The penultimate volume in Tad Williams's first epic fantasy series since his bestselling Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
With King Olin imprisoned and Prince Kendrick slain, the royal twins Barrick and Briony have been forced to flee their homeland. But both families and nations can hide dark and terrible secrets. Even if Barrick and Briony survive learning the astonishing truths at the heart of their own family and of Southmarch itself, they must find a way to reclaim their kingdom and rescue their home-from traitors, tyrants, a god-king, and even the angry gods themselves.
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Shadowrise is Tad William's third and thus concluding novel of the Shadowmarch trilogy, begun in Shadowmarch and continued in Shadowplay. So in this final volume, wait, hold on, I'm being told Mr. Williams, clearly feeling a sense of fantasy author peer pressure, has decided that, yes, while this is the "concluding volume," it has in fact been split in two (hmmm, where have I heard that before), making the trilogy, in usual fantasy fashion, four books. At least. Maybe five. Who knows? In truth though, I've found the degree to which this sort of thing annoys me is in direct inverse relation to the quality of the books themselves. And I can't say I found myself particularly upset that Williams has extended Shadowmarch another five hundred pages or so. Or, you know, another thousand.
Book one was a typical starter novel: relatively slow-paced so as to introduce character, setting, necessary background information, etc. and leaving the reader with more questions than answers...
This has been the best book of this trilogy so far, though it ends abruptly (as though the book were cut in half, which indeed it was. But fear not, the final volume should appear in a couple of months). Many loose ends are clarified, and obviously the story is converging on Southmarch - where a king who would be god, the disenfranchised 'fairies', the missing prince and princess, and a host of other characters are coming together. A reason I particularly liked this novel: in general, my beef with the other Shadowmarch novels, and indeed most mega-fantasy/sci-fi novels these days is the rapid switching between character POVs from chapter to chapter (sometimes within a single chapter). Perhaps this is a nod to short attention spans in the modern day, perhaps it's lazy writing, who knows. What impressed me in Shadowrise was that while this usually annoying switching went on as it always has, it was done so well, each character and its experiences so interesting, that for once it was...
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