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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 Awardnominated 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