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The Captal's Tower (Exiles, Vol. 3) Paperback – January 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0333650349 ISBN-10: 0333650344

 
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: MacMillan UK (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333650344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333650349
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,335,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Too many names, too much time gone by for both the characters and for the author.
Parkermann347
I cant believe that an author of other series would even consider giving us a MAY as an answer to if she will finish the series....either now or later.
Jordon0x0
What truly angered me was that when she came back to work, she didn't finish her last project: this series.
Robertico Hubris

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104 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Parkermann347 on January 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
WARNING: According to a recent announcement on 9/19/10 on her website, bad sales have caused Spellbinder 3 to be discontinued and she is now trying to resurrect her career by starting on yet another trilogy. It is about magicians running theaters and providing 3D experiences to the audience. See details from her announcement in the forum post below.

Smell the coffee folks. It will never be written.

As of 2007, I wrote this review:

I have just finished reading the Exiles books after 10 years, and think they are even better than the first time I read them.
That being said, I have to admit I am wondering if any author has the sheer talent and skill needed to patch up this convoluted tale. And have it make any kind of sense.
I also wonder if it's possible to write the sequel and have it mesh after such a long hiatus.

After reading these two books, I have come to realize that Ms. Rawn will have a hard time finishing this story. She has effectively painted herself into a creative corner. Bear with me a moment.
First and foremost, the story is getting too complicated. Where one or two major groups of families would have sufficed, there are literally hundreds of names the beleaguered reader has to try to remember. Added to that, layers upon layers of shadings and meanings behind every word every uttered by one Gorynel Desse. And with all the names in the two books, I'm not exactly sure he's the only one. Also, there are tales within tales that boggle the mind. You have the 3 sisters' history and the question of Auvry Feiran's true reasons for going evil. There was some kind of cover up there. The divorce and all was some kind of fake maneuver to hide some other events.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Hurst on June 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Per Melanie's website she has started CT but has no promisises on when it will be done.

I have been waiting 14 years for the third book, but to put it in better persepective.... I have graduated high school, graduated college, gotten married, had a baby, and have been at my job for almost 6 years and this book is still not done. I am hoping it might be done before I retire.
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55 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Robertico Hubris on May 7, 2010
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The first two books in this series are fabulous. Extremely well thought out, very complex, but enjoyable to read. The world is very detailed, and there are so many wonderful twists and turns in the books. But, though no one's ever read this book, and likely no one ever will, I have rated this 1 star. A writers job is to make her readers happy by writing and completing her work. She was ill, yes, and I understand her not writing for years. This by itself wouldn't make me boycott her. What truly angered me was that when she came back to work, she didn't finish her last project: this series.

I've seen Melanie Rawn's website, where she requested that her readers help "remind" her of the story. That post has since been removed, nonetheless it was really upsetting. Didn't she keep some sort of notes when she was writing the first two? I know if I were writing something as complex as the Exiles series, I would HAVE to keep notes to keep track of it all, even while I'm in the direct process of writing them. Another thing, why would she ask her readers for help? Certainly she's smart enough to realize that something like that would make her readers lose respect for her. What's preventing her from taking care of it herself? Pick up the books and read them again, while taking notes. It's not our job to write the story. We're not getting paid for the book.

I'll be perfectly honest, the only books by Melanie Rawn I've read are the Exiles books. And until the third one comes out, I refuse to buy any of her other books. I am boycotting her.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Aubin on October 25, 2013
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I was recently at an author event for Brandon Sanderson (he writes epic fantasy as well, and is quite good), who is apparently a big Rawn fan. I talked to him for a moment about Rawn while he was signing my books. He said that from what Rawn told him, he did not think Captal's Tower would ever be written (something about bad memories associated with the series, and how it's been so long since she worked on it).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Rotschafer on June 16, 2010
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Oh Exiles Trilogy . . . you know what you need to be a real trilogy? A THIRD BOOK!!!! Trilogy: from the latin, meaning three books in the Exiles series! (that last bit may not be factual, as such)

Ten years ago (the first time I finished 'The Mageborn Traitor'), I was practically jumping out of my skin waiting for 'The Captal's Tower' to come out. I couldn't believe I had to wait until 2002, it seemed like such a long time. But then I thought to myself, it will be worth it. Just think how excited you'll be when the book finally does come out. I'll rush to the nearest book store (or pre-order on amazon ;)), gleefully purchase my new book, curl up in a comfy chair and read the whole thing in one glorious sitting. Yep, I can wait, I thought. I'm sure it will be a wonderful book that will tie up all those intriguing loose ends, that will bring some resolution to that rather impressive cliffhanger at the end of 'The Mageborn Traitor.' I'll just have to wait . . .

Now (2010), I just finished re-reading the first TWO books yet again, and I find I'm still lacking closure. Why don't I have closure? Because the Exiles TRILOGY only has two books in it.

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWNNN!*

*that's a Star Trek reference
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