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Publisher's Summary

The champion must not waver.

The champion must not fear.

The gate of darkness closes.

Elisa is a fugitive.

Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa née Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy's kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.

Even of those who hate her most.

©2013 Rae Carson (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good series, but not awesome

The narration was phenomenal! The story was good, but not gripping or really exciting. it did have some good plot twists though.

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Perfect ending for this fabulous series. I would love to read a 20 years down the road book though.

All lose ends are tied up. Most characters get their just desserts. I so enjoyed the addition of Red Sparkle. What a breath of fresh air. She should have a book of her own. Rae Carson has a special talent writing books with strong female characters.

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enjoyed the series

I enjoyed the entire series, would have liked to get more from some of the other characters, but overall enjoyed the book.

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Absolutely wonderful

It was womderful to watch her transition from an insecure girl to a budding and brave woman able to make her own decisions and make her own way in the world. She Makes it possible to believe that no matter where you start you and I can end strong.

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Satisfying happily ever after

A lovely end to the trilogy. The author leaves the world open for revisiting with either the main couple or side characters.

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Liked it but not dazzled.

I think this is a good series, commendable to younger readers; liked it as an older reader. Not for its originality but for the packaging a lot of familiar tropes in an engaging way. Good for list-makers - eg, how many images in the tunnel sequence have you seen elsewhere? Pierce's Alanna and Keladry meet a Baggins, with a touch of Campbell's Pillars of Reality, Maas` Court and Elliot's Spiritwalker series. As for narration, Jennifer outperformed Luis.

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Jennifer is 🔥 but the male narrator, not so much!

I loved Jennifer Ikeda as always but did not like the male narrator since his reading seemed very Steph and almost robotic.

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Very enjoyable trilogy

This was a very enjoyable and well thought out trilogy and Jennifer Ikeda's performance was flawless.

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The End of a great Trilogy

This series is so very thorough in its descriptions. One book is more like 3 and yet such an engaging read. It has a decidedly Spiritual spin but it is truly a commentary on following any faith blindly. We should "always question." I enjoyed all three books.

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Amazing!

I just loved this series so much. Great way to end it. I couldn't stop listening... action the whole time. I wish the series was longer!!