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Rise of the Blood Royal: Volume III of the Destinies of Blood and Stone Hardcover – December 26, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
The chilling conclusion to Newcomb's majestic but sometimes ponderous trilogy (after March into Darkness) suggests that the bloody, centuries-old War of Attrition between the countries Rustannica and Shashida may never end. Evil wizard Gracchus Junius is determined to persuade the impoverished Rustannica Emperor Vespasian, whose magical gifts far exceed those of all other Rustannica wizards combined, to destroy Shashida with banned magic and steal all its gold. Meanwhile, Prince Tristan and Princess Shailiha of the distant country Eutracia, talented magicians destined to end the War of Attrition, are struggling to learn to use the magical substance known as subtle matter and find the subterranean Azure Sea that will take them to Shashida. Those who haven't read earlier installments and the preceding trilogy may feel a bit lost amid the intricate magical systems and large cast, but Newcomb juggles the various plots and people with aplomb. (Dec.)
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PRAISE FOR ROBERT NEWCOMB
The Destinies of Blood and Stone
A March Into Darkness
“[An] epic fantasy saga . . . vividly portrays the ongoing struggle between good and evil. Reminiscent in scope and detail of the works of Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan.”
“Meticulously plotted action . . . another megafantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.”
The Chronicles of Blood and Stone
The Fifth Sorceress
“[Robert Newcomb] springs into fame and literary maturity in a single bound. . . . Tristan is the novel’s main strength, an intriguing and all-too-human hero who becomes a dashing warrior challenging an empire.”
The Gates of Dawn
“Impressive . . . These personifications of light and dark are beautifully and vividly drawn. The intense emotions on both sides are expressed with astuteness and feeling.”
The Scrolls of the Ancients
“Plenty of adventure and magic . . . continues Robert Newcomb’s tradition of mixing adventure with an interesting and well-realized magical world.”
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This series was one of the first I read after starting to read a number of fantasy novels and enjoying them. I think the story behind this series is a pretty slick one. And I think this series could have been really good. In fact, if you are not particularly well read in the fantasy genre you very well might think this is a wonderful series. I know I did originally. But then I read a series by Carol Berg, then a series by Juliet Marillier, two series by Jacqueline Carey, and one by Brandon Sanderson. A couple of months ago I sat down and read Patrick Rothfuss' novel "The Name of the Wind." These authors have taken good stories and presented them very well in my humble opinion. They are true wordsmiths. Two days ago I picked up "Rise of the Blood Royal" and read it in a couple hours. I found it to be a hassle to read. I just did not like the way the author told his story. There's lots of rehash of things said and done previously that need not have been repeated throughout. So much is told bluntly instead of things being said whereby I'm expected to pick up on subtle comments and make inferences to follow the storyline. In a way I felt like the author was treating me like a 1st grader and had no confidence in me to understand the story without him drilling it into me.
So much of the first five books are summarized in this book that I almost recommend you read this book before tackling the first five. I'm sure if you read this book first you will be able to plow through the first five really quickly, and then you can reread this 6th book again to get a real solid understanding of the overall story. But if you are looking for a series that is written by a wordsmith and want to slowly turn the pages and digest every paragraph to have fun, then skip this series altogether. You won't find that here. 3 stars!
As a reader, these 6 books have held me spellbound night after night for the last 2 1/2 months! Even if Mr Newcomb never gets another to pick up on the contract, you should still read the 6 because alot of loose ends are tied up by the end of book 6, enough so that the average fan would be happy with them only - and only slightly upset that this is it.
I like to find out what's going to happen to Tristan and his sister, but at this rate, it's just gonna be a war between the Roman and the Japanese. The military and social hierarchy are pretty much the same as one would see in real life. What's the point of reading if one could already figure out the details.
Not sure if i should be sad when the publishers drop him