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The Oracle's Queen: Tamir Triad, Book 3 | [Lynn Flewelling]

The Oracle's Queen: Tamir Triad, Book 3

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 to claim her birthright.
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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 to claim her birthright after a life in disguise under the protection of wizards and witches. But will her people, her army - and the friends she was forced to deceive - accept her? Worse, will the crown's rival heir, friend to Tobin, turn foe to Tamír, igniting civil war in a fierce battle for Skala?

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and recorded by author Lynn Flewelling.

©2006 Lynn Flewelling; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Katja Tampa, FL, United States 10-15-09
    Katja Tampa, FL, United States 10-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "What a finish!!"

    Never have I enjoyed a series as much as this one. I have got to get more from Lynn Flewelling.
    You have got to listen to this series, it is soo worth it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-12-13
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Brings Tamir Triad to a close"

    Originally posted at FanLit.

    The 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 the first novel, The Bone Doll’s Twin, we watch this little girl grow up as a boy named Tobin. Tobin struggles with gender identity, the madness of his mother, the ghost of his murdered twin brother, the confusion and guilt of his father, and the need to deal with his uncle the king. It’s pretty compelling. In Hidden Warrior, the second novel, Tobin has learned that he’s really a girl. While this explains a lot about the weirdness of his life, the knowledge causes him all sorts of other issues — the gender identify issue is most prominent. Can someone who’s been thinking of himself as a boy all his life switch to being a girl? Fortunately, Tobin has time to adjust because he still must act like a boy until it’s time to reveal himself as the rightful queen.

    The Oracle’s Queen begins where Hidden Warrior ended — with Tobin being transformed into a girl in public and claiming to be the prophesied queen. Now the nobles are forced to choose sides — will they be loyal to the king and the son he pronounced as his heir, or will they realize that Tamir must be crowned so that the land can be healed? Tamir’s friends — Prince Korin’s Companions — must also choose sides between Prince Korin and Princess Tamir. For me, this was probably the most gripping part of the story in this last book of the trilogy. These boys (and, covertly, a few girls) have been training for years to fight for their prince and this is not how they expected it to happen.

    Most of the plot of The Oracle’s Queen involves the war that ensues after Tamir is revealed and, at this point, the story isn’t remarkably different from so many other epic fantasies. There’s a long slow build-up involving lots of strategizing, war preparations, troop movements, etc. There’s an oracle, visions, a race of helpful fae, and an evil wizard to defeat. Frankly, I thought much of this was dull, simply because it moved slowly and was reminiscent of so many other fantasy epics. I was further disappointed that, to try to secure her throne, Tamir resorted to some of the same ruthless tactics as her uncle had.

    The other part of the story involves Tamir’s personal life. She is still trying to satisfy the ghost of her murdered twin (who we keep thinking is gone and at peace until he shows up again). She is also trying to learn to be a woman. Some of this is the little stuff, like learning to walk in a dress or how to style her hair, but other aspects of this new life are monumentally important for Tamir, especially her relationship with her best friend and squire Ki. She’s known for quite a while that she’s in love with Ki but his world is turned upside down when he finds out that she’s a girl. He feels like he’s lost his best friend and he has trouble thinking of her romantically. The angst this causes both of them goes on a bit too long and makes up a significant part of the plot.

    If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous books in THE TAMIR TRIAD, you’ll definitely want to read The Oracle’s Queen since it successfully brings Tamir’s story to a close. While I did enjoy the story as a whole, I couldn’t help but think it would have been better if condensed into only two volumes. Again, I recommend Audible Frontiers’ version which is read by Victor Bevine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sandra COPPELL, TX, United States 02-09-13
    sandra COPPELL, TX, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "get 'em"

    i think people should buy all 3 books at the same time and read/listen to them in tandem!

    why?

    because this 'triad' should be read or listened as one long, flowing, enjoyable book!

    i'm just glad i got them from audible.com because i didn't have to wait until the next time i could get to the store or library!

    i am not going to write review of each part because i have tried and i cannot do it without giving spoilers!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Port Angeles, WA, United States 05-12-11
    Susan Port Angeles, WA, United States 05-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Tamir Trilogy"

    I absolutely loved this series! I have a lot of traveling to do during the week and so I look for long series' so that I don't have to worry about running out of story before my trip is done. This series and it's narrator filled the ticket. It was entertaining from start to finish. I found myself on many an occasion sitting in the parking lot waiting for a good place to pause. I hope to read more from this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Oakley, KS, United States 07-18-12
    Jennifer Oakley, KS, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "There was a lot of identity issue to deal with."
    Any additional comments?

    Like the other books there is a real sense of identity struggle in this book. It's not a normal struggle that the majority of teenagers go through but those who are transgender. Since I have never stuggled with this it is hard for me to relate except through sympathy. I can only immagine what a stuggle it would be to know yourself one way and find yourself another. And then to have a friend see you as one person and continue to see you as the same person when you are not the same person. Especially when you add romantic feelings to the mix.

    All in all, the story was very original in content. I did get tired of hearing the story of the transformation to every individual that was incountered. Maybe it was necessary realistically, but in writing...no.

    The ending would have been better if it wasn't stopped after the battle and then given a general overview of the highlights that came after. I would have much prefered to hear about the corination, wedding, etc. and then finished with an overview of the later years. This ending felt like a sprint to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Oakley, KS, United States 07-18-12
    Jennifer Oakley, KS, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "There was a lot of identity issue to deal with."
    Any additional comments?

    Like the other books there is a real sense of identity struggle in this book. It's not a normal struggle that the majority of teenagers go through but those who are transgender. Since I have never stuggled with this it is hard for me to relate except through sympathy. I can only immagine what a stuggle it would be to know yourself one way and find yourself another. And then to have a friend see you as one person and continue to see you as the same person when you are not the same person. Especially when you add romantic feelings to the mix.

    All in all, the story was very original in content. I did get tired of hearing the story of the transformation to every individual that was incountered. Maybe it was necessary realistically, but in writing...no.

    The ending would have been better if it wasn't stopped after the battle and then given a general overview of the highlights that came after. I would have much prefered to hear about the corination, wedding, etc. and then finished with an overview of the later years. This ending felt like a sprint to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 05-05-10
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 05-05-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "The author is in over her head..."

    A decent author with average skills who has (by this point in the story) ...just gotten in over her head. Originally a story focused on two characters, the author tries to become political and attempts to weave multiple storylines ...and looses too much. Originally a charming, and slightly different tale, ...with possibility (which never comes to fruition). Darnit. This is now naive and amateurish. Only got halfway through it. Skipped to the end and was glad I'd missed the inbetween. Very soppy. Not my cup o' tea.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 12-29-10
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 12-29-10 Member Since 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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    "Why 15 year olds?"

    Flewelling sends her 15 year old characters to war and they spend time cutting off each other's heads. Her 15 year old boys get drunk and have sex with the castle servants. Pedophilia is another topic. By the time I finished I wanted to scream. If she had to write this garbage, couldn't she have made the characters older? I really regret the time and the credits. Really.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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