Rebel Prince(CD)(Unabr.) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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'This third in the Moorehawke Trilogy continues the fast and bloody pace, while still capable of being read as a stand-alone. Each character satisfyingly grows exponentially into his or her own potential. Although having been primed to adore him for the f -- RT Magazine 'tight writing, passion and violence, plus plenty of skullduggery and intrigue combine to make this a compelling read' -- Bookfest 'final book in the excellent historical fantasy trilogy' -- Bookfest 'Strongest possible recommendation - although obviously I'd suggest you grab the first couple before reading to get the full story!' -- thebookbag.co.uk 'an amazing conclusion to what's probably become one of my three favourite fantasy trilogies of all time, while Kiernan's thought-provoking writing has made her jump right to the top of the list of authors whose next works I'm eagerly awaiting -- thebookbag.co.uk The Rebel Prince is a fitting final chapter for the series. Wynter's progress 'from dependent young girl to insightful and self-confident woman is a carefully done, and Kiernan's world, full of mysterious wandering tribes, rich history, and the possibilit -- bookgeeks.co.uk 'Celine Kiernan brings her Moorehawke trilogy to a gothically atmospheric ending ... the joy is in the anticipation and the depth of character formation' -- Evening Echo 'Kiernan is a gifted storyteller ... The Moorehawke Trilogy is a debut series to be reckoned with' -- The Civilian Reader 'With a fast-paced plot, well-drawn characters, and a brilliantly-imagined world, The Rebel Prince is a pleasure to read' -- The Civilian Reader 'powerful historical fantasy series ... Kiernan's use of dialogue is strong and her detailed description of the world that the characters inhabit draws the reader in ... as the final instalment of the trilogy, we must also expect a fairly dramatic climax -- Inis Magazine 'This was a wonderful read for me. One I barreled quickly through, not wanting to put the book down ... This was a wonderful end to an amazing trilogy ... I'm proud to say this is one that will stay on the shelves for years to come and I will revisit aga -- My World...in words and pages --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Celine Kiernan was born and raised in Dublin. She studied classical feature character animation and has spent the majority of her working life in the film business. She currently lives in Virginia, county Cavan, Ireland.
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Sadly I have to give this one 3.5 stars due to disappointing ending.
Let me just say I LOVE, LOVE , LOVED this series!! Read in all 3 in less than a week, staying up into the wee hours of the morning more than once.
So why the lower rating you ask? Well, this 3rd installment comes in at almost 100 pages LESS than the previous two and I REALLY felt those pages should have been present and filled with a few payoff scenes for the folks who have invested their time in this series and come to really care about these characters. I REALLY wanted to be there when Christopher got his vengeance. And I really wanted to be there when He and Wyn finally consummated their relationship. We got their first kiss in book one, we got a peek at building passion in book 2, and in this one I'd really hoped we could at least be there for the set up of when they could could come together "in Joy" as they'd been waiting for. After all of the suffering for poor Christopher, I wanted to be there for the first time he made love while actually being in love. Not the whole drawn out thing, but at least the prelude to the big moment.
And what about Razi? Did that situation actually resolve itself or is the author suggesting it didn't matter one way or the other since it was never even addressed? I just felt robbed with it ending the way it did.
I understand how hard it must be to satisfactorily wrap up an awesome, layered, detailed series like this one, and that the author probably found herself needing another book to do it right, or just having to cut herself off at the dramatic climax and skip ahead to do a concise wrap up. Due to time restraint or whatever, she chose the latter, and I for one felt like she sucked the wind out of my sails for doing so- and from the POV of a character we'd never met before to boot! No. Just. No.
Would I recommend this series anyway? Yes, but with the recommendation comes with a warning about the less than stellar ending.
(The Moorehawke Trilogy: Book Three)
Finishing the Moorehawke Trilogy was as satisfying as laying on the couch after eating Thanksgiving dinner. I feel so satiated and happy, and that's basically the feeling that I'm aiming for every time I crack a book. In The Rebel Prince, Celine Kiernan wrote a sophisticated conclusion for this trilogy with no easy answers, and it had me riveted despite the apparent lack of action. Much like the first book, The Poison Throne, there was a lot of cloak and dagger type intrigue, and usually political maneuvering bores me silly, but not so here. Ms. Kiernan makes it work for this plot, and she makes it intelligent and entertaining as well. I'm mentally comparing it to the lengthy passages I had to endure in Jaqueline Carey's Kushiel series, and the Moorehawke Trilogy wins hands down.
The relationships between the characters was so well done I feel like I know these people inside and out, and yet, they still have the capacity to surprise me. Wyn and Christopher's romance is a beautiful, delicate thing, like a butterfly, and I know that it wouldn't take much to crush it to death, but I just want it to live and thrive. The friendship between Razi and Christopher is a true "bromance" in every way, and I just love it when friends mean this much to each other. Alberon is a new character to the story line, but his complicated relationship with his brother Razi was full of surprises as well.
These characterizations are as fine as any I've ever read, and frankly I can't wait to see what Ms. Kiernan writes next. I'm hoping she stays in historical fantasy, because I can never find enough books to satisfy my craving. I highly recommend this trilogy, and to do it right start with The Poison Throne and then The Crowded Shadows.
This final book in The Moorhawke Trilogy is as engrossing as the first two. The characters and their relationships are fascinating, complex and moving, and the best thing about the books. Seeing how they all interact with Alberon is something long-awaited. The world-building and political intrigue is also a strong-point. The various factions at work within and without the kingdom are also interesting. Then there is this hidden machine of death that the king has done everything he could to keep secret...
The excitement and suspense and danger remains throughout the book, building to a fine climax and a satisfying conclusion. I found the overall plot towards the end a little on the weak side, and some of the revelations about what is behind all the strange behavior and upheaval also not quite up to the build-up... but those who have made through the first books and wish to know what's going on and what will happen to these compelling characters should find the read worth-while.
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