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Skybowl The war has not gone well With peace only a memory and the future promising defeat, the sunrunners are facing the greatest test of allfor Skybowl has been abandoned to the enemy and High Prince Pol s wife is held prisoner by their Warlord This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Probably the best of this trilogy, though way too long I think this book featured the largest amount of characters and it s incredibly difficult to figure out who is who still I had to keep referencing the guides at the end of the book to make sure I was thinking of the correct people Even then, still got confused.The plot continues from the previous books, with the Vellant im war still raging and Andry and Pol still at odds, for awhile Then it all comes together in an epic climax that is re Probably the best of this trilogy, though way too long I think this book featured the largest amount of characters and it s incredibly difficult to figure out who is who still I had to keep referencing the guides at the end of the book to make sure I was thinking of the correct people Even then, still got confused.The plot continues from the previous books, with the Vellant im war still raging and Andry and Pol still at odds, for awhile Then it all comes together in an epic climax that is really worth the payoff, truly.The only thing I didn t like was the seemingly random discussion of abortion about halfway through Politics aside, it was jarring to read pro life and pro choice arguments in a sword and sorcery type novel The final book in the Sunnerrunner s world It does not dissapoint The battles are furiuos, the intrigue thick, and the characters engaging as always While I wasn t particularly happy with everyone who ends up dead and those who remain alive it is a war after all not everybody makes it I do love this book It s dufficult to say which I likein this trilogy Stronghold or Skybowl At least Meiglan redeems herself and isn t quite as stupid or insipid as she was when she first was introd The final book in the Sunnerrunner s world It does not dissapoint The battles are furiuos, the intrigue thick, and the characters engaging as always While I wasn t particularly happy with everyone who ends up dead and those who remain alive it is a war after all not everybody makes it I do love this book It s dufficult to say which I likein this trilogy Stronghold or Skybowl At least Meiglan redeems herself and isn t quite as stupid or insipid as she was when she first was introduced and Pol grows up some as well.I like that the end of the book, the end of the war, is also a new beginning which the readers are left to imagine for themselves.I always feel a little sad when I get to the end of this book, closing the pages on a whole world and a whole set of characters, but that just goes to show how great the books and the writing are edited for grammar I wanted this series to endepically than it did It was so close I could feel it building it up, I knew shit was about to go down Some shit did go down, but the final battle did not strike the right chords for me.As was my complaint with the last two books, there are too many characters with too many similar names I m beginning to wonder if I waswilling to keep characters straight when I was younger Or had a better memory I need them to have distinct characteristics and distinct I wanted this series to endepically than it did It was so close I could feel it building it up, I knew shit was about to go down Some shit did go down, but the final battle did not strike the right chords for me.As was my complaint with the last two books, there are too many characters with too many similar names I m beginning to wonder if I waswilling to keep characters straight when I was younger Or had a better memory I need them to have distinct characteristics and distinct introductions or they are gone That was another problem I could keep the names of castles straight, but not who was in charge of them Often someone would be brought into a scene in the context of what they ruled and I always had no idea except for a few characters, of course, where it was really obvious Like Pol, Chiana, and Andry One of the denouements was the giving of land and castles to various vassals and I really badly wanted to skim Who cares who becomes whose heir The series is over I also could not keep track of which minor characters were Sunrunners, though again, some of those were obvious and I had no problem such as Rohannon or Meig.In general the series has a tendency to tell us about an event that could happen, build up to it, and then fizzle This happened multiple times with things about Andry and the trickle of information the reader gets about why the Vellanti m are even there The build ups became meaningless as their climax was hardly worthy of the term.However, I will say this I have a thing for people breaking down and accepting who they are It gets me every damn time It s one of the reasons why I find The Dragon Reborn so epic, why I love super hero origin stories, and really why I love the whole damn genre So when someone heaves that breath, squares their shoulders, and says, Ok, I ll do it, I cannot even There was that moment in this book It s the sort of moment that makes 6 books of fantasy worth reading To me, it was the climax, as the final confrontation was not very impressive Like at all Like it was really disappointing But the moment Pol accepts who he is, that was worth it You can t make epic like that up You have to slowly experience every damn page that comes before it, and then, THEN it is truly epic.Other than that moment, though, the rest of the denouement was disappointing Though I do thoroughly approve of what happened with Sionell I love the main cast but there were too many threads nothing to add see review of The Dragon PrinceI seriously cried when this series ended.

  • Paperback
  • Skybowl
  • Melanie Rawn
  • English
  • 02 August 2018
  • 0330333186

About the Author: Melanie Rawn

Melanie Rawn received a BA in history from Scripps College and worked as a teacher and editor before becoming a writer.She has been nominated for a Locus award on three separate occasions in 1989 for Dragon Prince in the first novel category , in 1994 for Skybowl in the fantasy novel category , and again in 1995 for Ruins of Ambrai in the fantasy novel category.


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