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The Chaos Crystal (Tide Lords #4)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,557 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
The magical Tide has turned and the Immortal Lords once again have their full power. The Immortal Lord Cayal welcomes this power as a means to an end--his end, preferably. Cayal has wanted to cease his existence for longer than human history and it looks like he might finally get his wish. Rumors swirl that the Chaos Crystal, the mysterious prism that brought the Immortals ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Courtney Whitman
Excellent ending! God, I want to know more.
Superb ending for the series and superb ending for the book!

Has four major twists at the end, two by two related, or if you want a major twist regarding the general story, composed from two parts, and a major twist related to a main character also composed of two parts. I saw half of each but the second half of each just dumbfounded me, though both are brilliant...

The only complaint I have about the series is that though the ending wraps things up, it still truly begs a sequel - why, I cannot
Apr 06, 2009 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 23, 2009 Nardia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 03, 2009 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, at least it's over with. Yet another poorly-written installment in this series. The biggest "surprise" of the book was blown by some poor copy-editing, as far as I can tell (it's not a secret if you've written the character's name a page earlier!). And the ending was pretty lousy, although to be fair, the author had good and painted herself into a corner. Ah, well.
Aug 17, 2010 Zureal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Carolyn-anne Templeton
Ask me my opinion of this book in a couple of years. I loved everything about it. It was action packed and awesome. Just... the ending.

There's evil. And then there's this ending.

JF Quote: "Of course, you'll get to the end of this one and then realise it's a four book series, and then get to the end of the fourth book and email me saying "What??? Is that it???", but... well, I love messing with people's heads. LOL"

It would be like if Beethoven finished a symphony on a V-I-V-I-V. Or better yet, mo
This book was nearly four stars, and then I got to the end. Really? REALLY?
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Alisa Kester
May 24, 2011 Alisa Kester rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
One and a half stars, really. How is it possible to take such a wonderful series and screw up the final book so badly? First of all, it was boring, leading me to skim read a lot of it. Most of the book was the same conversation repeated over and over, because there were several bits of information that all the characters needed to know. Then there was the incomprehensible ending (apparently just so two characters could have a happy ending). By the end of the book I was so tired of *everyone* tha ...more
May 19, 2011 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first three books were actually pretty good. And so was this last one, until about 40 pages or so to the end of the book. They do say that it's the ending that sticks with you.

This ending was definitely a brave move for the author. Killing a bunch of characters you have come to enjoy (as well as some you wanted dead) and the twist ending was just too big if a removal from the previous 90% of the story for me to support it. It just felt more like a cop-out than a plausible part of the origina
May 31, 2011 Tdhanks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Rose
May 26, 2011 Sarah Rose rated it really liked it
Fallon has several strengths as an author: the story-telling is superb, and stays consistent; her world building is detailed, but those details are revealed as and when the plot demands, making the story absorbingly believable; her character writing is incredible. Fallon has a talent for writing very well fleshed out, complex characters who are rarely, if ever, painted as completely black or white and who do make the reader care, whether because they love them or hate them.

The characters in Fal
Until the last couple chapters which completely changed the direction of the story, The Tide Lords was one of the best things I've ever read. And then I got to those last chapters, and I finished them, and it felt something like this:

Imagine reading something like the Illiad (for those who hated it, pretend it was enjoyable), that has some epic premise and keeps building and building, and you're so excited to see how the heroes will resolve the conflict--who will live, who will die--and everythi
Jul 14, 2011 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ACHTUNG SPOILER! Wer Band 3 noch nicht gelesen hat, sollte besser nur das Fazit lesen.

Die Königsflut steht unmittelbar bevor: Lukys trifft letzte Vorbereitungen um das Tor zu einer anderen Welt zu öffnen, doch dafür wird der Kristall des Chaos benötigt. Während sich Cayal mit Kentroyven und Declan auf die Reise zu Elyssa machen, um dem Tumultstein in die Hände zu bekommen, ist Arkady in Glaeba Jaxyn ausgeliefert. Dieser wiederum treibt seinen Feldzug entschlossen voran, will er doch die entschei
Aug 04, 2011 jD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that was a fun ride regardless of the WTF ending. I had read other reviews that said the ending was confusing and they were 100% right. Had I not known that, Chaos Crystal would have been thrown against the wall. I disagree with some reviewers that there might be another book. I feel like it's done, not cleanly, but it's done. In all honesty, I have seen much worst attempts to end a series with shock and awe. The recently completed 'Dark Days' series comes to mind as a good example. I won't ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Kat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The most infuriating ending to a series EVER!!! My God I don't think I've ever been so disappointed, mainly because I know the author is capable of amazing things a but also because this was just ridiculously sub par!! It's shocking to think that the author of this is the same woman who gave us the staggeringly brilliant and epic Demon Child Trilogy. I feel like crying. Never did I think I would be giving this kind of review to a book by Jennifer Fallon. But I cannot lie, as much as the truth pa ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Mihir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ANALYSIS: This is the last book in the Tide Lords series and to review it will mean that will be material/story lines discussed which might contain spoilers for the previous books however I’m going to assume that if you are reading this review that you have read the previous books and therefore are aware of the situations described.

The prologue begins with events in the recent past separated by a few years rather than centuries or millennia as has the case been with the prologues in the previo
Wang Xiuyi
Nov 02, 2012 Wang Xiuyi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars

I came to this book not expecting much because I had read reviews pertaining to how 'horribly' Jennifer Fallon chose to resolve the series. Essentially, I daresay I had sufficient time to prepare myself mentally for a disappointing ending.

Unexpectedly, I find myself enjoying this book even more than the previous book, The Palace of Impossible Dream. The revelations that occurred in the book were reasonable and rightly integrates with hints provided in earlier entries of the quartet, re
Completely and utterly disappointed with this ending. This book could have been perfect. If you've read it, you know exactly what I'm talking about. The two, very sudden plot twists that came out of nowhere with no explanation, therefore making no sense AT ALL AND RUINING THE ENTIRE BOOK.

The ending seem rushed, very rushed. I feel like Fallon had simply lost interest with her Tide Lords half way through the writing book and just slapped together whatever she could think of in order to move on fr
Jan 17, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I HATED THE ENDING OF THIS SERIES!!! What was that exactly??? Surely you're not calling that an ending?!? HOW CAN YOU EVER CALL THAT AN ENDING???
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Im sorry but I felt like Id been robbed of something great with the end of this book!! Seriously! I spent all this time reading and really getting into the story and the characters... but wth?!? Where was the action? There was no final showdown! Where were the life altering de
Feb 12, 2014 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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That was the most disappointing ending to a series I've ever read. Did the author lose interest in her own book? Did the editor even read it? Towards the end of Book 3 and then through this one, I struggled with my growing dislike of the entire cast of characters. Their lack of morals really bothered me, though I understand it was the author's interpretation of what immortality would do to a person. And as an aside, how did the intelligent beings that formed on earth end up looking so remarkably ...more
Kelly ~Bibliophile~
Aug 03, 2014 Kelly ~Bibliophile~ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Unless you like crappy endings and feeling letdown.
When I started this series, I was awed by it.
I love the characters, the world building, the ideas behind everything. It was so refreshing to read a series and be totally engulfed by it. Especially after so many Blah series,lately. Their at books were amazing and I recommended them to everyone I could.

Until this book. Wtf was the author thinking? I love plot twists but this just make me want to scream. No, it's not a "Wow, the author really got me thinking! What an amazing and crazy turn of even
Gezeitenstern-Saga 04. Der Kristall des Chaos - Jennifer Fallon
Ein Meisterwerk mit Abstrichen.

Der Kristall des Chaos


"Lukys, der älteste unter den Gezeitenfürsten, ruft die Unsterblichen von Amyrantha zusammen. Er will ein Tor zu einer anderen Welt öffnen. Dazu braucht er jedoch den Kristall des Chaos, den die Bruderschaft des Traot einst gestohlen hat. Declan Hawkes und Prinz Cayal werden ausgeschickt, um den Kristall zu finden. Die Suche führt sie nach Glaeba, wo der Unsterbliche J
Jul 05, 2016 Ceciliasophie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-ever-again
I loved the first three books and was thrilled to finally be able to read the fourth and final book.
And I just have three words for this: WORST ENDING EVER!
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Jan 28, 2016 Micaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emily Brown
Sep 03, 2016 Emily Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After three great books in which Fallon creates a great world with varied species and complicated class systems, wonderful sort of romances, and the weaving of five plot lines she then ruins it in the final three chapters.
Spending hundreds of pages building characters and making us care for them and then she decides to kill off the entire planet she created, blow it up, and have the immortals go to a different planet for the last chapter was horrifying, anticlimactic, disappointing, poorly writ
N.A. Fedorak
Sep 24, 2016 N.A. Fedorak rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Infuriating. She ends things by killing everyone but a few characters, and then everyone just swans off, la dee la, with no bloody consequences. Infurating.
Oct 09, 2016 Nic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the ending but the build up was a bit slow. Well I mean I loved the change in scenery... but it was pretty sad how so many characters' plights were a little pointless... Lots of talking heads. Lots of planning and not much doing. I loved book one but this was a disappointment. I've seen others saying Jen has some amazing other series and I definitely plan to try those!
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Fallon is the author of 17 full-length bestselling novels and a number of published short stories in genres ranging from horror to science fiction.

In addition to 4 complete fantasy series - The Demon Child trilogy, The Hythrun Chronicles, the Second Sons Trilogy,The Tide Lords Quadrilogy and the Rift Runners series - Fallon has written both a tie-novel and short fiction for the TV series, Stargat
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Other Books in the Series

Tide Lords (4 books)
  • The Immortal Prince (Tide Lords, #1)
  • The Gods of Amyrantha (Tide Lords, #2)
  • The Palace of Impossible Dreams (Tide Lords, #3)

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