The Usurper (King Rolen's Kin Series #3)

The Usurper (King Rolen's Kin Series #3)

by Rowena Cory Daniells
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The Usurper (King Rolen's Kin Series #3) by Rowena Cory Daniells

The third, and final, book in a major new fantasy trilogy.

Now a slave, Piro finds herself in the Merofynian Palace where, if her real identity is discovered, she will be executed. Meanwhile, Fyn is desperate to help his brother, Bryen, who is now the uncrowned King. Bryen never sought power but now he finds himself at the centre of a dangerous resistance movement as the people of Rolencia flee vicious invaders. How can Byren defeat the invaders, when half his warriors are women and children, and the other half are untrained boys and old men?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907519079
Publisher: Rebellion
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: King Rolen's Kin Series , #3
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 4.38(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Rowena Cory Daniells is the renowned writer behind the The Last T’en trilogy. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and six children. King Rolen’s Kin - The Bastard Son marks the begining of a major new fantasy trilogy.

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The Usurper (King Rolen's Kin Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was very hard to put down, once you start you had to finish.
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Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
Picking up where she left off in The Uncrowned King, Rowena Cory Daniells brings her King Rolen's King trilogy to a close (if not an altogether tidy conclusion) with The Usurper. This final instalment begins much as we would expect, with King Byren quietly raising a rebellion under the nose of his cousin, Lord Cobalt. Although largely consisting of young boys, maimed men, and resourceful old women, the fate of his arm slowly begins to turn with the emergence of the last living warrior monks. Together, they sneak over hidden passes, led by Orrie and Florin, to recruit the support of the same warlords who swore fealty to his father just months before. Meanwhile, Piro and Fyn find themselves on the other side of the world, prisoners of tyrants and pirates. It is here that the novel really shines, with the development of some intricate political manoeuvring, backstabbing, conspiracies, and secrets. The friendship between Piro and Isolt is an intriguing development, bridging the warring factions, of you will, and offering a glimmer of hope for a peaceful future. Fyn, meanwhile, is forced to confront his fears, to sacrifice his future, and to take a role in the conflict that his status as a monk would have once forbid. As the three becoming entangled with Tyro, agent of the mysterious Mage, the story takes an interesting and dramatic turn. Espionage and hidden agendas come to the forefront, with allies turning up in the most unexpected places, and treachery looming in ever shadow. The climactic battle of Rolencia that we had been expecting never comes to pass, with the story centring instead around a more intimate battle of wills. Palatyne and Byren do get their final confrontation, but within the distant halls of Merofynia. Even then, the outcome is not what we've come to expect, but there is a sort of poetic justice in how it all works out. Like I said earlier, it doesn't completely resolve the story line (there's still a traitorous cousin in charge across the sea), robbing us of possibly the most anticipated showdown in the series, but it does offer us hope for a successful resolution. Should this turn out to be the end of the series, I would have to admit to a little disappointment. There are too many questions left unanswered, too many relationships left in limbo, and too much violence left off the page. The story really does demand one more volume but, should that come to pass, it wouldn't take much to transform that disappointment into satisfaction.
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panc_jefe More than 1 year ago
This is simply one of the worst fantasies I have read in 20 years. I bought them as a trilogy while I went on a long trip. It was all I had to read. I never would have bought the second two if I read the first one first. They are all awful. The characters are thin, weak, and pathetic. The plot line is worse. Everyone feels guilty for everything, the jumps from place to place are impossible, and after three volumes, there is NO satisfying ending. What a complete waste.
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ishkahide More than 1 year ago
i loved how the story twists and turns throughout all 3 books. but i wonder, is there gonna be a 4th book to tie up all loose ends? would love to find out how he retakes his throne of rolencia.
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AnimeAddict More than 1 year ago
This series is not one of the best written that I have ever read however it does keep the action going and the characters are fun. I really wish that this book had ended the series however. There were a lot of twists and turns that were interesting but could have been left out to move the plot along a little faster. There was also a lot of reminiscing about past events that dragged it down and most of it was about things that didn't get resolved in this book anyway. Still, I will probably get the next book too.