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Goddess: Book Three of The Percheron Saga Paperback – May 27, 2008

3.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Percheron Series

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The Arabian Nights–flavored Percheron saga finally comes to an end in this shallow follow-up to 2007's Emissary.Young, pregnant Ana (not to be confused with Lyana, a goddess, or Ellyana, her messenger) is held captive by Arafanz, a religious zealot who wants the child believed to have been sired by Zar Boaz, Ana's disloyal husband and Percheron's leader. Could the father actually be the man Ana loves more, Galinsea's Prince Lucien, aka Spur Lazar? Imprisoned, Ana frets while Zar Boaz and Lazar search for her with help from Iridor, a shape-changing demigod. Manipulative demon Maliz, who inhabits the Zar's grand vizier and skips to another human shell when need arises, does everything he can to stop them, and their efforts are further hampered when war breaks out between Percheron and Galinsea. The tale is marred by sluggish pacing and uninteresting characters, and lacks an introduction that might help new readers understand the multilayered plot. (June)
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Product Details

  • Series: The Percheron Saga (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060899077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060899073
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Howard on May 31, 2008
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"Goddess" is the third and final book in the Percheron Saga written by Fiona McIntosh. It picks up right where "Emissary" left off: Zaradine Ana has been kidnapped by rebels in the desert who have plans for her unborn child; Lazar, the Spur and protector of his adopted city of Percheron, is suffering from the Drezden poison illness after a failed trek across the desert in an attempt to prevent war; the young Zar Boaz is facing war against his city while trying to negotiate his way through the political maneuverings of his mother, Herezah, and the Grand Master Eunich, Salmeo, each of whom are trying to use him for a different agenda. At the same time, the Goddess Lyana is rising once again to do battle with the demon Maliz who defeated her centuries ago.

Ms. McIntosh sets up a story on a grand scale in the first book of the series, "Odalisque," promising political intrigue, war between nations and even a battle among gods. Unfortunately, "Goddess" doesn't really fulfill the promises made in "Odalisque," kind of fizzling out without delivering a properly satisfying ending. The promised battle between god and demon takes place over the course of a couple of pages at the very end of "Goddess," and turns out not to be a battle at all. The promised war between nations is set up fairly early in the second book, "Emissary," but ends almost before it begins. In the end, everything the author builds up to in the first two books turns out to be disappointingly anticlimactic.

Also, much of the series is bogged down by Ms. McIntosh's heavy-handedness with plot and character. Many plot devices to move the story along and keep the reader interested feel transparent and unnatural, just a means to move the story from point A to point B.
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I'm not going to rehash all of the plot details - for that, you can read the other reviews and the plot synopsis provided by Amazon.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series, and own (and enjoyed!) all of the books Fiona McIntosh has published. I also enjoyed reading the majority of this book. Nevertheless, I found the ending to this book to be somewhat unsatisfying. The majority of the book leads to a stunning climax and then... it all just stops. The last chapter or two seem rushed, almost as though the word count for the book had been reached and someone had to put an ending into place. There doesn't seem to be much explanation for or introduction to this ending. In other words, I finished the book and said "oh."

I highly recommend the Quickening Trilogy, though, which is comprised of "Myrren's Gift", "Blood and Memory" and "Bridge of Souls".
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I am VERY disappointed - it's like the author was pressured into meeting a deadline and someone didn't care about what was written, so long as the publication deadline was met.

Issues:

- Major characters were killed off with little or no explanation.

- The storyline was horribly rushed and condensed.

- No descriptive crafting like the two earlier, and beautifully done, books.

The book should honestly be re-done, and hopefully either split into two books or else one "Battlefield Earth"-length book. It currently just doesn't do justice to the first two books.
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So I am normally a huge fan of Fiona McIntosh, but I have to admit I was very disappointed by this series. I always think it is interesting when women wrote books that put women in bad situations. I hated that the story line was based around a harem, and that the young girls were treated so badly. I absolutely hated Salmeo and how disgusting he was. I wish that Lazar had more personality, and that all the other characters actions weren't so easily guessed.
Aside from the characters and lack of plot twists, I was the most disappointed with the fact that the book just ended... thats all.... it was just over. I felt like it was rushed in the last couple of chapters. It got to the point where I had to check to make sure there wasn't another book forthcoming. I was not happy with this series at all, but I do still like Fiona.
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The author says that she writes without a plan but I can't believe that. As the story progressed through the three books, the stakes continued to grow yet the conflict seemed to arise organically from the characters introduced early in the first book. There were a few loose ends--such as how the statues were brought to life but even that was foreshadowed early on. A masterful job of weaving together about a dozen personalities with related but divergent goals into conflict after conflict.
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The Arabian Nights meet Camelot, liberally peopled with villainous villains, handsome heros and beautiful women. Plus hidden gods armed with powerful magic.
This story was one book too long. The plot moved slowly. There were flashes of tight characterization and hints of a voluptuous setting, but neither were fully realized.
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I did enjoy the first two books of the triogy but Goddess was by far the best book. Not only did this tie up the story but it was filled with very innovative plot twists. Fiona Mcintosh is a writer that has never disappointed me. If you have not had the pleasure of reading any of her books you are cheating yourself. Her characters really stay with you and I was very sad to see this series end. I think fans of Carol Berg would really enjoy these books.They are a little on the dark side with a plot that grabs you and does not let go.
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