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The Oracle's Queen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

    Wonderful in so many ways

    I pick up these three books a couple of days ago and read them all. I fell in love. The books have darkness and confusion, as well as tenderness and love. The author doesn't hold anything back and it makes these books amazing. All the characters are real with their own strength and weaknesses. And personally, I loved Brother. That's all, read them and love them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Bittersweet ending to an incredible trilogy!

    A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006

    Good Yet Unsatisfying

    After the long wait, Oracle's Queen is a great summer read, but a lackluster finale to the Bonedoll's Twin and Hidden Warrior. The book drags in places, and the first two hundred pages provide exposition that would have made sense in the first two books but drags the third novel down. The book also gets bogged down with yet more new characters, and as chapters shift between different companions, the narrative fails to match the previous books in tone, effect, or pacing. Additionaly, the romance is stilted and moves too slowly and then too quickly, and the ending is not Flewelling's best. It leaves the reader at a loss because it fails to justify the darkness of the novels. Where Flewelling had created a facinating character in Tobin/Tamir, in this book, Tamir becomes more 'girly' as the novel continues and at times undermines her martial upbrining with entirely emotional decisions. The book is worth reading if you have read the other two, and it is nice to see what happens to the key characters, but if you haven't read the other two novels, do not bother with this one. As this trilogy closes, it is clear that Flewelling should return to the court intrigue of Luck in the Shadows and Stalking Darkness. Oracle's Queen is a pleasant read, but not a page turner.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A terrific ending to a great fantasy trilogy

    The prophecy says that Skala, once ruled by queens, will be ruled again by queens. Taking it seriously and fearing that this means his overthrow and probable death if unchecked King Erius takes drastic action to insure his downfall never comes. He has almost all of his female kin assassinated.------------ Knowing that any female newborn relative will die, Skala wizards physically conceal the birth of Erius¿ niece with a gender changing spell turning her into Prince Tobin while doing nothing for her twin brother who dies. However when ¿he¿ turns fifteen, Prince Tobin¿s inner essence awakens breaking the gender spell and he becomes the she that is her nature. Princess Tamir comes at a time her people desperately need a true Queen to rule, but she has psychological problems being uncomfortable in her new female identity yet realizing why she felt out of place as a male. Tamir also does not trust the wizards who changed her at birth and her demonic twin brother realizes he was ¿sacrificed by the wizards so has an ax to grind against them and his sister. At the same time Erius's son Korin claims the throne declaring his cousin a traitor.----------------- This is a terrific ending to a great fantasy trilogy that can stand alone, but is enhanced by reading the previous two novels first as they provide much of the background (see HIDDEN WARRIOR and THE BONE DOLL'S TWIN). The story line is action-packed as the three rival relatives soon encounter one another with much at stake. This trio seems genuine and Tamir¿s identity problems, Korin¿s doubts with the Oracle and the fanatic Illior demanding a warrior queen on the throne, as well as the demon twin¿s rage make for a fabulous fantasy finale.------------ Harriet Klausner

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