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Bonds of Vengeance (Winds of the Forelands #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  725 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
For nine hundred years the Forelands knew peace, but unrest among the magical Qirsi people has blossomed into a conspiracy against the Eandi rulers. What started with an occasional "accidental" death of a lord has exploded into violence, rending the fabric of Forelands society. Led by a mysterious Qirsi "Weaver" with powers that can reach into the minds of others even in t ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Tor Books (first published 2005)
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Xara Niouraki
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Rating based on my entertainment: 3 stars
Actual rating: 2 stars
(I really need half stars in these cases)

Bonds of Vengeance is a well-written book and a solid continuation of the story. The characters are still interesting and very realistic and the general story is quite nice. The problem I had was that the book doesn't really move the story forward. As I have already written in the review of the second book, I believe books 2 and 3 are a copy of the first book. Nothing really important happens
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
This series started out slowly for me, but mostly because I am used to fantasy/sci-fi getting right to the action and being pretty black/white with regards to character development. Coe has done a great job painting a more complex picture of the characters in this series, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Bonds of Vengeance by David B. Coe is the third book in the Winds of Forelands series.I'll be upfront with everyone right now. I'm disappointed. I expected things to ramp up now that we're three books in but instead, I got pretty much the same 'ol same from the previous two books. Mind you, while I don't consider this a deal breaker as if you're reading book three by now, you should have already known that Bonds of Vengeance will be another slow burner. In fact, that's what I loved about this se ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, fantasy
I can honestly say after reading the Winds of the Forelands series that David B. Coe is one great writer. He's as good if not better than the top writers in the field. Mr. Coe has a real knack for characters and nothing ever feels faked or forced. There's a huge cast in these books which is usually hard to pull of but he manages to do it well. You have your action, adventure, mystery along with political intrigue. There's really very little black and white in these books. Even the vilest charact ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Bonds of Vengeance is the long-awaited third volume in David Coe's Winds of the Forelands series.

This volume focuses almost entirely on the political intrigue, which was hinted at in Rules of Ascension: Book One of Winds of the Forelands and dramatically increased in Seeds of Betrayal (Winds of the Forelands, Book 2). Coe reveals just how entangled the Qirsi Conspiracy is in the events of every major house and kingdom in the land. Some of the plots and characters introduced in Seeds of Betrayal
Tim Pollard
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bonds of Vengeance seems to serve as the bridge between the first two books in the series in the last two. Having just finished this book I can't say for sure, but I can say that this book tidies up a lot of plotlines from the first two while still leaving a couple major ones to be addressed, and ends in a way that suggests that it will serve as a turning point for the series. The two books prior to this one focus on building up to the coming conflicts, and while Bonds of Vengeance does that as ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Meh... I really don't have much to say besides that.. For years, I've been telling folks about Coe... I think his foreland books are great and recommend them whenever I can.. I waiting awhile for this last book to come out and was excited to read it. IN fact, I read the previous 2 books again so I could have a fresh story in my mind - but I must say... I was kinda disappointed in this one. The restart of the Blood Wars.. wow - great idea.. ambitious folks on the both sides... good and bad in eve ...more
Michael S.
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
If you prefer a lot of action, battle scenes, a magic system that is actually used more than once or twice per book...
Then this series is definitely not for you.

I usually need these things in a book myself. In fact, it must be a testament to this writer's ability that I continue reading this series. There is just barely enough interesting intrigue and subtle character development to keep me going despite the fact that very little actually happens throughout the story. (At least very little happ
Dec 28, 2007 rated it liked it
After just reviewing Charlie Bone, this book seems like a lot of paper for not so much story. And admittedly it does drag at certain points but not to the point of being unbearable. I'm not sure if the conspiracy just lacks subtlety or if it has disregarded it in the process or the fact of the book presenting Dusaan in several chapters diminish it. Being taken to these other nations outside of the main story line is getting to be distracting especially as it has contributed so little to advance ...more
Deren Kellogg
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Solid but unspectacular fantasy novel. A good read, but not quite up there with George R.R. Martin or Tad Williams. I like Coe's basic premise and the intrigue is interesting. However, he incorporates the POV's of dozens of characters. Unfortunately, Coe's characters seem too similar to each other, making it hard to keep track of who is who. I think Coe would have been better off focusing on the Grinsa-Tavis-Keziah-Cresenne storyline, and relegating some of the others to the background.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Grinsa and the young Lord are close on the heels of the Assassin, but then a old lover comes in and complicates their lives. Between the Weaver and war these two may never clear the young Lords name before someone kills them. Great story line and characters, looking forward to read Book 4 of Winds of the Forelands.
Chris Pacheco
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
DAvid B. Coe, It seems that even though you've expanded the scope of this story to half of an entire continent, with six countries, and several provinces within each, all with thier own governments and more characters than i can count, you still hav not lost me. though i would be more than happy with a glossary or dramatis personae. This is a great story, but it isnt for the short of memory.
En este tercer libro, profundiza sobre la conspiración de los quirsi. Vemos como el plan para conquistar a los Eandi va tomando forma. Pero tambien vemos lo que va sucediendo en los diferentes reinos y como afecta a los planes de los quirsi. La saga va ganando conforme avanza la historia, Saga muy recomendable, aunque lamentablemente no este en español.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The first three of this series are all excellent, because it is all focused on creeping plotting and intense character development highlighted with brutal action. It goes downhill from here, unfortunately.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
See first book for series review =)
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Better than the first book. It's hopeful and hopeless at the same time. However, learned to cringe at the word "suckling".
Glad I made myself read this one, it's enjoyable, but not my favorite from Coe.
Amy Hoodock
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
The series is speeding up. Sometimes middle books bog down. I couldn't put this one down.
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David B. Coe is an author of fantasy novels and short stories. He lives with his wife, Nancy Berner, and their two daughters on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.
He has begun writing a new historical fantasy series under the pen name D.B. Jackson. The first one is titled Thieftaker, published in 2012.
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