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on 27 May 2004
Though this was not as good as The Magician, and was not what i was expecting I did thoroughly enjoy this book. It starts off a little slow with Niall meeting a bizarre race of beings which initially makes you wonder whats going on and where are the spiders.. But the relevance of his meeting with these beings comes into play later and then enters a companion in the form of spider..and from then on it becomes like the spiderworld books of old. The result i did enjoy reading this book and I hope he does write another book in the series... hopefully featuring more of the spiders though (particularly Dravig and the Captain).. Enjoy!
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on 21 November 2003
I am a big fan of Spiderworld... A BIG FAN...I have followed this series since discovering The Delta in a local library and collecting backwards! These books are fabulous. What a disappointment this final effort is in the series. For fans of Spiderworld this book although follows directly from the events of The Magician although it is as if Mr Wilson has entered a different 'fantasy' style and world to communicate his new story complete with giants and faerie-types - completely unlike the three previous, fantastically interesting books. For fans like me this is a must buy to complete the series (Perhaps Mr Wilson can retrieve the situation with the implied sequel) but you will be disappointed. Perhaps 10 years is too long a time in order to finally complete a series and with all respect to a hard working and respected author - this is not a good finale...
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VINE VOICEon 10 December 2011
The first three Spiderworld books, released from 1987 onwards, were engrossing fantasy books, full of menace and high adventure. Shadowlands offers a far more thought provoking read, with very little action, very limited adventure and a variant of fantasy which seems very far removed from that of the books written over two decades ago. Here the journey is as much spiritual as physical, and the exploration of new lands is clearly secondary to Wilson's desire to create new creatures and cultures. The trolls and elementals of Shadowlands are rather uninteresting though, even though they offer original territory for the series and are interesting conceptually, they don't create any of the engagement of the warring factions seen before. It's an unfortunate way to offer closure to a great series and although readers of high-brow fantasy will enjoy the narrative style and journey, fans of the originals may be disappointed.
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on 28 March 2013
Colin Wilson takes you on an incredible & truly thrilling journey - through brilliant story-telling of a world unlike anything done before. Fast paced & never dull with characters that grow on you very quickly.
This would most definitely make a good motion pictures series with CGI etc.
Please Hollywood stop remaking old crap movies & get Colin to turn this into a script PLEASE.
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on 23 May 2009
This series of books is really good with an unusual them - Spiders as large intelligent telekinetic creatures and such. Great series of books buy them for an enjoyable read.
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on 25 March 2013
Book good quality and was what i was after
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