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King of Shadows (The Rune Blades of Celi Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Marston

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Book Description

For generations, the Somber Riders have ruled the Calae lands. But this spring brings more than green buds, crying lambs, and sparkling burns. It brings new promise.


Destiny, that bold weaver, is pulling together three shining strands: A bheancora by blood, whose Rune Blade thirsts for justice; a brash young sovereign whose heart seeks vengeance; and a renegade Somber Rider, touched with Tyadda magic, who remembers a long-forgotten dream.

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Destiny draws together a girl whose Rune Blade seeks justice, a brash young king whose heart craves vengeance, and a Somber Rider who is touched with magic and follows an ancient dream.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2363 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Five Rivers Publishing; 2 edition (24 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L9NNVSA
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,155,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  10 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the rest of the series, very enjoyable 4 Jan. 2000
By Sarah E. Morin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am becoming very attached to this series. Marston has an excellent sense of suspense and fate. Her stories have the fiber of legend, and reading them somehow feels as natural as reading Robin Hood or the Aeneid. Like Cloudbearer's Shadow, King of Shadows drives ever closer to the oncoming of a king to drive the Maedun from the land. The character of Cynric, the half-Saesnesi, half-Maedun rebel is especially appealing. I wish we could learn more of what happens to him, but I suspect Marston will move to the next generation with the next book, so that we only find out second-hand. My main complaint is that it's hard to get to know the characters well in so short a span, especially when the book switches narrators midway through. The action almost seemed like a foregone conclusion, and I wished we could have slowed done for more characterization and complexity. However, the book as a whole is very enjoyable, and I look forward to the continuation of the series.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second best book of all of the 2 triologies! 21 Jan. 2000
By Chris Ryll - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With the exception of the very first book, Kignmaker's Sword, this is the best of all of Ann's books in both the Rune Blade and Sword in Exile Triologies. I love how she makes two stories come together so nicely. I found both main characters very compeling and well rounded. Ann writes a great book and they just keep on coming.
4.0 out of 5 stars Applause for an excellent book 25 Nov. 2000
By Hello - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ann Marston has woven together a classic fantasy, ranking high among the many post Tolkein authors who attempt to craft a story as masterfully as he did. While steeped in magic, King of Shadows, to it's credit, is not so unrealisticly magical that it becomes abstract and stupid. This book has a great co-main character in Cynric, even more appealing than the star of the first book in this trilogy, Gareth. My only complaint is that, as the trilogy moves on seemingly towards the story of the foretold king who will free the land, it seems likely we will not hear anymore of Cynric first hand in Marston's next book, Sword and Shadow.
4.0 out of 5 stars Applause for an excellent book 25 Nov. 2000
By Hello - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ann Marston has woven together a classic fantasy, ranking high among the many post Tolkein authors who attempt to craft a story as masterfully as he did. While steeped in magic, King of Shadows, to it's credit, is not so unrealisticly magical that it becomes abstract and stupid. This book has a great co-main character in Cynric, even more appealing than the star of the first book in this trilogy, Gareth. My only complaint is that, as the trilogy moves on seemingly towards the story of the foretold king who will free the land, it seems likely we will not hear anymore of Cynric first hand in Marston's next book, Sword and Shadow.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, part of a 6 book series 3 Oct. 2009
By Andrew James Shields - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
There are two separate trilogies that build upon each other. Ann Marston was an unkown to me when I picked up the first book of the Rune Blade Trilogy, and i read all the books thru the Sword in Exile trilogies. This series I got from the library quickly became one of my favorites. A book you can lose yourself in for hours at a time. Great storyline and even better character development. You read the book and feel you really know the characters and that you understand all the feelings and emotions that take place within the storyline. Brilliant Writing!!! for fans of fantasy fiction.
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