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Summary

Against all odds, Owen Kiskaddon grew from frightened boy to confident youth to trusted officer in the court of Kingfountain - and watched its regent, Severn Argentine, grow ever more ruthless and power-mad. Robbed of his beloved protector, his noble mentor, and his true love, Owen has anticipated the day when the king he fears and reviles, yet loyally serves, will be toppled. Now, as Severn plots a campaign of conquest, the time has come to take action...and Owen's destiny demands that he lead the strike.

Ordered to incite war with a neighboring kingdom, Owen discovers its beautiful, reclusive ruler, whose powerful magic might even exceed his own. Together they mount a daring plot to overthrow the corrupt monarch, crown the rightful heir, and defeat the prophesied curse threatening Kingfountain with wintry death. But Severn's evil is as bottomless as the fabled Deep Fathoms. To keep his ill-gotten throne, he'll gladly spill the blood of enemies and innocents alike.

©2016 Jeff Wheeler (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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The epic saga continues

Enjoyable as previous 2 books. Will probably listen to book 4 and hope it lives up to expectations.

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Best book of the series

I loved the story this time around. 5 stars because it was exciting, thrilling and unexpectedly funny in some places too. I think this is my favourite of the series so far!

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another excellent trilogy

This trilogy has been completely addictive. Great story well performed. i might be able to get some sleep watch some t.v. enter back in to the real world now :)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-09-16

enjoyed it but recommend reading legends muirwood

As I listened to this book, I wasn't sure how to feel. There were characters who were lost that I felt didn't necessarily have to go or at least not in the manner that it happened as well as another character who shows up and plays a slightly significant part in the story but then whose story line doesn't get resolved by the end of the book.

In fact, this book felt both like an ending to a series and a set up for a new series. Despite this, I still found myself enjoying the story and I'm going to miss them. On a side note, I highly recommend reading the legends of muirwood series first as the ending of this book will have more impact if you know the characters from muirwood.

However, not reading muirwood will not make you miss out on a plot lines, in fact, muirwood only comes into play on the final part. It makes the ending go from "o-okay, I guess that's it.." to "oh dang are you serious?!"

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  • Blythe
  • 07-02-17

Wraps up the trilogy nicely

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Satisfying ending to the Kingfountain trilogy which is set 7 years after the second book. Owen is now 24, still serving the increasingly corrupt King Severn, and still broken-hearted from the events in book 2. As Severn grows increasingly more cruel and unstable, Owen is forced to choose between his lifelong loyalty and the rightful king - now a seven year old boy who doesn't know anything about his heritage or even who his parents are.

Owen struggles throughout the book with his various moral choices and ultimately tries to make the choices that will save the kingdom from destruction by the magic of Kingfountain. Lots of plot twists and good characters. Overall I think this book is a bit weaker than the last one though, as there were several loose ends never tied up and also a couple of places where Wheeler is so heavy handed in foreshadowing to the point that it's blatantly obvious what's about to happen. Still, a satisfying ending to a very rich and character-full trilogy; would definitely read (or listen to) other books by the same author.

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  • Bunty
  • 11-09-16

MARVELLOUS. VERY GOOD CONCLUSION TO A GOOD SERIES!

Excellently written and performed. Th ending was fantastic it tied up all loose ends . I could not imagine how it will end but Mr Jeff Wheeler did it brilliantly. I loved the whole series and intend to listen to the whole series again. Ms. Kate Rudd performed wonderfully with all the different voices for the characters. Most enjoyable.

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  • Tom
  • 06-11-16

Clean Epic Fantasy!

Jeff Wheeler writes a complex story with twists and turns. It keeps you on the edge of your seat! It is pure fun and without the gratuitous sex and language. Thank you Mr. Wheeler!

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  • I M Able
  • 21-09-16

Enthralling

I am speechless. I didnt think it posdible, but this book is beter than the last.
( I erroneously stated ths was a trilogy- there is one more to follow.)
What I like best of this series is the fact that it is the choices made that determines an individual's path, and that many decisions aren't right or wrong, but the decisions made have consequences.
I plan to gift this series to friends and family.
Kate Rudd is a gifted story teller. I loved listening to her in the Muirwood trilogy, and she was magnificent here.

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  • 14-09-16

Alternate History with Magic

Interesting idea - what would have happened if King Richart III had killed Henry Tudor instead of the other way. The names of the main characters are changed but they can be recognized as historical people. There is a strong element of magic which adds to the story. Well written and the reader is excellent.

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  • Lance
  • 08-09-16

Fitting End

Loved the trilogy and after waiting on the edge of my seat to read the conclusion I wasn't disappointed. Kate as always provided a great performance to accompany a wonderful story.

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  • MizzSkully
  • 07-08-18

In love with this series!

This book was just as great as the previous ones and I can't wait to hear what's coming next! This series is my first time reading this author's work but Mr. Wheeler, you've definitely made a fan of me. And Ms. Rudd brings so much life to the story it's impossible not to enjoy it! Both of you keep up the great work!

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  • Eric Erickson
  • 06-08-18

Slow start to an intriguing story

This book as a stand alone is just ok. The narrator isn't the best but she grows on you. The magic system is interesting, but not a whole lot gets established in this book and the story is a bit slow. However, the second book already has me much more interested and this was a great introduction for that book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-18

A fantastically narrated tale of growth.

My first interest in this series was fueled by it's sale on Amazon. I saw that I could get the Kindle edition and the audiobook for an absurdly low price. Despite that low price, I feel that I got a good bargain for a series that employs some interesting concepts, relatively well-developed characters, and the reimagining of several historical and mythological figures/stories such as Joan of Arc and the Arthurian saga.

The books follow young Owen as he grows from a frightened child with a wealth of potential, into a young man just starting to realize that potential despite pitfalls and temptations presented him along the way.

I found the presentation of his growth to be of particular interest when thinking of this as a young adult novel. I'm the father of a young son, and I hope to be able to present books to my son as he grows up and offer him positive role models. While there are definitely other books out there featuring young boys growing up and navigating difficulties, I feel that the lessons contained in this series are different from those found elsewhere.

Regarding the narration... It's FANTASTIC! Yes, I know that entirely capitalized words are awful, but I use it here to more properly emphasize what Kate Rudd does for this series. Now, to be clear, I listen to all of my books at 1.25x speed. So I'm listening to it a quarter faster than normal. This is both to more closely emulate my own reading/comprehension speed, and to better respect my relatively limited time. Rudd's reading is perfectly clear, carrying the emotions and personalities of each character through each book and changing as they age from one book to another. Of particular note is the voice she provides to Owen's mentor, which is full of warmth, love and a type of maternal care that is a joy to listen to.

With all of the generalizations regarding the series above, I'll address this book in particular now. This book ties up the first half of the series, and sets up many elements for the latter half(based on what I've read of the 'back of book summaries'). It's been years since Owen reached his lowest point. The girl he thought his one true love is gone, and his heart has been all but locked away. His king has listened to his counsel for many years, and been better for it, but that's gradually changing as others jealous of Owen's youth and success begin to scheme to bring them both down by pitting them against one another. It's in the midst of all this that Owen finds himself sent on an assignment to garner another ally for the kingdom through marriage or conquest. There he finds a mysterious young woman that may not only hold the key to his heart, but also to preventing a terrible fate from befalling the entire kingdom.

I know that I like to read a few different reviews before picking up anything new to read. If you happened to find mine, and it helped you decide to check out the Kingfountain series, I hope you find it as enjoyable and interesting as I did. Thank you for checking out my review.