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Caszandra (Touchstone Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Andrea K Höst
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Part 3 of the Touchstone Trilogy.

Cassandra Devlin doesn’t know what she's for. But she knows she's running out of time.

Since Cass was rescued from the abandoned world of Muina, the Aussie teen has proven more than useful to the people of Tare. Expeditions to their home world no longer end in slaughter. The teaching city of Kalasa has been unlocked. After years of searching for answers, they are starting to make progress.

But space is tearing itself apart. Ionoth attack in ever-greater numbers. And "the useful stray" has been injured so many times that the Tarens hesitate to use her for fear of losing her.

With one particular Taren now her most important person, Cass is determined to contribute everything she can, and hopes to find some answers of her own. What is the link between Muina and Earth? Why are the reclusive Nurans so interested in 'rescuing' her? And what role in the crisis do the inhuman Cruzatch play?

Can Cass keep herself together long enough to find out?


Product Details

  • File Size: 1335 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Andrea K Hösth (November 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006D5OD4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent conclusion to the series November 25, 2011
By MK
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was eagerly awaiting the third installment of the Touchstone series, and was so happy that it didn't dissapoint! As in the previous 2 books, there are many laugh out loud parts. The main character just has such a wonderful "voice" and funny way of looking at the new world(s) she inhabits. There were definitely some poignant and sad moments...but I suppose it would be odd if there wasn't any sadness when they are battling for their continued existence. Apparently there is an upcoming release for this series called "Gratuitous Epilogue" which should be greeat fun for finding out the details of the happily ever after.

This whole series was such a pleasant surprise as the author was completely new to me! I highly recommend it to anyone- regardless of your preferred reading genre. The characters and world building are wonderfully done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Ending to Enjoyable Series November 30, 2011
By Alrian
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I was pleasantly surprised to discover Höst and the Touchstone series. Having been disappointed by a lot of writers who can't quite figure out what to do with the story once the bad guys are defeated, I was wondering if Höst could pull off an ending. Happily, she does. The story isn't fully wrapped up; I still have plenty of questions about the Ddura, for instance. However, the loose ends make sense in terms of the character's view point. Cass doesn't explain everything, because she doesn't know the everything, and she has other things to worry about.

I wonder how much better known Höst might be if she had the clout of a big publisher behind her. Then again, would she be able to write something as quirky and interesting as Touchstone with a marketing department leaning on her and her editor?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fitting conclusion to the series November 24, 2011
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If I didn't finish this book in a single sitting, it's not for the want of trying. While some threads are left dangling to some extent or other (arguably leaving a small opening for a sequel or spin-off in the Touchstone universe), it still neatly concludes the series. I would have wished for some parts of the story to be resolved less abruptly, but I don't consider this much of a problem.

I'll be rereading the series. Thanks, Andrea.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touchstone Series November 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the perfect conclusion to the series! I don't want to give away any part of the book, but I felt the new characters fit in well. Although I knew it would end in a HEA, I was thoroughly surprised with some of the twists and how some of the scenarios played out.

Characters are well formed, relationships between them seem realistic and believable. The level of detail in the writing made it easy to picture in my head without trying too hard.

Loved the series, can't wait for the follow-up. Have and will continue to suggest it to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Warning: this review has minor spoilers in it.

I consider myself super lucky to have found the first of the Touchstone series for free for my Kindle, and wasted no time purchasing the others in the series, including the optional "where are they now?" epilogue. I really enjoy the worlds presented by the series and the detail that goes into describing them and how they work and interact with each other. I am also a huge fan of the characters and loved every minute of Cass's adventures with Kaoren, First and Fourth squads, and the various new friends she meets in "Caszandra." So, purely on the strength of the worldbuilding and the cast, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an entertaining read.

However, "Caszandra" perpetuates many of the things I found somewhat annoying about the series as a whole. Most vexing is that the diary format of the writing, while providing an excellent look into Cass's psychology, fails to carry a satisfying story arc. Purely by the nature of a diary - that is, recording every day, not all of which can be spectacular - the reader has to sit through periods of boredom that don't advance the plot where Cass describes who trained where and what kind of tests she had between the actual action-filled plotty scenes. This is exacerbated by the fact that the author is inconsistent about what Cass actually writes down. For instance, almost every time a ship is mentioned, Cass gives us the name and size of it, but she fails to record interesting conversations like the one that happens between her, the other Setari, and the actors that play them on "The Hidden War.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To conjure dragons March 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Review: Caszandra
This is the last book in the Touchstone series by Andrea Host. The whole series has been entertaining and I'm glad I read it.

In this last book we have the true enemies revealed (no, it's not the cats) and the true threat to the world revealed. We also see the pendultimate expression of Cassandra's power: she can literally create things from pure imagination, will and pain. If there's a more clear parallel to being a writer, I don't know of it.

Although we do get a clear resolution to personal relationship plots as well as the world-shaking events of previous books, this was my least favorite of the trilogy. It's the Return of the Jedi of the series, if you will. I'll try to explain.

Things I liked:

I loved seeing the ultimate expression of Cassandra's power. The ability to replicate objects, settings and even people from sheer imagination is something I haven't seen in literature very often. Not unless we go back to the `Lathe of Heaven' by Ursla K. Leguin.

Relatedly, the author's use of these powers, but the main characters as well as the supporting character's, shows imagination and a clear vision. The action is always easy to visualize and exciting. Which is why I wish there was more of it.

Cassandra finally comes into her own as a hero here, acting and moving to shape events as opposed to being a tool moved around by others.

The conflict is also huge here, with mass death and destruction -mostly off stage- and very high stakes drama in everything but the main character's personal life.

Speaking of relationships, I did like the way Cassandra and Kaoren's relationship is depicted. It's a little idealized but, damn it, I like that sometimes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Third in the series
End of series and a very nice ending. Cass finds a solution to the attacks on her new home and a new family. Read more
Published 11 days ago by E P. McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm sad it's the last in the series
i'm sad it's the last in the series. i will miss these well developed characters in there strange and oh so different worlds.
Published 20 days ago by c.hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Trekki's Beware
Loved this entire series and honestly would be extremely happy if Andrea K Host writes a 4th book! If you are looking for a good read where you find yourself wishing you could help... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Twinkle Toes
3.0 out of 5 stars Malmsy ending
But I generally enjoyed the story and the ending to some extent was predictable. The action sequences were too often sandwiched by excessively long descriptions of coming happy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DENJOH
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a GREAT series and I was so glad to find that ...
Just a few points of grammar bothered me. If it's a blog, who cares? But if it's a professional writer, it's important in the narrative. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Mccamish
4.0 out of 5 stars I had to read this one after reading the first ...
I had to read this one after reading the first two books. The whole series was a novel approach as it was written as a diary. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Grumpy Old Man
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Books went downhill after an excellent book one
Published 2 months ago by David Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I feel like I'm with her in the story. She feels very real.
Published 2 months ago by jlr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well-written ending! Still leaves the reader wanting more! So, will there be more?!
Published 2 months ago by S. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is absolutely incredible - I'm not ashamed to ...
This series is absolutely incredible - I'm not ashamed to admit that I read the books over and over again! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jenna Johnson
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More About the Author

Andrea K Höst was born in Sweden but raised in Australia - mainly in Townsville, Queensland. She now lives in Sydney.

Andrea writes fantasy and science fantasy, and enjoys creating stories set in worlds which slightly skew our social expectations, and most especially give her female characters something more to do than wait for rescue.

Her novel "The Silence of Medair" was a finalist for the 2010 Aurealis Awards for best fantasy novel, while her novel "And All the Stars" was a finalist for both the 2012 Aurealis Awards and 2012 Cybils Awards.

You can catch the latest news from Andrea at her site: www.andreakhost.com

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