Also, you know more about his companions etc. May 29, Mindy rated it it was ok Shelves: books-read-in , sci-fi-fantasy , epic-fantasy. When I finished this book, my first words were "That was depressing".
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This book just seemed very slow and repetitive. Actually my favorite scenes were the ones at the Collegium. There just didn't seem to be a whole lot going on at House Malech except the same things over and over. Jan 01, Tina rated it liked it Shelves: part-of-series. I would have given this 4 stars, but I was extremely pissed at the abrupt ending. I did not need an extra pages, but an epilogue with a line or 2 would have been nice! Still, I did really enjoy this series : I'll have to read it again when I have calmed down.
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Final book in the trilogy. The ending felt really abrupt. I turned the page, expecting more story, but it was over. Really interesting worldbuilding though.
Magical wines called spellwines. Jan 25, David Szatkowski rated it liked it. This is a good conclusion to the trilogy. The author also ties together and answers the questions raised earlier in the series. However, the ending does come somewhat quietly - no big dramatic ending, but the ending was appropriate to the book. Great use of symbols, plot, and character development throughout the series. I enjoyed all three of these books. In each one, the author was able to build a world that while complex, was quite original. And the magic of the vines and the wine - amazing.
The characters were not terribly deep, but enough to give the story what it needed. Many hints and twists The way Jerzy grew and matured throughout the story culminated in his understanding of the magic and himself. Good enough. Apr 01, Todd rated it really liked it Shelves: adventure , science-fiction , fantasy , for-review.
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After a long and intriguing journey, Laura Anne Gilman finally brings the Vineart saga to a close in her third novel in the series, The Shattered Vine. After the climactic end to the second book in the series, Weight of Stone, which involved Jerzy narrowly saving the lives of his friends from a magical sea serpent, I could not wait to get started on what I hoped was just as exciting of a finish to this Vineart war.
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Just as I predicted, Gilman did not disappoint, and this trilogy will go down as After a long and intriguing journey, Laura Anne Gilman finally brings the Vineart saga to a close in her third novel in the series, The Shattered Vine. This man, along with Ximen, the leader of the people in this barren land, aim to enact revenge against those in the Lands Vin for what they feel was a banishment of their people by those in power seven generations ago.
The power of the vine-mage is immense, as he uses mass sacrifices in order to gain the power necessary to decant spells that cross huge distances and wreak havoc on all those in the Lands Vin. The outlook looks bleak, but there is one person who can stand in the path of this menace.
His powers have been steadily increasing since his inception as a Vineart with the death of Master Malech. Although his quiet magic has been increasing to such a point that he is not sure as to whether it will consume him or not, he feels the elements of all the grapes he has encountered on his long journey, mixing and building on one another to make a magic that knows no boundaries.
Will Jerzy be able to find the strength and magic within him to take on Ximen and the vine mage? Will his friends be able to help him or will they be struck down in the battle?
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She is quite the epic writer, and the amazing way in which she pulls all of the far-flung plot pieces together for one last hurrah is quite amazing. This character-centric focus makes all of her books in this series different from your typical sci-fi fare, and is a really refreshing and enjoyable approach. Check it out here. Again, a wonderful work by Gilman that definitely made me happy that I was able to travel with Jerzy and company through this amazing story. Oct 07, Bea rated it really liked it Shelves: reviews , read-in , beas-book-nook , fantasy.
Teaser: It happened so fast, nobody, not even the solitaire, could react in time. From a nearly frozen tableau, the hound released Mahault's hands and lurched forward, knocking her backward onto the flagstone floor, her head making a hard thunk as it hit. Her hands, released, came up, but even as Kainam was reaching for his blade to kill the beast, Jerzy had his hand on the hilt, stopping him. The Vineart didn't remember moving, had not taken his eyes off Mahault long enoug Teaser: It happened so fast, nobody, not even the solitaire, could react in time.
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The Vineart didn't remember moving, had not taken his eyes off Mahault long enough to see the princeling move, and yet his gesture had been unerring. I'm a big fan.
She writes clearly, intelligently, with depth and a keen eye. Her characters, whether Talent magic workers in contemporary New York City, or magic wielding vineyard masters, feel real and are always complex. I always learn something when I read a Gilman story and they usually make me think but they are enjoyable too. The final book in her Vineart War trilogy takes the story threads and plot lines from the first two books and gradually brings them to a thought provoking, tightly written conclusion.
In the process, she looks at tradition, history, religion, magic, and politics. Few of her characters are are all good or all bad but fall everywhere in between, which helps to make them feel real. This was particularly true of the Washers, the religious group responsible for ensuring separation of magic and politics. She could have taken the lazy way and made them all evil, stupid, or incompetent and in the first book it seems she might, but she veers and instead gives them depth.
The main characters, Jerzy, Mahault, Kainam, and Ao grow and change over the course of the series and in this book we get to see who they become and how that influences the outcome of the war for the Lands Vin. We spend time in each of their heads though Ao is the one who, despite dealing with what occurred in book two, has the least page time. I missed him. The ending wasn't quite what I expected but I was mostly satisfied.
Mostly because I want to know what happens next - does Kainam's family regain their kingdom?
What does Mahault do, stay at House Malech or move on? How about Ao, does he return to trading? What about the Vin Lands, what happens now? I wish that we could get a wrap up story but looking at Gilman's to do list on her blog, I don't think that will happen. The beginning was occasionally slow but the book picked up speed and built to a the climactic battle. If you like a traditionally inspired fantasy story minus faeries, elves, etc. I received the hardcover from the publisher for review.
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Oct 08, J. Cornwell rated it really liked it. Ao needs more assistance than Jerzy can give on shipboard and Jerzy needs to return to the vineyard. There Jerzy is stronger and he will confront Ximen on his own turf. The Washers and the Land-Lord Ranulf, all of whom want Jerzy to combine forces with them, note Jerzy and his friends returning.
Jerzy may be Apostate, but he thinks he knows how to stop the darkness that reaches up from the Root to shadow all the land. Laura Anne Gilman ends the Vineart War trilogy with The Shattered Vine , bringing all the enemies and friends together for a last stand that ends as it began with Jerzy at the vanguard. The Shattered Vine takes off on a slow rising arc. It was a bit difficult to find my bearings in the beginning, a problem that could have been improved by rereading The Weight of Stone or even going back to the beginning and reading all three books together, from Flesh and Fire through to The Shattered Vine.