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The Rose of the World (Fool's Gold, Book 3) Hardcover – February 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Fool's Gold (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756401879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756401870
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Sesame Street song "Everyone Makes Mistakes" could easily be the theme for Fisher's ponderous finale to her Fool's Gold trilogy (after Sorcery Rising and Wild Magic). Whether beguiled by magic or maddened by blood lust, or because they're just not very bright, none of the residents of the fantasy world of Elda seems capable of making a sensible decision. The goddess-like Rosa Eldi struggles to regain her memories and control her power after centuries of enslavement by Rahe the Mage. As war rages, the insane Lord Tycho Issian of Istria steals Rosa away from her husband, King Ravn of Eyra. Rahe teams with Ravn in hopes of taking Rosa for himself, but in their desperation, Rahe and Ravn ignore their better judgment and seasoned advisers with predictably disastrous results. Meanwhile, assorted other characters fight, die, are resurrected and die again, mostly due to hasty or uninformed choices. The incongruous all-is-forgiven conclusion, wherein the united deities magically enforce peace and generously re-resurrect their favorite mortals, just emphasizes the apparent moral that people are incapable of running their lives and need gods to make them behave. Only readers who already hold this belief are likely to find Fisher's preachy approach appealing. Agent, Scovil, Chichak, Galen. (Feb. 1)
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*Starred Review* Elda lived in harmony and prosperity for centuries under the gentle, compassionate guidance of its deities: the Man (Sirio), the Woman (Feya, aka the Rosa Eldi), and the Beast (Bast, or Bete). Then, 300 years ago, Rahe the Mage, the greatest sorcerer Elda had ever known, imprisoned Sirio in a volcano and spirited the Rosa Eldi and Bete to Sanctuary, his northern arctic stronghold. He erased their memories and for ages enjoyed his two greatest treasures undisturbed. Arrogance and complacency dulled him, however, and the two gods escaped, aided by the sorcerer's doltish apprentice, Virelai, who harbored ambitions of his own. During a year spent among men, the Rosa Eldi slowly recovers her memory and understanding of who she is. Her cool, unearthly beauty and enigmatic character inspires all-consuming male lust; once roused by the Rosa Eldi, men generally go temporarily mad. Tycho Issian, lord of Cantara, stops at nothing, leaving blood and destruction in his wake, as he relentlessly pursues her. As men's conflicting desires cross political boundaries, unrest and then war come to Elda. Only the fully awakened Rosa Eldi, reunited with Sirio and Bete, can stop the carnage. The nerve-wracking, intoxicating conclusion of the Fool's Gold series is the fabulous, multilayered, poetic story of a world, full of complex, painfully real, endearingly vulnerable characters, on the very brink of either enlightenment or extinction. Paula Luedtke
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Sagers on March 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Don't you absolutely hate it when an author takes perfectly good characters and ruins them? What is with the women in this story? More selfish people you could hardly find, and dumber than a chicken with its' head cut off. Lets take Katla, for example, a good, strong female character, talented swordsmith and rock climber, smart, well-liked by others, and since all the men are just dying to marry her one can only assume that she's very attractive. Yet, she has still managed to bumble her way through all three books. It's as if almost every trial she faces, she meets with success simply due to sheer dumb luck, and not terribly much skill or wits on her own part. She gets down to the bottom line, and then just can't hack it. OK, fair enough, she's young and naieve when she arrives at the Allfair. She lacks respect for societies and cultures outside her own. But hello?! After almost being burned alive for her own foolishness and overblown pride, you think she'd take a freaking hint, but no. She makes no real effort to learn from her mistakes, just blames them on someone else (the Istrians, her mother, her father, brother, etc.). She takes no real responsibility for her own actions. Ms. Fisher isn't a bad writer. But maybe this first attempt at an epic trilogy was overreaching for her. None of her main characters actually grow as people during her story, and are in the end saved only by their "gods", seemingly stating that people aren't really capable of making the right choices when left to their own devices, and it is only with the help of a higher power that they are able to. She seems to say that men are slaves to their desires, self-delusional fools, and even when forewarned by wiser people, turn a blind eye in the face of their greed.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Debra Barnes on June 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Robin Hobb and G.R.R. Martin's type of fantasy novels. In short, I appreciate well-crafted prose, well-drawn characters, and compelling plots. In the first book of the Fool's Gold series, I thought that while in my opinion Fisher may not be quite on the level of Hobb and Martin, she still had a lot to offer the reader. By the end of the second book, I was no longer certain of that. I still looked somewhat forward to reading the third book, however. I had planned to buy The Rose of the World, but found it on the "new" shelf at the local library before I could do so. How fortunate! Buying the book would have been a tremendous waste of money. The writing is, for lack of a better word, clumsy. The dialogue is often painfully awkward. Whatever had made me interested in the characters had vanished. I found myself wondering if Fisher wrote The Rose of the World merely because she had to fulfill a contract.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Brown on February 28, 2005
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I am a great fan of the first two books in this series and would rate both with 5-stars.

But this book fails to deliver on the promise of the first two books.

It's full of headlong action, with characters being killed off relentlessly. I'm all for dark fantasy and have no objection to death in a series, but not when it seems to be used as a convenient way to tie up loose ends in the plot.

I expect great things from Jude Fisher in the future. She's shown that she has a wonderful talent for dark fantasy and for creating fully realized characters and situations. It's too bad that the ending of her first series is somewhat disappointing, but I can barely wait for the next one.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on March 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The first two books were good enough that I couldn't wait for this one from the library, but I should have. This book is long, complicated, and kind of depressing. There are about 6 story lines going on continuously, and characters sometimes move between them, so there's a fair amount of work remembering who's who, where we left them, etc. Characters are killed, then later brought back to life, which doesn't help the matter. This book is strictly for those who've read the first two and want closure.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dave Lane on July 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have never posted a review before, but then I'd never written to an author before to say how much I loved a book either - until I read the final part of the Fool's Gold trilogy, Rose of the World. I might still not have written a review had I not noticed the number of negative postings while I was searching for more by Jude Fisher - okay, we all have different tastes, but I was still amazed; after all, Jude Fisher had just joined my list of favourite authors, alongside Tad Williams, George RR Martin, Tolkien and Robert Jordan!

I'm not a literary critic and I struggle to explain why I was so enthralled by this story. I love remote Scottish islands and Norwegian fiords and perhaps I felt an empathy with the people and landscapes of Katla Arensen's world. But a novel needs characters who make that world come to life - and that's what happens here. I liked having characters who made mistakes; who sometimes survived more through luck than judgment, but who are infinitely more real than the chisel-jawed Robert Langdons of popular literature. Surely having less-than-perfect characters only adds to the unpredictability of the story? I suppose I'm saying that Jude Fisher's characters (both human and divine) have depth and, therefore, believability.

I also found it a refreshing change for an author to treat me like a grown-up. This is not a trilogy for children; if it was, the often graphic sexual references and the horrors of death and sadism would have been toned down into euphemism and goodies killing baddies who deserved to get their comeuppance!

So please, do not be put off by some of the other reviews. If you enjoy fantasy by the authors I've mentioned, and especially if you like Mary Gentle's `Ash' and `1610', then I'm certain you'll love this. Rose of the World is a brilliant book which concludes a brilliant trilogy. I, for one, want to read more about the adventures of Saro, Tam and Katla. A definite 5 stars!
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