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The Fatal Child (Cup of the World #3)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Go to Tuscolo, and you will die.

Ambrose, Prince Under the Sky, is haunted by the ominous words of his ancestor. He shuns his rightful throne and remains in the desolate wastelands, a ragged and hidden king, searching for the secret that will lift the curse of a weeping goddess.

Then one day a young princess comes to him, a girl so enchanting, so beautiful, that his life is
Hardcover, 548 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by David Fickling Books (first published November 6th 2008)
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Jean Smith
This had the promise to be a great book, the issue was the ending, it didn't really end just left you feeling really deflated and horrified. A bit like the 2 nd world war no winner just losers. Although at least the people celebrated at the end of the 2nd world war, in this book you just have the sense that the story will just start again to end in another war. No one was happy, no one married the person they lived a real thumbs down. Such a shame as this could have been as good as the hobbit an ...more
Aug 20, 2016 Eskana rated it really liked it
This book is the conclusion of Dickinson's twisting fantasy trilogy that started with "The cup of the World," which by the way I highly recommend.

This book finally reveals the underlying motivation of the Weeping Goddess Beyah, who cursed the people of the land for generations. It also reveals the continued efforts of Phaedra and her son Ambrose to end this curse. As always, Dickinson's book is filled with brilliant descriptions, twisting plots, and characters that are realistic and relatable an
Nov 21, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
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This spectacular high fantasy is the third book in a trilogy including THE CUP OF THE WORLD and THE WIDOW AND THE KING. Dickinson uses a mixture of political intrigue, frightening battles, and treacherous relationships.

The novel starts with Thomas Padry, counselor to King Gueronius, saving a mysterious young girl in the midst of a battle. Atti is a beautiful child, and as the years pass Padry finds peace in her presence.

When Atti decides she mus
Oct 29, 2015 Attila rated it liked it
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Ambrose, the last of an ancient royal family, leads a sequestered life in the wastelands, trying to solve the mystery of the Weeping Goddess whose tears poison the land and the hearts of the people. After a time, he is sought out by a young princess whose family was killed by the usurper. She asks for his help, but Ambrose refuses. Later however, they fall in love and get married, and Ambrose decides to claim his rightful throne. However, in this shadowy and mysterious kingdom nothing is as it s ...more
Oct 24, 2009 Phoebe rated it it was amazing
The third and last volume in this superb series. Ambrose is now a young man, and lord of Tarceny. Events conspire to make him King of all the land, and it seems he will be a good one--but for his love for Atti, the orphaned lady of Baldwin. The "fatal child" of the title, Atti will be the downfall of Ambrose and will cost the kingdom dearly. This novel is a little less bleak than the middle one, and has less of the creepy supernatural element, but it still grips the reader. Nicely tied up at the ...more
Jun 26, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
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It is strange to me that this series that I had never heard of before has integrated itself into my life. I have yet to read the first one, but I know already that the characters and the storyline in these books are ones that will stay with me. There are some books that have a way of lingering and the people in them become more like neighbors. I will stop and think, "I haven't seem Ambrose for a while..." and then realize he is a character in a book. That's what these books did. They are good an ...more
Feb 08, 2010 Amy rated it did not like it
Rather disappointed in this one. The beauty of the first two lays partially in their serious nature--bad stuff does happen. But I guess I was looking for something more final and uplifting in the final book. I won't say more to avoid spoilers, but maybe I'll try it again someday and see if I feel the same way.
May 31, 2012 Victoria rated it liked it

All I can say is FINALLY. Finally this series is over. I was about ready, ages ago, to just say kill them all. Just end it already!

I thought the entire series had enticing elements, undercraft being one of them, but all in all, it was boring. Would I read it again? No.
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I think this is the best book in the trilogy, but could be a bit less gloomy and dark.
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John Geoffrey Hyett Dickinson (born June 1962) is an English author of young adult novels, and has also written one adult novel- Lightstep.
Dickinson lives in Painswick, Gloucestershire with his wife, Pippa Thomson, and two children. He is the household cook, an accountant & church treasurer when he's not writing.
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