#3: The Song of Unmaking  -     By: D. Barkley Briggs
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Living Ink / 2011 / Paperback

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The dreadful Goths have invaded Rockval, testing the strength of Bitterland's beautiful, widowed ruler. Meanwhile, the Barlow brothers are growing stronger in their powers-all except for Ewan, who traded his gift away to save the life of his friends.
Soon it becomes clear that the Goths are the least of their worries. A terrible machine is being built high atop Mount Vishgar, above Rockval, where the raging winds never cease. If the machine really does release the Song of Unmaking, what will happen? Can Arthur lay aside his grief and once more become a great leader of men? And what is the mysterious Doorless Tower, Nein Dyrr?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Living Ink
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0899578659
ISBN-13: 9780899578651
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Series: Legends of Karac Tor

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Publisher's Description

IN THE BITTER NORTH, HOPE AND FEAR COLLIDE.

    The dreadful Goths have invaded Röckval, testing the strength of Bitterland’s beautiful, widowed ruler. Meanwhile, the Barlow brothers are growing stronger and stronger in their powers—all except for Ewan, who traded his gift away to save the life of his friends.
    Soon it becomes clear that the Goths are the least of their worries. A terrible machine is being built high atop Mount Vishgar, above Röckval, where the raging winds never cease. If the machine really does release the Song of Unmaking, what will happen? Can Arthur lay aside his grief and once more become a great leader of men? And what is the mysterious Doorless Tower, Nein Dyrr?
    As Kr’Nunos grows more bold, the Barlow brothers take their stand with the viks of the north. Yet it is Ewan alone who must answer the question: Is any music stronger than the most powerful song of destruction the world has ever known?

Author Bio

Dean Barkley Briggs is an author, father of eight, and prone to twisting his ankle playing basketball. He grew up reading J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lews, Patricia McKillip, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen R. Donaldson, Ursila K. Leguin, Susan Cooper, Madeline L’Engle, Terry Brooks, Andre Norton and Lloyd Alexander (just to name a few)...and generally thinks most fantasy fiction pales in comparison. (Yes, he dabbled in sci-fi, too. Most notably Bradbury, Burroughs and Heinlein).

After losing his wife of 16 years, Briggs decided to tell a tale his four sons could relate to in their own journey through loss. Thus was born The Legends of Karac Tor, a sweeping adventure of four brothers who become enmeshed in the crisis of another world. Along the way they must find their courage, battle against overwhelming odds, face their pain, and never quit searching for home.

In God’s timing, beauty and joy arose from the ashes of loss. Briggs remarried a lovely redhead named Jeanie, who previously lost her husband in an auto accident. Together with her four children, their hands are quite full.

D. Barkley Briggs may be found on the web at www.HiddenLands.net

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The Song of Unmaking is the third book in the Legends of Karac Tor series by D. Barkley Briggs, and follows four young brothers cast away from their father into a fantastic alternate world. The brothers must learn to use the magical Songs they have each been gifted with so that they can stop the nefarious sorceress Nemesia from destroying Karac Tor. The brothers must learn the pain, and the value, of sacrifice and the importance of unity and love in the face of evil's seemingly irresistible power.

The book follows many different characters and may seem disjointed to those who have not read the previous books. The large cast provides an interesting array of characters, but sometimes at the cost of depth. However, in the conclusion, everything ties together in a satisfying resolution that appeals to the majesty of God's creative capability.

Ewan is the brother followed most. He sacrificed his Song to protect his family and is now struggling with normality as his brothers grow in their magical abilities. Through the story he regains confidence, and is the one who ultimately ushers in victory.

Being more sensitive to people than his brothers, Ewan is able to make vital connections with the other characters. This role of friend and supporter turns out to be more beneficial than having his Song could ever have been.

An adventurous romp into an imaginative world, The Song of Unmaking provides a main character who demonstrates the ideal of John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." Any child with a head in the clouds would enjoy this book, though it is recommended that he or she begin with the first installment in the series, The Book of Names. – Kyle Carruthers, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

"D. Barkley Briggs has a fresh story to tell, and he delivers it in a unique voice. His writing style brightens every page. The lyrical prose suits his intriguing tale and heightens the feel of another world. The Book of Names is sure to gather a following among young and old fantasy lovers."

—Donita K. Paul, author of The Dragon Keeper Chronicles


"A complex tapestry of magic and meaning, bravery and brotherhood."

—Jeffrey Overstreet, author of Auralia's Colors

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  1. Portugal Cove, Newfoundland
    Age: 25-34
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    please sir...I would like some more!
    November 18, 2011
    jodream
    Portugal Cove, Newfoundland
    Age: 25-34
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My only regret buying this book is that now I have to wait for the next one to come out. This is an intense story, drawing the reader into an exciting adventure that on some level we can all relate to. I love the characters and their humour, their personal journeys and adventures. If you like Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper, etc..you will really enjoy and appreciate this series!!
  2. North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The connecting book in the series!
    November 16, 2011
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    The saga of the Barlow brothers continues as they try to find their way home to their own dimension while helping good triumph over evil in Karoc Tor. In this installment (of a projected series of 5 books) they have a surprise visitor from home who becomes a key in the struggle to conquer evil. While this book definitely propels the story forward and a lot happens. This book seemed a little more disjointed than the first two books. Of course it would be the middle, connecting story out of the five (kind of like Empire Strikes Back in Star Wars - some people claim that is the best of all the movies, with each main character on their own journey but I like when they are all together in Return of the Jedi best). I think it was mostly at the beginning and it certainly wasn't enough to deter me from loving this quest that Haydn, Ewan, Garrett and Gabe are on. In fact the only bad part of this book was knowing that as soon as I finished it I was going to have to wait quite awhile until the next one comes out. I eagerly anticipate the next installment though!

    One warning - This is a series definitely designed to be read in order. Do yourself (and the author) a favor and get all 3 books and read them in order... do not start with book #3!
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    must read the first two in this series
    November 14, 2011
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Song of Unmaking is the third in the Legends of Karac Tor series.

    In this volume, the Goths are on the verge of invading Rockval.

    An even greater threat is the terrible machine being built atop Mount Vishgar, above Rockval, where the raging wind never ceases. A music machine with a deadly song, built from an old wizard's long guarded plans. It plays a terrible song. Nemesia is preparing to play the song, the song that will release the revenge of Kr'Nunos over the whole land.

    The brothers' father is trapped in Rockval and then the Goths attack. They are a monolithic wall of rock and clay, with eyeless faces and steel-spiked hands. Their frightening size is twice that of a man. They were painless, bloodless, untiring brutes. They came for the soil.

    The Barlow children join forces in their attempt to save the people in the hidden lands. Gabe and Garret are discovering their own special powers, such as Garret controlling the wind and Gabe joining reality with an eagle But Nemesia is not stopped and the Song of Unmaking begins to ring out in the land. Only Ewan can produce the better song. Will he be able to stop the destruction?

    I came in on the series, reading the third book, not having read the first two. I was immediately lost with the variety of names and places. This book contained no synopsis of the first two titles in the series. Also, there is not enough information within the plot of The Song of Unmaking to understand what has gone one before. If you have not read the first two, you should do so before trying this one. There is not enough continuity provided, nor is the story in this book of sufficient independence, to be read it on its own.

    This fantasy series involves travel between dimensional realities. At times we are in the world as we know it while at others, we are in the hidden lands. The Barlows go from our world to the hidden one, as does King Arthur. They're Outlanders.

    There are characters and analogies to Christian themes are very strong. Olfadr had created nine worlds and gave Aion nine ways in which to reveal himself. So Aion was charged with dominion across many spheres of influence. Kronos, Keeper of Time, began to covet the rank of High Prince. Kronos sought to undermine Aion through subverting his greatest achievement, man. Kronos wove insurrection into the fabric of every generation to come. Even Kronos heard the judgment: the race of man would cost Aion everything.

    Such is the power of Kronos, the Devourer, now Kr'Nunos.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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