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The Scepter's Return (Scepter of Mercy #3)

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For hundreds of years, the rulers of Avornis sought to reclaim the Scepter of Mercy, their only protection from the fallen god known as the Banished One. They all failed. Now, the burden rests on the shoulders of two kings, divided by pride, but united in duty.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Roc Trade
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Kat Cornelius
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The final book definitely slows down its pace and it becomes a bit more of a chore to read. It's still a good book, but it doesn't have the same fast paced 'what will happen next' feel to it.
Deren Kellogg
My brief review of "The Bastard King" really applies to the entire trilogy. I have to go on a minor rant about the publisher. The first two novels were listed as being by "Dan Chernenko." So naturally, when I went looking for the third novel, I looked in the C's in the fantasy/SF section of my local bookstore, and could never find the darn thing. One day, while just browsing the shelves randomly, I found "The Scepter's Return," except it was listed as being by "Harry Turtledove, writing as Dan C ...more
This last book of the Scepter of Mercy Series was a big disappointment for me.
You can see the plot ending at the second book already, and that is just how it is going to end. There are no twist, no sudden revelations. The writer just drags the readers along on a tale that remains much the same from the first two books to finally reveal what is long suspected.
I didn't enjoy the other books much either by the way. 3 stars for the first, 2 stars for the second, 1 star for this third. Maybe when you
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked this fantasy series a lot. At first I felt like I was missing some background (and would love a map!) but the characters are well-drawn, multi-dimensional...not just all good or bad. The story line hangs together pretty well over the three books, and there are some interesting plot twists and turns. I think there are more stories to be told of this world, its gods and its peoples. I hope there's more to come!
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a great ending to a strong trilogy! By far the best book in this series, everything comes together at last! I ended up pulling an all nighter to finish this one! Without giving anything away, all plot lines come together for a thrilling finaly! The Scepter of Mercy, The Banished One, and the succession of the throne of Avornis! Need I say more?...
Mae Gong
Ever read the last book in a series in just a handful of hours -- not because it was that great, but because you really wanted to finish with the story and characters and put it away? This is that book. It's well written, but just not my cup of tea.
Jun 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun series. Semi-lame ending.
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Dan Chernenko is a pseudonym used by Harry Turtledove for the The Scepter of Mercy Trilogy.

Harry Norman Turtledove (born June 14, 1949) is an American novelist, who has produced works in several genres including alternate history, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction.

Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977.

Turtledove has been dubbed "The M
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Scepter of Mercy (3 books)
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