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Product Details

  • Series: Tide Lords (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765316846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765316844
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

The third installment of this outstanding quartet continues on with engrossing situations and well-developed, evolving characters. As the book starts, all the major players are in far-flung locations although their paths eventually converge. Arkady has been sold into slavery and en route to Senestra becomes the personal slave of a diabolical physician; Declan Hawkes, the former Glaeban Spymaster, has discovered a secret in his ancestry that will change his life forever; Stellan is plotting a comeback; Warlock and Boots go undercover as crasii slaves to some Tide Lords; and chameleon crasii Tiji has found a hidden homeland. Despite the vast array of characters and the intricate politics and mythology in this hefty page-turner, it is so captivating one doesn't want it to end. --Diana Tixier Herald

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“Will keep you turning pages to the end, leaving you wanting more when you reach the final page.”--RT Book Reviews (4 stars) on The Gods of Amyrnatha

“With snappy dialogue and deft characterizations, Fallon neatly pulls the story threads together into a multihued tapestry of myth, deceit and ambition."--Publishers Weekly on The Immortal Prince

“A gratifying yarn.”--Kirkus Reviews on The Immortal Prince

 

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Customer Reviews

I really enjoy Jennifer Fallon's writing.
Mariane Robinson
I can't wait till the next volume, and yet, I dread its coming, since that means that this awesome tale would come to an end.
Marina Varai
This was years ago and the books were okay, I thought; not amazing, but I didn't stop reading.
akp23

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Turner on June 28, 2010
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I was on the waiting list for this book to be released finally in the US. It was on preorder with Amazon. As soon as it was available, Amazon shipped it to me. I inhaled the book in 3 days. It really kept me going, but was a bit of a let down, since it spent a large portion of the book getting Cayal what he wanted, while slowly building on the other aspects of immortal trouble brewing.

I felt I made one giant circle with this book in the series. Pretty much, things eek'ed forward just a bit in the greater picture, but not much else happened. There was a lot of saving of the mortals by immortals, Cayal still trying to die, more pieces of the puzzle put together. But there was no real solution found. It all just left you hanging at the end.

I'm just feeling a little put out that the whole ending was basically similar to the ending of the second book, just different circumstances. Though I have to admit, I had guessed the cliffhanger as soon as Prisoner 282 was found. Not too many surprises, but kept me wanting more at the end. To be realistic, I'm hooked on the series and wish the fourth book was ready to go. Will be hard to get back into the series if I have to wait two years for the next installment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marina Varai on August 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Jennifer Fallon ever since I browsed Borders one night and found The Immortal Prince. I have loved this series and every twist and turn telling the story of the ordinary humans who are inexplicably given immortality and the powers of gods.
Unlike The Immortal Prince though, this, as well as its previous book, The Gods of Amyrantha, simply serve a transitionary part of the greater epic. I am really trying to see where the author is going with this story, and the book is nothing if not a page-turner. I love all the characters, including the evil and amoral Tide Lords, victims of time, circumstance, and human nature, the human resistance group that despite all odds, still hope to find an answer to the impossible, and the crasii/scards who seem to have only one purpose in life: to serve the mortal and especially, their immortal masters.

The character changes in Declan as he struggles with the fact that he's immortal and a Tide Lord are a large part of this volume of the story. His creation creates quite a stir among the immortals as he is the first one to have been created in the last two thousand or so years. It calls into question the origin of the immortals as a whole, and how some of the first immortals came to be. The plot continues to unfold as Lukys' true colors begin to show as he gathers the immortals to his palace of impossible dreams for his own reasons. I have a feeling that whatever he has planned, won't be doing the world any favors.

Arkady's part of this story was also interesting as her experiences begin to reshape her life and her demenor. However, it is Cayal's behavior that actually irked me this trip. I loved him in the first book, as a suicidal anti-hero who while has done some really bad things, is not really that bad of a guy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 26, 2010
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Intrepid but obstinate Arkady remains married to Stellan, the heir to the Kingdom of Glaeba, but their relationship for practical purposes is in name only. She focuses on one issue; destroying the immortal nasty Tide Lords, who have one objective: rule the world.

Arkady's strongest ally in her attempt to end the Tide Lords constant intrigue is spymaster Declan Hawkes; though his prime motive for supporting her is not altruistic but instead he admires and desires Arkady. Ergo he tries one failed attempt after another to bring down the Tide Lords. At the same time, Declan stubbornly makes his tries to win Arkady by defeating her enemy; ironically his rival for his lady is not her husband but Tide Lord Cayal who courts Arkady while also considering suicide if an immortal can kill himself; as he sees her as his only anchor to live. Inside the Time Lord haven, their human-beast slaves the Crasii plot revolt from their masters as they want freedom.

The third Tide Lords fantasy (see The Immortal Prince) is an engaging entry although as with The Gods of Amyrantha the overarching theme does not move forward very much. The story line is loaded with subplots in which the best ones involve the big power control schemes of the three prime groups competing for dominance. Some fluff events especially in the harem feel more of a detractor, but the fascination remains with comparing the mortals, the human-beasts and the immortals as they share so much in common yet continue as enemies because each wants to own the world. Fans of the saga will enjoy the return to the Fallon mythos.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mamasan on November 23, 2010
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First let me say I love Jennifer Fallon, I have read everything she
has written, however the last two books in this series have been
very disappointing.

It feels to me like she is just filling up space. For instance the
second and third book could of been cut way down and combined. I
couldn't even finish the third book, too wordy.

I will probably buy the next one because...well it is Jennifer
Fallon.
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By akp23 on December 4, 2011
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SO I started reading Jennifer Fallon back with the Hythrun Chronicles. This was years ago and the books were okay, I thought; not amazing, but I didn't stop reading. The writing was not amazing, but the story was decent and I did really like a couple of the characters. Fast forward to now.

I saw "The Immortal Prince" a little while ago on the shelf in the bookstore. It caught my eye because I thought it was an intriguing title and I thought I might have read something by Fallon before. I gave it a quick look through and decided to get it, as there wasn't anything else I was interested in and it was only $7.00. Boy was I surprised.

This series showed drastic improvement, I thought, in Fallon's writing. It was subtler, things were tied together better. It has an interesting magic system and the protagonist is written with a very interesting take on a very old character flaw.

If you're looking for something quick and light, this is it. Quick, reads well, interesting characters. Some chips and salsa, or maybe a cheeseburger, as compared to a steak. I really wanted to give it 3.5 stars, but that's not possible with Amazon's ranking system. Enjoy!
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Fallon is the author of 17 full-length bestselling novels and a number of published short stories in genres ranging from horror to science fiction, and a bestselling series on writing.

In addition to 4 complete fantasy series - The Demon Child trilogy, The Hythrun Chronicles, the Second Sons Trilogy,The Tide Lords Quadrilogy and the Rift Runners series - Fallon has written both a tie-novel and short fiction for the TV series, Stargate SG1, an official Zorro story, a novella for the Legends of Australian Fantasy Anthology and has a superhero - The Violet Valet (CHICKS IN CAPES).

Fallon has a Masters Degree from the Creative Arts faculty of QUT. A computer trainer and application specialist, Fallon currently works in the IT industry and spends at least a month each year working at Scott Base in Antarctica.

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