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The Iron Palace (Shadowed Path #3)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  159 ratings  ·  16 reviews

Seventeen years have passed since Yim, an ex-slave blessed by the benevolent goddess Karm, sacrificed her body—and perhaps her very soul—to Lord Bahl, avatar of the evil Devourer. In that selfless act, Yim stripped Lord Bahl of his power but became pregnant with his son. Now that son, Froan, is a young man. And though Yim has raised him in the remote Grey
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Del Rey (first published 2010)
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Terri (Reading By Starlight)
The Iron Palace doesn’t read exactly as advertised: Yim and Honus are apart for the vast majority of the story, traveling alone on their own separate quests. Yim wasn’t quite as strong as I remembered from the first two books, but that could be because she’s spent years hiding, attempting to be as dull as possible. Honus is more interesting to return to, as he’s become bitter and hateful toward the goddess Karm. He turns around quickly though, and a “retired” Sarf tells him more of the story of ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this series up to its climactic ending. As I’ve found with Morgan Howell’s books he always has a very bittersweet ending to his books. The story continues off seventeen years after Yim gives birth to her son Froan. The story revolves around the struggle of The Devourer (a “god” who literally wishes to devour all good in the world) and the goddess Karm who is the epitome of love and compassion. Karm’s power is failing in the world and the fight is close to ending with The Dev ...more
Delicious Strawberry
Having enjoyed Morgan Howell's Queen of the Orcs trilogy and the first two books in this one, I was eager to complete the trilogy. I was disappointed in the last book because Yim and Honus had to suffer even more and be parted seemingly forever.

Seventeen years have passed and Yim and her son have been living in relative safety in the Gray Fens while mother tries to keep a dark secret from her son. Of course, such an effort has come to naught as the servants of Lord Bahl are determined to have th
Forgotten Realms Queen
The final stop in the story of Yim, the slave, bearer, and Chosen of the goddess Karm; and her love Honus, a sarf sworn to protect her.

They have been through so much up until now. Honus' bretheren have been slaughtered and the religion of Karm almost wiped off the face of the earth. Yim and Honus have almost lost their lives time and time again, trying to defeat the evil lord Bhaal and prevent the final arising of the Destroyer. Yim sacrified her body and her innocence to take the final step on
At first I had a hard time getting through this book. A lot of it was from Froan's perspective and he was a pretty unlikable character. However, when the tale turned to Yim and Honus the book really got my attention.

Yim and Honus have a very endearing relationship. They both understand that even though they may love each other there are other things that come before each other.

I am conflicted by the ending. It seems Morgan Howell has a revulsion to a typical happy ending. He prefers the bitters
Gary Morgan

I have read all of this author's works and loved every one of them. We can only hope he writes more!
Stephanie Krause
If I hadn't been on the subway in my makeup for work first thing this morning, I'd have cried at the end of this book. It's not a super-happy-ending, but it was the right ending for the series. I loved following Yim and Honus' journeys in all three books, and I'm excited to read the next trilogy that Morgan Howell comes up with... Hopefully it will also be another tale told in the same world, as I WAS delighted to find that the Shadowed Path was in the same world, if not the same age, as the Orc ...more
I find this trilogy very hard to review. I enjoyed them and wanted to find out what would happen next, but I found the writing to be pretty flawed throughout the books, and it was repetitive at times. I am glad I read them and will probably check out his other trilogy, but I am spoiled with fantasy books because I have read some truly fantastic writers over the years in the genre. Overall, a decent read but not great.
This book, especially the ending, redeemed the series. I've enjoyed the relationship of Yim and Honus throughout and wanted to find out how things ended, so I kept with it. I found the first two books much too predictable. Here, the climax was fitting, and the very end for Honus and Yim was just perfect.
A bittersweet ending for a morbid tale. Well written satisfying conclusion. My favorite character throughout this series was Honus and I was happy with his evolution
Basically, what the other reviewers have said. Really good read, hard ending, because it's not the way you really want it to end, but still a good ending.
This was just ghastly. I am going to stay far away from anything by this writer.

Really, really awful.
A very fitting end to the trilogy. Maybe a little rushed at the end, but I can live with it.
Cory Bertsch
Wow, an amazing conclusion to the series. I loved it.
OMG talk about dark fantasy...!
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Morgan Howell is the pseudonym of author Will Hubbell. Hubbell uses his own name when writing childrens' picture books and for his science fiction novels published by Ace. He uses the name Morgan Howell for his recent fantasy writing, citing the darkness of the writing.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Rochester Institute of Technology, MORGAN HOWELL is a full-time writer who lives in upstate
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Other Books in the Series

Shadowed Path (3 books)
  • A Woman Worth Ten Coppers (Shadowed Path, #1)
  • Candle in the Storm (Shadowed Path, #2)
King's Property (Queen of the Orcs, #1) Clan Daughter (Queen of the Orcs, #2) Royal Destiny (Queen of the Orcs, #3) A Woman Worth Ten Coppers (Shadowed Path, #1) Candle in the Storm (Shadowed Path, #2)

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