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They were the best of friends: Ryland, the son of the king, is bound by loyalty. Shaye is both a majicar and a Weverton, both rebellious factions. Fairlie, a fiery metal-smith, is the iron bond that held them all together. Until now. Crosspointe's greatest advantage at sea is its ship's compasses-but the compass makers are dying. Without them, Crosspointe will fall. To sa They were the best of friends: Ryland, the son of the king, is bound by loyalty. Shaye is both a majicar and a Weverton, both rebellious factions. Fairlie, a fiery metal-smith, is the iron bond that held them all together. Until now. Crosspointe's greatest advantage at sea is its ship's compasses-but the compass makers are dying. Without them, Crosspointe will fall. To save his country and repel the coming Jutras invasion, the king orders Ryland to commit an unforgivable act. And soon Ryland, Shaye, and Fairlie find themselves at war...with each other.


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They were the best of friends: Ryland, the son of the king, is bound by loyalty. Shaye is both a majicar and a Weverton, both rebellious factions. Fairlie, a fiery metal-smith, is the iron bond that held them all together. Until now. Crosspointe's greatest advantage at sea is its ship's compasses-but the compass makers are dying. Without them, Crosspointe will fall. To sa They were the best of friends: Ryland, the son of the king, is bound by loyalty. Shaye is both a majicar and a Weverton, both rebellious factions. Fairlie, a fiery metal-smith, is the iron bond that held them all together. Until now. Crosspointe's greatest advantage at sea is its ship's compasses-but the compass makers are dying. Without them, Crosspointe will fall. To save his country and repel the coming Jutras invasion, the king orders Ryland to commit an unforgivable act. And soon Ryland, Shaye, and Fairlie find themselves at war...with each other.

30 review for The Turning Tide

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁

    4.5 stars This is definitely my favorite installment so far. Full RTC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adjectiveplusnoun

    NB—I received a digital review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. If you enjoy my take and want to read more of my writing and reviews, check out my blog The Turning Tide is fast-paced, character driven and continues with the intricate world-building begun in the previous two books. This book opens with an introduction to a small, well-developed cast of characters who quickly become embroiled in personal and political chaos. I love politics in my fantasy, and this NB—I received a digital review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. If you enjoy my take and want to read more of my writing and reviews, check out my blog The Turning Tide is fast-paced, character driven and continues with the intricate world-building begun in the previous two books. This book opens with an introduction to a small, well-developed cast of characters who quickly become embroiled in personal and political chaos. I love politics in my fantasy, and this series never disappoints. Fairlie is an amazing character, her relationship with Ryland and Shaye is compelling and nuanced, and so is her personal history and motivations. From the opening scene with Shaye, her character and his are thrown into sharp contrast, and she continually proves who she is, while also developing over the course of the novel into a version of herself that is truly extraordinary. Her love interest is dedicated and respectful, which I appreciated, and there was even a scene that specifically addressed the fact that if she did not return (view spoiler)[Shaye (hide spoiler)] ’s interest, that it would be fine, and everything could continue as normal. Why isn’t there more of this in fantasy? Why do so many books act like love or attraction are a switch you can flip on, and if you choose not to then you’re a monster? Fairlie's relationship does develop rather abruptly, but with the amount of high-stakes action that takes place in The Turning Tide any drawn-out angst or relationship drama would seem trite in contrast. Fairlie’s actually a great character for several reasons. She’s kind and compassionate, while never being less than strong. Too many times I’ve read about women who are portrayed as weak simply because they’re not strong in a traditionally masculine way. That’s why I love when I find genuinely strong female characters who are still compassionate, nurturing or considerate; without being ‘punished’ for it. Don’t get me wrong—I love a remorseless lady murderer as much as the next person, but I think it’s really important to have women written with traditionally feminine traits that are still self-assured, confident and effective. Feminist rant aside, this book is really good. There are more characters included from previous books, including a long-awaited reunion between two characters that makes me want to read book four immediately (potentially possible, if I find it second hand somewhere—the series is currently being re-released). Ryland was probably my favourite character in the book—solidly motivated, likeable for the most part, and one last thing, what was it? Oh yeah, he goes through hell. The book opens on a fairly difficult time for him, and things only get worse. Character development only really happens when characters get put through the wringer, and traumatic things pretty much never stop happening to Ryland. He has some tough decisions to make, and reacts in some admirable and definitely-not-admirable ways—it makes for great reading. When discussing characters, I can’t skip over Shaye. He’s not always likeable, but he’s always sympathetic. He’s great, and I loved the way he interacted with…everyone, just for different reasons. I hope we learn more about his family, and Ryland’s too for that matter. Both Vaughn and Nicholas need more page time. The king also becomes a genuine character in this book for the first time in the series (he made a cameo in book one, but The Turning Tide is the first glimpse we get at his relationships with people, the sort of man he is, and the reasons for that), and I loved the nuance brought to his character, and through that the world of the Crosspointe Chronicles. The world-building and scene descriptions never falter, making The Turning Tide (and the previous two novels) engaging to an extent that you only get with well-written sci fi or fantasy. Which brings me neatly to the next great thing about this book—the religion of Crosspointe gets fleshed out a little more, and I am intrigued. We’ve learnt a little of Bracken and Meris in The Black Ship, but now we got to learn about Chayos (who is fascinating) and her priestesses (likewise). Religion in novels can at times seem like it’s only included as a way to have PG swearing, but that’s definitely not the case in The Turning Tide. Crosspointe’s religion ties into the magic, political, and environmental systems, and directly influences the plot without ever lessening the agency of the characters. It reminded me of something Anne Bishop would write, in the best possible way. Hurn is the last of the four gods to be explored, and I hope this happens in the next Crosspointe novel. This book develops the structure and abilities of magisters as well, weaving threads from both The Cipher and The Black Ship into the plot of The Turning Tide, providing an over-arching storyline that is satisfying, while still leaving plenty to be explored in future novels. But this definitely isn’t a placeholder book, things happen in this book that will affect Crosspointe’s political and social system, and I’m going to really enjoy seeing how this happens. I’ll stop rambling because this review is already too long, but if you’ve read the previous Crosspointe books; enjoy fantasy with strong characters with complex, believably written relationships; or just like well-crafted fantasy worlds that get richer with every instalment, you should read The Turning Tide.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diana Davis

    The Turning Tide (A Crosspointe Novel Book 3)Kindle Edition by Diana Pharaoh Francis  I received a review copy via NetGalley and am choosing to leave a fair and honest review. Very few authors have the talent to bring a new reader completely into an ongoing saga in book three. Ms. Francis has that talent in spades. I've always enjoyed Ms. Francis, the Horngate Witches and the Path Trilogy being among my favorites. She is a unique and brilliant talent in Fantasy and Urban Fantasy. The Turning Tide is The Turning Tide (A Crosspointe Novel Book 3)Kindle Edition by Diana Pharaoh Francis  I received a review copy via NetGalley and am choosing to leave a fair and honest review. Very few authors have the talent to bring a new reader completely into an ongoing saga in book three. Ms. Francis has that talent in spades. I've always enjoyed Ms. Francis, the Horngate Witches and the Path Trilogy being among my favorites. She is a unique and brilliant talent in Fantasy and Urban Fantasy. The Turning Tide is a fascinating series with a fresh group of characters, including Fairlie, a female metal smith who uses the majickal element of syenth; Ryland, the youngest of two princes who must make a horrible decision; and Shaye, the man in love with Fairlie who has a terrible secret. Fairlie will be forced to sacrifice to save her kingdom from invaders. An amazing epic with romance and magic, action and throne politics. 5 stars out of 5 https://www.amazon.com/Turning-Tide-C...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was part of a five-book grab bag that I purchased from Half Price Books. None of the books in the bundle were ones I would have chosen for myself, and I only recognized the name of one author, but that's what makes it fun. I chose to read this book first, because it looked the most interesting. The Turning Tide is the third book in a series, but it worked as a stand-alone novel. It takes place in a well-developed fantasy world filled with wizards ("maji I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was part of a five-book grab bag that I purchased from Half Price Books. None of the books in the bundle were ones I would have chosen for myself, and I only recognized the name of one author, but that's what makes it fun. I chose to read this book first, because it looked the most interesting. The Turning Tide is the third book in a series, but it worked as a stand-alone novel. It takes place in a well-developed fantasy world filled with wizards ("majicars"), strange beings, and warring kingdoms. I appreciated the fact that this was not a predictable book; Francis threw several surprises at me. Even better, she writes well about moral dilemmas and how difficult it can be to figure out the right thing to do. Overall, this was an enjoyable book, and I'm glad it was a part of the book bundle.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I didn't like it much when I started it but after getting further into it I did. The the tide turned again (see what I did there) and went back not liking it so much. Don't think I'll go back and read #s 1 and 2 of this series. Don't know exactly what I didn't really like about this book as the writing was good - just didn't care for the story line. I didn't like it much when I started it but after getting further into it I did. The the tide turned again (see what I did there) and went back not liking it so much. Don't think I'll go back and read #s 1 and 2 of this series. Don't know exactly what I didn't really like about this book as the writing was good - just didn't care for the story line.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This series is really good. I can't put it down. This series is really good. I can't put it down.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy Wissler

    "The Turning Tide" is the third book in Francis's Crosspointe series and introduces a new cast of characters to this world. Fairlie has a gift for shaping and working metal, a gift which may allow her to make the all-essential and powerful compasses, allowing Pilot's to sail the seas and avoiding the magic that can turn anything - humans, clothes, any object - into blood-thirsty, mindless monsters. Except, she's unable to work the magic as she is now...a human. For the good of Crosspointe, the K "The Turning Tide" is the third book in Francis's Crosspointe series and introduces a new cast of characters to this world. Fairlie has a gift for shaping and working metal, a gift which may allow her to make the all-essential and powerful compasses, allowing Pilot's to sail the seas and avoiding the magic that can turn anything - humans, clothes, any object - into blood-thirsty, mindless monsters. Except, she's unable to work the magic as she is now...a human. For the good of Crosspointe, the King orders her to be turned by the slyveth, the same beings which turn people into monsters. The book's cover blurb doesn't do the story justice. The story is truly about the close friendship and loyalty between Shaye, a majicar, and Fairlie. It's their friendship, which blossoms into love, that keeps the story moving forward. One won't leave the other, even when it means life-long imprisonment and slavery. Another good addition to the series, with a few minor characters popping up. With each book the series' story grows a little more, the stakes are raised and the characters are tested in ways they'd never dreamed of. A fast enough read, the paced moved, and I really wanted to see how Fairlie and Shaye came out at the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Luiken

    Happy to have finally located a copy of this book and return to the fascinating world of Crosspointe with its dangerous tides of magical sylveth, the mere touch of which turns a human into Spawn. Except sometimes the change can be controlled and majicars created. One such change lies at the heart of this novel and its effect on three friends. The books in this series share a setting and an over-arching struggle between Jutras and Crosspointe but each have their own set of .main characters. High Happy to have finally located a copy of this book and return to the fascinating world of Crosspointe with its dangerous tides of magical sylveth, the mere touch of which turns a human into Spawn. Except sometimes the change can be controlled and majicars created. One such change lies at the heart of this novel and its effect on three friends. The books in this series share a setting and an over-arching struggle between Jutras and Crosspointe but each have their own set of .main characters. High magic, strong action sequences.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Latharia

    I have to say that I enjoyed this book the most out of the 3 Crosspointe novels. The characters were very compelling & given many morally ambiguous choices that brought their strengths and flaws to the forefront. Again I was kind of thrown for a loop (as I was with Book #2), expecting familiar characters, but instead being given totally new people with remote ties to familiar characters. If a 4th book is produced, I will happily read it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    One of the few fantasy series I've read where the main characters in each book are different, even though all the books take place in the same location at approximately the same time (pretty much chronologically consecutive). Minor characters in the first may be become major characters in a subsequent title, or major characters in the first may only appear peripherally in a later book. Works pretty well in this case. One of the few fantasy series I've read where the main characters in each book are different, even though all the books take place in the same location at approximately the same time (pretty much chronologically consecutive). Minor characters in the first may be become major characters in a subsequent title, or major characters in the first may only appear peripherally in a later book. Works pretty well in this case.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Another good book in the series. A powerful love, terrible choices that leave the fate of a kingdom hanging in the balance. I can't wait to see how all these characters come together for their country and rally against the forces that have pushed them around. Another good book in the series. A powerful love, terrible choices that leave the fate of a kingdom hanging in the balance. I can't wait to see how all these characters come together for their country and rally against the forces that have pushed them around.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    Of the three novels in this series so far this one was my least favourite. Having said that I still really enjoyed the book and I enjoy having different characters to read about each time I pick up a book from this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I still like the series. The characters are real with real problems for their setting.

  14. 5 out of 5

    SBC

    This didn't catch my fancy. This didn't catch my fancy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stefan

  18. 5 out of 5

    April

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cachet O'Dell-Crenson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Xiao

  21. 5 out of 5

    Austin

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hjamison1

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tia Sain

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leisa

  26. 5 out of 5

    William Howe

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elijah Kramer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hmr28

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cyb

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