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Antiphon (Psalms of Isaak #3)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  700 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Nothing is as it seems to be.

The ancient past is not dead. The hand of the Wizard Kings still reaches out to challenge the Androfrancine Order, to control the magick and technology that they sought to understand and claim for their own.

Nebios, the boy who watched the destruction of the city of Windwir, now runs the vast deserts of the world, far from his beloved Marsh Quee
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Tor Books
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May 28, 2012 Peterwilliam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is interesting that what didn't work well for me in the first book, and through parts of the second, has grown upon me in this third addition to the Psalms of Isaak. I can't quite put my finger on it, but am desperately searching for any news on Requiem. I take it that the author has been occupied with personal matters which has delayed Requiem. The rocketing pace of the final 100 - 150 pp of Antiphon have me eagerly awaiting the next. When out, Requiem will be one of those books where everyt ...more
S. James Nelson
I really, really wanted this book to shine. Unfortunately, it took me almost a year to read it, which says a lot about it. I enjoyed books 1 and 2, but not until about the last 60-100 pages did I really feel like this one engaged me.

Through most of the book, I felt like nothing was going on, or that I just had no idea what was going on because maybe I didn’t get the clues that must have been dropped along the way. Plus, too many PoV characters. I get one chapter with someone, then am on to the n
Oct 05, 2010 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Antiphon by Ken Scholes- This is the third book in The Psalms of Isaak series. The first book is Lamentation, the second book is Canticle, the fourth book, Requiem, and the fifth book, Hymn, are yet to be released with no set release date at the time of this review. Ken Scholes has written only one other novel called Last Flight of the Goddess. He has written a number of short stories and even has a book of his collected short fiction called Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Journeys. Antiphon ...more
Julia Dvorin
Dec 04, 2010 Julia Dvorin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Enjoyed this installment quite a bit as well, although I am getting a bit frustrated at all the mystery and intrigue that keeps growing and growing (not that it isn't well done--I just want it resolved!) I felt like it took me a good while to get into the book and to even understand half of the different intrigues and mysteries that were going on, and that when I finally did start to put the pieces together, the book ended without getting satisfaction as to what was going to happen to all partie ...more
Oct 01, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
As always with this series, I was supremely confused until about halfway through when everything started to make sense and I remembered why I was so desperate to hold the next book in my hands the year before. The story of this world is really exciting, and nothing like any fantasy I've ever read before. Maybe that's one of the reasons I find it so confusing. Other reasons: that's just Scholes's style, no exposition. BUT I feel like he could work on his description a little. I need it to be vivi ...more
Sep 01, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't tell if it's a virtue that this was such a slow burn. By the end of this book, the entire premise is barely reconcilable with where we started. But I've been bored in so many places along the way that I think a book could have come out somewhere here.

For what it's worth, not super clear where things are at now, but the second half of this book went completely bonkers and I need to continue and see where we go from here.

I think that this series really strains credulity in three places:
Naga Di Kandang
First, I've absolutely loved the series so far. This is the first volume that has disappointed me. I found Antiphon to have a bad case of middle-book syndrome. The plots and layers and schemes and conspiracies and deceits that have been engaging have tipped my personal threshold into, "Oh, no. *Now* what's not true?"

I still enjoyed it, and I plan to read the remaining volumes, but I felt this one suffered for having two more to go. Perhaps five books is too many for this story?
Mar 26, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
Working from the assumption that people reading this book ("Antiphon") in Ken Scholes' "The Psalms of Isaak" series liked the previous two books, I'd say that they should like this book even more. The writing, world, plot and characters are all excellent. The biggest complaints I had with the previous book (the antagonist's omniscience and omnipotence) have been toned down to a far more reasonable point. Yes, the enemies are far more powerful than the protagonists. But, it's possible to make som ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I picked up Requiem the beginning of March. It is the 4th in PSALMS of Isaak series. I enjoyed reading it so much I immediately grabbed Lamentation, Canticle, and Antiphon from the library and have completed them back to back, The good news is that the last in the series is available and I won't have to wait to see what happens to the Great Mother and her Child of Promise, to either of the two Winterias, aw gee, there are so many characters I like in this series that you will need to re ...more
Dec 08, 2010 Bukminster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
A great return to form after a realtively disappointing book two. Much wider in scope than the last book, with a compelling narrative. A fun read.
Sep 06, 2010 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, fantasy
Antiphon is book three of The Psalms of Isaac, a five book epic fantasy series. Wait, don’t leave if you haven’t read the first two books. It’s not entirely necessary to have read them to enjoy this volume, although I recommend doing so. The author takes care to refresh our memories of events that happened in the first two books and provide explanations for those who pick up the series with Antiphon, but the level of understanding and satisfaction will be enhanced with the detail in the first tw ...more
Feb 25, 2012 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
[7/10] I'm still interested in finding out how the Psalms of Isaac epic ends, but I struggled with this third volume. I'm impressed by the scale of conflict and the skill of the author in keeping track of plot twist after plot twist, but some of the thrill from following the fate of Neb and Winters, Rudolfo and Jin Li Tan is gone. I'm trying to identify what elements of the story are responsible for pulling me out of the mood and why I've become emotionally uninvolved in the fate of the main cha ...more
Bryan Schmidt
Sep 02, 2010 Bryan Schmidt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When I discovered Ken Scholes' "Lamentation," it was on a TOR add inside the front cover of an issue of The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy last fall. Being a man of faith, the title immediately caught my eye. But it was when I saw Orson Scott Card's recommendation that I knew I had to read it. Card called wrote: "This is the golden age of fantasy, with a dozen masters doing their best work. Then along comes Ken Scholes, with his amazing clarity, p
Adam Shaeffer
Oct 30, 2014 Adam Shaeffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I enjoyed the previous two volumes in the Psalms of Isaak, but this installment was amazing. Scholes has done a great job of layering the story through both Lamentation and Canticle so that Antiphon is surprising but believable in light of hints he threw out earlier. Each successive novel in this series has revealed a greater depth and breadth to the larger story arc. Ive loved the mix of fantasy, sci-fi, and steampunk elements in this series, and Antiphon builds on each of them in ways tha ...more
Aug 22, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do mechoservitors, kin-wolves, kin ravens, Behemoth, the Marsh King, and gypsies have to do with each other? All are part of this third installment of "The Psalms of Isaak." Runners deliver messages and search the land with the use of magic and black root; Nebios is hunted and called "Abomination;" Jin Li Tam makes an unexpected journey with Jakob; and Winter and Ria discover the tenuous tie that binds them. All the while, mechoservitors hurry to meet together to save the Antiphon. Come rea ...more
Oct 15, 2013 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing: 4.5
Story/Plot: 4
Depth/Detail: 4.5
Enjoyment: 4

Antiphon picks up where Canticle left off, right in the middle of the massive conflict that is coming to a head - the opposing forces of the Y'Zir, the children of Whym, the Crimson Emperess approaching. The mechoservitors are spread out and on opposing sides, and Rudolfo is breaking down emotionally. Antiphon jumps from one drama to the next, one tough decision to the next, one tragedy to the next.

The writing is as high quality as the previo
Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 Beth Cato rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in, 2011, fantasy
A load of things happened in the first two books, but to try and summarize: Two years ago, the city of Windwir was annihilated by the use of the Seven Cacophonic Deaths. The time since then has been full of strife and civil war, from the forests of Rudolph and his magicked gypsies, to the homeless Marshlanders and their now-replaced Queen Winteria. Worse, it seems the fall of Windwir was generations in the making by a force beyond the Named Lands. The son of Rudolph and Jin Li Tam has been decla ...more
Melissa Hayden
Sep 03, 2010 Melissa Hayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Oh, where do I start with this one. Ken has to have a metal mans memory for the wondrous things he does here. To remember all the little threads he starts, then we get to the new things created here. This book takes Fantasy to a whole new level with the old fantasy feel and mechanicals mixed in, then there are magicks in the mix and hints of gods and different worlds. This series is truly one of the most in depth mesmerizing epic fantasy reads I have been captivated by. The author is really tale ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Viccy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War is coming to the Named Lands. Rudolfo, his queen, Jin Li Tam and their son, Jakob are confronted at every turn by betrayals and difficulties. Winteria bar Mardic, queen of the Marsh Folk has been supplanted by her sister, Winteria the elder, who is preaching the gospel of Y’Zir and torturing people to bring them to her beliefs. Nebios Homeseeker is stranded in the Churning Wastes, besieged by blood-magicked scouts who fight him at every turn. He has found the Homeland and must get there by a ...more
Jul 08, 2011 Rupe added it
The Psalms of Isaak is a bizarre series. I remember being distracted by the names of a couple of the characters in the first book, but now the characters have sort of adjusted my preconceptions around their names--that's pretty hard trick to pull off for any writer.

I've barely started this book, so here's a quick primer on what these books are: They're mostly fantasy, but not your standard-issue swords-and-sorcery stuff. There are a few familiar tropes to wrap your mind around, but nothing in an
Brian Taylor
Sep 12, 2013 Brian Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Antiphon is the third book in the Psalms of Isaak series. You’re going to want to read the first two books before reading this one. They’re both excellent books anyway so you really don’t have much of an excuse. If you haven’t heard of Ken Scholes yet you’re in for a treat. His books will be your new addiction. He leaves you wanting more, and more, and more.

From the publisher:

Nothing is as it seems to be.

The ancient past is not dead. The hand of the Wizard Kings still reaches out to challenge th
Michael Cummings
Mar 27, 2012 Michael Cummings rated it it was amazing
When this series began, there were complaints from some reviewers that the destruction of Windwir seemed too inconsistent. Why did Neb survive, but not others? What was the nature of the destruction that it could raze the city, but leave random individuals untouched? At the time, I attributed this to the randomness of destructive nature - if you've ever looked at what did and didn't survive a tornado as it decimates a community, you know what I mean.

Antiphon takes a stab at starting to give the
Nov 10, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
c2010: Wikipedia tells me, reliably, that an Antiphon is a term used in Christian music to describe a "responsory" by a choir or congregation, usually in Gregorian chant, to a psalm or other text in a religious service or musical work. So, how does this title describe the book? From the blurb "the song pouring out of a silver crescent that was found in the wastes." The series is entitled the "Psalms of Isaak" and there is a religious theme that runs through the books but more illustrative of how ...more
David Biondi
Nov 27, 2010 David Biondi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
The best way I can think to describe this book is like having to drive to disney world. The book started off strong which is like how excited you are the night before you get to go. Then the car ride there hits. The first hundred or so pages didn't move along that fast for me. You know something great is gonna happen just OMG when!?! Then comes the 2nd half of the book which is like getting to disney, so much goes by so fast and all this good stuff starts happening and you can't believe your eye ...more
Kim Vandervort
Jan 23, 2011 Kim Vandervort rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these characters, this world, and to an extent, the complexity. I did get very confused around the middle, especially with dueling religions, mythologies, and an ancient history that were never made clear enough for me to grasp them to begin with. Reading Ken's "A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon" on did help somewhat, although in the end I was left with more questions than answers.

With all of that said, I enjoyed the ride. The writing is smooth and the story pulled me along,
Jan 25, 2011 Trudy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting this to be the last book in the series and I realized it wouldn't be when there were about 40 pages left and I still didn't know anymore about the antogonist than I did when she was first mentioned in the second book! Oh well....

In spite of that I did like this book. It seemed to move quicker than the second book with a less frenzied wrapping up of certain events. The second book felt like extra scenese were thrown in to draw out some of the action, this book had a little of that
William Gerke
Dec 09, 2010 William Gerke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing outing from Scholes. He continues to twist the world and history in interesting ways, straddling that fine line between fantasy and science fiction. More importantly, he takes his characters to interesting and horrifying places. Winter has grown on me as a character in each of the books, and I would say she's easily my favorite in "Antiphon." The choice she makes at the end is so clear and so obvious and yet so powerful and so painful ... well, I didn't think Scholes could upset ...more
Katie Daniels
Dec 09, 2015 Katie Daniels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was beautiful, and amazing and, like all of Ken Scholes books so far, managed to leave me utterly confused while also feeling like I finally have a vague idea of what's going on. And I totally called it about the moon!!!
Oct 27, 2010 Wm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel sure rocks for the third (of five) in a series -- it is very, very satisfying and yet still tantalizes with the promise of more. Much more. You also get to like the characters more (at least I did) even as they begin to show cracks and wear and hidden powers and weaknesses. What's more it soon becomes clear that there are additional layers to the conspiracy that set the series off (with the unexpected destruction of the city Windwir) and additional players to consider. But above all, ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like these books, but inevitably, they get boring at some point and I wonder why I bother. They usually pick up again towards the end, and I like the characters enough that I will grab the next book once it comes out. I feel like the first book was really great, but for some reason the 2nd and 3rd have not lived up to that first novel.

Plus, can we talk about how they changed the cover art? It went from something that was old-fashioned looking and classy and awesome, to some weird bad-video-ga
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