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Wind Rider's Oath (War God #3)

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In The War God's Own, Bahzell had managed to stop a war by convincing Baron Tellian, leader of the Sothoii, to "surrender" to him, the War God's champion. Now, he has journeyed to the Sothoii Wind Plain to oversee the parole he granted to Tellian and his men, to represent the Order of Tomanak, the War God, and to be an ambassador for the hradani. What's more, the flying co ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Baen (first published 2004)
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Sep 08, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
A magnificent tale of courage, determination, and honor!
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In The War God's Own, Bahzell had managed to stop a war by convincing Baron Tllian, leader of the Sothoii, to "surrender" to him, the War God's champion. Now, he has journeyed to the Sothoii Wind Plain to oversee the parole he granted to Tellian and his men, to represent the Order of tomanak, the War God, and to be an ambassador for the hradani. What's more, the flying coursers of the Sothoii have accepted Bahzell as a windrider - the first hradani windrider in history. And

Dec 01, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
I like that we're getting away from Bazhell-- love the guy, but he's a bit too overpowered to make his fights anything but another Dragon Ball Z episode. Continue to enjoy Kerry, and the war maids so far are surprisingly restrained for a David Weber book, even if I rolled my eyes a lot at their "traditional outfit" of a leather kilt and an olde tymey sports bra.
Jul 25, 2013 Josh rated it liked it
I have to admit that I've been put off by this series for years by the ridiculous cover art. I guess the old adage about book covers is true because the series has been great.
Jeremy Preacher
Mar 07, 2012 Jeremy Preacher rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Wind Rider's Oath actually seems to come together as a novel with a recognizable structure, which is... nice. It also starts to move away from the original main character some, which is good, because he's suffering a bad case of mudflation - his powers keep growing to the point where he's basically Superman and therefore quite difficult to put in any sort of challenging spot.

The characters that start to take over are much more interesting. I find the war maids - female warrior types that basical
Rena McGee
Oct 14, 2013 Rena McGee rated it liked it
In Windrider’s Oath, Bahzell and Kaeritha split up on what at first seems like two different missions. Kaeritha heads off to visit a community of “warmaids” who have come into conflict with a local noble. The dispute is about a contested piece of land claimed by both sides. (The dispute is also about a great deal of entrenched sexism. Warmaids are considered to be “unnatural” because they renounce all family ties in exchange for a little more freedom than the average Sothoii woman is allowed.) K ...more
Aug 14, 2008 Katy rated it did not like it
I really expected more from Weber. The first book in this series had great world-building, and I immediately fell in love with the dangerous and universally loathed hradani. (It was the ears.) Book two was interesting, and there was some character developments and insights in the hradani condition. It also raised two serious questions I was dying to have answered... which were not even dealt with in the third book.
Wind Rider's Oath spent the first half of the novel expounding on the political s
Unlike the first two books in the trilogy, this particular novel has no focus or direction, instead meandering off after a too-large cast of characters, all of whom seem hell-bent on going in opposite directions. Barely any time at all is spent with Bahzell, who's supposed to be the hero of this story. Also, there's no ending, of sorts, or even a climax--just a randomly placed battle. A lot of plot threads are left dangling or even completely unresolved, including the main plotline itself.

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Elizabeth Harless
Rollicking Good Read

Another thoroughly enjoyable story in Weber's War God series. In this one Kerry is much more a main character with plenty to do. Although a stand-alone story, the reader will appreciate it more having read the previous books. A must read for swords and sorcery fans.
Oct 22, 2012 Biffbolt rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A typical Weber novel: the pace is fast-paced and keeps the reader engrossed in the plot, but the story is populated by characters so thin that even paper dwarfs them in comparison. The heroes are all saintly, with superhuman patience that enables them to overwhelm the prejudices of the people they interact with (who are little more than tokens whose lives are there to be spent in service of making the threat seem more real). The villains are all furious moustache-twirlers. There is very little ...more
Oct 07, 2015 Brad rated it liked it
Almost 4 stars. Wind Rider's Oath picks up almost immediately from when The War God's Own left off. Weber uses multiple characters as points of view to give the plot a broad scope. Unfortunately the different plot lines don't converge as I had hoped but had 3 mini-climaxes. It seems like there is a lot of details left unfinished with this story. Maybe they're handled in the next book but it feels like the ending was a little too abrupt.
May 05, 2013 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audible
A bit of a departure from the previous books in the series. What I loved in the previous books was the none stop action and fun. The jokes came fast as well as the action. Now all of a sudden (I know it was many years between book 2 and 3) it is all "set up" for the final action scenes. More plot development, more characters, less action. What I loved about the series has quickly declined in book 3. Still an OK book, but less of what made the series great. Will still read the next book in the se ...more
Daniel Hamad
If you can get past the long-winded, stilted, conversations, it's a good read.
Susanne Winterhawk
Nov 15, 2014 Susanne Winterhawk rated it it was amazing
Perfect for the genre. Exciting battles and a love story to boot.
Feb 11, 2012 Liviu rated it really liked it
Shelves: read_2012
As War Maid's Choice earc was published I reread the first 3 Bazhell books first; this one improved the most on reread as the main issue I had on original reading - its fundamental incompleteness - is finally solved in War Maid's Choice where the arc started here ends decisively.
Still not top Weber but it's clear the author is learning how to write fantasy too and while his best fantasy is still Safehold, this one shows that Bazhell can become interesting too
Dec 03, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. It might even be my favorite so far. I still have zero idea why Brandark is someone to watch out for but Kari was awesome. Watching her character growth or rather introduction to how and why she was chosen as a champion is riveting. The introduction of an entire new country of characters and throwing you into the characters and having three different plots going on was brilliant. Can't wait to read the new one.
Jan 31, 2014 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: read-during-2014
loved the end
Mar 05, 2009 Saga rated it it was ok
The first two Bahzell books were enjoyable in a 'turn off your brains and laugh along' kind of way besides introducing a slightly different kind of hero, but this volume is just plain boring. Politics, politics, politics, plus a dull Sue that seems to steal the plot no matter what. I have no energy to read this further now, and will try to finish it some other time.
Apr 03, 2010 Jeffrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The first novel was a hoot with plenty of action in a sword and sorcery work of art, the second in the series was pretty good and the world building was impressive. Plus Weber's has a knack for amusing banter. This one was good, but it also comes with a free cd with over 40 books on it.

And there is something about Weber's ability to spin a good yarn.
Jon Cooper
Nov 25, 2013 Jon Cooper rated it it was amazing
David Weber remains my favorite fiction author. I'd probably take his books to a desert island before anyone else's. This was a real fun read - great character relationship development and character development, world building, and story. Starting the next book in the series ("War Maids Choice") tonight.
Nov 03, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kindle-ebook
Some good ole fantasy here. I like the different plot threads and how they all come together in the end. David Weber's style can be seen more clearly in this book than in the earlier two in the series. This book just felt very "Weber", which in my mind was a good thing. :)
Oct 13, 2009 Lokien rated it really liked it
Another graet story for those who cant get enough of David Webers insiped hero. this one dose get a little bogged down from time to time but he is following 3 story lines in this one instade of just the one. once again an awsome adventure for the reader.
Oct 05, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it
While I am really enjoying this series, I confess to being baffled that no one really close to the hero, Bahzell, has died yet. It seems a little ridiculous given all the mighty battles in which they've been engaged - not to mention unrealistic.
Aug 23, 2008 Clint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one gets a bit slow at parts, and doesn't focus on Bazel as much as the first two. It definitely has it's moments though, and is really fun to read. I'm looking forward to him writing more books in this series.
Aug 20, 2008 Paks36 rated it it was amazing
i love everything this author has written but found myself laughing outloud reading this series i enjoyed the humor although the prince roger series is also funny
Evan Scangas
Dec 21, 2013 Evan Scangas rated it really liked it
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Jan 19, 2013 Gunnar rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The ending didn't thrill me, but this one's much better than the second volume in the series. Good enough for me to continue onto the fourth one, at least.
Apr 07, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: mine
Despite the criticism I actually enjoyed this book, although I would have to agree it appeared to lack a little something the previous two books possessed.
John Moss
Jun 15, 2013 John Moss rated it liked it
I was rather disappointed. After The Oath of Swords and The War God's Own this book was very slow to get going and then ended almost as soon as it got started.
Robert Gallasch
Apr 05, 2013 Robert Gallasch rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable read... pure light entertainment, but the characters are well done and sympathetic!
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War God (5 books)
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