Shadowrise: Shadowmarch Quartet Book 3 Paperback – 20 Jan 2011
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This third book in the series is bursting with story and Williams skilfully spins the complex yarn (SFX)
The third volume of master storyteller Tad Williams' long-awaited return to epic fantasy.See all Product Description
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I was still hooked, I had waited years for this book to be released after all, but I found myself drifting off to do other things rather than read this all the way through. The last two books, particularly Shadowplay, I could not put down.
There were situations in this book which resolved themselves too easily for my liking, and some of the "difficulties" for the characters were actually not that difficult. Some situations just made little sense to the actual plot. Some of the conflict seemed to be filler, nothing meaty to really get to grips with.
One of the main character's within this series, the guard captain Ferras Vansen, seems to become a completely different character from the previous books, but not in a development way, rather just for the sake of the story. This is a shame as he has always been one of the most likeable characters to read. Also, I kept having a sense of de ja vu with some of the other characters, particularly Chert and his "son" Flint. Flint was not as prominent in the second book, as if Williams had nothing for this character to do, so he just laid him up in bed in a feverish state until this point in the series, and boom all of a sudden Flint is back to his usual wanderings, just like in book 1.
However, it was still a good read. The mythology, the world, the mysteries etc were all engrossing and wonderfully intricate. I felt myself being pulled into the story, however jarring it was at times.
Still worth reading, but an inferior to it's sisters.
Shadowrise is the third novel in the Shadowmarch series. Originally planned as a trilogy, the final book in the series grew too large to publish in one volume, so was split in half (though each half is almost as long as the first two books in the series by themselves). Williams has form on this, as this also happened with the paperback edition of the final volume of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series.
As with the first two books in the sequence, Shadowrise is well-written with some interesting characters. Williams has always had an enjoyable prose style, and that remains true here. Unfortunately, that can't quite overcome several problems. One is that the story unfolds with all the verve, vigour and energy of a particularly lazy sloth on sleeping pills. Chapters seem to endlessly pass which, whilst individually well-written, seem to consist of characters doing little but sitting around and talking about the plot, the backplot and what might happen next, often introducing little to no new information the reader needs to know.
Quite a few of Williams's characters are reactive, spending most of their time wringing their hands and agonising over what to do next.Read more ›