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  • Mass Market Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (5 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451463021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451463029
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By grr on 24 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am always looking forward to a new book in this series! And of course this was no disappointment! There is going to be a break from Margiere after the breathless finale at the end of Child of a Dead God, as more characters get their turn centre stage. Especially with the possible return of the Ancient Enemy!! Don't be upset at the lack of Leesil, Chap and Margiere, they will return.

So now we are with Wynn the sage, who has returned home to Calm Seatt, and the Guild of Sagecraft. With her were all the books with ancient writings from the castle in the Peaks, with all their references to undead and great battles in the Forgotten History. Sadly it seems the sages are none too happy with all this wealth of information, but why? Wynne is sidelined and excluded from anything to do with the texts, as the delicate translation continues without her. And no-one beleives her tales of Vampires and Undead! Well apart from a mysterious Suman sage and someone from the past......

But the plot thickens as things start to happen to people involved in the translations and making copies of them. Murder! Wynn is certain an Undead is in the city, but with all the sages thinking she is mad there is not a person to turn to....apart from the ambitious ciy guard Rodian.

This is exciting and will keep you hooked, packed with plenty of twists and suspects, and of course suprise appearances from old friends (or foes....) I look forward to the next installment, as this will be one big adventure for Wynn! This is enjoyable, interesting and not to mention addictive. If you are new to this, you need to start at the beginning with 'Dhampir.'
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By Miss E. Earle on 22 Jun. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read through this so quickly! Although Wynne isn't my favourite character, I was happy at that she's manned up a bit more!
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5 of 21 people found the following review helpful By gdyfldfh on 6 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
why, why, why would you start a new series focused on the single most annoying character in existence??!! Wynn should have died within a paragraph of her first being introduced in the previous series.
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Wynn Struggles to Carry a Book On Her Own 31 Jan. 2009
By E. Nolan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've enjoyed the Noble Dead books so far in part because they aren't shiny, happy heroic fantasy with perfect heroes and implacable villians. Magerie, Leesil and Wynn have many virtues, but they aren't perfect, and Chane, Weistel and Aged Father all have reasons for the evil they do.

However, I think this most recent Noble Dead book takes things too far into flawed heroes and conflicting agendas. I just felt it was something of a muddle with plots and plans overlapping and stepping on each other without anything clear being gained. Yes, we find that the Sage's Guild isn't without its own politics, and that Wynn has to grow up, but really, couldn't that have been conveyed in a book where *something* happened? For that matter, even Wynn's growth is somewhat unsatisfactory. She spends most of the book off her stride and completely unsure of herself, and even her climactic actions at the end of the book are undercut by a rapid backtrack.

And I haven't mentioned the biggest problem of the book yet, which is the complete absence of Magerie & Leesil. Even the "go our seperate ways for now" scene is missing, only thought on by Wynn in passing and it feels like a big story chunk is missing. I suppose it could have been told in a short story in an anthology somewhere as is becoming popular in the Urban Fantasy arena lately, but I haven't heard of it. I realize that Wynn wasn't part of the original Magerie & Leesil team, but the three worked very well together, and I don't think Wynn alone or with her supporting characters (both new, and an older one whose reappearance is bound to have consequences that were skimmed over here). I suppose the next book will concentrate on Magerie & Leesil and the one after that will re-unite the team, but so far, I'm not liking the split-up very much. (Though I will still follow the series for now).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I had problems with this one 6 Feb. 2010
By Reader Woman - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed the first books in the series. I found them when there were only 3, and they really helped take me away when I was in need of escape to another world. I was impressed.

But I have real problems with this one. The characters I love are not in it. I am not a big fan of Wynn, and she seems brainless and useless here, although I am sure that was not the intent. I think that you have to read it to stay with the series but if you have not read any, DON"T start with this one. If this was the first one I had read, I am not sure I would have read another.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
No one but Wynn?!?!...kind of boring 25 April 2009
By Marc B.W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have become a fan of the Noble Dead series and this is an spin off/offshoot from that series that frankly should have been pointed out.
Wynn alone with Chane a bit and all the rest new characters...ho hum. At times I found myself putting it down because I was bored and I can't say I even remember the ending well - why because it was incredible boring and not one thing was "taken" care of...no one dies but minor characters you could care less about.
I say next series have Wynn drained and left for a husk. Just not a compelling character to keep around let alone base a whole book off of.

I'll wait for the paperback of the next novel just to make sure it is better than this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Slow-moving misstep for the Noble Dead saga 27 Mar. 2009
By Kenneth Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The second Noble Dead series begins with a whimper. The books in the first series were enjoyable, if uneven in their pacing. The characters' interplay and unfolding personal histories kept my interest piqued and helped to support a gradually unfolding journey through the overall arc of the series.

In Shade and Shadow leaves most of the characters from the first series behind -- at least for now. The story focuses on Wynn, who was an integral part of the first series, but not a main character. I like her character a lot as a supporting player, but so far she isn't making a very interesting protagonist. This may be due to the fact that she spends much of the book feeling helpless, oppressed and confused, and hence not really doing anything about her situation. Also, the story itself moves along at a glacial pace, with detail upon detail piled upon not much actually happening for many pages. After 200 pages, the stakes finally become more immediate, and the arc of this second series starts to take form. But for me, it is too little, too late.

If you're going to write a series complete with building maps, multiple languages, detailed breakdowns of social organizations, and a lot of exposition to keep readers reminded of revelations from previous books in the series, then you need to support the weight of all that detail with a brisk, engaging story. Instead, In Shade and Shadow just plods along and, for great swaths, is just plain boring.

I'm sad to leave the world of this series behind, but I don't know that I'll want to dive in again when there is so much out there that am more likely to enjoy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mourning the lack of beloved primary characters 2 Dec. 2009
By Jessica Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Let me preface my review by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the first series of Noble Dead books. For the most part, I would rate those titles as a 5, maybe one as a 4. I offer this information only so that it is clear how I responded to this book comparatively.

I didn't hate it, certainly, but nor did I love it as I did its predecessors (yes, I know it technically doesn't have any as it begins a new series, but in my mind, it is a continuation of sorts). There were several reasons for this. First, it lacked the characters I had truly come to appreciate from the first series. In all fairness, though, Wynn was never a favorite of mine. She's not awful. She's also not interesting enough to engage me in the story though - not on her own. Before the book was released, I was concerned because of this... but hopeful that I would be wrong and I'd enjoy this book as much as the others. Unfortunately, I wasn't. Wynn just didn't do it for me. Second, although the plot was interesting, the pacing was a bit off (as other reviewers have mentioned) and the "wrap-up" wasn't as clean as I would have liked. Maybe "reason 1" underlies this as well, as there was no witty repartee to fall back on during story lulls? The chemistry was missing!

I'm not ready to abandon the series. The writing is still good and the concept is interesting. But I really do hope that the original characters return...
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