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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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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
  • Alberta (formerly California)
  • 02-07-17

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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  • Tom
  • Hartselle, AL, USA
  • 11-06-16

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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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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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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  • Bunty
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 09-11-16

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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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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Had more feeling

The continuation of the fountain books was starting to lose me but this addition just sucked me back in. I am not sure if it was the lose I felt or the true love that was expressed or maybe both, but I am back at it and ready for the next adventure.

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Love the series so far!

It's been a while since I found a GREAT series, especially one that is long lasting and I want to continue reading. The wars and battles are not explained to the point of confusion, thank you!

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I Can't Even!

Owen has sadly discovered that his king is not the great man he once was. The great man he could continue being. In turning into who he has become, he sets a curse upon his land that will destroy him and everybody he rules. Owen must do what he can to prevent this from happening. He must also learn to live a life without Evie's love. I really enjoyed this story. It was bittersweet. I was so torn up over the fact that Owen and Evie wouldn't be a thing that I almost didn't continue reading. Curiosity yearned me to continue forth. And I'm glad I did. I'll keep out the reasons why because I want others to read and see for themselves. I loved the narrators. I've gushed over her already for the previous two books. I'm going to say that my sentiments remain the same. I want to read other books this amazing lady has narrated and I want to see if she hits the mark in them as she did this one. I do recommend this book strongly. I strongly recommend that you read the first two books before you consider reading this book though. This book won't make as much sense if you don't read the other two first. I can't wait to get to reading the last three books. I would like to actually go and buy physical copies of this entire series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-17

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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  • C Hall
  • 03-25-17

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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  • David
  • 10-26-17

Can't stop listening

The authenticity can certainly turn a phrase, and the excellent narration as so much to the flavour of intrigue in an unforgettable journey that tugs on emotion in most unexpected ways.