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A Sword From Red Ice: Book 3 of the Sword of Shadows [Paperback]

J. V. Jones
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Book Description

6 Nov 2008 Sword of Shadows

The Long Night has begun. The Endlords and their dark army of Unmade prepare to unleash untold destruction upon the world. Every Sull warrior must step forward and fight, or risk the North falling into eternal darkness.

Key to mankind's survival is the sacred warrior Ash March. But for Ash to realise her true potential as a Reach, and become the Sull's greatest weapon, she must keep herself safe as the perils that surround her multiply. Raif Sevrance has an equally perilous task. The exile must travel to the barren wastes of the Red Glaciers and recover the legendary sword named Loss. For Sull legend decrees that he who wields the Sword from Red Ice will bring terror to their enemies.

But fulfilment of these goals may yet come too late. In the remote reaches of the Bitter Hills, the Endlords' minions have made a cataclysmic discovery: a crack in the Blindwall, an ancient and unguarded passage leading directly into the realms of men.


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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (6 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841491845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841491844
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Fabulous ... sure to take readers everywhere by storm' SFX on Book One of Sword of Shadows 'J. V. Jones is a striking writer ... wonderful' Robert Jordan 'J. V. Jones is quite a find ... a deliciously intricate tale' Katherine Kurtz

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The third volume in the Sword of Shadows epic will be one of the most eagerly awaited fantasy publications of the year.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Feeling totally disillusioned.. 21 Sep 2009
By Nicky T
Format:Paperback
You know the feeling... You find a really great fantasy trilogy and gallop through the first couple of books, only to realise the final instalment is not yet written. You wait a couple of years and finally, finally the last book comes out. You start reading with bated breath, slowly stretching it out, in delicious anticipation of the end of the story...

Then..

You get halfway through and realise the plot isn't really going anywhere... Start to wonder how on earth this is all going to be tied up in the remaining pages. Slowly suspicion sets in, and you reluctantly turn to the back, just to check. And there it is. "To be continued".

I can't tell you how fed up I am with this new fashion of short selling readers who are expecting a trilogy. The dollar signs must be gleaming in the publisher's eyes. They hook us in, whet our appetites, and then at the end serve us up a spun-out, flabby, unnecessary extra book (or if we're really unlucky two, three extra).

This is happening more and more lately, and I would like to say STOP. You are spoiling the books and alienating your readers.
I don't know if I will bother to read anything further by this author. Which is a shame, because she used to be really good.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First of all, the wait for this book was just that bit too long.

And before I launch into an actual review, the edition had LOTS of typos - alot of 'though' when it should be 'thought' and twice the name Raif was written when it should have been Bram. Who got that mixed up?

Generally the book is well written, I mean it's J.V. Jones. I was slightly disappointed to know that this wasn't the end of the series but that there would be more. I don't look forward to the wait.
The characters are always written immensely well. I found myself always drawn into Raif, Raina and Vaylo's stories. However, I found it - dare I say it - a little boring at times. One character is literally floating down a river the whole time her story is covered. The last two hundred pages where all the characters strands are wrapped before the end is the real meat I was waiting for to sink my teeth in. Otherwise I felt rather hungry and empty.

J.V. Jones still describes her world in stunning detail but I think that I must be growing impatient because for the first time I found myself skipping/skim reading parts.

I will stay loyal to this series because development with Raif and Raina is brilliant, as well as Bram, Vaylo, even Angus. It's enjoyable but still doesn't measure to the wonder that was 'A Cavern' nor quite as engaging as 'A Fortress.' I hope the next installment has some real juicy developments. The way J.V. Jones has spun this tale, I'm sure I won't be disappointed. You still have to read this book if you enjoy her writing and have liked the series so far.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 22 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
After thoroughly enjoying the first two books in this series, I have to say that I felt sorely let down by A Sword From Red Ice. The book seemed to meander from one lenghty character journey to the next. There was a lot of wandering around looking for things and not an awful lot of action. I also felt it a bit predictable although with only a third left of the book, thinking it was a trilogy, I knew it wasn't going to wrap things up for each character.

I have a great fondness for Vaylo Bludd, but once again, I felt that his story, although building his character up, was very long winded. I think this book could have been half the length without actually losing any of the story. Unlike the previous two books, this one seemed to go into a lot more detail of what each character could see in their surroundings and that turned into long winded descriptions at times which I felt were un-necessary to be honest. I did find myself skim reading a lot through this book, which I hadn't done in the previous two books and when I finished the book, my husband had a good laugh at me wandering around complaining that it didn't wrap things up, in fact, I found the ending very lame.

Do I want to read the next book if and when it is published? I'm not sure that I can read through another book of meandering... and as previously mentioned in another review.. there were a lot of typo's and mis-naming characters throughout this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much descriptive padding 28 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
The first book was very good, the second good but this one is rather poor. For the length of the book the story develops very little. Its as if the first two books sold so well the publishers decided to make four or five books from a trilogy. The descriptions of forests, etc. appear to assume that the readers have no imagination. If you like your characters redrawn relentlessly and descriptions of scenes complete so that there is nothing for your imagination to do then this is for you. If you expect the author to draw a scene leaving you to fill it in then you will be skip-reading a lot of this book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth the wait 5 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
after waiting several years for this book, i was very happy when it arrived. it only took me 3 days to read it and it is as the others in this series a great read. the storylines continue seamlessly and new charictures are brought in smoothly. my only problem came when i realised that there had to be another book, and given the length of wait for this one i am asssuming that we will finally get the final installment somethime in 2010. but i will be pre ordering it as soon as possible and do urge any other fans to do the same and enjoy the wait with baited breath!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Next book please
Always a great read. Now onto the next book. I am supposed to write another 11 words... Ridiculous word requirements
Published 8 months ago by Mark Vickery
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Well written, a good deal of depth, interesting world,
Not for people who enjoy faster paced series. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joseph Janse van Rensburg
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A gripping well-written series, hard to put down. A totally different approach to that of other fantasy novels- whilst the theme of good versus evil is still the central core, the... Read more
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Published 13 months ago by A. Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars yes
i cannot wait for the next book, i am trying not to go to the book shops and keep asking if its come out or in yet.
Published 14 months ago by floss
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
It was a slow start but the story is really getting a grip on me now. The characters are becoming more rounded and have more depth. Read more
Published 15 months ago by San
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as always
This book is really good, J V Jones never ceases to please. I enjoyed this so much I went straight on to the next book and can't wait for the new one next year. Read more
Published 23 months ago by JSL
2.0 out of 5 stars Drag
This book was a big disappointment and left me with the conclusion the author is just trying to drag the series out as long as possible. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by Maxieduncan
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely out of touch with audience
This is an amazingly frustrating book, much like the earlier ones. There is no direction and each character runs around like headless chicken. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by Madman
3.0 out of 5 stars A frustrating read... where has the story gone?
There is no doubt that JV Jones can write a a beautiful sentence. Her writing is really well structured and the character description and the wry humour she often puts in are very... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2010 by NicE
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