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Shadowheart: The Shadowmarch sequence [Paperback]

Tad Williams
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3 Nov 2011

Barrick Eddon, prince of Southmarch, is no longer entirely human. He has vowed to safeguard the legacy of the dark Qar race, and must now decide where his loyalties lie.

His twin sister Briony has a difficult choice of her own. Her father, King Olin, is held captive by the Autarch, a mad god-king who plans to use Olin's blood to gain unlimited power. And the castle of Southmarch still remains in the possession of Hendon Tolly, Briony's murderous relative. As time runs out, will Briony decide to save her father's kingdom . . . or her father?

As the foretold Great Defeat draws near, history is stripped of its costume of lies. Poets and players, mortals and fairies, warriors and gods - all will have their roles to play as the fate of the known world hangs in the balance.

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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499246
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former singer, shoe-seller and radio show host, Tad Williams is now a full-time writer. His Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series established him as one of the most internationally popular fantasy authors of recent years.

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'A fourth volume that nails everything you could want from the conclusion of an epic fantasy yarn... rich in detail and exploding with imagination' (SFX)

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The concluding volume of the spectacular Shadowmarch quartet - the series that haralded master storyteller Tad Williams's long-awaited return to epic fantasy

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5.0 out of 5 stars Southmarch Draws to a close 15 Feb 2011
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Somewhere early in his writing career Tad Williams lost the ability to write a trilogy in less than 4 parts.
The excellent 'Memory, Sorrow & Thorn' saw it's final book divide into two. It was none the worse for it though which is more than can be said of 'Otherland', three outstanding works of fantasy & fiction undone by a truly disappointing weak fourth & final episode.
So it was with some nervousness I read in the forward to the 3rd of the Shadowmarch books that once again Mr.Williams had overdone it & was headed for a fourth volume to close out this series.
There was some consolation in the fact that 'Shadowrise' was as well written as the previous two but when 'Shadowheart' was delivered from Amazon I felt we were all doomed when I saw the sheer size of it. 700 pages! Surely an editor has fallen asleep somewhere or Tad has simply overdone it and lost the plot?
There is so much story still to be told that we join the tale after a major event has happened that isn't even told in detail. The scale of the Autarch's plans are so monumental and threaten every living creature to such an extent that, incredibly, the humans of South march and the Qar have joined forces to face this terrifying enemy.
Hendon Tolly gambles against the Autarch and finds himself outplayed. Unfortunately the poet Tinwright cannot escape his clutches and looks doomed. Briony makes her, oh so slow, way back to her home as does her Father alongside,(albeit as prisoner), the Autarch.
Barrick has taken on the memories of the Qar men and struggles with his newly acquired knowledge & with being something a little more than human.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic finale 27 April 2011
By Bex
Wow, I've waited a long time for the thrilling close of the Shadowmarch books. This didn't disapoint - I'm tempted to start at the begining again!
This is the last of four books, so don't buy unless you've read the first three!
Tad Williams creates a whole world so fully that I get completely caught up in it. The best fantasy writer currently writing that I know of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 6 Mar 2011
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Judging from the previous books, I was sure I would not be disappointed and I was right. This is a matching finale to a great series, as any fan could have guessed. A few of the scenes during the big last battle took me a bit by surprise, as this kind of gore is not what I would normally expect from this writer, but it is just a minor objection in a story that good. Looks like Tad Williams is the best living fantasy writer at the moment :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Convergance 3 Mar 2011
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
After three heavyweight tomes, Shadowheart concludes the series with another large chunk of tree, surprising since the final two volumes were supposed to be just one book. The myriad of characters, ranging from the Southmarch royals, the faerie Qar, the god-king Autarch, the Funderlings and half a dozen others, finally converge story arcs as war comes to Southmarch. What could have been a simple siege tale is anything but. With so many stories and characters the siege event is almost obscured, however Williams has bigger plans than a simple revamp of other fantasy stories. In the final third the finale is nothing short of cataclysmic, breaking free of the usual genre shackles and evidencing his talent.

What makes this quartet great is also the Achilles' Heel. Too many strands, with too little time spent on each to keep momentum up, is hard going. Especially is minor characters turn up and become rather important more than once. There are some rather coincidental moments which stretch credibility too, at times there's a faint aura of Australian soap opera. Where previous chapters balanced emotional impact well, there are less moments of real magic in the final volume, although the elongated pre-epilogue epilogue makes as many amends as possible.

Those points aside, Shadowheart is true to the quartet and worthy finale. It is daring and despite it's length it does not feel bloated, even though Williams' narrative style is far from concise. Another great fantasy epic under Tad's belt - recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 13 Jun 2014
By Mrs T.
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Good author who writes good tales - recommended to anyone who likes fantasy fiction. I have read a number of his books now does tend to over do his descriptions of places
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 1 Mar 2014
By tel
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Just starting this series after finishing Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. Like the characters in this, actually; find Briony and Vansen just as good as Simon and Mirriamelle, plus that annoying troll isn't in these. When camping out, you need long-winded epics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding 26 Mar 2013
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Absolutely fantastic from beginning to end. Couldn't put it down. What great imagination and storytelling. Would love to know more about how Barrick and the Qar go forward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt Thanks 5 Feb 2013
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A wonderful end to the " Shadowland " four book series. If you love Fantasy, why are you not reading Tad Williams ? There's everything within this series; big and small, fairies and Gods and even rooftoppers; which I will leave you to read and find out about.
Escape into another world; you'll be better for the journey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
Like a lot of reviewers I found the first book very slow, but stayed with it as Tad Williams has form. I am glad I did, I enjoyed the books. Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. Gore
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
I was so disappointed in the boring third installment in the "trilogy" that I was almost hesitant to buy this. Read more
Published 19 months ago by B L G
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Author
I had read the previous books in this series and was very keen to read this one. I was not disappointed. It was even better than the previous two. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael Oldham
5.0 out of 5 stars earthangels view
right where to start? this to me is a fantastic book/series very difficult at first to get into but i persevered because of previous books by tam i knew it would be good, i loved... Read more
Published 22 months ago by earthangel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good pacing and a great conclusion
This is the excellent concluding book to William's epic Shadowmarch series. No one who enjoyed the previous books will be disappointed by this one. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Ilovefantasy
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowmarch series
Purchase Review: Book arrived in very timely manner with standard delivery and well packed in A1 condition. Extremely good value. Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by Sixpence
5.0 out of 5 stars Great conclusion
This was a superb conclusion to the series. Makes me want to go back to the start and read them all again.
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Karen S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Tad
This is the last in the Shadowmarch saga so make sure you read the first three before this one. Tad Williams has the most amazing mind!!! The book arrived promptly and is great. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by Mr. I. G. Edmundson
4.0 out of 5 stars An okay ending, but not Williams' best work.
The armies of the Qar and the Autarch of Xis have converged on Shadowmarch Castle, which now stands siege from enemies attacking by sea, land and underground. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by A. Whitehead
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