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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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Shadowheart: Shadowmarch: Volume IV Audio Download – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
I liked Briony - irritating as she was, she did feel real, not a conventional fantasy heroine!
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KEPT ME INTERESTED, IT'S ENTERTAINMENT WITHOUT TO MUCH HARD THINKING WOULD RECOMMEND THE SERIES TO ANY REAL FANTASY FAN. A GOOD READ THROUGHOUT.Published 1 month ago by jillybean