Darkwitch Rising (Troy Game Series #3)

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"Britain. An ancient land. Most think they know its history- but few know the truth." "From the mists of time came Brutus, last of the Trojan kings, armed with hidden knowledge. He was captivated by the alluring sorceress Genvissa, and together they almost succeeded in creating a magical Labyrinth that could rival the might of the gods. But the Labyrinth was struck down by Brutus's wife, Cornelia, who believed that to challenge the power of the gods was to destroy the world." "Her actions trapped them in an endless cycle of death and rebirth. ...
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"Britain. An ancient land. Most think they know its history- but few know the truth." "From the mists of time came Brutus, last of the Trojan kings, armed with hidden knowledge. He was captivated by the alluring sorceress Genvissa, and together they almost succeeded in creating a magical Labyrinth that could rival the might of the gods. But the Labyrinth was struck down by Brutus's wife, Cornelia, who believed that to challenge the power of the gods was to destroy the world." "Her actions trapped them in an endless cycle of death and rebirth. Ages passed, and again and again the players came close to victory, only to be thwarted each time." But these soul travelers have arrived in a most unique Now: the English are at war, a mighty civil war that threatens to destroy a nation. A great pestilence is upon the land, and the newly restored Charles II is trying to hold chaos at bay. He is another player in the game, reborn yet again. And he is not alone.
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Publishers Weekly
The prolix third book in Australian author Douglass's Troy Game historical fantasy saga (after 2004's God's Concubine) exhibits the same powerful imagination as its predecessors, but is not the place to start for newcomers. Brutus, legendary king of Troy, is now incarnate in 17th-century England as one of Charles II's companions, while Charles himself is the Stagking from Celtic folklore. Cornelia, Brutus's wife and a moderating influence, is now a young woman named Noah, while the sorceress Genvissa is now Kate, a prostitute and sex slave to Weyland Orr, the reborn Asterion (the original Minotaur). Asterion's sister, Ariadne, reappears as sharp-tongued as ever, revealing that the Labyrinth is now in the parallel universe of Faerie, while the Troy Game itself is incarnate, and still dangerous, in Noah's daughter, Catling. The stakes rise further when the Game sows plague in England, against which Charles has to unleash the Great Fire of London. Though enriched by the author's historical and folkloric expertise, the somewhat jumbled narrative with its many characters, their shifting alliances and frequently unsympathetic sexual encounters may weary even established fans. Agent, Jim Frenkel. (May 12) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The true history of England begins with the arrival of Brutus, last of the Trojan kings, on the island of Britain. Along with the sorceress Genvissa and his virtuous wife, Cornelia, he is caught in a cycle of death and rebirth that involves the construction of a mystical Labyrinth. Now the three eternals are brought together in the 17th century, as a civil war divides England and eventually leads to the restoration of the rightful king, Charles II. Continuing her epic saga of the mystic history of Britain (Hades' Daughter; Gods' Concubine), Australian Douglass depicts historical and fictitious characters with a thoroughness that brings them to life. Her grand concepts and personal drama combine to deliver a large-scale story of love and deception that belongs in most fantasy collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Combining history, myth and fantasy, Sara Douglass introduces her new Troy Game series with the first book Hades' Daughter...Ms. Douglass recreates the Aegean world and a Pre-Celtic England in a sweeping epic that grabs your attention at the first page."—Romantic Times BookClub (4 ½ stars) on Hades' Daughter (Book One of the Troy Game series)

"There is sex and violence aplenty...the taste for this mythic fantasy saga must be acquired, but acquirers will relish it keenly."—Booklist on Hades' Daughter (Book One of the Troy Game series)

"An ambitious fantasy series."—Publisher's Weekly on God's Concubine (Book Two of the Troy Game series)

"A rich and complex novel full of rich and complex characters."—SF Chronicle on God's Concubine (Book Two of the Troy Game series)

"The prolix third book in Australian author Douglass's Troy Game historical fantasy saga (after 2004's God's Concubine) exhibits the same powerful imagination as its predecessors...[and is] enriched by the author's historical and folkloric expertise."—Publishers Weekly on Darkwitch Rising

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780732271602
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • Publication date: 4/26/2006
  • Series: Troy Game Series , #3
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 4.49 (w) x 7.13 (h) x 2.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Douglass was born in Penola, a small farming settlement in the south of Australia. She has a Ph.D. in Early Modern English History. Since 1995 Sara has been Australia's leading author of fantasy and one of its top novelists. She lives in Tasmania.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

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    In the third book of The Troy Game, we once again see all the ol

    In the third book of The Troy Game, we once again see all the old players, plus a few new ones that got caught in the game during book two.  Cornelia and Genvissa make quite an astonishing discovery about themselves and their history, as do Brutus and Coel.  The Troy Game itself even plays a new bigger role in all that happens.  




    A great addition to the story, it propels the characters forward in a journey with an as yet unclear ending. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

    Awesome Story worth the read

    Sara Douglass weaves a tale that will get a hold of you and not let go. I found her book on the discount counter and I will buy each forth coming book no matter the cost. Do yourself a favor and read this book. Be warned that you will not want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    A complete WOW

    This book made my head spin! It was well-written and easy to get into, but the plot twists constantly had me saying 'WHAT?' Though that's not a bad thing. A superb addition to another wonderful series by Sara Douglass.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2006

    excellent

    Douglass is an incredible story teller. her books are an exellent escape - you completely loose track of time reading them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2006

    perfect

    my friend got me into reading these troy game books and i got totally hooked on them so i hope she makes another one for that series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2005

    Best science-fiction since Tolkien!!

    Anyone who has reads this book probably understands why I now love Asterion!!And Grace, poor Grace. I am on pins and needles for the next of Douglass' books, which no doubt will be better than the last!!! This book, and the two preceding are a terrific read if you like fantasy with a sweet betrayal-laced love story.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting but complex fantasy

    The Troy Game continues with reincarnations in seventeenth century England. English King Charles II was once the Celtic Stagking of folklore. Former King of Troy Brutus has become the English monarch¿s companion and his Trojan spouse Cornelia is a young commoner Noah. The sorceress Genvissa is currently the sex slave Kate controlled by her master Asterion the first Minotaur while his sister Ariadne the Darkwitch seems unchanged. --- The Labyrinth exists in the Faerie universe while the Troy Game remains dangerous with its plans to win at all costs. Even deadlier is the aspirations of Asterion who schemes to win over the Game and to defeat her Ancient battle weary foes. His sibling abets his efforts to triumph over the regal band as well as The Game while Genvissa as Kate finds her master not as evil as she once thought. Soon plague devastates London forcing Charles to react with a fiery response to save the many at the cost of the lesser. --- The third Troy Game is exciting but complex as the players switch roles from the previous books (see GOD¿S CONCUBINE and HADES' DAUGHTER). The story line is loaded with twists that play out in a finely detailed seventeenth century English stage. The ensemble cast is put through the ringer by the Game with the two camps still far apart yet beginning to understand the ¿enemy¿. Fans of Sara Douglas will appreciate this complicated some what convoluted spin, but newcomers would be better suited starting with Game One as the reincarnations are clever but difficult to follow.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    Lots of Twists

    If you read and loved the first two books read this!!!!!! The whole plot lines twists, charactors you hated you'll love, and the ones you loved you may hate. For instance, everyone who hated the charactor Genivessa will be shocked at how she's changed. Coel becomes sweeter after earning place as a king, while sadly Brutus is as stubborn as ever. Cornilia is Asterins whore in this book but what she expects to be a life of misery really isn't. Aeridane is back and a total b****. Why she was put into the books i don;t know. This isn;t the best of the series but it will leave you with your jaw wide open and tears in your eyes.

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