Triumph of the Darksword Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 1997
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But what others call a "refreshing twist" is, IMHO, committing one of the cardinal sins of poor writing. A good author resolves a plot - characters' motivations get worked out, events progress to some natural conclusion, happy, sad, neutral, disturbing, or otherwise. Questions, at least some of them, get answered.
Weak authors build up piles of tension and intrigue then discover they've planned no way out. So instead of resolving plots and characters, they bring in new material that simply makes the previous thousand pages irrelevant.
Nations stand at the brink of war. Our hero is caught and conflicted, feeling responsible for the impending havoc. Each side thinks the other posesses the secret weapon. The motivations, hopes, and dreams of a few dozen supporting characters are balanced on the proverbial knife. The reader is on seats' edge, wondering which noble hearts will receive an unjust end, and whether villains will prosper or bleed out on the end of a white knight's sword.
When all of a sudden, a nameless, faceless force (farce?) with no logical motivation and with whom the reader has no relationship shows up and slaughters everyone. Can't figure out how to resolve that military hero, dear author? One blink of a tank's laser iris, and your conundrum vanishes - along with your reader's sense of resolution.
The series' most entertaining character and biggest enigma, Simkin, simply vanishes, with no explanation whatsoever except for some unsatisfactory handwaving in a weak and aimless epilogue.
Fun story, interesting characters throughout the trilogy. The ending, ashes and emptiness, sans denouement.Read more ›
I've re-read the entire trilogy in the span of the past six days, it being difficult to do anything else. Weis and Hickman, with their writing genius, know how to draw a person into a new world and keep them there. While more military in nature than magical, this book and its events conclude the Prophecy that bound them all together, drawing everything to a close in an unexpected way, but is still tinged with hope. Included in this final book is an appendix describing the game of tarok.
Okay. "Triumph of the Darksword" is a Five because of its flipping back and forth. You like Major Boris because he represents the good military man we know, but on the side of Thimhallan, who you've been following since the beginning, he and Menju represent everything evil to them- Technologists, Dead people who use the old art of Technology to destroy and annex and basically do bad things. The characters in this novel were as true to form as ever, and fit their molds in the Prophecy as expected (though I was a little put out at what happens to Simkin) and the plot is pretty good, as far as fantasy goes.
Personally, I liked the second book of the trilogy best, as far as character actions went. But for the plot and results of the entire trilogy- this one was the best. Read it and you'll fall in love.
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Yes yes yes, I understand that the book did not end the trilogy in the way ppl wanted not so nicely packaged and in fact a half ending that leaves you longing for more, BUT it has... Read morePublished on March 28 2004
Others have critized the way this trilogy ended, with some things left unanswered.. like, who Simkin is, and Joram's friendship with the military, but I found it to be a refreshing... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by Tina
Okay, let me be fair...the first two books were pretty good. Actually, when Garald taught Joram how to fence in Doom of the Darksword, I found that to be one of the greatest... Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2003
I found this book to be a real page-turner. The story went at a quick pace and was very entertaining. There was a twist in this story that many have complained about. Read morePublished on June 17 2003
I found this book to be a real page-turner. The story went at a quick pace and was very entertaining. There was a twist in this story that some have complained about. Read morePublished on June 17 2003
I read Forging the Darksword, Doom of the Darksword, and finally Tirumph of the Darksword, wanting to know how it would come out, and hoping it would get better. It did not. Read morePublished on May 29 2003
Having a great mistrust of medieval history mixed with modern weapons Weis and Hickman did a good mix. Read morePublished on April 12 2003 by R. Reinhart
First two books of the trilogy? Terrific. Great characters, interesting world, etc. And then came the third book. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2002 by Vatis
Read the first two books and then make up your own ending.
If you read this book, it will ruin the first two for you.
So resist the temptation. Read more