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The Wild Road: Book Three of Karavans Hardcover – September 4, 2012

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"A new fantasy saga from Roberson (Sword-Dancer) establishes a universe teeming with fascinating humans, demons and demigods.... The pieces are in place for what promises to be a story of epic proportions."
(Publishers Weekly (for Karavans series))

"High-quality action fantasy.”
(Booklist (for Karavans series))

“A fascinating world where the people are gamepieces on a gods’ game.... The many mysteries set up are tantalizing enough to make me impatient for more.”
(Locus (for Karavans series))

“What starts out as a simple tale of refugees escaping a war-torn land quickly becomes something more.... All the characters are beautifully drawn, and Roberson has uncannily lyrical phrasing.”
(RT Bookclub (for Karavans series))

About the Author

Jennifer Roberson is the author of the Sword-Dancer Saga and the Chronicles of the Cheysuli, and collaborated with Melanie Rawn and Kate Elliott on the historical fantasy The Golden Key, a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. She has also published three historical novels, and several in other genres. An exhibitor and breeder of Cardigan Welsh Corgis, she lives on acreage in Northern Arizona with eight dogs and two cats. She is currently working on the third Karavans novel, with prologue available at her website, http://www.cheysuli.com/author/Index.html.
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Product Details

  • Series: Karavans (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756404959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404956
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By WordWeaver on October 1, 2012
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What a let-down. With an intriguing first novel and a passable sequel, the author really drops the ball with Karavans 3. As other reviewers have said, nothing actually happens. Rather than developing these fantastic characters and adding more depth to an interesting world, Roberson gives us an annoying series of stale reiterations and flat one-on-one conversations that would be better suited to the worst soap opera on daytime TV. The only things missing were bad actors and a melodramatic soundtrack.

I hate to say this when I absolutely love the author's Robin Hood retelling and her "Tiger and Del" fantasy-adventure series, but when it comes to this particular Karavans installment, don't waste your money.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ian Siegel on September 15, 2012
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The first two books were solid. Not her best work, but entertaining.

This one was an embarrassment. The story barely moves forward. Character development is non-existent. There is no redemption -- no emergence -- no arc. Only bad things happening to good people...slowly.

It's unrelentingly depressing, and worse still, boring. I'm done with this series.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on September 13, 2012
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The first book was great. I couldn't put it down. The second was boring to me because I didn't like Audrun, her husband, or her kids and they were a huge part of the book. This one was only marginally better than the second. I STILL don't like Audrun, her husband, or her kids, but at least we got to see more Illona, Bethid, Rhuan, and Brodhi.

The plot barely advanced. A few things happened in between character's inner turmoil. Lots of whining. Can't stand Audrun's oldest boy. Nobody DOES anything really.

I wanted to know what happened to the characters, but it was so bland and I ended up skimming the "woe is me" parts.

Sadly, it would have been better if I just read someone's synopsis of the book instead of the book itself.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rivendark on October 11, 2012
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I am so disappointed I feel betrayed in a way. I have waited for this 3rd book so long and expected for all this time something epic. The book was stale, boring. The first book I loved, hooked me up, the second wasn't too bad I didn't care much about Audrun, but enjoy the rest. This one.... what happened??? Such a waste.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C.F. on October 30, 2012
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As someone who has read the previous two Karavans books multiple times I have to say this one was just as slow and uneventful. I was disappointed that I waited five years for this sequel and wasn't even given a conclusion to the doggone story! I think this book could have been the conclusion, but was more like a long and drawn out saga that could have been summed up in a few chapters. Because I was so eager to get to the "good stuff" I kept noticing (and being annoyed by) the menial things the characters did (which, if I am being honest, made them seem more real, BUT I just did not give a crap about Ilona fixing herself tea when Audrun was still stuck in Alisanos and almost being forced to become a dam!) I just wanted an ENDING! Moaning aside the book was just as well written as the first two and if possible more detailed and vivid. I was THERE with the characters in Sancorra Province and inside the gher (not) looking at the Hecari warlord. It was worth the read, but I wish the story had not been dragged out so long. It felt almost as if the author is buying herself time to write a worthy conclusion and this book was just published to keep us rabid, waiting, readers at bay once more calming our veracious and insatiable appetites for this series.
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The Wild Road (2012) is the third Fantasy novel in the Karavans Universe, following Deepwood. The initial volume in this sequence is Karavans.

In the previous volume, Audrun encounters a winged demon within Alisanos while Rhuan is away gathering food and water. Rhuan returns to fight the demon and is severely wounded. The demon grabs the newborn girl and flies away with her.

At the farewell camp, Jorda and Mikal organize the survivors into groups and have them straighten out the mess. Unlike the old tent ground, the newly rebuilt settlement is shaped in concentric circles around the central firepit. Naturally, Mikal's tent is the meeting place for the town leaders.

Bethid sends Brodhi to Cardatha to report the relocation of Alisanos to the Hecari Warlord. After his interrogation by the warlord, Brodhi goes to the Courier Guild to report these changes to the Guildmaster. He leaves some preliminary maps of the new boundaries before returning to farewell camp with four Hecari warriors.

Davyn comes back to farewell camp and accuses Rhuan of luring his family into the dangers of Alisanos. He looks for Rhuan to force the guide to take him through the Deepwood to his loved ones. But Rhuan is nowhere to be found within the camp.

Then Ilona encounters Alario outside the Deepwood and learns about the identity and purpose of Rhuan and Brodhi. Later she reads Davyn's hand and sees that Brodhi is the key to recovering the farmsteader's family.
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