Children of the Serpent Gate by Sarah Ash

Children of the Serpent Gate

bySarah Ash

Kobo ebook | September 27, 2005

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In this third novel in her acclaimed Tears of Artamon saga, Sarah Ash once again transports readers to a realm where sorcery collides with political intrigue...and where one man haunted by a dark legacy is locked in a fierce struggle between the forces of good and evil battling for supremacy within him....

Gavril Nagarian is believed dead–perished in the heat of battle. But the Lord Drakhaon of Azhkendir lives on. Now he is entrusted with a sacred mission: to rescue the aged Magus, who has been kidnapped and in whose possession are the five priceless rubies that compose the fabled Tears of Artamon. Ancient law decrees that whoever possesses the coveted stones has the power to impose his rule over the five princedoms in the Empire of New Rossiya.

But the task exacts a cost. The Drakhaoul that destroyed his forebears has penetrated Gavril’s psyche and is gaining power over his soul. With the dark forces inside him seeking immortality, Gavril must feed on the blood of innocents–or die.

Toppled by the loss of the Tears of Artamon, Emperor Eugene of Tielen is tormented by his own daemon. Now he must defend his lands against King Enguerrand of Francia, who claims ownership of the Tears. But both men share a common goal: to destroy Gavril Nagarian and the Drakhaoul that lives within him once and for all.

Ingenious and unforgettable, Children of the Serpent Gate delivers a thrilling conclusion to the epic trials of a man of honor in a world run amok–a calamity that can be laid to rest only by an Emperor’s Tears.

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Title:Children of the Serpent GateFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 27, 2005Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553901974

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well done! I enjoyed the final part of this series with one minor problem-- it seemed to wrap up too quickly with not enough information on how Gavril & Eugene's ancestors helped each other in the past and why their demons would do it now. Also, more information should have been given on the demons former time as good beings. Still, the trilogy was an outstanding feat and the last book still kept the reader entertained and part of the world.
Date published: 2007-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but Somewhat Disappointing The first 2 books of this trilogy was fantastic, excellent character development and unexpected twists to the plot. I was anticipating a better ending for this series. There were many leaps in the plot, making it somewhat hard to follow. A lot of new characters and elements were introduced but little background provided as well as previous characters brought back. There was little development of these chars and the plot moved along quite quickly. Overall, however, it was enjoyable.
Date published: 2007-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Sadly Lacking Finale to An otherwise Amazing... The first two books in this series were extreamly well written and had a great pace. The characters were well developed and you could easily follow along with only a few lags in the plot. This third and final book in the series though, was a disapointment. The storyline was good but rushed and crammed in parts. The many new characters were not developed enough to be remebered and tthere is more than a few scenes that are beyond confusing. The ending, which should have tied everything up nicely, was rushed and almost dry, and the final scene which was romantic didnt seem to give enough light to what Gavril and KIu Kiu have been through to get to that piont and was even a little dry as well. The basics of the book though, are very creative and imaginative. Overall, the book is worth reading, but not, perhaps, rereading.
Date published: 2006-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A terrific ending to the trilology I enjoyed this book as much as the previous two books in the series. I think the ending could have been a bit longer, maybe put more notice to the "clan war" and what happens when Kuikui has her 1st baby... But all in all it was an awesome book! I would highly recommand it!
Date published: 2006-06-17