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The Son of Summer Stars (The Firebringer Trilogy, Bk. 3) Hardcover – April, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: The Firebringer Trilogy, Bk. 3 (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (Juv); 1st edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316707554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316707558
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up?Jan, prince of the unicorns, returns in this thrilling conclusion to the "Firebringer" trilogy (Little) to confront the truth about his identity and lead his people back to their ancestral homeland. Jan's twin children, gifted with prophecy, show him how to render the unicorns immune to the poison of wyverns, the white serpents who drove them from the Hallow Hills four centuries ago. This is the sign Jan has awaited; it is time for the unicorns to attempt a return. But first, he must track down his mad sire, king-turned-renegade Korr, who reveals that the rightful unicorn leader should be Jan's mate, the female warrior Tek. Shocked by Korr's disclosure and its implications for his personal happiness, Jan wanders through the wilderness, discovering unlooked-for allies. Meanwhile, Tek marshals their tribe for its journey to the Hallow Hills, where a final battle takes place and all the unicorn prophecies regarding the Firebringer ultimately come true. Filled with action and drama, this is a deeply satisfying adventure that succeeds in uniting the various subplots of the trilogy's earlier installments into a smoothly connected whole. Jan, once an impetuous youngster, has matured into a wise, brave hero; Tek proves herself once again to be a fitting mate and leader in her own right. Other characters, both new and old, masterfully assist in moving the plot along. Readers of the earlier novels and fantasy addicts will be delighted with this compelling tale.?Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library District, IL
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 6^-9. Readers who waited four years for Pierce's third book in the Firebringer trilogy will find it was well worth the wait. They finally learn how Jan regained the unicorns' ancestral home, the truth about the red mare, and the secret that drove Korr, Jan's father, into madness; and there are surprising, untold stories that are tied up very neatly in a dramatic, satisfying conclusion. But Pierce hasn't forgotten to include the encounters with exotic creatures and the adventures that made the first two stories so readable. While Jan pursues Korr to learn the truth behind his accusations, Tek remains behind and consolidates the peace Jan forged with former enemies. Their children exhibit "farseeing" capabilities, and Jan finds himself on a quest that brings both pain and knowledge. A first-rate ending for a fine fantasy series. Chris Sherman

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I enjoyed it very much, the events leading to the final battle were spellbinding!
Marielle
Aljan does seem to be a little dense at times, but I think it is made up for by the character growth of the other characters.
Kristin Fink
I have only read the first book and I bought the kindle edition "Dark Moon" yesterday.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This, the last book in Meredith Ann Pierce's Firebringer Trilogy, is as spellbinding as the title suggests. The final part of Aljan's quest to reclaim the Hallow Hill for his people is awe-inspiring, with a stunning conclusion & many twists and turns as Aljan learns & attempts to come to terms with his partner Tek's origins and as the thread as of the unicorns intriguing history are intricately drawn together. The book, like its other 2 prequels is filled with legend, fantasy, magic & adventure and unforgettable characters such as Calydor, the star-strewn unicorn seer. The books of the trilogy are hard to find (it took me 3 years) and are well the effort & deserve much more recognition that they currently receive ... I am convinced that a film of this excellent trilogy is long overdue
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
These books are the most incredible, fabulous, wonderful unicorn books ever written. Pierce's unicorns are fighters, not dull wimpy little maiden-chasing white unicorns of lore, but strong warriors that come in all colors and sizes.
The plot is ingenious, and the dark secret Korr holds will hold you till the end. With lush description and astounding plot twists, this excellent conclusion to the Firebringer series is so beautifully written it nearly made me cry. Jan is the ultamite hero.
This series is without a doubt the best portrayl of unicorns ever written. If you feel at ALL for unicorns, this book is ESSENTIAL. Forget about all the other so called "unicorn" books you've read or heard about, these are what you are looking for. This is the real thing. This blows all other author's interpretions of unicorns far away in its uniqueness and wonderful, unforgettable characters and places. Fantastic. Beyond description.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "skywaterlv" on January 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Son of the Summer Stars is the third, and most shocking of the entire series, and like this one Weird Al song----everything you know is wrong... The truth tho the beautiful mare Tek's past, the secret to Korr's madness, and the conclusion to the 400 year long war with the wyverns is all in this book. I only wish that someone would re-print the trilogy, so that Today's children, so enamoured with "Harry Potter" (bleehhh...) could get a chance to know the fire that is the legend of the firebringer... P.S. There is a firebringer fan club, the IFAS, that you can join, and we would love some new members.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Once I picked up the first book in this series, I couldn't put it down. I was a matter of days before I got the third one. This is a fabulous sequel to "The Birth of the Firebringer" and "Dark Moon". The story of how Jan finally drove the secret out of his father, Korr, and how he discovers his and Tek's true identity is shocking. It left me thinking for months. This is truly the best book I have ever read, and a worthy sequel to the previous books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a wonderful sequel to the Firebringer Trilogy! It had some wonderful plot twists tha weren't expected and it kept up with all the other characters and introduced new ones. I consider the Firebringer Trilogy my very books (among others) and if you are a unicorn lover you will love this book too. I almost wish there were another book to this exciting trilogy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marielle on November 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have searched libraries for this book, and when I finally got my hands on it, I couldn't put it down. I read it straight through, no stops. I enjoyed it very much, the events leading to the final battle were spellbinding! I fell in love with the whole trilogy all over again. The plot was excellent, the writing was wonderful, and this book will capture any imagination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on January 17, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The trilogy ends on the best book, wherein the unicorns finally take the war to the wyverns in an all-out battle to reclaim their ancestral lands, and Jan at last confronts his father and the secret of his birth, and Tek's parentage finally come to light. The excitement stays at a high level, even though Pierce makes the odd move of having Jan observe most of the action through a seeing pool shown to him by a dragon. Tek rises now to become the co-hero of the series, and she actually does more in the story than Jan does. Two problems do bother the book and keep it from being an absolute masterpiece. First, the two "surprise" revelations aren't surprising at all. Pierce draws out the suspense without realizing that most readers have figured it out many chapters ago with all her heavy-handed foreshadowing. Second, Pierce relies too much on descriptive phrases rather than proper names to identify characters: 'pied mare' instead of Tek, 'amber filly' instead of Lell. This reached occasionally aggravating levels. Meredith, it is okay to use the name more than once in the same paragraph!
Nonetheless, this is a wonderful, great fantasy for all-ages, and a terrific finale to an excellent series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 6, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the last book in the "Firebringer" trilogy, (following "Birth of the Firebringer" and "Dark Moon"), we finally come to the event that the two previous books have been steadily building toward: the retaking of the unicorns' ancestral home from the treacherous wyverns. As the prophesied `Firebringer', Prince Alijan is looked to as the means of regaining their Hallow Hills and Jan is certainly up to the challenge. Having finally made peace with the marauding gryphons, and finding happiness in his beloved Tek and their twin children, Jan has readied his tribe to march out to their homelands and do battle.

But there is one matter of business not yet dealt with - that of Korr, the mad once-king of the unicorns. Knowing his father to hold a terrible secret, Jan vows its discovery and leaves the herd under the power of Tek whilst he chases his father across plains and deserts. It is here the story splits into two in order to follow two separate narratives (much as it did in "Dark Moon"), that of Jan's journey, and that of Tek's actions against the wyverns. Some readers may be surprised at the course the story takes, for in many ways Tek becomes the central figure of the action whilst Jan simply watches from afar, but this I believe pays credit to Meredith Ann Pierce's innovative take on the typical fantasy genre.

To have a fantasy novel without human characters is unusual enough, but even more so is Pierce's treatment of Jan's role as the "hero" of the books. His destined role as Firebringer is not one of violence or conquering, but of enlightenment, understanding and peace - and in fact his close relationship with the goddess Alma puts an almost religious spin on what is expected of him.
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