The Grand Crusade (DragonCrown War Cycle Series #4)

The Grand Crusade (DragonCrown War Cycle Series #4)

by Michael A. Stackpole
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The Grand Crusade (DragonCrown War Cycle Series #4) by Michael A. Stackpole

In this incredible conclusion to the epic fantasy saga, continuing from When Dragons Rage, New York Times
bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole returns to a world of mystery, prophecy, and magick, where dreams-for better or worse-can come true...

The Grand Crusade

The hope of the future, Will Norrington, prophesied to bring down the northern tyrant Chytrine and redeem the world, is said to be dead, lost in the heart of a fiery volcano. The news has thrown the Council of Kings into a furor and drained the spirit from once united factions. As questions swirl about as to Will's legacy, and even his identity, one thing is clear: a divided alliance lacks power. And this may be exactly the opening Chytrine needs to seize control-and capture the empowering artifact, the DragonCrown-once and for all. Still, Will's friends and comrades remain true to his cause, preparing to continue the fight. Among them is the Vilwanese hero, Kerrigan Reese, and Alyx, groomed to lead an army. Sayce, pregnant with Will's child, must remain behind as the new custodian of the Norrington future in case they fail. But even as they draw up battle plans, with the enemy nearer than they think, a shattering betrayal-and a stunning revelation-may change the course of everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553578515
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/31/2004
Series: DragonCrown War Cycle Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 447,387
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning game and computer designer who now is also an award-winning author (His novel Ghost War was chosen the Best Long-form Fiction by the Academy of Gaming Arts and Design for 2002.) By the time you're reading this, he'll be fully recovered from the rotator cuff injury that slowed his work on this book (Yes, it was indoor soccer. Just because I'd knocked the guy down earlier in the game was no reason he should have taken me into a wall later. He was having a bad day and, shucks, just decided to share.)

Also, by the time you're reading this, he'll have finished The Secret Atlas, the first in a new trilogy of fantasy novels (He'll have finished, or Anne Groell will be tearing her hair out yet again.) Mike spends way too much time on airplanes, playing with his iPod, playing indoor soccer, reading, and trying to figure out why he alternates between first and third person in biographies like this.

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The Grand Crusade (DragonCrown War Cycle Series #4) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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a good end to a good series, with a few neat suprises
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yet another Michael Stackpole trilogy comes to a close, with the forces of good once again conquering the forces of evil. Maybe I've just read too much of this kind of stuff lately, but this book seemed really predictable. Actually, that isn't fair. It was predictable in a macro sense, in that you knew the good guys were going to win. It wasn't predictable in the micro sense, though, as some main characters died surprisingly, and the way that events played was quite unexpected in some situations. Some of it wasn't even forecast, which is a nice touch. Or, rather, it may have been forecast two or even three books prior, but I read those books a few years ago and forget the elements I would need to tie things together beforehand. For example, one of the character's mother disappeared on a lake many years ago, which was mentioned in the first book in the trilogy. She makes an appearance here, just not in the way that you would suspect. And, yes, the final battle does have a sense of Deus Ex Machina, but it didn't happen in quite the way that I would have predicted, which was nice. It's too bad that this book wasn't as surprising as it could have been, but it was still a good read. With around 100 pages to go I feared that it would turn very predictable, but luckily it didn't go that way. A good finish to a good trilogy, though not the author's best work, in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stackpole comes through with a good end to a great series. Perhaps not my favorite Stackpole novel, it is still exellent and a fantastic read. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stackpole's story is full of adventure, interesting characters, and surprising plot twists. I loved it and I hope he writes a new novel soon. TC
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire trilogy and I felt that this last book of Stackpole's was sorely dissapointing. Even though 'Grand Crusade' was a resolution to the story of the heroes,i.e. Will Norington, Princess Alexia, Resolute, Kedyn's Crow, and Kerrigan, I did not like how Will wasn't present until the very end. Furthermore, I did not like the fact that the entire book was mostly situated around the war and not the personal characters. To me, the characters make the book. I did not see much character growth in the resolution, just a continuation of the same characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twenty-five years ago, the Southern rulers were more interested in playing petty political games against one other than destroying the Empress Chytrine. Now she has built up her strength and has captured Fortress Draconis, which allows her hordes of the North to capture some of the southern realms. Her army also hunts for the pieces of the Dragon Crown.

The council of kings meets in Narriz to decide how to fight Chytrine¿s forces, a very hard job since she has turned one of the kings into her enslaved creature. She also walks among them using her magic to pass off as one of the royals. The true heroes of the conference are not the rulers. The champions include Princess Alexia, Prince Erlestoke (who is willing to defy his father if it means killing Chytrine), Alexia¿s lover Kedyn¿s Crow who has fought the empress for a quarter of a century, the powerful mage Kerrigan, and Resolute the Vorquellyn elf who is determined that his homeland will be returned with the fulfillment of the prophecy. These brave souls are steadfast in their quest to regain the lost lands and put an end to Chytrine¿s reign of terror.

This novel is aptly named as the civilized countries of the South (comparable to the European armies wanting to free Jerusalem from Muslim rule) do their part to try to oust the evil ruler and her minions in Aurolan. The various sub-plots showcasing the many heroes give the reader a feeling that after three books, there will be a final resolution, one that is realistic and satisfying. THE GRAND CRUSADE is epic in scope and will appeal to readers who like larger than life fantasy and sword and sorcery sagas.

Harriet Klausner