Legacy of Kings (The Magister Trilogy #3)
"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...more
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 ...more
The third of the trilogy really tied up the loose ends. It answer ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
After the battle against the ikati, the Witch Queen Sideria Amniesta has vanished and none of the Magisters know where she has gone, with ...more
As the last book in the trilogy, LoK is supposed to be the cli ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The writing was sharp throughout, and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more