I remember very little of the trilogy except:
- the main character is a 'chosen-one' archetype who is smuggled out of someplace in a boat as a boy
- he fails in his quest many years later, something something time travel, and he ends up back in the same city
- I believe the final scene is of him as the boatman who is smuggling the chosen one out of the city to begin the cycle anew...
- I remember the titles all having the same format and being sort of alliterative
That's all I've had to go one since I read them as a tween and it's been driving me crazy for years. I'm sure they were rather bad, but I'd like to scan them again regardless.