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Shadowheart: Shadowmarch: Volume IV Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 33 hours and 4 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 30 Nov. 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EF8IOM
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By Friarofdoom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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Its been a long slog, but I'm finally finding myself in the final quarter of the final book, woohoo! There have been some tough times with these books, and some great times. But after getting comfortable with the relatively slow pace of the first three books, I was surprised (and very glad) with the more exciting fast pace of this final instalment. All of the separate stories are tying together and the big final battle and Autarch shenanegans are finally taking place. Amazingly, everything starts to fit together from little details right from the beginning of the first book and through the rest of the story. Williams must have a really huge brain to fit all this stuff inside! So far this is the best of the series in my opinion and perhaps even the best Tad Williams book I've read yet. If you're half way through the series then I would definitely suggest to keep on keeping on - don't miss out on this masterpiece.
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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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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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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2011
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Fourth and final book in the Shadowmarch series of fantasy novels. Despite this volume giving a very handy summary of the first three b books in the series right at the start it's not really a good jumping on point, and you should start with Shadowmarch (Shadowmarch Quartet) instead.

Those who have followed the series through so far will find this to be a big final volume. With maps at the start. A couple of Appendixes at the end. And a book that has a prologue, epilogue, four parts and fifty four chapters.

There are many plot strands ongoing and the book flashes back and forth between them. The writing is dense but readable, although some chapters are more grounded than others. Parts not involving various fairy characters being a little more compelling.

This does take a while to get going but it slowly does and soon has you hooked. And proves to be a suitably large scale finale to the whole story. It can be a bit bloody at times but it's never gratuitious, and the storyline ups the stakes nicely to provide for a grand conclusion.

Which comes along over one hundred pages before the end. And everything after that serves to wrap things up.

But that never feels stretched out, and provides decent closure for all the characters.

A satisfying ending to a big long story, and the kind of fantasy series you can read again and again and discover new things each time.
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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. In typical Williams fashion it was not totally predictable. The sections beyond the shadowline were excellent and reminded me of the Otherland books. ( I know I am in a minority but I really rated) I liked the slightly surreal atmosphere. Shadowheart was a more conventional fantasy novel at the end, and as such a little disappointing. Lots of unanswered questions, (though I read it so fast I my have missed bits. Flint was never really accounted for, needed more development I think. Why Skurn helped Barrick so much was always a mystery. The disposal of the God was a little flat. Lots of questions! However its a book/series that will get better with each re read as you gradually understand the plot/ motivations.
I liked Briony - irritating as she was, she did feel real, not a conventional fantasy heroine!
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