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The Destiny of the Dead (The Song of the Tears #3)

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NISH, HIS BATTERED LITTLE TROOP and his few remaining allies are trapped on the Range of Ruin by the God-Emperor's mighty army. Nish's only choices are a humiliating surrender to his father or a suicidal fight to the death.

Yet Nish has to fight, and somehow he has to win, for the beautiful world of Santhenar is in peril and no one else can save it. Stilkeen, an all-powerfu
Paperback, First UK edition, 702 pages
Published December 4th 2008 by Orbit (first published 2008)
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Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, but it is definitely NOT the last book of the santhenar series. I could see another trilogy being possible based just off of the ending of this book.

There are a couple of places where the story bogs down with battle scenes that are a bit too long, but that's my only complaint. The character interactions were well written and engaging, and a lot of questions are finally answered!
Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it
The epic finale to the Song of Tears trilogy is definitely the best book of the series yet. The battles are hair-raising and dramatic, and a hunger for a conclusion is aroused in the reader. The particular charm of this series, I think, is the much more satisfying conclusion given by this series than its predecessor. You can put this book down contented and reminiscent!
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A very satisfying ending to the series, that more than makes up for the last couple. An excellent read, very much in the style of the old books.
Simone Fisher
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read this whole series and Ian Irvine has always managed to enthral me, I can't wait till he begins writing the last book for this series in 2013.
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great ending to the series, epic battles, love and war. Lots of loose ends tidied are finally dawn together, I am glad there is going to be another series.
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ian Irvine would have to be one of the best fantasy authors i have read. His worlds and characters that he brings to life have awesome depth and scope. Look forward to his forthcoming books.
Mateen Ar
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This last volume of the Song of the Tears series was probably my least favourite out of the trilogy. The first and second book had a sense of adventure and travel to them, followed by very real danger (and by this I mean danger that I knew the characters of this book feared and I also could sense this danger and was afraid for the characters) and this all made a rather pleasant read. However, in this third book, the running and hiding is replaced by running and searching and running and fighting ...more
Loren Harway
Oct 19, 2008 rated it liked it
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Chrissey Harrison
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A brilliant conclusion to an epic journey. The complex, interwoven threads of the story, some linking right back into the history of the world, come together in a clever tapestry. One sees Irvine's vision as some of the seeds planed in the early books sprout.

Irvine is a master of the trilogy format; Each trilogy in the Three Worlds series has its own strong, rich identity, and each book within each trilogy has a slightly different feel to it. Although you are reading a continuing story, you feel
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
The sequel to this trilogy was certainly action packed. It had been a while since I'd read the first two books in the series when I finally got around to picking up the third, so some of the overall story details were a little fuzzy, but Irvine did a good job in revisiting aspects from the earlier books, so I always knew what was happening. Nish, Maelys and the gang engage in the battle of a lifetime, making a final stand against the God-Emperor and the seemingly immortal being Stillkeen, and I ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved this book and the whole 11 book series!If you dont pick up this fantasy series by Aussie author Ian Irvine you are completely bonkers. The series starts with 4 books, then another 4 and the final 3(with one more in the pipeline).
I always say if upon waking your first thought is of the book you are currently reading then its a winner.
His character development was well done and the plot was unbelievable in its complexity. I dont know how he can remember all the twists and turns!
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This was a great book, a very impressing ending to an amazing series. It is well written, has interresting charecters and a suspenseful plot.
I was a however a little confused by about 30 pages near the end, that didn't seem to have anything to do with the story.
And I do believe that reading this series would be more satisfying if one had read the earlier Three Worlds series by Ian Irvine.
Alex Boon
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
It resolved! At last! This volume gave the closure I was hoping for at the end of the previous four and actually it did it well. I was satisfied. The narrative suffered from the things I've whined about enough in earlier reviews of this series but on the whole this was one of my favourites. Thank you, Mr Irvine for not ending on another cliffhanger!
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Thought this last book in the series was really good pulling all the threads of the different charactors story together to a very satisfactory ending. Found out at the end of the book that there to be more about the three worlds and look forward to reading them
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
A well developed series of books about the world of Santhenar and the different beings who interact with it. This book ties this trilogy up rather well while opening the way for the next trilogy.

The books can be somewhat difficult to find. I had to order most of them from the UK.
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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I Was completely obsessed with this book, read it within two days and can't wait for the new series about Llian to come out!
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
But wait...there's more!A huge series and it's not over yet!
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Great read
Heather Haubold
Library doesn't have it yet, if anyone cares to lend it to me I would be all smiles.
Feb 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Much better second time around.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
an improvement on the first two books, but some weird conclusions.
Mar 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, what more can i say!
Chrys Matthews
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A fitting finale to an epic tale. The three worlds books make exceptional reading. Mr Irvine is up there with Terry Goodkind and Arthur c Clarke.
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I'm an Australian author of 32 novels, mainly fantasy. They include the bestselling Three Worlds epic fantasy sequence, which has sold over a million print copies. It comprises The View from the Mirror quartet, The Well of Echoes quartet and The Song of the Tears trilogy. I’m currently writing The Gates of Good and Evil, the long-awaited sequel to The View from the Mirror. Book 2, The Fatal Gate, ...more
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The Song of the Tears (3 books)
  • The Fate of the Fallen (The Song of the Tears, #1)
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