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The Fifth Sorceress (The Chronicles of Blood and Stone #1)

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  987 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Not since Terry Goodkind unsheathed the Sword of Truth has there been such an epic tale of heroism and magic that so captures the imagination as this monumental new work by a master storyteller. In The Fifth Sorceress, Robert Newcomb conjures a time and place wrought with exquisite detail, characters vividly drawn and deeply felt, and a history rich in glory and horror, sp ...more
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Published May 1st 2002 by Books on Tape, Inc. (first published January 1st 2002)
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Michael Y. Patuwo
Dec 03, 2013 Michael Y. Patuwo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where do I begin? Honestly, when I read through the first fifty pages of Fifth Sorceress, I thought 'Hey this book ain't so bad... What's with all the terrible reviews?' Then I arrived at the point where Tristan played catch with his horse and I thought, 'Oh.'

This isn't a fantasy story. This is a series of monologues crafted in a shoddy manner to describe a fantasy world that is rampant with cliches and inconsistencies. Every character in this book talks too much, often engaging in aggravating o
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Johnna Adams
May 06, 2008 Johnna Adams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uneven fantasy debut with some great ideas and some murky writing. The world is pretty interesting-- a mist enshrouded kingdom isolated by magic from any neighboring countries and burdened with the memory of a horrific (300 years ago) civil war lead by a coven of evil sorceresses.

The main character Prince Tristan (the chosen one, based on an incredibly elastic and constantly referenced ancient book-length prophecy) is sort of a cardboard cutout of a pretty uninteresting late teens bored and irr
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Jonathan
Aug 04, 2011 Jonathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly the worst book ever written. It fails in every category.
Fred
Jul 05, 2012 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The beginning of this book was a little slow for me and somewhat hard to get into but that only lasted the first fifty pages or so and then I was thoroughly hooked.

One of the reviews said that it was reminiscent of the Song of Ice and Fire and I would agree that there were times I thought of that. Both writers have a somewhat larger than normal propensity for killing off some characters beyond what you would typically experience in many fantasy books.

In some ways I was also reminded of the Whe
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Ylianna
Mar 09, 2012 Ylianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Biblioghiles of fiction
The Fifth Sorceress

Volume 1 of The Chronicals of Blood and Stone

Wonderful story of magic, sorccery, wizardry, and adventure (some...mature parts).

Prologue, 6 Parts, and an epiloge; 591 pages.

"True peace of mind comes only when my heart and actions are aligned with true principles and values. I shall forsake not, to the loss of all material thhings, my honor and integrity. I shall protect the Paragon above all else, but take no life except in urgent defense of self and other, or without fair warn
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Gillian
Jun 10, 2008 Gillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far, so good...sticks to the traditional fantasy genre plot lines (boy must grow up and face his responsibility as hero of mankind, as well as discover his secret magical powers). Pretty well written, never boring...would recommend although I don't know how many books are in this series or if I will regret committing to reading this (i.e. Wheel of Time- I can't make it past Crossroads of Twilight). Anyway, enjoy, fellow nerds!
Eric
Jul 06, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why so many people did not care for this book. I thought it was amazing! I was captivated the whole time and it was one of those books that really changed me in a way. My only complaint was that some parts were a little to graphic. Wonderfully written!
Chris
Mar 15, 2008 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This may be the worst fantasy book I've ever read. The characters were silly and the plot was ridiculous. I can't say enough bad things about it. Avoid it like the plague.
Katrin
Jan 05, 2016 Katrin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Erm.. No. This is the best example of a good fantasy idea going absolutely wrong. I want to first talk about the positive things. The story was at times interesting and some level of epicness was achieved. now the bad things. I felt no sympathy for any of the characters. The whole plot was ridiculous to the point of where I wanted to cry. Everything was always so damn overwhelming and just over the top. The characters spend hours crying. The story is often very gory and cruel, seemingly without ...more
Nick
Sep 17, 2014 Nick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I should have known when the beginning of Robert Newcomb's The Fifth Sorceress bore an uncanny resemblance to the beginning of Terry Goodkind's Blood of the Fold, that I wouldn't care for this book very much. My dislike of Terry Goodkind and his writing skills are well known. A group of sorceresses are taken prisoner on a ship and are being transported to a desolate place where they will no longer be able to hurt anyone. Sound familiar? Well, just as in Goodkind's Blood of the Fold, this ...more
Chad Lynch
Apr 25, 2012 Chad Lynch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this book a few minutes ago.4/25/2012.
This is a fun story with alot of unexpected turns throughout the entire book. Great writing and well developed characters. The story line was new and inventive and definitely kept me interested in reading the entire book. NOW, that being said, I would have made this into two books instead of one. It took me four months to read and I nearly didn't finish it. I love reading but this book is thick and the story does have a few moments where the
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Abby
Oct 28, 2014 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book fell somewhere between the two and three star mark for me. There was obvious effort to describe the characters, but none of them felt truly real to me. There was the rogue-ish willful prince, the wise old wizard, the evil witches, and Numerous innocent brainless helpless womenfolk. I mean, c'mon, I tend to like old-fashioned gender roles in a fantasy, but PLEASE. Not one of them truly helped themselves; they all needed Tristan to save them.

The magic system was barely satisfactory. It w
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Amir
Sep 10, 2010 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. I've seen a lot of other reviewers on here give it a bad review but I saw something different. Of course it's not a perfect story, but I thought it was good. The characters were interesting and the story held my attention. I wanted to keep reading. Yes, Tristan seems dumb as a box of rocks at first but he needs time to grow and evolve as the story takes place. He's a typical spoiled royal. So just keep that in mind.
Megha Mathur
Jan 25, 2016 Megha Mathur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book. This particular concept is new to me....most others are used over and over....
it's pretty simple

there's 2 types of magic: the vigors (good) and the Vagaries (the bad)
there was an epic war between the two in which vagarie sorceressess (sp?) (female) fought for control over the world against the vigor wizards (male) the vigors won....
and 327 years later, comes a man who in a few days will become king, even though he doesn't want to. He will eventually be the one who will
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Steen
Apr 10, 2009 Steen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi, hated
I must say at first I absolutely hated this book. I found the story somewhat intriguing but it seemed things would happen out of convince for the author as apposed to things feeling like they happened because they did. I hated the way he wrote it and he used the same sentances to describe things. ie "and Tristan saw something that he would never forget" about a million times. Whatever. But I wanted to give the book a chance for two reasons [1:] because this was the authors first novel and I was ...more
Walter Mark
Sep 19, 2010 Walter Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Fifth Sorceress is a mildly entertaining book fantasy with a good amount of action. However, I do have some reservations about the book.

First, the characters are one-dimensional. It's hard to really care about these characters because they don't seem to have any depth.

Second, there are holes in the plot of the book. Some decisions made by the characters and some events that take place, are not clearly defined. You are left thinking, "Why didn't they do this?" or "How did that happen?" a few
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Shaw Sande
I wasn't surprised to find out partway through that this was his first book. That's about the nicest way I can put how I felt about it. Several times while reading I found things that had been written out of order, which drove me nuts. Various parts of the plot just seemed ad-libbed or held together with duct tape. I don't think I can make myself read the other 5 in the series.
Everett Renshaw
Apr 28, 2012 Everett Renshaw rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I half-heartedly read the first five chapters of The Fifth Sorceress by Robert Newcomb (2002), knowing it had received generally unfavorable reviews from fans of the epic fantasy genre. (It has an Amazon rating of like 2.25 stars, which is pretty bad for a book from a major publisher.) Five chapters might not sound like much, but the chapters in this book are miles long. Five chapters works out to 149 pages or 25% of the book.

You might think that within 149 pages, some sort of exciting plot woul
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Tom
Apr 28, 2012 Tom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I half-heartedly read the first five chapters of The Fifth Sorceress by Robert Newcomb (2002), knowing it had received generally unfavorable reviews from fans of the epic fantasy genre. (It has an Amazon rating of like 2.25 stars, which is pretty bad for a book from a major publisher.) Five chapters might not sound like much, but the chapters in this book are miles long. Five chapters works out to 149 pages or 25% of the book.

You might think that within 149 pages, some sort of exciting plot woul
...more
Lita Mezza
Aug 16, 2015 Lita Mezza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My opinion of this book is that it is bad... hilariously bad. I'm really struggling to come up with much good to say about it. I'm certain book has some good ideas even though I can't recall any. I suppose I can say it's not unreadable, but it's certainly not good. I really can't recommend this book.
Jen
Mar 14, 2011 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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DebD
Jun 17, 2015 DebD rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first fantasy read and I enjoyed it very much! Compelling characters and an interesting world kept my attention all the way to the finish. Some days I couldn't put it down! I am looking forward to the other 2 books in this trilogy.
Michael L.
Jan 21, 2016 Michael L. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
I actually made it to approximately half way through this book before I had to admit that I made a bad decision in purchasing it, and an even worse decision reading it. The setup was enticing enough for me initially, but it all started to fall apart rather quickly. I didn't like the magical system, and the characters were rather flat. I can't speak for any of the other books in the series, but this was horrid. I hate to be this harsh, as I like to find some redeeming quality in any book, but thi ...more
Anna Kopp
Aug 26, 2015 Anna Kopp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me at "Not since Terry Goodkind unsheathed the Sword of Truth..." that I knew I must read it. I can't say I was greatly disappointed nor was I absolutely thrilled. It definitely delivered in terms of evil vs good, providing extreme sides of both as is usual in magical worlds. The biggest drawback of the plot was the constant and almost flippant use of deus ex machina. About to die? Magic stuff no one ever knew about! Haven't learned the craft? It's ok because magic! Overall I enjoy ...more
Andrew Cormier
Aug 10, 2014 Andrew Cormier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a very interesting start to a series that kind of sputtered out around book 4 or 5 for me. But, I definitely think this book by itself is a great fantasy tale.
T J
Aug 19, 2015 T J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book magic is two sided with witches and sorcerers battling it out and waiting for the Chosen Ones to be born. Each one wanting to have control over them. This is very blood and graphically detailed with sexual content. I do not recommend this for children. Story line is good and tale well written.
Fiona Burgess
Jun 29, 2013 Fiona Burgess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I found it to hard to put down. It was exciting and in parts fly by the seat of your pants thrilling. I have read other's reviews and all I can say is everyone has different points of view. As for me I became immersed in the characters and the story line and cannot wait to start the next book just to read how Christian evolves into the wizard he is predestined to be. This is a story based on fantasy not on hard believable facts, as with all fantasy stories it is writt ...more
Peter Sylvester-smith
Rollicking good tale, well written and imaginative. Excellent wall paper for the mind.
Katie
Mar 10, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning is kind of hard to muddle through but once you do, it is so worth it!
Rachel
Feb 23, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
From the interview with the author in the ARC edition: the author had never read epic fantasy before picking up Wizard's First Rule in an airport bookstore, and decided after reading it that he was going to write fantasy novels.

Predictably, that lack of interest and interaction with the genre causes the book to be pretty wretched. Ever read the Evil Overlord List? This villain could have been the reason that list exists. Every predictable cliche is brought to flat, unappealing life. I can reall
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Robert Newcomb travelled widely in his youth as a member of the American Institute for Foreign Study. He now lives in Florida. The Fifth Sorceress marked his début and is the first book in 'The Chronicles of Blood and Stone' trilogy. The second volume, The Gates of Dawn, is also published in Bantam paperback and the concluding novel, The Scrolls of the Ancients, in Bantam Press trade paperback.
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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Blood and Stone (3 books)
  • The Gates of Dawn (The Chronicles of Blood and Stone #2)
  • The Scrolls of the Ancients (The Chronicles of Blood and Stone, #3)

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