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E symbol she’s dreamed of since childhood At last she must confront the uestions haunting her and depart on a uest to find the truth about herself her dead mother and her fate to unleash a Plague of Silences meant to destroy and transform the world as all have known it A dazzling genre bending masterwork The Plague Diaries illuminates the power of our choices the scars they leave and the wounds they he. This is a hard one to rateI REALLY liked the first book in this seriesThe second I did not care for much at all I still can't decide if she made Secret so unlikeable by accident or by design in that one and most of this oneThis one there were parts I liked a lot and parts I did not So I averaged it out to 3 starsThe goodThe actual plague diary excerpts were really good and I wish the whole book had been written in that wayThe fact that Secret finally worked through some of her shit was a welcome occurrenceThe whole idea of a plague that could turn people into their better selves is so appealing HaThe badHaving Secret speaking in the first person and then also her diary entries which were no different was silly It should have been one approach or the other since they were both basically the same I found too many of the characters either unlikeable or simplistic Nikolas Hart was a lovely man but a fairly cardboard character Secret herself had good reason for some of her actionsfeelings and no support for othersAnd what about Fewmany which from Les Please He was this big baddy and then whoops took care of him he vanishes from the story with no closure In the end it was nice to have everything wrap up so neatly but closing it out with the new character just did not hang with the rest of the book it would have been better as diary entries all the way Did I already say thatOverall my apprehensions that later installments would not hold up to The Mapmaker's War are sadly proven warranted DangI recommend that book highly And then skip the rest

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The Plague Diaries Keeper of Tales Trilogy #3The astounding epic conclusion to the Keeper of Tales Trilogy brings together the cryptic prophecy in The Mapmaker’s War and the troubling mysteries in The Chronicle of Secret Riven leading to an unforgettable reckoning between lies and truth We are all born made of gold Secret Riven the mystically gifted heroine who now represses her uncanny telepathic power works for the mysterious magnate Fewmany as. Originally published at RisingshadowRonlyn Domingue's The Plague Diaries is the final novel in the Keeper of Tales Trilogy It's a gorgeous and uniue literary fantasy novel for adults It doesn't disappoint readers who expect to read a beautifully written and well created fantasy story with plenty of depth because it has everything you could ever hope to find in a literary fantasy novel I was deeply impressed by it because it's different from other fantasy novels and has depth than themA couple of years ago I read the author's The Mapmaker's War and found it excellent and captivating Because I enjoyed it I could hardly wait to read The Plague Diaries and delve myself into its world I can say that this novel was worth waiting for because the author has clearly done her best to create a mesmerising story for readers who love literary fantasy fiction I have yet to read the second novel The Chronicle of Secret Riven but I will read it soon because I want to get a complete view of the trilogyBecause I mentioned that I haven't yet read the second novel there may be readers out there who wonder if The Plague Diaries can be read separately as a standalone novel I can say to readers that it's possible to do so because you don't necessarily have to know anything about the previous novels in order to enjoy the story This novel has been written in a way that allows readers to fully enjoy it without knowledge about previous happeningsThe Plague Diaries is an extraordinary and genre bending novel in which the author engagingly combines elements of literary fiction and fantasy fiction to create a memorable and deeply touching reading experience It's one of the most beautifully written speculative fiction novels I've ever read because it features beautiful prose and elegant storytelling There's an almost fairy tale like uality to it that I found charmingI consider Ronlyn Domingue to be a first rate storyteller because she doesn't hurry with her story but lets it unfold at its own pace She uses such elements as love loss magic fate myth history and free will as her building tools and constructs a strong foundation with them onto which she builds her story Elements of myth and history overlap and intertwine with each other throughout the story and enthrall readers who love mythic storiesHere's information about the storyIn the prologue Secret Riven tells about how Old Woman told her that she is there to shift a balance one with the potential to deepen their darkness or bear forth a hidden light She says that both were her fate the darkness and the light and the one she chose a matter of free will Thus begins the story of how Secret will release the Plague of Silences that will change the worldIn the beginning Secret has been offered an archivist position at the Fewmany Athenaeum Her task is to organise and catalog magnate Fewmany's collection She feels that she is in paradise because she is excited about the tremendous task before her She explores the house and its rooms and acuaints herself with the house As time goes by Fewmany shows interest in Secret by asking her to join dinner parties and participate in masuerades One day while doing her tasks Secret finds the arcane manuscript that vanished when her mother died She also learns what Fewmany wants from her and why he showed interest in her Soon she begins a great uest to find the truth about herself her mother and her fate and will ultimately release the Plagues of SilencesI won't reveal of the story in fear of writing major spoilers I'll only add that as the story begins to unfold readers will have great difficulties to turn their eyes away from the pages because the story is gripping and culminates into a memorable endingThe characterisation is excellent and nuanced The author does an amazing job at giving Secret a strong and uniue voice Passion and yearning for knowledge intertwine seamlessly in Secret's voice in a powerful way but also such ualities as determination stubbornness and uncertainty manifest themselves in her voiceSecret is an educated and intelligent young woman who does not want to waste her life but wants to learn new things She has telepatchic abilities that allow her to communicate with creatures and plants but she has hidden and suppressed her ability As she grows older she dares to try out new experiences that she previously wouldn't have thought of doingJust like Aoife in The Mapmaker's War Secret is ahead of her time and others often disapprove of her and her choices She's rebellious and wants for herself than settling down and having a family As she sets out on her uest readers get to know about her and her feelings because she is being driven forward by fateThe other characters Nikolas Fewmany Harmyn etc are also well created and interesting It's nice that the author reveals information about them and their lives gradually over the course of the story because it adds fascination to the storyline It was enjoyable to read about these charactersI liked the way the author wrote about Secret and her work as archivist The scenes in which she does her tasks are atmospheric and the scenes in which she interacts with her employer Fewmany are intriguing because there are vague hints about Fewmany wanting something from her The author follows how their relationship develops and what happens when Fewmany's wishes are revealed to SecretSecret's friendship with Nikolas is described believably and fluently because they've known each other for many years Their lives are connected in an intriguing way because there's an ancient legacy that touches both of them and affects their lives I also found it interesting to read about Old Woman and Harmyn's connection to Secret because they both have a role to play in the storyI enjoyed reading about how Secret communicated with animals insects and plants because her way of communicating with them differed from normal communication The scenes in which Secret interacted with nature appealed a lot to me because I've always found this kind of scenes fascinatingBecause the Plague of Silences and its effects on the world have a major role in the story I'll say a few words about them There's a deeply mythic feel to the plague and its effects that enthralled me because it affected every living thing from animals to humans What happens to everyone will linger on the readers' minds because the plague is powerfulThere's plenty of depth and thought provoking elements in this novel and careful readers will be able to detect plenty of underlying wisdow in the story Themes of change learning and growing up are handled admirably The author writes believably and fluently about choices their conseuences and their power to heal wounds because she deftly avoids sentimentalityI also want to mention that I liked the way the author writes about being different People with different abilities and gifts are feared and shunned because not many understand them and their abilities This reflects our world because different kind of people are often shunned and treated badly by other people because of prejudiceThis novel has a faint touch of social criticism in the form of gender euality because women are not expected to apply for higher education but devote their lives for family and children During the story the author reveals how the protagonist has faced harassment and bad treatment for wanting to get a good education and by applying to high academies She has been thought to be odd by doing so because proper ladies don't behave like that and find happiness elsewhereRonlyn Domingue writes well about nature and animals Because I'm interested in nature animals and plants I found myself touched by many of her descriptions and enjoyed reading about what she wrote about the animals If you're interested in nature I'm sure that you'll be just as thrilled to read about the animals as I wasOne of the most fascinating things about this novel is that the author has the power to make mundane things seem almost magical This is partly due to the author's descriptive writing style because her elouent descriptions about the happenings are beautiful I also want to mention that this novel has scenes that will deeply touch readers One of these scenes features Cyril the suirrel and what he says to Secret when the plague affects the animalsThe worldbuilding is exuisitely nuanced and subtly complex in a way that makes you fall in love with the world As Secret tells her story the world opens up to readers in an engaging way because it allows readers to get to know the world as she knows it In my opinion this kind of worldbuilding is effective and immersiveBecause this novel ends the Keeper of Tales Trilogy the author ties up loose and combines various threads from the previous novels Readers will find much to love in the story because the revealed mysteries and secrets are fascinating Because I haven't yet read the second novel yet I can't say anything about how its contents are tied to this novel but I can mention that elements from the first novel play an important part in the storyRonlyn Domingue's prose is beautiful descriptive and elouent Her almost poetic prose brings out the nuances of the story and highlights the minor details in a marvellous way When I read this novel I thought to myself that the author's graceful writing style is slightly reminiscent of Guy Gavriel Kay Ursula K Le Guin Stephanie Burgis and Helen Lowe because there's something in her writing style that reminds me of these authorsI have a strong feeling that everyone who reads this novel will be touched by the author's prose and writing skills The prose is of such high uality that it will charm and touch readers' hearts in a profound way In my opinion Ronlyn Domingue's writing skills surpass those of many other authors because she effortlessly creates a mythic atmosphere and leads her readers into another world with her wordsThe diary entries small pictures and articles from Rothwyke Daily Mercury spice up the story The diary entries add a personal flavour to the story that deepens the overall atmosphere and provides readers a deeper glimpse into the happeningsI sincerely hope that Ronlyn Domingue will continue to write this kind of fiction because she is a talented author with a distinct literary voice I look forward to reading what she writes next Whether the next novel will be speculative fiction or not I'm going to read itI highly recommend Ronlyn Domingue's The Plague Diaries to readers of literary fantasy fiction and lovers of good stories because it's exceptionally immersive and features beautiful prose I think that it will linger on the readers' minds for a long time after the final page has been read If you're interested in mythic fantasy and literary fantasy fiction you owe it to yourself to read this outstanding novel because novels as good as this one are rare treasuresHighly recommended

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free read The Plague Diaries (Keeper of Tales Trilogy, #3) 100 ¹ The astounding epic conclusion to the Keeper of Tales Trilogy brings together the cryptic prophecy in The Mapmaker’s War and the troubling mysteries in The Chronicle of Secret Riven—leading to an unforgettable reckoning between lies and truth We are all born maAn archivist in his private library There she stumbles upon the arcane manuscript that had vanished following her mother’s untimely death She suspects the manuscript contains a profound secret and she is yet unaware of its link to a thousand year old war and her own family’s legacy The tasks before her are clear Secret must finally learn what Fewmany wants from her as well as the meaning of a strang. This is the final book in the Keeper of the Tales trilogy I have read these three books as they have come out starting in 2013 and if you have not read them yet you are so very lucky to be able to read them back to back to back If like me you have been awaiting this book – well your long wait is over I so want to start from the beginning now and read them ALL over again Can you tell I love these books And I am not usually a fan of this genre of bookIn The Plague Diaries Secret Riven learns of her destiny She has free will and can choose not to follow the path laid before her She has known all her life that she is different but her mother treated her poorly and her father saw her as a means to an end As she gets older she longs to go to the Higher Academy but girls don’t usually attend She does not get accepted on her first try so she accepts a job with the wealthy magnate in town Fewmany He is a man who knows what he wants and what he wants is everything He welcomes Secret and slowly seduces her to a life of having everything you could want before he reveals himselfThis is a hard book for me to describe and to write about as it is a book that takes place on many levels I’ve long written of my difficulties with books that present like this The brilliance of Ms Domingue is her ability to create her worlds with such brilliantly written sentences that even someone as literal as me can get lost in a a realm of fantasy and magic and believeThat is not to say I grasped all that was going on I know I did not I do know that in this last book I understood than in the first two Perhaps because of the world we currently live in – much of what is written seems to relate to the turmoil of todayI will note that I found my emotions all over the place in reading The Plague Diaries even to the point of crying at points It is a powerful book with characters that will stay with you It will make you think About yourself about your life and about the people around you It can be read on its own but it is a far richer experience to read the whole trilogy All three books are outstanding If you don’t read fantasy take a chance with these books – you will not be disappointed If you do you will be doubly rewarded