The Rose of the World (Fool's Gold Fantasy Series #3)

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The brilliant conclusion to the "fascinating" (Anne McCaffrey) Fool's Gold trilogy, The Rose of the World features one of the most dynamic and charismatic heroines to ever grace the pages of a fantasy novel. The godlike entity, Rosa Eldi, has escaped the clutches of the evil sorcerer Rahe. But will she regain her memory and restore her world before man's baser nature triumphs and brings ruin to Elda forever?

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Overview

The brilliant conclusion to the "fascinating" (Anne McCaffrey) Fool's Gold trilogy, The Rose of the World features one of the most dynamic and charismatic heroines to ever grace the pages of a fantasy novel. The godlike entity, Rosa Eldi, has escaped the clutches of the evil sorcerer Rahe. But will she regain her memory and restore her world before man's baser nature triumphs and brings ruin to Elda forever?

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The Sesame Street song "Everyone Makes Mistakes" could easily be the theme for Fisher's ponderous finale to her Fool's Gold trilogy (after Sorcery Rising and Wild Magic). Whether beguiled by magic or maddened by blood lust, or because they're just not very bright, none of the residents of the fantasy world of Elda seems capable of making a sensible decision. The goddess-like Rosa Eldi struggles to regain her memories and control her power after centuries of enslavement by Rahe the Mage. As war rages, the insane Lord Tycho Issian of Istria steals Rosa away from her husband, King Ravn of Eyra. Rahe teams with Ravn in hopes of taking Rosa for himself, but in their desperation, Rahe and Ravn ignore their better judgment and seasoned advisers with predictably disastrous results. Meanwhile, assorted other characters fight, die, are resurrected and die again, mostly due to hasty or uninformed choices. The incongruous all-is-forgiven conclusion, wherein the united deities magically enforce peace and generously re-resurrect their favorite mortals, just emphasizes the apparent moral that people are incapable of running their lives and need gods to make them behave. Only readers who already hold this belief are likely to find Fisher's preachy approach appealing. Agent, Scovil, Chichak, Galen. (Feb. 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Falla, the Rose of the World and one of three deities worshipped on Elda, was abducted by the Sorcerer Rahe and kept as his bodyslave, Falla's powers usurped and her memory erased. Separated from her brother, the god Sirio, who was imprisoned by the Sorcerer far from Falla beneath the Red Peak, even the presence of the third deity, the great Cat Bete, cannot restore her memory. The Sorcerer keeps her in his Sanctuary, located on an island of ice at the top of the world, until his young apprentice Virelai abducts the goddess and returns her to the world. At the annual gathering on the Moonfell Plain, the King of the North, Ravn Asharson, falls hopelessly under the spell of this most beautiful woman in the world and takes her as his bride. In the South, where the goddess's religion has been distorted by torture, burning, and the oppression of women, the southern king is determined to win Rose for himself, by war or treachery. Against this backdrop, a large multicast tapestry of characters provides a firsthand picture of a world at war, one in which obsession and avarice lead to death and destruction and whose fate ultimately depends on the reunification of the three deities and the healing power of love. The author successfully brings the adventures of this large cast of characters to a close. Fans of complex, large-scale fantasies featuring strong-willed women and nonstop suspense will enjoy the third volume of this rich, complex epic fantasy, Fool's Gold. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2005, DAW, 576p., Ages 15 to Adult.
—Bonnie Kunzel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756403379
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Series: Fool's Gold Fantasy Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2007

    the rose of the world

    The ending that was so long waited for was a bit lack luster. Nothing was finished it was ended in the middle of a scene, very disappointing.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A WONDERFUL FANTASY

    Three benevolent beings, the Woman, the Man and the Beast (dog) watched over the world of Elda making it a land of harmony, peace, and love. This idyllic world dissolved into chaos when Rahe, the most powerful sorcerer that ever lived kidnapped the Beast and the Woman, and buried the Man in a place to die. The Woman, the Rosa Eldi was stripped of her memories and her magic and taken to Rahe¿s hidden ice fortress where he siphoned off her powers and that of the Beast, making him more powerful and dangerous................................ When Rahe¿s apprentice stole the Rose of the World and the Beast, magic returned to the world. At a trade fair, the King of the North, Ravn and the Lord of them South Tycho Issianm saw the Rose of the World and wanted her. Ravn won but Tycho Issian swore he would get her for himself. He coaxed the population into making war on the north. While this political intrigue takes place, the Rose of the World remembers who she is and is horrified that the world is a hateful place of petty wars and enmity between the north and the south. It is something she won¿t stand for as the Woman plans to find the Man and the Beast so they can return Elda to what it once was........................ The third book in the Fool¿s Gold fantasy series ties up all the loose ends, answering all questions satisfactorily while rewarding readers with a fantastic climax. THE ROSE OF THE WORLD is more epic in scope, so the various sub-plots tie seamless back to the main storyline as readers understand why each sub-plot was necessary to make this romantic fantasy a complex and fulfilling work................... Harriet Klausner

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