Grand Master’s Mate book 3
Young empath, Violet, and her cunning Grand Master, Athanor Griffin, unite in a crusade against the villains threatening civilization. Their nemesis, Morrigu, the Red Queen, rampages across the galaxy, while the Council of Grand Masters fears Violet is fulfilling her father’s prophesy of doom. To halt the destruction, Violet and Athanor embark on a risky quest for a psychic weapon on the dangerous planets marked by the ancients. But, will Violet lose Athanor if she achieves her destiny to destroy the Council?
Book 3 in the Grand Master’s Trilogy
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By Robert Shuler on February 8, 2016
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Flashy! Of course that’s how it works. Just visualize where you want to be, touch the implant behind your ear, and “step into it.” Quantum mechanical entanglement with an inhospitable adjacent universe takes you right there. Why fuss around with wormholes or warp drives, which we know to be silly nonsense?
I was so bored with reality after reading this astonishing series, not only with having to actually get in my car and endure urban traffic down the same roads for the ten thousandth time, but also with real people who take weeks or months to decide if they will do something (Violet’s friends are in or out in 5 minutes, even if the proposal is to travel to the other end of the galaxy and endure great danger).
I am not being as sarcastic as you might think. If we are going to postulate laws of physics favorable to magic, why make them difficult? Teleportation worked on Star Trek, and the great civilizations they encountered could do it across the galaxy. Come read this novel about a future human civilization in which 12 grand masters can do just that. And try catching one of them when they can just teleport out of trouble. There are many great puzzles to solve and trials which only character and not techno-magic can solve.
If you are reading this review, chances are you have already read the first two novels in the series and are only wondering if this is up to snuff. Yes, that and beyond. In fact it is definitely better than the 2nd and possibly the best of all three, with the most character development, great and hard-won explanations for some of the mysteries, and a resounding and spectacular and also hard-won conclusion.
Perhaps Springer is the only modern author as inventive as Burroughs or Klein. There is something new and amazing on every page. And dialog to go with it.
By Liza O’Connor on December 12, 2015
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What a fabulous ending to the most remarkable, intriguing, and creative Sci-Fi series I have ever read.
I absolutely love this series. It is so rich in strange sentients, all beautifully described, and so very different than humans, yet so alike them in other ways.
Of course, not all are ‘good’ sentients. Some are fabulous while others are cautious, playing both sides of the proverbial fence. And some are downright deadly evil and seem intent upon destroying everything.
Violet, the Grand Master’s Pawn and mate, has the ability to emote empathy, and let me say that when dealing with other sentients, this often makes the difference between life and death throughout all three books.
In fact, if you asked me, I would say Violet is more important than any of the Grand Masters since she can gently sway sentients to her side, even when she hasn’t asked for help. Violet is brave, kind, courageous, and highly skilled. It is not possible to create a better 3-dimensional heroine than Aurora Springer has.
But Aurora’s talents don’t end with well-rounded character. Nope! She also knows precisely how to make a memorable, non-stop action story. Three of them, in fact. But this one ends better than I ever anticipated.
By Lornwal on December 24, 2015
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GRAND MASTER’S MATE, the third and final book in Aurora Springer’s GRAND MASTER’S trilogy, is exciting and original. Full of breathtaking adventure on strange, fully realized worlds, it also completely satisfies on an emotional level. Characters are unique and well-rounded, and even the nonhumans have distinct and intriguing personalities. My favorite alien character is the enchanting and loyal, sentient plant Brightness Amarylla Threeleaf. Amarylla, who always refers to herself as Brightness, speaks in an alien voice that is charming and idiosyncratic without sounding Yoda-like. I was very glad that she figured so often in the story, as she was always a delight.
The main characters, Violet and Athanor Griffin, have grown greatly throughout the saga: Athanor in humanity, compassion, and sociability, Violet in maturity, experience, and self-confidence. I loved the way author Springer portrayed both characters, especially their growing love, respect, and intimacy (discretely handled). Athanor, despite his initial arrogance, actually comes to accept Violet as his partner and equal long before Violet is able to see herself that way. That she can finally do so is, I think, a great step in her deepening maturity.
I’ve enjoyed every book in the trilogy, but GRAND MASTER’S MATE is a particularly strong conclusion to the saga. I’m sorry to come to the end of the story, but it’s a wonderfully satisfying read in every way! Definitely recommended!