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The Fulfilments Of Fate And Desire The Third Book Of Wraeththu (Wraeththu #3)

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The third volume of Storm's original Wraeththu trilogy, expanded and updated. This final story is narrated by Cal, one of the most complex and mysterious of all the Wraeththu characters. Down on his luck, and haunted by his questionable past, Cal comes to realise he cannot escape his destiny, and that the har he once loved and believed dead is now ruler of all Wraeththu.
Published (first published August 1st 1989)
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3* of five

Wraeththu burst onto the barren LGBT science fiction scene in the late 1980s with a blaze of attention. It was unique! Hermaphroditic men who fucked each other and made babies (somehow, I never really got with that part of the program)! They look like human men because they were human men until It Happened.

And even though there are no single-gender Wraeththu back come the women. An old wordplay I used to use to piss off my sisters, "women are just woe-men," seemed to me les mot
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me awhile to get around to this one, as the narrator for this book is Cal, who, unfortunately, is the hinge of the series, it seems. I say "unfortunately" as Cal is my least favorite character. Like Lestat, he seems to be one of those aristocratic and hedonistic assholes that certain female geek authors find appealing for no reason I can possibly understand.

So, it was slow going. Luckily, some more interesting characters are introduced, as well as more interesting Wraeththru tribes, and,
The journey finally ends and Calanthe's destiny fulfilled. When I wrote that reading tnis series was like a journey, I meant that in every sense of the word. It was like traveling through a mysterious land as well as traveling through the unmapped territory of the heart and the mind.
Nerine Dorman
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the final instalment in Storm Constantine’s trilogy, and is told from Cal’s point of view, ostensibly in the form of his journal keeping while he travels. We join him in Fallsend, as far from the light of Immanion as he can get, surrounded by all the dregs of Wraeththu society, many of whom have run and can get no further. The Cal we meet here is vastly different from the Cal we got to know through Pellaz’s and Swift’s eyes.

Bitter and negative, he has very little purpose, and revels in h
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part Three: Fulfilments of Fate and Desire

The narrator for the final part of this trilogy is Calanthe, the dark, difficult and headstrong har who in Part One discovered Pellaz, and in Part Two played such an important role in Swift’s life. Now he really comes into his own as we read his journal, although when we first rejoin him he is at an all time low, and in desperation takes up residence and work in Piristil, a whorehouse. There he discovers Panthera, a beautiful but stubborn young har, a sl
[These notes were made in 1993:]. This last of the three Wraethtu books is told by Cal, who has been a central figure in all three. In this one, through a flashback structure imposed over a quest journey, we get explanations of the mysteries in Cal's past as well as the completion of his self-acceptance. In terms of structure, I think this is the most satisfying of the three books, although the actual climax - a massive environmental/psychic event in the capital city of Immanion, which changes i ...more
This volume follows Cal, the unhappy har who is running from his past and leaving a trail of broken hearts in his wake. The book starts out well enough, with a dark feel matching the mindset of its narrator, but it drags on too long for my taste. Even Cal complains about how drawn-out his journey of self-discovery is. The conclusion also underwhelmed me, though it did wrap up the trilogy. I suppose the book met my expectations but just didn't exceed them in the way that the first two books did. ...more
Deary Darling
I wish I could read a book the in the same way that I observe matter. I see the sky and accept that it is what it is. Why is it I can't read a book without somehow feeling cheated of what it could have been? Who knows, but the fact is, I do, and this is how I feel after 2405 pages of Wraththu-ness.

It was good, yes, but there were things I found distracting after a while. Why the horses and ye olden day life when there were cars and planes and telephones? What up with the Dwarves and Elven folk-
Caroline Tracey
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the three books. Love the setting and ideas and the writing is great but somehow the characters are not fully formed. Think she would have been better off staying along the apocalyptic story line than the paradise one and kept the setting quite basic. Think if she had more depth to the characters and their motivations, which I don't think would have taken much this series would have been the best ever. As it was I really enjoyed it and wished it would never end. I am looking forward to r ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two. It had a different feel that was out of sync with the others, even if it did wrap the trilogy up nicely. It was a strange series over all, I haven't read any of Storm Constantine's work for many years and I wasn't quite prepared for it. I look forward reading the Histories trilogy.
Spider the Doof Warrior
This one is my favourite in this series. Yes, Pell and Swift are cool, but we know it's all about the mysterious Cal breaking hearts left and right, taking aruna with so many important Har. He has a destiny to fulfill, one that he has been kept from, but when he rises out of the mud and dirt, he does it so extraordinary well.
Maria Ray
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic ending to this trilogy! I think this was my favorite book. The author's writing just gets better and better throughout. Cal's point of view was exciting, humorous and dramatic. Really loved this series!
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
{throws head back and laughs} Awesome.
couldn't finish this... I might give it another try sometimes in the future, but now I got a bit sick of the characters and the endless drama surrounding their beautiful and tragic selves...
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-fantasy-scifi
Nice ending!
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really feel the whole destiny thing/climax of the story but I love Cal.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the culmination to the Wreaththu chronicles, this brings understanding to the structure of this new society. I really liked these and will get more.
Jun 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is my favorite in the trilogy.
Sep 09, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
*note to self. (copy from Al).

different cover different ed. 1988 Orbit books. will scan & fix when I read it.
Nov 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wraeththu
The third book of the Wraeththu Chronicles
C.J. Heath
I did like this book and it is well written but it paled against book one. I'd hoped for more.
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Storm Constantine (b. 1956) is a British science fiction and fantasy author, primarily known for her Wraeththu series.

Since the late 1980s she has written more than 20 novels, plus several non-fiction books. She is featured in the Goth Bible and is often included in discussions of alternative sexuality and gender in science fiction and fantasy; many of her novels include same-sex relationships or
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Other Books in the Series

Wraeththu (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure (Wraeththu Histories, #1)
  • The Shades of Time and Memory (Wraeththu Histories, #2)
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“If life is a battle, then my inner scars are medals for valor, for swiftness, for courage, for passion. Evil is the dark-haired brother of Good; they walk hand in hand—always.” 9 likes
“The bloody times, the horror, will just be history to them, words on a page, so how will they dare to judge? Very easily, I should imagine.” 2 likes
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