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The Golden Shrine (Opening of the World #3)

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  166 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Continuing the alternate-Bronze-Age epic begun in Beyond the Gap:

The glaciers came and covered the world with ice. Now they are in retreat. North of the city of Nidaros, north of the forest, north of the steppes where the nomadic Bizogots hunt, a gap has opened in the ice-wall. And down through that gap come the men who call themselves "Rulers."

Their terrifying cavalry rid
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ebook, 336 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Tor Books (first published August 25th 2009)
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David R.
Dec 29, 2009 David R. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Like the earlier two books in this trilogy, there is (a) a journey from the south to the north and back (although in this one the directions get reversed), (b) endless redundant conversation/banter between the mostly unlikable characters, and (c) long periods of talking and walking punctuated by the occasional action/battle. Hmm. Just like the Wizard of Oz?? Mercifully, the series has ended, although the wrap-up device is totally absurd. Too bad. This was really a good concept for an alternative ...more
Outmind
3.25/5 (both for the book, and the series as a whole)

You know, i enjoyed the first book a lot. The characters kept discovering interesting things and meeting interesting peoples, and at the time their constant babble didn't irritate me. By the time got to the 3rd book however, i couldn't wai t to finally get it over with.

The amount of repetition, both in dialog, scenery and story progression was just ridiculous - they are constantly talking about the same stuff, doing the same things etc. Couple
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Joel Flank
Feb 26, 2017 Joel Flank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Count Hamnet has tried everything in his power to stop the invasion of the lands below the glacier from the Rules, who have invaded through the gap which has melted through it. Unfortunately, the Rulers have a superior military, including mammoth cavalry, and superior wizards and sorcery, which neither Imperial wizards nor Bizogot tribal shamans can match. His one secret weapon, a shaman from a lost tribe from the mountain peaks above the glacier was nullified after suffering a head injury in ba ...more
Clay Kallam
Jan 28, 2011 Clay Kallam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
You know what you’re getting with Harry Turtledove – and you know what you won’t get.

You won’t get books in which images replace narrative, and bleak is as good as it gets. You will get an actual story, with beginning, middle and end, and you will be in the hands of a professional writer on every page. You won’t get lyric genius, or attempts to show the readers just how much verbal virtuosity can be crammed onto a single page. You will get what is known as a good read, and most important, unless
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Kim A
May 02, 2010 Kim A rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read the previous books in the series. I had seen Turtledove's name several times in the fantasy/sci-fi section of the library and bookstores, and thought I might as well try it out.

I debated between 'didn't like it' and OK. If I don't like a book, I won't read it--but I was interested enough to make it to the end of the book, if rather slowly. The characters were somewhat interesting, the world of the Rulers and Bizogots and their shamanistic magic somewhat interesting.

The ending was d
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David
Apr 14, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More climatic than the other two books in the series. The reference to the book of Daniel in the Bible would root this tale into the future which is pretty difficult to imagine it being so backwards in the future. Count Hamnet as the hero-yet-not-a-hero was a little tiring and again there's too much sex.
Drmorton
Aug 30, 2015 Drmorton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the weakest book in the trilogy, Harry Turtledove seemed to have drawn out the battles a bit to much, were one epic battle probably would have been better, you kind of know what to expect in the end so drawing it out didn't make it any more suspenseful. other then that still an enjoyable series, would recommend to anyone you likes fantasy quest novels.
The Docta
It was good. Often times the characters would repeat themselves or repeat justifications in their minds. This was almost like the author was trying to continuously make justifications for the characters. I am not sure if the repeated phrases made it more realistic or just sloppy. But the story was really fun and so were the characters.
Bruce
Nov 21, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last of a trilogy. Suffers from only one fault, persisting in Turtledove's writing style, of not being easily read or enjoyed without the preceding volumes. Taking that into account a good story, well told, and marred by only a few unexplained things.
Jayw
Disillusioned noble & smart alec side kick join forces with mammoth herding tundra dwellers and ice-beauty wizard to do battle with deer riding baddies from the other side of the glacier while searching for golden shriners. Part III of the trilogy.
B.  Barron
May 27, 2010 B. Barron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
It probably deserves a 3, and maybe it is that I have simply read too many of his ‘World War’ type books, but this one was pretty formula. It has some good things, but nothing really new or creative. Supposedly set at the end of the ice age, or an ice age, its pretty standard fantasy fair.
alan douglas dalrymple
The Golden shrine showed up.

Maybe really a three, but I still liked it even if I saw what was coming early on. Kind of ended on a whimper and many ends not tied up well. Harry's heart wasn't in it all the way to the end.
David Todd
End of a nice thrilgy. Turtledove imagines an unusual place and time and dragged me in. Enjoyable diversion.
Gwen
Jan 17, 2014 Gwen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, finished the series. Entertaining but nothing spectacular.
Mark
Oct 05, 2010 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guessed the ending long before it happened The hero's actions afterward was very annoying and not all heroic. I'm wondering if this was an earlier work that the author fixed up.
Donnelle
I found it relatively difficult to relate to the main protagonist, but there were some scathing moments of sarcasm from another character, which I absolutely adored.
Elaine Nelson
Not overwhelmingly great, but a decent read. Third of a trilogy, but I found it pretty easy to pick up what might have happened in the prior two books.
Brentman99
Dec 27, 2013 Brentman99 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like Turtledove's writing.
This was a series that got better as it went along. It had a good ending and I enjoyed the series. Good plot and characters made it a worthwhile read.
Russell Anderson
Jul 01, 2010 Russell Anderson rated it it was ok
I can't get into Harry Turtledove's books. The plot progresses but the characters seem distant.
Kurt Vosper
Jun 24, 2013 Kurt Vosper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See book 1
Sue
Sep 06, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-and-sf
Third book of the trilogy.

These books were not outstandingly well-written, & in fact the 2nd & 3rd books weren't as intriguing as the first one, imho. But entertaining nevertheless.
Ron
Jan 17, 2010 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, war
Interesting end to the Gap series which flips the reader's time frame in the last few chapters. Be sure to read the 1st two volumes so you know the characters and situation. Enjoy!
Craig Robinson
Jan 21, 2016 Craig Robinson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
had to give up on this dumb story... don't waste your time...
Eric Evans
Sep 19, 2015 Eric Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The end of an enjoyable trilogy. A little lackluster but seems to be his writing style. Seems like a little more time could have been put into the golden shrine but overall great book.
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Dr Harry Norman Turtledove is an American novelist, who has produced a sizeable number of works in several genres including alternate history, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction.

Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977.

Turtledove has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History". Within this genre he is known both for creating original sce
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Opening of the World (3 books)
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