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Product Details

  • Series: Oak, Yew, Ash, and Rowan Cycle (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (October 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312873387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312873387
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In A Crown Disowned: Volume Three of the Cycle of Oak, Yew, Ash, and Rowan, the lively, well-paced conclusion to Andre Norton and Sasha Miller's fantasy trilogy (To the King a Daughter; Knight or Knave), Rohan must defeat the Ice Dragons and the armies of the North as well as defend his allies from the machinations of Dowager Queen Ysa. The unsurprising, inoffensive narrative contains enough swashbuckling, poisoning and intrigue to keep readers turning the pages.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The Ice Dragon Riders sweep down from their northern home, bringing terror and destruction upon the lands to the south. Rohan of the Sea-Rovers seeks an alliance with the Bog-folk and attempts to convince the Dowager to abandon her petty politicking and join forces to fight the Ice Dragons and the Great Foulness they serve. Continuing the tale begun in To the King a Daughter and Knight or Knave, veteran authors Norton (the "Witch World" series; see also Elvenblood, reviewed above) and Miller (Ladylord) weave a tale of love and magic amid a time of war and turbulence. This classic fantasy belongs in most libraries.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
... This book, "A Crown Disowned," suffers from too many plot discontinuities, bad characterization, very cardboard, wooden dialogue, and manages to do something I never had done in all the years I've read books -- made me want to throw a book Andre Norton has contributed to across the room.
Let me try and explain. Basically, in the previous two books, Ashen was a sympathetic character (although toward the end of book two, she started becoming less sympathetic, as she did not like her stepson's girlfriend). However, in this book, Ashen seems rather pointless. The action doesn't really revolve around her -- it revolves around Queen Ysa, who at best is a tragic heroine. Ashen's romance, which was one of the focal points of the first two books, is an afterthought here, and her daughter's romance with the young boy-king seemed tacked-on hurriedly.
Plus, there's no real sense of how time is passing in this book. There seem to be very few time referents, which is extremely strange. I thought it was probably due to poor editing or the rush to get this book to the printers, as I couldn't understand why else it'd happen.
The big confrontation loses all steam once the big bad Flavielle is gone, and considering she's taken out more by incompetence than anything, that's a major waste of resources. Personally, I'd rather have seen someone deliberately succeed in taking her out, rather than the drugged, half-feverish way it's done in this book.
Basically, I didn't care about any of the characters at the end of this book, and I was glad the book was over (even though I'd really looked forward to it, and had enjoyed the first two books of the series). Like I said, it's probably one of the worst books I've read in a long time, and I regret paying hardcover price for it.
If I could give this less than one star, I would, despite my high respect for Ms. Norton and her stature in the field.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on December 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A Crown Disowned (2002) is the third novel in the Cycle of Oak, Yew, Ash, and Rowan and the last in the trilogy. The previous volume ended with King Peres on the throne, Ashen married to Gaurin, Rohan knighted, Anamara mad and lost in the Bog, and the dowager Ysa learning that the long awaited invasion from the north has begun.

This novel begins with a meeting between Rohan and the Bog headman Tusser in the remains of the city of Galinth. While debating the fine points of alliance, they are interrupted by a group of men, hired by the dowager Ysa, who are trying to burn up the Bog. After fighting off the Outlanders, they discover Anamara in the ruins and take her to Zazar for healing.

Despite the severity of the situation, the dowager clings to her plots and magic. Throughout most of the book, she tries to control everybody. One of the funniest places in the book is when the dowager Ysa is told that Rannore has married Lathrom, the former Sergeant. Of course, Ysa is scandalized that Rannore has married well below her station and is frustrated to learn that her son, King Peres, has knighted Lathrom and has granted him lands and properties.

Meanwhile, Ashen studies the magic tome found by Esander, Zazar prepares for a summons, and the Foul One uses Flavielle to set up a trap. In the north, the armies of the Rendelians, Nordorn, Sea-Rovers and Bog-folk fight Ice Dragons, Frydans and renegade humans. The Unnatural cold is as deadly as the enemy.

The ultimate confrontation is not obvious, but is satisfying, and the aftermath is even more so. Recommended for all fans of Andre Norton and Sasha Miller as well as anyone who likes adventure fantasy with a touch of romance.

-Arthur W. Jordin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Regina L. Singer on October 17, 2007
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I love the characters in this series of Norton's, which represent the range of nobility and faults of the human race.
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