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As the beautiful illusionist Flame succumbs to the dark spell that taints her soul, the physician Kelwyn Gilfeather discovers that the only way to cure her may be to destroy all magic and change the Isles of Glory forever....

Title : The Tainted
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ISBN : 9780441014194
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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The Tainted Reviews

  • Maraia
    2019-04-20 06:53

    The Tainted was a wonderful conclusion to the Isles of Glory trilogy. Despite being the longest, it was the fastest read for me. Between the build-up to the Change, the introduction of new characters, the ending, and especially some long-awaited FEELS, it's my favorite book of the three. I love how Larke weaves new characters into each book, and how, often in spite of themselves, they can't help getting involved with Blaze, Gilfeather, etc. The old characters are still there, but the story keeps growing. Even Elarn, one of the narrators, feels drawn in, despite working against Gilfeather and Tor for most of the book. I actually really enjoyed Elarn's chapters - he may be flawed, but he isn't intentionally malicious, and his potential is clear throughout the book. I couldn't help liking him. The new Kellish narrator, Anyara (Shor's ex-almost-fiance), was another great addition. I hated Shor's letters in the first two books, because he was constantly degrading women and showing an utter lack of respect for the Glorians. [Side note: "Glorians" has got to be one of the prettiest words. Try saying it out loud. Seriously, do it!] Anyara's letters were a breath of fresh air and exactly the response to Shor's garbage that I wanted. She proves wrong his attitude about women being too weak to "handle" the content of his research, and she shows way more respect toward and genuine interest in the Glorians - as individuals and in their history as a whole. As a result, she achieves what Shor did not and is rewarded with the whole story.Gilfeather the Elder makes a reappearance, and both he and Kelwyn entertain me to no end. I love their accents! (view spoiler)[The feels in this book made me so happy. My ship FIIIINALLY sailed. I love Gilfeather and Blaze, and I've been shipping them since almost the beginning of Gilfeather. I was hoping they'd end up together, but I did not necessarily expect it. Ruarth and Flame's story was heartbreaking but not as bad as it could have been. The ending was a bit too perfect (HOW DID NO ONE IMPORTANT DIE? Besides thousands of sylvs, I mean), but I am totally okay with that. The epilogue was adorable, and I'm glad Larke didn't leave things unresolved. (hide spoiler)]In all, Isles of Glory is a must-read for fans of adult fantasy. Actual rating: 4.5 stars

  • Terri
    2019-03-27 07:01

    (view spoiler)[At the end of book 2, after Gilfeather killed Morthred, everyone was shocked to find people falling out of the sky – people who had only moments before been sentient Dustel birds, suddenly released from Morthred’s spell. Dustels across the Isles of Glory are now human – but having been born as birds, they can’t walk, talk, recognize one another, or communicate as humans. Some are driven out of their minds with fear, while others succumb to the elements they don’t know how to protect themselves from. I thought this was extremely well thought out on Larke’s part. Just because they can understand human doesn’t mean they’re able to make a seamless transition to being a human. Ruarth is constantly missing the ability to fly, even forgetting and trying to fly when he’s distressed. Ruarth’s constant references to not being able to tuck his head under his wing, staring at his feet, or having to remember he can move his eyes without moving his whole head reinforce the idea that the Dustels are no longer humans in a bird’s body, but have become birds in a human’s body.Our favorite Dustel Ruarth did manage to get to a safe place on board Flame’s ship before Gilfeather’s killing stroke. Flame is almost completely overtaken by dunmagic, being continually subverted by the unborn child of Morthred she carries. She is determined to go back to the Bastionlord and convince him to marry her, and then by using her magic, convince him the child she carries is his, so that he can rise to power and rule the Isles of Glory. Ruarth wants to protect her long enough for Gilfeather to find a cure, and in rare moments of lucidity, Flame begs him for her own death. My heart broke for Ruarth throughout the book, because subverted-Flame mocks him, threatens him, and promises to kill him, and he knows that even if they cure her, even if they succeed, she’ll never be able to live with all that she’s done and all that she’s said. He wants to save her even if it means that he can’t be with her, and knowing they’ve spend decades as friends and would-be lovers and now that they’re finally both the same SPECIES but it won’t work out? Augh the FEELS. (hide spoiler)]The Tainted introduces two new narrators: one is our framework narrator, the former love interest of the ethnographer who conducted the interviews we’re reading as the story. Having secretly read the unedited interviews, she’s determined to meet Blaze, whose life of freedom and choice is so different from her own life of stuffed up propriety and restriction. The second narrator is a young man named Elarn, a young man and slyvtalent who works as a tiderunner (sort of a kayak-based message carrier but way cooler) between his home island and the Keeper Hub. Elarn gets caught up with Gilfeather and Tor Ryder, who have been studying Awarefolk and slyvtalents to see how magic is passed genetically in order to isolate a “cure” for magic so that they can save Flame and anyone else subverted by dunmagick. Larke weaves in character discussions from previous books regarding the Menod belief system and the precarious political relationships between the Isles and the Keepers who regulate them. One thing Larke handled well was the relationship between the characters who believed in so many different things. Ryder had his opinions, as did Blaze and Gilfeather, but they all got along and respected one another.The ending was exciting, and the Isles of Glory have been forever shaken by the actions of our half-dozen heroes. The framework narration by the girlfriend and Blaze in flashbacks explains the Change and ties up all the loose ends. Still, there were several characters who I thought would die but didn’t, making me think that maybe Larke just couldn’t bear to kill them off after three books. Still, I was satisfied with the way she resolved the plot and the relationships and especially the Change, which was ambiguous right up until the end.I didn’t care for the cover for this one, simply because Blaze isn’t around quite as much in this book and burning pirate ships, while visually exciting, are not indicative of the plot overall. Of course, I could say the same for Flame being the cover character for Gilfeather, while holding a sword which I don’t recall her doing often, but really that is all more the publisher’s fault. Ms. Larke told me that she’s hoping to get these released as e-books soon, so maybe that will come with a cover revamp. ;)All in all, 3 stars for an excellent conclusion to a series I really liked! I’ll be spreading the word about this one for sure.

  • Chiawen
    2019-04-18 03:46

    typisch Glenda Larke „Die Inseln des Ruhms -  Die Magierin“ von Glenda Larke ist der letzte Band dieser Fantasy-Trilogie.Der Dunkelmagier Morthred ist getötet, die Dunstigen sind jetzt Menschen und Flamme trägt immer noch Mortheds Kind im Leib. Flamme ist zwar nicht so bösartig, aber sie versucht ein ganzes Inselreich unter ihre Kontrolle zu bringen um dann die ganzen Inselreiche beherrschen zu können. Ruath, Glut und ihre Freunde versuchen jetzt Flamme zu retten und die Dunkelmagie zu vernichten.Auch dieses Mal erzählen die Protagonisten ihre Geschichte den Kellen, die ja Jahre später die Inseln besuchen.Flamme ist ab und an für kurze Zeit sie selbst und kann Ruath um Hilfe bitten. Doch die meiste zeit wird sie von der Dunkelmagie beherrscht. Sie nutzt sie zwar, aber nicht so skrupellos wie Morthed. Sie bindet nicht immer komplett, sondern beeinflusst die Leute immer nur leicht. Sie denkt und plant auch ganz anders. Es macht sie dadurch nicht weniger böse, aber sie geht es sachter an.Ruath hat jetzt mit seinem menschlichen Körper zu kämpfen. Es ist sehr ungewohnt für ihn. Er muss vieles lernen, wie auch das Sprechen.  Es ist aber gut beschrieben wie er damit zu Recht kommt. Auch sein Konflikt wird gut beschrieben. Auf der einen Seite möchte er Flamme erlösen, aber auf der anderen  möchte er sie nicht töten, denn er liebt sie.Das Buch ist wieder typisch für Glenda Larke. Starke Persönlichkeiten, welche ihre Welt verändern, um etwas Besseres zu schaffen. Es gibt wieder viele Überraschungen im Handlungsverlauf, die den Leser richtig mit fiebern lassen. Langeweile kommt nicht auf. Man bekommt Geschichte aus teilweise fünf Perspektiven zu lesen, was auch notwendig ist. Wobei es sich auf zwei Handlungsstränge konzentriert.Am Anfang musste ich mich erst wieder einlesen. Denn es ist schon etwas her, dass ich die ersten beiden Bände gelesen habe. Es war aber wieder mal schön etwas von Glenda Larke zu lesen. Es hat mich gefesselt und Ruath ist mir dieses Mal richtig ans Herz gewachsen.Es gibt von mir 5 von 5 Wölfen! 

  • Lian Tanner
    2019-04-25 02:56

    Four and a half stars. This is such an excellent trilogy, and it's really nice to have found another fantasy author I love. Larke continues to address interesting questions in this book, particularly the two tiered society that magic creates so easily. Her writing reminds me of Robin Hobb - the character development is superb, the world building excellent, and the series comes to a very satisfying conclusion. More Glenda Larke books, please!

  • Joni
    2019-03-26 02:56

    This last book wraps up some loose ends that the previous book failed to answer, although it does raise some new questions.In this story we find out what happens to Flame and what happened to the Ghemps, although that question is answered somewhat weakly. I was impressed with how well Larke wrapped this story up although I would love to see another book detailing Anyara's travels.

  • Christine
    2019-04-07 01:06

    An excellent ending to an excellent trilogy; looks like I have found a new fantasy author!! My only complaint is the cover designs on the paperback books I read; half-naked women with swords does not portray the characters in any of the books!!

  • Jo Wake
    2019-04-24 07:50

    Excellent book, excellent series

  • LadyMegan
    2019-04-10 07:13

    I want to know what happened to everyone after.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-03 23:58

    An interesting story, filled with action, love, sorrow and hope. A beautiful melding of real cultures and peoples that make for a compelling read.

  • Hayley Forrest
    2019-04-14 02:05

    I'm a sucker for these stories.

  • Lindsay
    2019-04-15 04:10

    Final book in the Isles of Glory trilogy. Brings all the threads together in an enjoyable read.

  • Iain Kaslar
    2019-03-30 08:00

    great book from an audience author. will definitely be seeking out more of her work.

  • Patrick
    2019-04-08 03:08

    I enjoyed the whole series.

  • Kari
    2019-04-24 01:14

    Tantalizing, thrilling, mysterious and with a proper ending that will leave you satisfied. Can't wait to visit the Isles of Glory again in years to come!

  • ~Anita~
    2019-04-09 03:48

    A sad and depressing ending