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The Castings Trilogy

(Castings #1-3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  720 ratings  ·  77 reviews
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
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
Craig Laurance
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
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
Ravindu Gamage
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have nothing to say but that I immensely enjoyed this trilogy. Pamela is an excellent writer who has written a fantasy world that is full of everything and where anything can happen. The story progresses naturally and the trilogy ends in a climax and a very satisfactory ending with closure. Most fantasy worlds have definitive good and bad. One reason why I loved George RR Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' was due to that lack of black and white and the abundance of grey and the same could be s ...more
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.
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I put this book down when I was around two-thirds of the way through book one.
At first, I was very absorbed in the fantasy world, the complex characters, and the desire to know what happened next. The combination of show vs. tell was perfect, and information was fed to me just slowly enough to keep me wanting more, but not so slowly that I lost interest. The point of view was also very interesting, switching between three main characters in the third person and present tense, but interspersed wi
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 impo
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. ...more
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
RJ 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
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
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.

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. ...more
Bartholomeus Coach
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jodie Garner
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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
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,
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
Carter Littlefair
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Very rare for me but I couldn't finish this. I got about 300 pages in by pushing myself and I still couldn't figure out what the big storyline was supposed to be.

The world building was great and the setting and characters were interesting. But I couldn't see what the story was. There was absolutely no sense of 'oh what will happen next!' It was more 'huh what's gonna happen, probably nothing important '

Real shame because I loved the characters and setting but had to put it down as it was to dif
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! ...more
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.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this trilogy. The story moves quickly and bounces from character to character. Not only is it a great fantasy story with spells, ghosts, and battles, it also revolves around difficult issues of racism and classism.

I loved the characters and miss them already.

All the books flow into each other so it reads more as a whole than 3 individual books.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found the start to be slow with the character chapter arrangement seemingly to disparate. However I was soon engrossed in each tale and each side story. The stories are rich and satisfyingly full for each character. The side stories complete a rich and compelling world. I found the end to be a bit short in conclusion.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok about 200 pages in and just didn't care to know what happened anymore. ...more
Ricky Tye
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Felt the initial chapter was slow to come to something, however by the end of the book I was fully engrossed in their lives, the trials, the world they lived in. Great story.
Bradley Mork
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's a lot to like here. No Lord of the Rings mind you, but a well told tale none the less. ...more
Devin Cary
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This trilogy was well written. The characters were very human, which can be a tad frustrating. They sucked me in and took me for a very dramatic ride. Would definitely recommend it to others.
Michelle Briand
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story, quick read, very good connection between the characters. Loved it
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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