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The House of Gaian (Tir Alainn Series #3)

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

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    Love this trilogy

    I bought this book.

    There's a lot to this final book in Anne Bishop's Tir Alainn series. Previously the Black Coats crept their way through Arkos and Wolfram, into Sylvania, slaughtering the witches and destroying the pieces of the fairy realm, Tir Alainn, linked to those areas. Their quest to eradicate magic faltered as they moved west and began to encounter Fae and witches who were still strong and tied together, still aware of their linked ancestry. Battle lines were drawn between the Inquisitors and the magic users, with the fate of all women and magic at stake.

    In this book an army of men marches to Willowsbrook, where the Master Inquisitor hopes to teach a lesson to those who resist his will before attacking the Mother's Hills, the secretive wellspring of magic where the House of Gaian still lives. Even the area witches are intimidated by those who live in the hills, and not sure when witches and fae begin to fight back against the Inquisitors, if the wiccanfae from the Hills will crush them all in their effort to destroy the Black Coats.

    Again, there is a slant toward happy endings, and feminism. The women are who must be saved as they are more naturally attuned to the magic of the land. They're also who the Master Inquisitor is out to destroy in a crazy revenge-against-the-mommy-who-didn't-love-him way. Most of the nastiest creatures to creep out of Bishop's mind, like the nighthunters, soul-eating, flesh-devouring creatures made from twisted magic, are blunted by Bishop's storytelling stylings. This keeps the story firmly in fantasy without letting it slip under the influence of horror.

    As always Bishop is a glorious storyteller, and has created a world rich enough to dive into. Readers will find plenty to love in this trilogy, and all without a nihilistic, or savage tone.

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

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    The final battle ensues!

    This is a truly wonderful and epic fantasy adventure. Taking the perspective of multiple characters gives the story a breadth of adventure and makes the story all the more interesting. This book also reminds us of the importance of everyone within the world and of respecting our world and appreciating it. Give back what we take and do no harm, those are the mottos promoted in Anne Bishop's three books. This final book is the culmination of all that came before - the great battle between the Black Coats, and the witches, wiccanfae, the Fae and the humans. For the build up of the three books, I felt that the ending lacked the clarity and the punch it really needed. Also, I felt that the book did not wrap up all the characters as well or as interestingly as it could have but the entire first 300 pages keep you dying to know the end, and are a wonderful read. Except for my minor disappointment in the ending, this is an incredible book and a wonderful end to a great trilogy.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Really enjoyed this series!

    I read quite a bit, maybe 5 books a month. So it's a real treat when a book or series grabs me and doesn't let go! Great characters and good development. Go ahead and start with book one - if you like fantasy reads, this series is a winner.

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

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    Will there be more books in this series????

    This series has truly captivated me from the first chapter in the first book. It took me a long time to finish this book because I was not ready to leave the beautifully vivid world of Tir Alainn that Anne Bishop has painted for us. The Black Jewels series started out as a triolgy, but yet there were many more books to come. I certainly hope that is the case for this series as well. The series was beautifully written and the characters were perfectly drawn up. Again - can we please have more books in this series, too!!!!

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Great Series

    This is a wonderful series. I couldn't put them down. Anne Bishop is great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

    I did not want this book to end. It was so good I hope that another will be added to this trilogy. I can't wait to see what else Anne Bishop will write.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    Wonderfull Book!

    This book was fabulous. The story was awesome and the scenery was great. It was an excelent ending to a very good series. It's a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2004

    Amazing!!!

    This was by far the best book in this trilogy. I have read all of Anne Bishops books and this was my favorite. Even better then her Black Jewels Trilolgy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2003

    Definately a must read!

    If you are a fantasy fan this book is for you. I recommend reading the first two installments of the trilogy first of course, Pillars of the World and Shadows and Light, but this one is by far the best of the three! I bought the book the day it came out and stayed up late finishing the book...I could not put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    Bishop's Best yet!

    The 3rd & final installment of the Tir Alainn Trilogy is by far the best! This book was worth waiting for, you won't be diappointed. Her fast pace, interesting characters & their storylines hook you completely. This book is a definite page turner. All original characters are back, and Bishop wraps it all up nicely with a surprising twist at the end. Only regret: I finished reading it & I wanted more!! I hope Bishop decides to continue the Tir Alainn Series with another trilogy!!

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