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Saker's ghost army is slaughtering those of the new blood, fueled by an ancient wrong. But while he'd thought revenge would be simple, he's now plagued by voices foreshadowing a calamity beyond his comprehension.Ash and Bramble raise the warrior spirit of Acton, mighty in life and powerful in death. Only he can stop Saker's rampage. But is Acton, Lord of War, murderer or sSaker's ghost army is slaughtering those of the new blood, fueled by an ancient wrong. But while he'd thought revenge would be simple, he's now plagued by voices foreshadowing a calamity beyond his comprehension.Ash and Bramble raise the warrior spirit of Acton, mighty in life and powerful in death. Only he can stop Saker's rampage. But is Acton, Lord of War, murderer or savior? And why would he help strangers protect a world he's never known?Bramble has been marked as Saker's nemesis, but will be challenged by deeper powers than Saker can command - as well as by her own feelings for Acton. As the living fight the dead, strange forces will shape an uncertain future from pain and suffering....

Title : Full Circle
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ISBN : 9780316035620
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Full Circle Reviews

  • Soho_Black
    2018-11-23 22:54

    Pamela Freeman's ''Castings'' trilogy is written in an unusual way for a fantasy novel. It tells the story from the characters points of view, in a style more common to the chick-lit novels of Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees. This interrupted the flow of the story quite noticeably in ''Blood Ties'', the first of the trilogy, but didn't seem quite so much of a distraction in the second part, ''Deep Water''. Unfortunately, this time around it works against the story.Saker's ghostly army is going through the towns of the Domains one by one, killing those who are descended from the invaders of the land. He is determined to reclaim the land for the people and is essentially leading a process of ethnic cleansing, using the dead to achieve his aims. Unfortunately, his actions aren't making him feel the way he expected, as he's gaining no real sense of triumph from decimating the people.In an attempt to stop Saker, Ash and Bramble have raised the ghost of Acton, the man who led the invasion of the Domains many years before. Seeing Acton raised from the dead, even as a ghost, has a powerful effect on many he encounters, including Bramble. The situation isn't going well for the warlord Thegan who in trying to take control of the situation, loses control of his marriage and some of his army. All are trying to reach the town of Turvite; Saker to destroy, Acton to save and Thegan to save face.The story itself is a good one, with a race against time and enemies to reach the final confrontation, but the writing style greatly lessens the impact. The constant switching between characters means you don't get a feel for where everyone is at any time and there is so little interaction between the two sides that they seem somehow distant from each other, not in opposition. Until it actually happens, there is no sense that there will be a coming together and the constant changes of focus seem to slow things down a little at a time the pace should be building up.There are, however, some very good aspects to the story. Throughout the trilogy, Freeman's characters have been very lifelike and that hasn't changed here. Even the main ghost characters have quite distinct personalities, even as part of an army. What was interesting was where characters you'd met previously were raised as ghosts, they retained the same personality, so you always knew which ghost was which as clearly as you could differentiate between the living.One character I particularly enjoyed this time around was Saker. His actions seemed to be glossed over in the earlier parts of the trilogy, but this was very much his story. Of all the characters here, he was the most well-rounded and we got to see a number of aspects to his character which, for the supposed leader of evil was interesting. His doubts as well as his determination came through strongly and the way his character was written showed the best of Freeman's writing.I thoroughly enjoyed the ending as well, which was emotionally charged and with all the characters together the style of writing was less of a hindrance. At this point, the book read more like a standard fantasy novel and it showed that there's nothing wrong with Freeman's writing, it was just the style that didn't quite suit the story or the genre.I didn't feel too strongly about the earlier parts of the trilogy and those feelings were replicated here in a single volume. I didn't feel terribly involved early on, but the longer things went on, the better the book became. The stylistic devices used never really worked until circumstances lessened their impact, but Freeman's characterisation is as good as anyone and the basic idea was always an intriguing one.Whilst the ''Castings'' trilogy itself may never be essential reading, apart from as an interesting exploration of a new style, there is certainly enough here to be able to tell that Freeman is a decent writer and if she does anything else, it could be worth looking out for. This trilogy itself is certainly worth a read in the meantime.This review may also appear, in whole or in part, under my name at any or all of www.ciao.co.uk, www.thebookbag.co.uk, www.goodreads.com, www.amazon.co.uk and www.dooyoo.co.uk

  • Buffy
    2018-12-01 01:58

    So, I read a lot of book blogs and lists like 'The Top 800 Fantasy Books You Must Read Before You Die' and I've gotta say that I've never seen anything by Pamela Freeman on any of those lists. I'd never even heard of her before. I found The Castings Trilogy by a happy accident at the library one day. They had all 3!!! (When does that ever happen?) So I thought I'd give the first one a try and see how it went. I loved these books so much! And I'm sitting here thinking WHY HAVEN'T I EVER HEARD OF THESE UNTIL NOW?? Seriously. I mean, I don't really keep up with what's new but these have been around for a few years now. I would have thought that I would have seen something about them knocking around on the internet.Anyway, I read a fair amount of books so sometimes I find myself getting genre fatigue. One can only read so many fantasy/sci-fi/dystopi/zombie books until they start to get very samey. I think that this is one of the reasons that these books really spoke to me. The stories take place in a fantasy world but it's different to the kind with orcs, elves and wizards that we all like so much. There's still mystical stuff going on but it feels much different. There's a realness that feels like it could have happened in our world in the past. These books were also very character-focused which appeals to me greatly. I love getting into the minds of the people in stories. To travel with them and learn their motivations. I couldn't wait to finish the last one yet I felt sad when I finally closed the book. That's great storytelling.If you like fantasy and are looking for something a bit different, you should definitely give these books a try. Oh, and if someone could make them into a film as well, that'd be great.

  • Michael
    2018-12-04 23:45

    The "Full Circle" is a good title for the last book of the trilogy, which comes to a satisfying conclusion for the Eleven Domains and its people. It also explains why the author took the time to write the stories of so many supporting characters as separate chapters. The story is still written as alternating chapters from the point of view of the main characters. However, I found that the effect wore a bit off at the end because all of them were in the same time and place, so the different perspectives did not matter as much anymore. That would have been different had they still been battling each other, but the threat from non-human forces eventually brought humans, both alive and ghosts, together.I thought the book was well written, and the message of how different races and opinions can live peacefully together is great. Why did I give it only 4 stars? Well, I enjoyed the journey and the anticipation of what happens next. With the conclusion, I also always wonder how much of an impact the book make on me. And that's when the excitement after finishing it fades a bit. For one, the conclusion was more determined by talk, and only to smaller degree by action, which led to less of an exciting climax than I expected, considering the rest of the book. Furthermore, the forces that were faught at the end were kind of vague, the evil lacked somehow personification. As an evil human, there was only Thegan left, who was rather easily subdued. And then there is the overall "gods"-thing, which still makes me cringe, phantasy or not.

  • Karen Field
    2018-12-07 22:06

    Full Circle is a brilliant conclusion to a great story. There were not as many “mini-stories” in this book but as with the other books I totally enjoyed the ones that were included. The story picks up where the previous one left off and we were guided smoothly to the climax. The story is told from various viewpoints and it was interesting to see how their points of view overlapped and especially how the meaning behind something previously seen from one person’s eyes could change completely when viewed from another set of eyes. It was really well done and felt natural, a bit like a light bulb being switched on allowing everyone to see the full picture.As the pages turned and we moved towards the climax I found myself thinking I knew how the big confrontation would play out. I thought I saw how the author was positioning the players and I was eager to discover that I was right. Problem is, I wasn’t! I was taken totally by surprise by the turn of events and that made the ending even better.The ending, without giving anything away, was sad but right. I felt tears welling yet felt satisfied with the outcome. It was strange to feel this way yet as a reader, I think it’s important that the author stirs something in the reader, making them think about the conclusion for a while, allowing emotions to affect the reader momentarily. Full Circle did that.This trilogy is highly recommended.

  • Lighthearted
    2018-11-15 21:54

    Saker’s ghost army is sweeping across the Eleven Domains, intent upon killing all of Acton’s people and reclaiming the Domains for those of the “old” blood. Ever the schemer, Thegan manipulates the situation in order to achieve his own goals. All is not lost, however. Bramble and Ash raise a ghost of their own: Acton.What a fantastic conclusion to the Castings Trilogy! The tension builds as Thegan makes things much much worse, mistreated Travelers join Saker, Bramble and Ash reunite only to separate again, the gods panic, and Saker senses something lurking about his ghostly army. I love the way Freeman brings everything together, and I particularly love how she incorporates the individual stories into the greater story. As I mentioned in my review of Deep Water, Freeman avoids simple good/evil characterizations. With the exception of Thegan and Alder, we’re given some insight into why characters have developed a certain way. I like this. As much as I enjoy the more typical good/evil stories, I appreciate that Freeman has chosen to focus on the long-lasting damage caused by racism, hatred and anger. More than that, she reminds us that the past cannot be changed but it is within our power to forge a better future. LOVE this trilogy!!!Dare I hope that Freeman is creating a follow-up series? Ember and Ash was published this May and not only is it set in the same world but it features one of my favorite characters from The Castings Trilogy!

  • Kay
    2018-12-04 23:01

    Overall I really enjoyed the Castings trilogy and the third book in the series. Each book flowed well from one to the other and are very well written. The best part about the books are the character depictions. From the stories of the main characters to the stories of the minor characters they were all interesting and well written. The chapters about the minor characters were an excellent addition to the series. They helped give alternative perspectives to the world and helped me understand why some characters would make the decisions/choices that they did. They also add a lot of depth to the world and by the end you feel as if you were living in this world with the characters. The other aspect of these books that I liked was the depth to the characters. The bad guys weren't always bad people and the good guys didn't always do the right thing. This series has a slower pace than some of the books that I have read recently, but it was a nice change for me. The slower pace allowed me to focus on the details and really get involved in the book. I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy readers.

  • Ruth
    2018-12-07 21:43

    c2009. As you can gather from the rating I really enjoyed this final part of the trilogy. I knew since the first book that Bramble was not fated to survive and the "Thelma and Louise" style of her death had tears streaming down my face OMG - and the roan came back to her **heavy sobs and gulps**. Most disconcerting as most fantasies do not elicit that degree of emotion from me which, in my opinion, means that the story was so great and the characters so well drawn that I was totally immersed in the story. Absolutely Brilliant and highly recommended. The blurb did say that this was a "powerful conclusion" and for once - this is not an unwarranted claim. Aurealis Xpress is quoted as saying that this is "A wonderfully satisying series" and so it was. I can only hope that Ms Freeman decides to continue to write within this world. "Loyalty is a valuable quality," Rowan said quietly, and Flax could tell that he meant it. The archer realised that, too, and his face cleared of its bad mood./"Aye," he said, "The most valuable thing a man like me has to offer."

  • jD
    2018-11-21 20:01

    This was an excellent wrap. I am really going to miss these characters. Her writing style of jumping from character to charter perspective did not irk me as much with this one. My only issue was the fact that the characters were not reflective so the reader really needed to remember many details from the first two books. I did not own the other two and had read them a year ago. I really had to let some things go because I did not recall what the back story was like the character of Apple or the Aunts. Had I owned the books or had them on my Kindle, I could have quickly checked back. So if you are just reading this series, buy the books and read them all at once. There were some characters I hated to see die but I liked the fact that each death was given a purpose in the story. It was not senseless killing but necessary character sacrefice.

  • Deborah
    2018-12-01 02:53

    wonderful! this series needed a really strong finish, one that could be as surprising but right in terms of plot, and as true to the characters while showing how much they had changed, as the first two books. the invasions a thousand years ago changed the world for all the people, and the events described in Deep Water and Full Circle change things all over again. The story of Acton reminds me of the story of King Arthur and the idea that he will return when Britain is in great need (I'm sure Freeman was consciously drawing on that idea of the once and future king). but how would he cope? anyway, a great ending to the trilogy, and for some of the characters (and the prelude to new lives for some). very satisfying

  • aishuzu
    2018-12-13 02:03

    When you read the whole series and come to this book, the way everything ties together is just brilliant. The character backgrounds that you've been reading throughtout the series being the voices of the ghosts is something that i highly praise in this boook.The entire series itself is a very interesting read.

  • Tammy
    2018-11-28 21:49

    I really enjoyed this series. I love flawed characters that make some mistakes but are trying to do the best they can. This series has some complex moral issues about taking land and lives for the sake of safety or revenge. No bad language. Sec happens frequently or is mentioned with frequency. Nothing crude or vulgar but it is a repeating topic so I won't let my young teenagers read.

  • Craig
    2018-11-26 02:12

    Excellent ending to the series. Almost totally plot driven, although still using the multiple-threaded narrative. Still fewer "interludes" with passing characters, which I missed, but one of the most surprising and satisfying (and tearful) series' endings I've experienced. The whole series doesn't quite get 5 stars, but easily makes 4 1/2.

  • Jackie
    2018-12-15 03:50

    The last of the three in the Castings Trilogy. The experience of reading it was like another take on Lord of the Rings. The story of course was different but I felt like I was in a similar place and time.

  • Teryl
    2018-12-06 19:50

    While she does bring all (or most of) the characters together, I think there are just too many for the length of the book. There were definitely a few odd things eg near the end, Cael doesn't fit the situation in my opinion.

  • Kate Forsyth
    2018-11-26 00:56

    This is the third book in the Castings trilogy by Australian author Pamela Freeman and was a wonderful conclusion to an amazing series. Fresh, surprising, romantic and beautifully written, this is the best fantasy series I've read in a long time.

  • April Sarah
    2018-11-22 20:04

    This whole trilogy was a wonderful story to get lost in. You truly are transported to another time and place. This final book was a well though out completion of this story arc. The journey that all the characters went on and grew from was beautify constructed and told.

  • Catherine
    2018-11-29 21:55

    This is the third of the Castings Triology. If you like fantasy adventure then you will like this. I would compare them to the Pullman triology. Great escapism into other worlds plus some great characters. Couldn't put any of them down!

  • Jen
    2018-11-16 20:58

    A disappointing end to this trilogy. The message of all types of people working together is a bit overstated. The Travellers and Acton's people working as one is the main message, with Acton and Bramble getting together through death, and Leof and Sorn also an item.

  • Tanith
    2018-11-22 00:06

    I really enjoyed all three. Full circle is the last of the Trilogy bring all characters together in the end.I liked Bramble, you always want your heroine to be strong- and in this case, fearless as well. This is a must read book

  • Amber
    2018-12-11 00:02

    I have to say the ending was fitting. I very much enjoyed it. I would have loved to have a small epilogue to tell me how the new world order developed and how the characters turned out, but I understand the need to let the imagination take the reader where it may.

  • Christopher Ball
    2018-12-05 22:45

    I enjoyed this whole series very much. The climax was a bit disjointed, yet still touching in a way.

  • Betule Sairafi
    2018-12-10 00:09

    Disappointing.

  • Joanne
    2018-12-11 03:05

    EnjoyableThis was a very satisfying end to the trilogy. Nothing was too pay, or predictable. It was just really well done.

  • Christopher Bashforth
    2018-12-07 22:08

    Disappointing ending book to an excellent Trilogy. Lost interest at the end.

  • Becca Mix
    2018-12-04 23:55

    The ending of this novel was one of the best endings to any singular book or series I've ever come across. Every character reached his or her story arc brilliantly.

  • Toks
    2018-11-19 00:54

    I absolutely hated the ending and the pacing issues got worse. I like the characters, I like the idea of the ending I just didn't at all like how it was executed.

  • Megan
    2018-12-14 02:58

    I love this series so much. Might do a review... we'll see.

  • Orbit
    2018-12-15 03:02

    Fall-Winter-2010

  • Lisa
    2018-12-10 21:09

    Great third book. I really enjoy this author.

  • Rachel Toh
    2018-12-09 21:46

    Satisfying conclusion. I loved it. A little too happy ending perhaps, but I'm a sucker for happy endings.