Scepters, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Alucius is happy back on his nightsheep stead with his beloved wife Wendra, who is expecting their first child.

But the country is beset by enemies - both overt and hidden-on all sides.

He finds he has no choice but to answer the call to return to active duty.

Newly promoted to higher rank, and given command of a combined force of the Northern and Southern Guards, Alucius must quell a strange, religiously-inspired rebellion, destroy the powerful weapons of ancient design again being used by the forces of Madrien, and confront the alien evil that seeks to enslave the whole world of Corus in the guise of bringing back a lost golden age.

In this climactic third volume of the "Corean" trilogy, only the timely assistance of the mysterious ancient Soarers and the addition of Wendra's Talent to his own give him any hope of success.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 768 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780765349224



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This was a very good ending for the trilogy. It neatly wrapped up the story & answered most of the important questions, although it leaves enough hanging that a sense of mystery lingers & the trilogy could be extended. The precarious ecological theme runs through this trilogy, as in most of his books. It's presented in a slightly different manner, though. On the downside, Alucius is a little too good & the story is a little too neatly wrapped up. As a romantic, I liked it. If you want gritty reality in your fantasy books, this probably isn't for you. His relationship with his wife is too perfect & she's not a well developed character. Modesitt can't write a sexually charged scene, either. His characters are the same few. Alucius is the same as Lerris or any other of his heroes, but with fewer faults than most. Heinlein only had a few characters & I've liked all his early books, so it doesn't bother me, but might some.All in all, if you like Modesitt, I think you'll like this. If you read the first part of the trilogy, this is a must read.

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Like some other reviews have said, this book needs editorial examination. Some words are used much too often.But I still liked the book. Modesitt didn't just create bland, totally evil bad guys who wanted to make total chaos or kill everyone. The "bad guys" were people (Efrans/ifrits) from another world. These people live off the lifeforce of worlds, and then travel to another one when it is all "used up." These Efrans are trying to take over Alucius's world, and he must stop them.

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