The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3)

(Baroque Cycle (3))

Hardcover, 892 pages

English language

Published April 12, 2005 by William Morrow.

ISBN:
9780060599355

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5 stars (13 reviews)

'Tis done.The world is a most confused and unsteady place -- especially London, center of finance, innovation, and conspiracy -- in the year 1714, when Daniel Waterhouse makes his less-than-triumphant return to England's shores. Aging Puritan and Natural Philosopher, confidant of the high and mighty and contemporary of the most brilliant minds of the age, he has braved the merciless sea and an assault by the infamous pirate Blackbeard to help mend the rift between two adversarial geniuses at a princess's behest. But while much has changed outwardly, the duplicity and danger that once drove Daniel to the American Colonies is still coin of the British realm.No sooner has Daniel set foot on his homeland when he is embroiled in a dark conflict that has been raging in the shadows for decades. It is a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint and closet alchemist Isaac Newton …

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4 stars

Well, it only took me nine years, but I finished the Baroque Cycle! And what a wild, crazy, breathtaking ride it has been, with Daniel Waterhouse at my side.

This concluding book in the trilogy focused mostly on England and Daniel's relationship with Isaac Newton, counterfeit coins, politics, explosions, Infernal Machines, gold, science and Systems Of The World. Not quite as crazy as the previous two, with a much tighter story, but still a wonderful ride in the past.

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5 stars

Alas, it's over. It was a strong finish to a gloriously long epic. The amazing thing to me is that the intensity of the divers wonders woven into the tale continued to wax throughout. As the obviously meticulously researched detail proliferated, so did the relentless humour, and the integrity of the characters. The portrayal of London in 1714 is an artwork of its own. All culminates in a reading experience that will clearly never be reproduced.

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