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
The third of the trilogy really tied up the loose ends. It answer ...more
Friedman always delivers unusual fantasy, sometimes very dark (which I enjoy), and sometimes slightly dark, like here.
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
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
Don't get me wrong, I like strong female characters but the way this series is put together is a little odd. The writing is still fantastic because C.S. Friedman is awesome but I think I've enjoyed many of her other wo ...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
The second book didn't do a good enough job of juggling the complex plot developments. By the time I was halfway through the third book, the plot developments were mechanical and clunky.
A more interesting reveal and climax would have suited me better. This series had a lot of potential, but it sort of washed out by the end.
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
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
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
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
This was a page turner, Celia's writing just flows so easily and the story gets you hooked.
The Souleaters were the stars for me in this third installment, I loved learning new things about them, especially the final flight between a female queen and a male ikati. And I knew it! there was something fishy going on with those Magisters, and to top things off, they bond with Souleaters!
A great finale and a great read. I also really liked Salvatore's character, and Ramires grew ...more