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Crown of Stars (Crown of Stars #7)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,803 ratings  ·  35 reviews
In the wake of the cataclysm many new alliances are forming even as old ones dissolve. As Sanglant struggles to legitimize his own leadership, the Aoi are carrying out random attacks-while implicating him as their leader. Stronghand has begun a march of conquest into the heart of Sanglant's realm. Adelheid and Antonia have made an unholy alliance. And Sabella and Duke Conr ...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by DAW Hardcover (first published 2nd 2006)
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I enjoyed the complexity of this series. I cried knowing this was the last book. This series has allowed me to have my little escapes from the real world of being a medic in the military. I have followed this series for so long.
**Slight spoiler alert for those who haven't finished Vol. 5**

This was a nice series. After Elliott brought the Aoi land "safely" back to its starting place, one of the major plot arcs drew to a close, and I wasn't sure how she was going to maintain a satisfactory urgency and mystery from that point on. While I don't think that this book has quite the excitement and interest that the first ones did (it gets a bit long-winded sometimes, and Elliott spends a lot of time on needless details, in my
I read these a while ago and was one of best sets I read so far, so anticipating all the way through all 7 books omg such good set I wished they never end, one of those where you finish and think "NOW WHAT?! :("
I have enjoyed this series and it's taken a while to get to book 7.

'King Henry's kingdom has been ravaged by internecine warfare, in a conflict that has been both long and bloody. The bitter in-fighting within King Henry's court and the ceaseless attrition of raiders has weakened his reign and saps his strength. Yet brute force alone will not be enough to stay the darkness that has been foretold as the shadow of the Cursed Ones has fallen. The spell holding the exiled from the land is failing fa
This was one of the best Fantasy series I have read in a long time. Better then the Wheel of Time, in that it did not get off track and she did not pad out the books to make them longer and make the series take longer. Good character development. Fascinating characters and storylines. The great combo of political intrigue, military strategy, and the supernatural that make the best fanatasy series, very much in the tradition of George R. R. Martin, but of a style all it's own. I highly reccomend ...more
Gilda Felt
I found the direction of this book to be wholly rewarding, in that each race has its own story as to how they finally come to terms with the rest. And I loved the decision they came to in order to find a kind of peace for all of them.

On the other hand, I would have preferred if Sanglant and Liath had had more time together. Especially during the ending chapters, it seems that their relationship had already done what it was supposed to have done. I think they deserved at least one more scene of t
Fantasy, last in the Crown of Stars series. The sweeping conclusion: though the world is riven and ravaged, the royal rivals continue fighting over the throne. The wave that has been building through the series crests and breaks in one last, great, bloody battle, after which we are given just enough hints to be sure that most of the protagonists lived happy lives. Conclusive, but rather hastily so considering the sheer bulk of the books that preceded it.
Sarah Jane
The Crown of Stars series is my first introduction into science fiction and fantasy novels. That's the only reason they would get such a high rating. As a young girl I related with the character Liath, especially her ability to escape to an attic in her mind where she hides all her pain. It taught me a valuable coping mechanism, and probably helped me in later years with meditation.
Nov 23, 2008 Melissa rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Uhhh, didja see how many stars I gave it??
I couldn't bring myself to endure enough of the crap in this one to finish it, and I pride myself on slogging through to the end of a series when I've started. So that should tell you just how mangled the story gets in this one. Wasn't even worth my time to finish it...
Finally finished this series. and was a bit sad I'll miss the characters, though some i felt got off too lightly (hugh) . Around the middle of the series i struggled a bit but i had a bit of a break and came back and reaqlly enjoyed the last 2 books.
This was a really an enjoyable end to the series. All of the loose ends were tied up and showed what happened to all of characters which I liked as I had grown close to them with each novel.
Mar 22, 2008 Dave rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy
The final book. Everything kind of comes together, but the ending left me kind of...disappointed. Not really in a bad way. It seems life goes on, even for heroes.
Servius  Heiner
This, the final book of Crown of stars series. Well the series was good, but it took an odd turn about the halfway point, some well developed characters started acting not so well developed. The overall story was great but Kate Elliot has some serious flaws as a writer.
I don’t want to harp on her because I know the difficulties in writing. Transitions from one characters point of view to another’s was often murky, to the point where you had to read to the next paragraph to realize the person y
Overall, good. I could not put it down until I read every word within every book of this series. The 6th book was, by far, the worst, and this last installment demonstrated a vast improvement. I especially enjoyed that some likable characters die and that some "villains" live. I don't like endings to be too soppy and "feel-good" and Ms. Elliott does pretty well with that. I really enjoyed her descriptives, except where the astronomy is elaborated on. I know that it is somewhat important to the s ...more
Meh...the only reason I kept reading these was because they were ridiculously long and I love the character of Alain. There were many interesting ideas and themes, but the author had a hard time tying everything together.
♥ Unaeve ♥
I managed to read the first 150 pages and then finally gave up.
I don't like the writing style,the author jumps from one theme to another with no bridges between so i found my self reading back ,thinking i missed something .
All is somehow unconnected and unwell explained,
maybe it's just because English isn't my primary language but i had no problems with other books...
And there is way to much about religion,that dragged on the story and made me wish to jump over passages as i was bored and start
Nov 26, 2011 BD rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes but with a disclaimer
Long as this series was, there seems to be a book missing still. I'm not sure why the jump at the end of this book unless she was just tired of working on it.

I really like Liath, Sanglant & many other characters. I would liked to have seen more character development with fewer & briefer what I call theology discussions. Definely I learned a bit but I skimmed & skipped some of that in earlier books. Astrology & sorcery yes, religion no..although it was interesting to see shifting
This is a series that I started out a bit lukewarm on, but I liked it more and more as I went on, and by the end I was utterly in love with it.
Michelle Sullivan
I'm Finally Finished! I dont normally give reviews, but this one, I think, calls for one. The story was written fabulously. I cant imagine the amount of research that went into this book. The world and religion were very well fleshed out. VERY DESCRIPTIVE. That being said, I didn't like any of the characters. It wasn't that they were not thought out well enough or that they were cookie cutter characters. They were just not likeable characters. They got better as the book went on, and I understan ...more
Finished this off over a years since I posted a review for the first book.

All in all, I adored this series. It really kept me busy and the story stayed interesting and believable throughout a 7 book series, which is excellent. My only complaint is that some of the main characters in the story were generally unlikable, Liathe and Blessing especially. Liathe probably doesn't deserve this dislike, but she was always a little too unaware of herself for my liking. Anyway, I would give a more detaile
I felt this is a solid finish to a well-written fantasy series. I think this series could have been better if Elliot would have removed some of the character POV's such as Ivar and focused more on two or three characters. Also, there is some sloppy writing at times(end of book 5 comes to mind). Furthermore, Elliot hyper-feministic views are annoying at certain points in the books (whatever men can do, women can do better!)I think she's been watching too much Xena:Warrior Princess.
These are long books, but really good. The lines become blurred between fantasy and real history.
Fantastic series with many, many characters and subplots. The story revolves around three main characters: Alain, an adopted youth intended for the monastery. Liath, an orphan incapable of realizing her considerable magical powers and Sanglant, captain of the Dragons.

King's Dragon (#1)
Prince of Dogs (#2)
The Burning Stone (#3)
Child of Flame (#4)
The Gathering Storm (#5)
In the Ruins (#6)
Crown of Stars (#7)

Overall? I liked the series. It reminds me of Guy Gavriel Kay's novels, except I didn't cry. I really liked Liath's journey, although it got kinda weird at times. I wish there was more about Alain and Stronghand together. Pretty good stuff, though I may have zipped past a lot of the religious and mathematici parts.
Deanne Robin
Finally finished the book and in the end I have to say I am very happy with how things turned out! It makes all the boring details u start to feel are being repeated actually worth it! I have to say I'm not usually this slow reading books.... Totally worth reading if you are into suspenseful wondering and multi point of view books! I Loved it!
The final volume of "Crown of Stars" is a nice rebound from a truly weak Vol. 6 (this one more precisely 3.5 stars), and decently delivers on the series' promise. The climax is merely OK, and I'm sure some people will be underwhelmed by it. Still, it's not a disappointment, and things are generally wrapped up in satisfactory fashion.
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Jul 12, 2007 Darkpool (protesting GR censorship) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: read-in-2007
The 7th and final in the series, finally finished. I really wish I'd read them a bit closer together rather than spread over about 3 years, and kept notes about who was where and with whom as there is a Cast of Thousands. Imaginative and interesting.
remember bk 5 that i just stopped reading? i wanted to see how the series ended to i skimmed the last book ... yeah, shouldn't have started the series. that's what i get for just picking up a book in the library because it looked interesting
Peter Clarke
finally the last book and we finally get to the outcome of the series , however the end is too quick after six and a half books the last quarter is a little disapointing its over too quick , but it was still an excellent series
Param Singh
not as good as the previous books in the series...

did i say that... sorry..
it was amazing... an ending i didn't even imagine..
i'd place it far above harry potter series and eragon series in terms of creativity...
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As a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

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