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The Grand Crusade (Dragoncrown War Cycle Book 3) by [Stackpole, Michael A.]
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Book 3 of 2 in DragonCrown War Cycle (2 Book Series)
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From Publishers Weekly

The last volume in Stackpole's DragonCrown trilogy (after 2002's When Dragons Rage) should please his many fans with its large helpings of violence, intrigue and plot twists. Still reeling from the unexpected death of prophecy-bound hero Will Norrington, his friends and allies struggle to marshal a coherent defense against the sorceress-dragon Chytrine, whose forces continue to further fracture the squabbling nations of the Southlands. Should Chytrine gain all the long-ago scattered pieces of the legendary DragonCrown, she'll be able to reconstruct the crown and open the way for the return of the treacherous Oromise, an ancient race long banished from the world. With Will Norrington gone, only a handful of heroes can stand against her: the young upstart sorcerer Kerrigan Reese, the charismatic war leader Princess Alexia of Okrannel and her lover, Crow, and the Vorquelf Resolute. While Chytrine schemes with King Scrainwood and manages to kidnap Sayce, Will's pregnant lover, the blind seeress Oracle has a vision that suggests all is not lost. This is fantasy on the most epic of scales, with plenty of bloody conflict and treacherous double-dealing. Readers new to the series will be at a distinct disadvantage, but those who can successfully navigate a course through the dense backstory in the opening chapters will find plenty of excitement and adventure.
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The Norrington, prophesied hero and hope of the future, is reported dead. The Council of Kings, once united, is now conflicted about what to do next. As fear and uncertainty increase, the land grows more vulnerable to invasion and takeover by Chytrine, empress of the North and the darkest of evils. She seeks the Truestones of the Dragoncrown, most of which are still hidden, and she is closer than ever to possessing all of them and, with them, power to rule the world. With her formidable forces against them, Will Norrington's faithful companions organize to fight to the bitter end and to find Will, if he still lives. When Princess Sayce, who is carrying his child, is captured, it is a dark hour indeed. Now, all the Norringtons are missing. With a plot like a set of Chinese boxes, complex military strategies, horrific undead creatures, a fabulous mage, and a sweet love story to soften it a bit, Stackpole's white-knuckle ride of an epic fantasy continues in fine form. Paula Luedtke
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  • File Size: 878 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (December 30, 2003)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2003
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QCS928
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Dear Reader,
I usually enjoy Michael Stackpole books very much. It greatly pains me to write a poor review for one of his books. Quite frankly, however, The Grand Crusade stinks! At the risk of spoiling the novel I pose this question: Why "kill off" the most likable character of the series and then bring him back as an animated slab of lava? Another question: Is it really necessary to include the romance scenes between the old man and the hot twenty-something? It was sick enough to make me put the book down and watch "Simpsons" reruns. Worst Series Ending Ever!
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I first started reading Stackpole around the time his fourth X-Wing novel, Bacta War, hit stands and I've been entranced ever since. He's been my favorite author for years. I've gone back and read Talion:Revenant, Once a Hero, A Hero Born, the Battletech novels - anything I could get my hands on. I've never had reason to look back or to doubt that a Stackpole book would be enjoyable. However, as Stackpole's books roll out, I find that I keep feeling his talent is regressing. He has grand ideas that fall short of the vision. In short, I felt that the Dark Glory War was his best novel of this series and The Grand Crusade his worst. I felt hardly any affinity for the characters. Crow or Tarant Hawke seemed to lose the virtues that I enjoyed in him. Instead he became a two dimensional character: love Alexia, kill bad guys. The other characters seemed to feel the same way, with the worthy exception of Resolute. Resolute seemed to thrive in this novel. Perhaps this is because Resolute has always been melodramatic, so his human side seemed that much better. The reincarnation of the Norrington was, unfortunately for me, I very big let down.
In all, I felt like the story had great potential, despite my reservations about the Norrington, but it lacked the development, vitality, or the rapport I needed to grab onto this novel. Take this review for what it is. I'm still waiting for the next Stackpole novel with high hopes (the new trilogy he's working on). And hopefully, his mystery novel will be released at some point. Peace.
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I've never read Michael Stackpole and was pretty happy with the first book in this series..couldn't wait until the second one came out. Of course, the ending was a bit of a shock (the author's own notes warn about ill will towards him because of it) but I still was hoping the story would pick up a bit of speed and resolve itself in the third installment. What did I find? Ho-Hum...I had to force myself to finish. Nothing is resolved to any satisfactory measure - the most important character is a lump of clay (literally) and the other characters just seem to start fading away. We can't always expect a happy ending, but there didn't even seem to be one at all! A thoroughly disappointing way to spend some hard earned cash. Next time one of his books come out I'll be sure to see if my local library has it first so I at least don't bother spending my own money.
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I read this one shortly after my return home from a serious hospitalization and it is a bit fuzzy to me now. It was good enough that I passed it on to someone with similar enjoyment of fantasy, and will likely reread it when I get it back.
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The Grand Crusade is the final chapter in the The Dragoncrown War Cycle. The previous book suffered from some dreadfully dull passages, and I'm sorry to say the final book has the same problem. Stackpole spends way too much time arranging the pieces for the final conflict, and not enough time making those pieces interesting. The Dragoncrown War Cycle ends up being a series that starts on a high note and then plummets from there.
Will Norrington is dead. Will is the man everybody believes was prophesized to be the one who kills Chytrine, the queen of the north and the woman who wants to take over the entire world. Chytrine's armies are raiding the southern lands and the various provinces are fighting each other politically as much as they're fighting her. King Scrainwood of Oriosa, a conniving coward, has made an arrangement with Chytrine in order to protect his kingdom and the seat of his power. General Adrogans has beaten Chytrine in the west, but the rulers of the southern kingdoms fear that he will set up an empire for himself. Paralyzed by politics and fear, it looks like Chytrine has an open invitation to take over everything. Only a few heroes are willing to try and stop her, and they manage to get enough support to raise an army. But all is not what it seems. Is Will really alive, able to fulfill the prophecy? As the southern armies fight for their lives, a new figure may emerge to decide Chytrine's fate.
The Grand Crusade does little to live up to its billing, feeling more like a half-hearted skirmish as far as this reader is concerned. I was hoping for a riveting conclusion that would keep me on the edge of my seat, and I kept waiting for it to happen as Stackpole maneuvered everybody into their proper positions.
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'The Grand Crusade' is the last book of DragonCrown War series. I loved the pace of the book, because it is as fast-paced as the other reviewers have mentioned. Still, the whole nature of the Norrington prophecy was not fully explained to my liking. Nor was Kerrigan Reese esteemed even half as much as Will. I did not feel as drawn to Will as I was to the character of Kerrigan Reese throughout the whole series. We see Will having a one night fling with the Princess, and people considered that to be love. Yet, there was love and that was solely found with Alexia and Crow. Plus, a more thorough explanation and psychological profile of Chytrine would have thoroughly boosted the book. So, these are my main criticisms about the series in general and the book in specific.
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