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Tor der Erneuerung (Rai-Kirah #3)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,150 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Der große Abschluss der Erfolgstrilogie!
Sechzehn Jahre lang war Seyonne Sklave im Reich der Derzhi. Jetzt kehrt er endlich in seine Heimat zurück und kann sein altes Leben als Wächter wieder aufnehmen. Doch er muss nur allzu bald erkennen, dass er einer Lüge aufgesessen ist. Erneut ins Exil getrieben, kann Seyonne nicht einmal von Aleksander Hilfe erwarten; schließlich hat
Paperback, 736 pages
Published June 9th 2008 by Blanvalet (first published 2002)
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Dec 16, 2015 Alissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
This is a wonderful epic fantasy trilogy, absolutely recommended. The Rai-Kirah series is original and carries a vibe of classic fantasy with modern flavor, it was first published some 15 years ago and I didn’t notice any difference with the books of the current fantasy styles; it has all the elements I could wish for, like memorable characters, moral complexity, rich prose, a thrilling tale, solid worldbuilding, though-provoking themes and lots of entertainment. I loved reading it.

I feared a li
Final rating: 4/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 4.25/5 stars

“What could make you alter the very nature of your soul? Nothing.”

*this part of my review contains no spoilers for the series but my general opinion.*

And so this story ends. A fitting and well done ending with many plot twists I did not see coming. The great thing about this series is that each book is almost stand alone - except for the upcoming doom factor that was there, hinted in the first book, made known in the sec
This concluding novel in Berg's Rai-Kirah trilogy was better than the second volume, but still didn't quite live up to the promise in the first. The bones of a brilliant epic jutted throughout the novel, but somehow that epic never quite took shape.

The novel felt pulled in too many directions. There are multiple conflicts going on throughout -- mundane civil war in the Derzhi Empire, supernatural war with the rai-kirah, and conflicts with the gods -- but rather than building on each other, these
Oct 04, 2010 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
This is one stupendous trilogy. I scarcely know what to say. Each book is entire unto itself, but taken as a whole, the story told is so astounding, so emotionally satisfying, and so complete, that I truly urge you to read all three.

First of all, Carol Berg is a fine story teller and her writing style is straight forward, while at the same time, packing a punch that only comes to one gradually as the story builds. Yes, there were times that I began to wonder where this was going; yes, there were
Dean Cummings
Apr 13, 2015 Dean Cummings rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A disgrace to the trilogy. It in no way lives up to the beauty and strength of the first novel "Transformation". The plot is scattered and uninspired. I felt that the author had no story going into this novel and just wrote whatever popped into her head. I'll sum the trilogy up for you: First novel (Transformation): Beautifully written. Powerful in its slave/master themes and overall dynamic between the two primary characters. It constantly hints at a rich history and reveals this to you slowly, ...more
May 17, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Oh the horror, the agony, the pain! No, that's not about the events in the book, that's how I felt reading it. I think my fingers may have starting hurting from so much page flipping. I very rarely enjoy war in fantasy books. The planning, the moving forces, the monotony of it all, I just can't take it. I thought Seyonne was going to confront some big bad guy and some surprises were going to come along. Instead they talked and Seyonne inhabited dreams, and they talked more. The whole thing is ju ...more
I finished the last page with regret because it means that I will never read about further adventures and tribulations of Seyonne and Aleksander, surely the most slashtastic brotp to inhabit the halls of fantasy.

This is a perfect conclusion to a perfect trilogy - complicated and loveable protagonists (and awful villains), great world-building (or, in this case, world-expanding, since it's the last book), a meaty plot, a lot of delicious angst and my continuing crush on Aleksander, the Derzhi pri
Althea Ann
Jul 12, 2011 Althea Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like sexy, tormented, demon-possessed men, then this series is for you.
I'd read the first two (Transformation and Revelation) quite a few years ago, so it took me a little bit to get into it, as it all came back to me.
The book follows the same protagonist, Seyonne, as he struggles to integrate the man he is with the demon inside him. Meanwhile, he supports his friend and king, Aleksander, through a political coup that deposes him...
I remembered absolutely loving the first two books. I li
Jen A.
Dec 04, 2012 Jen A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, kindle
I recently inhaled Berg's Rai-Kirah trilogy of Transformation, Revelation, and Restoration, and overall I have to be honest and say that I really enjoyed these books -- the characters and the story lines.

This trilogy isn't perfect, as some reviewers have noted... Berg definitely could have created deeper, more nuanced characters (especially the women). And the 2nd and 3rd books suffer a bit from the lack of interaction between Seyonne and Alexander (this partnership that was the focus of the 1s
May 31, 2013 Kathi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Apr 13, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book restored my faith in the author, my interest in the series, and my hope for good people in the world--this fantasy world and my own. It was so sweet to see Seyonne involved in relationships again, and to realize the depth of his final sacrifice for the sake of his friends. I really won't forget this series because, after living inside something like 1,500 pages, I feel a bit of melydda magic ingrained in myself--the power to choose goodness and kindness, the power to stand strong again ...more
Jan 21, 2009 Ricky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked.

Maybe I was burned out after reading the first two, but I never did finish this book. By the time I was half way through I just couldn't be bothered with it anymore. I wanted to read something good and this book wasn't delivering.

They came back from the spirit world limbo the 2nd book played around in, but I couldn't care less. I wanted the main character to die (unfortunately he didn't) if for no other reason than it would end the writing and I wouldn't feel guilty about quitti
Nov 04, 2011 Contrarius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Good series. This last book got a little "wtf?" in spots, but it's still a very entertaining read. Berg does great character work, and all the tensions/misunderstandings/mistrust/manipulations between characters are believable and gripping. And Seyonne is one of my new favorite fantasy characters of all time.

This trilogy is going on my list for recommending to all those people out there who ask "I love Hobb, so who else should I read?". Seyonne is not nearly as whiny as Fitzchivalry, but Berg is
Aug 12, 2014 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
There were a lot of great ideas in this trilogy and the writing style itself was excellent. However, for all three books I couldn't connect with the characters and didn't feel as if any of the characters were bonding with each other despite how we're told that it is so. And while the events flowed into each other in a sensical (I'm making that a word) way, I couldn't shake the feeling that it all felt 'contrived'.

Though, I seem to be getting similar experiences from everything I read lately, so
Twice in Carol Berg's "Restoration," I became so frustrated and depressed over how the story was "progressing" that I put it down thinking not to continue. But, because I wanted to see how she was going to resolve things, I forced myself through. Similarly to how the second book goes on and on about nasty stuff and never seems to get anywhere, this book goes on and on about frustrating stuff and never seems to get anywhere. Yes. Carol Berg can write. I've got no doubt of her ability to craft wor ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Restoration, Book Three of The Rai-Kirah proves to be a worthy conclusion to this momentous drama. Seyonne, the Ezzarian Warden of Souls, disgraced in his homeland now seeks his young son, abandoned by his mother at birth. His search brings him into contact with a band of outlaws working against Aleksander’s Empire, an Empire which itself is about to outlaw Aleksander.
Seyonne finds himself again aiding Aleksander, this time to resort him to his rightful place.
He struggles to understand the cour
Thomas Brooke
Aug 25, 2015 Thomas Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been looking forward to writing this about this novel because Carol Berg is one of my favourite fantasy authors, and I don’t think she gets nearly enough credit for the fantastic stories and characters she creates. I emphasise the characters, because that is the strength of Carol Berg’s writing, her characters – and as far as I am concerned, that is the secret of good writing.

Carol Berg’s main character in this novel is Seyonne, a slave in the employ of Prince Aleksander, a ruler of a feuda
Apr 10, 2015 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was by far the best book of the trilogy, I'm so glad I kept reading! Not only does the author bring things much more successfully to a conclusion here, she does so in ways that leave the main character seeming much more active and doesn't depend so thoroughly on poor character communication to create drama. The story was interesting, the pacing good, and the situations thought provoking. Decidedly the best so far!!

I will say there were a few places where forced constraints on communication
Apr 10, 2016 TheCommuter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Completionists
I didn't hate it; I'm just never listening to it again.

Restoration: The culmination of the Rai-Kirah series. I love "doorstop" audiobooks with engaging characters, compelling stories, and rich worlds read by talented narrators. Well, duh. I've just described the perfect audiobook, right? Everything about the Rai-Kirah series ALMOST fits the bill.

Seyonne is engaging... pretty much... when he's not suffering from torture-induced amnesia (Revelation) or (view spoiler)
Jan 28, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Grand Finally, Book 3

The intensity of the build up to Seyonne's powers continues, as he attempts to aid Aleksander to recover his kingdom and free the people from oppression. This is compounded by the involvement of the nameless God imprisoned by Valder, who has been invading the dreams of Seyonne and others.

This is truly a great fantasy epic with detailed world building and strong characters. Be sure to read the trilogy in order: 1 - Transformation, 2 - Revelation, 3 - Restoration. Good bo
Petra Eriksson
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May 24, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
Writing: 4
Story: 4
Satisfaction: 4

A strong ending to a really good series. There were quite a few things left unanswered but the major plot points were addressed in a pretty satisfactory way.

In the beginning of Restoration, Seyonne has completely isolated his demon counterpart - a strange thing to start with since at the end of Revelation he seemed to be coming to grips with the togetherness. There are a couple main plot lines in Restoration. The first that comes about is Aleksander's Emperor fa
Jan 28, 2012 Quigui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Restoration is the book that closes the Rai-Kirah trilogy, and reveals much of the secrets of its world, specially when it comes to Ezzarian mythology. Things do not start easy for Seyonne, who is living with Blaise's rebels, but trying to keep his demon in check. Only he sometimes loses his mind and gets this urge to kill all humans. He has been postponing crossing the portal that leads to Kir'Navarrin in part because he wants to spend as much time as he can with his son, and in part because he ...more
Aug 27, 2007 An rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Restoration is an amazing third to Carol Berg's Rai-Kirah series. In this book, Aleksander's father is murdered and Aleksander himself suddenly finds that the strongest families in his Empire have turned against him. In a race against time to reclaim his throne, Aleksander finds strength in his closest ally, Seyonne. But Seyonne has his own problems as he struggles with his demon half for possession of his soul.

Restoration was very well written and the story ties up loose ends from the previous
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Shari  Mulluane
Nov 21, 2008 Shari Mulluane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol Berg does a great job with writing in first person, something that takes true talent to pull off. Her imaginative way of dealing with demons is delightful and I equally loved the challenges she puts in Seyonne's path. She successfully explores the pitfalls of absolute power and pushes the boundaries of loyalty and trust. She is a master of surprise, that is one of my greatest joys in this story, you know that nothing is ever exactly as it appears. That knowledge keeps you turning pages, wa ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the third in the Rai-Kirah series, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous two. A lot of it was good, but I found a lot of it too confusing, particularly the parts where the hero (Seyonne) goes back to duel with the Nameless God. It starts with Seyonne apparently enjoying a well earned rest, albeit in exile from his homeland, when his pastoral scene is interrupted by assassins. It turns out that his friend Aleksander is presumed to have killed the Emperror (his father) and the coun ...more
Meredith Galman
I have very mixed feelings about this conclusion to the Rai-Kirah trilogy. Berg's prose is as well-crafted as ever, and I enjoyed the first half very much, but as soon as Seyonne meets the prisoner of Tyrrad Nor, it begins to drag.

Almost nothing went the way I expected it to; that's not necessarily a bad thing, but I didn't think the author's choices were the most satisfying. I was puzzled by Seyonne's course of action, annoyed that it took him such an unconscionable amount of time to seek cruc
Because this is an older series and there are already a lot of good reviews, I am not giving individual reviews of each book, nor a long review of the entire series.

I read this series because of the recommendations by several members and authors on reddit/fantasy.

I am glad I took their advice. I loved the enthralling story, complex world and captivating characters. I liked it so much I will be reading it again.
Johndavid Petersen
I didn't realize this was the third book in the series until I finished it. It was still compelling and drew me in w/out leaving any confusion, filling in backstory as the story progressed. Not giving out too many details while enabling me to have an idea of what put the main character in the position he was in. I read this a few years before I wrote this and will likely read it again soon.
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