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Shadow Harold is back!
on 23 August 2015
Having read the first book in this series Shadow Prowler I just had to read the second instalment. It is a little faster paced than its predecessor as Alexey Pehov moves the story along towards the final destination with yet more wonderful characterisations, fight scenes and twists and turns.
Shadow Harold the hero and narrator of this tale is continuing his adventures from the first book; hunting down the elusive Rainbow Horn. He and his wonderful companions enter the old capital of Valiostr, Ranneng, a move that will bode badly for the exotic crew. The city provides villains and unexpected allies, and as per usual the bickering of the dynamic duo of Hallas and Deler.
After one day in the city of learning they are attacked and this leads to all sorts of adventures from a daring undercover mission to hunt a stolen Key, an amusing infiltration of a Count's home (in which Harold has to wear the most outrageous clothes). To a tense and thrilling showdown between two Masters of the Longsword. Sadly my favourite character is killed (that's unfortunately that's what happens when you get an Orc arrow to the face) but his funeral was beautiful written. He is only one of the tragedies that we, the readers are faced with in this book. Alexey Pehov writes wonderfully pulling at our heart strings, making us laugh with Kli-Kli's jokes and screaming with frustration as a traitor is revealed.
This instalment keeps you on your toes as more characters are introduced and as more of The Master's machinations are revealed to us through the use handy prophetic dreams and flashbacks, where Harold explore what it means to be 'The Dancer in the Shadows' and uncovers the origins of some of the Master's henchmen. This second book is once again translated from it's original Russian by Andrew Bromfield who does an excellent job. Although it can be a bit hard to keep up with what enemy is doing what, after all The Nameless one is racing The Master to get to Harold first. But still the book is excellent!
I found the book to be just as good as the first one, providing a great read. I really recommend reading it!!!