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Fortress of Owls (Fortress #3)

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"I Dreamed of Owl. That Means Wizardry is Near."

Tristen is a weapon in an ancient war between wizardry and sorcery. He is a summoning and a shaping, brought to life by a wizard. And his sword is a weapon as well. Its keen blade, marked Illusion on one side and Truth on the other, once helped Tristen win the throne of Ylesuin for the young king Cefwyn, gaining Tristen the s
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Harper Voyager (first published December 9th 1998)
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May 01, 2013 JBradford rated it really liked it
It was almost by accident that I discovered this amazing series by Cherryh, who rather quickly has become one of my favorite authors. I have noted in previous reviews that this very definitely is a series that should be read from beginning to end; in order to follow the action with any sense of understanding, you must start with the first volume and proceed forthwith. There are two reasons for this. One is that the central character, Tristen, is in effect created anew by an aged wizard at the ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It started out strong, and just kind of finished poorly. Not my kind of book I guess.
Sep 10, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Second read Aug 26, 2008
Nov 01, 2016 Rik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy, war
Nothing new to say about this book. I liked the previous books, and this fits well with the series (it's slow, detailed and intriguing).
Jun 05, 2012 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I struggled through the first book and found the second book more enjoyable, so I had an expectation that this book would also be worth reading. While the plot moves forward in "Fortress of Owls," the plodding nature of the narrative made it hard to want to finish the book. And then, once I did, it was a completely unsatisfying ending. (I was reading it as an ebook and didn't realize I was in the last chapter until I got to the last page.) It was a very frustrating conclusion to a mediocre book. ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I expected:
I have read books #1 and #2 of this series and found them engaging and entertaining. This book continues the series, so I expect more about Sihhe Lords and their magic and the key characters of the series; Tristen, Cefwyn, Ninévrisë, Idrys and Emuin.

What it was:
This book continues Tristen's and Cefwyn's adventures as two separate threads through the book, with messengers occasionally flitting between them, treacherous as it may be for the messenger! Cefwyn is king and settled in
Apr 10, 2015 Myridian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, e-book, library
This is another installment in the fortress series and I feel like I've settled into the story. We continue to follow Tristen and Cefwyn as Tristen becomes the lord of Amefel and Cefwyn continues to try to cement his reign in the north and prepare for war to win back his bride's land.

The story continues to be remarkably engaging. I feel deeply involved in the characters and in the plot. Cherryh's sense of pacing is also excellent and there is a lyricism to the writing that I love. This still do
Sep 14, 2011 Kathi rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

Although the ending is completely unsatisfying, the book itself was wonderful. Cherryh's language always matches the storyline--dreamy, confused, ominous, clear, joyous, wondering, crafty... as the plot changes, so the language seems to change to fit.

Tristen, still an enigma, still a wonder and a danger, becomes more and more himself through the course of the book. Cefwyn and his wife also mature and wield statecraft in halls both great and small. And Emuin, wizard and adviser, also becomes
Keith Vai
Mar 24, 2016 Keith Vai rated it liked it
The third book in teh series moves the story from the capital and the King to Tristan and the southern barrons.


Seriously, thats how the book felt. Lots of talk about almost nothing and then an abrupt ending.
Which made me realize that this isnt a novel so much as its a soap opera.

There is a tiny amount of magic, a ton of conversations, some political intrigue, and a lot of hand wringing about what to do. A LOT of questioning and doubt, so much so, that im rather tired of it. Im also frust
Aaron Humphrey
Apr 10, 2010 Aaron Humphrey rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The third book in Cherryh's Fortress series suffers a bit from the slow pace that is endemic to her fantasy stories. Very little seems to really happen, mostly just Cefwyn and Tristen, who mostly alternate viewpoint chapters, adjusting to the changes in their circumstances from the end of the last book. They are preparing for action, in both cases, and perhaps the problem here is that the book happens in the winter. The action does pick up again close to the end, and gives hopes that the next ...more
James Ladd
Oct 09, 2015 James Ladd rated it liked it
The Fortress series does tend to wander a bit, less about a particular singular story than exploring the world; granted there is the overarching theme of impending war that does serve to push things along. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with exploring the world a bit when it's such a beautifully crafted one.
Jul 30, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and I like the series. It emphasizes court politics over action but there's plenty of that, too. Tristen is an intriguing character. I also like watching Cefwyn rise to the occasion from profligate prince to King with a big learning curve.
Nov 17, 2014 Klanderson rated it liked it
I get lost in all the characters. And the writing is a bit convoluted. But I'll still keep reading the series!
May 04, 2015 Caroline rated it liked it
This is a tale of powerful men and politics and magic. I wanted there to be more to it, but that's really what it's about. Enjoyable for that; but it could have been so much more.
Jan 19, 2012 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
More of the same for this series. Definitely a middle book, but a good one, felt very much like a continuation of the last book, and the fact that it ends on a cliffhanger is a little bit annoying.
Mark Lacy
Nov 24, 2013 Mark Lacy rated it really liked it
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Not as good as the first two books in the series. Didn't seem like a lot happened over the course of 400 pages. Wanted to see more movement.
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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