Legacy of Kings

Legacy of Kings Book Three of the Magister Trilogy
Legacy of Kings Legacy of Kings Book Three of the Magister Trilogy

  • Title: Legacy of Kings
  • Author: C.S. Friedman
  • ISBN: 9780756406936
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Legacy of Kings”

    1. Legacy of Kings is the final book in C.S. Friedman’s Magister trilogy. Legacy picks up immediately following the events in “Wings of Wrath”. King Salvatore is building his army to make a final stand against the Souleaters all the while trying to come to grips with his lyr blood and how that will affect his faith. Queen Gwenifar is racing against time to train as a guardian and decipher the series of events after her sacrifice on the Throne of Tears in order to unite the lyr bloodline in he [...]

    2. In C.S. Friedman's Legacy of Kings, the conclusion to her Magister Trilogy, the Souleaters have become such a major threat that former enemies are considering becoming allies to end it. Can Salvator reconcile his Penitent faith with the people and powers he might have to work with to save the world from the Souleaters? (Also, is it possible the Souleaters are part of God's plan and he shouldn't get in their way?) Can the Magisters set aside their selfishness and all-consuming urge to protect the [...]

    3. c2011: Look away now! Not sure what is wrong with me but i found this book - boring in places!! I know - sacrilege!! I thoroughly enjoyed the first two in the series and was really looking forward to the conclusion. I found the whole Magister secret thing a bit overplayed and extended. And the more that I thought that it was boring the more guilty I was feeling. If I enjoyed the first 2 how could I not like this one?! Anyway, so it was for me. The final wrap up was a bit unsatisfying for me as w [...]

    4. Ahhhh, this series had so much potentialI really enjoyed the first in the series, mostly because of the anti-heroes and moral dilemmas. I thought it was an interesting look at power and what some people are doing for power.The second book was not great but not bad, just kinda somewhere in the middle. This last one, sadly, ended being a bit disappointing. The "surprise" was not much of a surprise and the build up to the reveal felt too drawn out and, honestly, it just got annoying. Then the endin [...]

    5. I fiiiiinally learnt what Colivar had been hiding. Thanks a lot Colivar, you could have told us beforehaha, I love him.Right, the beginning was a bit confusing and jumpy but then it got better. Colivar is thinking about saving the world. Salvatore is the same religious ass as always, queen Gwen kicks some serious butt, Kalima is conspiring with Colivar and the witch queen is being a real witch.The whole book is leading up to the final battle and the whole what are magisters thing. There will be [...]

    6. A very weak ending to a trilogy that held such promise. I really enjoyed the first book when I read it over 4 years ago. However this book seemed to sideline characters I felt were central in favour of sex-as-redemption. Both aware of the difficulties that women face in patriarchal societies, while falling prey to the typical tropes of the genre. Rather than breaking new ground, this is same old same old in the fantasy stakes.

    7. I had such issues with this series! Here are a few:1. I felt the whole storyline with Andovan was so conveniently and abruptly ended. Though the reader was teased to believe it would develop into something, it never did. I thought that at the very least Kamala would ponder further the morality or issues surrounding Andovan as her consort, but that never happened, either.2. Gwynofar had such potential to be a huge player, and though she was quite powerful and one of my favorite characters in the [...]

    8. As I turn over the last page of the epilogue, I am taken over by a complete and utter sense of satisfaction and fulfilment. When was the last time I picked up a book so enticing that I absolutely could not put it down? When was the last I was so mesmerized by a story that it felt like I was there and witnessing the events myself? I can't remember while basking in the warm after-glow of the pure awesomeness of this piece of writing.The third of the trilogy really tied up the loose ends. It answer [...]

    9. This is the third book of a trilogy but I didn't get the impression that I'd missed out on much so either Friedman is the master of stand-alone but linked books which is possible not having read any other stuff by her, or we didn't need the previous two books. Basically this is what happens when the dragons of Pern and their riders go bad and start sucking life force out of humans in order to survive, and the plot wasn't helped much by the fact that the dragonriders were actually more sympatheti [...]

    10. I like C.S. Friedman and have enjoyed most of her books. But the Magister Trilogy was kind of disappointing. In this third book, even the editing seemed to get lazy, with almost whole sentences being repeated with half a page of each other. Rewrites of passages seem to have been poorly done.In addition to that though, it seems like somewhere along the way this series lost direction. The story was told, but there weren't any interesting plot turns, or even particularly interesting character growt [...]

    11. I had actually avoided this one for awhile, because after loving the first book, and moderately enjoying the second, I'd seen too many reviews which suggested that this last book in the trilogy would be another step suckwards. But it was on the "good new reads" shelf as I walked by at the library, so I grabbed it - and so very, very glad that I did. It was the kind of compelling read that begged me to skip a night out on the town, I just had to finish the book. Satisfying all the way thru to the [...]

    12. It's hard to give this book four stars but I feel it deserves more than three. The plot is great and the characters interesting. On the other hand I often found myself frustrated with the pace of the book, wanting it just to be over with. And about that time something interesting would happen and I would be hooked again.

    13. Excellent book with some very novel creatures, Souleaters. Very good characterisation with Magister Colivar heading up a strong cats. Kamala is a great introduction and breaks all the rules. Lots of intrigue and plots. it's a complete story in a novel with enough remaining for a follow up tale. Good in depth history behind the tale. Good read!

    14. Not as good as most of her other ending works, but still surprisingly satisfying. More thorough review pending a sleep on it.

    15. All the characters are so rich, real, and flawed. The story is extremely well written with an amazingly well though-out magic system. You feel every emotion as if you were in the shoes of each character. Looking forward to reading more by C.S. Friedman!

    16. THIS WAS MINDBLOWING I will carry these characters in my heart forever, and Colivar my tormented ikati, magister and human being I will love you forever you stole my heart and I will always be grateful!!

    17. This was a great conclusion to the series. they were hinting at the ultimate reveal throughout the whole series but I still didn't beleive it. It was great. I was very happy to be surprised.I really thought the soul eater queen was gonna end up turning good again, but I'm happy they didnt, although I wouldn't have minded seeing behind her curtain a little more.

    18. Three years is a long time to wait between parts of a trilogy, especially one as good as Celia Friedman's Magister Trilogy. I'm not someone blessed with great patience, which has made the wait interminable, but finally I get to find out what happened to Kamala and the other Magisters and to see how Salvator Aurelius is coping with being the first Penitent King.After the battle against the ikati, the Witch Queen Sideria Amniesta has vanished and none of the Magisters know where she has gone, with [...]

    19. The plot basically centers on Gwynofar, Salvator, Kamala and Colivar as preparations are made and plans hatched not only to confront and finally vanquish the Souleaters that have trespassed the Wrath, but to come to peace with their past, their beliefs, and their future. It is mostly this group whom we follow through the novel, thought now and then we fortunately get glimpses from Siderea, who now stands in direct opposition to them. As the last book in the trilogy, LoK is supposed to be the cli [...]

    20. I really loved this trilogy, for various reasons:- strong female characters, who have their own agenda and power.- really good characterisation. Everybody has motivations, good and bad character traits, which elevate them from the mere epic fantasy cardboard cutouts they might have been. I don't see Siderea as an evil character. She was deeply hurt by a lot of people, and taking all the power she could in order to protect herself is perfectly reasonable, IMHO. If you turned some things around, t [...]

    21. C.S. Friedman writes easy-to-read, engrossing fantasy with an emphasis on character development. She also writes at a nice pace, publishing every ~1.5yrs, while still delivering rewarding reads.Regarding the Magister and Coldfire Trilogies, I rated (not reviewed) 5 of the 6 books well ( 4+ stars), but Legacy of Kings gets only three. Here is why:1) Character Focus: In both trilogies she has a powerful sorcerer (Tarrant or Colivar) aide other protagonists keep an imbalance of magic from ruining t [...]

    22. Legacy of Kings is something of a letdown for a series that started with so much promise. Friedman doesn't quite reach the same depths of darkness that are shown in the best of her prior work, but the background and premise are intriguing enough to be worth reading.This third volume, as with the second, to some extent, just doesn't seem to have gotten as much authorial or editorial attention as one might hope. The copy editing is occasionally sloppy (typos, word order, punctuation), and that see [...]

    23. Although I enjoyed the conclusion to Friedman's Magister Trilogy, there was something missing from the book that I felt the previous entries in the series had brought to the table. Fans of both Friedman and this trilogy should be pleased, I think, with the conclusion, which answered all the questions one might have had throughout, but ultimately I felt certain developments lacked the emotional depth or weight that events in the previous books had offered.The writing was sharp throughout, and I w [...]

    24. 4.5 out of 5 stars.C.S. Friedman may be one of the most underrated fantasists working today. Her original and compelling settings, fantastically developed characters and ability to keep a story moving while never taking it exactly where the reader expects makes every one of her works an absolute pleasure to read.As the war between humankind and the Souleaters continues to develop, strange alliances are forged and new dangers come to the surface. King Salvator will have to reconcile himself with [...]

    25. The final book in the Magister trilogy was good, but it did leave something to be desired. A large portion of the story was over very quickly ie. someone's death, and the ending was very unfinished. I don't know if the author intends to write more in this series or not but she certainly left the door wide open to do so.Most of the loose ends were tied up. This book revealed some interesting plot points that were certainly being led up to through out the first two books. There were a few things t [...]

    26. I didn't like book one and I didn't like book two much either. The Magisters are fascinating and I very much like the whole idea that magic costs life essence. But liking the world wasn't enough for me to enjoy the story. There were so little likable characters for me. I didn't care much about what would happen to most of them and that took away a lot of reading pleasure. Only halfway through book two started things to get really exciting and at the end I really was curious how things would cont [...]

    27. I would have given this a higher rating but there was a completely unnecessary and disturbing sexual assault scene midway through the book. I loved the concept of magic in this book. It's ties to life essence and how that affects how much a person is willing to sacrifice to cast a spell. There are a multitude of religions in the book, some were more on the nose than others, but they made sense in the world. The juxtaposition of magic and religion wasn't overly explained and felt natural. I appre [...]

    28. Legacy of Kings is the final book in C.S. Friedman’s Magister trilogy. Legacy picks up immediately following the events in Wings of Wrath. Souleaters are threatening to destroy the world under the guidance of witch-queen Siderea Aminestas. Recently crowned King Salvatore is building an army to fight against the monsters while coming to grips with his lyr heritage and how it interacts with his Penitent faith. Even the Magisters have been forced to set aside their preconceived notions and rethin [...]

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