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(Psalms of Isaak #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  900 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Nothing is as it seems to be.

The ancient past is not dead. The hand of the Wizard Kings still reaches out to challenge the Androfrancine Order, to control the magick and technology that they sought to understand and claim for their own.

Nebios, the boy who watched the destruction of the city of Windwir, now runs the vast deserts of the world, far from his beloved Marsh Quee
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Tor Books
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Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It is interesting that what didn't work well for me in the first book, and through parts of the second, has grown upon me in this third addition to the Psalms of Isaak. I can't quite put my finger on it, but am desperately searching for any news on Requiem. I take it that the author has been occupied with personal matters which has delayed Requiem. The rocketing pace of the final 100 - 150 pp of Antiphon have me eagerly awaiting the next. When out, Requiem will be one of those books where everyt ...more
Jessica Strider
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pros: fascinating characters, lots of intrigue, several secrets are revealed

Cons: very slow moving

Antiphon begins six months after Canticle ends. When an attack rocks the confidence of Rudolfo to keep his lands safe, he and Jin Li Tam make a difficult decision. Winteria’s still stunned by the revelations of the last book and wonders if there’s any hope of returning her people to their former faith in their home-seeking. Neb discovers blood magicked runners in the wastes who don’t die after three
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Antiphon by Ken Scholes- This is the third book in The Psalms of Isaak series. The first book is Lamentation, the second book is Canticle, the fourth book, Requiem, and the fifth book, Hymn, are yet to be released with no set release date at the time of this review. Ken Scholes has written only one other novel called Last Flight of the Goddess. He has written a number of short stories and even has a book of his collected short fiction called Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Journeys. Antiphon ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I struggled with this one mainly due to the fact I still cannot connect with any of the characters and the ongoing "cutting" of people which I find very disturbing as I do not like violence in any format. The thing I found frustrating is the worldbuilding. There is so much history of the world, but very little is explained outside of hints via mythology or prophesy. I hope this will be resolved in the next book in the series.
S. James Nelson
Apr 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I really, really wanted this book to shine. Unfortunately, it took me almost a year to read it, which says a lot about it. I enjoyed books 1 and 2, but not until about the last 60-100 pages did I really feel like this one engaged me.

Through most of the book, I felt like nothing was going on, or that I just had no idea what was going on because maybe I didn’t get the clues that must have been dropped along the way. Plus, too many PoV characters. I get one chapter with someone, then am on to the n
Julia Dvorin
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Enjoyed this installment quite a bit as well, although I am getting a bit frustrated at all the mystery and intrigue that keeps growing and growing (not that it isn't well done--I just want it resolved!) I felt like it took me a good while to get into the book and to even understand half of the different intrigues and mysteries that were going on, and that when I finally did start to put the pieces together, the book ended without getting satisfaction as to what was going to happen to all partie ...more
As always with this series, I was supremely confused until about halfway through when everything started to make sense and I remembered why I was so desperate to hold the next book in my hands the year before. The story of this world is really exciting, and nothing like any fantasy I've ever read before. Maybe that's one of the reasons I find it so confusing. Other reasons: that's just Scholes's style, no exposition. BUT I feel like he could work on his description a little. I need it to be vivi ...more
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
A great return to form after a realtively disappointing book two. Much wider in scope than the last book, with a compelling narrative. A fun read.
Adam Whitehead
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
The Named Lands continue to suffer tumults in the aftermath of the rise of the Machtvolk and the birth of Rudolfo and Jin's son, who it is prophesied will save the world. Vlad's quest to unearth the true nature of the threat to the Named Lands leads him deep into the equatorial oceans and a startling discovery, whilst deep in the Churned Wastes Nebios discovers the path to his true destiny, and a fateful encounter with the enigmatic antiphon.

Antiphon is the third and middle volume of Ken Scholes
Mridupawan  Podder
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It took me a while to get into this.

I read the second book 5 years ago. Book 3 was a blur. It was hard to connect and make sense of especially when reviews of this epic series are so less. Why internet, why? After a lot of searching and I really mean a lot, I went back to this and for the third time, Ken Scholes blew me away.

Book 1 and Book 2 were fun. This was a revelation of sorts. The bigger picture is still unknown but what was once myths and legends slowly turned into practicality and logic
Brian Taylor
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Antiphon is the third book in the Psalms of Isaak series. You’re going to want to read the first two books before reading this one. They’re both excellent books anyway so you really don’t have much of an excuse. If you haven’t heard of Ken Scholes yet you’re in for a treat. His books will be your new addiction. He leaves you wanting more, and more, and more.

From the publisher:

Nothing is as it seems to be.

The ancient past is not dead. The hand of the Wizard Kings still reaches out to challenge th
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book started off slow and it took me awhile to get into it. This is the first time this has happened to me in this series as they were both previously captivating starts. But this does not diminish this book because it quickly picks up and we get the story of the Antiphon and how the Light is building it and the Crimson Empress is trying to stop it from happening.

As usual with the previous books this fantasy series is just like one big mystery unfolding while we are trying to figure out wha
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this, the middle volume of the Psalms of Isaak, Ken Scholes is putting some serious challenges to the reader. It's a less taxing book than its predecessor (by body count), yet it reveals both answers and more questions. The mysteries run deep. The characters rise to the occasion, and there is triumph and sorrow.

There are some terrible and beautiful moments in this book, and I eagerly look forward to the next volume.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What is the antiphon? Who created the "Watcher?" Can Winters save her people from Ria? How far has the resurgence spread? Who can be trusted? LOVED this continuation of the "Psalms of Isaak." More, please!
James Hendrickson
The surprises continue

Another volume full of action and intrigue. I love this series and highly recommend it. Sigh f
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Bryan Schmidt
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing

When I discovered Ken Scholes' "Lamentation," it was on a TOR add inside the front cover of an issue of The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy last fall. Being a man of faith, the title immediately caught my eye. But it was when I saw Orson Scott Card's recommendation that I knew I had to read it. Card called wrote: "This is the golden age of fantasy, with a dozen masters doing their best work. Then along comes Ken Scholes, with his amazing clarity, p
Melissa Hayden
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Oh, where do I start with this one. Ken has to have a metal mans memory for the wondrous things he does here. To remember all the little threads he starts, then we get to the new things created here. This book takes Fantasy to a whole new level with the old fantasy feel and mechanicals mixed in, then there are magicks in the mix and hints of gods and different worlds. This series is truly one of the most in depth mesmerizing epic fantasy reads I have been captivated by. The author is really tale ...more
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, fantasy
Antiphon is book three of The Psalms of Isaac, a five book epic fantasy series. Wait, don’t leave if you haven’t read the first two books. It’s not entirely necessary to have read them to enjoy this volume, although I recommend doing so. The author takes care to refresh our memories of events that happened in the first two books and provide explanations for those who pick up the series with Antiphon, but the level of understanding and satisfaction will be enhanced with the detail in the first tw ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
[7/10] I'm still interested in finding out how the Psalms of Isaac epic ends, but I struggled with this third volume. I'm impressed by the scale of conflict and the skill of the author in keeping track of plot twist after plot twist, but some of the thrill from following the fate of Neb and Winters, Rudolfo and Jin Li Tan is gone. I'm trying to identify what elements of the story are responsible for pulling me out of the mood and why I've become emotionally uninvolved in the fate of the main cha ...more
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
Once again, 6 months have passed since the end of "Canticle". The old Y'Zirite faith is growing in the Named Lands, bringing with it dark blood magic. Rodolfo and Jin Li Tam struggle to find the way into the future for their country and their son against the prophecies of the Crimson Empress. And in the Churning Wastes and elsewhere, the mechoservitors who've been exposed to the Dream in the song are formulating their own response...

"Antiphon" is a weaker book than "Canticle". The ending does of
Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, fantasy, in
A load of things happened in the first two books, but to try and summarize: Two years ago, the city of Windwir was annihilated by the use of the Seven Cacophonic Deaths. The time since then has been full of strife and civil war, from the forests of Rudolph and his magicked gypsies, to the homeless Marshlanders and their now-replaced Queen Winteria. Worse, it seems the fall of Windwir was generations in the making by a force beyond the Named Lands. The son of Rudolph and Jin Li Tam has been decla ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Things take a dramatic turn in Antiphon, the third book in Ken Scholes' Psalms of Isaak series. Rudolfo's Gypsy Scouts are raising an army to defend the Ninefold Forest, his wife and child go with Winters into the very heart of the Machtvolk nation and witness their bloody religion firsthand, Neb comes face to face with his destiny, as does Vlad Li Tam, and Isaak and his fellow mechoservitors race towards their final goal, the dream and the Antiphon.

It seemed that this book marked a change in th
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Writing: 4.5
Story/Plot: 4
Depth/Detail: 4.5
Enjoyment: 4

Antiphon picks up where Canticle left off, right in the middle of the massive conflict that is coming to a head - the opposing forces of the Y'Zir, the children of Whym, the Crimson Emperess approaching. The mechoservitors are spread out and on opposing sides, and Rudolfo is breaking down emotionally. Antiphon jumps from one drama to the next, one tough decision to the next, one tragedy to the next.

The writing is as high quality as the previo
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I can't tell if it's a virtue that this was such a slow burn. By the end of this book, the entire premise is barely reconcilable with where we started. But I've been bored in so many places along the way that I think a book could have come out somewhere here.

For what it's worth, not super clear where things are at now, but the second half of this book went completely bonkers and I need to continue and see where we go from here.

I think that this series really strains credulity in three places:
The Psalms of Isaak is a bizarre series. I remember being distracted by the names of a couple of the characters in the first book, but now the characters have sort of adjusted my preconceptions around their names--that's pretty hard trick to pull off for any writer.

I've barely started this book, so here's a quick primer on what these books are: They're mostly fantasy, but not your standard-issue swords-and-sorcery stuff. There are a few familiar tropes to wrap your mind around, but nothing in an
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Working from the assumption that people reading this book ("Antiphon") in Ken Scholes' "The Psalms of Isaak" series liked the previous two books, I'd say that they should like this book even more. The writing, world, plot and characters are all excellent. The biggest complaints I had with the previous book (the antagonist's omniscience and omnipotence) have been toned down to a far more reasonable point. Yes, the enemies are far more powerful than the protagonists. But, it's possible to make som ...more
Adam Shaeffer
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow. I enjoyed the previous two volumes in the Psalms of Isaak, but this installment was amazing. Scholes has done a great job of layering the story through both Lamentation and Canticle so that Antiphon is surprising but believable in light of hints he threw out earlier. Each successive novel in this series has revealed a greater depth and breadth to the larger story arc. Ive loved the mix of fantasy, sci-fi, and steampunk elements in this series, and Antiphon builds on each of them in ways tha ...more
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
What do mechoservitors, kin-wolves, kin ravens, Behemoth, the Marsh King, and gypsies have to do with each other? All are part of this third installment of "The Psalms of Isaak." Runners deliver messages and search the land with the use of magic and black root; Nebios is hunted and called "Abomination;" Jin Li Tam makes an unexpected journey with Jakob; and Winter and Ria discover the tenuous tie that binds them. All the while, mechoservitors hurry to meet together to save the Antiphon. Come rea ...more
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
War is coming to the Named Lands. Rudolfo, his queen, Jin Li Tam and their son, Jakob are confronted at every turn by betrayals and difficulties. Winteria bar Mardic, queen of the Marsh Folk has been supplanted by her sister, Winteria the elder, who is preaching the gospel of Y’Zir and torturing people to bring them to her beliefs. Nebios Homeseeker is stranded in the Churning Wastes, besieged by blood-magicked scouts who fight him at every turn. He has found the Homeland and must get there by a ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I picked up Requiem the beginning of March. It is the 4th in PSALMS of Isaak series. I enjoyed reading it so much I immediately grabbed Lamentation, Canticle, and Antiphon from the library and have completed them back to back, The good news is that the last in the series is available and I won't have to wait to see what happens to the Great Mother and her Child of Promise, to either of the two Winterias, aw gee, there are so many characters I like in this series that you will need to re ...more
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Ken Scholes is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of five novels and over fifty short stories. His work has appeared in print for over sixteen years. His series, The Psalms of Isaak, is published by Tor Books and his short fiction has been released in three volumes by Fairwood Press.

Ken's eclectic background includes time spent as a label gun repairman, a sailor who never sailed, a so

Other books in the series

Psalms of Isaak (5 books)
  • Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak, #1)
  • Canticle (Psalms of Isaak, #2)
  • Requiem (Psalms of Isaak, #4)
  • Hymn: The Final Volume of the Psalms of Isaak