Harry Turtledove's third and final installment in the Opening of the World series is as exciting as the first two. At the start, Count Hamnet Thyssen and his friends are finally showing resistance to the conquering Rulers. With their new shaman Marcovefa seemingly unstoppable, it seems only a matter of time before the Rulers are finally pushed out of Raumsdalia. However, each small victory weakens the band of fighters, and if the Rulers aren't defeated soon, all resistance will crumble. It seems their only hope lies in finding the fabled Golden Shrine. Can the band of warriors find the shrine when no one in history has managed to do so? Can they defeat the Rulers in time, or will they finally find a way to stop Marcovefa and bring Raumsdalia to its knees?
The Golden Shrine by Harry Turtledove is as thrilling and exciting as the last two in the series. With numerous twists and turns, Turtledove keeps the reader guessing at what will come next. His brand of comic relief helps keep the reader entertained at even the least exciting point of the story. With his style combined with unique characters and a fantastic plot, The Golden Shrine is a book I would suggest to any fan of Fantasy novels.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Chambersburg, PA United States