Crown of Stars (Crown of Stars Series #7)

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In the wake of the cataclysm many new alliances are forming even as old ones dissolve. As Sanglant struggles to legitimize his own leadership, the Aoi are carrying out random attacks-while implicating him as their leader. Stronghand has begun a march of conquest into the heart of Sanglant's realm. Adelheid and Antonia have made an unholy alliance. And Sabella and Duke Conrad are moving to seize Sanglant's crown. Cultures, religions, and races are clashing in what will be the ultimate struggle for control of this ...

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Overview

In the wake of the cataclysm many new alliances are forming even as old ones dissolve. As Sanglant struggles to legitimize his own leadership, the Aoi are carrying out random attacks-while implicating him as their leader. Stronghand has begun a march of conquest into the heart of Sanglant's realm. Adelheid and Antonia have made an unholy alliance. And Sabella and Duke Conrad are moving to seize Sanglant's crown. Cultures, religions, and races are clashing in what will be the ultimate struggle for control of this strange new world.

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After a half dozen mammoth novels (In the Ruins, The Gathering Storm, et al.), the seventh and concluding volume of Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars saga is finally available. Begun in 1997 with the Nebula Award–nominated King's Dragon, Elliott's shelf-bending tale of royalty, revolution, magic and mayhem -- set in a sprawling realm similar to medieval Europe -- comes to its dramatic finale in the aptly entitled Crown of Stars.

With the continent of Novaria just beginning to recover from the widespread devastation unleashed when the lost land of the Aoi returned to the earth after centuries of magic-powered banishment, Prince Sanglant (bastard son of King Henry) and his wife, Liath, are trying to cultivate some sense of order amid all the chaos. But enemies appear from all sides: As the Aoi plant seeds of treachery among the human populace, political rivals join forces to destroy Sanglant once and for all…

Any reviewer of the Crown of Stars saga would be remiss not to mention a few things. First, the seven books that encompass this epic fantasy sequence are in no way stand-alone novels. This series must be started at the very beginning for readers to fully understand and appreciate Elliott's gift of grand-scale storytelling. And readers who enjoy fast-paced, tightly woven story lines should be acutely aware that Elliott is definitely not one of those writers. This is not "fast food" fantasy but an all-you-can-eat buffet with literally hundreds of characters, meandering plotlines, numerous tangential subplots, meticulous world-building, etc., that should be read leisurely and savored. Paul Goat Allen
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In the fine conclusion to Elliott's seven-volume fantasy epic based in part on the European medieval period, Earth is beginning to recover from the cataclysmic events-tidal waves, volcanic eruptions, vast dust clouds that obscure the sky-unleashed in book six, In the Ruins (2005). Prince Sanglant, the bastard son of King Henry of Wendar, seeks to legitimize his relationship with his consort, the martial and shrewd sorceress Liath, and found a dynasty that can continue their work of healing the battered world. Curses, King Henry's murder and ambitious rivals put formidable obstacles in Sanglant's path. Elliott has a gift for creating grim, dark settings as well as swashbuckling action scenes (both magical and material) worthy of Rafael Sabatini. This is a splendid piece of intelligent entertainment, even if it makes few concessions to new readers. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756404062
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/2/2007
  • Series: Crown of Stars Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 217,996
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Elliott
KATE ELLIOTT is the bestselling author of more than a dozen epic novels. Her novel King’s Dragon was a finalist for the Nebula Award; The Golden Key (co-written with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson) was a World Fantasy Award finalist. Born in Iowa and raised in Oregon, she lives in Hawaii.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    Killing me softly WITH BOREDOM

    Man!!! I have followed this series from word go and loved each one but as time has gone on I have become very frustrated. The use of language that the characters speak in 'Pray you' and so on is boring and I find totally frustrating. Then the authoress uses a sentence in the middle of all the 'Pray you' huffing like 'he was out cold'. Just does not come together for me and I skimmed over pages to get to the interesting parts. Another frustration is there is no basic summary on what has preceded this novel, I waited a long time for the final installment of this series but had forgotten so much of what had happened before.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A powerful and brilliant epic fantasy

    When the Aoi crash landed on their return to Earth after centuries in the aether, the collision caused a cataclysm that led to earthquakes, flooding and the sun to disappear behind a cloud of dust. The people can¿t plant crops because the frost lingers and food is in short supply. New lands and alliances are formed and King Sanglant of Wendor is trying to bring his people together to ride out the after effects of the collision. When he consolidates his reign, he wants to annex Varree as it once belonged to the empire.------ Sanglant knows that he will not have an easy rule since many want what he has and the church refuses to recognize his marriage to the excommunicated Liaeth, a fire daimon who is not quite human but a woman he will not forsake. Relatives in his family who rule in their own realm want to conquer Sanglant¿s land and annex them into the Lady Sabella¿s dominion. The Ashioi, who are finally reunited with their exiled brethren, plan to invade the human lands in revenge for what was done to them. Fighting battles against their enemies, Liaeth must prove she is a worthy consort for her one true love while Sanglant tries to hold his country together.----- In a land where the creatures of myth and legend are very real, humans must learn to understand and if necessary fight those who want nothing less than all humans¿ dead. Political intrigue and battles abound in CROWN OF STARS but the love that Sanglant feels for his wife is the shiniest light in the heavens and gives him the strength to do what he thinks is right. Liaeth is a woman of incredible strength, power and beauty who battles deadly magical creatures, befriends people who reject her and learns that her strength and love for Sanglant makes her a formidable foe to his enemies. Kate Elliot concludes her series with a powerful and brilliant epic fantasy.---- Harriet Klausner

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