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The Skeleton King (The Silk & Steel Saga #3)

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Destinies collide in the far north. Kath and her companions chase a trail of death across the steppes. The endless grassland seems benign, but they soon fall prey to an ambush of tricks and traps. Swords alone will not avail them, for the north is guarded by the foulest magic. The companions must rally, each of them tested in a crucible of choice. War drums thunder across ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published April 29th 2012 by Kiralynn Epics
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Zak Oglesby
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The recent release of The Skeleton King by Karen Azinger has left me quite literally breathless. I wasted no time in picking up the novel, ordering it on my Nook the first day it was available. But even as I turned the first electronic page I asked myself, how much can I really expect? Can anything be as good as The Flame Priest was? Oh me of little faith, soon I shall no longer doubt Ms. Azinger. The answer to that simply question is a resounding yes. To begin with, readers of The Flame Priest ...more
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Karen Azinger's The Silk & Steel Saga is one of the most entertaining fantasy series I've read and it's one of the best new fantasy series, because it's an interesting and well written series, which is full of surprises. I have to confess that this series has reminded me why I read epic fantasy and why I like it so much, because I had almost forgotten how rewarding it is to read good and entertaining epic fantasy.

The Skeleton King wonderfully and satisfyingly continues the story, which start
Sandra Crow
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fantastic Book!

This book drew me in to it's storyline. This book is one of best stories I have read in a long time. This story is extremely well crafted. The author has masterfully crafted this book in powerful and thrilling detail, with out becoming bogged down. I can not wait to read the next book in this series. It is a story that rivals, in my mind, authors such as Laurell K. Hamilton, Nora Roberts, and J.R. Ward. I can not wait to read the next book in this series.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Although I very much enjoyed the first two novels in this series they cannot compare to the enthusiasm I feel about this third book in the series! The characters are really coming into their prime in this part of the story, the story is on FIRE and of course it focuses on my favorite characters that she has introduced thus far. I am a HUGE fan of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series and have to say that Karen Azinger's Katherine is about the best female hero I have read since Kahlen. The villa ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fantastic story, continuing to take hold and not let go. The plot and characters feel real, the action is riveting and you never know what the evil Mordant is going to do next. Continuing to be one of the best fantasy series' I've ever read, but I had to go with 4 stars since this one bogged down a bit with the group of heroes traveling to different locations and interacting with different races and folks that seemed to be filler. It's a minor gripe and just my personal preference. Read these bo ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The twists and turns in the plot are shattering. I was gripped from the beginning. The evil characters are unique, very subtle and compelling, crafty and wise in the art of twisting others. They are so well crafted that it is hard to see how the good can prevail. I have no idea how Azinger will be able to unravel the complexity she has created. But so far, every book has kept accelerating the pace and the tension. What a great writer. She makes it effortless to enter the world of Erdhe and becom ...more
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Definitely well worth reading. This book concentrates and a few of the main characters in the north of the world, following the Mordant to his lair. The tale is less complex with fewer characters, but there's a lot going on. There's a good mix of magic, used in a sparing way that keeps you guessing and wanting more. The plot hums along nicely with enough twists and unexpected surprises to keep you guessing. I much preferred this to Game of Thrones as it has all the intrigue but with a much clear ...more
Jennie Kemhus
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have loved the Silk and Steel saga so far. The Skeleton King is my new favorite out of the 3 books. Each book keeps getting better and better.
The Skeleton King is fast and hits with a bang from the beginning on to the end. Surprises left and right. Karen really draws you into the Characters of this book. She evokes the feelings and emotions of the reader in this book, wrapping you up into the story. The daunting tasks and journeys that they go through really were page turners!
The personalitie
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! This is the third book by Azinger and it just keeps getting better and better!! I enjoy the different points of view and seeing the point of view of "evil" as well as "good". Can't wait for the next book. If you haven't read this series, you are in for a treat!!
Skip Crust
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Another great book in this series. My complaints about the first book have gone away, with Duncan becoming a believable character. I care what happens to him...finally!

Kath is deep, rich, and believable.

On to book 4!
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it

Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: This is the third book in the Silk and Steel saga by Karen Azinger, The first two books showcased a high fantasy world and a large cast of characters that have filled the pages so far. At the end of the second book, unrest and evil have spread to almost every corner of the lands of Erdhe. This book opens with war threatening to erupt in several kingdoms of Erdhe. The action now focuses on the northern part of the country shown on
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
These books offer nothing "new" in the fantasy realm... but they are extremely well written and very entertaining. I'm somewhat of a snob when it comes to fantasy, and even though at times this feels a little "vanilla", I can't put the books down. Some interesting twists, and a good amount of action keeps you turning the pages. I would recommend these books for sure.
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Another excellent book in the series. Not sure what to really say about it. Things happen, new characters are added, the quest to defeat the evil dark lord continues. On to the next one.
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Karen L Azinger has always loved fantasy fiction, and always hoped that someday she could give back to the genre a little of the joy that reading has always given her. Twelve years ago on a hike in the Columbia River Gorge she realized she had enough original ideas to finally write an epic fantasy. She started writing and never stopped. The Steel Queen is her first book, born from that hike in the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Silk & Steel Saga (7 books)
  • The Steel Queen (The Silk & Steel Saga, #1)
  • The Flame Priest (The Silk & Steel Saga, #2)
  • The Poison Priestess (The Silk & Steel Saga, #4)
  • The Knight Marshal (The Silk & Steel Saga, #5)
  • The Prince Deceiver (The Silk & Steel Saga #6)
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