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The Burning Stone (Crown of Stars #3)

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The Burning Stone (Crown of Stars, Vol. 3)
Mass Market Paperback, 801 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by DAW Books (first published 1999)
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This started out as a 5-star, couldn't put it down, book. It gave me just what I had been looking for in book 2. Then... well, sprawl set in. Plot threads multiplied, and complications began breeding. This is good. This is complex. But as the sprawl unfolded before me, I found myself wishing for a tighter focus on the characters that I care about.

All of the characters, even minor ones, are so well-drawn and nuanced, and they change realistically with events. I dislike so many of them, and the on
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I am continuing to enjoy this series, which deserves more attention than it’s gotten. Come on, it has everything you’d want from epic fantasy: intricate plotting on an epic scale, several major threats coming from different directions, battles that can and do go either way, complex political situations, charming and devious villains, a bit of romance, some magic that we’re only slowly learning anything about, an expansive world that feels real and lived-in, and of course interesting and sympathe ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2016
Reviewing subsequent volumes in a series always feels a little pointless to me. Those who haven't read the previou parts are unlikely to be terribly interested in this review, and those who have probably know whether they want to read it or not based on books 1 & 2. But I'd much rather have something to look back on, so here I go.

This is the volume that finally clarifies many, many things, setting the stage for the main events to come. It was my favourite yet, frankly, due to that clarity--i
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy
So a lot happens in this book and at a pretty good rate. With so many reveals going on, you have to work hard to put it down each night.
I can hardly wait to continue with the next book.
Sep 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Book three of Crown of Stars introduces Zacharias as the new viewpoint character to help hold the book together as a separate unit. His story is largely passive, as he follows Sanglant's mother, who re-enters after her exit in the original prologue. He also doesn't get nearly as much time as Anna did, but it is put to good use introducing elements that are important later, and Zacharias develops nicely through the book.

Liath continues to be the main center of interest, and also holds the book to
Jessica Diedrich
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
The third volume in The Crown of Stars saga, The Burning Stone continues the character threads and story plots into an ever more twisted tale. Enjoyable read and some vivid moments- though I do agree that at times, some character POV's seem superfluous and don't contribute to the overall world as strongly as others. I enjoy that the characters are flawed in their own ways and behave differently to how I sometimes envision they would. Liath's character took a turn to the frustrating side for me- ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2017
Technically it was the best out of the three books I've read so far - and the easiest to read (book 1 was SUCH A CHORE, ugh) - but there was something off about it. I guess I would've preferred it to be just slightly more concise? Or it might be the fact that it's already the third book in the series and I'm still struggling to find one character that I really love.
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
After reading the first and second in the series I was becoming a little tired of the story so this may not be a fair review. I still like the basic story I just feel like there is just too much going on. There are too many characters and they all have their own separate story. They all tie into the main story but there is just so much going on, so many characters, that you just feel disconnected with all of it. If the author had followed the main characters of Laith and Sanglant, and maybe Alai ...more
Dragged badly and found myself bored for much of the book with a bit of a struggle to finish. If only I could have read an abridged version that focused more on the main characters and removed all the space filling fluff.

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May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. I love how she adds characters as the books go on. The first starts with Alain and Liath, and Then goes on and on. The first two books can be slow, since they have to explain so much, and as the series goes on, it gets easier to understand and follow. This is one of the best ones, but you would never imagine what happens in the last books while reading this one, which makes it so dang interesting!! Kate Elliot is so talented!
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read these a while ago and was one of best sets I read so far, so anticipating all the way through all 7 books omg such good set I wished they never end, one of those where you finish and think "NOW WHAT?! :("
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the overall story, this book really dragged. So many paragraphs about the mathemateci's calculations, how the stars do or don't move, (that's just one example)... I kept thinking, "Can we please get on with this?" I am not sure I'll read the next book... I love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, so it's not that I can't handle a long book, but in this series, the story drags. There are so many characters, and the story hops among them without warning you who it is you're now read ...more
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it liked it
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

The Crown of Stars series is well-thought out and obviously well-planned. It's epic in scope and it's got a lot of texture. There are many complex characters who we follow in parallel, as in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. Some of them are very likable, and there are some really excellent villains (e.g., Hugh). Ms. Elliott's creatures are imaginative and enjoyable, and I especially liked the way they interact with the humans. Ms. Elliott uses a lot of descr
Jul 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Epic fantasy, emphasis on the epic. Young orphan with a magical legacy, lost Count's heir, King's bastard, inhuman enemies, glorious battles, coming magical calamity foretold in the stars, you know the sort of thing.

I read the first three volumes of seven, but now I think I'm done with this for a long time. I'd heard vaguely about this series before, but I was a bit puzzled – why didn't people rave about 5000 pages of generally well-written, intricately plotted high fantasy? When speaking of the
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the third of seven books in Kate Elliott's epic fantasy series Crown of Stars. I did NOT enjoy this series and actually gave up two-thirds of the way through book five.

It's funny, because in my review of book two (Prince of Dogs) I said this series was like the hybrid baby of George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. I say funny because it turns out Orson Scott Card LOVES this series and has written a really positive review of it. You can read it here if you
Oct 11, 2007 rated it liked it
After the first two books, I was thoroughly (and reluctantly) admitting my enjoyment of the series. The writing still annoyed me, but the story was on the forefront of my mind while reading.

This book was rather long and confusing. I saw other people complain about the number of characters to keep straight; I wholeheartedly agree. I'd just started being interested in two of the characters introduced in book 2; they never showed up in the second half of this book. On the other hand, I found myself
Dar B
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Better than the first but in many ways, not as good as the second. I feel like the author tried to put too much into one book. There are so many stories going on at once, there was once or twice where I really had to work at remembering who was that particular character. I also really admire authors who can write a series in which each book could stand alone... this one definitely could not. I did want to keep reading because there were certain characters or events I couldn't wait to find out "w ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I would have liked this book much better if it had been at least 300 pages shorter. On one hand, I love the intricacy of the world-building and philosophy and religion. On the other hand, reading all these calculations about dates and constellations, which god is real and what is heresy and whatnot makes my head spin a bit. The characters I care about are Liath, Sanglant, Alain, Hanna and Rosvita. I don't care about Ivar and his group - they just got on my nerves. And Liath and Sanglant's story ...more
Mandy Magill
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: JOHN
Recommended to Mandy by: AARON
Shelves: 1-owned-books
Book III

Liath hears that her mother may still live and that she can teach her more about the power she has inside her. Sanglant is now her husband even though their marriage goes against everything that King Henry has wished for his favorite son. On their travels together they finally find Liath's mother and are taken to a place that they are told is safe and a place where Liath can learn the art of sorcery and more about the fire inside her. But are they really safe, and can they trust Liath's
Amy Musser
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
In some ways this was one of the more satisfying books of the series, but also in some ways the least engaging. I think it suffers from some problem inherent to the 3rd book in a long series: you're nowhere near resolution of the story, but it has to hand out action at intervals to keep the reader going.
In some ways, it really does deliver. We get more clarity about what's going on and who the enemy is. The characters remain compelling, the world is well developed.
But in other ways, major chara
Gilda Felt
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
After the excitement and tension of the second book, The Burning Stone is a bit of a let-down. Much of the book deals with the building of a base which, I believe, the consecutive books will stand on. Unfortunately, that tends to make the story drag at times, as myriad secondary characters are fleshed out.

Also, my focus has been mostly on the two characters of Liath and Sanglant. Their love story, their story in general, isn’t given as much time as I had hoped. I’m hoping it is brought more to t
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, american, 20c
This novel isn't all that bad, but it's still about three times as long as it should be, which encourages the easily distracted reader (see: me) to skim at great length. It's a shame, because here's so much that's promising about the worldbuilding; in the end, though, there are too many narrative strands that don't quite hold together. Also, though there are many complex women characters, several of them are reduced to near caricatures (as if Elliott is simultaneously riffing off of and buying i ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, audiobook, 2015
Apesar da história ser muito intrincada e rica, o ritmo lento desespera-me.
Por vezes dou por mim a "desligar" o cérebro e a pensar cá com os meus botões - "Ai sim?! E depois? O que é que isto interessa?".

Trata-se de um MUNDO que Kate Elliott criou. E que estou a gostar.
Mas chega-se a um ponto em que este ritmo lento mata a vontade de continuar.
Por enquanto continuarei a série. Mas se estivesse a ler em papel e conhecendo-me como conheço, já teria desistido.

Nem o final arrasador (em que uma das
Michelle Wardhaugh
At this point I've started dragging my feet about reading this. Each book in the series is getting longer, and it just feels like one bad thing after another keeps happening to our many heroes. The main characters are still likable, but there's so much going on, so many divisions and reunions, and so many choices between equally bad options, that it has become work to keep reading. I suppose expending a little effort now and then as a reader isn't a bad thing, but this won't be on the re-reading ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still loving this saga. I will take a break from it now, though. Not only because the books are looong, but also because I have a feeling I wont see any real ending until I finish the 7th book and I need the instant satisfaction of shorter books.

There is nothing I can say about this book, I haven't say before. The world building Kate Elliott displays in this books is astonishing and she seems to have truly thought about how the story would unfold, in 7 books.

I would only wish to see more of
Sarah Wagner
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novel, the third volume in the Crown of Stars series, sees a number of changes for the characters. Alain, Listh, and Sanglant all learn new things about themselves and their pasts, as well as experiencing abrupt turns in their own fortunes. They also receive tantalizing clues about the dangers their world may be facing and their own roles in the struggle to come. A rich and rewarding read, I can't wait to start the next!
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it
The reason this didn't get a higher rating is due to that affliction common to series books -- bloat. I wish Elliott had trimmed 100 pages from this. I know fans, upon reading a great first book, are eager for more detail, but I wish authors -- and publishers! -- would resist the temptation to sacrifice a taught tale by adding too much. Still, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
This series walks a balance for me. It has the comfortable dependability of predictable tropes, while having enough story substance to keep me intrigued. Elliott weaves a long story arc, and I look forward to seeing how it progresses.

Also, I enjoy the fact this series was ahead of the curve in bringing mixed race and female characters into the fantasy mainstream.
Servius  Heiner
Nov 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Well, so far this is probably the best book of the series so far. There were some slow parts (due to all the explanations that were required to proceed with the story I suppose). Allot of bad things happen to some really good characters, which is always entertaining, even if it is upsetting. I can't wait to start the next book in a week.
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f
Raises the stakes quite a bit. It also embraces more straightforwardly (and organically!) the more fantastic elements scattered through the first two volumes in the series, which is all for the better - as the world itself finally "catches up" to the story's stretching out beyond the "alternate early medieval Europe" frame.
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As a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely
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