Shadowrise: Shadowmarch: Volume III Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Southmarch Castle is about to be caught between two implacable enemies, the ancient, immortal Qar and the insane god-king, the Autarch of Xis. Meanwhile, its two young defenders, the king’s children Princess Briony and Prince Barrick, are both trapped far away from home and fighting for their lives.
Barrick is lost behind the Shadowline, facing all the terrible dangers and mysteries of that magical twilight land. Briony is alone in a treacherous foreign court, struggling to survive with no weapon left to her but her wits. And in the midst of all this, something unbelievable is awakening underneath Southmarch, something powerful and terrible that the world has not seen for thousands of years.
In this third volume Barrick and Briony, along with Qinnitan - the Autarch’s desperate, escaped slave - a loyal soldier named Ferras Vansen, and a tiny handful of other folk, ordinary and extraordinary, must find a way to save their world, or else witness the rise of a terrible new age - an age of unending darkness.
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|Listening Length||26 hours and 50 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 02, 2010|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #71,343 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The last heirs of Southmarch continue on their different paths and Barrick heads deep into the shadowline and Briony seeks help in foreign kingdoms. Ferras Vansen, ever the loyal knight follows Barrick but it's soon made clear his destiny is elsewhere.
As the pact of glass comes to an end and it becomes clear that what is wanted with Southmarch effects more than just the politics of Eion and Xis enemies will become allies and ancient truths shall become known. For to keep the whole world out of shadow, much must first come to the light.
The third novel in Tad William's epic fairy, "Shadowrise" continues in William's grand tradition- epic fantasy filled with multiple viewpoints, characters both brave and meek (and ones who frequently change from one to the other) and an incredibly detailed high fantasy background including everything from the history of the land the book is set in, the things one would only notice if they were walking, eyes open, through the novel and even quotations from the various religions holy books. Like the others in the series this book maintains a knife edge balance of drama, romance and even a slight humor that makes the book simply impossible to put down.
Five stars. Followed but the fourth book in this series (which was supposed to be the second half of the third but William's series have a habit of going from three books to four) "Shadowheart."
The strong characterisation (female characters especially) and intriguing mythos (as related by unreliable narrators and histories for the most part) continue to hold my interest.
Unless Mr Williams screws up rather colossally (unlikely, given the evidence), the last volume should be full of payoff!
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I wasn't disappointed!
Tad Williams' worlds are delight to wander through. His characters in this novel are both charming and grotesque and the variety of cultures he writes about is staggering.
Can't wait to buy the last book in the series!
This was intended by the writer as a trilogy, but the final volume ended up being so long it has been split into two halves. This is just the first half.
It does have a very handy reprise at the start of the events in the previous two book, which really helps refresh the reader's memory. And although you may be able to get into it via reading those if you haven't read the others, you're much better starting off with the beginning of the series Shadowmarch (Shadowmarch Quartet) .
Once past the summaries there's a short prologue, and then the rest of the book runs for six hundred and fifty one pages, and is divded into three parts and a total of thirty nine chapters.
There are maps of the settings at the start.
And a handy appendix at the end listing character and item and place names. And other made up words from the series.
It picks up right where the second book ended, with a fair few viewpoint characters all of whom have various problems to deal with. And flashes back and forth between them as they endeavour to do just that.
The number of viewpoint characters means it does take a little while for this to get going. But soon enough pages are turning rapidly. And despite a lot of made up words the prose is pretty engrossing reading.
Like any good story that sets up a finale this does make some of the motivation of the villains of the piece clear [but not all of the. One particular character's exposition is yet to come] and ups the stake to make the finale one that should be of a very grand scale.
An engrossing read if you've followed this series so far, and it does it's job by making you want to know how it will all end out.
To find out, read Shadowheart: The Shadowmarch Sequence (Shadowmarch 4)