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Dark Haven (Chronicles of the Necromancer #3)

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In Dark Haven, the effects of Jared the Usurper’s reign of terror strike at the stability of the Winter Kingdoms. Undead forces align against Lord Jonmarc Vahanian of Dark Haven in a struggle for power between mortals and the vayash moru. Some among the vayash moru are unhappy that a mortal lord is returning to Dark Haven. Jonmarc must win the trust of Dark Haven’s mortal ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 606 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Solaris
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colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Apr 03, 2009 colleen the fabulous fabulaphile rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like sword and sorcery quest stories
To borrow an invective from the series - "By the Whore - a cliffhanger!" Argh!

But, in all honesty, I don't mind *that* much. Partially because I resigned myself to it when I was a little more than half way through and realized there was no way we were going to be able to resolve all the threads in the pages remaining without a really rushed ending, and I'd rather have the cliffhanger than that...

All in all, I really liked this book. It might be the best in the series... it started well, and has
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Nessa
Apr 15, 2013 Nessa rated it liked it
Although I read the first book, The Summoner, and enjoyed it to a certain degree, I must admit my sole reason for reading the second and third was my interest in SOME of the characters. For me Tris and Kiara are too cliché and very predictable. The plot seemed set and obvious from the very beginning. Tris would win the throne (a little too easily for my taste) and he would fall in love with Kiara, and she with him. Kiara is a skilled fighter but must put that aside and become the queen she had ...more
Soteris
Nov 10, 2010 Soteris rated it it was amazing
I was frustrated with this the first time around as the book ended and left its readers hanging for a year untill she wrote the conclusion. I hate that. I prefer to wait until they're all written before I buy a book especially when there is not even an end to a subplot. Complaint over, Gail Z. Martin is a master story teller and is somebody who probably grew up loving Halloween as she captures the dark winter feel of spirits and ghosts perfectly. The main characters are highly likeable, even the ...more
Lucinda
Jan 03, 2013 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This remarkable magical tale that is full of intense drama and action is such an absorbing read, that you loose yourself within the pages!!

I am so impressed by Gail Z Martin’s extraordinary ‘The chronicles of the Necromancer’ series, which has become a firm favorite of mine that stands proudly at the top of the bookshelf alongside other ‘greats’ within this genre – for example JRR Tolkien, Robin Hobb, Raymond E Feist and Terry Brooks. The epic scope of creativity and imaginative fantasy world i
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Chrissy Wissler
Nov 30, 2009 Chrissy Wissler rated it liked it
Another chapter in the Summoner Chronicles, well told especially with all the different subplots going on. I don't know how Martin keeps all the information straight, but she does and succeeds in telling a compelling story.

No one is safe in this story, even after Tris and his friends won the throne from his murderer brother, Jared. I did enjoy seeing the aftermath of Jared's reign. Martin doesn't leave it as a 'happily ever after' but shows readers exactly what happens when a tyrant comes in and
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Matthew
Jan 01, 2015 Matthew rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-read
Low rate fantasy, much better is out there

I originally had this series recommended to me by a friend of mine, he had just started reading fantasy and said it would grip me, I have been reading fantasy for about 7/8 years now and this may have interested me initially, but it is for beginners or young adults, this in no way competes with the top fantasy series out there, If you haven’t read much fantasy and want to get started with something easy to read, this is for you, If you've read the greats
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Bear
Dec 24, 2009 Bear rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fiends
When I first started this book is was moments (literally) after I finished the second book and I was bored and a little annoyed with all the 'recapping' of what happened in the previous books. mostly because I had just finished them.
So I set this book aside and a few months later I came back to it. And I was glad I did. Once enough time passed I enjoyed the recap, and I got into the story, though there are some (won't say for spoilers) plot points that are getting a little thin and need to be r
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Dianna
Feb 02, 2011 Dianna rated it liked it
It seems like everything's blowing up in the faces of the main characters. They're all separated into smaller groups, each doing their own thing, and forces both without and within are plotting their demise. And on top of that, the Flow is about to fall apart so magic isn't really working. When reading the book, it's hard to see how everything is going to end well. And top of that, it ends on a cliffhanger!
Scott
Mar 01, 2010 Scott rated it really liked it
Dark Haven is much better than its immediate predecessor, The Blood King, because it wasn't 500 pages of training montage. Not to mention, it focused on something other than relationships, which is a plus. Vahanian is by far one of the most interesting characters, so an installment with a lot of him can't be anything but a good thing. Moving on the the next book soon.
Horizon
Jun 20, 2009 Horizon rated it really liked it
Third in the series and my only complaint is how much I hate cliffhangers. Martin has done what so many fantasy writers fail to do and created true to life characters with real emotions as opposed to just magic and muscle. Each book digs deeper the hole for the heroes to escape, yet the solutions are never forced or far fetched. I can't wait for the next.
Mimi
Nov 05, 2016 Mimi rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book describing the chronicles of the Margolan and its inhabitants. On to the next.
Alex Connolly
Mar 24, 2012 Alex Connolly rated it really liked it
Though there are no spoilers for this book, this book contains a major (unavoidable) spoiler from books one and two. You have been warned!!! (It's also early on in the review.)

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This the third in a series of fantasy, sword-and-sorcery novels following Martris "Tris" Drayke but now begins a split narrative that also follow Jonmarc Vahanian who is Mortal Lord of Dark Haven, the Land of the Vampires. Both are at war with one another and we see that though, perhaps, the major events are now ever, t
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Jimmy
Feb 25, 2016 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
This is the first book in the series that I’ve actually really liked, as opposed to the previous two where I was reading it with the expectations that it’s going to get better, and to see what happens next. I was ready to put Gail Z. Martin on the shelf and be done with it, but now I MUST read the Dark Lady’s Chosen.
For me the vayash moru are the most interesting and the most powerful tool in the author’s character arsenal. A mortal being named lord over Dark Haven does not sit well with some o
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Lisa King
Sep 07, 2012 Lisa King rated it liked it
Warning: this book reads as a part one of two and ends with the characters in some decidedly tight spots. Yes, we have cliffhanger endings but not nearly as bad as some that I have encountered before...yes, I am looking at you Kristen Britain. But, I digress.

This series has multiple main characters and we switch between them as narrators throughout the book. Because the title was Dark Haven I thought it would be centered mostly around Jonmarc, whom I think of as a medieval Han Solo, but that was
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Dan Rheingans
Sep 19, 2012 Dan Rheingans rated it did not like it
There are only a few books I have ever read that I would rate a one star, but this work by Gail Martin is one of them. I bought the 4 book series together as part of a sale, and have been increasingly unimpressed as the series has progressed. It is at the point now where I seriously don't know if I can make myself read 600 more pages of Martin's writing just to "finish the series" and "get my money's worth." By the time I was halfway thru this book, my sole motivation for finishing it was so ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
It was good, but I just feels that it's so light and simple, almost YA like. Sorry YA, I know you can be dark and all that. But, yes but there is a simplicity over this series. Even when someone is dying it's just light. And I am not saying I need bloody and complicated fantasy. I just want it to feel a bit more ...mature. I feels too YA.

Our young king and queen worry over the state of the land (is that what makes it YA, cos they are young? Should not be like that). Dark Haven a new lord and so
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Cynthia
Jun 26, 2016 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DARK HAVEN, Gail Z. Martin, 2009
Book Three of the Chronicles of the Necromancer
The kingdom of Margolan lies in ruin. Martris “Tris” Drayke, the new king, must rebuild his country in the aftermath of battle, while a new war looms on the horizon. Meanwhile, friend Jonmarc Vahanian is now the Lord of Dark Haven, and there is defiance from some of the vampires of the Vayash Moru at the prospect of a mortal leader. (Disclaimer: this summary from the back cover of the paperback.)
Tris has married Kiara
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Ubiquitousbastard
May 28, 2014 Ubiquitousbastard rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This is another of those "finally I finished it" books. I left this one for years though. Over the past four I've picked it up and put it down probably five times. Honestly, the first few books in the series weren't all that great, but they were good junkfood type reading. Here we have a case of the author trying to go dark and serious...and it did not work for me. At this point there are too many characters without distinct personalities, and nothing is actually happening. I mean, I can't think ...more
Ruth
Jul 24, 2011 Ruth rated it did not like it
Shelves: spec-fic
c2009. Okay so I really tried this one - in order to complete the trilogy and to make sure that it just wasnt when I read the last two. Not a chance. Really not for me at all. Tris comes across as such a whingey character and such a limp wristed pumpkin. The dialogue is stilted and - well it's just awful. A real pity as the story arc itself is still interesting - but the characterisation, the action scenes and the love story is just so thin and mawkish. "He fidgeted., knowing that the ring mail ...more
Deborah Mcnemar
Jul 31, 2014 Deborah Mcnemar rated it liked it
I hate cliffhangers. I really hate them. The book, like the previous two, dragged me in, made me fall in love with the characters all over again and then ended abruptly. Nothing was resolved. In fact, everyone was neck deep in kimchi. Note to authors and publishers alike: some of us are not intimidated by the size of the book and would rather read a huge novel (think A Wise Man Fears) than get only a snippet of a story and be forced to purchase another book to in order to finish a story. To me, ...more
Philana Walker
Mar 09, 2009 Philana Walker rated it really liked it
Jonmarc Vahanian is my favorite character in this series so to have a book dedicated to his adventure as the Lord of Dark Haven was a treat. His character develops a lot over the course of the first two books and you grow to love this mercenary and his dark past, whick I find more compelling than Tris' but we all can't be noble born and blessed by the gods although, Vahanian has been chosen by the godess to rule over Dark Haven. That's really were his problems begin. If you enjoyed the first two ...more
jD
This is an excellent series. The trials and tribulations of the characters make them likable and believeable. The kingdoms are clearly defined and the antagonist are cleverly crafted. The story is familar but has enough new elements that it is not a typical saga or coming of age journey. The third book -- Dark Haven is the best. It is not a stand alone. You have to read this series from the beginning. Like the previous book, this one ends with multiple cliffhangers.
Lauren Auty
Feb 16, 2013 Lauren Auty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book the series is getting stronger by the page. Enjoying the insight into the characters and their emotions. Intrigue is at every turn and it was a page turned for me. Jonmarc is a stand out character and has been amazingly developed through out the book. A deeper understanding of the world this story is set in is given in this book which gives an added depth. A really good read.
Joy
Feb 16, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it
This is an easy to read series. Not a lot of depth to the characters but not boring. The 3rd has been the best with in introduction of Vampires & shape shifters who live with the villagers just as the ghosts of their ancestors appear and help out. Some friendly, some rogue. #1 more to go.

Feels like a book taken from a role playing dungeon.
Ashley
Feb 20, 2014 Ashley rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
From this book onward Kiara is now useless and it makes me sad. She and Vahanian are my favorite characters but with Kiara getting pregnant and trapped in the castle with all the political intrigue her chapters are quite boring. I feel like Martin rushed the Jared/Arantola plot and now we're left with her trying to hastily put together some conflict.
Chris
Jul 24, 2010 Chris rated it it was ok
I know there is at least one more book in this series, but I think I may skip it. There has been little to no improvement or maturation in Martin's writing, despite my hopes. It still reads like an amateur wrote it, like I might sound in my first fantasy novel. Disappointing, as some of the characters could be interesting were they not so trapped within cliches.
Patrice
Oct 21, 2010 Patrice rated it it was amazing
This one is more of a cliffhanger than the others that had a distinct beginning and end, but it is ramping up to the end of the series (I assume), so I am ok with that. It also has all the complex plot and dynamic characters that I have come to expect from this series. I can't wait to see how things turn out in the next book.
Karen
Feb 26, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
This is the installment of the Chronicles of the Necromancer. Martin has left so many threads open, that I will have to read the fourth book to find out what happens.

These books are addicting, plain and simple. True, they are not in the Tolkien or Sanderson's league, but they are page turners.
Alicia
Sep 11, 2015 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
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Keenan Lee
Jan 04, 2013 Keenan Lee rated it really liked it
a good book, its a decent bit less generic than the first 2 and promises better things to come. much of it feels like an interlude book, like its more about setting up the books to follow and closing up parts of the first 2. simply put if you enjoyed the first 2 your gonna read this enjoy it and get on with the series.
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Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories in elementary school. The first story she wroteat age fivewas about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married and has three ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Chronicles of the Necromancer (5 books)
  • The Summoner (Chronicles of the Necromancer, #1)
  • The Blood King (Chronicles of the Necromancer, #2)
  • Dark Lady's Chosen (Chronicles of the Necromancer, #4)
  • The Shadowed Path: A Jonmarc Vanhanian Collection

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