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The Silver Crown (Guardians of the Flame #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,142 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
MAGIC'S DEADLY EDGE
The stronghold called Home was prospering, and karl's dream of bringing freedom to everyone in this land peopled by wizards and warriors, lords and slaves, dwarfs and elves and dragons was at last coming true. But by attacking slaver caravans, by offering Home as a haven to any eager to throw off their chains, Karl, Andrea, Ahira, and their comrades had
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 2nd 1985 by Roc (first published 1985)
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Michael
Feb 21, 2015 Michael rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, Rosenberg fans, dedicated readers
Recommended to Michael by: Dragon Magazine
Shelves: literature, fantasy
Of the three books in the “Guardians of the Flame” trilogy, this is the one I remember the least about. It was just two years since the publication of my favorite, The Sleeping Dragon, but I had more or less grown out of it in the interim. Or maybe the book just isn’t as good as the first one. It’s hard for me to be objective about it.

At this point, our D&D Gamers from the first book have grown up and settled in to their fantasy world, changing it as much as it has changed them. They are eng
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Aelvana
Dec 18, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok
Karl's mission of bringing freedom to the slaves is going reasonably well. Home has prospered and is growing through the rough stages of democracy. The slavers aren't running away yet, but his efforts are definitely effective. But no good spell lasts forever: the slavers have gotten wizards to create their own version of guns. Armed with weapons far superior to any but Karl's, they're pushing to make up lost profit and take down Karl once and for all.

This time around, Karl's got more to worry ab
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Topher
Feb 18, 2012 Topher rated it really liked it
The continuing story of the D&D party who got sucked into their game. Amusing, enjoyable, even when dealing with serious subjects - slavery, murder, identity, etc.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 22, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
What makes this series different is that it's the anti-high fantasy. This is the third book in the series. In the very first, seven role-playing college students are transported to the world of their game as their alter egos. Those who survive stay and bring technology--and a crusade against slavery to their new home. I do often love sword and sorcery but you know what? The historical truth is that medieval societies suck. So hell yeah, I did adore the idea of those college kids from contemporar ...more
William Murakami-brundage
The issue is that this series doesn't get better or worse in any given 4 book segment - if you like the first book, you'll like the first four. If you like the segment where Home becomes a national powerhouse, you'll like that 4 book volume. It's nearly formulaic for fantasy writing.
Mark Bringman
Feb 19, 2016 Mark Bringman rated it liked it
In some ways this is a precursor to the 1632 series but in a fantasy time (with magic) rather than straight in the past. It's fun and I've been enjoying it, but not loving them.
Thomas
Sep 06, 2009 Thomas rated it liked it
Stick with the 1st book and call it good enough, the series gets weak after the 1st - REALLY weak. I give The Sleeping Dragon 5 stars, then each following book (2 & 3) only 3 stars. The first book condenses everything into a neat, if simple, package.


2 & 3 get overly moralistic, and the writing seems to be directed at people with a 5-6th grade education. Just WEAK. Plus, the whole "modern society folk try to modernize a primitive land" has been done so much better it makes me wish Rosenbe
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Flint
Jul 13, 2009 Flint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
This books series started out as an ensemble of characters turned into real D&D players in a fictional fantasy world. They're still there but the ensemble is now a one man show with the other characters taking a backseat, and the whole D& D angle which was the complete focus of the first book seems to have been done away with; much like some bad plot device. While the books are entertaining and fast paced I often find that I have no real interest in the main character or any of the chara ...more
Mark
Jan 12, 2008 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
And in my opinion this is where the series permanently descends to mediocrity. Superficially that is because this is when the two long term goals (freeing slave, modernizing tech) become diluted with additional and less interesting plots threads. Fundamentally it is because the author violated the trilogy rule.

Rule: Trilogy's should not be longer than three books.

Timothy Boyd
Feb 15, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
Fantastic fantasy series. Modern day gamers get transported and inhabit the bodies of their fantasy characters. Excellent storyline. Highly recommended
Shannon Appelcline
Apr 03, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Still a bit unfocused, but that's made up for by: good characters, a more epic scale, and an interesting look at bringing modern ideas to a fantastic world that surpasses what many other authors do with the same foundation.
Jeffrey
Apr 13, 2010 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A good book but the author instead of ending what purported to be a trilogy somehow extends the series. I hate that. But the guy knows how to keep you interested and his characters are fun and interesting
Taddow
Sep 10, 2012 Taddow rated it really liked it
The Guardians of the Flame series has been one of my best Fantasy genre series and each repeat of readings these books still is a treat. Granted the first book is the best.
Peregrine 12
Dec 17, 2010 Peregrine 12 rated it really liked it
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Garth
Aug 27, 2008 Garth rated it did not like it
The first two books of this series are really entertaining. This, unfortunately, is the third book.
Margaret
Series recomended by Orc - So far pretty good. An interesting take on role playing games.
Wendell
ANOTHER GOOD BOOK IN THE SERIES. WELL WRITTEN AND A JOY TO FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE CHARACTERS.
Bryan457
Great book. I love world building by people of a different time & place.
Nuranar
Oct 18, 2011 Nuranar rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-2011
Actually read as part of 3-volume edition from the library.
Tucker
Nov 26, 2009 Tucker rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
Recommended to Tucker by: great uncle
3rd book. not as good as first two but still awesome!
Theresa
Apr 27, 2012 Theresa rated it it was amazing
a great tale from the d and d era
Matthias
Feb 06, 2009 Matthias rated it liked it
Shelves: have-read
Just a basic Dungeons and Dragons book.
Though it is nice for the author to keep most his
characters over the course of 5 books and still continue
extended passages of that realm after the main bulk of
the story is done.
Fatbaldguy60
Oct 30, 2008 Fatbaldguy60 rated it it was amazing
Great series.
Tipper
Aug 13, 2013 Tipper rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Note: This is a different person than the political/thriller author, Joel C. Rosenberg

Joel Rosenberg was the author of the bestselling Guardians of the Flame books as well as the D'Shai and Keepers of the Hidden Ways series. He made his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Other Books in the Series

Guardians of the Flame (10 books)
  • The Sleeping Dragon (Guardians of the Flame, #1)
  • The Sword and the Chain (Guardians of the Flame, #2)
  • The Heir Apparent (Guardians of the Flame, #4)
  • The Warrior Lives (Guardians of the Flame #5)
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  • Not Exactly the Three Musketeers (Guardians of the Flame, #8)
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