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The Poet King

(The Harp and Ring Sequence #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Prophecies unfold, legends turn real, and a war of mythical proportions endangers the realm in Ilana C. Myer's epic fantasy The Poet King, the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed Fire Dance

After a surprising upheaval, the nation of Tamryllin has a new ruler: Elissan Diar, who proclaims himself the first Poet King. Not all in court is happy with this regime change, as
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Tor Books
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Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunning, heart-wrenching conclusion to a truly epic journey.

Dont read this if you havent yet read Fire Dance, and better yet, start from the beginning with Last Song Before Night.

Myer, again, weaves a tapestry of beauty through her characters struggles. This is a satisfying end to the many threads that are woven throughout the trilogy.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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So, I thought it sounded neat and requested it before I realized my mistake and that it was the third of a series. I went into it open minded- I figured I'd decline to review if it was too much a barrier of entry. Even without prior knowledge it did a good job of introducing characters and old plots, and I found it fairly easy to follow. Even better: I found it engaging and engrossing.

The book is about the fall out of the Poet King Elissan Diar's coup, the lead up to his coronation, and, of
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

It starts with a new king - who proclaims himself the Poet King, which is special as it sounds. Being Poet in this world means you have power, and not just ordinary power of music - but real magic. Of course, magic always comes with a price. Since Poets found the poem to open the door to the Otherworld and released forces beyond their control, their wold is in grave danger. White Queen and Shadow King will combat for dominance once more. But Poets must not allow any of them to prevail, since
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I liked the title and had not read by this author so I thought I would give it a try. I did not quite like it as much as I wanted to like it though. I didn't notice until later that it was the third in the series and so was not familiar with the story so far and the characters. Sometimes not reading what has come before in a series really leaves without enough to go on about the whole story. For me this was the case. The writing was decent enough but overall didn't really get into this book.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Even if I loved the world building and the characters the plot felt a bit disjointed and it didn't keep my attention.
Not my cup of tea.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Galen Strickland
I gave each book in this series 3 stars. In the case of the previous two a more accurate score would be a bit more, but this one just barely rates the 3. I can say it's not predictable, but it is frustrating, and unsatisfying.
I think it's physically impossible for me to give this series anything lower than 5 stars lol


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Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise is amazing - a land where royalty are given titles such as poet kings and queens. The title hooked me right away. However, the worldbuilding felt minimalistic and basic. The characters arecopycats from World of Warcraft and there was nothing to set them apart from medieval fiction stereotypes. The characters read too powerfully and superhuman that it was impossible to relate to them. Of course, if you're the type of reader that doesn't need to relate to characters, then you will ...more
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Ilana C. Myer has written for the Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and the Huffington Post. Previously she was a freelance journalist in Jerusalem. She lives in New York City.

Fire Dance, the sequel to Last Song Before Night, will be released in April 2018.

Last Song Before Night is a standalone novel, but there IS a sequel (two actually!) forthcoming. Details here:

Other books in the series

The Harp and Ring Sequence (3 books)
  • Last Song Before Night
  • Fire Dance

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