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The Margrave The Fourth Installment In The Relic Master Quartet Galen And Raffi S Quest Has Brought Them To The Pits Of Maar There, Below The Surface Of The World, In The Deepest Darkness, A Most Evil Thing Is Waiting For Them To ComeWatch A Video

10 thoughts on “The Margrave

  1. says:

    The Relic Master Book of the Crow series ends well, mainly because the arch bad guy gets quite a bit of on stage time a rarity in high fantasy It s interesting to get a glimpse of his motivations and character An alternative eye witness version of events in the era of the Makers is presented but how reliable is it In fact it seems muchbelievable than the legends that have been handed down by the Order for many generations This change of perspective on events reminds me of what hap The Relic Master Book of the Crow series ends well, mainly because the arch bad guy gets quite a bit of on stage time a rarity in high fantasy It s interesting to get a glimpse of his motivations and character An alternative eye witness version of events in the era of the Makers is presented but how reliable is it In fact it seems muchbelievable than the legends that have been handed down by the Order for many generations This change of perspective on events reminds me of what happens multiple times in Ursula K Le Guin s Earthsea books, where different view points and revelations about the past alter the reader s views on what has been going on, making everything much less black white Catherine Fisher does not reach the level of sophistication LeGuin achieves, but it adds a lot of depth to a world that is already realised in greater detail than many of her earlier efforts Further revelations about the Sekoi also contribute to this.The denouement is rather predictable in general terms and the aftermath is glossed over, which is a shame, because the aftermath is rarely examined in quest style stories even though it often presents challenges to the characters that are different and possiblydemanding than those of the quest itself The state of the world at the end of many quests is dire and frequently a power vacuum prevails What happens then The Scouring of the Shire in The Return of the King is the only example that springs to mind of trying to deal with this in a serious way Since the entire primary plotline of the second book in this series is redundant, getting rid of it and having a book that follows on from the situation at the end of this book would have been muchinteresting, with great opportunity for further character development in the two young protagonists.Over all, this is one of Fisher s better series but none of the books individually is a match for her best books, such as The Oracle and Incarceron

  2. says:

    This fourth and final book in the tetralogy The Book of the Crow, again splits view points between Raffi and Carys, inor less parallel events that lead to a conclusion as unsurprising as a stomachache after Trick or Treat This series continues to a conclusion without ever really building a complete world picture, or giving us a reason for the existence of the Makers, a group of people revered as gods by the humans of the world The author at one point alluded to the fact that the people a This fourth and final book in the tetralogy The Book of the Crow, again splits view points between Raffi and Carys, inor less parallel events that lead to a conclusion as unsurprising as a stomachache after Trick or Treat This series continues to a conclusion without ever really building a complete world picture, or giving us a reason for the existence of the Makers, a group of people revered as gods by the humans of the world The author at one point alluded to the fact that the people are lost colonists, but nothingis really said, although there are points which could have been strongly built on view spoiler I felt that the story, except for the annoying and unlikable Master Galen, has some strong characters that were oddly intriguing The strongest point of the story is that you are left with impressions that things will get better for all.Altogether, not a strong finish to this series hide spoiler

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    We now come to the last leg of Raffi and Galen s journey the Pits of Maar where the Margrave, the leader of the deadly Watch, resides In Maar lies a creature of the most evil and the bane of the Order Will our two keepers be able to defeat the darkness, or will their light be snuffed out PlotTo be honest, the plot in the Relic Master series has been done before Members of a resistance infiltrate some government or militia to destroy the leader, who is actually a monster or something Still, We now come to the last leg of Raffi and Galen s journey the Pits of Maar where the Margrave, the leader of the deadly Watch, resides In Maar lies a creature of the most evil and the bane of the Order Will our two keepers be able to defeat the darkness, or will their light be snuffed out PlotTo be honest, the plot in the Relic Master series has been done before Members of a resistance infiltrate some government or militia to destroy the leader, who is actually a monster or something Still, I think Fisher handled a common plot very well She spun it into her own tale and made it great There are things about certain parts of the plot, like characters motives, that I question and don t feel was written the best, but the book isn t full of tropes and overdone clich s WritingThe writing, both in The Margrave and the other three books was very well done Each book had a bit trouble getting to the good part, but once it hit it was smooth sailing from there The descriptions that were given were easy to imagine, which is good because I often have trouble with this The best part of the writing was with scenes that were high intensity I could feel the tension on each page I ve got nothing but good things to say about the writing in this series CharactersAnd thus, at the end of the series, I still can barely tolerate Raffi He was a weak, clumsy, oaf of a character who didn t have the same amount of characterization that could have been found in Carys pinkie Raffi wasn t well written at all, and I cared about the other characters a lotthan him Speaking of the other characters, they seem to play second banana to our dull protagonist The previous books focused quite a lot on Carys, Galen, and the Sekoi, in that order In The Margrave they are in the shadow of Raffi Seeing as how I ve made it known that I enjoy themthan Raffi, one can imagine my disappointment They were wonderful characters and I loved them to pieces Things I LikedI can t really think of anything I liked in The Margrave. The ending ruined everything that I could have potentially enjoyed about the book I suppose I m happy my favorite characters didn t die Things I Didn t LikeThe ending It was terrible The ending just encapsulated on of the most aggravating things about this series as a whole the lack of explanations All through the books the reader has had to figure out, on their own, what the characters were talking about with regards to information there was no way we could possibly know And then, when I finally think things are going to be explained, the book ends I literally looked at the ending and asked That was it out loud The last quarter of The Margrave was but a fizzle when it honestly could have been a bang Just the way things are left open in the end was enough to knock and entire star from the book You can t give the reader multiple threads of information and then leave them untied This just leads to frustrated readers and an author who took the easy way out because they probably didn t have an explanation DiversityFor diversity, both in the series as a whole and this book, we have Carys, an amazing girl who would have made a much better protagonist than the one we get There are multiple women in strong roles, like the new leader of Anara being a girl There is a character with dwarfism, and I don t think he s too terrible of a character He s rather funny, and I liked him There wasn t any racial diversity that I could see I m pretty sure everybody was supposed to be white However, I saw each character as races other than white Raffi is a dark skinned black boy with dreads Carys is an East Asian girl Galen is Native American Tallis is black as well It s sad that the book is nowhere near diverse as my imagination, though.Absolutely no diversity in sexualities or genders What a shame.Overall The Margrave was, in all honesty, a letdown I was so anxious to see how Fisher would wrap up her series Not very well, is the answer to that question I literally went online to see if there was a fifth book in the Relic Master series because surely this couldn t be it Alas, it is If my disappointment in this series shows in this review good Although I m sad I didn t like the last book, I thank Ms Catherine Fisher for allowing me to explore the wonderful world of Anara Here is a link to my notes

  4. says:

    I just miss reading this, It was a fantastic adventure story when I first read this years ago.

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    Galen, Raffi, Carys, and the Seqoi are going after the Margrave He is the evil in the world that is causing the unfinished land to grow He is the creator of the Watch and the death of the Order The Margrave must die Although it is Galen s quest, will he be able to accomplish it It is against his beliefs to kill.This was a beautiful and wondrous end to this series but also unfulfilling at the same time.Raffi, Galen, and even Carys are forced to take a hard look at their belief and decide if Galen, Raffi, Carys, and the Seqoi are going after the Margrave He is the evil in the world that is causing the unfinished land to grow He is the creator of the Watch and the death of the Order The Margrave must die Although it is Galen s quest, will he be able to accomplish it It is against his beliefs to kill.This was a beautiful and wondrous end to this series but also unfulfilling at the same time.Raffi, Galen, and even Carys are forced to take a hard look at their belief and decide if they actually still believe them Raffi looks evil right in the face and discovers that even evil things are not all bad Even evil things have qualities that will redeem them and make them worth saving Carys gets to take a good long look at the Watch While the Watch has perpetrated some very bad things, they have made her the strong person she is today Also just because the Watch itself is evil, the people in the Watch, given the chance to change, often choose to Finally Galen learns he has never had as much faith as he believed that he did We meet a couple new characters that help to bring about some change We get to learn about the Owls and how they work together with the Seqoi Raffi also discovers much about the Makers that was never known before The thing that makes this book so cool is the very large amount of the story time that is spent on the POV of the Margrave We get to hear his story from his mouth It was very eye opening and provides an alternative perspective on the Makers I really enjoyed the depth that this added to the story.Unfortunately it is kind of unsatisfying because a key element of the story, the Makers returning, never happens I think Fisher leaves the story like this on purpose For one thing this story isn t about the Makers It is about the civilization that grew out of what the makers left behind If the makers were to have returned it would have changed the entire focus and themes of the books The other thing I was unsatisfied about was the relics Fisher was never able to explain well enough to me how these people were able to manipulate electronics with their minds.On a side note Dan Bittner, the narrator, is truly amazing to listen to His character voices seriously sounds like a full cast of actors reading it Amazing PG Violence Death

  6. says:

    This quartet ended as expected but left me wondering if there isto the story I d like to think so because otherwise, the ending seems a little quick considering there are unanswered questions regarding the overall plot line Sure the immediate concerns have been addressed but not the long term ones I d like to see those explored and resolved.

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I was a little disappointed with the ending I thought that the Makers would beinvolved instead of just referenced like they were It was still a good series though, and I don t regret reading it.

  8. says:

    Spoilers, bewareInteresting ending for the four book series also a couple plot twists considering that the Margrave the evil being made by evil maker, god Kest is actually a tree creature that was stolen from their people and experimented on and turned ugly and evil.

  9. says:

    Throughout the series, you can tell the author is in love with the word glare and all its conjugations Its the only way characters look at each other I thought it was really funny.

  10. says:

    This book was action packed It was a great finish to the Relic Master series

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