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Riddle of the Seven Realms ❰Read❯ ➵ Riddle of the Seven Realms Author Lyndon Hardy – Thomashillier.co.uk The worst of the mess they were in, Kestrel knew, was that it was all his own fault It all began when he had tried to cheat the lady wizard Phoebe with a load of worthless wood When she insisted on te The worst of the mess they the Seven Epub ß were in, Kestrel knew, was that it was all his own fault It all began when he had tried to cheat the lady wizard Phoebe with a load of worthless wood When she insisted on testing his sample, the demon Astron had burst through the flameExplanation of the realms of order and chaos revised Contains glossary and author s Riddle of PDF/EPUB ² afterward.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 498 pages
  • Riddle of the Seven Realms
  • Lyndon Hardy
  • English
  • 12 September 2018

About the Author: Lyndon Hardy

Lyndon Hardy Author, prankster, grandfatherHe the Seven Epub ß became interested in fantasy while wandering through the fringes of fandom when he was at Caltech In addition to reading and writing, he has sporadic bursts of enthusiasm for collecting stamps and playing cards As of yet, he has not figured out a plot line for a stamp collector who saves the worldWhile at Caltech, in he organized Riddle of PDF/EPUB ² and led what has been called the best college prank ever pulled The Rose Bowl Card Stunt CaperIn , he retired from business endeavors and began a new full time career of writing Time will tell if he still has any gas left in the tankHe lives with his wife, Joan, in Torrance, California Together they have two daughters and four living grandchildrenWikipedia Lyndon Hardy.



10 thoughts on “Riddle of the Seven Realms

  1. Michael Jandrok Michael Jandrok says:

    Riddle of the Seven Realms is author Lyndon Hardy s third book in his 1980s Magics trilogy I read the first book in the series, Master of the Five Magics not too long after it was initially released back in 1980 I then kind of forgot about it and didn t even realize that the first release had spawned two sequels until I was recently on a quest to find and reread a few books which I had read earlier in my life After finding all three of the volumes in a used book store one day, I made th Riddle of the Seven Realms is author Lyndon Hardy s third book in his 1980s Magics trilogy I read the first book in the series, Master of the Five Magics not too long after it was initially released back in 1980 I then kind of forgot about it and didn t even realize that the first release had spawned two sequels until I was recently on a quest to find and reread a few books which I had read earlier in my life After finding all three of the volumes in a used book store one day, I made the investment and plunged back into this somewhat underground yet semi classic fantasy series.If you are interested, you can read my review of Master of the Five Magics here can also read my review of the second book, Secret of the Sixth Magic here has recently published a new volume in the series called The Archimage s Fourth Daughter, which I suppose I will have to pick up and review eventually For the moment, I was just happy to read and enjoy this particular trilogy of fantasy novels, and overall it was worth the effort Riddle of the Seven Realms takes place some years after the events of the second novel This seems to fit Hardy s sense of continuity, since Secret was set a couple of decades after the first book The author s big claim to literary fame with this series is his detailed sense of world building and his very logical construction of a magical system that holds together all of the threads of his universe s That attention to detail continues with this book, as his characters must navigate a series of different universes, or realms, that all flow seamlessly and carefully from Hardy s original vision The plot is pretty straightforward From the back cover The worst of the mess they were in, Kestrel knew, was that it was all his own fault It all began when he d tried to cheat the lady wizard Phoebe with a load of worthless wood When she insisted on testing his anvilwood sample, the demon Astron had burst through the fire with some wild tale of a mission to the archmage to save his master from a dread enemy Then Kestrel decided, with Astron s naive help, to bilk the other wizards of their gold So they were pursued by eleven raging wizards and uncounted imps.Drifting across the border in a lead balloon brought them to the archmage Alodar But instead of calling off the pursuit, he had sent them into the perilous realm of the fey And now they were being shuttled madly across universe after universe, eachdangerous than the last It wasn t fair, Kestrel thought, even if it was his fault And thus the adventure ensues Hardy keeps the action moving swiftly for the most part, though he still plays it very safe with his characters Kestrel, one of the two primary heroes in the book, starts out as a prototypical Lyndon Hardy main character in this story He begins as a cad with a hard luck backstory who matures and eventually turns into a noble soul who finds his true inner self The real treat here is the other main player in the tale, the demon Astron Astron is the first truly layered and interesting personality that I have encountered in any of the three books in this series He has a great origin story and seems to have genuine motivations for his actions His presence makes this novel crackle on a level that the first two volumes in the series didn t Hardy has always placed the emphasis in this collection on the world building and magic system at the expense of his characters, but Astron breaks that mold in a refreshing way.The two main feminine foils in the book failed to provide much spark The wizard Phoebe seems kind of stereotypically flighty and the leprechaun Nimbia disappoints as needy and somewhat shallow Hardly what I expected from a Queen of the Fey Hardy usually creates reasonably strong female players, but these two seemed like they really weren t essential to the story in any tangible way.Overall it s a decent enough finish to the original trilogy Hardy manages to expand his basic concepts to their logical conclusions while providing a villain with a truly menacing agenda The action flows neatly from one realm to the next while clues are dropped along the way for our heroes That said, Hardy wastes too much time in a couple of really boring universes at the end that threaten to derail all of the interesting stuff that came before And I do mean BORING I almost never skip chapters in a narrative, but I came THAT CLOSE in this book Watch out for the Realm of the Reticulates and the Realm of the Aleators if you do decide to pick up this trilogy Unfortunately, that big slowdown at the end dropped this from a four star effort to a three star for me I loved the beginning with the expanded time in the realm of demon, and the inclusion of Astron as a character was a big win, but those wasted chapters at the culmination of the story just slowed the whole thing down to the pace of a sleeping snail in a bucket of glue One of these days I ll pick up Hardy s continuation of the story, but for now I m gladly moving on to other realms created by other writers This is still a series that you might want to seek out if you enjoy classic fantasy with a bit of sci fi overtones Oh, and Mr Hardy, please make up your damn mind..is it spelled Archmage or Archimage AHHHHHHH That little detail just about drove me nuts with this series, since he interchanges both spellings with no logic behind it whatsoever Last but not least, I read all of these books in the trilogy in their original Del Rey paperback editions with the Rowena Morrill cover art I really dig that old Dungeons Dragons aesthetic, and there is nothingfun for me than creasing those old spines up as I get comfy on the couch, cat in lap, maybe a bit of Jethro Tull on the speakers FINIS On to other worlds

  2. Bill Bill says:

    This series is a fun, escapist fantasy It s most interesting aspect is the magic system with 5 3 1 types of magic explained in varying detail The first book in the series, Master of the Five Magics is the best and most memorable, for this reason 5 of 10 stars for this novel, 6 of 10 for Magic 2 and 7 of 10 for Magic 1 This series is a fun, escapist fantasy It s most interesting aspect is the magic system with 5 3 1 types of magic explained in varying detail The first book in the series, Master of the Five Magics is the best and most memorable, for this reason 5 of 10 stars for this novel, 6 of 10 for Magic 2 and 7 of 10 for Magic 1

  3. Pam Baddeley Pam Baddeley says:

    In this third volume of the loosely coupled trilogy as the books can be read standalone there are two protagonists a con man and a demon Quite a lot of backstory about the demon is established first and he is probably the best realised character in the series as a whole, as a weakness of these novels is the characterisation Astron has a genuine arc in the growth of his character I enjoyed the parts where he appeared especially in his own domain I also enjoyed the initial misadventures o In this third volume of the loosely coupled trilogy as the books can be read standalone there are two protagonists a con man and a demon Quite a lot of backstory about the demon is established first and he is probably the best realised character in the series as a whole, as a weakness of these novels is the characterisation Astron has a genuine arc in the growth of his character I enjoyed the parts where he appeared especially in his own domain I also enjoyed the initial misadventures of him, Kestrel the con man and Phoebe the female wizard when they go on the run and try to reach the archimage, in the first part of the book.The story hinges around Astron s quest to resolve a conundrum which has been posed his master, the Prince who, in book 1, was outmatched by Alodar who subsequently became the archimage This third volume is set about 30 years after book 1 A rival prince has set the Prince this puzzle and if he cannot resolve it, will destroy him The Prince s situation becomes steadily grimmer throughout the story as Astron journeys from one realm to another, beginning with the realm where the series is usually set, to try to find the answer and obtain harebell pollen which another demon prince has demanded before giving them help On the way he finds outabout humanity, experiences what it is to be human at one point, and gradually develops feelings for a fay ruler.As with other books in the series, there are inventive contraptions, contrivances and in this case whole worlds, including one which has arcane board game type rules The biggest weakness in the story is the characterisation of the other characters, especially the women In previous books the women have been almost cardboard cutout and the tendency continues here there is an attempt to make Phoebe, whose role is love interest for Kestrel the con man,realistic by having her doubt her abilities there is a lot of sexism in the wizards guild but she does end up acting like a wimp most of the time, as does the female fay ruler who is the love interest for Astron.Another issue is that I worked out pretty early on who was the real villain manipulating things behind the scenes And some parts dragged rather, especially when they are almost literally sitting around for 10 or 15 days in the fay realm for no better reason, it seems, than to give Kestrel and Phoebe the chance to learn the fay language instead of Astron having to interpret for them I would have enjoyed the bookif there had beenof the con man tactics employed in reaching the archimage which happens too quickly after their initial misadventures those were quite enjoyable So on balance I would rate this 3 stars

  4. Scurra Scurra says:

    In many ways this could never live up to the first two books, but it is the natural conclusion to the series, as Hardy takes his story to its logical conclusion and exploresof the alternate dimensions that form the backdrop to his universe.There s not much to say really, other than the fact that the story is perfectly satisfying, and the conclusion works to finish the book and the trilogy very well There are sometwists to the Laws of Magic that were explored in the previous books, In many ways this could never live up to the first two books, but it is the natural conclusion to the series, as Hardy takes his story to its logical conclusion and exploresof the alternate dimensions that form the backdrop to his universe.There s not much to say really, other than the fact that the story is perfectly satisfying, and the conclusion works to finish the book and the trilogy very well There are sometwists to the Laws of Magic that were explored in the previous books, with yet another perspective added to the mix, this time by way of a non human character who doesn t understand emotions in quite the same way Again, the characters are well drawn and engaging, and the story rattles along quickly enough that the thin ice it skates over is barely evident Not recommended as a stand alone book, but as a terrific conclusion to a better than average fantasy series

  5. Bryan457 Bryan457 says:

    I liked the 1st one so much that the other two really did not have a chance.

  6. Michael Drakich Michael Drakich says:

    I had not read the previous novels in the series so had no preconceptions of expectations Definitely a stand alone novel I d like to start with the seven realms The title is a bit of a misnomer The two main characters from whom this story is told, Aston the demon and Kestrel the con man, never visit the realm of the Skyskirr They merely knew of its existence Further, they never really visited the second Realm of Symmetry Supposedly, the second realm merged with the first Realm of Symmetry I had not read the previous novels in the series so had no preconceptions of expectations Definitely a stand alone novel I d like to start with the seven realms The title is a bit of a misnomer The two main characters from whom this story is told, Aston the demon and Kestrel the con man, never visit the realm of the Skyskirr They merely knew of its existence Further, they never really visited the second Realm of Symmetry Supposedly, the second realm merged with the first Realm of Symmetry the moment after they left the first realm I do want to add though, that the Realm of Symmetry was a really neat concept I found it very imaginative and truly unique Kudos to the author for such It is rare to read a fantasy novel and discover something you ve not seen before So much of it has already been done The rest of the novel was your basic high fantasy theme a collection of diverse individuals go on a dangerous journey fraught with peril along the way to complete a mission to save the realms as basic as they come Such standard fare would have resulted in a meh three star rating, but the Realm of Symmetry singlehandedly boosted this one star

  7. Jeffrey Jeffrey says:

    Disappointing sequel to Master of the Five Magics and Secret of the Sixth Magic.I wasted money and time reading it.Just skip it.

  8. Isaac Isaac says:

    The structure and payoff were not nearly so satisfying as with the previous two The dual protagonists are not insufferable in the way the previous two were, but are certainly still of questionable character in ways that the narrative itself chooses not to question This isn t really a new issue, but it feels like the rest of the novel isn t enough to cover it as well, and the ways in which these men rub me wrong ends up beingclosely tied to the off putting gender politics of the whole ser The structure and payoff were not nearly so satisfying as with the previous two The dual protagonists are not insufferable in the way the previous two were, but are certainly still of questionable character in ways that the narrative itself chooses not to question This isn t really a new issue, but it feels like the rest of the novel isn t enough to cover it as well, and the ways in which these men rub me wrong ends up beingclosely tied to the off putting gender politics of the whole series, making that issue harder to ignore.Book one had an occasional woman character relevant as the protagonists love interest, and her general inaction in the plot blended well with her net being everpresent The second novel had a woman co protagonist that was just kinda there most of the time, being useful to the protagonist and the plot The third one has two women to match the two men who share the spotlight, and neither of them has much of any agency, and their personal struggles, where even mentioned, take a distant back seat to the possessive men they are there to be useful and or attractive to

  9. Noah Noah says:

    I enjoyed this a good amount It continues to delve into the magic system of the universe, which I found quite interesting The only problem I had was the sappiness of the ending.

  10. Wesley L Dickerman Wesley L Dickerman says:

    A good readThis book was easy to fallow and understand There was plenty of action and it made the book exciting I recommend this book.

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