The Summer Palace: Volume Three of the Annals of the Chosen
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The Summer Palace: Volume Three of the Annals of the Chosen (Annals of the Chosen #3)

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All of the worldis kept in a delicate balance under the supervision of the Wizard Lord. Itis his duty to govern lightly and protect his domain…but if he should stray from the way of the just then it is up to the Chosen to intercede. The Chosen are the Leader, the Seer, the Swordsman, the Beauty, the Thief, the Scholar, the Archer, and the Speaker, magically infused mortal...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Tor Books
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K. Axel
Oct 12, 2008 K. Axel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of watt-evans, robin hobb and bruce fergusson
I have loved these three books from the very start, I think perhaps, because they remind me slightly about the Obsidian Chronicles, which I absolutely loved.

Watt-evans creates a simple, yet strange universe with wizards, ler, small communities and a strange ruling system that has been used for over 700 years. The main character, a man once called Breaker, but now called Sword, is sympathetic and also a man of action. He is constantly wondering about the world, about their ruling system, but in t...more
So the author invents this world in which W, X, Y and Z are true. The characters have some adventures and then realize that W is easy to fix, X was fundamentally a bad idea, Y would never have happened if all the world's magic users weren't paranoid idiots, and Z actually was false all along. So then they have a world which is... well, very much like medieval Earth, except there's some magic which is mostly irrelevant.

I dunno. He was doing pretty well in the first two books in the series, but th...more
Ed Heichel
This series continually improved as it progressed. A very satisfactory end to the trilogy where Watt-Evans manages to keep the nativity of his protagonist even after his previous adventures. I'm considering retreading the series with special interest in the commerce system to see if there's a deeper message there as I saw some pretty strong hints about that in the. Dry beginning and very end of this trilogy. Not an action-fest by any means but still highly entertaining and engrossing.
Another Watt-Evans-style story, with the hero trying to hide for an entire winter in an abandoned palace. Issues like food, water, warmth and light become as big a deal as killing the "evil" wizard. Worth reading if you like Watt-Evans; not a good place to start, though.
Worst book of the series. Slow as all hell, the ending would have been great if the wizard lord died after a battle but no he dies like a coward. The ending was also long as the line to hell, really fucking annoying.
Lynn Calvin
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