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Royal Destiny

(Queen of the Orcs #3)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,034 ratings  ·  62 reviews
A delicate alliance between human and orc has been achieved. Now Queen of the Orcs, Dar works toward making that peace last. Her position has helped her to finally feel part of a community, to find a life to call her own.

But sudden, strange outbreaks of unrest and ominous signs throw both realms into turmoil. Dar must draw on her knowledge and skills to confront a
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
WARNING: will contain spoilers for books 1 and 2 in the series.
I have to admit, this series drifted a bit from what I expected it to be when I read the first book. King's Property was slower in pace than the next two installments in the series, but I found it to be thought-provoking with a strong heroine and an important message. Over the course of the series, the trilogy changed into something that looked more like the run-of-the-mill fantasy, complete with prophecies and villains of
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Jacqueline J
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was kind of sad at how this one ended. In all fairness though, it really couldn't have ended any other way. I would like to see a sequel trilogy to pick up where this one left off.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
In general, I really enjoyed this series. But this book was definitely the weakest of the three, which is a shame, because it was the end.

I have come to be extremely emotionally invested in Dar and in Kovoh-mah, her orc companion. I wanted to see their love succeed against all odds. (view spoiler)
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Loved this series except for the ending...kinda sorta.

I flip flopped through the whole series on who she belonged with. But it still broke my heart in the end.
Each one had a twin in the water, and Dar felt she was gazing at two heavens, one distant and one within her reach.

It's been a long time since I have wept. Cried- yes but weep? I can't remember the last time that happened.

This book reduced me into a weeping, mad girl.

Morgan Howell has written one of the most amazing sagas of all time. She had written something so realistic and yet so magical. I have watch a common slave grow into a queen- i have watched her journey, i have joined her
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ok, so the way the series ended broke my heart. I was depressed for days. My husband had to try to cheer me up. I know the way I emotionally invest so much in the books I read is ridiculous, but I can't help it, and the more the story draws me in, the more it effects me in the end.

That said, I don't really see another way it could have ended and stayed congruent with the rest of the story. There were already a few twists in the book, and it may have made readers feel better to put some huge
Cindy Birge
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Janine Matsko-Bolacker
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to say while I enjoyed this book and ultimately the whole trilogy, I was both sorry and relieved to see it end. The amount of hardships endured and the level of suffering conveyed was at times overwhelming. I understand that often the greatest growth occurs during times of greatest hardship but I really wanted a bigger win for Dar. Having said that I was really glad I read the trilogy and would recommend it to anyone who likes their fantasy served with realism.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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Booklover Butterfly
Dec 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Royal Destiny is the final novel in Morgan Howell’s Queen of the Orcs trilogy. Dar has managed to create peace between the orcs and the humans, but certain individuals from Dar’s past threaten this. Dar must once again return to the Taiben to ensure that peace remains, and to make sure her enemies don’t achieve their goals. The beginning of this book picks up right where Clan Daughter left off, so it’s crucial to read the books in the correct order!

Dar’s continued transformation was wonderful.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good trilogy, and different from anything I personally have read before because it has a large focus on orcish culture. I don’t remember reading anything where orcs even had a culture, much less where the reader was given details about it. Orcs have never held any particular interest for me before, but I really liked the way they were presented here.

The angsty romance that annoyed me in the second book didn’t have as much focus this time. It was still there, but I didn’t feel
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I purposely did not write a review for the second book, as this review is more for the entire trilogy.
As I mentioned in my review of "King's Property", I like the way the author has created an orc society with their complete set of rules, language and even odd elements out (those orcs more able to grasp and use deceit than the others)... I found it also interesting that for creatures of such physical strength and (perceived) brutality, Ms Howell chose to depict a matriarchal society where "sons"
Mar 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, uf-pnr
Dar has been made the new Queen but her injuries make it a desperate rush to return to the Orcs home so she can be kept alive long enough to select a new Queen. The Orcs are split on having a human ruling them even temporarily and she may be forced to risk her life in a ceremony designed to test how worthy she is. Plots are taking place around her as each clan wants their representative to be Queen, and the old enemies are once again plotting against Dar and her Orcs.

It was an interesting twist
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love this series, thoguh I must say that I wanted to shake this one several times - not because it isnt as good as the others, it is - but because now in the third book we get three different viewpoints - Dar's , the human ruler and the enemy. Its one thing to know what the enemy is thinking and planning, and not being able to communicate this to Dar, but then reading what the human ruler decides to believe and who to trust, while you know what the reality is - Gods I wanted to shake them so ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I liked the series. Then it went...somewhere. Honestly, I can not recall if I did finish this book; the last of the series. I do recall putting it down because I had enough of it. It has been years and I stumbled upon this and decided to write an unjust review because I'm terrible.

But honestly, I can only recall two points:
-This was a good series up to some point. I loved, in general I guess, the depiction of orcs and their culture. Humanizing... would not be the correct term but closest I
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Just like the first two books the strength of this one is in the Orcs and their culture, which leads to the sections that are from the POV of Sevren and the villain being somewhat… blah. Not bad, but I didn't feel much desire to read them. It was the same with the other books, but this one features a lot more of those chapters.

The plot is stronger in this one, driven by the choices of the characters, both good and bad, and relying less on cliches. It flows logically from one event to the other,
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Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
After finishing the first two books in this series, I was very eager to pick up this volume. While this book is a solid read, exploring more into the world of orcs (fascinating!) and with plenty enough action, I can't say that I was happy with the ending.

It felt rather rushed and thrown-together to me. While part of me understands not making everything easy for the heroine, I wished that Kovok-mah and Dar could have what they wanted. Their final conversation together was bitter-sweet, and I
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a great series. I've been hooked since the beginning, I don't know why it took me so long to start it. This book started off a bit slow, but it did speed up and get really interesting later. However, the book would switch perspectives and a lot of the human society scenes were pretty dull and I didn't really care.

I felt that the ending fit the story, but I didn't like the epilogue and how it left things pretty ambiguous. I really don't like when authors take you through a journey (in
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance
This gets a 4.5, but I marked it 5. This series was very well written and quite unusual. Sure, it had some of the "unexpected girl carries great destiny" trope, but it was beautifully crafted and went to places not expected in other fantasy forms. I have to admit at being sad over the ending; it did not end the way that I thought it would, which is wonderful and awful all at the same time, as I held certain hopes for the outcome. This is a MUST READ series for anyone who likes fantasy, dark ...more
Ryan Abe.
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: orc-life
This is unlike any other orc book ive ever read, and thats a good thing. The author's depictions of the orc culture, language and general outlook on life, love and warfare was incredibly refreshing. Dar is the avatar of change and diviation of this whole story's interesting take on classic rags to riches fantasy story lines. Everything just follows its own story to its own conclusion and kept me guess this entire time. i never knew what was going to happen next. As for this last book in ...more
Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Wha...what?! Oh, how could it end like that?! This is one of those stories that takes you right to the edge of your sanity, and then just leaves you there, teetering on the brink...

I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I think the ending fell a little flat. I'm pretty sure there was a message in how the love story ended, but whatever it might be, I'm plugging my ears and refusing to listen!

All complaints aside, this trilogy was, if nothing else, original and unique. A very enjoyable experience!
Hélène Louise
I wasn't quite convinced by this last book of the Queen of the Orcs' trilogy.

I appreciated the way Dar's visions weren't used a Deus machina, but as a harsh way to show her the right choices. The writing was still good, and the reading pleasurable. But in the end,
(beware, very very light spoilers coming)
I found the manner of getting rid of Evil botched and was put off by the end - especially as I didn't quite understand what the last sentence was supposed to explain about the heroin destiny.
Carolyn F.
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, library-book
This is the last book in the series and when I started it, I was hoping this wasn't true. But Morgan Howell wrapped up everything so well. Dar is queen of the orcs and is trying to figure out whether Queen Girta is really a friend or a foe. She and Kovak-mah love each other but cannot be together. Even at the end when you're hoping this has a "happy ever after" it not having it isn't very important. Everything turns out the way it should be. Loved the series, loved this book. If you like dark ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Well ... it's all about the journey right?? I thought the series was great!!! Soldier camp life in all its gory glory. Not for the feint of heart but this was more benign the probably the real thing. This last book was ok ... the conclusion left me feeling like I ate a creamless.... cream filled donut. I read the epi... and felt no sweet gooey center!! But the journey!!! Ahhh ... I feel like I should check out a few more by her. The ending didn't make me fell the writer should be put on a spit. ...more
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-reviewed
I quite liked what Howell did with this series. Granted, there were some stereotypes and some awkward writing-style changes and so forth, but it was a solid series for those of us who occasionally enjoy a strong female protagonist. Although, admittedly...Howell doesn't really have the best insight into the female mind, so sometimes it was like reading about a male protagonist with boobs. It would have been better with a somewhat more deft touch with regard to the female characters, but overall ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wish I would have reviewed this series while it was still fresh in my mind, but I never really got around to it.
This series is one of my favorites, not just because of the strong and relatable heroine, but also because the author breaks cliches. I love Lord of the Rings, but the Orcs in that series were just mindless, vicious killers with no real thoughts other than killing (including eachother).
In Howell's world, they are a race with their own unique culture, feared by others who do not
Steven Allen
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-kept
Finally finished this series after misplacing this book on my shelves. Thankfully the bookmark was still in place as I had long ago forgotten where I was. A good fantasy series but not something that I am likely to reread. I really do like the author's orcs, and how intelligent she made them. I always hated stupid orcs, and much prefer ones that are intelligent. I disliked the ending of this book as it felt rather abrupt and contrived, almost like the publisher was trying to end the book.
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
This series started off interesting, but strangely flat. As the trilogy continued, I definitely found myself more 'pulled in' by the main character. I think there are many places is the series where Dar benefits because she does not respond to situations in the 'expected' way; at least not how I have come to dread the typical heroine responding. That gave the series an edge, as far as I'm concerned.
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Morgan Howell is the pseudonym of author Will Hubbell. Hubbell uses his own name when writing childrens' picture books and for his science fiction novels published by Ace. He uses the name Morgan Howell for his recent fantasy writing, citing the darkness of the writing.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Rochester Institute of Technology, MORGAN HOWELL is a full-time writer who lives in upstate

Other books in the series

Queen of the Orcs (3 books)
  • King's Property (Queen of the Orcs, #1)
  • Clan Daughter (Queen of the Orcs, #2)