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The Silver Crown (Guardians of the Flame #3)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,840 ratings  ·  22 reviews
MAGIC'S DEADLY EDGE
The stronghold called Home was prospering, and karl's dream of bringing freedom to everyone in this land peopled by wizards and warriors, lords and slaves, dwarfs and elves and dragons was at last coming true. But by attacking slaver caravans, by offering Home as a haven to any eager to throw off their chains, Karl, Andrea, Ahira, and their comrades had
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Published April 2nd 1985 by Roc (first published 1985)
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Michael
Feb 21, 2015 Michael rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, Rosenberg fans, dedicated readers
Recommended to Michael by: Dragon Magazine
Shelves: fantasy, literature
Of the three books in the “Guardians of the Flame” trilogy, this is the one I remember the least about. It was just two years since the publication of my favorite, The Sleeping Dragon, but I had more or less grown out of it in the interim. Or maybe the book just isn’t as good as the first one. It’s hard for me to be objective about it.

At this point, our D&D Gamers from the first book have grown up and settled in to their fantasy world, changing it as much as it has changed them. They are eng
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Aelvana
Karl's mission of bringing freedom to the slaves is going reasonably well. Home has prospered and is growing through the rough stages of democracy. The slavers aren't running away yet, but his efforts are definitely effective. But no good spell lasts forever: the slavers have gotten wizards to create their own version of guns. Armed with weapons far superior to any but Karl's, they're pushing to make up lost profit and take down Karl once and for all.

This time around, Karl's got more to worry ab
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Topher
The continuing story of the D&D party who got sucked into their game. Amusing, enjoyable, even when dealing with serious subjects - slavery, murder, identity, etc.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 22, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
What makes this series different is that it's the anti-high fantasy. This is the third book in the series. In the very first, seven role-playing college students are transported to the world of their game as their alter egos. Those who survive stay and bring technology--and a crusade against slavery to their new home. I do often love sword and sorcery but you know what? The historical truth is that medieval societies suck. So hell yeah, I did adore the idea of those college kids from contemporar ...more
William Murakami-brundage
The issue is that this series doesn't get better or worse in any given 4 book segment - if you like the first book, you'll like the first four. If you like the segment where Home becomes a national powerhouse, you'll like that 4 book volume. It's nearly formulaic for fantasy writing.
Thomas Alvi
Stick with the 1st book and call it good enough, the series gets weak after the 1st - REALLY weak. I give The Sleeping Dragon 5 stars, then each following book (2 & 3) only 3 stars. The first book condenses everything into a neat, if simple, package.


2 & 3 get overly moralistic, and the writing seems to be directed at people with a 5-6th grade education. Just WEAK. Plus, the whole "modern society folk try to modernize a primitive land" has been done so much better it makes me wish Rosenbe
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Flint
This books series started out as an ensemble of characters turned into real D&D players in a fictional fantasy world. They're still there but the ensemble is now a one man show with the other characters taking a backseat, and the whole D& D angle which was the complete focus of the first book seems to have been done away with; much like some bad plot device. While the books are entertaining and fast paced I often find that I have no real interest in the main character or any of the chara ...more
Mark
And in my opinion this is where the series permanently descends to mediocrity. Superficially that is because this is when the two long term goals (freeing slave, modernizing tech) become diluted with additional and less interesting plots threads. Fundamentally it is because the author violated the trilogy rule.

Rule: Trilogy's should not be longer than three books.

Shannon Appelcline
Still a bit unfocused, but that's made up for by: good characters, a more epic scale, and an interesting look at bringing modern ideas to a fantastic world that surpasses what many other authors do with the same foundation.
Jeffrey
A good book but the author instead of ending what purported to be a trilogy somehow extends the series. I hate that. But the guy knows how to keep you interested and his characters are fun and interesting
Taddow
The Guardians of the Flame series has been one of my best Fantasy genre series and each repeat of readings these books still is a treat. Granted the first book is the best.
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Garth
The first two books of this series are really entertaining. This, unfortunately, is the third book.
Margaret
Series recomended by Orc - So far pretty good. An interesting take on role playing games.
Wendell
ANOTHER GOOD BOOK IN THE SERIES. WELL WRITTEN AND A JOY TO FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE CHARACTERS.
Bryan457
Great book. I love world building by people of a different time & place.
Nuranar
Actually read as part of 3-volume edition from the library.
Tucker
Nov 26, 2009 Tucker rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
Recommended to Tucker by: great uncle
3rd book. not as good as first two but still awesome!
Theresa
a great tale from the d and d era
Matthias
Just a basic Dungeons and Dragons book.
Though it is nice for the author to keep most his
characters over the course of 5 books and still continue
extended passages of that realm after the main bulk of
the story is done.
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Note: This is a different person than the political/thriller author, Joel C. Rosenberg

Joel Rosenberg was the author of the bestselling Guardians of the Flame books as well as the D'Shai and Keepers of the Hidden Ways series. He made his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Other Books in the Series

Guardians of the Flame (10 books)
  • The Sleeping Dragon (Guardians of the Flame, #1)
  • The Sword and the Chain (Guardians of the Flame, #2)
  • The Heir Apparent (Guardians of the Flame, #4)
  • The Warrior Lives (Guardians of the Flame #5)
  • The Road to Ehvenor (Guardians of the Flame, #6)
  • The Road Home (Guardians of the Flame, #7)
  • Not Exactly the Three Musketeers (Guardians of the Flame, #8)
  • Not Quite Scaramouche (Guardians of the Flame, #9)
  • Not Really The Prisoner of Zenda (Guardians of the Flame, #10)
The Sleeping Dragon (Guardians of the Flame, #1) The Sword and the Chain (Guardians of the Flame, #2) The Heir Apparent (Guardians of the Flame, #4) The Warrior Lives (Guardians of the Flame #5) The Road to Ehvenor (Guardians of the Flame, #6)

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