Royal Destiny (Queen of the Orcs, #3)

Royal Destiny (Queen of the Orcs, #3)➤ [Epub] ➞ Royal Destiny (Queen of the Orcs, #3) By Morgan Howell ➮ – Heartforum.co.uk A delicate alliance between human and orc has been achieved Now Queen of the Orcs, Dar works toward making that peace last Her position has helped her to finally feel part of a community, to find a li A delicate alliance between human and orc has been achieved Now Queen of the Orcs, Dar works toward making that peace last Her position has helped her to finally feel part of a community, to find a life to call her ownBut sudden, strange outbreaks of unrest and ominous signs throw both realms into turmoil Dar must draw on her knowledge and skills to confront a merciless longtime enemy–and an evil she once only barely survived To keep human and orc from destroying one another, Dar risks everything on a desperate gamble–and her own future on a heartbreaking sacrifice.

Will Hubbell Hubbell uses his own name when writing childrens' picture books and for his science fiction novels published by Ace He uses the name Morgan Howell for his recent fantasy writing, citing the darkness of the writing A graduate of Oberlin College and the Rochester Institute of Technology, MORGAN HOWELL is a full time writer who lives in upstate New York.

Royal Destiny eBook Ä Mass Market Paperback
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • Royal Destiny (Queen of the Orcs, #3)
  • Morgan Howell
  • English
  • 07 April 2018
  • 9780345496522

10 thoughts on “Royal Destiny (Queen of the Orcs, #3)

  1. Crystal says:

    This was good...up until the end. I got really pissed off the last 10 or so pages. Dar goes through some really bad shit and then doesn't get what she wants?? I felt like I was reading Little Women all over again (you know, but with Orcs and stuff). Dar gets a meh ending. She could have been happy, her orc family could have said You know what? That ignoring people that sacrificed their lives for us is a shit thing to do. Let's not do that anymore. But we get some Transcendental ending. I'm kinda pissed if you can't tell. And the epilogue was vague. We get no sense if Dar is really happy, I mean didn't I just spend like 20 hours reading three books following a character so I can make sure she's good at the end? It was like Hunger Games all over again (though she was kinda damaged and Dar seems solid).

    Anyway, it's a good series and I really did enjoy the author's dedication to the creation of the Orcs both with the language and historical detail. It seriously shows the dedication to have such seamless and flowing world building. Very impressive.

  2. Kim says:

    WARNING: will contain spoilers for books 1 and 2 in the series.
    I have to admit, this series drifted a bit from what I expected it to be when I read the first book. King's Property was slower in pace than the next two installments in the series, but I found it to be thought-provoking with a strong heroine and an important message. Over the course of the series, the trilogy changed into something that looked more like the run-of-the-mill fantasy, complete with prophecies and villains of unrelenting evil. Royal Destiny was still engaging and fun to read, but my beloved Dar held the idiot ball at times, while many of the other characters felt one-dimensional at times.

    At the end of Clan Daughter, the human Dar was (temporarily, she assumed) made Queen of the Orcs when the former queen was murdered by a treacherous sorcerer, who held the human king in his sway. The sorcerer Othar was also slain, it seemed (though we readers knew better), as was King Kregant, leaving behind his wife Girta to act as regent for his son, Kregant III. Dar, seemingly mortally wounded, returns to the orcs to pass on the mystical Fathma to the next queen, but instead is healed and remains queen herself. This, of course, causes conflict among the orcs, who don't trust this washavoki (human)-born queen, and Dar is threatened with having to prove her legitimacy, which may be fatal. Meanwhile, Othar, who is not dead, but transformed and his powers increased, has found some new allies, including the baddy from the first book, Kol. Who just so happens to have the Queen Girta's ear . . .

    I can't help but wonder what I would have thought of the second and the third books in this series, if I hadn't read them after I watched the movie Avatar. Like that movie, the Queen of the Orcs trilogy is about a human assimilating to a fantastical nature loving culture, and then saving it from his/her own kind. Dar is the rescuer of the orcs, not merely because she's queen and thus has their obedience, but because the orcs don't understand such concepts as lying, deceiving, or treachery, which the humans readily use. The orcish culture is painted so idyllically as to be unbelievable, although perhaps the prejudice against Dar, particularly from the mother of her would-be lover, is an attempt to remedy this. It doesn't work, as the humans are also prejudiced, and with much less reason, as well as being greedy, patriarchal, and warmongering. No wonder Dar prefers the orcs.

    I do, however, wish that candy-coating of the orcs and their society hadn't been at the expense of the human characters who weren't Dar. Queen Girta, for example, seems like an intelligent woman, but then Kol wraps her around his little finger with no effort at all. Kol himself was a far more complex character in book 1, when he was a bastard, true, but a complex and believable bastard, with an attraction to Dar's strength while at the same time wanting to break her. It would have been interesting to read him acting out these tendencies with Girta as well, but instead, all Kol seems to want is power and war. He, like many of the other characters, often acts to move the plot forward, rather than as is consistent with his established personality. Even Dar does this at times, making me wonder if the author got tired of the series by this point and simply wanted it to be over with.

    I'm glad I read this trilogy, for book 1 especially, but books 2 and 3 were also fun to read. The story is still entertaining, the orc culture idealized but still interesting, and the plot does keep you reading. If the final result is not as deep as I'd hoped, it's still a good, escapist fantasy with better world-building than most.

  3. Jacqueline J says:

    I was kind of sad at how this one ended. In all fairness though, it really couldn't have ended any other way. I would like to see a sequel trilogy to pick up where this one left off.

  4. Sable says:

    In general, I really enjoyed this series. But this book was definitely the weakest of the three, which is a shame, because it was the end.

    I have come to be extremely emotionally invested in Dar and in Kovoh-mah, her orc companion. I wanted to see their love succeed against all odds. (view spoiler)[Well, it didn't. That's okay in and of itself, because life doesn't often work out the way you want it to. But I didn't appreciate the alternative. Dar ends up going with a guy who's been a bit of a non-entity since his first appearance, and it seems like she goes there because she has nowhere else to go, not because she wants to or because she has feelings for him. (hide spoiler)]

  5. Carol (StarAngel& says:

    Loved this series except for the ending...kinda sorta.

    I flip flopped through the whole series on who she belonged with. But it still broke my heart in the end.

  6. JG says:

    Each one had a twin in the water, and Dar felt she was gazing at two heavens, one distant and one within her reach.

    It's been a long time since I have wept. Cried- yes but weep? I can't remember the last time that happened.

    This book reduced me into a weeping, mad girl.

    Morgan Howell has written one of the most amazing sagas of all time. She had written something so realistic and yet so magical. I have watch a common slave grow into a queen- i have watched her journey, i have joined her sufferings, her desires and love. Like a real person, i have watched her grew.

    I think that is one of the most amazing thing about this book. That and the plot which is so detailed, so vivid. The world of Orcs and Human is so solid I believed in it.

    There are no words to describe how much i praise this book so much. I have always loved happy ending. I abhor tragic ones but this book showed me life. It was a life far from our own but life nevertheless and it has thought me to be strong and that sometimes, we may not always get what we want- that it's not always about us; it's something else entirely, something bigger and much more profound than our happiness and happy endings.

    Anyway, this is a book that made me think. A great book does that to you and though this may never be as popular as Fifty Shades of Grey or Twilight, i hope the author know she wrote an epic book that I'm sure- touched the hearts and imparted a great wisdom in those who read it.

    I'm not sure how this have ended but it saddened me, to say the least. Endings are always bittersweet.

    It sucked!!!! Why oh why??? She deserved happy ending! They deserve each other! Why can't they live? Why can't they live together, get married, have kids and live happily ever after! The girl deserved it! Why did the author ended it like that!!!!!!! Why did Muthla made them fall in love in the first place!!!!!!!!! Why?!!!!!!!!!!! It would have been easier to accept but why!??!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OH my God!!! Im sorry, this is supposed to be a review but it's midnight and I can't just call my friends so the can hear me cry about a book!!!!!!! They deserved each other damn it!!!! I supposed Svenes ok, but...if fate is kind- i hope they find love...They need that, i need that.

  7. Hollie says:

    Ok, so the way the series ended broke my heart. I was depressed for days. My husband had to try to cheer me up. I know the way I emotionally invest so much in the books I read is ridiculous, but I can't help it, and the more the story draws me in, the more it effects me in the end.

    That said, I don't really see another way it could have ended and stayed congruent with the rest of the story. There were already a few twists in the book, and it may have made readers feel better to put some huge loophole at the end that allowed everyone to live happily ever after, but this ending is the most true to the story, and I applaud Howell for sticking to it, while simultaneously harboring a hidden resentment for replacing my happy ending with such a bitter sweet one.

    I've got more of his books on my to read list though, so my resentment doesn't run that deep ;)

  8. M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews says:

    After finishing the first two books in this series, I was very eager to pick up this volume. While this book is a solid read, exploring more into the world of orcs (fascinating!) and with plenty enough action, I can't say that I was happy with the ending.

    It felt rather rushed and thrown-together to me. While part of me understands not making everything easy for the heroine, I wished that Kovok-mah and Dar could have what they wanted. Their final conversation together was bitter-sweet, and I understand that sometimes power and position comes with sacrifices, but I still felt that it was terribly unfair to those two, and I had been hoping that Mr. Howell would cut them both some slack, they certainly deserve it after what they have been through. Still, this book isn't a bad read, and if you enjoyed the last two books, you should enjoy this one.

  9. Cindy Birge says:

    I couldn't stop. I had to finish the story. I won't tell you the ending, but I want a rewrite.

  10. Janine Matsko-Bolacker says:

    I have to say while I enjoyed this book and ultimately the whole trilogy, I was both sorry and relieved to see it end. The amount of hardships endured and the level of suffering conveyed was at times overwhelming. I understand that often the greatest growth occurs during times of greatest hardship but I really wanted a bigger win for Dar. Having said that I was really glad I read the trilogy and would recommend it to anyone who likes their fantasy served with realism.

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