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FALL OF PRINCES Mass Market Paperback – Oct 8 1993

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Oct. 8 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812556445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812556445
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 15.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
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Two princes of mutually hostile lands find themselves thrown together in a battle for survival that forges an unlikely bond between them that could saveor destroyboth their kingdoms. The author of "The Hound and the Falcon" trilogy brings her latest three-volume work to a startling conclusion in a fast-paced novel that stands on its own as a strong, intelligent fantasy. Recommended for all fantasy collections. JC
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa29aa240) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2454330) out of 5 stars It's actually 2.5 stars but I can't find the .5 button Oct. 28 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For three quarters of the book, I was really enjoying it. So much so, I was going to rate it 4 stars, if not 5. But then the author chose the easy way out of the major problem her two main characters faced - it was such a cop-out, it ruined the rest of the book. I almost stopped reading right there, but decided to finish it since I was almost done. It really is disappointing. What made it even worse was the reactions of the characters to the solution. Suspension of belief only goes so far, even in fantasy novels. It was such a life altering solution, they way the characters reacted to it before it was implemented, during, and after (especially after) was just not believable. It was quite ridiculous actually. I would tell you what the author did, but if I had to go through that annoyance, so do you!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2c831a4) out of 5 stars Gripping for 1/2 of it, falls flat at end Nov. 29 2004
By Lavalamp - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had read the first two novels in this series, so I was pretty psyched to read this one. The book is strong in the beginning, and the intense relationship between Hirel (an emperor's son) and Prince Sarevan is enough to carry it through quite well until the halfway mark, where the author descends into a jumbled mix of convoluted reasoning and ill-conceived plot moves that destroys the whole thing. I won't tell you how it ends or how Judith Tarr resolves the stated "impossible" problem of her two very MALE princes falling in love, but I will say this; I nearly ripped the book in half when I realized the path she was taking. What an utter cop out.
HASH(0xa1dade58) out of 5 stars Fantastic characters, high adventure and musical prose. May 4 2016
By Jax - Published on
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Other folks have given a sysnopisis and offered explaination on a contentious plot twist. I'm just here to burble. I loved the first two books in the Avaryan Rising Series; but this is the book I return to again and again. Tarr's use of language and turn of phrase always faacinate me. Her characters are complex beings, who defy classic fantasy stereotypes. Thwy always think as they speak, and what they speak is more poetry than prose. Even in the midst of high adventure and seemingly impossible romance, there's magic in her words as much as in the worlds she creates. This book could stand on its on, but shouldn't. If you've not read the first two books, read them - and then read this one, then read them all again just for the beauty of the thing.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c0cabc) out of 5 stars So much drama! Oct. 28 2014
By Kat Hooper - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. We review SFF, horror, and comics for adults and kids, in print and audio daily.

In this third novel of Judith Tarr’s AVARYAN RISING trilogy (which probably could stand alone), it’s been 15 years since the events of the previous book, The Lady of Han-Gilen. Mirain and Elian now have a teenage son named Saraven who is heir to the throne of his country. One day Saraven saves the life of Hirel, the son of the king of a neighboring kingdom. At first they have nothing in common and even despise each other, but after enduring a series of accidental adventures which include being captured and escaping a few times, the boys eventually overcome their prejudices and become friends. When they make several unsuccessful attempts to stop their fathers from destroying each others’ kingdoms, they end up resorting to a bizarre solution that shocks everybody (including me). As young leaders, they make a sacrifice to save their people, but the path they choose turns out to be even more dangerous than they expected.

A Fall of Princes has a couple of likeable protagonists, a unique plot, and a totally unexpected plot twist. Like The Hall of the Mountain King (the first book in the trilogy) and unlike The Lady of Han-Gilen (the second book), it also has several touching moments and produces some thought-provoking scenarios. I don’t want to give too many specifics, for fear of spoiling the plot twist, but one thing A Fall of Princes does well is to explore the nature of prejudice. According to psychologists, the fastest and most effective way to reduce prejudice is to spend time (preferably working together) with the people you have prejudiced attitudes about. In A Fall of Princes, Tarr forces her protagonists to work together and shows us how they come to understand and appreciate their differences.

Unfortunately (and like the previous novel), the plot moves at a glacial pace. Characters are given intense focus as they think, talk, or otherwise interact with each other. There are many moments where, for example, one character touches another, that take minutes to describe. We see a lot of riding, bathing, eating, and braiding of hair. Also lots of slapping, glaring, scowling, shivering, and fist clenching. The characters spend hours waffling over their feelings for each other. Do they hate each other? Do they love each other? Are they enemies, brothers, or lovers? There’s so much talking and SO MUCH DRAMA! Repetitive drama. The same kind of repetitive drama as in the last book. Oh, I already said that.

Again, Jonathan Davis gives a wonderful performance in Audible Studio’s version of A Fall of Princes, but he can’t save it from being another mostly boring angst-fest. A Fall of Princes is over 18 hours long on audio, but only about 5 of those hours are actually entertaining.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c60c24) out of 5 stars No, it's not a "cop-out" (possible spoiler if you haven't read it) Aug. 18 2015
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I would like to address the comments made by some reviewers as to the plot twist they consider "a cop out." It's my belief that you are looking at this story from the wrong perspective. The point of this story is not a male/male romance (I enjoy m/m, but this isn't one). If it were, and IF the author had written herself into a corner and saw no other way out, then yes, the plot twist criticized by other reviewers would then be a much less satisfying conclusion. However, Tarr is not the kind of writer to make such a mistake. The solution to the two male leads' dilemma is hinted at throughout the story, including the constant references to Sarevan's beauty, the bit of backstory in which he was forced to live in the mind of a pregnant woman until she gave birth, as punishment for his having spied on her and causing her pregnancy through his magic, and the fact that his own mother Elian had been uncertain of his sex while carrying him (despite her own strong magic that should have been able to tell). There was also a conspiracy of mages that reached back all the way to the first book, which Sarevan knew nothing of until after his transformation. Tarr planned this from the very beginning. It also opens up intriguing questions and speculations about the nature of gender, sex, and love, and how they relate to each other. Looked at from that point of view, it not only fits, it's a fascinating piece of storytelling.