Goddess: Book Three of The Percheron Saga

Goddess: Book Three of The Percheron Saga

by Fiona McIntosh

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Overview

The city-state of Percheron is in crisis. Zaradine Ana has been captured by the mysterious Arafanz and his desert warriors and is being held in their isolated fort. It is also suspected that she is pregnant with Zar Boaz's son, the heir to the throne . . .

Though Lazar has made it out of the desert, his heroics in bringing the Valide and Grand Vizier to safety have cost him. Afflicted with the drezden illness that befalls him when he is weak, he is too sick to move from his bed, when help comes from an unexpected source . . .

Zar Boaz finds himself trapped by both his heart and his head. Though he can think of nothing but Ana, imprisoned in the desert, his country is on the brink of war and his Spur is helpless. Hatching a daring plan, he calls for Percheron's strongest to make one more pilgrimage into the desert, even as warships threaten Percheron's harbor, and the Goddess reaches the crest of her ascent, throwing all parties—mortal and divine—into a perilous battle for their hearts, their lives, and their souls.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060899073
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2008
Series: Percheron Saga Series , #3
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 599,833
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Fiona McIntosh was raised in the U.K. but left London to explore the world and found herself in Australia, where she fell in love with the country and one person in particular. She has since roamed the planet for her work in the travel industry but now writes full-time and continues to draw inspiration from her travels. McIntosh lives with her husband and teenage sons, splitting her time between city life in South Australia and the wilderness of Tasmania.

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Goddess: Book Three of The Percheron Saga 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Ironbrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My wife and I loved Fiona McIntosh's first trilogy, The Quickening. So we immediately ordered her next series, The Percheron Saga, hoping we would be just as enchanted with her gift of surprise twists and fast pace as we were with the first series.Happily, the first two installments were just what we had hoped for. So, you can imagine how shocked and disappointed we were when we finally got the last book, Goddess, and discovered huge, gaping holes in the plot and sudden jumps with no explanations of how we arrived there in the last third of the book.The first two thirds of the book was just what you'd expect from Fiona. Then, suddenly, as we finally reach a hidden desert fortress where a rebel warlord has taken our beloved Ana, the story begins to fall apart. Elements are introduced without any prelude or explanations. Everything becomes disjointed and sloppy. It's as if Fiona McIntosh suddenly loses interest in the book or is pushed to hurry up and finish it to meet some deadline. We were both, shocked, puzzled and just a bit angry that she would let this happen. Ending the series this way is an awful tragedy.To the author:Fiona, please! Please go back and fix this. If your heart isn't in it or you don't want to take the time, let someone else pick up the story where it falls apart and make some sense of it. It really does tarnish your reputation and you know that we are not the only ones saying these things. It would mean so much to your fans if you could at least explain what caused this tragedy. We all want to believe you have good reason.Bob and Jeanie
drpeff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
enjoyed this final book of the trilogy
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GerriLynn More than 1 year ago
One of the things I enjoy the most about Fiona Mcintosh is that she doesn't write typical fantasy. She is about two points off center, and that makes her stories much more interesting. The Goddess follows that pattern, right down to the ending. While Ana is not on stage as much as in the previous books, her role as mother-to-be drives the entire story. Conspiracies riot throughout as Zar Boaz, Lazar, and Maliz run off to rescue Ana, each for their own reasons. Meanwhile, Herezah, Boaz's mother, has to contend with her own treacherous allies, who, through a failed assassination attempt, puts two countries at war with each other. Throw in an ancient cycle of betrayal and death between a demon and a goddess, and things get quite messy. The ending, however, is quite the surprise. Things don't turn out quite the way anyone expects them to, and for that, the story world is grateful. The story ends in a perfectly suited whisper, one that ties up all the remaining threads and leaves the reader satisfied. Make sure to read the first two books; The Goddess really does require all that context to make sense.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Religious fanatic Aranfanz holds captive in his desert fortress pregnant Zaradine Ana because he believes Percheron¿s leader Zar Boaz is the father of the unborn. Aranfanz plans to use the heir as a pawn.------------ Ana wonders if her beloved Prince Lucien of Galinsea, known in Percheron as Spur Lazar, is the father. However, her biggest concern is for her child wheile she remains incarcerated by the desert warriors. Meanwhile her spouse Zar and her beloved Luicen obtain the help of shapeshifting demigod Iridor in their quest to find and free Ana at a time when their two nations turn to war and Maliz the demon in human guise as the grand vizier tries to prevent their success.------------- The final Percheron tale (see ODALISQUE and EMISSARY) is an interesting ending to a strong trilogy though this entry is not quite as engaging as the previous pair is as it takes too long to move into confrontational mode. The key cast remains solid characters as Zar obsesses over Ana to the point that he leaves his country at risk from the sea to mount a desert rescue of her. Although newcomers must read the rpevious books to comprhened what is going on in GODDESS, Fiona McIntosh closes her saga on a fine note.---------- Harriet Klausner