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The Turning Tide: A Novel of Crosspointe Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Crosspointe (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451462688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451462688
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written several fantasy series. There is the Path trilogy, which includes Path of Fate (nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award), Path of Honor and Path of Blood. She has also written the Crosspointe Chronicles, including The Cipher, The Black Ship, The Turning Tide, and The Hollow Crown. She also writes The Horngate Witches series, Bitter Night (nominated for the RT Best Urban Fantasy 2010), Crimson Wind (Nominated for the RT best Urban Fantasy Heroine, 2011), and Shadow City (a Top Pick at RT), and Blood Winter, now available for pre-order. For a lot more information including a printable book list, maps of her worlds, updated news, and other odd and fun tidbits, go to www.dianapfrancis.com. You can also find her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diana-Pharaoh-Francis-Fantasy-Writer/163098893459 and on twitter at @dianapfrancis.

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You get a strong sense of how close they are, and even learn that Shaye and Fairlie love each other.
Amy C
Francis' characters are interesting, sympathetic, intelligent, complex, and believable.
Waxen Wings

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy C on January 9, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As King William of Crosspointe secretly prepares for the immanent war with the Jutras (we learn a little of these preparations in The Black Ship), King William issues a task for his son Ryland. A most heinous task that will devastate the trust he has with his best friends, Fairlie and Shaye. Ryland is torn between his loyalties to his friends and his loyalty to his father. Sadly Ryland's obligations lie with the king, no matter that this incident will tear him apart.

But what the completion of this task creates is something that no one would have ever predicted. It proves just how powerful love is. The king may have thought he was doing the right thing for Crosspointe, even if the deed is a horrendous one, but he never expected that deed to create something even more powerful and frightening.

I was captivated from page one of The Turning Tide. The story starts off establishing the relationships between Fairlie, Shaye and Ryland. You get a strong sense of how close they are, and even learn that Shaye and Fairlie love each other. But shortly after Shaye reveals his love and Fairlie realizes that she returns that love, that tragic, yet amazing incident occurs. And wow, what a moment of reading that was for me. Intense. Engaging. Tear-inducing! I thought, yes, this is it! This is why I love reading. To have moments that just grab hold and suck you in, with either tears or laughter.

When I first read The Cipher, I must admit that the world confused me a bit with the magical substance found in the waters of the Inland Sea called sylveth, and its uses and the majick created from it, and the ciphers, but as I read, it became more intriguing, and of course more understandable. I think this third installment in the Crosspointe Chronicles is an amazing addition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2009
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I like the way Diana Pharaoh Francis has created a world and a story line that are all moving forward but with each book completely separate. The characters, and the hardships they endure in this book set is a solid plot made this book very enjoyable to read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Pedrick on June 17, 2009
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In this continuing saga we learn more about the intricacies of the royal family and how it relates to the people of Crossepointe. Not all is sunshine and servants in the palace and being royal could get you killed ... and has. Then there's the guilds and their scheming, manipulating, self-centered plans to screw everything and everyone for as much as possible before the world goes to *****!
You find yourself hoping your favorite character isn't bumped-off or deformed during the story and you'll mourn along with the characters when decent folks get the axe... and you'll start up a bad guy hit list and wish you had powers of your own, they sooo need to get it!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Waxen Wings on May 19, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Turning Tide is a simply fabulous book! If you enjoyed any of Francis' other works, or books by Patricia Briggs, Patrick O'Brien, Katherine Kurtz, or even Charles Dickens, you'll love The Turning Tide. The plot was full of twists and turns without becoming complex for its own sake, and there was not a single wasted detail.

Francis' characters are interesting, sympathetic, intelligent, complex, and believable. Fairley was generous, intense, slightly naïve, and such a loving fighter for the things she believed in; she surpassed all the known stereotypes of metalsmiths and women in typically men's roles, that she will be one of those characters I remember for a long, long time. Shaye was intriguing: eminently capable with his tongue, his political connections, and his majick, he was still extremely vulnerable to his fear of rejection and his dogged determination. I was surprised by Ryland, who did things I found utterly despicable but was still completely sympathetic to me throughout because he did them for all the right reasons. King William wrung my heart for many of the same reasons Ryland did, although even more so because of the recent tragedies in his own life.

The world of all of the Crosspointe novels is rich and vivid, and The Turning Tide continues to deepen and expand the beauty of both the visual elements of the milieu and the culture of Crosspointe until the 'setting' is more than just scenery, but a living, breathing character unto itself.
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