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The Castings Trilogy

(Castings #1-3)

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A thousand years ago, the Eleven Domains were invaded and the original inhabitants were driven onto the road as Travelers, belonging nowhere, welcomed by no one.Now the Domains are governed with an iron fist by the Warlords, but there are wilder elements in the landscape that cannot be controlled and that may prove the Warlords' undoing. Some are spirits of place - of wate ...more
Paperback, 1258 pages
Published December 2nd 2010 by Orbit (first published 2010)
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Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
I just finished a novel over the holidays that I am really quite excited to review. Some of you may know of the Australian author, Pamela Freeman, as it is my understanding that she is a fairly well known author of young-adult literature. Well, I just finished her first set of novels (I think) written for adult audiences. Frankly, I have to tell you that it is also completely age and subject appropriate for youth and teen readers as well. Okay, on with my review.

Ms. Freeman has recently written
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Cheryl Landmark
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this trilogy! Pamela Freeman is an excellent writer and her fantasy is spell-binding. It was a long read, almost 1400 pages, but well-worth every minute spent reading it. I found myself totally caught up in the world of the Eleven Domains and the characters that inhabit them.

Bramble was probably my favourite character; her strength and courage and wild nature really appealed to me. Ms. Freeman used multiple points of view throughout the three books and I think this helped to p
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Craig
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I finished this omnibus novel last week. The writing is at times lyrical and the characters are solid--I could see them outside of the plot. Many readers have complained about the shifting POVs--in addition to the three main characters, Freeman adds first person vignettes from superfluous characters. Frankly, I loved that about the book.
!.) It makes the 11 Domains seem like a real world because she focuses on really mundane characters;
2.) Those tales really do come together in the end, as a won
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Danny
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy
I loved this world! These books were so well done. This fantasy story not only took me into a fantastic world of wizards, gods, and warriors, it took me into a story of racism, social class and the on going battle our own world has struggled with between races and equality. It was a very thought provocative story. I really loved it
Lindsay Porter
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Trilogy edition is more than 1200 pages but it is a very good read and I finished in 3 days.
Most of the book moves between narratives of three main characters. The author weaves a fine web of connection between all the characters with narratives from other characters in the story.
It takes a little thinking to process all the different narratives, but it is definitely worth the time.
Amber Hutcheson
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A true tale of destiny...

I finished this series in four days. I just couldn't put it down. Pamela Freeman deserves 5 stars just on the complexity of this story. She paints a beautifully detailed picture of a world I would love to live in. Much like the Game of Thrones, the story is told through multiple points of view ranging from the main characters we are following including a few side characters as well. Freeman does a fantastic job of painting the big picture for us. Every character is impor
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Dwayne Portwine
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't finish the book. I just had a really hard time getting into the book.
Nicholas Karpuk
My somewhat tacky summation of the Castings Trilogy is, "What if religions were real?" You have to say it in a kind of breathless, awe-struck tone of voice to get the full effect.

Because it does seem to differ from many epic fantasy books by having most of the magic come specifically through a source deity. There's a logic to how supernatural creatures work that seems far more spiritual than most I've encountered. At times there's a real threat to the characters when they leave the safety of set
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Ronald Bryce
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Content of this kind can be hard to wrap one's mind around. I want to say it was an adventure with light violence and playful relationships. Although that is coming from someone who is moderately desensitized to violence from my past reads. The book was good. Not great but good. Some characters were deep. Bramble was especially entertaining. The biggest highlight to the series was getting to read the back story of almost every character you come across throughout the adventure. Each character th ...more
Jackie
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic
Even though I loved all three books in the trilogy, Blood Ties, Deep Water and Full Circle, I couldn't review them individually as all three books are one continuing story. Each book flowed seamlessly into the next and must be read as a whole.

My understanding is that this is Pamela Freeman's first adult series; impressive. Well written characters under individual POV chapters, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. This is a format I particularly enjoy; I get to know the characters int
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Kendra
Omnibus Edition - Blood Ties, Deep Water, and Full Circle

Surprisingly good, though a slower than normal read for me. I'm glad I had the whole trilogy as the endings on the first two books were EXTREMELY abrupt. The chapters were basically short points of views by individual characters. It was hard to follow at first, but an enjoyable way to read after one figured it out and went with it.

Bartholomeus
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Epic
Briana
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's not often I can pound my way through a series. But this series is one of the most engaging I've read.
Rachel (Rustling Reads)
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
What a gorgeous, wild, deadly world this is! Full of magic and chaos but never confusing, full of gods and prophecy but nothing is ever set in stone. There are so many characters in this series, but I never lost sight of who they all were. I felt their fear, their joy, their pain, their need to protect their loved ones, their awe of the gods. Vivid characterisation, heartfelt storytelling, and a masterful use of structure and time to tell a wonderfully complex story which encapsulates so many is ...more
Diana
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Three in one binding is a bit daunting, but having read it this way, and having finished, I would have to say I prefer it. I enjoyed the cast of characters, but it was hard to summon up a love for them in only 'Blood Ties'. I might not have continued reading if I'd only had the first book on hand - but after the second I would have gone stir-crazy if I'd had to wait for the third, and now, having finished... I cried off and on through the last few chapters.
I ended up really loving this series,
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Taylor Riggs
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This series is one of my favorites as a whole. The first book didn't thoroughly grab me till over halfway through, but the 'chapter' system for them kept me very interested and I loved the characters, it was just a little slow. By the second book, I was in love. The characters are interesting, and there are small parts dedicated to the people around them that bring the society the characters live in to life. The third book had me rooting for the 'heroes' but also had me saddened and remorseful f ...more
Heather
I will make the review simple, like most of mine, I did enjoy the book start to finish. I think I would give the book a solid 3.5 stars

I did read another review that someone else had written about the formatting of how the characters were introduced and how their stories unfolded. Just like how he had mentioned, at first it was a bit confusing but once you got to "know" everyone I enjoyed to story.
SBC
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this trilogy would really appeal to fans of historical fantasy, such as fans of Juliet Marillier. I liked the atmosphere better than many of the Marillier books I've read. While Freeman was also dealing with big themes, tragedies and the potential ending of the world the books didn't have an overarching tone/mood of impending doom like Marillier's often do. I'd say they showed more grief than sorrow and more resilience than melancholy. Enjoyable!
Michael
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nikki
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, when I first joined Goodreads I mistakenly marked that I read all three of the novels in the omnibus separately. I didn't realise that this copy would have its own ISBN and page all set up. Actually, maybe it didn't at the time. I'm not sure. In any case, I'll rectify my mistake and paste my review here:

I read the entire series in one large book. I think that's how this series works best. I didn't really see any huge distinctions between the three books and they all blended together into o
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Rachel Toh
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers, if you want to try a different but interesting story telling narrative
Shelves: fantasy
(taken from my review of the 1st standalone book)
Finished the entire trilogy in less than a week... Got me very engaged and emotionally involved.

Fun, engaging and a thrill to read. The switching between characters can be a little annoying because it throws you off the story. It makes it feel like watching TV back in the days before set top boxes that could record and play back. You would be totally caught up in the story and then suddenly, cliff hanger! Change character. Very frustrating, you fe
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Nancy
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
The whole trilogy bound into one book, but it seemed to me that it would have worked better originally as one book in 3 parts. But I never read them individually, so I really don't know. But they just flowed one into the other.

Book 1 was mostly story set up and brought everyone together and introduced all the characters. I don't think it would have been a very good individual book, but it made for a good part 1.

Book 2 was my favorite, we see more deeply into the lives of all the character to kno
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Jess
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This has seriously become my top favorite fantasy trilogy. What's really cool about this bind-up of the three books is that they flow into the next book so beautifully that it feels like it shouldn't be read any other way than in just one big sitting.

The world that Pamela Freeman created was phenomenal and I'll be day dreaming about it and the characters for a long time now. And picking up any book she writes that are within this gorgeous realm.

I love the concepts of racism, invaders taking ov
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Kris
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
A really good read (no pun intended)! A well-built world and a very rich mythos, with a variety of interesting characters. It is written in the manner of The Song of Fire and Ice series, with each chapter being told from the POV of a different characters. It's also similar in the theme of a struggle between smaller dominions, but this book has more magic - but NOT Harry Potter silly magic. This magic is more ingrained into the world itself, and into the culture. The other book it reminded me of ...more
Alison
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping, intense, emotional, sad, hopeful, and very well written.

Although the style of having short chapters written from primary characters pov took a little while to get used to, it did slow this reader to become engrossed in the story from a more personal level. It also allowed me to skim the less interesting characters stories as the book progressed and I found the story starting to get bogged down in bloated asides and dialogue.

I found the ending to be very emotional, and although on the
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Beth A.
It's been some time since I read the Castings Trilogy,and yet it remains an epic classic in my mind. I was doing a little updating and thought it was time I added it to my list. I would like to contend with the statement that it is teen and especially youth appropriate. It's mostly scenes of violence toward women...one quite harsh...that would put that doubt in my mind. I suppose if your kids commonly read Game Of Thrones books it's comparatively fine. Remember, you need to keep in mind,The Cast ...more
Jessica
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I think I wrote reviews for the single novels but I read this in the collected trilogy format. Which I would recommend as the books have very abrupt endings and you need to have the next one handy.

These are brilliant books. There were moments when I was really frustrated but then it came together and it all made perfect sense. The characters were brilliant and I LOVE Bramble. Matt says we can't name our daughter Bramble though as it rhymes with our last name. Sadness. Either way, I love the evo
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Jennifer
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
One (or three) for the series in September. I really enjoyed this trilogy. Pamela Freeman has created an intriguing world peopled with intricate characters and full of unique features. I was sorry to see it end, although I see there is a companion story that I am sure I will read.
I am not exactly sure how to summarize this huge story - there is a clear conflict and a large number of people who have to come together in the end to resolve the conflict. This is managed beautifully. The only critici
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Zane Stotts
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon this book by searching for the fattest book on the shelf. It looked promising, so I got it.

I begun reading, the first 50 pages are boring, but you have to gt through them. Warning: This book also goes into detail on certain subjects you would rather not know about (ex: when and how a character uses the restroom, the sounds made when shagging).

The ending was very disappointing and not quite as thought out as the rest of the book, as if Freeman was running out of ideas to put in t
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Sara
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The world of this fantasy trilogy was well-thought out with a fun mix of magic and nature. The book was well-written with quick chapters told from the perspective of our different characters. The chapters about the least likeable character are especially short. In addition to our main characters, we get chapters about some of the folks we happen to meet along the way. These are fun and are tied back in at the end of the book, which I felt was a really nice touch. The many evil-doer is not so muc ...more
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Pamela Freeman is an Australian author of books for both adults and children. Most of her work is fantasy but she has also written mystery stories, science fiction, family dramas and non-fiction. Her first adult series, the Castings Trilogy (Blood Ties, Deep Water and Full Circle) is published globally by Orbit books. She is best known in Australia for the junior novel Victor’s Quest and an associ ...more

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Castings (3 books)
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  • Deep Water (Castings, #2)
  • Full Circle (Castings, #3)
“The road is long and the end is death
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