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The Oracle's Queen (Tamír Triad #3)

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Under the rule of a usurper king, the realm of Skala has suffered famine, plague, and invasion. But now the time for the rightful heir has come, a return to the tradition of warrior queens. And the Lightbearer’s prophecy is to be upheld at last: so long as a daughter of the royal line defends and rules, Skala will never be subjugated.

Now a mystical fire has burned away the
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Mass Market Paperback, 557 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Spectra
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Sandi
I thought The Tamir Triad was excellent. I must forewarn that the books should be read together because they really do form one story, not three stories that tie together.

I really liked the pacing of the story. With the exception of a rather lengthy discussion of the main villain's youth in the third book, it never lets up. Every action leads to the next in a realistic way.

I especially like how Flewelling dealt with the concept of gender identity, sexuality and growing up. Her protagonist is un
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Peggy
Aug 31, 2007 Peggy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
The perfect ending to a great trilogy. In some ways it felt stretched, but it was all worth it in the end for Tamir (formerly Tobin) and Korin's final battle. Also, the author did not shy away from showing how strange it must be to have your best friend suddenly change gender in front of you. Ki and Tamir's relationship is wonderfully complicated and angst-filled.
Nafiza
Oh my goodness, this had to be one of the most satisfying conclusions to a trilogy that I have ever read. It involved me fist pumping, beaming, reading breathlessly, awwing and you know, the whole spectrum of emotions. It was so so good to see Tamir come into her own as a woman, as a soldier and as a queen. It was very easy for me to forget that she was a mere fifteen at the time because the way she was written, seemed to be at least in her twenties. But experiences age a person far more and the ...more
Ais
Okay, fair warning that 1) this review is actually for the whole series because I read it all at once, and 2) this is a review I rediscovered that I wrote in 2010 right after finishing the series. As a result, I honestly don't remember enough specifics about the series to say whether I would feel exactly the same way about the series today or whether my opinion might change. Please keep those both in mind when reading this review.

Also note I tried to avoid spoilers but even at the time of writin
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Valerie
There are so many ways in which trilogies can go wrong - either they start off great and slowly decline, or become ruined because of a third book that makes no sense whatsoever.

Happily, The Oracle's Queen does neither of those. In fact, this is a trilogy that got better as it went along (after a very solid first book!) Flewelling does an excellent job of detailing character growth, from Korin's downward spiral to Ki slowly learning to accept Tamír as she is. Some of the problems were resolved e
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Chris
I must point out that overall I would give the whole series 4-5 stars. I just find this book to be weak.

Let me start with what I didn't like. I found it strange that a book that is, in part, about a woman's strength, only has one young woman. While the two older woman, who had larger parts in the first two books, are well protrayed, Tamir is surronded by men and boys in this last book. This makes sense because she used to "be" a boy. Flewelling, however, brings back Una, but gives her such a sma
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Jiny
The first book was fantastic. The second one is was not satisfying, but still good in some parts. The last book of the series fails to string everything together to give the reader a sense of fulfillment that an epic trilogy should.

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Kaila
This book was an okay conclusion to what was just an okay series. I felt that there was a lot of unnecessary fluff in every book that only served to bog the story down rather than propel the characters forward, and this book was the most guilty of that. Not that much really happened, even though it was supposed to feel like the climactic ending to a series. Instead, it just fell kind of flat. I mean the big bad baddy of the series died by (view spoiler) ...more
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Synopsis:

Under the rule of a usurper king, the realm of Skala has suffered famine, plague, and invasion. But now the time for the rightful heir has come, a return to the tradition of warrior queens. And the Lightbearer’s prophecy is to be upheld at last: so long as a daughter of the royal line defends and rules, Skala will never be subjugated.

Now a mystical fire has burned away the male body known as Prince Tobin, revealing Princess Tamír, a girl on the verge of womanhood–and a queen ready to cl
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Jenifer Thomas
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Sherwood Smith
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This book is the last in a trilogy. The reader is highly encouraged to get the first two books.

Mahti, a hill mage, comes down from the mountains in search of the girl who was once a boy. His form of magic is neither predictable nor easy; we don’t know whether or not to trust his vision or his motivations when we remember that in the first book in this series, it was this kind of magic that bound a pair of newborn twins--so that the girl could grow up in his body, the boy was sacrificed. This was
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Tracey, librarian on strike
The story begins (two books earlier) with a kingdom where the god has decreed that rule must be held by a queen of the blood. He meant it; the few times a man has usurped the throne there have been plagues, famines, and other signs of deific displeasure. However, the last queen was completely mad, and her son wound up with the crown as his sister was too young to rule... and then it turned out the sister had inherited a bit of the mother's mad streak... The king was a good ruler, and beloved des ...more
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Tom Bryant
The first two books in the series ("The Bone Doll's" Twin and "The Hidden Warrior") were great reads. They followed the standard medieval, sword and sorcery formula, with enough conflict and obstacles thrown in to keep the reader interested. However, "The Oracle's Queen" seemed out of sequence, and probably would have done better as the second book instead of the last. The relationship between Tamir and Ki developed nicely, but the story tended to be overtaken by secondary characters such as Nal ...more
Whitney
My thoughts/review for the first book apply to the series as a whole: a sword and sorcery fantasy with several unique twists and some heart-rending characters. Very hard hero's journey throughout.

I admired the series as a whole. I wasn't quite sure I believed the way everything worked out in the end. Don't get me wrong. After everything Tobin/Tamir had gone through I wanted it too. But I felt, for me at least, that after how hard a reader works to get Tobin/Tamir, Ki, and Arkoniel to the end th
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Yashima
Still awkward perspective changes and dialogues that have me asking "who said what". Anyways the story picks up momentum in the last installment of the triad.

Sometimes I am glad to read books that are not ASoIaF, stories where the good people do not all die where things work out. Still the Tamir Triad could have done with a little more loss and conflict. That is really why I gave only 4 stars to the previous 2 books. Things are just a little too easy for the heroes in my opinion.

But I enjoyed
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Gabrielle Morgan
It takes a lot for a book to put real tears in my eyes, but this one did. Especially the epilogue, Arkonial's words. I just...god. I wish I had words for all the things I'm feeling right now, but I just don't. All I can say is that this is such a brilliant, gorgeous story, and I'm so incredibly glad I discovered this author and took the recommendation to read it. I feel like something vital would be missing from my life now if I hadn't. There aren't many books I've wanted to keep as close to my ...more
Sandra
Well I have to give this one four stars. It's definitely better than the first two. The ending is awesome. I read several reviews criticizing teenage angst... yet I think anyone who has a sex change operation would have some issues with their body.... even a fantasy sex change such as this one. The beginning drags a little, but after getting into it, and the build up to Tamir's confrontation with brother, her mother, Iya, and all the others; her developing relationship with Ki; and the lovely wr ...more
Magan tea
I could not stand the wait for this book. I had no access to it the first year it was published, and i still remember the day that i graduated from army basic training, they let us go off base and strangely the first place i went was to a book store to buy this.I was not disappointed, it was as enthralling and complex as the others and kept its hooks in me from the start. i will admit if you read all three in quick succession they can overload a bit and get you a little confused. but still next ...more
Junkie for the Written Word
This book got an extra star for my overall enjoyment of the series, and up until the very end of this book the whole thing had me reading like I was on crack cocaine. It built you up and you couldn't wait to see the finished product of what the whole thing had been building up to...


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Then it just ended. That's it. It just ended and it gave you a nice little epilogue about how great shit had been. Tamir had been a good and powerful queen, the land prospered, look at this sta
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Joshua Berkey
I read a lot of fantasy books. With that in mind, this is definitely one that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys them as I do. The premise of this series, while not unique in the overriding premise, is unique in the execution of that premise. The writing is smooth and engaging, drawing you into the lives of the characters and making you care for them. This series joins the Kushiel series from Jacquelyn Carey on my very short list of must read fantasy series. Definitely worth your time.
Mothwing
I took this book with me everywhere and read whenever there was time (while cooking, while waiting for the movie to start in the cinema, etc.), so it was really good. It was a sound conclusion to the trilogy, but it did not tie up all ends as much as I wished, especially where Tamir's body and gender identity was concerned.

To the end, it was not clear to me as what Tamir IDs. She does say that she's a girl, but she's still incredibly disassociated from her body. In this world only male and fema
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Jaime B.
Loved this book great ending.... only reason i gave it 4/5 instead of 5/5 is because the main characters should have hooked up in the book instead of implied
Kasia
Although I loved the previous tomes of the Tamir Triad, I must say the third and final one left me disappointed. In general, The Oracle's Queen is cliche galore. In the previous two books, Flewelling had weaved unique characters such as Brother and Tamir into an interesting, often scary and disturbing tale. However, instead of reaching their full potential in the final book, both the main characters and their fates are treated in a unoriginal fashion. For example, Tamir's dealing with her transf ...more
Felicia
I forgot I read this series a few years back and LOVED it. Definitely one of my faves.
Manuel Dalle
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Jody Nightbow
This is a good solid conclusion to a good solid trilogy. I enjoyed it a whole bunch and will probably reread it in time. I don't think it was as strong as The Bone Doll's Twin, but still, very very good. I only wish there had been a really nit-picking editorial review before publication, because, as is the case with almost all her books, there are some clanking moments that a wicked line editor could have corrected. ("The battlefield was a scene of carnage" comes to mind. Really? Which distingui ...more
Elin the Lightship
The conclusion. Everything has led up to this.
And it could not have been better.

Tamír, previously Tobin, is facing some really hard decisions. Do what's best for her or what's best for the kingdom? Or are they both the same? Struggling with the big rift in the country between those loyal to her and those to her cousin Korin, she must do whatever it takes to unite the land. And build a greater one.
But she doesn't do whatever it takes. No, she is too honorable for that. Kind, forgiving, honest bu
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