- Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Spectra Books; Reprint edition (1 Jun. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055358670X
- ISBN-13: 978-0553586701
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3 x 17.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,258,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lord of the Shadows (Second Sons Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2004
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"[The Lion of Senet has] characters that grow, intrigue that deepens--a writer to watch in the future."
"The best fantasy I've read this year . . . anyone who loves Guy Gavriel Kay or George RR Martin will devour this book."
"Fallon writes with a fresh and engaging touch."
The third volume in a magnificent new epic fantasy trilogy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Dirk Provin has apparently betrayed everything, and every one, he holds dear to return to the Shadow Dancers, the religion of the Goddess. Unbeknownst to everybody else, though, Dirk has his own plans to bring their religion down around them. His intricate plan involves reaching the highest levels and destroying it from within. To do so, however, everybody must think the worst of him, and he is forced to use the extremely amoral Marqel, a girl who would like nothing better than to destroy Dirk. Dirk walks a razor-thin edge to achieve his goals, and one wrong move will send him plummeting over the edge. He's a man alone, cutting himself off from everybody to do what he sees as the greater good. As he does so, the world teeters on the brink. Love blossoms, and then is destroyed. A crippled prince attempts to fulfill his destiny, a destiny that his power-hungry father never dreamed of. Will Dirk succeed in his quest, or will all of his plans crumble at the whim of a bratty child who would do anything to consolidate her own power?
It hit me after I put down Lord of the Shadows. After reading over 1500 pages of this series, there had only been two scenes of battle, and both of those had been very small.Read more ›
The third book brings us to the end of a cunning and extraordinary plot. Dirk the young and gifted bastard son of a banned ruler is the mastermind behind this plot.
Sacrifice of other lives, manupulation and trust no matter what are well described is this book.
Jennifer Fallon is a must read for the Fantasy lovers. I would say it is comparable with Robin Hobb but faster and more straightforward.
At the end of the second novel I found myself running to the bookstore to get the final installment, since there was too much excitement in the story. Marquel had just murdered the High Priestess, Belagren, and was playing her games to obtain the position. Dirk, following his plans, has just betrayed Tia after sleeping with her, but then helped her escape. She is back in Mil, certain that Dirk betrayed her and is trying to convince everyone else in the Beanlands of Dirk's trickery. There is one person though, that sees clearly through Dirk's plans, none other than Neris!
In terms of our main character, Dirk, we find a man that is tormented by the doubts about whether his plan is going to work and also whether the sacrifices he is making are justified. Besides the games of politics and deception in which he is involved, he has to deal with the Brotherhood, a group of assassins that have been hired by the Baenlanders to kill him. He also has to be careful with the way he handles his relationship with the most powerful man in the kingdom, the Lion of Senet.
If you have read the first two books, I know I do not have to convince you to read the last one, because no one could refrain from doing it. I can only assure you that you will not be disappointed by the conclusion of the trilogy. If you are not familiar with the series, I recommend that you get "The Lion of Senet" right now and immerse yourself in the wonderful Second Sons Trilogy.