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STARRED REVIEW Just as Saga (2008) exploded beyond opener Epic (2007), this third volume ratchets up this science-fiction gaming series to a whole new level.Inside electronic world Edda, created and once played but now long deserted by humans, sentient Lord Scanthax rules all. He vanquishes other electronic realms via portal, killing everyone—sentient or not, he doesn't care. But Scanthax, lacking DNA, can't script new weapons. For that, he's preserved the life of the only human left on the uninhabitable planet that houses Edda's servers. Scanthax-controlled robots tend 15-year-old Penelope'sunderused physical body inside an airlock. Penelope's brain and consciousness are healthy and angry: Her avatar, Princess, has the run of Edda, but only as long as Penelope scripts the weapons Scanthax demands. Penelope wants, as Princess, to search other electronic worlds for avatars with humans behind them; having known only Scanthax her entire life, she craves human connection. Meanwhile, across this chain of worlds that were once games, electronic but very real Ghost from Saga sets out with human Erik from New Earth—as avatar Cindella—to find the conqueror threatening Saga's sentient inhabitants. Combatants clash; worlds clash (techno/punk, traditional fantasy, military); philosophies clash (pacifism, preservation, revenge); loyalties hold steady.Humans, electronic beings and servers are separated by light years and metaphysics, but Kostick's action-filled series conclusion is immediate and relevant. (Science fiction. 13 & up)

About the Author

Conor Kostick was a designer for the world’s first livefantasy role-playing game. He lives in Dublin, Ireland,where he teaches medieval history at Trinity College.Epic is his first novel.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (August 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670012181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670012183
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi, thanks for your interest in my books. Perhaps you want to know more about my background as a historian, or perhaps you are more interested in my fantasy fiction. To some extent both types of writing have their roots in the fact that I grew up in Chester, a walled city full of the remains of its Roman and Medieval past.
At nineteen I was lucky enough to get work in the world's first commericial live role-playing game, Treasure Trap, based in Peckforton Castle, Cheshire. At that time the great miners' strike of 1984-5 shook every nook and cranny of the country, including the secluded castle, and I found myself drawn from a world of fantasy into a world of class conflict and intense political debate. For many years after, I moved from major city to major city in the UK pausing only in Doncaster to work in a large tractor factory (Case International) to earn enough for my first computer and to start writing.
My dad is from Dublin and having always enjoyed my visits there it was often in my mind to move to Ireland. By a quirk of fate I've ended up living not too far from his family home.
Having obtained a doctorate in history from Trinity College I teach part-time there on the subject of the crusades and enjoy that as much as writing fantasy fiction. I live with my partner Aoife and baby daughter Maya. My current writing projects are Edda - which completes the trilogy begun with Epic and Saga - and a work of history on Strongbow and the coming of the Normans to Ireland.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erin on December 26, 2011
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I'm a huge fan of the first two books in this trilogy, so I was thrilled when I was able to finally get a hold of this one. The story gives us a chance to look back at the characters from previous books (Cindella, Ghost, Milan, etc.) as well as new characters. The main new character, Penelope, is human, but has grown up in the game world instead of out in the real world.

This book is sort of a tying-together of all the threads from the other books. We found out how the various game worlds intersect, what has happened to humans and game characters in other worlds, and all the characters' story lines are brought to a fairly satisfying conclusion. It is a rather too neat wrap-up, but it's sort of nice to have that satisfying ending occasionally.

The main reason I gave this four instead of five stars like the other books is that I think I missed the one-character focus that the first two had. As much as I enjoyed seeing Cindella and Ghost again, they weren't in that stage of self-discovery that they were experiencing in their own books. And I think that's what I really enjoyed about those books. Penelope is going through that, but we only get about half (and possibly less) of the book with her; I actually wanted more of her storyline/for her to have more of the action.

Still, it's very well-written and an enjoyable, fast read. I admittedly ended up putting off some other books I was reading when I got this because I couldn't put this one down. I think it's focused more toward YA, but it's one of those YA books that adults can enjoy reading as well.

(And if you haven't read the first two, while you could probably read this one on its own, you really should read Epic and Saga first, both for a better understanding of what's going on and just because they're awesome. I loved both of them!).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By as on April 23, 2012
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Like other reviewers I wanted to read more about Penelope's personal growth, but that's unfortunately only a small (but important) part of the book.

The majority of the time is spent on an adventure by the main characters of the previous books. One I realized that, I settled down to enjoy the adventure and stopped looking for more about Penelope.

Once you know what kind of book you are getting, you'll enjoy it a lot.

I do hope the author writes a sequel about Penelope finally meeting other humans.
Perhaps: Virtually at first along with our favorite characters, then in person as they send a (fast) rocket to meet her. Ideally also from the point of view of other humans. (The author kind of left this point open - that other humans are still checking the virtual worlds, and I'd love to read something from their point of view.)
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A review from my 10 year old son: "I really liked how all the worlds came together in a final battle. I think the second book was my favorite out of trilogy but was a good read. I felt like there was character development in Erik/Cindella but not in Ghost/Thetis. I would've rated it four and a half stars, but you can't. I rated it four stars because they barely gave any info about Penelope. NEVER read this without first reading one and two. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)"
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The third and final book of the trilogy was solid. It wasn't very imaginative. The enemy at the end offered no new ideas or surprises. In fact, the plot twists were small, with the ending seen coming a mile away. The only question was how exactly they'd pull it off. But it was written well and the characters were solid. It was good, not great.
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Edda was a great way to finish one of the most creative fantasy stories I have ever read. My only slightly negative thought towards this book was the way it started slow and then stayed slow for a little while. but if the reader pushes through they wil get fully engulfed in an action packed, world traveling finally. Im gonna miss this series
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