DOOM

Doom

Doom: book 6 of the Heart of the Staff

Blurb:

With the murder of her husband, King Artamus of Gwael, Queen Spitemorta at last rules the known world. She declares herself Omnipotent Empress and moves into her monstrous new castle in Niarg. And with her tools of power, the Great Staff and Crystal Heart, she believes she is invincible.

But then, General Coel, commander of all of her armies, brings tidings that four Elves have appeared in Niarg. These Elves should have been killed and eaten by her trolls, twenty years ago. And with these Elves returns the threat that the ancient Elven Prophecy predicting her downfall and death could still come to pass.

And somewhere far away, Ariel and Daniel, the very twins foretold in the Prophecy have become more powerful than any sorceress or wizard ever known. Together they could be invincible.

But can they destroy Spitemorta and her great tools of power? The time has come and one thing is certain. Either the twins and the rebellion will meet their doom, or Spitemorta and her minions will.


Reviews:

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I’ve read and reviewed almost all of Carol Marrs Phipps Heart of the Staff series (I think I missed Book 3 – sorry Carol), so I had to finish the series by reading Doom!

Synopsis (from the author): With the murder of her husband, King Artamus of Gwael, Queen Spitemorta at last rules the known world. She declares herself Omnipotent Empress and moves into her monstrous new castle in Niarg. And with her tools of power, the Great Staff and Crystal Heart, she believes she is invincible.

But then, General Coel, commander of all of her armies, brings tidings that four Elves have appeared in Niarg. These Elves should have been killed and eaten by her trolls, twenty years ago. And with these Elves returns the threat that the ancient Elven Prophecy predicting her downfall and death could still come to pass.

And somewhere far away, Ariel and Daniel, the very twins foretold in the Prophecy have become more powerful than any sorceress or wizard ever known. Together they could be invincible.

But can they destroy Spitemorta and her great tools of power? The time has come and one thing is certain. Either the twins and the rebellion will meet their doom, or Spitemorta and her minions will.

What I liked: As with the other books of the series, I loved the familiar characters. The evolution of the relationships, especially between the dragons and the humans, and among the various fairies, elves, humans, and surprisingly, the trolls, is well done. The plot moves along nicely, there are a few interesting surprises along the way, and the ending is satisfying. But, as usual, no spoilers from me. You will just have to read this excellent book and decide for yourself!

By Susan Waterwyk on April 17, 2015

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I truly enjoyed reading Doom, from the first chapter that gave me a ride on a dragon, to the last chapter (sorry, no end-spoiling details). The authors, Carol & Tom Phipps, provide some vivid world building and a wide range of characters: humans (including witches and wizards), dragons, elves, fairies, trolls and more. A glossary is available, and some of the dialogue includes some mythical language that is easy for the reader translate. It adds a nice variation and authenticity to the dialogue of the older venerable races. The scope of the book qualifies it as an epic fantasy because it takes the reader from one exotic locale to another while weaving several subplots into an intriguing main plot.

With cunning and sorcery,the Reaper Witch, Queen Spitemorta, becomes Empress over every kingdom. She draws her greatest magical powers from an enchanted staff and crystal (called the Heart). Unfortunately, her ruthless cruelties forces many heroic people and magical beings to rebel against her. They coordinate a desperate attack while she sets her traps and waits. The tension builds to climax when the two sides clash, leaving only two possible outcomes, freedom or doom.

Here are excerpts from Chapter Six that show the character of the Reaper Witch—

Suddenly the hall echoed with a rush of gasps as Spitemorta appeared out of thin air before their very eyes with a pedestal bearing a basket and a pedestal bearing a velvet pillow with a crown on her left, and a pedestal with an ermine pillow on her right…. “We are here to place the crown of the king of Gwael upon the head of Osulf, Prince of Pow Jyantylesk, would-be king of this realm


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Doom – Book 6, and the final installment in the “Heart of the Staff” epic fantasy series. I was very excited to see this book finally released, eager to find out what authors Carol & Tom Phipps had in store for the evil and bumbling antics of Spitemorta and Demonica, as well as the rest of the cast of characters that I have grown to know and love throughout this series. They did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy stories with witches, wizards, elves, and dragons. This, as with their other books, contains a good blend of humor as well as drama. I have enjoyed this series very much and hated to see it come to an end. I am eager to find out what this writing team comes up with next. I find their imagination and writing style to be very entertaining and a fun read for lovers of fantasy of all ages.
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