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Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 813.54
EAN: 9780345442659
ISBN: 0345442652
Label: Del Rey
Manufacturer: Del Rey
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 608
Publication Date: 2003-11-04
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: 2003-11-04
Studio: Del Rey

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Editorial Reviews:

Rarely has a young writer won a place among the major talents in fantasy fiction as quickly as James Clemens. In the first four novels of his breathtaking epic, The Banned and the Banished, Clemens has woven an ever-deepening spell of wonderment with his boundless imagination and matchless storytelling gifts. Now he brings his saga to a masterful and breathtaking climax as the wit’ch Elena faces the unmasked evil of the Dark Lord for the final time in a cataclysmic conclusion that will shatter her understanding of all that has gone before. . . .

The three deadly Weirgates are destroyed but the threat of the Dark Lord remains. And so Elena and her companions have gone their separate ways to prepare for what is yet to come. Elena herself has journeyed to the beautiful city of A’loa Glen, there to recover her strength and spirit.

Enter Harlequin Quail.

Some might call him a fool, but the little man in the jester’s suit claims to be a spy. And he comes fresh from the foul fortress of Blackhall itself, where the Dark Lord dwells. There he uncovered things that spell certain doom- for a final Weirgate remains, the most potent one of all. And with it, in just one moon’s time, the Dark Lord will avenge his earlier defeat, destroying the heart of the land and ushering in a reign of evil without end. Only Elena, with the awesome magicks of the Blood Diary, has the power to stop him.

Blackhall is all but impregnable. And according to Quail, the Weirgate is well hidden, in a place known only to the Dark Lord himself.

Thus begins a desperate quest like no other. Hunted by the Dark Lord’s minions and threatened by clandestine betrayals, Elena and her brave companions reunite in the effort to locate the last Weirgate and destroy it. Along the way, many questions will be answered and illusions will be smashed. Brother will turn against brother, and the strongest bonds of magic and love will be tested to the breaking point . . . and beyond.


From the Hardcover edition.


Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: Love this series
Comment: I read this series about once a year, just love the way it is written.

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Summary: The Worst Ending I have ever read!
Comment: I have all "The Banned and The Banished" books and I was really excited that I got to the last book and I was hoping to read a book that ends in a way that left me in tears. Well, it did, but in tears of anger. James Clemens decided to end his 5-Book-Long series in the worst possible way. It just . . . ends. It tells you what happened to Joach (my least favorite character), but you never know what happened to Er'ril or Elena or anyone else! Also, he decided to throw in a very boring sidestory that really had no purpose in the story. I think that he just got bored of the series and ended it so he can start his MUCH better book series, The Godslayer Chronicles, but either way, after 5 books of Er'ril of Standi and his fight against the Gul'gotha, this is the worst book to end to the series with. The only reason the story got a star above 1 is because of the spicy scene between Er'ril and Elena. Other than that, shame on you, James, but at least "Shadowfall" and "Hinterland" are amazing books.

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Summary: An amazing conclusion for and amazing series
Comment: Wow the adventures that Elena has gone throught to get here were spine tingling and now her adventure came to an end that is garenteed to surprise all.

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Summary: Pleasant Read
Comment: The final book in the series which started with Wit'ch Fire, Storm, War, Gate and finally Star. While I did enjoy the series, and the writing was solid, it did not blow me away completely. The accents (') were a little annoying since every race, a lot of characters and places had them. Many familiar fantasy creatures were used such as goblins and dwarves, but Clemons put a nice spin on them to make them a little differant, as well as a unique take on magic. He had some great ideas and the feel of a great sprawling epic. I don't think this will be remembered as one of the great fantasy stories of all time, I do think this is a great beginning for a new fantasy writer and I will be picking up the book Shadowfall in his new series.

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Summary: The story ends
Comment: The story ends with the final insallment of the Banned and the Banished series. And it does, in fact, end.

Elena and her motley crew face the biggest challenges yet in this climax to the story arc. Here we learn exactly who and what the Dark Lord is (a rather disappointing choice in my opinion, though unexpected) and more importantly, why he has corrupted the land (and an even bigger disappointment).

The reasons are hard to believe in that they really don't hold with the amount of devestation the Dark Lord has caused.

This last chapter as a whole is a good end to the series however. We do lay to rest many questions, although the ultimate question "what happens next?" isn't answered for us. It almost seems as though Clemens is leaving a spark with which to start a new series about the land of Alasea. At one point we are simply cut off from the stories of our characters' lives with only one small insight into what might have happened to them after the final showdown.

The end isn't entirely disappointing with the well-written battles we've come to expect and at least the characters aren't left hanging.

The character introduced in this book as an addition to Elena's crew seems underused. Almost as if Clemens had more in mind for him, but was cut short on length.

Some of the paths he sets his characters on in this final chapter are somewhat out of character, making it seem like he put these things in randomly simply to move the plot forward and with no real reasoning behind them. It left me feeling betrayed after reading about characters I've come to know doing things they would never do.

But overall the series holds up as a good read and worth the time. It isn't as brilliant as it could have been, but it doesn't completely lose shape and fall apart after the first 3 books either.


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