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The Telastrian Song

(Society of the Sword #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,820 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The final part of the Society of the Sword Trilogy.

A remote farm and meagre crops are a far cry from Ostenheim and the life of a banneret, but they are not far enough. For Soren to be free of Amero, there is only one answer.

In Ostenheim, Duke Amero presides over a war-weary population and an empty treasury, but still he hungers for more.

An Intelligencier uncovers the distu
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published June 2014
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Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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3 Stars for Story, 3.5 Stars for Narration by Derek Perkins


I'm a bit disappointed by this book in the trilogy. It was not as cohesive as the first story and there was a lot of repetition of overused phrases to describe or state the obvious. It seemed like there was zero growth by the main character and suddenly there was a surplus of other POV's flooding the story in a manner that did nothing to truly add to it. Definitely felt like the story the author meant to tell was more convolu
Steve Naylor
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating 3.5 stars

Overall this was a good trilogy. I think the author missed quite a few chances to make it great though. There were many things that happened throughout the series that were never fully developed. The magic system is one of them. While Soren did know more about the gift of grace at the end of the trilogy, he by no means had it figured out. There were too many things hinted at that were never fully developed. It also felt like there was a long buildup to a few confrontations in th
James Tomasino
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
See my review of The Tattered Banner ...more
Aaron Clarke
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Lots of promise but a few things that let it down. The pacing is off, for me. It seems as if the plot is something to continually push through, and this is at the expense of any serious character development, barring the main protagonist. In fantasy there can definitely be a tendency to bloat books unnecessarily, but in this case, I think some attention to character development - particularly ancillary characters - would have made the impact of some of those plot points stronger. As it was, inte ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

From beginning to end this book was enjoyable. I can see where other stories and series could branch off and am hopeful of that coming to fruition
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Looking forward to more
Himanshu Modi
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Series Review: The series started with a lot of promise. It does not quite hook you the way the best "series" do, where you know you are in for a long-winded adventure and even look forward to it. Still, the poor, wretched, underdog who is invariably going to master his domain and vanquish baddies is a theme that can have enough twists to be fun.

Unfortunately, the series plays out like a video game story, in which the hero is plodding on from one stage to the next till he reaches a boss fight w
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Using the huge reward he got for rescuing the southern princess stolen by pirates at the end of the last book, this one starts with Soren and Alessandra living as farmers under assumed names in some small Estranzan village, when once again assassins strike.

Soren has had enough and decides to go back to Ostenheim to kill Amero once and for all, so he takes Alessandra to Venter where his old friend Ranph is living in exile as the last living Elector Count of Ostia, and then makes his way back to O
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was Bryn and Amero’s rivalry in The First Blade of Ostia that really sold me, and I’m unspeakably disappointed at Bryn’s relative absence from the rest of the series. It just begs the question — as much as I loved the prequel, was it really necessary? Did readers going by publication order even remember Bryn, let alone give a shit about his backstory?

Having read The First Blade of Ostia beforehand, I could see so many missed opportunities for drama and intrigue in the main series. God, how sp
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a decent book. Similar to the others. A book that would appeal to YA, except for all the swearing. Fun to read. I will say there were a lot of unanswered questions. Not once does the super special orphan with powers that haven't been seen in centuries, that are usually inherited, ever wonder who is parents are. We never learn how he became an orphan. He's must Mr. Orphan. that bothered me a lot, as him being an orphan, and his powers being inherited, were major aspects of the story. Yet h ...more
Richard Radgoski
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I felt Book 3 was a slight step down from the first two novels. Some might argue that the book was more complex to write, as it employed 3 POV characters instead of just one, but I tend to like my trilogies to keep with the same style, and moving to multiple POVs was an annoyance for me. Its probably the single biggest reason for the drop from 5 stars.

But 4 stars still means it's a good novel and I enjoyed getting to the end of Soren's story. It ended in a manner I'm good with and I enjoyed the
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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It's difficult to believe how much happened in the course of this novel. The pace was fast, even by the standards of this trilogy, which itself easily contains five books worth of content in three. Each volume was also a different kind of story, which was an interesting and refreshing trait. "The Telastrian Song" was more intrigue than coming of age or adventure, as the previous two had respectively been, and there was not a single instant during any part of the trilogy where my attention wavere ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this but it wasn't the strongest ending to the trilogy I could've imagined. Alessandra is almost immediately sidelined, which is a shame, and a lot of the plot hinges on new characters and not the skills and wit of the protagonist Soren. I also slightly disliked the neat wrap up of the ending. Too much happily ever after for a series that was always quite dark in its direction. Oh well. There's nothing hugely 'wrong' with it as a novel, and in fact I very much enjoyed much of it. I'll ...more
Katrina Evans
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Audio review

This was a decent, if unsurprising end to the trilogy.

Like the first two, this isn't a deep story with tons of world building details and characters to remember. What is there is well constructed and colourful, combined with excellent narration this book and series is perfect for long drives.

I thought this book was the weakest of the three, some elements of it felt rushed while other elements felt forced in to set up future stories.

Overall I'm happy I listened to this trilogy and
Alexander Johnson
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wishing it wasn’t over!

I wish that this series didn’t end after only three books. I absolutely loved the conclusion, don’t get me wrong, but I would have preferred more stories involving our protagonist.

The magic system is well crafted and enjoyable. The sword fighting is masterfully written. I also appreciated that the protagonist wasn’t crippled by the self doubt that usually plagues fantasy heroes.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it

Well, I finished. But it was like taking the slow boat to China. I enjoyed the characters but the plot didn’t really develop and grow, reaching its crescendo at the climax. It just seemed to meander, from point A to point Z. Too much time reflecting on the past. Too much time reflecting on the context. Too much time reflecting on possibilities. So that, by the end, there had not been enough time ploughing the plot forward. Meanwhile, likeable characters were bogged in the “too much”.
Joseph Stone
Dec 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another delicious ride from Duncan Hamilton! As I listened to the audiobooks of the ‘Society of the Sword’ trilogy, I walked a little farther each day just to give myself more time with Soren and his trials. The author’s infectious writing style is so deeply satisfying that I often broke out in a verbal debate with the characters as I walked, no doubt to the concern of any pedestrians I passed by. I would gladly listen to another dozen stories about these marvelous characters.
Gina Basham
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nice conclusion.

This book did not have too many unkillable characters or too many antagonists that never seem to go away. It flowed well and was nicely tied up. I think book two was my favorite of the series because of the settings and characters. If you've read the other two you have to read this and won't be disappointed. I can recommend. Gbash
Scott Wozniak
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The writing is better, but not great. And instead of expanding the story, he collapses it back down to a solo quest of the main hero. So the drama of the end is reduced as well. Yes, there's a side plot but it wraps up neatly. And the ending is even anticlimactic--an almost futile victory. Oh well. ...more
Jul 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a strong ending to the trilogy. Instead of being all from Soren's point of view, two new point of view characters are introduced and they help make the story interesting. Soren's story was finished in a very satisfactory manner, although there could be room for a continuation in the plot line about the eastern mages. ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Seemed rushed

This was pretty good. The first two were much better. This one really felt rushed to me. I also didn't like the antagonist POV's but that is just a personal preference. All in all a decent read. One I will probably read again.
Duane Eberly
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not surprising...but still fulfilling end to the tale.

Wraps it up and the end has one great twist. Foreshadowing was a bit heavy handed last book through this one but stll worth reading.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
For someone who grew up on the streets he's not very street smart. The story sends Soron to too many side quest to prolong the story instead of rescuing his girl. Dismisses threats too easily even after all the past experience. At the end of book 2 it seems to skip the story without explaining. ...more
Roger Koo
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great conclusion of the series!

Major improvement in character development compared to the previous two books. Plot was intriguing with unexpected complications. The ending was predictable but still enjoyable.
Miss Sarah
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling 2nd visit to the former Empire

This trilogy is equally as riveting as the story of the wolf in the north. A completely different perspective that compliments what i already knew of this world perfectly. Excited and hungry for more!
Rick  Worden
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this author: his verb choice, character building, and story arcs are fun and engaging. He writes efficiently and effectively. Thank you!

I can’t wait for the next Duncan M. Hamilton book to come out!
Sep 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
A bit disappointed at the ending. A lot of unresolved issues. Plot points that seemed interesting that just fizzled out unresolved. I guess some of the interesting threads were just book filler. Also the final showdown was very disappointing. The manufactured drama was unconvincing and boring.
Homero Roldán Rubio
The second was slow, but this was slow, predictable and didn't give a good ending too the the first and awesome book ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finished up the Society of the Sword.

It's nothing fancy but i definitely recommend it.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Action, intrigue, suspense, betrayal... EXACTLY what I hoped it would be and more! Thank you Mr. Hamilton for that great epilogue!! We needed it!
Great end to a great series!
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