfectly adequate fantasy novel, but had none of the spark that ma ...more
Alicia Utter
Jun 25, 2016 Alicia Utter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rate: 9

This is the third part of the trilogy by C. S. Friedman. The Souleaters have found a leader in Jezalya, and she is slowly melding with the new potential queen. Colivar has actually joined forces with the other magistrers to beat her. Kamala is still working on her own, but tracking Gwynofar and the others, heading north. The magistrers learn that they are part souleater, and it becomes a matter of who they will choose. The battle that ensues encapsulates many faiths and much of the lore t
Aug 07, 2011 Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It had been a while since I read book 2, so I had to get through a bit before it all started coming back to me. All in all, it wasn't bad. I'm planning to reread the first two books when I get some time to get a better feel for the overall arch of the book. That being said, there were somethings I found unsatisfying. I know that being a Robert Jordan fan, I should be used to the repetition of actions or phrases by characters. I suppose it mirrors real life in that people have tendencies to do th ...more
Nov 08, 2013 kari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wish I could give it four stars, but "Legacy of Kings" crumpled under the weight of promises and world-changing events, and - as a result - the major reveals and plot twists read as kind of flat. (I had one moment of satisfactory "I knew it!", but that was all.) Gwynofar's subplot was highly unconvincing and I had the impression that Friedman used it as her last resort to push events forward. Also, given that sex as a tool of power was central to the trilogy, I hoped for a more thorough ...more
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