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The Oracle's Queen (Tamír Triad #3)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,545 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
The gripping conclusion to the major new fantasy trilogy of necromancy and bone-chilling magic. Long ago Skala was ruled only by Queens, in accordance with prophecy. King Erius, fearing that the prophecy might be evoked as a means to dethrone him, had most of his female relatives assassinated. When his sister fell pregnant with twins, two of Skala's wizards were warned by ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 3rd 2006 by Harper Collins (first published June 27th 2006)
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Dec 30, 2015 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

The conclusion to the Tamir Triad is a satisfying one, solving the war of succession for the throne of the Skalan Empire in a spectacular battle that shows how Lynn Flewelling is capable not only of creating interesting magic systems and of raising gender issues in a fantasy setting, but also of managing a furious and extended action sequence.

The road to this battle was sometimes slow though and took a lot of detours into romance and moral dillemas instead of nation re-building. I liked th
Feb 01, 2010 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, audiobooks
I thought The Tamir Triad was excellent. I must forewarn that the books should be read together because they really do form one story, not three stories that tie together.

I really liked the pacing of the story. With the exception of a rather lengthy discussion of the main villain's youth in the third book, it never lets up. Every action leads to the next in a realistic way.

I especially like how Flewelling dealt with the concept of gender identity, sexuality and growing up. Her protagonist is un
Jun 15, 2012 Nafiza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, 2012, top-100
Oh my goodness, this had to be one of the most satisfying conclusions to a trilogy that I have ever read. It involved me fist pumping, beaming, reading breathlessly, awwing and you know, the whole spectrum of emotions. It was so so good to see Tamir come into her own as a woman, as a soldier and as a queen. It was very easy for me to forget that she was a mere fifteen at the time because the way she was written, seemed to be at least in her twenties. But experiences age a person far more and the ...more
Aug 31, 2007 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
The perfect ending to a great trilogy. In some ways it felt stretched, but it was all worth it in the end for Tamir (formerly Tobin) and Korin's final battle. Also, the author did not shy away from showing how strange it must be to have your best friend suddenly change gender in front of you. Ki and Tamir's relationship is wonderfully complicated and angst-filled.
Oct 31, 2011 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are so many ways in which trilogies can go wrong - either they start off great and slowly decline, or become ruined because of a third book that makes no sense whatsoever.

Happily, The Oracle's Queen does neither of those. In fact, this is a trilogy that got better as it went along (after a very solid first book!) Flewelling does an excellent job of detailing character growth, from Korin's downward spiral to Ki slowly learning to accept Tamír as she is. Some of the problems were resolved e
This book was an okay conclusion to what was just an okay series. I felt that there was a lot of unnecessary fluff in every book that only served to bog the story down rather than propel the characters forward, and this book was the most guilty of that. Not that much really happened, even though it was supposed to feel like the climactic ending to a series. Instead, it just fell kind of flat. I mean the big bad baddy of the series died by (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Ais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, fair warning that 1) this review is actually for the whole series because I read it all at once, and 2) this is a review I rediscovered that I wrote in 2010 right after finishing the series. As a result, I honestly don't remember enough specifics about the series to say whether I would feel exactly the same way about the series today or whether my opinion might change. Please keep those both in mind when reading this review.

Also note I tried to avoid spoilers but even at the time of writin
Feb 20, 2015 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 5-star
The story begins (two books earlier) with a kingdom where the god has decreed that rule must be held by a queen of the blood. He meant it; the few times a man has usurped the throne there have been plagues, famines, and other signs of deific displeasure. However, the last queen was completely mad, and her son wound up with the crown as his sister was too young to rule... and then it turned out the sister had inherited a bit of the mother's mad streak... The king was a good ruler, and beloved des ...more
Feb 19, 2010 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-high
I must point out that overall I would give the whole series 4-5 stars. I just find this book to be weak.

Let me start with what I didn't like. I found it strange that a book that is, in part, about a woman's strength, only has one young woman. While the two older woman, who had larger parts in the first two books, are well protrayed, Tamir is surronded by men and boys in this last book. This makes sense because she used to "be" a boy. Flewelling, however, brings back Una, but gives her such a sma
Britt Marczak
This book might have been actual perfection.

I don't have the proper words to express my FEELSSSS

This is the most fantastic fantasy series I've read to date. It has great struggles of gender identity within each book, and though it doesn't strive to be about trans issues, the explorations of the main character, Tamir, are beautifully done.

I will always and forever have EXTREME FEELS about Tamir and Ki. Just...don't touch me.

But I loved the depth of every single character presented in these books,
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
TW: Transphobia, transmisogyny, misogyny, war/detailed descriptions of battles and aftermath of torture.

This is a satisfying conclusion to the Tamir Triad, though it does suffer from You Know How It Ends. As well written as the battle sequences are and the final showdown between Tami and Corrin, it didn't have as much tension as it might have if it really was a toss up instead of a predestined certainty. What tension there is comes from not knowing who (other than Tamir and Corrin, and possibly
May 22, 2014 Jiny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
The first book was fantastic. The second one is was not satisfying, but still good in some parts. The last book of the series fails to string everything together to give the reader a sense of fulfillment that an epic trilogy should.

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Under the rule of a usurper king, the realm of Skala has suffered famine, plague, and invasion. But now the time for the rightful heir has come, a return to the tradition of warrior queens. And the Lightbearer’s prophecy is to be upheld at last: so long as a daughter of the royal line defends and rules, Skala will never be subjugated.

Now a mystical fire has burned away the male body known as Prince Tobin, revealing Princess Tamír, a girl on the verge of womanhood–and a queen ready to cl
Kat  Hooper
Mar 11, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit:

The Oracle’s Queen is the final novel in Lynn Flewelling’s TAMIR TRIAD, an epic story about a queen who has been prophesied to rule the land of Skala. To prevent the emergence of this queen, the king, who usurped the throne by killing his own female family members, has killed all the noble women and girls who could possibly challenge him. He doesn’t know that his own sister’s daughter has been hidden by dark magic and a heinous
Jenifer Thomas
Jul 08, 2012 Jenifer Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 19, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sherwood Smith
This book is the last in a trilogy. The reader is highly encouraged to get the first two books.

Mahti, a hill mage, comes down from the mountains in search of the girl who was once a boy. His form of magic is neither predictable nor easy; we don’t know whether or not to trust his vision or his motivations when we remember that in the first book in this series, it was this kind of magic that bound a pair of newborn twins--so that the girl could grow up in his body, the boy was sacrificed. This was
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Tom Bryant
The first two books in the series ("The Bone Doll's" Twin and "The Hidden Warrior") were great reads. They followed the standard medieval, sword and sorcery formula, with enough conflict and obstacles thrown in to keep the reader interested. However, "The Oracle's Queen" seemed out of sequence, and probably would have done better as the second book instead of the last. The relationship between Tamir and Ki developed nicely, but the story tended to be overtaken by secondary characters such as Nal ...more
My thoughts/review for the first book apply to the series as a whole: a sword and sorcery fantasy with several unique twists and some heart-rending characters. Very hard hero's journey throughout.

I admired the series as a whole. I wasn't quite sure I believed the way everything worked out in the end. Don't get me wrong. After everything Tobin/Tamir had gone through I wanted it too. But I felt, for me at least, that after how hard a reader works to get Tobin/Tamir, Ki, and Arkoniel to the end th
Still awkward perspective changes and dialogues that have me asking "who said what". Anyways the story picks up momentum in the last installment of the triad.

Sometimes I am glad to read books that are not ASoIaF, stories where the good people do not all die where things work out. Still the Tamir Triad could have done with a little more loss and conflict. That is really why I gave only 4 stars to the previous 2 books. Things are just a little too easy for the heroes in my opinion.

But I enjoyed
Gabrielle Morgan
It takes a lot for a book to put real tears in my eyes, but this one did. Especially the epilogue, Arkonial's words. I just...god. I wish I had words for all the things I'm feeling right now, but I just don't. All I can say is that this is such a brilliant, gorgeous story, and I'm so incredibly glad I discovered this author and took the recommendation to read it. I feel like something vital would be missing from my life now if I hadn't. There aren't many books I've wanted to keep as close to my ...more
Apr 04, 2010 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Well I have to give this one four stars. It's definitely better than the first two. The ending is awesome. I read several reviews criticizing teenage angst... yet I think anyone who has a sex change operation would have some issues with their body.... even a fantasy sex change such as this one. The beginning drags a little, but after getting into it, and the build up to Tamir's confrontation with brother, her mother, Iya, and all the others; her developing relationship with Ki; and the lovely wr ...more
Magan tea
I could not stand the wait for this book. I had no access to it the first year it was published, and i still remember the day that i graduated from army basic training, they let us go off base and strangely the first place i went was to a book store to buy this.I was not disappointed, it was as enthralling and complex as the others and kept its hooks in me from the start. i will admit if you read all three in quick succession they can overload a bit and get you a little confused. but still next ...more
Emily (BellaGrace)
I liked the first two books, but I had to force myself to read this one. I thought it was boring. Very little happens, and when things actually do happen it's utterly predictable. There's literally zero surprises. Everything you think that will happen, does happen. Disappointed on this one.

Guy Haley
Fantasy cross-dressing taken to magical extremes

High fantasy stopped being fantastical such a long time ago that it feels like the name just hangs round out of habit, looking faintly sheepish and feeling out of place, like a once-favourite uncle at a teenage niece’s party. Apart from a few, mostly male, authors who books are so surreal they fall off the other end of the scale, there’s a whiff of predictable mundanity about the genre. It’s like theatre – you go to Broadway, you get musicals, you
Jan 28, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very satisfying conclusion to a very awesome trilogy. The Oracle's Queen sees Tamír staking her claim on the throne and the fallout from her public transition from Prince Tobin to Queen Tamír.

The Oracle's Queen is probably the fastest pace book in the trilogy; while it's still a stretch to call it action-oriented, the final book sees a lot more action than its predecessors. We're also privy to a wider array of perspectives: we see a few characters here that haven't gotten much focus before, an
Junkie for the Written Word
This book got an extra star for my overall enjoyment of the series, and up until the very end of this book the whole thing had me reading like I was on crack cocaine. It built you up and you couldn't wait to see the finished product of what the whole thing had been building up to...

*****spoilers below*****

Then it just ended. That's it. It just ended and it gave you a nice little epilogue about how great shit had been. Tamir had been a good and powerful queen, the land prospered, look at this sta
Joshua Berkey
May 15, 2010 Joshua Berkey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of fantasy books. With that in mind, this is definitely one that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys them as I do. The premise of this series, while not unique in the overriding premise, is unique in the execution of that premise. The writing is smooth and engaging, drawing you into the lives of the characters and making you care for them. This series joins the Kushiel series from Jacquelyn Carey on my very short list of must read fantasy series. Definitely worth your time.
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