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The Twisted Citadel (Darkglass Mountain #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,777 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Tencendor is no more. The land is gone. But a few SunSoars remain, and a new foe walks the world.

In a time of magic and danger, three new heroes have stepped forward—Ishbel Brunelle, priestess of the Serpent Coil; Isaiah, the Tyrant of Isembaard; and Maximilian, the Lord of Elcho Falling. Yet despite their best efforts, the Dark God Kanubai has risen. And worse yet, war ap
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Hardcover, 560 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Harper Voyager (first published May 6th 2008)
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Logan
Aug 21, 2009 Logan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious fans of The Wayfarer Redemption
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
My feelings about this book are about the same as those I had for The Serpent Bride. I was unable to put it down, so I must have at least liked it, but I still find myself disappointed with the writing.

This one took significantly longer to get anywhere (I thought Maximilian and his army would be traveling and setting up camp and taking down camp and traveling forever), but the plodding narrative allowed me to finally identify what bothers me about the DarkGlass Mountain books.

a) The writing is d
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Shari  Mulluane
Jan 18, 2014 Shari Mulluane rated it it was amazing
What I Liked: I simply cannot imagine anybody claiming that this tale started out slow, or even bogged down in any part of the book. The balance of this book and series so far blows me away. The tension is steady, obstacles are overcome but always seem to come at a price which creates a new obstacle. Surprises abound. Just when you are sure that Soandso is one type person, they turn into someone completely different. Just when you think you have a handle on a situation, it turns out you could n ...more
Jenn
May 26, 2009 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
WHEW! Big sigh of relief! Not nearly the disaster it could have been! So I'm still really irritated by her new liberal use of f**k and also there was an abysmal lack of StarDrifter in this book. Seriously I know Axis was the hero once but he's totally a washed up has been. Mostly it's that he's just not as exciting as he used to be I really just don't care what he's thinking about StarDrifter on the other hand really want to be in his head....didn't get to.
Ok now that I've ranted a little, asid
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Angela
Nov 30, 2015 Angela marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
30 November 2015: $3.99 on Kindle
Jenny T
Aug 27, 2010 Jenny T rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2010
The slightly-cliched plot thickens... and thickens... and as it does it gets slower and slower. And yet the writing in this epic fantasy trilogy continues to be top-notch, and the final image of the lost citadel rising, shining and majestic, out of thin air is gorgeous and more than a little cinematic--I think I'll stick around for the third and final book.
Thomas Edmund
Apr 17, 2012 Thomas Edmund rated it liked it
After my scathe-view of [[ASIN:B001C2DEDU The Serpent Bride (DarkGlass Mountain, Book 1)]] its probably not surprising that I rate Twisty City a little higher (no-where to go but up right?)

The story continues with characters Axis, Maxis, and several names beginning with I that this reviewer struggled to distinguish between.

There's also a new villain in town, which kinda makes the first book's bad-guy build-up redundant, and a mysterious race addition to the world.

All in all though the series con
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Jared
Oct 06, 2010 Jared rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
I have been debating whether to wait and post this once the entire series is completed or to post it now, and have decided that I want my opinion on this series know before the trilogy comes to an end. So without further ado:

The Serpent Bride and The Twisted Citadel by Sara Douglass are part of the DarkGlass Mountain series which takes Ms. Douglass other series, the Wayfarer Redemption, and two stand-alone novels, Beyond the Hanging Wall and Threshold, and combines them into one story. I had no
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Substance
Apr 12, 2010 Substance rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody

ive always enjoyed her stories about axis and all his adventures, but i think sara has kinda lost the edge, i felt that this book didnt match up to the previous adventures...there was something missing..
and it felt like the plot was rushed.

it was always going to be hard for this book to live up to expectations considering i had just finished george martins a song of ice and fire.

you can feel the difference in story, and how much better george is at creating the scene and mood.

there were parts in
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Beaulah Pragg
Apr 19, 2012 Beaulah Pragg rated it really liked it
I should mention to begin with that I have not yet read the first book in the Darkglass Mountain Series (The Serpent Bride) so things were a little chaotic jumping straight into book two. Having said that, the beginning was definitely interesting enough to keep me going. I enjoyed the character Ishbel and liked watching her grow from a needy and suddenly discarded wife into a very powerful woman who won her husband back without even meaning to.

Being a middle book, the Twisted Citadel didn't real
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Angela
Sep 02, 2012 Angela added it
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Amanda
Aug 04, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
I first read Australian author Sara Douglass's Wayfarer Redemption series (or, in the original publication run, the Axis trilogy) in high school and quickly became a fan. I devoured each book as it hit shelves and even stayed loyal through the second half of the series (the last three books). Then the enchanted world Tencendor ended and Douglass moved on to other stories, other worlds. The next novel of her that I picked up was The Troy Game, which I absolutely hated. It was painful for me to re ...more
Adellet
Oct 14, 2012 Adellet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed seeing Ishbel coming into her own in this book. Her and Maxel's break up at the end of the Serpent Bride broke my heart but I loved that she came out of it a stronger character.

Despite the few unexpected, brutal twists, overall i really felt that this was a 'waiting' book (waiting to get to Elcho Falling, waiting to get news, waiting for people to choose their loyalties etc) and found that it dragged a bit at times. However, I still give it four stars because I love all of Dougl
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Simon
Aug 10, 2015 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I really liked it. There were times when I couldn't put it down and other times where I was just pushing through to get to something good. Fortunately the former were more frequent than the latter.

I
Sueij
May 17, 2010 Sueij rated it liked it
Well, mostly more of the same for me as when I read _The Serpent Bride_: too much missing history (as I didn't read seven of the prequels) and too many disparate kinds of magic.

I was also personally distracted by some of the naming in the book. Every time I saw "Elcho Falling" I saw it as "Echo," the place Isembaard only rang in my head as Isengard from _Lord of the Rings_, and Georgdi read as Geordi from Star Trek: TNG (the guy with the banana clip over his eyes). But the story was, once again
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Tracey
Oct 03, 2014 Tracey rated it did not like it
about half way through this book I realised that I actually didn't care about any of the characters anymore. So I stopped reading it.
Eva Mitnick
Nov 17, 2008 Eva Mitnick rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I feel so guilty - I spent all weekend reading this massive fantasy tome, part 2 of the DarkGlass trilogy, when I could have been reading children's or YA fiction to review on my blog. Sometimes one just has to feed one's addictions and to heck with the consequences...
This was as entertaining as part 1 and even more fast-paced (good thing, considering the number of pages) - some quirky bits kept it from sinking into ponderous High Fantasy mode more than once or twice.
Jennifer
Apr 04, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
See book one for review
Ruth
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
c2008: "I shall find my strength in the beat of your heart" Courtesy of The SF Site: Australian author Sara Douglass Warneke (b.1957) died on September 26 2011 of ovarian cancer, with which she was diagnosed in 2010. Warneke, who wrote as Sara Douglass, had several of her historical based fantasies published in the US, including The Wayfarer Redemption series, the Crucible series, The Troy Game, and The Devil's Diadem, published in August.


Candace
Jul 26, 2011 Candace rated it liked it
I love half of Sara Douglass's books. This one was difficult to read, mainly I think because there are too many things happening and there was nothing that I really wanted to happen in it. I am going to read the next one, but I don't like the fact that I have absolutely no idea how she is going to finish it, and the problems seem so huge, that without an absolutely spectacular finale I am going to be left disappointed.
Annette
Nov 03, 2010 Annette rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the Twisted Citadel and loved it just as much as the first time. It's full of great storytelling, wonderfully rich characters, sorcery, deception, treachery, intrigue, suspense and plot twists!

Now finally, after waiting at least two years, I can move on to the third and final installment of the DarkGlass Mountain series: The Infinity Gate. Yay!

Here I come.
Theresa
Aug 09, 2010 Theresa rated it it was ok
Shelves: otherworld-epic
The first book in this three book series, The Serpent Bride is really good, but the story goes downhill progressively with each book. The last one, The Infinity Gate is a series of convenient miracles, almost as if the author wrote herself into a box and asked, "How can I pull a rabbit out of this hat?" As other world epics go it is so-so.
Skip
Sep 19, 2009 Skip rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Douglass really seems to enjoy cliff hanger endings. One story, three books. I would wait until the 3rd novel is published to start this series. Good thoughts to Sara Warneke (Douglass) as she recovers from treatment for ovarian cancer. And not just so that she finishes The Infinity Gate--I'm a horrible person, but not that bad.
Amy
Jun 09, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books, like most of Sara Douglass' stuff, where if I have the time I can sit down and read for hours. I thought it was a good continuation of the series and then the ending completely blew me away. Did not see that one coming. So when is the next book coming out?
Susan
Jun 23, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
As much as I liked Serpent Bride, I love the second book in the Dark Glass Mountain series. Maybe because I was more familiar with the characters, but even then there were a couple of twists I did not expect. Definitely worth the read. Now where is Number 3??
Karen Brooks
Nov 04, 2010 Karen Brooks rated it it was amazing
I love Sara Douglass' work. She knows how to tell a rollicking story, keep you turning the page and waiting to see in which direction she is going to take you, let alone her besieged characters. This book is no different and, like her others, I could not put it down!
Joy
Dec 07, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it
Douglass has a clean, no frills type of story telling. It reminds me of Hero Myths with many trials for the Heroes and many god like magical creatures without any complex attempts to explain how they get their magic. They just are magic. Fast paced and enjoyable.
Angus Mcfarlane
Jul 26, 2011 Angus Mcfarlane rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the story as with others she has written, but I find the 'cosmology' difficult to understand. I was hoping this might have reached a conclusion in only two books but alas....I will have to wait.
Leisa
Jul 25, 2012 Leisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, fantasy
I was really annoyed at myself for not bringing book 3 in to work, when I knew I would finish book 2 at lunchtime. I got to the end of the book and really wanted to start on book 3 immediately!
Bob Stuhlsatz
Jan 17, 2016 Bob Stuhlsatz rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the book but it is kind of a slow read.
Kera Wyatt
This is a no set down book. By the end you have to have the next book, which isn't out yet!!!! I haven't found out when it's coming out, but i can't wait. Lots of betrayl in this book.
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Douglass was born in Penola, South Australia. She attended Annesley College, in Wayville, a suburb of Adelaide. She studied for her BA while working as a Registered Nurse, and later completed her PhD in early modern English History. She became a lecturer in medieval history at La Trobe University, Bendigo. While there she completed her first novel, BattleAxe, which launched her as a popular fantas ...more
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