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5.0 out of 5 stars Sky of Swords - An exceptional conclusion to the trilogy!, May 23 2004
This review is from: Sky of Swords: A Tale of the King's Blades (Mass Market Paperback)
The first two King's Blades tales, "The Gilded Chain" and "Lord of the Fire Lands" were absolutely phenomenal stories and it only stands to reason that this third one, "Sky of Swords" would carry on that literary excellence and indeed it well does. What makes this third novel that much more interesting is that the entire premise is in contradiction to the conclusion of the first novel "The Gilded Chain" because at the end of "Lord of the Fire Lands" King Ambrose IV is killed off some twenty years prior to when he was killed off in "The Gilded Chain." With superb writing skills that include well tuned pacing and characters with extraordinary depth, Dave Duncan weaves the tale of Malinda, King Ambrose IV's daughter.
The Premise:
This novel is perfect in the sense of overwhelmingly superb political/court intrigue as we follow Princess/Queen Malinda's life from the point of her marriage to Radgar that was briefly described in "The Gilded Chain" and carried out to detail in "Lord of the Fire Lands." Princess Malinda must now find a way to survive as she is in the precarious position of being the heir apparent behind her sickly infant sibling who is king and her [illegitimate]half brother who becomes regent based on King Ambrose IV's will...
What follows from there is nothing less than another stunning success in the King's Blades tales as we're treated to more incredible "history" of the King's Blades and a character in Malinda that is full of depth.
I highly recommend not only this third and final novel in the King's Blades tales but all three just as the author notes in the beginning of each book that they can all be read independently of each other but that would truly leave one in the loop on the overall story. {ssintrepid}
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