Divine Talisman (Legend of Asahiel Series #3)

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To protect his people from the demonic Illysp, Torin, king of Alson, made the ultimate sacrifice. Now his best friend and his former love seek to salvage the shattered lands beyond their borders.

But a treacherous assault costs them their most powerful weapon—the fabled Crimson Sword.

Hopelessly outmatched, Pentania's citizens must flee their conquered homeland or else perish. And now the Leviathan has been awakened—an unfathomable creature ...

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Overview

To protect his people from the demonic Illysp, Torin, king of Alson, made the ultimate sacrifice. Now his best friend and his former love seek to salvage the shattered lands beyond their borders.

But a treacherous assault costs them their most powerful weapon—the fabled Crimson Sword.

Hopelessly outmatched, Pentania's citizens must flee their conquered homeland or else perish. And now the Leviathan has been awakened—an unfathomable creature whose wrath could single-handedly destroy the entire world. Scant hope remains—save for the possibly futile efforts of a lone elf, a mad witch, and a fallen hero charged with unraveling a series of divine riddles. But doom is inevitable, unless they can somehow break the powerful bonds of a fiendish, insidious possession.

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Editorial Reviews

James Rollins
"Written in a cinematic style, here is a novel both intimate in detail, yet breathaking in scope. It’s a brilliant odyssey that stays with you long after you turn the last page. I envy those who haven’t discovered this world yet."
—James Rollins
“Written in a cinematic style, here is a novel both intimate in detail, yet breathaking in scope. It’s a brilliant odyssey that stays with you long after you turn the last page. I envy those who haven’t discovered this world yet.”
--James Rollins
“Written in a cinematic style, here is a novel both intimate in detail, yet breathaking in scope. It’s a brilliant odyssey that stays with you long after you turn the last page. I envy those who haven’t discovered this world yet.”
Publishers Weekly

The gory final Legend of Asahiel novel (after 2006's The Obsidian Key) brings this grim fantasy epic to conclusion with plenty of violence and magical mayhem. The dreaded Illysp pressure the forces of good in Pentania with their Illychar, monsters created from the bodies and memories of the dead. Krynwall, capital of Alson, reels from the death of Torin, last bearer of the Crimson Sword, and a power struggle erupts among the city's leaders. Matters worsen when Torin's body is inhabited by the Illychar called Itz lar Thrakkon, "the Boundless One." Only half-elven Annleia, daughter of the last Vandari elf, can battle Thrakkon and petition the ancient Dragon God Ravar to learn how to destroy the Illysp once and for all. The final chapter of this dense trilogy is not for new readers, but those familiar with previous events will be satisfied with its sneering villains, bloody battles and decisive climax. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060741556
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: Legend of Asahiel Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 645,283
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

After washing out as a college quarterback, Eldon Thompson returned to his first love, writing. Unfortunately, he's found wrestling plots and characters to be every bit as rough—though with less physical bruising. The author of The Crimson Sword and The Obsidian Key, he splits his time between the Oregon coast and Southern California.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    Major Let Down

    The first book 'Crimson Sword' was really good. The second 'Obsidian Key' was truly fantastic despite the no-show from Kylac Khronus. But this last book really let me down. A few characters were completely forgotten. So many things were left unsaid. And whats worse is this book was the last.....I was heartbroken because book 2 was so incredible. I just hope Mr. thompson decides to return us again to Pentania.....

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    An awesome book

    Eldon Thompson's final installment in the trilogy exceeds all expectations. From a strictly literary perspective, his characters reach full development and his plots evolve into complete resolutions. From a reader who enjoys adventures, it's warm and exciting. He makes you feel like you are there, seeing it, feeling it, being it! What a great read! Everyone should own a copy.

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  • Posted February 3, 2009

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    Excellent

    All around good fantasy trilogy. I have to admit though I was a little put off by the ending of the second book and almost didn't read this one. I am glad I did, my fears were unfounded and this book was awesome. I highly recommend this read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    A must read

    Brilliant! Adventure, excitement, intrigue, this is what great fantasy used to be like. You won't be able to stop turning pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

    exhilarating good vs. evil fantasy

    On the island continent of Pentania, to save his people, former mushroom farmer, King Torin of Alson, the bearer of the legendary Crimson Sword, sacrificed himself. However his death bought time for his people to unite the country against the horde of the evil Illysp, but the capital is divided into warring factions grasping for power civil war is imminent at a time when the Illysp send their even more malevolent once dead Illychar to destroy and recruit all in their path. Adding to the certainty of defeat, death, and reincarnation as a mindless evil Illychar, is the only symbol of hope, the Crimson Sword which is lost. --- No one is aware that Itz lar Thrakkon 'the Boundless One' Illychar has possessed Torin¿s body obtaining his memories. The final hope resides with the half-breed daughter of the last Vandari elf this half-elven Annleia must defeat Thrakkon and beg the all knowledgeable Dragon God Ravar to reveal how to vanquish the Illysp if there is a way three impossible tasks. --- The final tale in The Legend of Asahiel saga (see THE CRIMSON SWORD and THE OBSIDIAN KEY) is an exhilarating good vs. evil fantasy with a marvelous twist, the fate of Torin that provides freshness to the typical quest saga that is much of the makeup of this thriller. The story line is fast-paced as Annleia becomes the last resort hero with no chance of success at achieving any of her BHAGs let alone all three. Fans of the series will appreciate this fine entry but new readers would be better suited to read the previous books, especially THE OBSIDIAN KEY, to better understand how things got so desperate on Pentania. --- Harriet Klausner

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