Legacy of Kings (The Magister Trilogy #3)
"C.S. Friedman makes fantastic things-and frightening things-seem very real." -New York Times bestselling author Tad Williams.
The young peasant woman Kamala has proven strong and determined enough to claim the most powerful Magister sorcery for herself-but now the Magisters hunt her for killing one of their own. Her only hope of survival lies in the northern Protectora...more
This was a page turner, Celia's writing just flows so easily and the story gets you hooked.
The Souleaters were the stars for me in this third installment, I loved learning new things about them, especially the final flight between a female queen and a male ikati. And I knew it! there was something fishy going on with those Magisters, and to top things off, they bond with Souleaters!
A great finale and a great read. I also really liked Salvatore's character, and Ramires grew...more
In addition to that though, it seems like somewhere along the way this series lost direction. The story was told, but there weren't any interesting plot turns, or even particularly interesting character growt...more
The plot was exciting and pacey, with chapters ending on cliff hangers that left me smiling and feeling full!
The characters really opened up, I loved the strength and honour in king salvator, the darkness but likability in coliver, the wisdom and humbleness of ramirus and the voracity and passion of Kamala. I loved the ending and how all loose ends become tied, a big pl...more
The Magister Trilogy was a lot of fun to read. While I do feel that the first two books in the series were much stronger than this third book, Legacy of Kings is still a worthy, and enjoyable read. Though Legacy of Kings lacked the gray characters I enjoy so much, suffered from a rather predictable plot and some clunky writing, it still nicely (perhaps a bit too nicely to be completely believable) ties up plenty of loose ends and answered important questions. This is, by no means, Fri...more
Overall, I enjoyed this series a lot more than the Coldfire Trilogy. The plot is more engrossing, there are less POV switches, and the writing is tighter and more controll...more
This third volume, as with the second, to some extent, just doesn't seem to have gotten as much authorial or editorial attention as one might hope. The copy editing is occasionally sloppy (typos, word order, punctuation), and that see...more
My only complaint is that it seemed to me that the big reveal was too obvious too quickly, with the other, smarter characters muddling around in the dark long after I'd figured it out.
I'm hoping for a surprise fourth book, bu...more
Most of the loose ends were tied up. This book revealed some interesting plot points that were certainly being led up to through out the first two books. There were a few things t...more
Regarding the Magister and Coldfire Trilogies, I rated (not reviewed) 5 of the 6 books well ( 4+ stars), but Legacy of Kings gets only three. Here is why:
1) Character Focus: In both trilogies she has a powerful sorcerer (Tarrant or Colivar) aide other protagonists keep an imbalance of magic from ruining t...more
The world building and magic structure are what boosted this from a three to a four. I really enjoyed the final fight scene between the magisters both for the theoretical magic use/restrictions and the 'surprise'
Right now I'm just posting a couple thoughts. I loved this trilogy, in part because of the characters' moral ambiguity. I could sympathize with the villains and get angry at the heroes, but above all else I was rooting for humanity to come out on top. "Legacy of Kings" was a fitting end to the trilogy, and I was on the edge of my seat hoping that everything would work out in the end.
Read my full review at my book review blog
Overall, I felt that this series was good but not great. The characters were likable but I had a hard time really loving them. The theme and ideas of the series were interesting and the way magic was used was also well done.
I would be willing to check out the Coldfire trilogy by this author.
Legacy of Kings effectively completes the story arcs that were begun in the first two books of the Magister Trilogy. The first half or so of the book was relatively slow-moving, as several new characters and places needed to be introduced, and the habits and lifestyle of the ikati a...more
I liked the books, they were a light, fast read. I like Friedman's style and characters in general, but this series lacks the intensity and engrossing environment compared to some of her other books. The foreshadowing and character interactions are not subtle. The characters themselves are still interesting and well developed.
As an aside, if you are the sort of person who loves strong, intelligent characters of both sexes, this is definitely a series you'll want to try.