Only later, beyond the point of no return, do his doubts begin The Pagans Trilogy 3. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Earth Goddess , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Apr 19, Benjamin Duffy rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, that was rather unexpected. I knocked each of them out in a day or two, and enjoyed them very much. In beginning The Earth Goddess , I expected more of the same, and would have been happy with it.
The Earth Goddess
What I got instead was something altogether different, surprising, and in the end rewarding. Wh Well, that was rather unexpected. Where the second book in the trilogy is more or less a direct sequel to the first, this book quickly serves notice that that will not be the case here. The story wastes no time in breaking some major ties to the first two books, sweeping the reader to a different place, full of different people and a very different culture - seeing the agrarian vs.
The book takes more apparent liberties with historical speculation than its predecessors. Set largely within the elite, secretive priesthood of the titular Earth Goddess, it was actually easy to forget that I was reading a novel set in a real, historical time and place.
The priesthood's ethos is sometimes reminiscent of Buddhism, other times of some medieval monastic order, other times utterly unique, and surprisingly sophisticated, especially compared to the protagonists of the first two books. All in all, this was a great wrap-up to The Pagans. The central theme of the series i. A fine read in its own right, and a worthy close to this unique trilogy.
Mar 07, Rick Brindle rated it really liked it Shelves: The third book in the pagans trilogy. It starts with Tagart, who we saw in the first two, and then the narrative moves to his son, and how his life goes in the land of ancient Britain and Europe no Brexit there! As usual, Richard Herley tells a good story, his narrative is very evocative, but my usual issues are there, a little too over descriptive, and not enough dialogue. Most of the time though, it works, although once it got into the theology explanation, I skipped a bit. Overall though, a g The third book in the pagans trilogy.
Overall though, a good story, with perhaps a too sudden an ending. There was definitely scope for a continuation of the story, maybe Paoul will return.
Tagart's "son", the 6th Lord Brennis, becomes a Red Priest and destroys the empire from within. Jun 06, Mirwais Gada added it Shelves: Roisin Regan rated it really liked it Jun 03, David rated it it was amazing Oct 26, Susan Wiggins rated it it was amazing Jul 08, Robert rated it it was amazing May 20, Christina Hilburn rated it it was amazing Oct 26, Youngblood rated it really liked it Apr 10, Christy Drayer rated it it was amazing Aug 23, Share your thoughts with other customers.
Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Having read and mostly enjoyed the first two books in The Pagans series, I was very disappointed by this book. I had come to like the protagonist of the first two books, but did not at all care for the fate he was dealt in this book, which then concentrated on a new, and to me, uninteresting main character. This book's story line seemed to have very little to do with the line developed in the first two books.
This is the fourth Richard Herley book I've read, and the only one I did not enjoy. I gave this a four because the follow up to 2 great books brought it to a conclusion. I was right in that it was Korak, son of Tarzan, but only if Korak was kidnapped and forced to join the priesthood.
It was very interesting in places and I finished it in 1 sitting so it did not bore me my definition of a readable book versus a waste. The whole ancient society was set up quite nicely but wouldn't want to try and survive in it. If you read the other two books, get this one. Cheap enough to learn the end of the story. The first two books of this trilogy were action oriented and interesting. The Earth Goddess was chocked full of religious and scientific theories but became very boring and tedious.
The Earth Goddess (Pagans Trilogy, book 3) by Richard Herley
I feel the author also became bored with this book and the ending killed the spirit of rebellion in Paulo. That was a let down. Not the closure that I expected or hoped for, it was, none the less, an enjoyable book.
I found the trilogy a well assembled body of work. The focus is now on the developing spiritual concepts of this time period BC , so not surprisingly, there is a lot less fighting and killing. Indeed, after an initial spate of it, most of the subsequent bloodshed occurs offscreen.
Tagart, Fodich, and Lord Hewzane serve as a bridge between the two novels. Rian and Ika are also present, albeit in lesser roles. For the most part, we are treated to a new cast of characters, and new lands to explore. Paoul, the hero is initially being raised by Tagart, but is not of Tagart's bloodline, and that's a nice change-of-pace. Like his stepdad, he has his flaws. Despite the paucity of gore, TEG is not a boring read.
The writing is strong, and the pace for the most part moves along at a nice clip. The major characters are well-developed maybe that's the upside to less bloodshed , and there are some deep insights about Religion in this story that are still applicable today. The ending seemed a bit hurried to me, but it still had some neat twists and all the major plotlines Paoul's heritage, religion, and love issues; plus Hothen's lot are tied up.
The book closes with a kewl epilogue.
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