The Sorcerer King (Faerie Path Series #3)

The Sorcerer King (Faerie Path Series #3)

by Frewin Jones

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ISBN-13: 9780060871086
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2008
Series: Faerie Path Series , #3
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.09(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Frewin Jones has always believed in the existence of "other worlds" that we could just step in and out of if we only knew the way. In the Mortal World, Frewin lives in southeast London with a mystical cat called Siouxsie Sioux.

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The Sorcerer King
Book Three of The Faerie Path

Chapter One

Tania stared through the arched stone window at the vast blue skies of Faerie. She could hardly believe that her sisters; her mother, Titania; and her beloved Edric were alive, and that they had all managed to get back into the Immortal Realm. They were safe for the moment in the upper room of Bonwn Tyr—the brown tower that stood in the parklands between the deep, dense vastness of Esgarth Forest and the expanse of the Royal Palace.

Her joy at their miraculous escape did not last long—she saw immediately that something was badly wrong in Faerie.

Zara stood at her side. "Some great evil has befallen the land," she said. "High summer should lie over Faerie. It is not yet the Solstice Day, and yet the trees are withering as if in the grip of a premature autumn."

Tania had been in Faerie only a few days ago, and then the slender aspen trees surrounding the tower had been in full leaf and the grass had grown thick and lush on the hill that sloped down to the palace. But now the aspens were dying and the ground was brown and yellow, the grasses shriveled as if from a whole season of drought. Farther away, the leaves of the forest were shrouded in dark, autumnal colors.

"What did this?" Tania asked in dismay.

"It is the influence of the Sorcerer King," said Queen Titania, coming up behind her. "Sickness and death follow wherever he treads. Let us hope that the whole Realm is not so badly affected." The Queen's eyes glinted. "But while the Royal House of Faerie survives, Faerie will never be completely ruined."

Tania leaned from thewindow, peering through the bleak branches. Her heart quickened. "There are some Gray Knights down there!" she hissed in alarm. "Two of them. In the trees."

Edric caught hold of her arm and drew her back. "Don't let them see you," he said.

"Why should we not?" declared Cordelia. "It is time to take the battle to the Sorcerer King. Let us destroy the evil creatures and be done with it."

"I'm not sure it's such a good idea to pick a fight right now," Tania said. "They don't know we're in Faerie. We should try and keep it that way for as long as possible."

"Tania is right," said the Queen. "We'll make our way to the palace without being seen. If the Sorcerer King's forces are alerted to our presence, it will make our search for Oberon all the more difficult." She looked at her daughters. "But we should take a few moments to assess our injuries." She frowned. "Cordelia, your arm is bleeding."

"We have no time for licking our wounds!" Cordelia exclaimed.

"Yet it would avail us nothing were you to faint from blood loss," said Sancha. She stooped and tore a strip off the hem of her skirt. Reluctantly, Cordelia allowed her sister to bind the cut on her left arm.

"And now let us be gone from here," said Zara. "But there is only one way out of the tower. How are we to pass the guards unseen?"

"By giving them some other quarry to chase," said Cordelia. "Come, I will show you how we may escape." She walked to the winding stone stairway that led down to the ground floor and up to the flat roof. She stared upward for a moment, then looked uneasily back at them. "We must prepare ourselves for the worst," she said. "It may be that we will find Eden's body on the roof."

A terrible, horror-struck silence filled the tower at that dreadful thought. Titania put her hand over her mouth, her eyes hollow with anguish.

Eden had led Zara and Sancha and Cordelia here and had opened a hole between the worlds—but she had not followed them into the Mortal World. It seemed all too possible to Tania that the Gray Knights that had been pursuing them had killed her.

"If she is dead, then we must bear the pain of it," Sancha said, her voice trembling. "But let us pray it is not so."

Cordelia began to mount the stone steps. Titania followed, and Tania could see the dread in the Queen's eyes as she climbed toward the hatchway in the roof. Tania and Edric came next, and finally Sancha and Zara. The trapdoor had been forced open and smashed—damage that Tania guessed had been done when Eden and her sisters had fled here with the Gray Knights on their heels.

Tania's heart thumped sickeningly and a horrible pain grew in her stomach as she approached the broken trapdoor. But when her head came out into the open, she saw that the flat stone flags of the roof were bare, save for a ring of blackened markings like fire scorches on the stones.

"Eden did not die here," Cordelia said.

They all came up onto the roof. "Was she captured, mayhap?" Sancha asked. "Could it be she is their prisoner?"

"She may have escaped them altogether," Zara said. "She is very powerful."

Edric touched Tania's arm. She turned to him and saw that he was staring southward with an appalled look on his face. Titania had moved to the southern side of the waist-high stone balustrade, her body stiff and tense, her hands tightened into white fists at her sides as she gazed at the Royal Palace.

Tania let out a gasp of shock. A scene of utter devastation met her eyes. The Privy Gardens that lay between the parklands and the palace had been laid waste. It was as if some hideous disease had passed over the flower beds and lovingly tended groves of trees, leaving only bare bones and blasted earth. The fountains were dry and many of the statues that decorated the pathways had been broken or knocked down.

Beyond the blistered gardens, a haze of dirty gray smoke hung over the palace. Here and there from blackened windows and collapsed roofs, spirals of darker smoke curled into the sky. The palace was vast, and Tania could see that much of it was still undamaged—the high red-brick walls of countless towers and turrets and buildings and halls still standing proud along the river's winding course—but the Royal Apartments, the parts of the palace that Tania knew best, had been seared and scarred by fire.

The Sorcerer King
Book Three of The Faerie Path
. Copyright © by Frewin Jones. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was definetly one of the best books in the Faerie Path Series! It has an extremely exciting ending and I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasties! I cried reading this book. Frewin Jones does an excellent job on giving you a mental immage on whats happening in the book. Its like a movie playing in my head. I finished the book in a couple of days and I'm really sad that this is going to be the last book in the series. I feel like there is a lot more to be explained 'you will understand once you read it'. Trust me this is an outstanding book that will make you cry at times, cringe, and explode!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sorcerer King, the third book in The Faerie Path series, is definitely the most magical and exciting book of the three as Tania returns to the Realm of Faerie after her search for Queen Titania. Unfortunately, however, the great Sorcerer of Lyonesse, with his right-hand man Gabriel Drake by his side, has taken over Faerie and it is up to Tania and her sisters to find King Oberon and free him from wherever he is being held captive. They also face the seemingly impossible task of defeating the Sorcerer King and his army of frightening Gray Knights once and for all so Faerie may finally see peace. Of the three books in The Faerie Path, The Sorcerer King is also the darkest, as readers encounter his brutality to the prisoners of Faerie and the cold, evil island of Ynis Maw, as well as war, pain, and death. All of these dark elements are added into the book, which helps achieve the sheer reality of how not even a world such as Faerie is all happiness and sunshine. Despite the fact that it is a much darker book, however, Frewin Jones skillfully obtains the magical elements that captured readers¿ hearts in the first place. Readers will find themselves immersed in the wondrous places and beings of Faerie as well as even more mystical powers than before. It can also be argued that The Sorcerer King is perhaps the most magical and mystical of all the books, seeing as a majority of it takes place in the numerous lands of Faerie that are introduced in this adventure. Jones¿ descriptions of each of these locations paint vivid pictures in the minds of her readers and it¿s almost impossible not to imagine the horror of Ynis Maw or the beauty of a Faerie sunrise. All in all, the never ending excitement and pure joy that comes from reading this book will surely keep readers turning the pages until the last word has been read. The Faerie Path and, more specifically, the Sorcerer King are adventures that will not be soon forgotten in the minds and hearts of those who choose to delve into the Immortal Realm of Faerie.
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This book had me on my toes at many times. It made me bawl like a baby at the end, but many times giggling, too. It was enjoyable, and don't worry there is a forth out and 5th soon to come. **hint hint
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LiadanESM More than 1 year ago
First, this is (thankfully), NOT the last book in the series. #4, "The Immortal Realm," comes out May 09. Great, huh? So, #3. Tania returns Titania back to her Realm, and just in time. The evil King of Lyonesse has been broken free and is destroying all of Faerie. Tania, her sisters, mother and her love-Edric, must find a way to free her royal father and defeat the Sor. King. The storyline had a lot of potential, but...here's where I break from the other reviewers and say this book could have been better. F. Jones is a great storywriter, and that's the very reason I only gave this book 3 stars- she has the ability to do better than this. So, for those of you who say I might be too harsh on her, I do it because I know she has more talent than this bk. showed. I read it 3X's to be sure I was being objective, and yes, she is capable of a better telling than this. So, that's why I hope she goes back and expands the story and gives us a more thorough telling, hence a 2nd Ed. Now, here are the reasons WHY I feel as I do. For starters, the Sor. King could have been a more menacing villain. We barely see him in the bk. Just a brief stint at the start, and then at the end. Not scary or impressive. If he's really out for revenge after bieng caged for generations, he's NOT gonna just sit on a throne and let someone else do the hunting for him. And then at the end, I'm sorry, but the fight between him and Tania (w/ her parents to help) was too fast and not believable. The whole story had this pace and feeling like Jones was just trying to get it written and published ASAP- like she was racing deadlines or something. Also, Tania and her friends heavily depended on coincedences to save the day: Tania comes to a castle of a Faerie lord under attack just after being given a talisman that can save them/Tania, Cordy and Edric are barraged by deadly unicorns and a man just happens to be there to save them/Tania's sister Rathina comes back to their side on the eve of battle and they just happen to need all 7 sisters to defeat the Sor. King./the Sor. King just happens to need to be beaten by someone niether mortal nor Faerie and Tania just happens to be both/Tania, Edric and Cordy fall off a cliff and whales just happen to be there to save them from drowning/The day of battle Gabriel plans to use his wicked hold over Tania to ensure she loses and she just happens to develop a way THAT day to keep him out of her head/ etc. etc. etc. See? Also their are other things. Tania and co. go on a long (and boring) journey through Faerie to free her father and little if anything happens. You basically go on a sight seeing tour w/ them- see the pretty flowers? The tall trees? The animals? Yes, the descriptions are great, but the story freezes for it temporarily. Also, in bk.s 2 & 3 Gabriel makes it plain that he has a sort of obsessed attraction to Tania, as he tries to kiss her in #2 and in #3 he plans to spare her in the war so she can marry him...but while in #2 he hunts her viciously in #3, you barely see him even though in the series he's more the arch villain than the Sor. King. What happens? You don't see him, then he gets killed and that's it? In 1 & 2 he's a terrible foe after Tania, in #3 he should have been even moreso she they were on his ground (Faerie) and he was after them via the orders of the Sor. King. So...it was a letdown. I didn't feel like Tania and co. were really in danger. So, I hope #4 r
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