- By Lynn Flewelling

The Oracle's Queen

  • Title: The Oracle's Queen
  • Author: Lynn Flewelling
  • ISBN: 9780007113125
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Oracle s Queen The gripping conclusion to the major new fantasy trilogy of necromancy and bone chilling magic Long ago Skala was ruled only by Queens in accordance with prophecy King Erius fearing that the prophec

    The gripping conclusion to the major new fantasy trilogy of necromancy and bone chilling magic.Long ago Skala was ruled only by Queens, in accordance with prophecy King Erius, fearing that the prophecy might be evoked as a means to dethrone him, had most of his female relatives assassinated When his sister fell pregnant with twins, two of Skala s wizards were warned by tThe gripping conclusion to the major new fantasy trilogy of necromancy and bone chilling magic.Long ago Skala was ruled only by Queens, in accordance with prophecy King Erius, fearing that the prophecy might be evoked as a means to dethrone him, had most of his female relatives assassinated When his sister fell pregnant with twins, two of Skala s wizards were warned by the oracle and took steps to conceal the girl who survived her twin brother at birth Now Prince tobin has been revealed as Princess tamir, the true heir to the throne and Skala has never been in need of a true Queen But at the age of fifteen tamir is deeply confused by the new identity that has been thrust upon her, and feels betrayed by the wizards who tricked her and all her friends Her demonic twin still haunts her, but now that the spell concealing her identity has been broken, the bond between them is severed Brother is no longer under tamir s control, and he is bent on vengeance for the sins committed against him Meanwhile Erius s son Korin, tamir s beloved cousin, has claimed the throne and declared her a traitor But as the country slides into civil war the people begin to acclaim tamir as their saviour tamir strives to avoid conflict, but Korin s weakness and tamir s honour will lead them to the ultimate clash of wills.

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    1. [7/10]The conclusion to the Tamir Triad is a satisfying one, solving the war of succession for the throne of the Skalan Empire in a spectacular battle that shows how Lynn Flewelling is capable not only of creating interesting magic systems and of raising gender issues in a fantasy setting, but also of managing a furious and extended action sequence.The road to this battle was sometimes slow though and took a lot of detours into romance and moral dillemas instead of nation re-building. I liked th [...]

    2. I thought The Tamir Triad was excellent. I must forewarn that the books should be read together because they really do form one story, not three stories that tie together. I really liked the pacing of the story. With the exception of a rather lengthy discussion of the main villain's youth in the third book, it never lets up. Every action leads to the next in a realistic way.I especially like how Flewelling dealt with the concept of gender identity, sexuality and growing up. Her protagonist is un [...]

    3. Oh my goodness, this had to be one of the most satisfying conclusions to a trilogy that I have ever read. It involved me fist pumping, beaming, reading breathlessly, awwing and you know, the whole spectrum of emotions. It was so so good to see Tamir come into her own as a woman, as a soldier and as a queen. It was very easy for me to forget that she was a mere fifteen at the time because the way she was written, seemed to be at least in her twenties. But experiences age a person far more and the [...]

    4. The perfect ending to a great trilogy. In some ways it felt stretched, but it was all worth it in the end for Tamir (formerly Tobin) and Korin's final battle. Also, the author did not shy away from showing how strange it must be to have your best friend suddenly change gender in front of you. Ki and Tamir's relationship is wonderfully complicated and angst-filled.

    5. I must point out that overall I would give the whole series 4-5 stars. I just find this book to be weak.Let me start with what I didn't like. I found it strange that a book that is, in part, about a woman's strength, only has one young woman. While the two older woman, who had larger parts in the first two books, are well protrayed, Tamir is surronded by men and boys in this last book. This makes sense because she used to "be" a boy. Flewelling, however, brings back Una, but gives her such a sma [...]

    6. There are so many ways in which trilogies can go wrong - either they start off great and slowly decline, or become ruined because of a third book that makes no sense whatsoever. Happily, The Oracle's Queen does neither of those. In fact, this is a trilogy that got better as it went along (after a very solid first book!) Flewelling does an excellent job of detailing character growth, from Korin's downward spiral to Ki slowly learning to accept Tamír as she is. Some of the problems were resolved [...]

    7. Okay, fair warning that 1) this review is actually for the whole series because I read it all at once, and 2) this is a review I rediscovered that I wrote in 2010 right after finishing the series. As a result, I honestly don't remember enough specifics about the series to say whether I would feel exactly the same way about the series today or whether my opinion might change. Please keep those both in mind when reading this review.Also note I tried to avoid spoilers but even at the time of writin [...]

    8. The story begins (two books earlier) with a kingdom where the god has decreed that rule must be held by a queen of the blood. He meant it; the few times a man has usurped the throne there have been plagues, famines, and other signs of deific displeasure. However, the last queen was completely mad, and her son wound up with the crown as his sister was too young to rule and then it turned out the sister had inherited a bit of the mother's mad streak The king was a good ruler, and beloved despite t [...]

    9. This book was an okay conclusion to what was just an okay series. I felt that there was a lot of unnecessary fluff in every book that only served to bog the story down rather than propel the characters forward, and this book was the most guilty of that. Not that much really happened, even though it was supposed to feel like the climactic ending to a series. Instead, it just fell kind of flat. I mean the big bad baddy of the series died by (view spoiler)[being pushed out of a window. (hide spoile [...]

    10. 3.5* It was a good book but it could be great!It feels to me that the author decided to write ya book to complete this trilogy.Still, I really enjoyed this trilogy.

    11. Synopsis:Under the rule of a usurper king, the realm of Skala has suffered famine, plague, and invasion. But now the time for the rightful heir has come, a return to the tradition of warrior queens. And the Lightbearer’s prophecy is to be upheld at last: so long as a daughter of the royal line defends and rules, Skala will never be subjugated.Now a mystical fire has burned away the male body known as Prince Tobin, revealing Princess Tamír, a girl on the verge of womanhood–and a queen ready [...]

    12. This book is the last in a trilogy. The reader is highly encouraged to get the first two books.Mahti, a hill mage, comes down from the mountains in search of the girl who was once a boy. His form of magic is neither predictable nor easy; we don’t know whether or not to trust his vision or his motivations when we remember that in the first book in this series, it was this kind of magic that bound a pair of newborn twins--so that the girl could grow up in his body, the boy was sacrificed. This w [...]

    13. Originally posted at FanLit:fantasyliterature/reviThe Oracle’s Queen is the final novel in Lynn Flewelling’s TAMIR TRIAD, an epic story about a queen who has been prophesied to rule the land of Skala. To prevent the emergence of this queen, the king, who usurped the throne by killing his own female family members, has killed all the noble women and girls who could possibly challenge him. He doesn’t know that his own sister’s daughter has been hidden by dark magic and a heinous murder.In [...]

    14. TW: Transphobia, transmisogyny, misogyny, war/detailed descriptions of battles and aftermath of torture.This is a satisfying conclusion to the Tamir Triad, though it does suffer from You Know How It Ends. As well written as the battle sequences are and the final showdown between Tami and Corrin, it didn't have as much tension as it might have if it really was a toss up instead of a predestined certainty. What tension there is comes from not knowing who (other than Tamir and Corrin, and possibly [...]

    15. Overall a pretty great series, however, the final book is the weakest out of the three. The characters, as usual, were written very well, but this occasionally caused the attention to stray away from the main characters and onto the supporting cast. Tamir's angst and forceful feelings towards Ki is probably what made a majority of scenes in the novel painful to read and a relief when a chapter switched to a different character's perspective. Moreover, using Ariani's ghost as a force to push thei [...]

    16. The first book was fantastic. The second one is was not satisfying, but still good in some parts. The last book of the series fails to string everything together to give the reader a sense of fulfillment that an epic trilogy should.(view spoiler)[I cannot sympathize with the protagonist. Sure she had a tough childhood but she is so protected and loved by everyone and nothing bad ever happens to her there isn't really a struggle of any kind. Everything is on her side: her people support and love [...]

    17. What a great end to a great series! I was wondering how Flewelling would handle the transition of Tobin/Tamir from boy to girl, and I think she did so very skillfully. In fact, I felt as a reader, a lot of my own confusion and eventual understanding of Tobin/Tamir was mirrored in Ki's. The beginning of the book starts off completely chaotic, feeling like you don't really understand at all who Tamir is. But as the story progresses, slowly the issues of gender start to fade into the background as [...]

    18. The Tamir Trilogy is truly a `proper' trilogy - that is, a single story, broken up into three volumes, as opposed to a series of self-contained, interconnected books. Book 3 (The Oracle's Queen) brings all the threads together for a triumphant conclusion. War comes to the kingdom, forcing an end to the awkward stasis that has plagued the land. When the King is slain, Prince Korin must take the throne, having already proven himself a poor choice to lead the land in battle. In order to save the re [...]

    19. The first two books in the series ("The Bone Doll's" Twin and "The Hidden Warrior") were great reads. They followed the standard medieval, sword and sorcery formula, with enough conflict and obstacles thrown in to keep the reader interested. However, "The Oracle's Queen" seemed out of sequence, and probably would have done better as the second book instead of the last. The relationship between Tamir and Ki developed nicely, but the story tended to be overtaken by secondary characters such as Nal [...]

    20. I just finished this book yesterday while I loved practically everything about it, I was disappointed with one thing which I've read from other reviews, is a similar complaint. I wish Lynn went more into Tamir and Ki's relationship more after the war and it was a bit weird how Ki so easily got over the whole 'she's' not Tobin' thing. I really wish there was more Arkoniel as well because I just love the wizards Lynn made for her series and Arkoniel and his adorable apprentice would have to be one [...]

    21. My thoughts/review for the first book apply to the series as a whole: a sword and sorcery fantasy with several unique twists and some heart-rending characters. Very hard hero's journey throughout. I admired the series as a whole. I wasn't quite sure I believed the way everything worked out in the end. Don't get me wrong. After everything Tobin/Tamir had gone through I wanted it too. But I felt, for me at least, that after how hard a reader works to get Tobin/Tamir, Ki, and Arkoniel to the end th [...]

    22. Still awkward perspective changes and dialogues that have me asking "who said what". Anyways the story picks up momentum in the last installment of the triad. Sometimes I am glad to read books that are not ASoIaF, stories where the good people do not all die where things work out. Still the Tamir Triad could have done with a little more loss and conflict. That is really why I gave only 4 stars to the previous 2 books. Things are just a little too easy for the heroes in my opinion. But I enjoyed [...]

    23. This book might have been actual perfection.I don't have the proper words to express my FEELSSSSThis is the most fantastic fantasy series I've read to date. It has great struggles of gender identity within each book, and though it doesn't strive to be about trans issues, the explorations of the main character, Tamir, are beautifully done.I will always and forever have EXTREME FEELS about Tamir and Ki. Justn't touch me.But I loved the depth of every single character presented in these books, with [...]

    24. Well I have to give this one four stars. It's definitely better than the first two. The ending is awesome. I read several reviews criticizing teenage angst yet I think anyone who has a sex change operation would have some issues with their body. even a fantasy sex change such as this one. The beginning drags a little, but after getting into it, and the build up to Tamir's confrontation with brother, her mother, Iya, and all the others; her developing relationship with Ki; and the lovely wrapup o [...]

    25. I could not stand the wait for this book. I had no access to it the first year it was published, and i still remember the day that i graduated from army basic training, they let us go off base and strangely the first place i went was to a book store to buy this.I was not disappointed, it was as enthralling and complex as the others and kept its hooks in me from the start. i will admit if you read all three in quick succession they can overload a bit and get you a little confused. but still next [...]

    26. It takes a lot for a book to put real tears in my eyes, but this one did. Especially the epilogue, Arkonial's words. I justgod. I wish I had words for all the things I'm feeling right now, but I just don't. All I can say is that this is such a brilliant, gorgeous story, and I'm so incredibly glad I discovered this author and took the recommendation to read it. I feel like something vital would be missing from my life now if I hadn't. There aren't many books I've wanted to keep as close to my hea [...]

    27. I read a lot of fantasy books. With that in mind, this is definitely one that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys them as I do. The premise of this series, while not unique in the overriding premise, is unique in the execution of that premise. The writing is smooth and engaging, drawing you into the lives of the characters and making you care for them. This series joins the Kushiel series from Jacquelyn Carey on my very short list of must read fantasy series. Definitely worth your time.

    28. I liked the first two books, but I had to force myself to read this one. I thought it was boring. Very little happens, and when things actually do happen it's utterly predictable. There's literally zero surprises. Everything you think that will happen, does happen. Disappointed on this one.

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