“the battle is over and Thorn has won but with the sacrifice of a friend, partner and champard, Rupert... she has been reunited with her sister, a Death Mage, Rose... and has given judgment to Barak and returned him to the Host with his brother, Raziel... now what will happen to her? her and Rose?...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This is not really my cup of tea. They call it dark fantasy.... well, I prefer normal fantasy. There were moments that I did enjoy reading though, but they were very limited. Most of them the main caracter was anoying me, always thinking this or that would happen (which then would), always...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I just finished the trilogy - and judging from her popularity, I find myself wondering: am I the only one who finds her tedious? This series reminded me of the podrace in SW-Phantom Menace. Overly long, drawn out, and most of the action unnecessary. She writes fight scenes that last for thirty pages plus. I kept skimming the action to see if I could skip ahead but she intersperses just enough musings in the middle of fights that you have to read every action (the number of steps the protagonist took, the fighting stance she started in, the sword hits she made & took, and where she finished) just to get the little flashes of insight that occur in the middle of the fighting. (Maybe it's just me - I don't have that complex of musings in the middle of fights. Mabe I don't fight enough...but then again, neither does the main character. So how did she get so good that she can divide her attention while in battle...? Oh right, some sort of inborn mage birthright. Yeesh.) And yet - not a bad series. Just too long. Mostly, I liked it. I felt that she left a lot of questions unanswered though, but I guess that's what all writers are going for these days - the potential of a series to which readers will keep coming back.
And I resented the death of Rupert at the end.”
“the battle is over and Thorn has won but with the sacrifice of a friend, partner and champard, Rupert... she has been reunited with her sister, a Death Mage, Rose... and has given judgment to Barak and returned him to the Host with his brother, Raziel... now what will happen to her? her and Rose? and everyone else...”NosFeraTu wrote this review Sunday, May 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this story of mages and angels. Never thought of angels as sexual beings, but it makes sense in this post apocalyptic tale of America.”Ophelia C wrote this review Sunday, November 21, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hunter continues to be deliberately cryptic with her readers when it comes to her world. It's a post-apocalyptic blend of religion, fantasy and science fiction that is as fascinating as it is incomprehensible. One is drawn to it, wittingly or unwittingly, and yes, I will read the next book when it comes out. In this third volume of her series she advances the battle between Light and Dark, dropping more bits of revelation about her characters and her world but still only grudgingly. So grudgingly that she has to fill her book with seemingly endless chapters of battle description which, while undoubtedly well written, just go on and on and on until the reader chafes for the story to move forward. Which it eventually does, but still not far enough to satisfy - the entire book is only about two battles. I suppose an author has to make money by stretching out her story as long as she can, and it works too. The addition of Thorn's sister Rose into the mix at the end makes one want to read the next installment. While I'm enjoying the read so far, this series does not make it to my keeper shelf. I'm glad I just got this from my friend in e-format.”annapi wrote this review Friday, July 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As a result of her new Seraphic visa and station her birth Enclave sends a metal mage emissary named Cheran to train Thorn. However, she immediately realizes there is more than meets the eye to the pompous Cheran, and she senses a underlying current of danger from him. While she is trying to juggle the demands from the different organizations due to her new position, and trying to figure out how to rescue her twin, the Succubus Queen makes a reappearance threatening the ones she loves. When the attack turns deadly, the trapped uses that death power to escape his prison, and he has his sights set on Thorn.
Once again the evil darkness led by the Dragon does all it can to get a hold of Thorn and her power. Its up to Thorn to stop him as she cannot call for Seraphic help without risking the town as humans always die whenever a Seraph draws their sword. While she may not always handle diplomatic situations well, she never once flinches when it comes to duty and honor in protecting others. She would rather allow herself to be gravely injured than risk the human's deaths. A character with less strength and determination could not have survived her perils. Through the battles she learns some distressing truths about her past and who she really is, as well as what her birth prophecy really means. These revelations are bittersweet and many came as a shock to Thorn as well as myself. I knew many things were hidden to her in her past, but some of them just completely floored me. The book ended with most things tied up, but still left open the possibility for more books. The series had a slow start but did not disappoint me as it went on. Thorn is really admirable character and her "voice" makes for a good read.”
“Faith Hunter is back with the third installation of her Rogue Mage series.
Thorn St. Croix, licensed mage and jeweler, has grudgingly earned the respect of the people living in Mineral City, Carolina. After having saved the town once again from the forces of Darkness, she's looking forward to being herself for a change. But when the New Orleans Enclave sends Cheran Jones, a metal mage with a few secrets of his own, to observe and teach Thorn in the lessons of Enclave politics, all hell brakes loose. Literally. It's the ultimate battle of good vs. evil, and Thorn and her friends are once again stuck directly in the middle.
If this truly is the last book of the series, I will weep because there is still so much left to be discovered concerning characters and events. Upon finishing this book I was left asking the question, "So what happens now?" It ends with a feeling of ambiguity and lacks closure. While I will admit to being a bit frustrated, I still enjoyed the novel. Hunter's characters continue to be well-developed and intriguing, her description's are vivid and detailed, and the action is still intense. Admittedly the continual flirtation game between Thorn and the men in her life got a bit old, especially without them culminating into anything, but the scene with Eli Walker was entertaining. Unfortunately the book isn't all humor and action. There is loss as well. Yes, sadly a much loved character dies in the end. If you want to find out who, read the book because I'm not going to tell.
Overall, I'm really hoping that Hunter decides to write another book for this series. Or at the very least do a short story. Just a little something that brings full closure to Thorn's life and her little part of the world. If it is indeed over, then at least readers can imagine for themselves what happens to Thorn and her friends in the future. But seriously, there must be more bad guys out there to fight. =^_^=”
“This is not really my cup of tea. They call it dark fantasy.... well, I prefer normal fantasy. There were moments that I did enjoy reading though, but they were very limited. Most of them the main caracter was anoying me, always thinking this or that would happen (which then would), always thinking she should have, and she should..... sort of predicting herself all the time throughout the story. that is reall NO fun reading!”Hans wrote this review Sunday, February 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this trilogy, though I didn't LOVE them. It was a very interesting take on religion and angels and the fight between good and evil. The characters were well-developed and there were parts (especially of the third book) that just had me on the edge of my seat. I think my hang up was with the ending of the third book. I guess it just didn't feel really resolved to me. But I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves the genre. ”Lisa wrote this review Friday, February 6, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No