Shadow Grail #3: Sacrifices

Shadow Grail #3: Sacrifices

by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill
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Shadow Grail #3: Sacrifices by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill

Sacrifices, the third book in the Shadow Grail series by the New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

The students of Oakhurst Academy believe they have triumphed over the Shadow Knights. But Spirit, Burke, Muirin, Loch, and Addie know better. Under the guise of a company called Breakthrough Adventure Systems, the Shadow Knights have actually taken over the campus. The new regime is brutal, designed to turn the students into soldiers wielding both weapons and magic. Anyone who protests disappears.
Desperate, the group decides that Muirin should go undercover to spy on Breakthrough. But Muirin's act is a little too good, and Spirit begins to fear that her friend's loyalties might have truly changed. Surrounded by enemies and friends who suddenly seem like strangers, Spirit has decide who can--and cannot--be trusted.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429997195
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Series: Shadow Grail , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 132,899
File size: 999 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

MERCEDES LACKEY is the author of the Valdemar novels. She has collaborated with Andre Norton on the Elvenbane series and with James Mallory on the bestselling Obsidian Trilogy. She lives with her husband in Oklahoma.

ROSEMARY EDGHILL is a prolific writer in several genres, under her own name and various pseudonyms. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with several cats and several Cavalier King Charles spaniels, which she shows in obedience competitions.

Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Obsidian Trilogy (The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls), the Enduring Flame trilogy (The Phoenix Unchained, The Phoenix Engendered, and The Phoenix Transformed), and The Phoenix Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. She has written many other books, including Trio of Sorcery, Phoenix and Ashes, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist’s model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.

Rosemary Edghill is a prolific writer in several genres, under her own name and various pseudonyms. Her Bast books, witty mysteries featuring a Wiccan amateur detective, were collected in Bell, Book, and Murder. She has also written Regency Romances and fantasy novels, including several collaborations with Mercedes Lackey (Spirits White as Lightning and Mad Maudlin) and Andre Norton (Shadow of Albion and Leopard in Exile).

Edghill lives in upstate New York with several cats and several Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, which she shows in obedience competitions.

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Sacrifices (Shadow Grail Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hoping the story would have moved along more than it did in this book. That doesn't mean though I didn't thoroughly enjoy the story. More sub plots were revealed as well as some sub plots that were resolved from the previous 2 books. For example, with all the power currently available to the antagonists from the first 2 books you wonder why they still maintain the fiction that they are not in complete control. What are they trying to accomplish with this fiction? You find out and I liked the answer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot but somewhat simplistic characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book in one sitting. It was amazing. My only problem now is that I have to wait for the next one in this series.
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Excellent 3rd book in the series. Can't wait for the final one.
aeynera More than 1 year ago
I recall reading the other two books and thinking that they were good, but Sacrifices, the third in the series was good <em>and</em> intense. Really, it was very well done. I'm still wondering who Spirit is in all this Aurthurian legend.
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payton_sage More than 1 year ago
Keep them coming! The third book in the Shadow Grail Series will not leave you feeling disappointed.  Your biggest disappointment will consist of the longing to read the last book in the series. Spirit thought that life at Oakhurst was hard before the Breakthrough doom squad arrived on campus, now she longs for the previous life style at the school.  Practically overnight, the curriculum and school culture turned from prep school for the future leaders of the world to a weird combination of &ldquo;Lord of the Flies&rdquo;, &ldquo;The Wave&rdquo;, and &ldquo;GI Jane&rdquo;.  Pushed past the point of exhaustion, the students of Oakhurst are literally dropping like flies.  No one knows what happened to them, nor is anyone willing to risk actually finding out.   Meanwhile, themes from the Arthurian Legends keep popping up at random times until Spirit and her friends are faced with the undeniable truth that they are part of something that none of them really want to admit to nor can they deny.   Surviving one day at a time becomes a major challenge, but the bigger challenge for Spirit is knowing who to trust.  Added to all of that stress, she has been selected to be a part of the Dance Committee.  Who will turn, who will stay loyal and who will be sacrificed?  You&rsquo;ll just have to read to find out. :D Previously, there were many inconsistencies between &ldquo;Legacies&rdquo; and &ldquo;Conspiracies&rdquo;.  Most of them were cleared up in the opening prologue.  Other previous inconsistencies or laps in forethought by the characters can be explained by the glamourie spell that was cast on the entire school. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book.  I practically read it in one sitting and can&rsquo;t wait for the next installment.   ***Spoilers*** Keep Reading for some of my Theories from &ldquo;Conspiracies&rdquo; debunked:    First, the names of the main character and her sister.  Spirit kind of reminded me of being ghostly since she should be dead.  Then I noted Phoenix, is a mythical creature that is reborn.  I half expected Phoenix's magic to be her rising from the grave without anyone knowing, but this has not happened.   ((Spirit&rsquo;s family is almost beyond a shadow of a doubt dead.  I had really hoped that Phoenix would show up, but she didn&rsquo;t. )) Second, the idea of being called a Legacy could have been easily cleared up.  While Spirit and Loch were looking at the year books, they should have looked up their parents.  Spirit could have also asked to find out what type of powers her parents had, at least then they could have seen what the school came up with.   ((Even Spirit thought that she should have made this connection at one point in the book.  She even thought to consider looking up the Breakthrough people.  However, with new security measures in place, and being beyond exhausted most of the time, she never actually looks into this to verify her hypothesis about the Goon Squad.)) Third, the Destinies are likely linked to the Reincarnates.  Here are my guesses:  Spirit, Unknown, but her ring glowed; Loch, Shield, Sir Lancelot? His nickname means lake and some stories he was raised by the Lady of the Lake; Burke, sword, Sir Gawain since he is known for his kindness and compassion.  He was one of the main Knights of the Round Table; Addie, Chalice, Vivian also known as one of the Ladies in the Lake.  I'm guessing this because of her water gift.  Muirin, raven, possibly King Arthur since he turned into a raven, or Owein who fought King Arthur with ravens, or someone else? Camilla, wolf, Sir Pelleas, who was of low birth.   ((Wither or not the Destinies and the Reincarnates are linked is still pretty much up in the air.  There are only two Knights of the Round Table that were verified in the story.  One is verified, while the other is a theory Spirit has, but she is unwilling to tell that person.  As far as who is who, here are my current guesses: Spirit is Guinevere; Loch is Sir. Lancelot; Burke is King Arthur; and Addie is the Lady of the Lake, and Muirin&rsquo;s Reincarnate was given.)) Fourth, Lizzie is missing and perhaps is Quercus.  My guess is that she's with Ms. Holland.  Another guess for Quercus is Doc A since Quercus is part of the Oak family. ((Yeah, I was totally off with this one.  Lizzie is still missing, but she was mentioned as having been questioned by the Reincarnate of King Mark and Tristan.  So, did they kill her?  I hope not, mainly because one was her husband and the other was her lover and that would really stink for her if they decided to kill her.  Ms. Holland is still MIA she&rsquo;s most likely dead along with most of the previous faculty.  So, who is Quercus?  If it is Doc A, that would be cruel, but I&rsquo;m guessing that is not the case.  Is it possible that he&rsquo;s Merlin, well&hellip; if he is then he is an extremely old version of Merlin.  He could be a member of the staff that went missing or he could be that Wolfman guy? New Theories: First, who is who as far as reincarnates are concerned:  Nimue &ndash; Ms. Groves or Ms. Smith; Gaheris &ndash; Dylan Williams; Gareth &ndash; Joe Rogers Second, Muirin&rsquo;s car should have a tracking device in it.  With a company filled of computer techs, I would bet that&rsquo;s one of the ways the Breakthrough people were spying on them.  That would also explain what happened at the library.   Third, why are Loch and Spirit targets while Addie and Burke aren&rsquo;t?  Again, I think that Loch is Lancelot and Spirit is Gwen.  So, it makes sense to kill them.  I wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised if Addie isn&rsquo;t being kept around because of her money, yes, she was almost killed in the pool, but since she is such a nonthreating type of student they might feel she is capable of being converted.  Unless she&rsquo;s actually the grail.  Then they might need her for something else.  As for Burke, yeah he&rsquo;s a combat mage and that&rsquo;s rare, but why not find another way to off him?  I still think he&rsquo;s Arthur, and perhaps that&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s keeping them from finding other ways to kill him. Forth, there are two types of mages that haven&rsquo;t been to Oakhurst in a long time, a Combat Mage and a Spirit Mage.  Perhaps both Burke and Spirit were previously students at Oakhurst and they were tithed causing the reincarnation cycle to bring them back.  That means that they would have had to been students in the 1980s.  Too bad they can&rsquo;t investigate that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sounds really good. I really want to read it.