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- Listening Length: 28 hours and 52 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 27, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SSEWAL2
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Scepters: Corean Chronicles, Book 3 Audiobook – Unabridged
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There is NEVER anything predictable in L.E. Modesitt's writing. He weaves a story like a master "Bard" and when you THINK you know what's going to happen -- you are always wrong.
In Summary: "Great Read," it keeps you coming back for more!
The third book does not disappoint, it provides more information on the overall story that has been unwinding behind the scenes, and brings Alucius to his greatest manifestation of his knowledge and power (think Luke Skywalker in "Return of the Jedi").
This last book of the Corean Chronicles also sets the stage for the "Alector's Choice" series and I'm very excited to continue the story in true Modesitt style.
The series is really at least three separate, but connected, sets , Books 4-6 and then 7-8, followed by 1-3, so far.
The characters in each set are well developed and consistent The plot is a vamparitic civilization, with interstellar capability and the results of their interaction with the local peoples, and a set of Ancients, who have ,or had, some mental and physical attribute , some of which are available to Talented locals.
An excellent read for anyone.
This is the concluding part of a VERY bad trilogy. I love L E Modesitt's (LEM) Timegod's world and Adiamante and so I searched out other works of his, leading me to this series. Sadly for me i purchased the first 2 books together. They are all very bad writing, but the 3rd is simply outstanding in its puerileness. I knew it would not be good, but forgive me for not being able to abandon a trilogy midway through. I just kept thinking there had to be light at the end of this tunnel. Alas, twas not to be.
In this book LEM has scenes where the Hero, Alucius, has trouble killing of 1-2 or the enemy. Then the next chapter he kills off about 20 of them in half a page, without breaking a sweat. Its really amazing. For such a one dimensional character he is remarkably effective at killing any and everything in his path. He repeatedly kills off mythical creatures (and machines) who serve no function other than page filler. Reading the same act over and over and over again kind of gets to me.
The enemies are also remarkably stupid. Despite Alucius killing off every one of them he comes near they regard him as no threat till he kills of every last one. Their self preservation skills leave much to be desired. In this book the characters bend over backwards to act stupidly to get the turgid plot to move forward. So much is done for no reason. Pages and pages of acts that change and affect nothing
The plot in all 3 books goes as follows. Alucius moves to spot A, kills off all the enemy, moves to spot B, kills off all the enemy, moves to spot C, kills off all the enemy. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. With minor happening along the way that act as page filler.
I will be throwing away these 3 books. I cannot in good conscience give these books away. I cannot expose another unsuspecting fantasy fan to this.